OLO Restaurant

4.6
254 reviews
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Farm-to-table
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
*PLEASE NOTE* We will be serving Dine Around menus from January 25 to February 10, in addition to a 4-Course Tasting Menu. Our usual menus will not be available during this time.

Nestled in the heart of Victoria, B.C.’s bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, OLO pays homage to the region’s trade hub roots.

The name ‘Olo’ means ‘hungry’ in Chinook Jargon, a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. The Pacific Northwest was once a gathering place for traders from all over the world... French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, First Nations and more; at OLO these influences are integrated into a cuisine that showcases the Cascadian region.

We are lucky to have access to the forest, farms, and ocean here on the West Coast. We are a restaurant that believes in sustainable farming practices, seasonality, and knowing the stories of the growers.
Join us to create a unique story of your own!
What 254 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, well presented in a lovely brick-walled cozy ambiance. Excellent date place!

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ML
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very interesting and tasty meal. Attentive yet relaxed service. A jewel among Victoria restaurants.

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WR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Unfortunately, no. I've been to Olo several times and always had an amazing meal. My meal this time was okay, but not great. The presentation of the Tuna Tataki was uninspired, and the pork was just okay. The meat and the vegetables didn't provide enough contrast in flavour in my opinion, and the sauce was quite bland. Our server was great - personable, attentive and provided help and information as we needed it. Having said all this, I will try Olo again - maybe it was just an off night for the kitchen.

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JW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious tasting menu. Very inventive flavours. I would recommend this restaurant for a special night out.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Victoria. The server was very kind and friendly. They refold your napkin when you leave the table to use the washroom. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had. And I have had a lot of gnocchi from top rated restaurants in different cities. I have nothing but good things to say about Olo.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines Weekend

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly personal service. Missed one request about dish but no biggy. Had a lovely evening and my pork was delish. Will be returning. Keep it up OLO!

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good reservation system. Super friendly, great services, great food. Highly recommend.

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BB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OLO is an outstanding dining experience, and easily one of my favorite restaurants in Victoria. Always great service, the food is as good as it gets, and the portions are solid for the price. I highly recommend!

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w
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we chose all the vegetarian starters plus the sablefish collars and the gnocchi .. omg, so good

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I really like OLO. The food is very very good. It is imaginative, with some unusual ingredients (at least for me - pickled kelp, for instance) and combinations, but the flavors are very well integrated. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and not at all snobbish about the food. The wine list has some interesting choices, and some good local ones. The place is small, and I expected it to be louder, but you can actually have a conversation without screaming at each other, which I really appreciate. I think the decor could have more character and the atmosphere could be a bit cosier, but this is a small complaint. The fact that you can have a conversation is definitely more important to me. I was there for both work and family occasion, and each time I had a very nice time. When they are busy they tell you the reservation is for only two hours, which can be a bit tight, but they have mastered the art of letting you know in a nice way and helping you get everyone fed and happy in just those two hours, so I did not mind this even when we arrived late and this was a bit of an issue. I totally recommend it.

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HC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Experience a departure from ordinary with dinner at Olo. You will be welcomed into a warmly pleasant dining room, and taken on a culinary journey. The food is original and perfectly comforting. Surprising and unique wine pairing choices. Put yourself into Olo's capable hands and have a wonderful evening.

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WS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular. Fantastic is what OLO oozes and would happily eat 3 meals a day there! Love the tortured vegetables! Wine list is top notch as well. Is it weird that I wanted to fill my pockets with the mini cornbread loaf? Also noticed that OLO looks like two eyes and a nose and I can't un-see that now. Praise to the whole team making that a highlight of our trip.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing. We had one of the set menus and it was timed perfectly and was absolutely tasty! Will definitely go back!

