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About Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

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

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Canadian, Seafood

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(778) 433-5535

Website:
http://littlejumbo.ca/

Parking Details:
Ample street and lot parking

Public Transport:
Bus stop across the Street.

Executive Chef:
Gabriel Fayerman-Hansen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
October 30th - Harvest Dinner and Cocktail Pairing

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Romance (15)
Fun (14)
Neighbourhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Late-Night Find (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Seasonal (9)
Casual (8)
Pre/post-theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (5)
Great Beer (4)
Group Bookings (4)
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Worth the Drive (4)
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Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

Great dining experience! Had one of the best bourbon sours ever. The menu is limited and not suitable if you are looking for a variety of salads and soups. The main courses were on the small size but just excellent! Dessert and coffee also great. Wine by the glass are 5 oz portions (smallish) and there was no price for carafes so the bill provided a bit of a surprise when the carafe price was revealed. All and all we thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and meals and would definitely go back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Looking forward to having the protected bike lane right outside - that will encourage us to come more often!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

A hidden treasure! Great service, wonderful food and really cool atmosphere. A must experience in Victoria! Our first time and it will not be our last!

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great restaurant, knowledgeable service, extensive spirits menu. We had a wonderful time!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing vibrant atmosphere we sat at the bar and were well looked after. Everything was great oysters braised salad and chicken foie gras. Definitely will be back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Hidden behind an anonymous door down a darkened hallway lurks...
... Friendly, interested and knowledgeable staff. Creative cocktails. Fresh local ingredients expertly prepared and presented. Attentive service. We had a great experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Outstanding selection of single malts and other spirits in an intimate setting. Excellent service and bartender was very skilled. Beautiful room, good food, just a wee bit pricey. But not so much to keep me away. Recommend reserving. Go and have fun!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We really enjoyed dining at this spot. Server was excellent - made sure we had everything we needed without being intrusive. We shared the lamb shank which was done to perfection - fall off the bone without being dry.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Just love this restaurant, it's got a great ambiance and staff are terrific.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

No middle of the road alcohol choices. All expensive. Cheapest 5oz wine was $11.
No salad choices!! Only option was an appetizer of fried brussels sprouts. No shareable appetizer selections. They were all more like side dishes.
Food and drinks we did have were good but was in and out of there in less than an hour, and $80 later.
Hostess didn't even bother to look up to say thanks or goodnight as we were leaving.
Disappointing. Won't be back.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food, excellent service, not too pricey. Menu limited. Probably not a place that would accommodate Vegans.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 12, 2017

A small intimate hidden treasure in downtown Victoria. Great food menu, a very unique drink menu, a notable wine list and the service is exceptional.

For a special occasion book well in advance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

Quite pleased with the taste of the dishes we ordered. We asked for a bit of bread to accompany the olives but was very disappointed to see that, considering the food prices, they charged us for five tiny pieces , not right.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful service from start to finish, great vibe and lots of fun!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on November 27, 2017

AMAZING FOOD! WE WENT WITH OUR KIDS AND THEY HAD A GREAT TIME, BUT I RECOMMEND IT MORE ONLY FOR ADULTS

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 24, 2017

We aren't foodies, but we do love taking the time to find great places around the world. We've had food in 23 countries, and Little Jumbo has to be a top ten experience for us. I can't recall anything better if I'm honest.

I had the lentils and I'm raving. Lentils. The spices and the overall sauce it was cooked in was just second to none. I ordered it because we were supposed to be in Morocco at the time. I wasn't expecting greatness. But at Little Jumbo, everything is just fantastic.

The pricing is really impressive considering what you get. We had two drinks each, two appetizers, two entrees and a dessert. I left in pain because I couldn't stop eating. But the wallet took a moderate punch given everything we had. It was $140. For this type of feast at this quality, coming in under $200 is really quite impressive. We easily could have enjoyed ourselves for under $100.

Thank you for the experience. I was fantastic. We'll be back. Even given having to ferry or fly in and stay overnight, you won't be able to keep us away.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Portland)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It was very nice. Ate from the appetizer menu and had a couple of very expensive cocktails. All tasty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was delicious but the two desserts we tried were disappointing .

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Simply delightful little nook of a place tucked at the back of a passageway. Unless you know it's there you won't see it.

Little Jumbo is a long narrow space with seating on one side and bar and kitchen on the other. Very intimate.

Definitely get a cocktail. I would say a speciality of the house.

