Agrius

4.7
328 reviews
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  • Creative Cuisine
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Agrius is an organic restaurant.
Our bread is baked in a wood fired oven from our own stone milled red fife wheat.
We choose local farms and use only sustainable fisheries.
We work closely with our friends at farm + field butchers.
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DR
Palm Springs
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Pleasant and small restaurant. My small plates were nicely prepared and very flavorful. A good foodie experience. Not a big pile of food, but elegant pallet pleasers.

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RW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food options were generous, with vegan and gluten free available. Had four course meal and chef was creative with flavors and textures. Excellent!!!

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AD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

We went to celebrate Valentine's Day. As with most smaller restaurants now the tables are quite close together. We were tucked into a corner (at my request, thank you) and it was fine. One of the first things we noticed was the seats were hard. Not horrible but also not very comfortable for a nice restaurant. The food was different, an adventure really. There were not many items on the menu to my taste but I went in ready to try a few things. My husband tried the duck and pork skin and really enjoyed them. I don't eat duck but tried the vegetable on the plate. The charcuterie was lovely and the brussels sprouts were really good. The description for the salmon didn't mention it was not cooked (only cured) and it wasn't to my taste. When I mentioned it to our server she offered an alternative. They ended up taking the salmon off our bill which was unexpected.

Service was great! Very knowledgeable about the dishes and wines and very attentive without being overly so. All of the servers were also very forthcoming with information to us non-foodies without being condescending or snooty about it.

We did find a couple of dishes we would definitely order again and will return. We will probably ask a few more questions while ordering and sit at one of the cushioned seats.

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II
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening, enjoyed the tasting my

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JL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best breakfast in Victoria and you can make reservations so you don’t have to wait in line for an hour!

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PM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants not just in Victoria, but anywhere. The quality and service are unmatched, and the food is phenomenal. An evening at Agrius is a must every time we go up there. We also go to Fol Epi (the attached bakery cafe) for pastries and coffee in the morning, and grab a couple sandwiches for the trip home.

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VP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is the third time we have eaten at Agrius.....every time we’ve enjoyed the experience...
Having the restaurant in our building is a bonus...

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F
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

A truly enjoyable experience. Local food, organic ingredients, CREATIVITY, CREATIVITY and PLANTS!

A nice add-on to the food scene in Victoria. Great ambiance and VERY knowledgeable servers. Such a delight :)

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S
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We went for Dine Around Victoria and had the 50 dollar 3 course menu ... even if they priced out the fish ( cod) entre at 30 dollars we still paid 10 dollars each for a starter of 3 pieces of squash and a dessert that was a deconstructed carrot cake... too much

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I Agrius is one of my favourites, but I was rather disappointed with the Dine Around meal. I will definitely continue eating at Agrius, but I wouldn’t go for the Dine Around event again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dine Around, wonderful meal and service

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NC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent and service attentive - very much appreciated being able to cross the dine around menus

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a wonderful dine out meal with perfect wine pairings!

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RT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great first experience here! The atmosphere was ideal, the noise level was definitely a highlight. I would have liked a more prominent by the glass BC wine selection, but overall a nice variety of worldly wines. New server did a great job reading the table and food was brought out in great time! Food was fantastic, bread with butter and salt reminded me of my time in France.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff, excellent food. We had a really lovely dinner here as part of Dine Around Victoria.

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p
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Dine around was so good. Will definitely be back.

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v
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I had the xo fried rice and it was delicious! The balanced flavours of salty, sweet, and sour were spot on. Another great dish to add to my favourites!

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g
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I went to Agrius with a group of friends during Dine Around and while it's a nice time to get a taste of a restaurant, I wouldn't recommend it to a friend. I don't think the set menu gives you the best impression of this restaurant who is great at small plates and things to share family style, and not as strong on one-person entrées. The portion sizes varied a lot across dishes for the same course and while they all felt like an okay value, one of us was still hungry and one couldn't eat the dessert because there was so much side with the main. I loved the desserts we had at our table, the carrot cake in particular was so good... the tiny cakes meant every bite had a golden, crisp bite, and the pickles were unexpected and just the right tang with the semifreddo.
The service at Agrius is friendly and charming with our table, but noticeably icy when we were heading out the door and noticed a mouse running around the bakery. When we pointed it out we got a quick, "K thanks, bye!" and no explanation or apology. For all I know every restaurant in town has mice and that's normal and you just try to keep them contained, but your clients don't want to find out, and if they do, maybe send them home with an extra dessert or a gift card?

Overall I like Agrius as a place to share a lot of plates and the thoughtful wine menu, and I'll probably go back. Just not during dine around.

As a parting note, the plants desperately need pruning/watering.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will be back again soon!

