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Interior - Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar, Victoria, BC

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar

4.5
4.5
1029 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Located in one of Victoria's oldest buildings, Ferris' Upstairs Seafood And Oyster Bar presents deeply coloured wooden floors and rich brick walls accented by candlelight.

Featuring the best in fresh seafood from our local waters, and premium steaks from Alberta. It's a great place to lounge and enjoy what Vancouver Island has to offer. Small plates and large, our menu changes weekly based on the best in available produce and season.

We boast an extensive wine list from Europe, California and Canada. Six rotating craft beers on tap and carefully curated cocktails featuring local spirits and house made ingredients.

Seafood, meat, vegetarian and vegan options available. Kids welcome.

Located in the heart of downtown Victoria. Regularly named one of the best seafood restaurants in town, we offer a romantic setting perfect for date nights, special occasions and casual dinners. Tapas available from our neighbouring tapas bar Perro Negro on the weekends.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (250) 360-1824 ext. 1
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Leon McIntyre
  • Private party contact
    dave@ferrisoysterbar.com: (250) 360-1824 ext. 1
  • Neighbourhood
    Victoria
  • Cross Street
    Located on lower Yates Street between Government and Wharf.
  • Parking Details
    Street parking, parking lot directly opposite
  • Public Transit
    Multiple transit stops in the surrounding blocks.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,029 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Victoria

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Victoria

    Great for fine wines

1,029 Reviews
  1. MICHELLEM

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing little restaurant. The walls are full of fabulous paintings, and the seafood is fresh and delicious! The service was top notch. Don’t forget to try the Basil Panna Cotta!

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  2. KevinC

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess mistakenly mentioned that our booking was for the main room, we managed to get a table upstairs as a walk-in, but we were in a dark corner. Our server “ Kennedy” was superb, she was friendly and professional. After we showed her the confirmation frm Open table, she moved us to a much better table. We had the raw oysters, super fresh and tasty. Fried smelt was yummy. Grilled Octopus was slightly overcooked and the Bouillabaisse is quite salty with a bit too many potatoes instead of seafood… lol

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  3. GordonH

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent for fish and wine. I had the black cod

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  4. PaulD

    Las Vegas

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m embarrassed to say that I have lived in Victoria for 63 years and this was the first time at Ferris’ Upstairs. We had a wonderful dining experience with fantastic service and perfectly prepared food. I am not an oyster fan, but my wife is and she was delighted with the oysters. I had plenty of other choices which were delicious. We will be back in June when our son visits us from Toronto.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Oysters so fresh. Dinner was also excellent. Service was great. Had a good time.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    incredible restaurant, a must if in Victoria, the best fish & oysters I have eaten in a while

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  7. ColleenD

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved it but felt the food was delivered to quickly vs being able to enjoy each plate as we were all sharing.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered medium rare steak but it came out medium.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining here is always an absolute pleasure. We had the oysters with Horseradish Vodka - fantastic combination. Then a polenta dish which completely blew our mind. Then the steak which was perfectly cooked. Service and ambience were also top notch.

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  10. SusanB

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food! Everything we ordered was flavorful and creative.

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  11. MEAC

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Although I told my server one oyster was bad, no effort was made until after I paid to improve the situation. Otherwise the food was great.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friends and I meet here regularly for happy hour beers, oysters and deep fried smelts. Service is always great.

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  13. BarbaraL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely wonderful dinner. There were 7 of us and everyone enjoyed it immensely. The food takes awhile to come, but that's part of the experience. I'll definitely be going there again -- so very delicious!! Oh, and I should mention that the staff were wonderful, as well -- very attentive and helpful.

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  14. Hatters01

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First time my wife had visited here. Nice relaxing vibe, attentive service and great food

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  15. JackD

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was prompt and attentive. My glass of wine seemed 3 -4 days old and oxidized so not a great start. The Black cod entree was very disappointing with the charred broccolini literally scorched and nasty smelling and inedible, and the rice cakes so overcooked they were difficult to cut through with a knife. Black cod was prepared nicely but could not overcome the other significant meal deficiencies. Not what we remembered from past meals at Ferris's Upstairs so will need to think twice when next in Victoria given so many other solid dining options available.

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  16. JimG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! Happy to see the seafood Caesar is back!

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  17. Moster

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and attentive service. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. Celebrating a BD with 3 other people … highly recommend.

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  18. KatherineG

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As with all restaurants, I wish the music would be turned down or off.

