Living right on the edge of the ocean has many advantages, gorgeous water views, fresh ocean air all year ‘round, numerous beaches to enjoy and cold but refreshing swimming in the summer. One of the other advantages to being perched at the tip of an Island and surrounded by water is that no matter what time of year it is, there is always an abundance of incredible, fresh seafood. Whether you’re looking for casual eats, classic fish and chips or a high end seafood experience Victoria has it all! From meaty salmon fillets to buttery halibut, fresh shucked oysters and plump mussels this city is the place to find the best, freshest and most stylish ways to enjoy a harvest from the ocean.
Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1N8
Tucked away in the Inner Harbour, right near the Harbour Air office is one of the best places to find a huge variety of casual seafood dishes. Here, you’ll find incredible fish and chip combos, tacones and sandwiches – a perfect way to fuel up while you’re exploring Victoria or if you’re craving some seafood and staying downtown Victoria!
2559 Estevan Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 2S8
Right on the edge of Oak Bay, near the beautiful Willows Beach is the long-time neighbourhood favourite: Willows Galley. Whether you’re staying nearby in Oak Bay, Fairfield or Rockland or if you’re staying farther out in Langford, Willows Galley is a great spot to stop and grab some classic British style fish and chips!
The Fish Store
1 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 0B2
At the colourful houseboat community of Fisherman’s Wharf, you can find the neighbourhood fishmonger and casual seafood spot: The Fish Store. This funky, long-standing shop window is the place to go to get incredible fresh, casual dishes and gorgeous, fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Stop by this little window to get buck-a-shuck, wraps, fish and chips and more and enjoy it on the dock!
805 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H6
This comfy, casual restaurant with great patio seating and Indian-French inspired seafood dishes is a great option if you’re in the mood to try new, inspired flavour combinations! A hugely popular spot for locals to enjoy incredible seafood dishes and just a short walk away from any downtown Victoria rental!
Sit Down Meals
611 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W8
This popular restaurant group takes the farm-to-table movement to a whole new level! With a dedicated 10 Acres farm in North Saanich and four incredible restaurants, 10 Acres offers their guests the very best of Vancouver Island food. Using only the freshest, seasonal crops from their farm and sourcing the very best seafood from local fishmongers, when you order seafood at 10 Acres, you’re sure to have an incredible culinary experience!
Ferris’ Oyster Bar
536 A Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8
For over 30 years, Ferris’ has been serving up dependably excellent food – but this local hotspot is more than it seems! With their upscale, intimate restaurant Ferris’ Upstairs and the Spanish inspired tapa and cocktail spot Perro Negro, guests have three distinct and delicious dining experiences to choose from. No matter which restaurant you decide to visit, you can be sure that you’ll find great seafood choices made with top-quality ingredients and fresh-from-the-docks seafood.
1208 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 3B9
Set right on the water’s edge in a stunning heritage building on Wharf Street, Finn’s is an impressive place to find high-end dishes and incredible service. If you’re staying downtown Victoria this is a great restaurant to walk to on a special evening. Whether you’re looking for seared tuna, fresh salmon, shellfish or crab, Finn’s is the place to go for haute oceanic cuisine.
Blue Crab Seafood House
146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4
On the other side of the harbour from Finn’s is the high-end, modern Blue Crab Seafood House. With stunning harbour views and an impressive chop and seafood menu, when you’re in the mood to splurge on some incredible surf and turf, this is the place to go!
739 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9
No seafood list is complete without some incredible sushi and when it comes to sushi in Victoria, it’s hard to find a place that isn’t delicious. But if there is one stand-out sushi restaurant in the city, it would undoubtedly be Nubo. With a completely unique and authentic take on Japanese dining, Nubo offers their guests dishes that are inspired by global cooking techniques, traditional flavours and of course incredible local ingredients. With two locations to choose from, no matter where you are staying in Victoria, Nubo is just a walk away!
1001 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T6For 25 years, Nautical Nellies has been Victoria’s premiere restaurant for steak and seafood. With mouthwatering steaks, fresh seafood, including hand rolled sushi, stunning views and a large, heated patio – it’s no wonder that this restaurant is always buzzing! If you’re in the mood for succulent hard-to-find cuts of steak and incredible fresh seafood dishes with stunning harbour views, Nellies is a great option!