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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
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.
We were really anticipating a great evening, my wife, daughter and her husband from Vancouver. The room is sensational, the reason for going and while some people made an effort and looked nice, others could have been going to MacDonalds which was disappointing. It's not inexpensive and you want to feel that everyone appreciates that while still having a good time.
Food was great. Service was okay but the serving staff needs to be a bit more attentive (ie. replace cutlery between course, top off the water). I think there was an issue with the kitchen because the food took a very long time to come out. My steak and my father's lamb was cooked perfectly.
This restaurant lived up to its expectations beautifully. Gorgeous room, meticulous yet friendly service and great food. We came for lunch which turned out to be a great deal. For $28 Canadian (we are Americans so it came down to about $20) you get a 3 course lunch. The selections for the main were what I wanted anyway after perusing the menu. Everything was lovely: they even have their own brand of gin which is purple and it makes up beautifully in the glass. Sybella was our server and she was warm and funny but courteous as well. We almost went back for dinner but didn't have the time. Worth checking out for sure as it is a Victoria institution.
My wife and I were celebrating an anniversary getaway so we wanted dinner at someplace special. The Q is located in the historic Empress Hotel and the restaurant has all the charm of the Hotel. Our server was friendly, attentive and very aknowledgable about the food and drinks. My wife ordered the sablefish and I ordered the pork chops. I also ordered a beet salad which was the best beet salad ever. Overall the atmosphere, service and food was excellent. Great restaurant and we will be back.
The wait staff were outstanding at this restaurant. The food was excellent too. It is a little bit pricy, but the portions are large and combined with the ambiance, quality of food, and attentive wait staff, it is good value especially for a special occasion. I would definitely come back and try other items on the menu.
Q Restaurant is great! Such a nice change from the stuffy old Empress Dining Room. Food was great (lamb rack was so tender! and Salmon was perfectly cooked), incredible wine list, great pre-dinner cocktails at the bar. Not cheap, but for a special occasion, worth it.
It was very noisy. My meal was not cooked correctly, but was returned to the kitchen. It did arrive cooked better but by then my partner had finished his meal. We were given complimentary desserts which were very good. All in all our dining experience was the longest we've had, it was roughly 2 1/2 hrs which I feel is far too long. I noticed other diners that came after us that had there drinks/appies and mains before we got our main. I also had too wait a very long time for my first cocktail.
Probably won't be going again.
PS - please bring back the Bengal Lounge :-) Never had a bad experience there.
The ambience was wonderful. Our waiter was great but seemed that he was taking care of too many other tables which impeded our service. There were only 2 waiters working the floor. We had asked for salt and ground pepper after our entrees were presented but were not brought any and the steak which we asked to be prepared medium came on the rarer side of medium-rare.
Other than that we had a fantastic time and will likely be back. The live music was also great to hear.
My son and I went for a small celebration meal. So disappointed with the flavours. The pasta with crab and arugula was monochromatic so to speak with no highlights or depth to the dish and I don't mean hot sauce. Very expensive for such a bland meal. We had the seafood tower, which was in a bowl, the poke was the high point, and the salmon needed more robust flavours.
Staff were efficient and helpful but I would not go back for a meal over 240.00 without alcohol.
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