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Really innovative food and nice ambiance - a bit crowded due to small size, but overall a really enjoyable meal. Good selection of BC wines, which is always nice when entertaining those from out of province. Will definitely return

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TM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We decided to finally try Olo during Dine Around Victoria. Now we're wondering why we waited. Every course was a delightful adventure and each course complemented the next. The service was friendly, helpful, and just there when needed and no more. The space is inviting and pleasant. You should go. We will again!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great restaurant with amazing food. I find the service there can be good but some of the servers are too eager and it almost becomes uncomfortable.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was wonderful. Service was outstanding, food and wine pairing exceptional. Food was unique without trying too hard, amazing flavour combinations. It feel like the chef spends all his brain space dreaming about what to serve, presentation, mind blowing flavour and texture melding. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was unique and delicious, so well prepared and presented. The service was truly excellent—from every person we came in contact with. Pricey but worth it!

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TR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing meal. The sunchoke soup was extremely delicious and perfect for the cold weather.
The gnocchi were fluffy, not gummy and the whole meal was very tasty. The chocolate pudding was very delicious and rich. Points added for a lovely presentation. We will be back the next time we are in Victoria.

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V
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The ambience and service at Olo were great but the food was average and did not live up to expectations.

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KB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had the Dine Around menu. Two of our party of 3 were happy with their food. I was happy with my soup and dessert, but found the gnocchi dish just okay. It was a weird combination, and the gnocchi was a bit mushy. I've made gnocchi at home and it's always been firmer and tastier. My husband said he'd go back, but I'm not so sure. Appreciated the quiet music. The servers could have been quicker getting our cocktail order in, as we sat for about 15 minutes before I flagged someone to take the order. This meant we were still drinking them when the food came.

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

OLO serves local food with high quality ingredients. My expectations were high as I've heard and read so many good things.
With my friend, we decided to go for the Dine In and we took the 3course meal for 40 CAD. The dishes weren't that good then what I thought. Although the server and the wine was excellent. I also really liked the interior design.

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AD
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OLO was beyond our expectations - a perfect evening! We will be back soon!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious!! Service was perfect! Great atmosphere!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine pairings.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I enjoyed my dinner, but my husband’s was just so so. Soup was tasty, but cold. We waited at least 20 minutes before we were waited on, while a waitress chatted to a table of her friends that arrived after us, and took their order. The ambiance and noice level were both good. Probably won’t return anytime soon.

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v
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My girlfriends and I enjoy a ladies night together each year during Dine Around Victoria and we’re never disappointed. This year we chose OLO for it’s great selection of fresh vegetables, farm/sea to table menu, and the interesting combinations of flavours on the plate and in the cocktail glass. We had a wonderful night. Thank you!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was one of the best I’ve ever had but nothing could compare to the skill of the bartender. Hands down the best cocktails we have ever had and all specially made to pair with our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, attentive staff and great vibes all around.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing, the staff were wonderful. A great experience.

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. We really enjoyed the dine around menu. Excellent wine pairings too. Everything was delicious and really well informed staff.

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d
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was friendly and attentive. Wine pairings were to my taste. Food was plated beautifully and the flavour combinations were unique yet delicious.

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Berlin
46 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, pleasant atmosphere - a very nice evening with friends.

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OT
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and service! A dining experience not to be missed for the serious foodie in Victoria. Go!

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N
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was really nice! Enjoyed the time I had there and would definitely go again.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend a visit. Party of 6 and everyone loved their food (!), even the picky folks. it was the perfect amount of food, easy to connect with everyone in the space (and hear one another). Flavours were stunning.

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A
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Would highly recommend Olo to anyone looking for a nice dinner out in Victoria. Their dishes are creative and they use local ingredients. Staff is excellent, and the room has a nice, comfortable atmosphere.

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MN
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went to OLO for a birthday dinner. Attentive hosts, waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, food was great. It's pricy, in comparison to other places we've been to in Victoria so far, but overall very good experience.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal I have eaten in Canada. Thumbs up to the chef and the excellent service staff.

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