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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
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574 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 574 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rickross
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place! Will definitely come back. Would recommend to others.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

This was my first time to Little Jumbo since the lockdown. It was quiet of course and as I remembered....all good. The service didn’t match expectations. I may be old fashioned but service seemed too casual For me in this context. However I will return.

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kerrys
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The cocktails are always superb. We had the flatirons steaks, cooked to perfection and the salad was like it had just been picked from the garden and served.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food even better cocktails great service must visit every time we go to Victoria

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

All good. The service was a bit spotty.

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Pringlelikethechip
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food presentation and taste were amazing. The staff was very accommodating, finding crayons for our toddler from a neighbouring restaurant on their own accord. My husband enjoyed the beverage selection for Father’s Day. Great restaurant! We will visit again.

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SusanT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Little Jumbo cocktails are incredibly tasty. Staff are incredibly attentive, COVID friendly, and quick to serve. The food, while some not so appealing in print, turned out to be absolutely delicious! Loved everything about this little restaurant. Social distancing is a must (for now) but still somehow the restaurant felt energetic and fun. Excellent!

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EricM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the best cocktails/food in town. They'll customize a cocktail to your taste, or just whip something original up if you suggest what you like. Outstanding.

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JessicaH
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve always loved Little Jumbo, so they were a natural first choice for our first meal out since everything shut down. Their hygiene and distancing measures were well executed and reassuring. We felt welcomed, safe, and well fed. We will be back and we will strongly encourage others to dine in here as well as support the new take out program.

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Penny
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time but had heard lots of positives. Exceeded expectations.

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dinnerout
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in Victoria, wonderful atmosphere, great cocktails and delicious food!

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TheModGourmet
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent food, amongst the best in the downtown core.
Impressive how they are at once a classic French restaurant, and a funky hipster cocktail lounge.
While it doesn't have the expansive view of Vista 18, I am partial to the cozy brick cellar atmosphere they have created.
I hope this helps people choose to eat here!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 24, 2020

My goodness, thank you so much for your kind words and recommendation. This means so much to our team!

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McWoo
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Little Jumbo for our first date night in months!! The drinks are all ways delicious and the food was mouth watering. Everything was cooked perfectly. The service was excellent and I felt very safe. We will be back! Yum!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 24, 2020

Thank you McWoo, so honoured that you chose us for that special night. We look forward to serving you again.

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RobP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Disappointing , no one seemed like they wanted to be there. Almost like they were doing me a favor, for a 200 dinner, really?

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 24, 2020

Reviews are meant to be honest assessments of a guest's experience. This is not. In the middle of Phase 2 Covid-19 we are given strict guidelines to protect the health of our staff & our valued guests. In booking, it is clear that we require card payments only. Reviewer reserved online & was reminded of this when checked in. Despite this, he made a scene when we couldn't make change for his cash payment - he got huffy and stated 'you get what you get' walked out leaving our team with a 2% tip.

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KateM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service and delicious food. They go out of their way to make your visit super special. Highly recommend the duck terrine. Can’t wait to go back

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 24, 2020

Thanks Kate. New menu just launched, we look forward to the opportunity of serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Cool vibe in the place. Chic decor and an upscale bar/dining hipster feel. Service was good. Just the right size menu that makes it clear that the dishes change regularly which tells me the chef is engaged and they aren’t just pumping out the same thing as nauseam. Had an early reservation so a little muted as very few patrons(darn covid!). Overall a great experience

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AdamF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

These folks are fantastic!! The service was impeccable and personable. The cocktails have been game changers over the years. My father and I took a chance on the new menu and we were not disappointed. To the kitchen staff, my hats off to you. You guys nailed it!
Will definitely be back :)

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 24, 2020

Thanks AdamF. Heads up, new menu just launched yesterday. We hope to serve you again soon.

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vipRickyJ
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Loved getting back to this little gem. Little Jumbo manages the Covid risk well for their staff and guests. The Denny's customer cocktail - was oh so good. Look forward to coming back again soon.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 24, 2020

Hi RickyJ. Thanks for your positive feedback on managing Covid risk in our newly spaced room. We look forward to your return.

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LawrenceD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will definitely be back... Lovely trendy little place,,, great drinks and food. Service was excellent too.

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ShawnP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New safety measures in place are pretty unobtrusive, still a fantastic dining experience.

