Saveur Restaurant

4.8
467 reviews
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Contemporary French
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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.
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F
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience! I only can recommend this address.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Fred for the kind words about your experience dining with us at Saveur. We look forward to seeing you in again soon!

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

Third time at this restaurant. Tasting menu with friends. All courses were stunningly presented and delicious

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Rodger for taking your time to ell us about your dining experience at Saveur. We look forward to seeing you in next time.

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My hash was really good. Very happy with everything. A little disquieted by the music at times--bass too strong. I am very sensitive to noise and avoid noisy restaurants.

Enjoyed the personal attention of your small restaurant--rather like the attention I have had at small restaurants in France.

I'll be back........................

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you John for taking your time to tell us about your dining experience at Saveur. We look forward to seeing you in again soon!

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r
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal and the staff were outstanding !

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Rocketgirl for such kind words about your experience dining with us at Saveur!

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TM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As this was our first visit, we had the tasting menu. It was absolutely fabulous from the first bite to the last. A wonderful experience, matched by the perfect service.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Tom for your kind words about your experience dining at Saveur.

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DK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose Saveur for our 25th anniversary dinner and it exceeded my expectations. It was like fine art on a plate and for my palate. We chose the chef’s tasting menu. Every dish was visually and tastefully unique and complex. Our server made us feel comfortable and started us with a complimentary glass of champagne. After 1.5-2 hours of wonderfully unique dishes, we were handed a Saveur happy anniversary greeting card with a wax seal.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Diana for your kind words and congratulations on your 25th anniversary! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience dining with us at Saveur and we look forward having you join us again.

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F
San Francisco
135 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Foodie heaven. The tasting menu was impeccable, in flavor, fresh foods, sauces and presentation, which was not too "twee." Sometimes we feel that chefs are more concerned with how the dish looks than how it tastes, and that was not the case at all at Saveur. Would definitely go back. Reasonable price for haute cuisine tasting menu.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you Frankie for the kind words about your dining experience at Saveur. The Chef creates our dishes by getting all the flavours to combine beautifully, then works on crafting the plate to match the creativity of the food. This allows the plates to look as amazing as they taste! We look forward to having you join us for another evening.

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J
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Time at Saveur is always fun, and this time chose the tasting menu with wine pairings. The staff are well informed and genuinely proud of the experience that is being created. Food is tasty, creative and always delicious and beautiful. I have nothing but good to say about Saveur. THANKS.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 12 hours ago

Thank you Jay for taking your time to tell us about your experience at Saveur Restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed and look forward to seeing you in again soon!

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w
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not our first trip here two of us dining i had the steak which was cooked perfectly . most people do not think of savuer as a steak place but it is at the top .. my wife had the salmon it was perfect as well the heirloom tomato salad to start all local tomatoes ! if you have not tried their beef highly recommend it

Saveur Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Wineguy for taking your time to tell us about your experience dining at Saveur Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you in again soon!

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KA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best chicken I have ever had—prices seemed fine for quality of food. Great for a special occasion.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you Kathy for the kind words about your evening dining at Saveur. The chickens are raised in the Cowichan Valley and it makes all the difference in flavour, we are so glad you enjoyed! We look forward to seeing you in again.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was absolutely superb. We cannot wait to return as this is the best restaurant in Victoria! Thanks again to the fabulous staff for the outstanding service and fantastic food.

KB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We so appreciated the glasses of champagne offered to us in recognition of our anniversary when we arrived. The atmosphere was welcoming, the seats very comfortable, an all round great vibe.
Our server was knowledgeable, warm and knew just when we needed her and when we needed space to enjoy our conversation. We enjoyed incredible starters and then were treated to the best entrees we have had in a Victoria restaurant ever. Masterfully plated with impeccable flavours, each entree was a sheer delight and throughly enjoyed by all at the table.
We capped off this magnificent dinner with spectacular desserts and americanos. Can’t wait to celebrate our next special occasion at Saveur!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you Kristina for taking your time to tell us about your experience at Saveur. We are so glad you enjoyed; the menu changes with the new vegetables and proteins available at the farms, which means there is something new for you to try on your next special occasion. We look forward to seeing you back in.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely Fantastic! That is all that needs to be said!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you Stefan.

