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Bar 500, Victoria, BC

Bar 500

4.1
4.1
59 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Italian inspired eatery/bar led by talented chef Josh Cocca and master mixologist Mark Roeric. Newly re-designed in the lobby of the Oswego Hotel. Local products, smart wines, true cocktails, Whistle Bouy draught and a commitment to quality, are all presented by professional and passionate staff, making bar 500 the go to hot spot in James Bay.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 940-7500 ext. 6505

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Josh Cocca

  • Neighbourhood

    Victoria

  • Cross Street

    Oswego and Kingston

  • Parking Details

    Free underground parking as well as ample street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 59 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JC

    JulieC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and good value. Our server Zoe was very sweet
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Acapulco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great music
  3. CC

    CaylaC

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Was a very disappointing first breakfast of the year. 39.00 a person for a mediocre meal. First, we thought it was a buffet breakfast for the flat fee. If we had know it was only going to be a price fixe 2 course meal, we would have gone elsewhere. 1st course consisted of your choice of yogurt, a small fruit plate or what I thought was a bakery plate, since it advertised a few options. I was not asked a preference and was brought a single scone. 2nd course, my partner order the Chicken and waffles. I ordered the crab cake bennie. When the food came out, I was present with the wrong food. I had to wait 15 more minutes, for my correct item to come out. I was not offered any such another bakery item well I waited nor was any thing offered for the inconvenience. The Benny consisted of broken hollandaise, and water from the eggs, over done potatoes and an under cooked, under seasoned crab cakes. The was no English Muffin or bread presented underneath. Certainly not worth 39.00 a person. Won't be going back.
  4. GP

    GlennP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Love the live music - Edie and Joey are great. Food menu is limited, not much to our taste.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Excellent service - great waiter. Menu very odd. 2 out of 4 entrees were OK.
  6. DB

    DebraB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved Edie .. my perogies were excellent and wonderfully unique .. I thought 60.00 for a bottle of wine that sells in BC liquor stores for 18.99 was a bit of over kill and way overpriced
  7. LR

    LyndaR

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've only had brunch here and would highly recommend it to others. Unique items that are simply delicious and made in-house (e.g. focaccia bread the best I've ever had).
  8. w

    wineguy

    Vancouver

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Menus very small Only 5 wines on menu by bottle picked one was told is was being fazed out no stock? Salad ordered was very fish could not eat. It. In fair they took off the bill Service for a 10 table restaurant and only 3 were filled was sporadic at best Wine was 75 bottle was opened and poured. No chance to taste or offer to taste Follow up on courses after dropped was non existent Theses guys need some training !!
  9. F

    Foodmama

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I don’t know what has happened to Bar 500. Complete change in staff and totally different and disappointing experience. The biggest issue was our server who was so chill he seemed disengaged. The food was not what we normally expect either. Tortellini

    Bar 500Responded on October 28, 2022Hi there! We have come under new management since the last time you dined. We were faced with completely re-staffing the restaurant since our set staff were leaving for unrelated reasons. Its been a challenge staffing in this city and we hope our guests realize that we want to provide them with the best experience as we work through this difficult but necessary period of adjustment. The server in question has been coached and will work on their overall attitude. Thank you for your honesty.

  10. MS

    MiaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Food/service great Ambiance not good. Beautiful room. Lovely dinner on ugly tables with no cover. Candles came at end of dinner. Fireplace not on. When lights were dimmed, 2 pot lights started flashing then had to be brightened again and left there to stop it. One table had a bright red checker tablecloth that didn’t match decor. Ugly plastic hanging planters. Our last visit many years ago, it used to be really nice in that room. We were happy food and service were so good to compensate for this shortfall. It was our first time going out for thanksgiving dinner. It easily could have been really nice.
  11. RJ

    RobinJ

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The clams were excellent. The pasta was tasty, but heavy. The pianist was good but the singer was not.
  12. PH

    PaulH

    Vancouver

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bistro atmosphere. Happened to be Jazz night.
  13. AA

    AryA

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good service and atmosphere. Dishes didn't let their protein shine, unevenly cooked pork belly and cod overpowered by bean accompaniment. We would go back & try again as it was a nice experience. The dishes could use more care.
  14. GN

    GinaN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Great service great chowder and wine ravioli not great tasting hard in edges not a good flavor
  15. BM

    BrandyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome jazz night entertainment and really delicious food!
  16. LD

    LesleyD

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was delicious! I will definitely go again.
  17. MT

    MoreenT

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. A small menu but everything well done and tasty.
  18. LA

    LauraA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Victoria. The pasta was fantastic. Restaurant is small which is perfect for date night. We sat on the patio and it was really nice.
  19. D

