Hungry? Don’t feel like cooking?
Restaurants in Victoria, BC, may have closed their doors to dining in until life gets back to normal. But many are still offering takeout and delivery.
And if you order a meal from them, you help to keep them going!
Best restaurants in Victoria, BC still open
Staying home here in Victoria, we’ve been doing some takeout. We especially like getting ethnic food. Indian and Thai food is just too complicated for us to cook at home!
The following are some of the best restaurants that deliver in Victoria, BC, (and offer takeout too).
Food for foodies
Foodies, don’t despair! There are fine dining restaurants you can turn to for help.
Saveur had previously received a lot of buzz for its French-inspired cuisine; EAT Magazine called Saveur’s food “highly impressive.” Now the restaurant has pivoted to offer new takeout and delivery options. They include sauces, salad dressings, soup stocks, lavender white chocolate brunch scones, as well as single meal servings of miso-glazed ling cod with black beluga lentils.
Italian takeout: Victoria, BC
A couple of great Italian restaurants in Victoria, BC, can satisfy your desire to slurp pasta.
A popular Italian restaurant, Pagliacci’s is known for its big servings of pasta and reasonable prices. Their baked New York cheesecake is also legendary!
Romeos proved so successful when it first opened in Victoria in 1974 that it grew to five brick-and-mortar restaurants (including one in Duncan). Offered at reasonable prices, the food has stood the test of time and is much loved by families.
Indian food delivery: Victoria, BC
Looking for some popular Indian dishes? These Indian food restaurants in Victoria, BC, can spice up your dinner hour.
Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine:
Mantra hits the spot with good Indian food and a wide selection of curries.
Open since 2010 (downtown Johnson Street location), Sizzling Tandoor features authentic family recipes and all-natural ingredients, with no additives or preservatives. It’s been voted “Best Indian Restaurant” in the Victoria Best of the City rankings for 8 years running from 2012 to 2019 (see June 2019 edition).
Our fave dishes so far are their chicken cashew korma (deliciously creamy with a hint of sweetness!) and roghan josh.
Varsha Indian Kitchen:
Not ready for the full Indian meal deal? Find Indo-Canadian fusion food at Varsha Indian Kitchen. Masala fries, yam fries, tandoori chicken wraps and Bollywood burgers are offered along with more traditional curries like a shrimp coconut curry and butter chicken.
Bonus: The restaurant is offering a good deal to customers – a 20% discount for pick-up orders.
Japanese restaurants in Victoria, BC
When we want something light and healthy, we order sushi. Fortunately, there’s no lack of fresh sushi restaurants in Victoria, BC!
NUBO Japanese Tapas:
NUBO Japanese Tapas and its sister restaurant, ENe, are among our favorite restaurants in Victoria, BC. They go beyond sushi to serving very creative Japanese fusion dishes. Calamari tempura with a spicy black bean sauce and jalapeno, anyone? But you can’t go wrong with the dynamite rolls either!
Get everything from ginger beef and teriyaki chicken to various sushi rolls at Sen Zushi. The fish is always very fresh, and the ingredients are high quality at this authentic Japanese restaurant. Back in 2009, Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife even dined at the restaurant!
See the rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
Pizza places in Victoria, BC (with pickup and delivery)
Don’t think Domino’s – not that we have anything against Domino’s! But here are a couple of better (in our view) pizza places.
Fernwood Pizza Company:
The Fernwood Pizza Company uses all fresh and natural ingredients. And their pizzas are delish! Can’t decide what to choose? The most popular is the artichoke pizza, with artichoke (of course), fresh tomato, olives, Macedonian feta cheese, onion, spinach and roasted garlic.
Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options are offered.
Pizzeria Prima Strada:
Judged the #1 restaurant for turning out the “Best Pizza in Victoria” in 2019 by YAM Magazine, Pizzeria Prima Strada is known for their thin crust pizza, baked in a wood-fired oven. They use simple fresh ingredients to offer just a few types of pizza – but what they make is really good.
Like mushrooms? Then the “Funghi Supremo” (with rosemary garlic oil and portobello, button and oyster mushrooms) is a no-brainer.
Thai restaurants in Victoria, BC
Ahhh Thailand! So many exotic places to visit in Thailand. And the food! Curries sweetened with coconut milk. Chicken with cashew nuts (George’s favorite). And who doesn’t like the down-home comfort of Pad Thai?
Nohrai Thai Restaurant:
Sookjai Thai Restaurant:
A friendly popular little restaurant, Sookjai Thai Restaurant serves great Tom Yum Gai (sweet-and-sour) soup, along with a wide variety of other Thai dishes.
Gnocchi image under “Food for Foodies” courtesy Saveur