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Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
649 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 649 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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EmmaF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and intimate setting, even socially distanced : )

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Alyssa
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place, love the ambiance and the staff were very approachable and knowledgeable. Amazing little spot. On rated 4 for the food because we didn’t have any!
Must go, cheers.

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Giancarlokc
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Waiter rushed us throughout our meal. There was a time limit and we didn’t get a chance to try dessert. In three occasions they reminded us of the time we had left. Pressure while I’m eating is a big no-no.

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ReyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is excellent and well presented. Tables are private and well separated.
Mixologists make outstanding cocktails.

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BenS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Restaurant included gratuity in Bill. I was not advised and then tipped another 18%. Effectively tipping 36% of my bill.

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Theaterjunkie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Little Jumbo, Their COVID19 procedures are excellent. The food and drinks were delicious. They carefully accommodated a food restriction. With the extra plastic dividers and fewer bodies the room is a bit noisier than usual, but that's a small complaint.

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ShannonC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

A beautiful place, with great drinks. The server with the short blonde hair, however, was clearly impatient and fairly short of temper. Not quite sure why, but we did feel a bit like we were somehow "inconvenient". We made our decisions quickly and didn't ask for anything special, so I could do with some better service when paying top dollar. The lamb tartar had WAY too much sesame oil, it was kind of all you could taste. But the duck was delish, and good portions of each. Ah well. We enjoyed ourselves.

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LindsayP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, great food, great service! We will be back time and time again!

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MathewM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday Dinner, phenomenal service, steak frites was cooked to prefection! The oysters are a must

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Felt super comfortable and at ease and was very happy with their Covid protocol.

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TaylorN
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing cocktails and appetizers - had a great time sitting up at the bar. Highly recommend checking this place out!!

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MichaelaR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so much for having us!
The experience was totally amazing! The service was super friendly and we enjoyed every single aspect of our visit.

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Jemilla
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great vibes. Will definitely go back!

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vipMsMack
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bartender was lovely
Food was very good
Can be very noisy depending on the clientele
All over good experience

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vipheatherm
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

Went here for an anniversary dinner and we were SO disappointed. The ambiance is cozy and service was very good, but the food was the big disappointment. Oh and the wine list. Started with the lamb tartare and heirloom tomato salad. The lamb was the only dish we enjoyed- although the baguette slices were too charred. They obviously didn’t provide enough baguette for the portion and predictably charged extra for more. The tomato salad was inedible (and the only salad on the menu). It had a very odd smoky emulsion with it that overpowered the whole dish. It’s all we could taste. We actually didn’t finish it. For entrees we had the duck and flat iron steak. The duck was not cooked properly, with undercooked skin (not crispy) and none of the fat rendered so that was unpleasant. The meat itself was rubbery and lacked flavour. The flat iron was meh. Nothing great, served with lots of fries. That’s it. Dessert was also disappointing- the ‘mille feuille’ was more like chocolate mousse accompanied by two crispy wafers. The rhubarb tart pastry was hard and the filling underflavoured. It’s like the chef didn’t actually taste anything and was relying on presentation only. The menu is odd, one salad only - but 3 different appetizers that were some form of spreadable meat. For a small menu this seemed imbalanced. The wine list, as well, was limited and unoriginal in any way. Overall this place lacked any true quality or thoughtfulness on any front - menu design, wine list creativity and, worst of all, food preparation. It was a very expensive mistake.

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Lilac50
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We made a reservation ahead of time. When we got there we were told we were limited to 1.5 hours but we were not made aware of that at the time of booking.
Food was fine . We had the flat iron steak and it came with a bunch of fries , no veggies.
Cocktail drink was unique.
Service was good.
Plexiglass barriers in place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was just delicious. Service was exemplary.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to Victoria to celebrate our wedding anniversary and booked in to have dinner at Little Jumbo. The food, service and overall ambiance was excellent. We will definately make this little gem a go to everytime we come to this amazing city.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My first dinner out since March!! Everything and everyone was as I remembered. Simply wonderful and delicious. Thank you.

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Marlon
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always such an amazing spot to come to. Vibes are always incredibly high, staff attentive and personable, and drinks divine. Thanks, team!

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SandyM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks, food and service is always outstanding.

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Babs
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing menu that changes regularly, it's my favourite place to eat. Delicious food, great atmosphere, great bar selection. You don't come here just to eat dinner, you come for an experience.

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LindaM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and a variety of cocktails, beers, liquors. The staff was friendly and Matt the bartender made the whole experience wonderful

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joelle
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, drink and ambiance. the only thing is that the food portions are really small for the price.

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Shauna
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always appreciate Little Jumbo to hit the mark for a memorable dining experience.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Little Jumbo was the perfect spot for a romantic birthday dinner! They even brought out small glasses of Prosecco for my boyfriend and I to celebrate. The food and service were phenomenal! Definitely recommend the halibut. Would definitely come again for a special occasion, it’s just a little pricey!

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RailiM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have to go to Little Jumbo whenever I'm in Victoria; they are just so consistently excellent. The service, food and cocktails are always perfect.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance. Make sure to book early.

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SarahH
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Great cocktails and service, food not quite so good as it has been in the past.

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MelB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Little Jumbo is an amazing place to enjoy food and cocktails with friends.

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MaryP
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty dishes (we shared two mains, then two desserts ). The servers were attentive and professional.

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CatB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Little Jumbo! Best cocktails in town. Beautiful oysters

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keithy
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding top to bottom. Wanted to take my friend out for a nice meal and we were both absolutely blown away Connor and his kitchen team were flawless with their timing presentation and taste, everything was exicuted perfectly. The front of house team was also awesome, our server Maddy was on top of everything making sure we had everything we needed. Matt behind the bar was also great super knowledgeable and friendly. By far best dinning experience I’ve had would recommend to any and everyone

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CaitlynB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and amazing drinks. Great service, will recommend.

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foodieatheart
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my new favourite place for cocktails. Here it is an art form! They are tasty, inspired and also beautifully presented. While I have only had the truffle fries and cocktails, on several several occasions, I plan to return soon for the whole dining experience.

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MeganT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great! Great drinks, fun atmosphere, kinda staff. Social distancing friendly.

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Shima
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent. The cocktails were spot on. We sat at the bar and the bartender was great - knowledgeable, attentive and approachable. The room is quiet and nice to be able to have a conversation. I would highly recommend.

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NickH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place was amazing, food was exceptional, my only issue was that the drinks were rather expensive. Server was great and attentive, they did a wonderful job adhering to distancing practices. Overall a wonderful experience, just wish the drinks were a touch less expensive

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Anouri
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

We were reminded three times that we had to leave after two hours. We were still eating and we had still half an hour before the 2 hrs were up. It was extremely rude. Another issue I had was the tip percentage on the machine. It started with 18%. We do normally give 20%. but I would at least like to have the choice. We gave them 18% tip (since 20% was not an option and the other options were unreasonable), because the bartender did a great job, otherwise we would not have.

FAQs

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 649 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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