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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
178 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Canadian, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(778) 433-5535
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Gabriel Fayerman-Hansen
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Ample street and lot parking
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Public Transit
Bus stop across the Street.
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Special Events & Promotions
October 30th - Harvest Dinner and Cocktail Pairing
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Simple but energetic & comfortable. Service exceptional & food pleasing

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was great. Horseradish with the oysters was bland (perhaps pre-grated)? Told the server and he went and got fresh horseradish and grated it for us - perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The new food menu is amazing - lots of great choices for every palate. Humboldt squid, squash (zucchini) salad and asparagus are great appies; duck dishes, salmon, risotto, pork belly and a great version of steak! We tried all 3 desserts... say no more! Wonderful cocktails and wines as usual. 5 star recommendation.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Visiting from out of town. Local friend and concierge recommended this place and it was fantastic! Risotto and Chardonnay was the perfect meal and I can’t wait until I’m back in Victoria again(ps open in Vancouver please!)

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Truly a "hole in the wall" spot tucked back off the street. Great food, good service and reasonable prices. Well worth the effort to hunt this restaurant down!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We celebrated our 25th Anniversary at Little Jumbo's and the whole experience was exceptional food, ambiance etc. What truly made the evening special was the service we received from Raj our waiter and the generous offering of complementary pre-aperitif and after dinner digestif ...Well done Raj and Little Jumbo's

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We booked online and mentioned it was our 30th wedding anniversary. When we arrived, my husband and I each received a lovely glass of champagne on the house! It was a lovely experience, our waiter was fantastic, he made excellent wine selections for our meals and was truly attentive and cared about our experience. Thank you so much for providing an exceptional dining experience on our special anniversary !

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent as always! Little Jumbo continues to maintain and strengthen its high standards of service, wonderful food, creative cocktails and great wine list!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our new favourite restaurant, can't wait to go again. The food was excellent and portions were wonderful -- service was warm and caring. Quaint spot whether you are with your friends or loved one.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Much too squishy and loud for a second date.
I excpected more from the food, mostly because I heard it was fabulous...well I would not say that a tiny burger on a wet bottomed bun was in anyway appealing! Applies were nice but not anything to sing about. Also I will never ever pay 16 bucks for a whiskey sour again!
Staff fairly attentive though.
Cute atmosphere too.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Normally a great place. This time not so much. Sitting at the bar the service was terrible. We had to ask for drinks each time. Smug, slightly rude service. Puzzling. Sat in front of dirty plates for the majority of time we were there while the 2 bartenders chatted with friends(?) at the bar. First time in a long time I gave a $0 tip.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Loved it! The cocktails, the appies, the mains, the service....wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Staff worked to help us surprise a family member ... service and food amazing. Great wine selection wonderful cocktails!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Disappointed that I was told that I could only stay for 2 hours. Any other time i have been there This was never the case. Shouldn’t even be an issue if I’m spending money on drinks and dessert. Not likely to come back if this practice continues.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food and cocktails are excellent but SADLY no happy hour, and very expensive...$3 for oysters when one can get the same quality down the street for a third of the price at happy hours....worst aspect however was the music overhead. So loud (and fairly annoying, insipid tunes as well) one cannot hear the person across the table.

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Bland-tasting dinners, both sage chicken and cod. Over-priced. Extremely small portion of veggies with both meals.
Interior of restaurant boring; no windows, no view, no art on the plain brick walls other than black and white chalk drawings. Tables and seating very cramped and crowded. It was necessary to move the chair of the table beside us in order to get out of my seat.
Slow and indifferent service from the female server (Andrea). Empty water glasses, no offer to refill.
The on-line reservation stated special occasion "birthday" however there was no acknowledgement whatsoever of this special day from neither the hostess nor the server.
We are residents of Victoria, however we definitely have no desire to return for a second visit, and can not recommend this restaurant to others. We hope the manager of Little Jumbo will see this review and respond to us if possible.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Our favourite!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Perfection as always! See you for our next date night :)