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F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a treat to have so many caring food and beverage people in one place. Will be back ASAP wen in Victoria again.

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W
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Well worth a visit . Very accommodating hostess when my reservation time was missed and sure glad we made it . Food was first class and service top drawer . The three courses my wife and I had were expertly presented and promptly delivered . This small restaurant is a great choice in downtown Victoria and I would return again

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JC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Kale & Mushroom Benny was fabulous! Soup was healthy but needed seasoning or herbs and might have been better pureed.

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. The server answered all questions and was especially solicitous regarding food allergies.

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JL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love agrius, it’s my favorite place for breakfast in Victoria!

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Agrius' menu is seasonal and always amazing! Great cocktail options as well, plus great service. I always recommend it to my friends.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Our reservation was for the first night they re-opened after a holiday break. We practically had the place to ourselves. There was a larger table next to us for a while and we found it pretty loud. Not sure what it woudl be like with a full seating in there?

Service was excellent. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Nice selection of island wines. We did the Agrius Kitchen Menu with the beverage pairing. Everything was outstanding with the exception of the cod. Nothing wrong with the fish, just not as exciting or tasty as the other dishes. The dessert was a little dull - a deconstructed apple crumble-type dish. Not a fan of warm fruit desserts, so that is possibly informing my impression of the dessert. The cheese plate was also a bit underwhelming - Alpindon cheese (something we eat at home regularly) and rye crackers (which were very tasty). The meal was accompanied by generous servings of Fol Epi bread (the best bread in town IMHO).

All in all, a very good meal. Expensive, but we went all out for my husband's birthday. Oh, and I was bummed to discover they've removed the lamb tartar from the menu! REALLLLLY hope that circles back at some point. We'll be back. Interested to check out the lunch and brunch menus.

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AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Excellent food! Service was aloof at the best of times and rude when present but perhaps we were there on an off day.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Agrius maintains the highest standards for taste and service. I am always happy that I chose it!

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AB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ingredients combined in ingenious ways. Delicious meal.

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ET
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Strikes a perfect balance between creativity, satisfying portions, price, and breadth of flavours. Absolutely worth the trip.
(Had: Smoked beets 5/5; Pork cracklin' 3/5; Kale salad with herring duck breast with rye and orange 5/5; hangar steak w/XO sauce 5/5).

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LN
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal at Agrius with family. We ordered a kale salad, oysters, octopus, pork rinds, smoked beets, squash, duck, cabbage and various drinks. The server was very friendly, patient and professional. She answered all our various questions about the menu which was nice. The food came out at the perfect time and everything was cooked perfectly. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so much that two of us came back the next morning to try the bakery side for breakfast.

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always guaranteed fresh, hot and delicious fare. Service is great!

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MD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, creatively prepared and beautifully presented. We took luck of the draw with the tasting menu - and three of four dishes were fantastic. That's good enough odds to go back again. There's nothing else like this in downtown Victoria.

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R
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time at Agrius, a lunch with business friends. Limited menu which is good, so they can focus. Everyone
enjoyed their meals, although my broccoli and eggs and salad was a bit skimpy (but tasty). i will probably go back.

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VS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have dined at Agrius several times for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Food and service are always excellent. This visit was a surprise for my husband and I requested no menus at arrival and preordered drinks and the tasting menus. These requests were executed flawlessly. We always enjoy our visits and hope to be back soon.

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t
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent experience! The food was unique and well prepared. Some of the best flavours I’ve experienced. Service fantastic. Even something as simple as a small charcuterie plate was elevated with fantastic pickled vegetables and locally cured meats. Can’t wait to return!

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MO
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Agrius continues to be my Number.1 restaurant in Victoria! The service is friendly and consistent, the food always fresh, local and delicious. I love that the menu changes regularly. Their bar program; cocktails and incredible wine, is also a huge draw when I'm looking for a drink and a light snack as opposed to a full meal. Thankyou to Ashley for looking after me and my colleagues for our Business Holiday lunch. Ashley is always incredibly friendly and engaging, as are the rest of the team. Thanks for being incredible and keep up the good work!

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D
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service, inventive menu, moderately expensive.

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointed. Have dined there previously (prior to their switch to more small plate styled) and much preferred that approach.

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LB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We ordered the tasting menu and it was great to just sit back and relax to let the chef surprise you. Dishes were well presented and wine pairings were unique and BC local. We found there was too many whites though and would’ve liked a heavier red (I think they stopped at the Pinot). The first few courses were lovely but I wasn’t much a fan of the duck, it was a bit too rare for my taste. The service was okay, seemed a bit too casual for a tasting menu, but it was our first visit so we’ll see if it is more polished for next time. A nice addition to the Victoria food scene.

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