Saveur Restaurant

4.6
283 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
Saveur offers fine dining food in a casual urban setting. Award-winning chef, Robert Cassels, delivers French-inspired contemporary cuisine through playful and elegant tasting menus, using local ingredients wherever possible. Chef Cassels works closely with the farmers, foragers, and fisheries of Vancouver Island to create an unforgettable dining experience. A la carte options are available upon request, or pony up to the bar for some tapas and enjoy our classic-meets-contemporary cocktail menu, local beers, and hand-pick wine selection.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 5:00pm until late

Brunch: Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
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(250) 590-9251
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Business Casual
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4.6
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4.3
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4.2
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food, cocktails, and service were all outstanding. Good lighting and noise level for a date. Though overall it’s not that detrimental to the ambiance, the decor could, to borrow words from another reviewer, use a more refined eye. The Saveur logo (which features prominently in several spots around the restaurant) is particularly crappy. Anyway, that’s surface stuff. Great experience and we’ll certainly be back.

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NT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Thank you! We had a great birthday celebration for my husband!

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L
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

During a short visit to Victoria, we visited Saveur for brunch. We had hueveros rancheros and the soft boiled eggs on a muffin, and, of course, mimosas! Everything was outstanding and our waiter could not have been more helpful, friendly, and attentive. We would definitely return for more explorations of the menu!

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h
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I chose Saveur as my birthday celebration night and was thrilled with every bit, from starters through dessert. The complexity of the dishes were masterfully presented in a fashion that complimented rather than competed. I can’t wait to return again and will recommend to friends!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here while on our honeymoon and had the Chefs tasting menu- the food and wine pairing was amazing and we highly recommend! A wonderful experience!

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R
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were in Victoria as tourists and happened upon this place because of a brunch Groupon. For dinner, I strongly recommend the five course tasting menu. The flavors and plating are exquisite,and the service friendly and attentive, without being too fussy or pushy.

Why this restaurant does not have a line out the door and around the block escapes me entirely.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We chose Saveur to celebrate our anniversary based on other reviews. Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the food, especially for the price. My wife and i love fine dining and don't mind spending good money as long as we feel we are getting our money's worth. We had two appetizers a bottle of wine and our entrees. The wine recommendation was great, one of our appetizers was delicious, but the rest was average and bland at best. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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SB
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

On the edge of downtown Victoria. Reservations welcome for brunch. Great service and very good brunch, unique options.

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

Fantastic restaurant and service. Kitchen very talented with every dish a for sure wow. Brie the GM was a treat to chat with. Make this a regular spot monthly for sure!

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

A friend and myself came for brunch via the purchase of a Groupon. It was the best thing that's happened to us in a long time. This is a gem! The ambience is super and even though at first I felt we wouldn't be able to 'chat' due to table placement between two others, it was excellent because there was no real noise at all, just people enjoying the excellent food and 'visiting' with one another. I enjoyed the Eggs Benny - particularly the potato accompaniment. However the greatest joy was the initial tiny sampling of one of their scones with a touch of their quince jam........oh sheer heaven!!❤️

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent.

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

Everything was just perfect. No complaints at all.

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

As the experience was so good, I wrote the following review. It has been published elsewhere.
"We enjoyed a wonderful evening of absolutely delicious dining. The starter was chilled soba noodles with grilled shiitake mushrooms and roasted pork belly with mustard seed and crème fraiche. The silky smooth corn soup was highlighted with exquisite in-season smoked chanterelle mushrooms! Wow. These elegant flavourful mushrooms are available only in the early fall. Hurry if you wish to experience this unique mouth-watering seasonal offering. Our main dishes were the roasted ling cod and filet of beef. This was a truly fine dining evening in a warm, cozy, comfortable environment. We will return later this month for brunch to celebrate a family birthday. Our thanks to Chef Rob, restaurant manager Brie and their team for a wonderful evening filled with aromatic, delicious, eye-catching dishes and attentive service. Saveur is a restaurant we will enjoy again and again."

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M
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fantastic food, the gnocchi is a must try. For us, if the restaurant had dedicated cooking equipment for gluten-free cooking - the whole kitchen doesn't have to be gf, it would have been a perfect experience and easy regular go-to.

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

So glad I found out about this place. Brunch was delicious. I'll be back.

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TA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The service was excellent and on par with some of the finest restaurants I have been to. The tasting menu was unique and delicious. Every course had a great wine pairing. The decor certainly certainly certainly needs a more refined eye. People in Victoria may balk at the price, but this is what a good tasting menu costs! We are paying for good quality ingredients and a journey through the mind of the chef and sommelier. Exactly what we got here.

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SP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal from start to finish. Service was spot on. Can’t wait to go back and enjoy again.

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

Saveur continues to offer warm ambiance, terrific staff and terrific food. My favourite spot to visit in Victoria.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Flawless presentation and delivery on each of the plates of the tasting menu. Excellently balanced flavours, and perfectly cooked meats and fish (halibut, rabbit, & chicken dishes). Deliciously refreshing intro and outro plates. Decent cocktails, ambiance, and a friendly staff. Highly recommend the food if you're content to splurge a little.