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M
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saveurs is a restaurant exactly like I like them. Human scale (28 chairs), with the rare and distinct advantage of being lead by a brilliant chef with enormous talent. We had the chef’s tasting menu, and it was a memorable experience. Every course was exceptional. Pork belly amuse-bouche was very nice. First course was excellent, even though the chef had to improvise because of our Keto restrictions! The scallops were mind blowing. Served in a rock (literally) in which they drilled a hole…. Salmon was perfectly cooked, and the whole course was perfectly balanced, textures, tastes, great art. The beef was served 2 ways, short ribs and filet, both absolutely perfect and lovely. Service was good, and we had a nice chat with the sommelier, who spent some time in Montreal before the weather got to him (it happens). You’re in Victoria, you like creative cuisine that’s done by a great artist, and you don’t mind spending 2 and a half hours enjoying a wonderful experience? Reserve your table at Saveurs and enjoy!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 10, 2019

Thank you Mononcsteph for the glowing review of your evening at Saveur! We are so glad that the dining experience was so memorable for you. The menu is inspired by the seasonal vegetables so it is always kept fresh and exciting. We look forward to seeing you in again to try the new tasting menu that is being created.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful room, great service. Food was amazing and enjoyable with every bite. A gem

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Saveur.

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T
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, beautiful interior. Perfect spot for a birthday dinner. They were very accommodating with my food allergies as well.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you Twistedpoppy for the kind words about your evening at Saveur. We are glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner with us and look forward to seeing you in again.

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w
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I agreed that this was the best meal either of us had ever had. Every dish was superb. The service was impeccable. Absolutely awesome experience!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you wdcraven for taking your time to tell us about your experience at Saveur. We are so happy you enjoyed your evening with us, we look forward to seeing you two in again.

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DH
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, beautifully presented. Great mix of flavours and textures. The dessert was a little disappointing compared with the rest of the meal. Seemed a little less adventurous in terms of flavours.

DA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

our experience was a above and beyond what we expected! The room is gorgeous after all the renovations, the service was lovely and the food a dream.......... never in my life have had gnocchi like Peter makes them, a piece of art to look at and a fantastic mix of flavours and textures. Dessert was wonderful too - we will most certainly be back; can't wait to try dinner.........!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you Daisy for telling us about your experience at Saveur. We are so glad you enjoyed all the food, the gnocchi is so amazing because it is always made fresh. We look forward to having you join us again, keep your eyes out for our new tasting menu made with all the late summer vegetables for your dinner visit. We look forward to having you join us again!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was very good but the courses were served with long delays. The staff was aware of this and checked in consistently. The servers were excellent. The issue was clearly with the kitchens ability to keep up the orders from all the customers.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your dining experience with us. We are glad to hear that that you enjoyed the food and service. With regards to the wait between courses we are sorry, we have made some small adjustments in attempts to rectify this problem. We would love to have you join us again and try the new tasting menu when it launches in the next few weeks.

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DE
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our takeaway feeling from our birthday-night dinner at Saveur was a plaintive "Why have we waited so long?" This is a truly fabulous restaurant: the food (on the tasting menu) was inventive, beautiful, and extraordinarily refined; the service was fun, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. You should know that dinner here will not be inexpensive - nor could it be! - and that dinner here (at least with the tasting menu) may take a long time, but these are mere motes of dust on a marvellous canvas. Without doubt, the best meal I've had in 13 years in Victoria . . . and certainly one of the best - maybe the best - in Canada.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you so much Don for such lovely words about your celebration at Saveur. We are so glad you two had an occasion to come visit us for the first time, and look forward to seeing you both in again.

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SS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely food Great atmosphere Would definitely recommend

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you Stephanie for your kind words about Saveur.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice experience for our anniversary. We sat at the bar as we arrived a bit early and were treated to a glass of champagne. We had a cocktail then moved to our table. The service was friendly and the food was great. While the flavours were delicious, portions certainly could have been a bit more generous, ie maybe two scallops instead of one, slightly larger serving of beef... Overall, excellent!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you Mickael for your kind words about Saveur. First let me congratulate you two again, happy anniversary! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and will take the portion sizes into consideration. We hope to see you two back in again, a new tasting menu is in the works!

