Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.5
424 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Warm, cozy prohibition era decor in Victoria's 'Old Town". In 1882 Harry Johnson first published the Bartenders’ Manual/Guide for Hotels and Restaurants. He is still known today for his sagacious writings on service excellence and customer care. He bought the Little Jumbo Saloon in New York from a peer and rival named Jerry Thomas who had founded it in 1866. Because of Thomas’ pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States; he is considered "the father of American mixology”. In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. We pay homage to these two and our Little Jumbo emphasizes the fine craft of preparing fresh local food with a focus on continental and contemporary and pairing it with fine wines and the best of classic and modern mixology. A particular emphasis is on creating exceptional customer experience, something very dear to Harry Johnson’s heart.
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CG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Great service.

CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I actually did not order any food because I had an upset stomach but I ordered a digestive which made me feel much better. The Spanish Coffee was also incredible. This is by far my favorite bar I’ve ever been to. I love the ambiance, classy and friendly vibes. Would 100% recommend!

AB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

More oriented as a lively bar than a restaurant, as the cocktail and wine lists were extensive, but the menu is not.

Also, the selection and volume level of the music being played at 8:30 on a Sunday night would definitely not qualify as condusive to relaxed dining. More to just “eating and drinking”.

LK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible and the craft cocktails were delicious. The vibe was also great. I would definitely go back!

BC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Wonderful creative flavours and fresh ingredients - so delicious! A tiny bit dark for a lovely summer day, but otherwise a really nice atmosphere and great service.

S
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, a lovely experience!

OT
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

After a recommendation from friends, we are also easily able to recommend. Great food, a little different twist on dishes but lovely. Waitress and staff very friendly attentive. Bar staff accommodating in making anything they can for you even if it’s not in the drinks menu. All in all excellent meal and experience.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very good very nice ambience

t
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The specials (Brie and figs, ahi tuna) were excellent, flavorful. The table service was good, but the bar service was slow.

LH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in years. The service was impeccable - attentive without being intrusive - and the food was absolutely delicious. We will make it a priority dining experience whenever we are in Victoria.

EG
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I visited Little Jumbo with my girlfriend and our friend to celebrate her Birthday on July 22nd. This bar has always been a special place for us and is considered our go to for any date night. However, during this particular visit I was sincerely disappointed by our server. She was lovely to begin with, and when our drinks were held up, she even brought us some bubbly on the house while we waited. However at some point during our meal something changed and she began treating us very passive aggressively, ushering us out as soon as she could. She didn't offer me a second drink, or any of us a dessert. She talked down to my girlfriend when she commented on how much she loved the cocktail she had ordered. We were brought our bill by 8PM and we had sat down just shy of 7PM.

I am not sure what happened or what changed but I felt incredibly let down as I said Little Jumbo was our go to spot.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on July 26, 2019

We sincerely apologize. This situation will not occur again for you or any other guests. That individual has left our establishment. Please be assured that you are welcome back any time and will be provided with a much more caring and professional service delivery.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Tried Little Jumbo for the first time on our 40th Anniversary. Our server was great, food was very good, enjoyed the whole evening.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The drinks at Little Jumbo are amazing, the service is very good. The Pink &Pink drink is truly special. All of our food was delicious. Little Jumbos atmosphere is different then anything you will find in Victoria.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating hanging with moms! The food and staff were amazing. Drinks on point. Thank you for making our evening special.

EM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wanted to give out of town guests a taste of the best of Victoria. They were not disappointed.

M
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food and service just OK- drinks were well crafted.
The gnocchi dish was laughable-the actual gnocchi were minuscule in size,
and it came with only 4 prawns. The hamburger was spicy - so be forewarned
that it packs some heat.

S
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Craft cocktails made with attention to every detail. Food was good but maybe too pricey for the portion.

F
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

They are much better at seafood than beef. The tetaki was tough and flavorless and the fact that they will not make a rare burger testifies to their lack of confidence cooking beef. That said everything else was very good.

B
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant with good ambience and vibes. What one pays for here is excellent, locally-sourced food, a really inviting atmosphere, professional service, and a superbly-stocked bar and narrow but excellent wine list. One is not paying for big portions at this restaurant and patrons should be aware of that. We will return to Little Jumbo again.

C
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great service. I enjoyed the Ling Cod with risotto very much, they did a nice job. Especially considering that I ate there on a Sunday, when many chefs and cooks get the day off. I would try it again.