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PCSP
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As we went during half capacity seating, the restaurant was quiet. Food, drink, and service were excellent. Very comforting. The prices are on the higher end for what I'd expect in a cocktail bar, but the experience was worth it.

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JennyM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We were a bit disappointed with the new menu. It was very short and the food was just ok. Little Jumbo is one of our favourite spots but it missed the mark for us this time.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 3, 2020

Thanks for your feedback. We are transitioning off pure takeout & delivery back to our former selves. It's a challenge to run two menus, for two great audiences. We never dreamed that takeout would be part of our brand, nor our occupancy would be halved on reopening. The kitchen team is delighted to be getting back to artistic plating vs. packaging for takeout. Chefs are busy with fresh, seasonal, local procurement complicated by tattered supply chains, but we are resilient and will prevail.

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Stxhan
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place. Good ambience on selection of music and decor. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. Servers have nice attitude. Highly recommend!

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Frankv
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

What a very pleasant surprise. Our server was pleasant and welcoming the and made some very good recommendations from the changing menu. Their cocktails are quite unique and very enjoyable. The appetiser was sufficient for my wife and I to share and main entrees were quite sufficient. I would suggest splitting a dessert unless you are still really hungry. The setting was quiet but we had an earlier than normal dinner (5:30) on a Sunday. Definitely go back again.

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trevorc
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My server was amazing. Top tier. The service is always great.

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vipBarbaraC
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We went for our kids 18th birthday. The menu was very limited, but the food we ordered was as usual very good. Just felt a bit limited with choice. The 3 desert options were not hugely appealing considering my one son is allergic to sesame and date.... so we went elsewhere for desert. The wine list is limited but good. Will he back, but not for a special occasion again. Was actually disappointed Witt the service levels, once we paid we were dismissed and had to collect our own costs etc and see ourselves out. Not what was expected for a special dinner.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 15, 2020

Thanks. We apologize for not putting your coats on & helping you out the door, difficult when the restaurant is busy . For 7 years this hasn't been an issue for our valued guests. For prospective guests, our menu is online & we encourage you to look at it in advance, we will tempt you with additional specials. It may come a relief to many, we did not design the restaurant, its menu nor ambiance for teenage birthdays. Generally considered as an adult venue or Victoria's premier date-night spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, very accommodating to allergies. And the cocktails are phenomenal, put yourself in the hands of the bartender and try " The Handshake"

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CrystalB
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service delicious food warm Cody quiet atmosphere will be back

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 15, 2020

Thanks CristalB. We look forward to serving you again. New menu launches march 18th!

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vipCeres
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't wait to return. I am reluctant to leave a good review because I want to save this wonderful place for myself.

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HubertB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Make reservations! Order cocktails they are very creative and delicious

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks HubertB. Great advice for prospective guests, we thank you.

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Halfoodie
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We’ve wanted to come back here (from Seattle) for some time and were happy we could make it work. It’s a great place and we’ll be coming back!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere. We had our 6 year old with us and she loved it too! Really great bar program with creative and sophisticated cocktails and lovely curated wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday meal was excellent. Great wine. Prompt service. Will return.

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ChristineM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. We were so happy to have a reservation which is highly recommended. People were waiting 2+ hours for a table. The small restaurant is charming with outstanding service and incredibly delicious food. Truly a gem

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NicholasH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing evening, food was amazing and the cocktails delicious. Only sad thing was the 2 hour time limit I could of stayed for a few more hours ordering drinks and food.

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Mleb1959
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Such wonderful ambience. Friendly and knowledgeable servers. Amazing cocktails and food. Great experience!

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JamieS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing meal! We spent the long holiday weekend in Victoria and had the good fortune of making reservations here far enough ahead of our time to get in.

Loved the ambience, the service was spot on and the food was spectacular!! A definite dining must. You can tell someone in that kitchen cares about quality, taste and presentation!!

We sat at the bar and our bartender was excellent and attentive. We asked him to surprise us with a vodka drink and he did not disappoint. We will definitely be back!!

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GillesP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our "go to" restaurant when we are headed to Victoria from up Island. Simply put there is everything you want in a dining experience. The food is beyond delicious and the staff (especially Chelsea) is accomodating to your every need. Reserve ahead if you can...this is a busy place! Amazing bar tenders! Try it, you'll love it!

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Scott
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty however a little pricey.
I really like this restaurant

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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 433-5535.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 574 OpenTable diners.

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