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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 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.
We were treated with flair and elegance. Superb ambiance and setting. Not just a small experience but full of all the elegance that is so necessary for the an original afternoon British Tea experience. Reservation a must. Plan on lots of time to get to Victoria from Vancouver. 3 hours but a lovely ferry ride.
Wonderful! Had been wanting to go since the renovation and had a delightful evening. The service is impeccable,friendly, warm and professional, not stuffy. I wish I could remember the name of the fantastic woman who was serving us. I would hope to get her again on future visits. The renovation is very well done, keeping the tradition and history and adding a modern sensibility. The food is creative and delicious, beautifully presented and amazing value for the setting. What a gem! Definitely look forward to future visits. Our new go to special place!
Their new chef is beyond compare. The flavor profiles were outstanding and the service ... ah the service.
It's always been a solid dining experience (my wife and I have been there twice before) but the new chef is outstanding and the service had always been top-notch making this our new go-to for date nights.
Lovely service, excellent food and funky, happening room.
As locals we thought we would give the restaurant a try while "Dine Around" is on.
We were very impressed with the amazing menu that was well executed with local wine pairings.
The only thing is it is an open room, so is a little noisy. However this gives it a fun vibe.
High end dinning we all loved , classy, excellent service, and food.
Did the dine around which made it affordable, and we will definitely return.
Would be fun to take visitors for lunch or dinner. Then we all enjoyed a evening walk
around the inner harbor .
It was my 7 year marriage anniversary, I did informed the team about the same and was expecting atleast a complimentary dessert or something but it did not happen.
Food was not that great too but expensive.
Surprised did not went the way I arranged prior to pur arrival.
Our service was extremely slow and when I enquired about the wine that was on the daily sheet menu the server could not tell me anything about the wine other than it was white!! It took us over 30 minutes to get a glass of sparkling water. It took over 30 minutes for the server to take our order and it took over an hour to get our food. Far too long a time for a business/work lunch. We were a table of 8 and there were only four other people in the restaurant at this time. Not sure why everything took so long!
Our experience was exceptional except for one thing. That was the noisy live music being played in the QLounge at the other end of the room. The physical division does not take away from the amazing acoustics that this wonderful heritage building is known for, so the sound carried way to well. Along with that, the music was much more suited to a Coffe House scene than even the new classy ambiance that the Q at the Empress and the Q Lounge have been designed to be. Please reconsider who you hire for entertainment in the Q Lounge as it will definitely affect the dinning experience of those who are expecting a more subdued and classy dining experience in Q at the Empress.
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