Food was wonderful. Portion sizes were just right. Deserts disappeared. Go with confidence.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Absolutely outstanding food!! We shared braised greens salad, warm olives, the lamb shank and the chicken breast....perfection! I also had the Witch in the Woods cocktail...unlike anything else...refreshing and complex. I will DEFINITELY be returning here, I would rather have 1 great meal here than a month of takeout.
Regarding ambiance, the warm lighting and bricks makes it very cozy, lovely for a romantic night. Service was on point, with very good suggestions and lots of knowledge. I highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love little jumbo. I will go to Victoria just to visit little jumbo.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

A STAPLE IN OUR RESTAURANT CHOICES. GOOD JOB LITTLE JUMBO! COZY, FUN, SEXY AND TASTY

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

The cocktails were excellent as were all our meals except the halibut. The sides were very tasty but the fish was overdone. Would still recommend the restaurant!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food. Everything tasted great! Server was friendly

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic food, cocktails, and service. I asked our server to recommend a cocktail to compliment my bacon wrapped rabbit loin and rabbit leg confit entrée, and they nailed it! Very pricy food and beverage menu but well worth the money for a special occasion. One of the best dining experiences I've ever had; we just can't afford to do it more than a couple times a year!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was not as good as food. I highly recommend to be more careful about that.

Tags: Fun
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent, as was the service. I think they are little over-priced and their wine prices are way too high. In any case, it was a good experience and I would recommend it to others, with the proviso that it's going to cost above the average.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Took wife for her birthday, and wasn't disappointed in any category

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love the atmosphere , and food was amazing and ofcourse the waiter 😊

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 2, 2017

One of our best experiences in Victoria BC. Would highly recommend to locals and out of town guest.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 2, 2017

We were sat it a great seat. Food was great, almost as good as the date. Service was on point, informative, and it was in the the background, which is what you want when you're there for someone else.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 1, 2017

We dined here two out of our three nights in Victoria because we had such a fantastic experience the first night. We sat at the bar both nights and watched the bartenders work their magic. It was truly a show of artistry and fun. The food is fantastic too!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had tonight's special - pork chop with roasted turnips and espresso au jus along with truffle frites to start. Food was fantastic and the cocktails were creative and even better than the food. But the service was only okay... not really up to par with the upscale ambiance.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The bar is on point. Feels like a little-known local spot. Olives to start was a perfect decision. Salmon and gnocchi were well played and delicious. Can't go wrong here.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 20, 2017

Birthday was fun and good was great

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Little Jumbo is unique and a first class experience. Compared to other alternatives in Victoria, it is a relative bargain. Food and wine menus are somewhat limited, but diverse, and all dishes cooked superlatively. Maybe consider bringing your own wine, corkage fee is $25.
Noise level is loud, the the canned music doesn't help. But LJ still rates up in the top of Victoria.

Tags: Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We are wondering if there was an issue with a staff turn over or change of season or something because, the service, although professional and good quality, was sporadic and lacking attentiveness. They ran out of one of the specials by 7:30pm, and the mood was generally chaotic and disorganized around us.
We were set to have a lovely night, looking forward to having a meal here and we were chatty and engaged with each other, but we felt ignored and distracted by the fact that our order took so long. Our glasses were empty most of the night, and the tables around us were served first despite arriving after us. Our server didn't inquire if we wanted wine with dinner until we had already been served our meal and had been sitting without drinks for well over 30 min. It took 45 min for our appetizer and another 75 min for our meals to arrive.
The food... the food was extraordinary and a delight. We had both of the specials fish cakes and scallops, and another entre from the menu, all of which were perfectly balanced and well seasoned. We both felt there may have been a salt overkill, but certainly not a lack of flavor.
The pear baklava dessert was beautiful in presentation and had some really nice elements, but it was a bit too deconstructed to get the effect of each of the flavors and textures balanced in every bite.
Overall, the atmosphere and the food made us want to come back and try this place again, I hope next time the issues causing the distractions will be resolved and we will seamlessly be able to enjoy the company without wondering what on Earth is going on most of the time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had an incredible experience at Little Jumbo! All the food and cocktails we enjoyed during dinner were phenomenal! A must visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 14, 2017

Had heard good things about this place so decided to take my dad when he came to town. It was as good as people claimed! Great drinks, good food, good vibe... I'd definitely come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 6, 2017

FABULOUS! Bartenders are very entertaining and service excellent.
Not a big space, so a lot of energy in the room.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Happy Hour

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