Q at The Empress - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

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Regional American (Northwest)
Q represents Queen and country, the revered figure for whom this hotel was named. A singular letter, for a very singular space.

Located in the most storied room in Victoria, Q at the Empress is a must-visit culinary celebration that is second to none. This atmospheric space has a distinctly modern, contemporary feel, all the while staying true to the building’s unique iconic heritage with its dark cherry wood ceilings and spectacularly detailed moldings. Focusing on regional ingredients, the carefully curated menu features locally sourced seafood, meats and produce prepared surely and skillfully by Chef Morgan Wilson and his incredible team. Try one of over 850 bottles of wines from the temperature controlled visible wine wall featuring the best of the Pacific North West and select vintages from all over the globe. From romantic dinner to vibrant social event all you need to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy Q at the Empress, the place to be on Vancouver Island.
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4.5
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4.5
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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All 4 I. Our party enjoyed our meals. We had rabbit, lamb, clams and steak

BF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our brunch was tasty but definitely overpriced. I think The Empress has a certain cachet and you pay for that. The food was delicious but not superior to other venues. The atmosphere and ambiance are worth something, as is the extreme professionalism of the servers and Maitre'd. I would go again.

r
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting and great food. Makes for a great place to celebrate something or have a romantic dinner.

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was good, menu is limited but everything looks tasty. Excellent wine list.

JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Price point is high but was a nice experience.

IA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner was amazing. Food was exquisite. Staff were awesome. Beautiful ambience. Will go again!

W
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience1

Went for valentine's day and not impressed. I wasn't told when I booked it was only a 5 course set menu. I have allergies and so this wasn't ideal. I will say the server was very understanding and tried to do her best. However both me and my partner were quite underwhelmed by the meals. 3 of the 5 courses were very small, making it not worth 98 dollars per person. Lacked ambiance, was empty when we arrived and no music for almost an hour. Simple cocktails reficulously priced around 20 to 30 dollars. This will be our first and last time here

WG
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

Beautiful room...Todd was tasty service was really lame. Had to ask for water and good luck on getting a drink.

PD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice quiet location with generally attentive waiter even to the point of taking away the wine before it was finished. Too dark to read the menu or decide what the vegetables were. Wonderful prime rib, nice vegetables but a very dry small and over priced piece of Empress cake.

PG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I was very disappointed with my dining experience at Q. Despite the reservation, the hostess directed me to the bar area. When I returned to the restaurant, she realized I was there with a friend for dinner. We were seated at a table for 2, but couldn't begin to read the menu as it was so dark. Asked the waiter if there was a flashlight handy, but no, so we used our cell phones. Not a good start. I ordered an $85 bottle of wine and after some 15 minutes, had to summon another waiter to look into it. Our dinner was simple - a shared oyster appetizer followed by our mutual entree orders of sablefish. It was good, but not as good as I've experienced elsewhere. We declined dessert and coffee and decided to partake elsewhere. This evening was a special occasion gift from my family and something I had looked forward to. I now live in Victoria but would not recommend the Q to residents or visitors. Im quite sure my family will not be happy when I relay my unfortunate experience.


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CH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I went for my 50th birthday expecting a memorable experience. Sadly, that was not the case. Service was average, I had to ask for a water top up and our server was not very attentive, uninterested. Drinks were slow to arrive (on a Tuesday night) and when we ordered a glass of prosecco each they were filled at the table with about an inch left unfilled at the top. My salad (basically greens and a few cucumber curls) was fresh but the dressing had zero flavour which was a huge disappointment. The $25 scallops consisted of 2! Our main meals were very good I have no complaint there, we had the duck, salmon, sable fish and pasta. Everyone enjoyed those. No dessert at the end, kind of expected a little treat for my birthday, but received nothing. Overall, we were not impressed with the evening and will be a long time before we return.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Taking time for myself in your lovely room with portraits of Victoria RI Empress of India looking upon the scene. I work as Dominion Building Maintenance in Victoria and was to meet two men from Monarchist League of Canada. The topic was as follows. An Elizabeth statue at Johnson Street Bridge West Green is the effort. This spot is ideal. The beautiful 13 foot tall Elizabeth statue on a 9 foot by 7 foot base,,one ton will land in Canada and be installed on a pedestal awaiting the work. I am looking at different landing sites and several back up sites, if needed. How wonderful to have Her Royal Majesty's statue glimpse your hotel. Thank you to your splendid staff,,I remain Her Majesty's humble servant, her Canadian, her pet hawk.

