The best romantic restaurants on Vancouver Island

Most Romantic Restaurants on Vancouver Island

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it prudent to round up a few of our most favourite romantic restaurants across Vancouver Island.

OpenTable recently released its annual list of the top 100 romantic restaurants in Canada. This year, three restaurants from Vancouver Island made the cut. And two out of three of them were also mentioned in the 2018 list. (More details below)

Over 500,000 voters contributed to the OpenTable list, so I’m not here to dispute the results. However, I know for a fact that there are a few more restaurants that could easily be added.

The following list is based on personal experience, and obviously, I haven’t tried every restaurant on Vancouver Island (yet!). So there is undoubtedly a few locations missing. If your favourite date-night restaurant isn’t mentioned, we’d love to hear from you! In the comments below please share with us what restaurant you feel is the most romantic in your neighbourhood.

Most Romantic Restaurants on Vancouver Island

Greater Victoria

The Butchart Gardens – The Dining Room

(OpenTable vote)

Cuisine: Canadian, Northwest, High Tea

Dining Style: Fine dining

Location: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay

Located in the original Butchart family residence, you can experience spectacular views of the Private Garden, the Italian Garden and Tod Inlet. Indulge in Afternoon Tea during the Spring and Summer seasons, or High Tea offering warm savouries from October through to the winter months. Lunch and dinner are served seasonally with a strong presence of local sustainable ingredients.

Please note that admission to The Butchart Gardens is required in order to access The Dining Room Restaurant.

Saveur Restaurant

(Open Table Vote)

Cuisine: Contemporary French

Dining Style: Upscale casual

Location: 658 Herald Street, Victoria

Saveur offers fine dining food in a casual urban setting. Award-winning chef, Robert Cassels, delivers French-inspired contemporary cuisine through playful and elegant tasting menus, using local ingredients wherever possible. Chef Cassels works closely with the farmers, foragers, and fisheries of Vancouver Island to create an unforgettable dining experience.

Summit Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort

(New this year on the Open Table List)

Cuisine: Farm-to-table, Contemporary Italian, Contemporary Canadian

Dining Style: Elegant Dining with a business casual dress code

Location: 600 Ebadora Lane, Malahat (Victoria)

The Summit Restaurant sits atop the Malahat ridge and offers stunning views of the Saanich Inlet.  Menu ingredients are cultivated in their very own backyard garden,  as well as through a partnership with local farmers and vineyards. Think classic meets au courant with Italian-inspired, farm-to-table fare.

Sooke Harbour House

Cuisine: Canadian, Northwest

Dining Style: Fine dining

Location: 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke

Dine in this spectacular oceanfront restaurant which serves local, organic, seasonal, and wild food. The gardens and grounds are an edible landscape with over 200 herbs, greens, flowers and vegetables. Executive Chef Thomas Yesdresyski uses the abundant natural resources of the area as a basis for fabulous cuisine. This is truly a place where one can get away from the stresses of the world and just relax.

Nanaimo

The Mahle House

Cuisine: Canadian, International

Dining Style: Fine dining

Location: 2104 Hemer Road, Nanaimo

Set in a historic home featuring an English-style ornamental garden, this upscale eatery offers farm-fresh European plates in an elegant setting. It’s a second-generation, family-owned and operated restaurant that has been a fixture in the Cedar community since 1983. They serve flavourful, unique food in a welcoming environment with relaxed, yet professional service.

Asteras Greek Taverna

Cuisine: Greek

Dining Style: Upscale casual

Location: 347 Wesley Street, Nanaimo

Located in the heart of the old city quarter of downtown Nanaimo, Asteras is an authentic Greek restaurant known for it’s traditional, delicious foods. Everything is made in-house daily, from whole foods and high-quality ingredients. The beautiful ambience is set in a heritage home that is over 100 years old, and the service is second to none.

