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Q at The Empress

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$$$$
Seafood, Canadian
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721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-389-2727
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06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
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Halifax, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Q is an excellent bar with very friendly staff and a large range of options. The food was really great and the drinks hit the spot. I would recommend.

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Thank andrewmaclellan
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your comments Andrew. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed our bar and the service. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and Beverage More 

Alberta
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this establishment with high expectations, however we were exceedingly disappointed by the seemingly inexperienced server. We went for a set menu offering during Dine Around and were surprised to wait more than an hour to have anything other than water brought to our table. When our mains arrived, we still did not have any flatware. The restaurant... More 

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1 Thank salisaha
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We value receiving feedback like yours so that we may improve upon our service. It sounds like there were a couple shortfalls by a number of our staff members. I will be sure to share your comments and address them with the team. It is very important for... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at this lovely old hotel for breakfast. This is one of the original 19th century grand hotels. Very luxurious decor. Service was impeccable. The breakfast menu was varied, and the servings were plentiful. They can serve espresso drinks as well, which is also a pleasant surprise for a hotel. My husband had the avocado toast, which he loved.... More 

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Thank Beth C
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Beth. It is so nice to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your breakfast with us. We have a wonderful coffee program here at the hotel and I am glad you enjoyed your espresso. It is something we are very proud of. I do hope you will visit us again sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer... More 

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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154 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were considering having tea at the Empress and then my husband decided that he would like to have something a little more "substantial"... so we checked into the Q restaurant and found a beautiful table on the patio overlooking the parliament building and the seaside! The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the entire experience was perfect!

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Thank kpummill2017
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I am glad you enjoyed your meal on the Veranda. We look forward to opening again later this spring. The view is like no other and it is the perfect spot to enjoy a Victoria sunset. I hope you will visit us again sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and Beverage More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to meet friends annually at the Bengal Lounge. It was sad to pass it and see it locked and in disarray. But we made our way past the tea room, which had wonderful views through the large front windows, to Q for lunch. My first impression on entering the restaurant was that it looks like an ordinary café... More 

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1 Thank b_lucid
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your comments with us. I am glad you decided to give Q a chance. It is very different to The Bengal Lounge but a great addition to our hotel. I will be sure to share your comments about the salad with our Chef. I know our culinary team is capable of so much more. Despite your... More 

Victoria, Canada
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161 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner for two here on Saturday evening. First time in the new "Q". Having been a long time fan of the old Empress Room and Bengal Room, I still thought the renovation was beautiful. You look around and still see the carved pillars and ceiling but the furniture, lighting and colours are all new and modern. A nice... More 

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Thank bagwan
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your comments with us. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your experience in Q. I am glad you enjoyed your dishes and the lemon drop martini. I do hope you will visit us again sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and Beverage More 

Vancouver
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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The renovations are wonderful. Room is wonderful. You can feel the history but beautifully updated. A bit pricey but worth it to pop in for one drink.

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Thank westcoastcutie
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I am glad you like our renovation. The designers modernized the room while maintaining the historic and original architectural features of the room. I hope you will visit us again sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and Beverage More 

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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I had a romantic and delicious birthday dinner here! We came up from Seattle by boat--it was very cold and, in the dining room, the fire place was going, holiday lights still shining. The waiter was quite attentive and suggested a delicious bottle of wine. Our dinner was beautiful on the plate and tasted great. They provided a candle and... More 

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Thank Rosanne L
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Rosanne and happy belated birthday! I am glad you chose to celebrate with us. I will make sure to share your comments about the server and the food. We have a fabulous Chef who has created some very tasty dishes. I hope you will visit us again sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and... More 

Seattle, Washington
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619 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Set in the heart of the Empress Hotel this is a very nice restaurant for all meals. Expect higher prices and good service, but worth it for a meal when in town to take in the gorgeous architecture of this old historical building. The servers were kind, did not rush us in and out, and they take reservations making it... More 

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Thank TXMARTINS
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your comments with us. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. The apple ricotta hotcakes are a favourite of many of our guests. I am glad you enjoyed them. I will be sure to pass these comments along to our culinary team. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and Beverage More 

Olympia, Washington
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were waiting for our bus and decided to tour the empress then went into Q bar greeted by friendly staff, we had the popcorn with peppered vegetables (free), house baked rye bread w/ black olive tapenade, & sweet butter all was super tasty.

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Thank riareyes2
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Q at The Empress, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your time in Q Bar. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the view while enjoying some snacks. I hope you will visit us again sometime soon. Sincerely, Jan-Peer Lehfeldt Director, Food and Beverage More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$65
Cuisine
Seafood, Canadian
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Monday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
06:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-389-2727
Description
Q represents Queen and country, a nod to Queen Victoria, with a modern twist on royalty. A singular letter, for a very singular space. Q at the Empress, located in the most storied room in Victoria, is a must-visit culinary experience. This atmospheric space has a fresh contemporary feel, all the while staying true to the building's unique iconic heritage. Rich cherry wood ceilings and spectacularly detailed moldings honor the past, while the finishes bring a modern twist to the room. The Pacific Northwest cuisine is based on regional ingredients, partnerships with local farmers and artisans, and utilizes our own chef's herb and vegetable garden to ensure a fresh and unique meal. Our carefully curated menu, prepared skillfully by Chef Morgan Wilson and his culinary team, features sustainably sourced seafood, traditionally raised meats and a wide variety of artisanal offerings. The wine list celebrates an excellent selection of the best of the Pacific Northwest and top vintages from around the globe. Take in the best views in the city on our harbour facing outdoor Veranda. From a romantic dinner to a vibrant social event all you need to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience of Q at the Empress, the place to be on Vancouver Island.

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