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About Q at The Empress - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Q represents Queen and country, the revered figure for whom this hotel was named. A singular letter, for a very singular space. Located in the most storied room in Victoria, Q at the Empress is a must-visit culinary celebration that is second to none. This atmospheric space has a distinctly modern, contemporary feel, all the while staying true to the building’s unique iconic heritage with its dark cherry wood ceilings and spectacularly detailed moldings. Focusing on regional ingredients, the carefully curated menu features locally sourced seafood, meats and produce prepared surely and skillfully by Chef Morgan Wilson and his incredible team. Try one of over 850 bottles of wines from the temperature controlled visible wine wall featuring the best of the Pacific North West and select vintages from all over the globe. From romantic dinner to vibrant social event all you need to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy Q at the Empress, the place to be on Vancouver Island.
Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Belleville & Goverment Streets
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet or self parking is available in the Fairmont Empress parkade
Private Party Facilities:
The Royal Table is an added refinement to your fine dining experience. Providing guests with a heightened touch of elegance during their dining experience, this experience is truly memorable for a birthday, engagement or simply an evening together. From silver cloches and candelabras to customized wine selections from our Sommelier and a few special touches from the Chef, The Royal Table service provides a sophisticated refinement to an enchanted dining experience. The cost is a C$30 surcharge per person in addition to meal selection costs.
Private Party Contact:
Dining Reservations: (250) 389-2727
Cocktails, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
Q at The Empress - The Fairmont Empress Hotel Ratings and Reviews
Our first dinner on our honeymoon. Maddi was our server and she was delightful. Always making sure to call my new wife "Mrs." We had the scallops and prawns as an appetizer and they were cooked to perfection. We both had the duck for our main and again; an amazing cook. I have Celiac Disease and the chef knew to leave the salsify chips off my plate (likely fried in a fryer that also fries items with gluten.) The lingonberries were tart and went wonderfully with the beet and red wine purée. I would eat that meal again anytime. Wine is over priced, but find a restaurant where it isn't and I'll be there. The meal itself was priced according to what I would expect at a fine dining restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely and the live musician they had was perfect. Acoustic guitar with a smooth voice.
Where are the table cloths? Focaccia was more like bread. Entres were good but not exceptional. View into the kitchen was a distracting experience. Chocolate used for dessert was not top quality. Coffee was fair, well below the quality of such an established restaurant.
We came here on a Sunday afternoon while visiting the city. The place itself is in the middle of a hallway where people come and go but the seating itself is very comfortable and nice. I highly recommend their seafood chowder, it's $12 but quite filling so if you're not a big eater it works as a shared plate. Overall service is fantastic as is it a nice hotel after all. Would recommend if you are looking for a more upscale restaurant!
We considered going to the Victoria for High Tea, but at $75/person for a party of 9, that was a little too much. We were right next door in the lovely Q, with a full lunch menu (great ahi poke!) and many choices, and were able to get out of there with an average $25/person. The service was impeccable, and the room was half-empty whereas the High Tea next door was packed. A great alternative to High Tea!
I loved the ambiance created by the mix of contemporary design and tradition at Q. The seafood platter was fresh, local, and delicious. The flatiron steak was cooked to perfection and the salmon was delicious. Our server was great and very patient with the members of our table that didn't speak much English. I would recommend Q to anyone visting Victoria!
We had a lovely evening and a very nice meal. Our only criticism is that when we were asked if we would prefer sparkling or flat water, we chose flat thinking that would be tap water. We were shocked to discover later that we had been charged $9.00 for 'flat' water.
We were warmly greeted with happy birthday wishes for my husband (I had noted this on the reservation and asked for a nice table, which we had, with a view over the courtyard). Our server couldn't have been nicer. The meal was excellent and the birthday dessert (crème brûlée in a shallow dish with a chocolate tree branch, pistachio meringue leaves, and strawberry blossoms with a rectangle of white chocolate with Happy Birthday written on it was as close to artwork as food can get. Altogether a memorable experience.
Server was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. My wife's salmon was fine but not outstanding. My ribeye was flavorful and the temperature requested but the piece was not as tender as I felt it should have been. Overall it was a nice dining experience.
Once seated we never saw our server for about 8 minutes so got up and left. The menu was not very diverse and if we were going to spend $$$ on our dinner, we did not want to experience slow service too. The ambiance is not what it used to be so was not willing to pay $$$ on dinner. Not the special place it used to be.
When we went it was noisy, sat next to a family table with a kid wandering around and crawling under the table. Food was good, service was excellent. Was surprised to see that there was no bus service, waiters and host/hostess cleared dishes and reset tables. Could be a nice date place or celebrating anniversaries if there wasn't too many misbehaved children around.
Daughter's high school graduation- they made a special sign out of white chocolate. Lovely piano music, great views. One of the few times I enjoyed dressing up for a meal. Fair mint is always top shelf. Very pleased with service and you can sit as long as you want
Along with the remodeling of the Rooms of the Empress Hotel, we think a "sprucing up" of the Dining Room would be helpful.
Linen Table Cloths would be a great addition to match the ambience of the Wooden Architecture.
The live entertainment on the night of that 20th was the best. We enjoyed the music so much.
We hope to return.
Pre-dinner cocktails were superb. Our waiter was very jovial, knowledgeable and interested in us as diners in the Fairmont Empress hotel. I started with clam chowder - tasty and chunky. My wife ordered fish as a main course I ordered the lamb. My wife's fish was hot, my dinner was barely luke warm. I sent it back and the kitchen promptly cooked a fresh meal that arrived in about 15 minutes and was hot. Overall the food was tastey but not extraordinary. I hd a chocolate cake with ice-cream for desert. It was pretty good and probably the best part of the dining experience.
Lunch was good overall. Had the weekly price fix menu with three courses. The charcuterie table was one of the best I've seen. I chose the pasta as the main, but the pasta was a bit overcooked and seemed mushy although the sauce was very flavourful. Would pass on this next time. My sister had the salad with poached rhubarb and goat cheese and she really enjoyed it. Dessert was bourbon ice cream with sour cherry sauce and it was very good. Portion was quite large. Would definitely go back.
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