Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.7
274 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
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
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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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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Cross Street
Wharf St.
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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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EA
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Visiting for a long weekend with friends... Highly recommend Ceviche.

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as advertised. Drinks are special and different. Menu is creative and healthy. Service is terrific. Just great.

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TO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

way overpriced . unimaginative. I received two spare ribs. and a dollop of brown beans for $26

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AD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OMG! Do yourself a favour and stop by little jumbo. Whether it’s for a drink or for food- you will not be disappointed. I have been here many times and I absolutely swear it gets better every single time 🥂

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with a great atmosphere.

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique and excellent cocktails, awesome tasty food, we enjoyed a very good meal! friendly and helpful staff.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We loved the speakeasy uniqueness of Little Jumbo. Our server was particularly enthusiastic about each item we ordered, and could talk about the flavours and high notes...always a good thing! I felt the drink menu could have been longer, although the skies the limit really, as they have everything you could want and more. I just like shopping all the creative combinations that a mixologist comes up with, rather than thinking up my own. Thank you for having us. We will be back! Cheers

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JV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance and very welcoming. I appreciated the professional service allowing me and my friend to catch up and take our time with dinner and drinks on our girls night out.

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TT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing! Unique menu and awesome service.

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went on a date here and had the best service. Would highly recommend the duck

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal, excellent cocktails, and delightful service. We were only in Victoria for two days, and there are MANY dining options. We were so glad to have chosen Little Jumbo.

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AS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

It is a great concept but due to cocktail composition, service and the fact no one we saw was interested in their food, we will not be back.

The service was poor to start and the server tried to make up for it at the end, but that was her initiative and not the house.
Everyone’s Frites were overdone in sight of us that night. Maybe cruise ship fatigue, maybe an off night but it is too bad really

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, very knowledgeable on wine-brought tasters till we found ‘the’ one! No pressure, easy going and relaxed. I’d highly recommend Little Jumbo!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, and nice cocktails

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S
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. I love the decor!

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite Victoria restaurants. Amazing cocoktails and great food. Has never disappointed. Great place to bring out of town guest, have a dinner date or drinks with friends.

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CF
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot. Really neat atmosphere along with excellent food, service and drinks as well. Can't go wrong!

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SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Craft cocktails, Kale Salad and Tuna were 5 star!!

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RM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service and terrific food in a beautiful room. Love it!

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DM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent -- very, very tasty and well presented. And the cocktail was delicious -- a whiskey-based one with whiskey, whiskey liqueur, aloe vera, citrous, and a couple other things. We shared the warmed olives and a tomato salad; I had the duck breast, my wife the corn risotto.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Drinks were amazing. Duck was cooked amazing and so tasty. The only reason I gave the food a four was the beef ribs were a little too fatty. The flavor was amazing and the homemade beans with ribs were mouth watering. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and drinks

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JH
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love truffle fries, but my wife can't stand truffle - so the kitchen very nicely made "plain" fries for her. She was thrilled! All our cocktails (we tried four from the new menu) were fabulous, as always.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Drinks are amazing, bartenders are fun and food is almost as amazing

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JP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

We are regular customers of little jumbo and always love the food, drinks, service, vibe. We have been disappointed the last two times with menu and food. Not up to previous standards. Duck was tough and gnocchi tasted like gayer tots.

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l
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous experience. Our reservations were for 6:00, but it didn't get busy until after 7:00. The truffle fries and burger were delicious, as was the risotto. The chocolate pot de creme was fabulous. Delicious BC wines were well chosen and very reasonably priced, especially with the conversion to US $. We enjoyed our evening so much, we went back two days later. This is a real treasure in Victoria.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It's been several years since my last visit and the ambiance has become more intimate with lower lighting since then, bring a torch to read the menu! The service was very good with the waitress being very familiar with the menu and able to answer all our questions. The choice of food was interesting and the quality very good. Thank you for an enjoyable dinner.

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WW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thought we’d try out a new to us restaurant. Everything was amazing! We shared a plate of Truffle Fries, wow!
Great wine too.
Everyone really enjoyed their meals. I think I just might have had the best tuna ever, literally melted in my mouth!!

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KJ
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tucked away spot. Don’t let the entrance dissuade you. Walk in and enjoy a cozy bar and pub like atmosphere with an amazingly gifted bar tender and chef! Innovative and fresh approach to both cocktails and fine food.

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L
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We took our friends to Little Jumbo and really enjoyed it. The food was excellent and the drinks are tops.

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JO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, although a little on the louder side.
Ordered the clams and they were the best i've ever had (and I couldnt even finish them) - Dad had the burger and was really impressed with that as well. Very happy to have a hidden gem like this!
Definitely would recommend.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding! as was the hostess who seated us. The turned the table so we could sit side by side to talk. Made a special evening - wines excellent especially the Gamay. Dinner very good.

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RI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and outstanding service! Our server made the night and the hostess was able to accommodate our request for a larger table.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal/ waiter was attentive and helpful

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved Little Jumbo. Thanks to the New York Times, or we never would have known about it....not exactly a place you would wander in off the street. Wonderful cozy atmosphere, amazing food and excellent service. We sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every trims I come to Victoria I set up both personal and business related meals with Little Jumbo. From the moment you enter the door until you leave the dining experience is exceptional. Their mixologist is outstanding creating innovative and tasty cocktails. The food is awesome and creative. This is topped off with fantastic service. In addition, there is a lot of history with this restaurant which one should read about on little jumbo restaurant. The horse carriage worn wooden pillars remain from when this building was first built so many many years ago. Little Junbo is truly a must visit for both local islanders and visitors.
Melissa Scott

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M
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great room, excellent service, good food. What more can you want? I recommend sitting at the bar. Skirt steak was fantasic.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food (burger and fries) was delicious. We felt a tad over dressed since it said it was a business casual restaurant, had people with torn pants with just a t-shirt.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding in every way!! Can’t go wrong at Little Jumbo!

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LB
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome - cool speakeasy theme. Love Love

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant is defined as a speakeasy due to it's history, so it does have that ambiance. But it is snug.
Price: $$ of 5
Pro: Great choice of creative cocktails, interesting choice of dishes, good for an adventure
Cons: not great for a date if you want a) be able to talk b) want some space for yourselves c)romance

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