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BP
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and they made it so special. They gave us a small glass of champagne and a card to wish us well at the end of the night. Our food was absolutely delicious and some of the best cocktails I've ever tasted. Our server was so friendly and fun, it was like we were chatting with an old friend.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you Brynn for taking your time to tell us about your evening at Saveur. We are so happy we could make a special evening for you two memorable. We look forward to seeing you in again!

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JS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We tried all the four appetizer and all four main dishes. The food is amazing. Highly recommened.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you Jessie for taking your time to tell us about your evening at Saveur. Keep an eye out new dishes are being created for you to try on your next visit!

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S
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic tasting menu and overall amazing food experience. Our go to spot in Victoria for special occasions.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you Steph for your kind words about Saveur. We look forward to seeing you in on your next special occasion!

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RB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Had high expectations. Was using the lunch to see if I wanted to splurge on the $95 tasting menu. Sadly, despite very good service and a really nice atmosphere, the food was very disappointing. We ordered the soba noodle salad with chicken leg, mushrooms, asian vegtables and the fish tacos. The first dish was intriguing but what arrived was noodles drenched in some bland sauce (like a tastless ranch), so much so that you couldn’t taste the noodles or really see any mushrooms or vegtables - must have been shredded and again got lost in the bland tasteless sauce. As for the chicken leg, well it had been deconstructed (cooked, shredded) and put back together as a croquettish thing that was deep fried - couldn’t figure out what the spicing was trying to do nor could I identify the meat as chicken. That whole dish was a complete missed opportunity - I am thinking some tender meat with some funky mushrooms and crisp asian veggies prepared in some unique way - not even close. The fish tacos were also bland - another ranchy type dressing - no contrast in flavours - no zing - no acid - and wrapped in flour tortillas. Given that we have really good taco places in Victoria (Tacofino, La Tacqueria) the bar is pretty high there and if you want to do it you should do it well. We both just couldn’t figure what this lunch service was trying to do. I was hoping that the care/technique that the dinner service is supposed to embody was going to be highlighted here in a different format.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 28, 2019

Thank you Richard for taking your time to provide feedback. If you wish to discuss this further we are happy to do so via email or in person, please email info@saveurrestaurant.ca.

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K
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal. The staff are fantastic! They made my friend’s Birthday Special. The deep fried chickpeas were perfect and my Halibut was cooked to perfection. Definitely want to go again and try the set menu (it sounded so good).

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 21, 2019

Thank you Kandis for the kind words about your dining experience at Saveur! Keep an eye out for the upcoming seasonal changes to the menu. We look forward to having you join us again.

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PB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

One of the mains came out raw - halibut. Table finished there meal before the replacement came out....No comp for the bad meal... Not even an offer of a desert. Disappointing at this price point.

Update, Congrats to the restaurant as they reached out to set things right. They will be hosting my family for a meal the way it "should have been". I will update the review further after that event.... Stay Tuned!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for taking your time to let us know about your evening, that is not the experience we aim to provide to our guests and for that we apologize. We would like to further discuss your evening, if you would like to please reach out to brittany@saveurrestaurant.ca

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RA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Could be a candidate for best restaurant in Victoria. The five-course tasting menu with the wine pairing was excellent. It’s the balance of fresh ingredients, individual expression of each, and overall harmony of the courses that makes this place special. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive with the wine pairings, a fine tour of our Peninsula as well as upper Italy.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 21, 2019

Thank you Ryan for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience at Saveur. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and wine pairings. The chef designed the menu to highlight some of the incredible farms on the peninsula that we have the privilege of working with! Keep your eye out for the new tasting menu that is in the works.

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GO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well done. The food was exceptional. The service was very professional, which really added to the occasion. High marks to all the staff who knew how to do it just right. I dined with my son and his girlfriend, and it was nice to note afterwards to them "did you notice" the subtle nuances which made it all so special. They got it.
Thank you!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thank you Glen for your kind words about your evening. At Saveur we like to create an experience for each visit; the food, service and drinks should all play a vital role in the dining experience. We are glad to hear you three had a special evening and look forward to having you dine with us again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service and overall quality. Can’t wait to eat at Saveur again and again.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thank you Jonathan for letting us know about your dining experience at Saveur. We look forward to having you join us again!

