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About The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel - Permanently Closed
Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as the Empress of India, this colonial style lounge is known throughout Victoria for its authentic curry buffet and signature cocktail menu. While new restaurants and lounges appear in Victoria regularly, The Bengal Lounge is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.
Overlooking our stately gardens, the richly appointed Bengal Lounge offers not only a delicious curry lunch and dinner buffet but also an impressive international à la carte menu. Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate our vast selection of signature drinks.
The Bengal Lounge is a licensed lounge but does welcome minors before 9pm. After 9pm all guest must be 19 or older.
Contemporary Indian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast daily from 7am to 11am
Lunch daily from 11:30am - 4pm
Dinner daily from 4pm - 10:30pm (11pm on Fridays & Saturdays)
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The Bengal Lounge is delighted to be featuring live music from talented local artists Thursday to Sunday evenings. Join us and experience what Victoria's amazing talent has to offer.
Underground Parking is available.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Sad to see the Bengal Lounge close!
Enjoyed our last visit to the Bengal Lounge. Atmosphere was upbeat and the energy of new adventures was felt as we took our last glimpse of what we had become very familiar with. Look forward to see what lies ahead.
Hi: We got there early so we could have a little bit of time visiting before the volume went away up. It was difficult to hear and dine. Glad to have been there one final time though. Thanks
Great atmostphere. Terrible blah buffet.
The blah indian buffet , without notice , was priced up to $50.00! Disgusting to not let the diners know beforehand. Regular price was around $30.00. The reason given for uppricing, that extra dishes were added. NOT.. Service was surprising poor. Probably because of disgruntle diners. Eight of us family members very disappointed, since we have in the past experienced exceptional wonderful times.. So sad to see the Bengal Room transforming into another boring regular type of everyday
We came for the very last day of curry buffet - and it didn't disappoint! Food was outstanding, and our waitress, Della, was lovely. Thank you!
An Icon No Longer
This has been a place for a 'special meal' for many years. The food was great and well prepared and the ambience amazing. Staff were pleasant and efficient and obviously enjoyed working there. It is sad that this restaurant no longer exists, having passed from the Victoria dining scene - forever - on April 29th 2016. A memorable piece of the Victoria dining scene has been lost forever!
My husband and I wanted to make sure that we visited the Bengal Lounge before it closed. :-(
They should leave like it is and just us ...
They should leave like it is and just use it. We are losing a great place.
We have always had a happy experience in the Bengal Room and now are looking forward to our next trip to the Empress when the new restaurants open. Just hoping that there will be more seafood and fish on the menus….. good luck to all the staff as you transition to the next adventure. D. Evans
Went for one last visit as they are closing April 30. We are looking forward to the changes as well.
I had a wonderful meal there. It is too ...
I had a wonderful meal there. It is too bad they have reached the end of the line. The Bengal room will be missed.
ALWAYS love the Bengal. Will be sorry t ...
ALWAYS love the Bengal. Will be sorry to see it go away from the great lounge that it was!
Enjoyed having a Birthday Gathering wit ...
Enjoyed having a Birthday Gathering with my sons ~ plus a last opportunity to enjoy the Bengal Lounge before it's upcoming renovation and repurposeing
As the Bengal Lounge was closing, my wife and I decided that the kids need to experience this iconic venue. We had quite a time finding room for the 5 of us but we managed to take the afternoon off from work and school to enjoy a 3:00 p.m. sitting. The kids loved the woodwork in the room and also took selfies with the tiger rug hanging above the fireplace. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was great. They commented that the food was a little spicy but they managed to eat 2 plates of it. The desert was fantastic, especially the rice pudding. The only complaint was having to suffer from a totally full stomach. My wife and I have been going to the Bengal Lounge on our anniversary for 20 years. We will miss it.
Last chance for the Bengal Lounge
The Bengal Lounge will be closing at the end of April, so a review is a bit moot. However, a new restaurant and lounge will be opening at the Empress in May, which will be worth checking out!
Exotic piece of history
We love going to the Bengal lounge and the exotic experience of Victorian opulence. The curries are excellent with a great selection to satisfy all tastes. The service is welcoming and attentive to our needs. A great place to eat for couples, friends or family celebrations. Reliable and unchanging it will be missed.
We will miss the Bengal Lounge
We always enjoy going to the Bengal Lounge for special occasions. It will be missed when it closes.
Excellent and delicious.
Excellent service and delicious food as always. Such a shame that is will be closing - why, oh why??!!
Saying Goodbye to a Classic
I had been told by so many to check this place out...but as time would have it...is to see her close her doors. We were greeted with a warm reception, drinks were AMAZING, and so was the service. Did not have a rush as I wanted to enjoy my time here. Then the band began to play. Soft mellow jazz playing as the lights were turned down and the city lights came up. ROMANTIC!! Goodbye girl!! Looking forward to seeing your servers in their new rolls elsewhere in the Empress Hotel
Food and cocktails were delightful. So g ...
Food and cocktails were delightful. So glad I had a chance to experience this Victoria gem before it's disappears for good
My out of town friend and I enjoyed your ...
My out of town friend and I enjoyed your curry buffet lunch on a sunny Saturday. We felt very comfortable lingering between main course and dessert. Thank you!
A Farewell Lunch...