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GH
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything awesome. Food is to die for. It is a very small restaurant. Probably 10 tables total, maybe a dozen. So you're right close next to the couple beside you. but maybe that just makes it even more quaint. Like some of the cramped little restaurants in Vieux Paris.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Overall “meh”.

Our waiter took our order, but then came back 5min later to take it again (clearly haven forgotten). This would be awkward, but understandable if the restaurant was packed, but we were the only ones there. He then repeated our order back (again), but repeated it back wrong. I ordered a latte which he made, but came Luke warm, not hot. It honestly seemed like he wasn’t awake or paying attention.

The food was good, but seemed a little high priced.

Overall “meh”.

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HK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our first time. We will definitely be back. All four of us were completely satisfied with our brunch order. The service was attentive, confident, and personal.

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Best scone I ever tasted. Duck Benny was divine. Other food option were less exciting. Found some staff cold and unengaging- especially the host. The female server with tattoos was great though. That being said, The servers were attentive and efficient. Maybe I caught them on an off day hence the attitude. Our male server did warm up over time.

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AK
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a family birthday celebration at Saveur. It was excellent from start to finish. The food was creative and delicious. One of us has many serious food allergies and these were accommodated with finesse and very proactively and tactfully. We appreciated that the whole staff made us all feel very comfortable. All of the staff are very helpful and professional. We are grateful foodies. Our standards are high and Saveur exceeded them in every way.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Best service I have every had! Beet terrine wonderful, found the beef a little over priced but cooked perfectly.

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d
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a nice surprise! My wife and I enjoyed a delightful anniversary dinner, full of little surprises. The beet terrine, almost parfait like was creative and wholly delicious; the pork belly was spectacular. I had the roasted ling cod which was excellent; though it was undercooked and the liquid tarnished an otherwise wonderful risotto. My wife enjoyed the cowichan chicken, another first rate dinner item.

I enthusiastically recommend Saveur.

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l
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

the chef's tasting menu was wonderful - diverse but balanced flavours and textures, visually intriguing and just the right size servings. the halibut course was a lovely combination of perfectly cooked fish and crunchy grains and the rabbit served both as a loin and as a terrine was so tasty and tender. we had excellent service and the courses were well paced even though it was a busy night. my only mild comment is that the tables were just a bit close together but that felt very french! I will come back.

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KE
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great, creative food with enthusiastic description of each course in the tasting menu. I appreciated that there was also a vegetarian tasting menu option.

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NO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Intimate, hip and not too far off the beaten path Perfect little special dinner destination from the cruise terminal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing. The halibut dish was particularly enjoyed. The whole meal was great. Thanks.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant is truly a hidden gem. Every once in a while you have one of those meals that you just can’t get it out of your head. My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here on September 5th.

At Saveur., it’s all about the food. Familiar ingredients, gnocchi, fish are elevated with flavours that are so nuanced that you have a completely new appreciation of what great is.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding, creative cuisine; every dish unique and flavorful. We immediately booked a second reservation

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KC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were visiting Victoria and wanted something special for our anniversary . . . This was it! The tasting menu with wine pairing was one of the best we’ve ever shared; lots of different tastes with wine that complemented the food. This restaurant truly lives up to its lavish reviews.

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NW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional in every way. Innovative cuisine executed with great care and sensitivity.

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BT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've eaten at Saveur twice in the past two months and the chef's tasting menu was absolutely outstanding both times. (The wine pairings were also spot on, though I'm no expert in that field.) The thing that surprises me most is that there has not been a line-up down the block on either occasion. This is, without doubt, one of Victoria's finest restaurants. Brieann and the rest of the staff provided excellent service throughout the meal. Each of the eight courses of the tasting menu was a delight... the chicken breast with locally sourced vegetables (including Silver Rill corn) was amazing! When I mentioned that the reason my wife didn't finish her desert was that she doesn't eat "custard," another desert showed up moments later. All in all, a truly memorable evening. Many thanks, Saveur!

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

Delious again, this time was taking my daughter for brunch on her birthday. Brunch was deliciou but will come back for dinner as last year we celebrated her and my birthday at Saveur and had an incredible dinner with the chef menu, a variety of different plates with incredible colours, different tastes and surprises. Loved it.

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

We went for brunch - Great meal and professional and friendly service. Great addition to an evening menu. Only point missing: A seriously good coffee (in a coffee town) would have been the perfect match for an incredible brunch experience.

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r
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

一つひとつのお料理が丁寧に作られていて感激しました。一皿ずつの説明も分かりやすく、
熱いもの熱く、とても美味しかったです。
テイスティング メニューに兎があったが、快くビーフに替えてくれました。スタッフの意気込みが感じられ、最高に素晴らしいサービスでした。
是非また行きたいです。

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RK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

And again good food, good ambiance. We always went for dinner but this time we chose the brunch, we didn’t regret, again good food and a outstanding service.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing brunch in a trendy little bistro. Fresh ingredients well presented and prepared. We had various eggs benny dishes with their amazing rosties. Definitely looking forward to another visit here!

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