Ferris' Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar

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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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M
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Both appetizer and entree are too salty , maybe it’s for people who prefer strong favor.

BM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing date night this past weekend here. We ordered seafood ceasars and the whipped ricotta and bread to start then shared the bouillabaisse. Everything was absolutely fantastic from the food to the service and the ambiance. We will definitely be back!

GI
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Ordered Rockfish - a local fish which was prepared without flavour. The risotto was swimming in a thin water - it was barely edible. The server did ask me if I didn't like the risotto and then the manager came over and gave me 20% off the meal. I did eat all of the fish so felt that was a very fair consolation.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server did a great job. The food was good but our entrées didn’t live up to the description. Food was fresh and well prepared, but the salmon dish just lacked flavor for all of its richness.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

They forgot our order and after waiting 45 minutes they got back to us and gave us a free dessert.

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Benjamins service was excellent, the food was fabulous, and wine list extensive and well priced. Highly recommend.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food (especially the oysters and the duck), great atmosphere, good prices compared to other places like it.

BM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun. Great food. Personable and professional service. Love this place.

E
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. The squid dish is the best!

J
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I loved the buck a shuck oysters. Wish they had a better wine on the happy hour even if it was $7 to $10 for a better wine as I was not about to drink the Screw it wine with the oysters, it was cheap but I never went there. The risotto balls need a bit more seasoning. We did end up with the cab blend for $10/5oz which was okay.

RR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This meal was sensational from beginning to end. We had oysters (perfect) and the cripsy polenta and I nearly died and went to food heaven. Couldn't have asked for a better meal or experience

DL
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent value happy hour 5:00 to 6;:00 if you like raw oysters as we do. Fixed price meal for two looked interesting but we ate the baked oysters instead'

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In a word -delish! Great, cozy atmosphere and wonderful staff

JR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was very accommodating on New Years Eve when we had an extra person show up for a reservation for 8. The service was quite good and the one hiccup in the food was corrected quickly. All told, it was a very pleasant experience.

P
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food along with great service made for a memorable New Years Eve dinner. Thank you.

MH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food at Ferris Upstairs is imaginative, varied, tasty and artfully presented. Serving portions are just right. On the night we went, the service was personal and friendly, but the kitchen was busy and we waited quite a while for our apples and main course. The food was well worth the wait!

MC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good setting, nice vibes, but it happens they squirreled us in a poor setting. The food was slightly above average, service was good, pleasant staff. A solid 4, but their oysters were a particular disappointment.

OT
Guatemala
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious food

DK
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This wasn't our first time at Ferris' Upstairs. That might explain why we choose to come back for a second time. I usually frequent the downstairs in between classes, but we reserve the upstairs of fancy date nights. The service is fast and the server understands your needs, especially when one of you can't make up their mind. Insert eye roll. The food is delicious, the oysters fresh and the atmosphere is great for dates, or large parties of a celebratory nature. Cheers!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot, interesting menu variety with high quality ingredients; our server knew her stuff and was articulate and friendly. The locals were there in force for dozens of happy hour oysters! If you even think you like cauliflower try the warm cauliflower salad, it was wonderful. This is a happy restaurant, teamwork evident, we would definitely return next time in town.

TP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Have been to this restaurant many times. However this time we had two servers who clearly were not interested and it appeared they wanted to be anywhere else. Typically the service here has been outstanding. Two young women serving us did not know much about the menu, or what was on our plates, it was actually quite painful at times and we were found literally staring open mouthed mouth to some of the responses. Super unimpressed. However, the food is five stars as usual.

GW
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The chicken liver mousse was disappointing: the consistency was grainy, rather than silky. Also, the red current gelée topping dominated the gentle flavour of the mousse. The mussels were excellent, as was the café Monte Cristo.

L
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I had a wonderful experience. Thank you to the server and staff that night. They made our evening truly special.

K
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ferris' has consistently been one of the best places to go out to eat. In our most recent visit I had a lovely date night with my husband. The atmosphere was cozy as always, and our waitress was friendly and very helpful. My inability to eat gluten was taken seriously which is always a huge relief, and our food was perfectly done.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Anniversary and a birthday

KJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

one of my favourite spots... the owner awesome and service great!!

E
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the dinner for two! Love the squid appetizer.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Marvellous birthday dinner!

LA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Ferris's just isn't what I remember it to be. And please don't make a late night reservation...I made the mistake of doing so...10:45pm, because open table allowed for it. But when I did, the restaurant called me to ask if I knew that the kitchen closed at 11, and "Are you sure?" So I pre-ordered so to make it easier on the kitchen. Not a good idea. We arrived at 10:50pm (after a show that we couldn't get out of and calling to say we would be right there) and the waitstaff gave us the stinkeye, the food was obviously long since warmed over, and they pretty much couldn't wait to get rid of us. "Unfortunately you won't be able to order dessert". Why - because I didn't pre-order that too? Never got asked! For a birthday dinner it was $100 poorly spent and a big disappointment. Hate to think Ferris is off the list of favourites, but it probably is. Or, they should stop allowing open table to make reservations 15 minutes before the waitstaff all go out back to smoke a joint. BTW we could smell that at the table service too.

G
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, variety of flavours. Great service and customer appreciation!

C
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

For an ‘oyster bar’ a bit dissapointed they only had one kind of raw oyster.

SL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always. Continues to be my favourite place to eat year after year.

LY
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and interesting, meaning foodies like us found it intriguing to try and figure out the spices used in the dishes we enjoyed. Our server was attentive but relaxed, a rare combination. We had a complete meal off the appetizer menu, the fattoush was a new dish to us and it's fantastic.

OT
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All our guests enjoyed their dinner! The service was outstanding. One of our guests was looking for breaded oysters in Victoria. He was not disappointed!

CG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were delighted by our dining experience. The food was amazing. We had the menu for two and all the courses were the perfect amount and went well together. Most impressive was the service. Our server, Benjamin must have been classicaly trained, his service was the best we’ve ever had, bar none. It made for an absolutely delightful birthday dinner. I doubt we’ll go anywhere else now! Hidden Gem!!!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great wine list, knowledgeable staff to help you choose both! Best meal we have had in Victoria!

SF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service

MZ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I’ve been many times. Service is always good. Food seemed rather bland this time round. The restaurant was also very cold as a member of the staff kept opening a window and leaving it opened for an extended period of time to air out the place due to the kitchen I would presume. I would more or less consider this a one off considering many of my past experiences being so great.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had the most amazing dinner at Ferris', everything tasted outstanding! The seafood was so fresh, even the cocktails were to die for. I highly recommend booking into Ferris' if you're ever in Victoria.

MA
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

When taking order for oysters, would be helpful if asked to add mignonette sauce or horseradish, even if its extra.

Thanks!

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