CS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and even better cocktails!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and cocktails, both the set piece cocktails ordered from the menu and those devised by the bartender using ingredients we wanted to try. The scallop and pork belly dish that we ate was the best we had in the five days we spent in Victoria.

EM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Our meal was wonderful and the bartender made a special non alcoholic cocktail for me as I am no longer able to drink alcohol (sigh). It was delicious, very herbaceous and smooth.
On our next visit we would reserve a table a either end of the room so it might be slightly less loud.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellence across the board: service, quality, taste, presentation, cellar, & locally-sourced!

JD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Seemed like a 'date spot' when we arrived (many couples, no families) but I took my tribe of 4 (total) on a fairly quiet July 4, Thurs evening. VERY good food - my better half had the LingCod, my junior had the burger and my big kid and I both had the scallops with pork belly. Winners all around. Super impressed. We didn't get to partake of the booze menu, which they seem to be known for, but we had a great experience and enjoyed the solid food. BTW, we all shared the Strawberry shake for dessert... um, amazing... thanks!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for cocktails as well as excellent food. A bit on the pricey side but very good.

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic staff and environment bettered only by the food

MW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lingcod! Cocktails! So delicious and a great get away from the tourist rush. Food is beautifully presented and the cocktail list is interesting. Music could have been at a lower level for conversation. The tables are close together so between music and other diners stories you have to pay attention to your dining companion closely.

MT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Little JUmbo's has the feel of a secret speak-easy of the 1920's. A long , narrow rectangular brick room, tucked down a long hallway from the street. It might feel claustrophobic to some, but more likely exclusive to the rest. Their bartenders are all top notch mixologists and some of their signature cocktails proved novel and delicious. Food was very good, and creative in their preparations and presentations. Strawberry milkshake for dessert? With a shot of rum init? Why not. Not inexpensive, but really top notch place. We will be going back, for sure!

MJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Would I recommend this restaurant? Yes and no. I had good experience before but this time I’m not pleased. Our server is not very friendly and appeared not to be enjoying her job (dry and not a smile ). The food I ordered (gnocchi) was very salty and not worth the $ I paid for. The portions are small so order a filling appy if you have a big appetite. Cocktails are of course amazing for $15. Unfortunately, we’re not going back.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We work hard hard to please all our guests and coach our servers to accept and accommodate all tastes. We've examined this incident and have done further coaching, but there are times when certain groups cannot be satisfied. An offer to redo the plate was refused even though the kitchen team tasted and found no fault with the dish, nor have others. At times some guest incidents make it difficult for staff to enjoy their work and this appears to be one of them.

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent atmosphere, excellent food, and a special thank you to the bar staff who mixed me a custom scotch cocktail.

JL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

yes the food was excellent just found it very noisy and a bit stuffy...

p
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely great food, & the service (Melanie) was spectacular!

K
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place to get a cocktail and delicious food. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to do something special.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

It was good. But with ceviche just give us some tortilla chips. Thats how its done in Mexico feels more authentic. I didn’t know how to eat that puff pastry thing it just made a mess and wasn’t the right texture.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hmmm. We're not a Mexican restaurant and don't make tortillas. We serve the freshest local food inspired by the best international influences. Ceviche has its roots in Spain with Moorish influence. What you experienced wasn't puff pastry but Chiccarron also Spanish in origin. Many of our guests rave about these . . .

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We've been before, and have enjoyed it thoroughly in the past - Our server was delightful, but food took forever and the portions were quite small for 32$ entree. We'd likely come back again, but not necessarily recommend it to others looking for a nice occasion spot to treat yourself to.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 18, 2019

Apologies for the wait time on food. Fridays are our busiest nights, often with many guests arriving at once. Our response on value: food costs have risen steadily at 3.85% annually. We are meticulous in procuring the best local and organic ingredients and know where every food item comes from; we could cut corners, but for what purpose? We portion sizes appropriately to most appetites. Any prospective guest looking for large portions with takeaway potential may wish to try another venue.

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CB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Melanie was fantastic. She had wonderful recommendations for food and drink options. Their custom cocktails and bartender's choice we're phenomenal. We were even blown away by the frozen ice in a glass approach to making an Old Fashioned. Hands down the best drinks, and food, we've had in a long time. Definitely earned some bonus points from my wife for selecting Little Jumbo as our surprise date night in Victoria. Can not recommend this place enough.

MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place to be!! Great food, incredible service from Melanie!!

RK
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great service and amazing food experience.
It’s a little difficult to find but absolutely worth trying this hidden gem.

JP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!

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