    Deborah

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the design, ambience, food, location and service. My only complaint was my skewered lamb was charred and well done. My husband was very pleased with his meal!
  20. G

    Gregorvich

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, as was the service. I had the accidental catch of the day which was cooked perfectly. The service was superb also. It was jazz night while we were there so there was a lady singing with a guitarist. My only criticism was it was quite loud because of this inside the restaurant so we opted to eat outside.
  21. GD

    GregD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal. Lovely service. We will definitely be back. Love the pasta…a lot!
  22. L

    Laurie

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely presentation, great service. A lovely experience all round.
  23. J

    Jules

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great value, and lovely and accommodating staff. But what I enjoy most is their consistency - every visit here has been outstanding.
  24. AS

    Agent22Smith

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are staying at Hotel Oswego, (excellent), where BAR 500 is located. They positive reviews on Open Table are warranted. Food is locally sourced, creatively prepared and everything we had was excellent. Our waiter (Mark) masterfully steered us through the menu. This is a small restaurant with well-spaced tables of 2-4 persons, creating a quiet ambience perfect for couples. Prices represent a great value for such outstanding dining.
  25. EM

    ElizabethM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable music, lovely food even though the menu is small.
  26. CD

    CandD

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    A great place to meet, loved the ambiance! The food was good but unfortunately the service was not great. We had to ask for coffee refills twice, had to ask for more cream, there was no quality check on the food, no refills of water. Basically once we were served, we had to flag down our server (who continued to talk to another staff member), every time we wanted something. There was only one other table of two in the place. Although we didn't order very much, I still expected better service than we received. I was the one who suggested this place to my friends and would like to bring others but I may be a bit hesitant to make this my first choice. The server was nice enough and I did still tip her but only because I used to be in the service industry and I know times are tough right now. I'm sure I will return but perhaps a bit more customer service training for staff would be helpful.
  27. MS

    MarkS

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and the food was amazing. Chef Josh made us an exceptional carbonara! Can’t thank him enough. Will be back soon!
  28. BE

    BeckyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Great food. Very impressed with everything. And as a big guy I still left full, which I was not expecting.
  29. FS

    FranzS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The menu is short but each of the four dishes we ordered were exceptionally tasty. The dessert - strawberry, rhubarb, cognac pie - was the only part of the meal that was uninspired. The two wines we ordered - a French white and an Italian red - were very good and complimented the meal. The service was quick and efficient but perhaps a bit sparse. I would recommend this restaurant for a very tasty dinner.
  30. SC

    SatisfiedCustomer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was super friendly and checked on us just the right amount of times. The food was delicious - the pasta in particular - and all for a fantastic price
  31. C

    Crispery13

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitresses were excellent. They were friendly and energetic. The entertainment was fantastic. Food was very tasty. The soup and salad were plentiful and incredibly flavourable. The ravioli was great, but we thought the portion was too small.
  32. s

    shawnr

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    This was our first visit to Bar500. Dine Around is what prompted the visit. Food was excellent - atmosphere was nice. We will ask to sit at the bar next time.
  33. J

    Josh

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Awkwardly quiet. Food was just okay - didn’t pack a punch. Server could have been more inviting and exciting.
  34. GG

    GeorgeG

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It has taken me a long time to actually make a reservation for dinner in the Bar 500, even though I live in Victoria. I took a couple of friends from out of town last night, and we had a very pleasant experience in the restaurant. The food was excellent, and the service was better. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Bar 500, and I'm sure we will return.
  35. KK

    KeithK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Food was interesting, a different take on some dishes. The pear pasta was excellent
  36. SL

    SeanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great server, great food. Was very happy with cocktails as well.
  37. SD

    SidD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food; friendly staff, lovely Christmas decorations. Recommended!
  38. d

    dcubed

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best resto in Vic
  39. DG

    DanaG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The drinks were great, service good. For the price there should be free bread like other higher priced pasta spots in the city. We ordered bread anyway and it was terrible. My husbands ragu was worse then boxed hamburger helper. My catch of the day meal was ok. I would recommend for the drinks but not the food
  40. MS

    MarkS

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It was our first time there and it won’t be our last. Chef Josh’s food was amazing! It blew me away. Mark and Anuke were a delight behind the bar. Bar 500 was a pleasant surprise and we’ll back back very soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar 500 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 940-7500 ext. 6505.

Bar 500 is rated 4.1 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Bar 500

500 Oswego St, Victoria, BC V8V 5C1

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Oswego and Kingston

  • Neighbourhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Free underground parking as well as ample street parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Josh Cocca

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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