We took the early morning ferry over from Vancouver to celebrate The Bengal Room one last time as it is closing next week! We savoured every moment and enjoyed every morsel...such a lovely experience! We will miss you "old girl"...
Time to close
It was disappointing on all fronts. From host to server they appeared disinterested, as if they were "putting in time". The food was good but the wine is excessively over priced. We are friends of the Empress and hope the new lounge renews our faith.
My friends and I have been going to the Bengal Lounge since the '70's. We have always had a wonderful time. My mother also used to live at the Empress when they first came to Canada, while waiting for their home to be finished on Newport Avenue in Oak Bay. My husband was also an apprenticing chef at the Hotel in the '90's. I used to work kitty corner to the Empress, in the Customs House, and we would often come across the street for a meal in the Bengal Lounge. Lots and lots of wonderful memories attached to the Empress Hotel and the Bengal Lounge. I have mentioned to a lot of my friends the Lounge is closing so they too have made the journey to Victoria to have one last meal at the Lounge. Our waitress was wonderful (Scottish lady) and I would highly recommend her service. Thank you for the wonderful, happy memories.
It is almost the End
We are in the last week of the long run of the Bengal Lounge. Three nights I have been in the last eight days. But I now feel I have said my good Byes. Get in by April 3oth. Then she's gone.n
Great evening dining!
We enjoyed our get together with our daughter and her boyfriend for supper 8 nights before the Bengal Lounge closes after 108 years. 3 of us had the famous curry buffet and it was tremendous. My wife is celiac, so she ordered and enjoyed a gf free salad, and the waitress kindly allowed her to sample some gf desserts from the buffet. It was a memorable evening. Although pricey, it was worth it.
The fabulous Curry Buffet
We will miss the fabulous Curry Buffet in The Bengal lounge. This was always our lunch the many times we visited Victoria over the years. Thank you for the wonderful service and of course the great food. We will miss this gem!
I've been going to the Bengal Room for a long time, but my children have never been. Since it was going to be closing soon, I felt they needed to experience a superb lunch in a special place. It was everything I told them it would be.
Sad to see Bengal lounge go...
This was my first and last visit at the Bengal lounge, since it will be closing. Sad to see it go!! It has an awesome ambience and is such an institution in Victoria!
Love the Empress Hotel!
It's fabulous to be able to watch as this iconic gem of a hotel under goes change and a new ambiance unfolds. Hope I have more opportunities to dine, simply walk about and tip a glass of wine to toast this Victoria treasure. I can't say anything negative about what I see changing at the Empress Hotel.
Farewell to the Bengal Room
A final outing to enjoy the curry buffet, had a lovely evening, sad that this will be our last occasion to partake of the atmosphere and food.
End of an Era
Can't believe this 100 year old institution is being closed.
Always a favourite.
It will be sad to see the end of this establishment. It was our "go to" place with our good friends. We wanted to get one more visit in before it closed.
Love the feeling of occasion Dinning in this historic room. I know they are very busy right now but felt the hostess was pushing us out "We have had your money now get out" (Not her words) The waitress on the other hand was lovely
The Bengal Rocks
A wonderful experience I have been dining here for years and the service from Jesse and Chris was fantastic. Buffet meal divine! Looking forward to see what the new restaurant will be.
There's not much point to reviewing one of our favourite soon to be gone Victoria places! I will especially miss my Bengal Tigers.
We had the best time meeting up with fri ...
We had the best time meeting up with friends for a reunion of sorts! Service was second to none...food too filling! Drinks served quickly and were delightful. We are so sorry that this is the end of Bengal - but plans for the hotel sounds fantastic....
Too bad they are closing
One of my favourite places in Victoria. Sadly they are closing it :-(
Age of Majority
As we were celebrating our granddaughter's 19th birthday, we were impressed that the server already knew it from the reservation booking and greeted her with "Happy Birthday"! She was also brought a surprise birthday dessert and the server was very attentive to our needs. The food and drinks were interesting and delicious.
A nostalgic farewell
We have frequented the Bengal Lounge for many years and specially enjoyed its Indian buffet and the elegant, yet relaxed, old colonial atmosphere of the place. We are extremely disappointed that its new owner sees fit to close the Bengal Lounge, which is so much part of Victoria's tradition. Where else will the family now celebrate my birthday on November 11th? To replace it by what? Yet another run of the mill trendy, soulless spot? A very sad farewell indeed.
The Bengal is Going Extinct
It was my girlfriend's birthday and she wanted to go to the Bengal Lounge one last time before it closed. I tried to book dinner on a Saturday, but it was full so I settled for a 3:00 seating. It worked out perfectly. It was not too busy, staff had lots of time to offer good service and the Indian buffet was being served. The food was great, better than I expected. The ambiance was nice and relaxing, and it was comforting to have one last look at the place before we loose a bit of history in Victoria. I highly recommend visiting the Bengal if you want to see it one last time. Be prepared, however, to pay for your experience. I knew that it was going to be expensive, just because it's the Empress, and it was. But, it's one of those things that you just have to accept if you want that experience. If you are worried about the price, then don't go because nothing there is cheap. If you are prepared to pay about $130 for two people to have dinner, a couple drinks and a wonderfully nostalgic experience, then it's well worth it. We loved it and I'm glad we went.
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