The Nest Bistro

Cuisine: Canadian with a French or Italian influence

Dining Style: Upscale casual

Location: 77 Skinner Street, Nanaimo

Enjoy an extensive menu of handcrafted, locally sourced food, full bar, signature cocktails and an al fresco patio. The menu items are made from scratch by the chef/owners and their dedicated culinary team. Local fresh and organic ingredients are used whenever possible to create dishes that you just can’t find anywhere else in Nanaimo.

Oceanside

Kalvas

Cuisine: Pacific Northwest with a German influence

Dining Style: Upscale casual

Location: 180 Moilliet St, Parksville

Kalvas is situated in a classy, upscale log cabin with dark wood tables and a warm atmosphere. The semi-circular building offers almost every table a view from the large windows. Specializing in great seafood and premium meats, Kalvas offers a high-quality dining experience at a reasonable price. Chef Adel mixes classic dishes with fusion. He likes to take old recipes and change them into something new by adding unique ingredients.

Cuckoo Trattoria

Cuisine: Italian

Dining Style: Upscale casual

Location: Coombs Old Country Market (2310 Alberni Hwy)

Cuckoo Trattoria has a great atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Since opening in 2011, it has become a destination for delicious and authentic Italian food. If you are there during the warmer Spring and Summer months, the outdoor patio is lovely. Complimentary blankets are offered if you find it chilly. Their thin crust pizza’s get rave reviews from many!

Giovanni’s Ristorante

Cuisine: Italian

Dining Style: Upscale casual/casual

Location: 4-180 Second Avenue West, Qualicum Beach

Giovanni’s is a classy yet laid-back go-to restaurant for Italian favourites, from pizza and pasta to steak and seafood. While the cozy restaurant side is perfect for date night, if you are looking for something a little more casual, the lounge is a great spot to stop in for a pint and their excellent pizza.

West Coast

The Pointe

Cuisine: Pacific Northwest

Dining Style: Fine dining

Location: Restaurant for the Wickaninnish Resort in Tofino (500 Osprey Ln)

The Pointe Restaurant is the ultimate in fine dining, but not in an overly stuffy way. According to their website, the dress code is “west coast smart casual”.  It is one of Tofino’s top restaurants and, we can attest, a must-go-to Vancouver Island dining destination. The panoramic ocean views are enough to sweep you off your feet. While the refined West Coast cuisine is more than worth the indulgence.

Wolf in the Fog

Cuisine: Pacific Northwest

Dining Style: Upscale casual

Location: 150 Fourth Street, Tofino

Wolf in the Fog serves fresh seafood right from the ocean, plus much more. Nestled near Tofino’s coastline, the restaurant’s interior is a rustic setting with beautiful wood throughout. The food and drink menus are inspired and influenced by the place, the people and the produce. Whether it’s freshly-landed salmon from local fishermen or chanterelle mushrooms foraged from the forests of Tofino, the dishes are created using seasonal locally-harvested ingredients.

There is also a sizable bar that offers a great selection of wine, beer and cocktails. The outdoor patio offers beautiful, scenic views of the ocean.

Shelter

Cuisine: Canadian/American

Dining Style: Casual

Location: 601 Campbell St, Tofino

Set in a contemporary timber house with a patio, this restaurant serves bistro fare sourced from local farms and waters. They pride themselves on serving ethically and free-range beef and poultry, and using locally sourced vegetables and pork from the valley. All of the herbs and spices used in their dishes are grown on site.

If you are looking for something uber romantic, request to sit upstairs where the only lights are the flickering flames of candles.


Please note: Due to the popularity of many of the above-mentioned restaurants, reservations are highly recommended.

So, have we paid tribute to your favourite romantic restaurant? If we failed to mention one that you feel should be on this list please let us know in the comments below.

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on Feb 08, 2019

Comments (2)

  • Marcia Hollink

    Nothing north of Qualicum Beach? Would have liked some restaurants to have been named for the rest of the Island.

    • Kim

      I know, I’m sorry, Marica. I am based out of Nanoose Bay, and find I typically go south or west when travelling the Island. I honestly haven’t been to many restaurants north of Qualicum Beach. I don’t like to recommend something if I haven’t tried it myself. Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to hear about them.

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