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  19. DougP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a lovely fun restaurant setting with exposed brick and art on the walls. We ordered multiple small plates which were beautifully presented, unique and delicious. The service was top notch from our server who was attentive and even brought us extra baguettes to soak up the delicious sauce from one of our small plate dishes. A lovely evening.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the oysters as an appetizer & salmon as main Everything was so good and came so fast best experience ever!! i’m definitely going back, the service was excellent

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I was really looking forward to my second visit to Ferris upstairs seafood, especially after an exceptional first experience. This time, I brought my mom and sister along, hoping to share the joy. Unfortunately, our latest visit couldn't have been more different from the first. Upon arrival, we didn't receive the warm welcome I remembered. Our waitress, who didn't introduce herself, provided minimal interaction and seemed disinterested in engaging with us. There was a noticeable lack of the friendly chatter that usually accompanies dining out, which left us feeling somewhat unwelcomed. It's disheartening to mention, but being a Chinese family, we couldn't help but feel our ethnicity might have influenced the level of service received, as everything felt rushed and impersonal. Moving on to the food, it was a letdown compared to the culinary delight I remembered. The dishes were notably overpriced for what was offered. For example, a $45+ steak, which seemed to be a cheaper cut, was served with a lackluster sauce and a basic salad. The presentation was uninspiring, and the heavy-handed sauce couldn't mask the fact that the meal didn't justify a $200 price tag. The overall experience was bland and left much to be desired. Would not recommend.

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  22. MarciaC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Portions were pretty good. Steak sirloin was overpriced and extremely garlicky, but service was incredible. Ambience and appies were great. My friends loved their meals, *(halibut and polenta) I just chose wrong. Had cheesecake too.. deliscious Light and tasty

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  23. Michael

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service as always! Great for a birthday dinner with friends.

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  24. DougH

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for seafood and oysters. Good happy hour menu. Nice atmosphere.

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  25. RickyJ

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant. It's warm -cozy.

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  26. Foodloverz1234

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Valentine dinner experience. Service, food, and atmosphere were all very good.

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  27. AtraiaC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere is lovely, very cozy and romantic. Food is absolutely excellent, and the service was top notch! I didn’t catch our servers name but she was lovely.

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  28. MageB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall good dining experience. The starters and mains that we ordered were excellent. Though they got our order wrong and had to wait quite a bit for the food. Desserts were okay as the creme brulee was too watery and the caramelized sugar was very hard. The brownies were good though.

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  29. MeganP

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious and our servers were wonderful.

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  30. AnthonyK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I dined here for my birthday and it was exceptional. We started with arancini, smelt and chorizo puffs apps. Delicious! For mains we tried the house smoked trout and tuna crudo. It was so good we'd travel back to Victoria BC just to have these two dishes again. Simply outstanding. Lastly, the wait staff were top notch.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue excellent service. Awesome value. Try the clam linguini.

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  32. 4evercaffeinated

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Oysters didn’t disappointment; accompanying sauces were delicious. First time going to Upstairs for Dine Around Town - Bison was cooked to perfection.

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  33. KatherineB

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing seafood and lovely drink selection. We would definitely go back.

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  34. Olivia

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Dine Round menu and food was very good! The restaurant was very busy and a little loud but we could hear each other quite well. The service was ok not outstanding. We had to ask for cutlery for our main course. We were not offered tea or coffee with dessert. I would go back through as the food was very good!

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  35. MikeG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent! Great service and amazing food. Loved the black bread!

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  36. TammyM

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, staff and environment! Highly recommend!

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  37. Michael

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The tuna crudo is life changing. Everything else was great too!

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  38. TerryG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious menu, relaxed setting, very nice. Liked the exposed brick and Canadiana paintings.

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  39. GeorginaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had 4 of the around town dining menu. It was fantastic. The steelhead trout was very good and the Braised Bison Short Rib was also very delicious according to our table. Great value for money and we did the wine pairing so had a different pairing for each of the 3 courses. We also had fresh oysters to start. I love the flavout options. The Japanese was my favorite. Very well done. We will go again.

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  40. MoniqueB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had had the crispy polentas and it was delicious!

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FAQs

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 360-1824 ext. 1.

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1029 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 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar

536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Located on lower Yates Street between Government and Wharf.
  • Neighbourhood
    Victoria
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street parking, parking lot directly opposite
  • Public Transit
    Multiple transit stops in the surrounding blocks.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Leon McIntyre
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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