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DB
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was among the BEST we have had anywhere...and Robert continues to out do himself...we first attended Saveur during its first week open, and have been back again, and again....and every time it is better than the last...every year they make changes to the decor and it as well gets better and better. And I am happy to report that there are MORE Canadian wines on the list and some very good ones....we had the tasting menu and the wines they selected, two from the island were wonderful accompaniments to their courses. And on top of all this, the people who serve...all, ALL were kind, confident, knowledgeable and elevated the evening....all capability lead by Janice...do not wait for a big event, go for brunch or a simple evening it will be great....all awards Saveur has recently won are all deserved

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thank you David for you kind words about Saveur. We try to continue to grow with every year, this is accomplished with the help of regular diners like yourself. We look forward to having you join us as we continue to create new menus, expand our wine selection and update the restaurant.

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FS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Unique approach to some traditional dishes. Loved the duck Bennie. The huevoes rancheros were wickedly good ! Server was fairly polite too. Well done.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thank you Fred for taking your time to tell us about your brunch at Saveur. We look forward to having you in again, there are so many amazing menu items to try!

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Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We read that Saveur was the best restaurant in Victoria so we decided to try it and we were not disappointed. We have a favorite restaurant in PHX we go to often, Restaurant Progress where the food, drinks and service are just about perfect, so every restaurant we try gets measured against RP, and always comes up short, until Saveur. We had the chef’s tasting menu which is printed out for you so you know everything you are getting. Each dish was inventive, complex, and delicious. The service was excellent and not limited to one person. The ambiance was perfect, much quieter than most restaurants these days. In fact, the only shortfall was the bar, where the cocktails and wines were just ok, but the food was 7 stars!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thank you Winedine for taking your time to tell us about your experience at Saveur. We Are so glad you enjoyed your evening; the tasting menu is designed to show the diner some of the incredible food we have readily available to us here on Vancouver island and surrounding areas, and allows the chef to explore new flavours with each season. We look forward to seeing you in when you are next in town!

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G
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

a day ago
The prices and the food will amazed you for sure. If I can spend a hundred dollars on food. I will go A&W for a week. If anyone want to know a fantastic restaurant around 40 dollars a dish. please let me know, this is not the place.
Food 2/5
Food is looks decent. Taste is worth 20$ food. I had the halibut, it's too salty on one side and plain on the other. Sauce is overly sour and weird.
Service 2/5
I was there for a hour, waitress come over once to give us each a cup of water and never come over to refill.
Price 1/5
For main course is definitely over priced. Unless they tell me two third of the money is going to Children's Hospital then I will be happy to pay.
Ambiences 2/5
Just simply need a designer to design the whole restaurant before they open.

WP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our night . The food and the ambience were fantastic. The waitress were fantastic very personable. Overall it was a great night.We would recommend to friends and family.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for your kind words about your evening at Saveur Willie. We look forward to having you two join us again!

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p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit, but certainly won’t be the last, and I’ve already been recommending it to friends. Yummy, yummy food! I absolutely love the emphasis on vegetables and the way all the favours on a plate add up to a party in your mouth. YAM magazine tells me that chef/owner Robert Cassels cooks every service himself. I have a son who is a sous-chef at a different restaurant, so I appreciate how rare this is. Well done, Team Saveur!!

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you Pamelan for such a lovely review of Saveur. We were happy to help your table celebrate a special evening. The flavours you are tasting in the food comes from the chef's passion for food and the fresh ingredients he chooses to use in each dish. We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us and we look forward to having you join us again!

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What a delicious date night! We both opted for the vegetarian tasting menu, and it was a great treat. While not all of the dishes were knock-outs, they were all very good. We especially loved the fresh tomato starter and the lemon dessert. AMAZING. Bits and bobs on each plate were moan-worthy and we will definitely be back. The Farm and Flora cocktail is perfection.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you Dawn for your kind words about Saveur. We evolve the tasting menu seasonally which keeps the menus exciting for each visit. We look forward to having you join us again.

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MT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The cocktails before the meal were very good. The five course tasting menu was excellent--every dish was flavorful and nicely presented. The wine pairings were a good compliment to each dish. I highly recommend this place.

Saveur Restaurant
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thank you MTay for taking your time to tell us about your evening at Saveur. We try to keep growing and playing with new flavours and presentation on every tasting menu we create. We look forward to seeing you again, new dishes are being created as new produce arrives at the farms!

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