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Two great vistis and one OK visit. The average is still worth going again.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Little jumbo is consistently great in a lot of categories. The staff clearly appreciate their management and the customers and want to be there. The food is consistently high quality and prepared with attention to detail and skilled technique. It’s a great place to get drunk on an endless selection of hand crafted cocktails. Bringing a date here is a smart move.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This was my second time at Little Jumbo. The current cocktail list was spectacular! Last time, I wasn't as impressed with the printed list so ordered classic cocktails or had the bartender surprise me (he was fab). This time, I wanted so many of the listed drinks but had to settle for 2 -- and man, they were incredible!! The food unfortunately wasn't as amazing. We ordered the brussels and the spiced nuts. The brussels were deep fried and therefore tasty as heck, but the nuts tasted burnt. That said, I'll still go back whenever I'm in Victoria.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Perfect in every way. Great cocktails, incredible food, beautiful room and excellent service. One of the best meals I’ve had in Victoria. Thank you all.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The food was delicious and the cocktails were unique creations. I love the atmosphere at Liitle Jumbo and would definitely recommend a visit!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I heard so many good things about this restaurant, and it did not disappoint! I went there with my mother to celebrate my recent birthday. Everything from the service to the food was excellent.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The server was rude

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Very enjoyable meal in welcoming surroundings. Great service.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great restaurant, but too noisy for us. Early evening dining, where others were mostly drinking - and loud.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was fantastic. I would go back again!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It's a busy restaurant and rightfully so. We enjoy our dinner there with the fresh shucked oyster, foie gras pate, bone marrow, and the night's special salmon. We have no problem going back there again!

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Had an excellent dining out experience. Best oysters I have ever had. Wasnt crazy about the Irish Coffee but will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Went to Little Jumbo on the last night of Dine Around. So glad we did! Creative delicious dishes! The wine pairings were perfect! And the French 75 was delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Menu options were interesting and skilled bartenders will make custom cocktails or suggest other pairings for your meal. We had the bone marrow and chicken liver mousse. Both were done exceedingly well. Service all the way around was excellent! Great place for foodies, for sure.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent casual fine dining and kudos to the chef who put together the $40 Dine Around Victoria menu. The ambience could use some noise dampening as it was so loud that one couldn’t hear across the table at times. The music coming from the speakers along the back wall over the dining tables was too loud. It is also a bar offering high end cocktails. Perhaps the decibel level could be dropped during the main dining hour to enhance the food experience which is well worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Best meal ever. Our server was excellent. Little Jumbo is now our favourite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Came here looking for interesting places to go in Victoria. We sat at the bar - had a great conversation with the bartender. Food was good - drinks were great. Very interesting ambience. Would come back!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

If you are planning a night out in Downtown Victoria, this place is a MUST!

I recently took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner, while we were spending a weekend in Victoria. I made reservations ahead of time, and it was a good thing I did because when we showed up for dinner, the place was packed and they were turning people away!

The space is small and intimate and the ambiance is outstanding. From the lighting to the minimalist decor to the carefully curated playlists (our waiter says they often pay attention to the vibe of the crowd to select the right music) everything was spot on.

The food was some of the best my boyfriend and I have had! I ordered the lamb shank, which fell right off the bone. We visited during Victoria's Dine Around event, so my boyfriend selected that option. His salmon was flaky and perfect, and his beef and dumplings were beyond amazing. Portions were just right as well! Their wine and beer pairings are excellent.

The wait staff was prompt and friendly, and very attentive even on an extremely busy Saturday night.

If you are looking for a memorable dining experience and don't mind splurging a little bit, come see for yourself how awesome this place is!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The Dine Around Menu and tasting special was absolutely Awesome! Hadn’t been there before, however will be going back again soon!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Went there during Dine Around and loved every course

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2.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Loud music & noise ruined our evening with visitors....unable to hear conversations. 5 course meal ok but 2 salads not necessary and amuse appetizer a joke. Have always loved the ambience here but it was a total disappointment on Tuesday evening.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Came in for some drinks with some visiting business guests. The drinks were fantastic and our server was very knowledgeable!

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