AL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Andrew was fabulous! Thank you for a memorable evening.

C
Vancouver
42 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first visit since the renovations and rebranding and I had a wonderful birthday dinner! The hostesses and our server made us feel very special. We felt very appreciated when the floor manager(?) came by to personally thank us. The dine around menu was excellent. The ling cod and beef stiletto were perfect. The etenia dark chocolate mousse cake were a nice finishing touch to the meal. I appreciated the extra birthday chocolate on my plate! There was also live music and I like the purple accented decor.

MK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were in for a birthday brunch and the service was outstanding. I love the atmosphere and the food was very good.

NN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent! and the atmosphere was beautiful! Will return!

FD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Dinner was just OK. The Pan Seared Sablefish was cooked well, however, the Roasted Cauliflower & Apple Soup was garnished with a very large and chewy piece of kale that was bitter and didn't compliment the flavour in any way. Staff was unrefined, champagne is kept at white wine temp aka warm. Overall disappointing.

OT
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It was my girlfriend’s Birthday , so I surprised her with dinner at the empress Q but I was the one surprised at how many young families with babies and young children who were out late on a Friday night to eat at a very expensive restaurant. If I wanted to dine with little kids I would have gone to Denny’s. The food was a little disappointing for a evening of fine dining . Thank goodness for the great selection of wine though.The service was good and the atmosphere/decor was exceptional .

S
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great service and fabulous food. The live music was wonderful and we really enjoyed that added touch.

m
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

just wonderful. we may have picked a good night— everyone was respectful and quiet and the live music was a classy choice and wasnt overwhelmingly loud. the food was to die for. the staff were great, even to (well behaved) rats like us. obsessed. wanna go again

LD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, service, and food. It's perfect for a special occasion.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very good service and delicious dinner. We ate there during Dine Around Victoria and the value was excellent. A little noisy, but other than that it was great!

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Dine Around Victoria 3-course menu was perfect, both from a portion size and entree option perspective. Local ingredients and wine, plus great service in a casually elegant atmosphere made a lovely night out.

FS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We found the service and meal very good. The noise level made it difficult to carry a conversation at times.

MB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was okay and the serve was good. But we didn’t leave saying, “wow, let’s do this again.”






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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our 40th anniversary here with dessert. The staff continuously congratulated us and even wrote Happy Anniversary on a white chocolate ribbon on our desserts. It was so thoughtful and a welcomed surprise.

SC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Friendly and good food. Highly recommended. Will definitely go back.

LH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was fantastic, service was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed!!
Fourth visit so far this month. Just keeps getting better.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was such a special birthday visit! Dina was a wonderful server and made us feel welcome and important. The Dungeness Crab eggs benedict was absolutely perfect, and our whole time there felt like a magical step into a different world, which was just what we were hoping for. So happy to hear that the Empress truly lives up to its name!

l
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

We have been dining in the Empress Dining room for many years and typically look forward to a Holiday dinner there as a season highlight. This year was a profound disappoint. While the service was excellent, the renovated restaurant lacks any intimacy or personality, but most importantly the food was poor at best. The prices are seriously up there , but if the food matches the price that's as it should be. However, our dinners, even at a quarter of the price would be considered , lacklustre, tasting precooked and uninteresting. We will not return and I certainly would not recommend this restaurant.

LH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Background music was a little too loud. But food and service was excellent. Going again this weekend.

SM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Absolutely. Have always loved the Empress and hadn't been there since the renovations. I like that most of the activity is geared towards the front of the building where the best scenery is. Looking forward to coming back in the summer and enjoying some outside seating.

OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very elegant and beautiful restaurant in the prestige Victoria Fairmont Empress. Quiet location and professional servers. Food was good and considering the location, not considered expensive.
Great place for family to dates to business meals.

L
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The ambiance was relaxing even though another waiter came to our table 2x delivering food that wasn’t ours. The service was good even though our waiter carried away the butter before our bread was eaten. The salmon was over cooked and the flavour and consistency of the pasta (served on the same plate) was not a good match. The carrots had no taste. The cauliflower fritters were enjoyed by my husband. This was our 2nd visit to the Q and we’re hoping for a better experience as we came from out of town. We will not be back.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible! Service impeccable and ambiance perfect!

TM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The calvary was simply amazing, along with the fauro bread

I
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Q for breakfast and dinner is spectacular, food service, drinks, everything.

H
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service but expect to pay more for what you get..

BP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best beef tenderloin we have had. Thank you. We will be back.

TM
Palm Springs
52 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute delicious!

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