^View from the upper deck of Wharfside Seafood Grille and entrance
Written by H (hubby harold)
It was a lovely morning in Victoria B.C. and we went about the gardens, sightseeing at the port and taking photos. It is to be expected to dine at one of the cozy restaurants there after all those walking. We decided to dine at Wharfside Seafood Grille.
It’s all over the internet yet I failed to research what to expect when dining here. I should have been warned but I was with a group and we were hungry plus the view from inside the restaurant is inviting, so we took precious time dining at Wharfside.
It was only now that I got the time to actually look at reviews for this joint. Just like they said, servings are small for the price tags…which aren’t cheap and I can’t help but show you how much the servings really are since those reviews I read didn’t include photos.
Many also rants about the time food is taken to be served, the not-so-engaging attitude of the servers and the manager/s who kept apologizing for their shortcomings. Some also mentioned the place being a tourist-trap…the prices stated on menu might be different from what you’d actually pay without proper explanation why. There’s a secret that I learned too; they have a tourist menu and a local menu which is way cheaper of course…this and many other reasons where cited for the restaurant to be nicknamed “tourist trap.” Other complains include stinky toilets, dirty windows, paid for appetizers that also took longer to be served and a lot more reasons.
Maybe we got there at a wonderful time of the day, never really experienced much of what I read and I’m not justifying them nor was I got paid for saying these. For the other points as food taking longer, well, food cooking in a non-fastfood restaurant really takes time. It’s understandable. However, most reviewers mentioned that their food were served lukewarm, like it was only heated and not cooked. Some others complain of having theirs overcooked, you’d think that the cooks there don’t know what they’re doing. — Maybe there were different cooks at different times of the day too, we don’t know.
The windows were clean that day we dined and the view of the harbour was lovely, can’t help but shoot. Our servers too were ok that day…there were not too full of themselves as some said.
Overall, I’d say food is ok though not something commendable. Next time, I would definitely research first around this area….perhaps to a restaurant that Victoria would be truly proud of.
Wharfside Seafood Grille
1208 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3B9, Canada
Carizza Chua ??? (@carizchua) says
Omg, it looks so yummy!!! I love seafood, and I would love to try that salmon dish in the future :3
Perhaps they knew you were coming. 😛 Everything looks yummy, so glad that your dining experience was a pleasant one despite the negative reviews about this place.. 🙂
I love fish. That fish and chips, gosh!! Now I know what to cook for my hubby this weekends.
the food dude says
Glad thing turned out well despite the reviews, great photos! And the food looks delicious!
The photos are great even if the food is just okay 🙂
Visiting from FTF!
The Twerp and I
wow..so much food to enjoy..
definitely delicious! 🙂
The restaurant’s lucky having you as a customer because your photos look great!
Luna Miranda says
let’s share on anything with salmon.:p
well, maybe they changed after reading all the bad reviews. you were in Canada?
Tito Eric says
Rule of thumb in NY: If the bathroom is dirty, so is the kitchen.
The photos look great, though.
<3!!! my type of resto!
All those food look so delish! Good thing you didn’t experience the horrors others have been writing about the place. Personally, I think that’s unfair to treat tourists so differently from locals.. >.<
you’re lucky then because it sounds like a great place and love all the foods…looks so delicious! 🙂 visiting super late from FTF, see you around. thanks and have a great week. 🙂