Stage

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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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Stage is a neighbourhood restaurant in Fernwood Victoria that cooks seasonal food from scratch and serves it in a share plates format. Our Wine List is about sustainable and properly made wines. Our cocktail program is well thought out and presented by industry pro's and our service staff is personable and professional. Our room is undeniably intimate.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

we did the dine around which was great but we cannot comment on the regular menu. At the dine around we had the $40 dollar menu . the mussels were very tasty and there was a good quantity . the ling cod was also good- not over or undercooked . dessert was apple cake which does not sound exciting but in fact was excellent .

LV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE this place, we'll be back. Can't wait to try other things on the menu!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stage has been my go to lately as it’s honest and always delicious. They treat you like a friend and seem to love playing with the classics. Hoping to try their happy hours soon!

Stage
Responded 5 days ago

Hi, Thanks so much for the positive review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and ambience are always spot on.

Stage
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks GraceH!

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WW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We've eaten at Stage in the past and had a wonderful experience. This was not. Dine Around is currently going on in Victoria and my husband and I decided to go to Stage. We chose Stage because we thought the Dine Around option would provide a superior experience and we wanted to support the business in our neighbourhood. Although the ambience was quite lovely, our server was unfamiliar with the set menu being served and the cocktails on special. She twice had to go get more information to answer our questions. We went with the $50 set menu and were disappointed with the quality versus cost. In November, five of us ate for less! The food was so-so, the worst part being the amount of bones in the rabbit gnocchi. We will not be going back.

Stage
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear WinonaW, we're very sorry you did not enjoy your meal. We take pride in what we do and deeply regret that you are offended so deeply by our dine around offering. You are correct that our regular menu is extremely value driven even when compared side by side with the value of dine around so I understand where you are coming from. Thank-you for supporting local and please call or email me to discuss your experience further.

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Our food was inedible and the restaurant was VERY loud. The setting itself is quite nice though and the service was professional and attentive. Just unfortunate about the food and I do find the portions to be on the small side given the price.

Stage
Responded on January 20, 2020

Hello Alboni this is David the owner of stage & I am very sorry about your experience with our food. I remember your table from this weekend. All I can say is that I am very proud of the food we serve and would love to have you come in on a quieter night during the week and let me buy you dinner. Please contact me at the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic (an Australia fellow). It’s a bit noisy so had to speak loudly but other than that, a great experience.

Stage
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks so much we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JE
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite places to go in Victoria especially before seeing theatre at the nearby Belfry theatre. We always hope for a seat at the bar because the bartenders are just great to watch with their skillful creations of very yummy cocktails. Food is fresh, creative and beautifully presented.

Stage
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hey JoanneE, Thanks for the review! We hope to see you again soon.

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SK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

The two vegetable dishes I had were EXCELLENT. However, there was very little that was gluten free and vegetarian. And I will say this, in this day and age it is not difficult to keep a loaf of Origin bread in the freezer to offer in place of your spelt bread. It is easy. I know there are not a ton of celiacs, but we travel with wheat eaters, and they won't eat where we can't eat.

Stage
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi SusanK, Thanks so much for the review. We are always looking to improve our menu and offerings. We will be sure to keep this into consideration for the future. Kind regards

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j
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stage is our 'go to' place for great food and superb service.

NF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Our 5th visit to Stage and the menu has changed somewhat.
The addition of the fish head mayo to the Brussel sprouts was interesting. Not bad, but not really necessary either imho. The other dishes were ok, but not great like they used to be
The service and wine was great as always.
My only real problem was that it’s really noisy and I found it difficult to hear my wife over people 5 tables away. Not really the restaurants fault, but kinda off putting.

EH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Food, wine, and service! Absolutely fantastic!

LC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

So sad to see what was an amazing restaurant reduced to mediocre. New owner and new chef but the same name :( It was an incredible disappointment. The menu is crazy tiny, none of the incredible signature dishes remain. I won’t be back.

Stage
Responded on November 27, 2019

Hi LindsayC, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. You are correct we have fantastic a new chef and owner. We do have our most current menu online so our guests can take a look ahead of time. Our menu is different from the past, and we are very excited about our new direction focused on fresh & ethical offerings. The menu is small so we can continue to offer all our menu items in their freshest forms. We wish you all the best for the future.

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PB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was very different. Tasty but variety of appies limited.

LB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food!! If I am in the area again, I will definitely go back.... a bit far as I live in Ottawa!!! 😊

Stage
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thanks so much!

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RR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Very noisy. Had a special request for food and they said they had no problem accommodating. However, they were unable to and brought food claiming to be free of an ingredient. They apologized and did not charge for the item, gave complementary deserts etc. We won’t return because they can’t accommodate.

Stage
Responded on November 27, 2019

Hi, Thanks for the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you has issues when you were at Stage. We try and be as accommodating as possible and we hope that you will give the restaurant another try again in the future.

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LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We have been regulars at Stage on our nights at the Belfry Theater and always looked forward to those dinners. With the new management, and new menu, we confess to finding it not as easy to find things that work for our taste. The menu is quite restrictive and lacks any explanation of the food items, forcing one to grill the staff for information. Also, for those seeking vegetarian, celiac safe and shellfish free meals, the options become somewhat limited. That said, our waiter, a great Aussie chap, was excellent and provided us every wonderful attention. He went out of his way to accommodate our requests. The dinners we enjoyed were simply delicious, beautifully presented and generally good portions. Perhaps just a tad on the expensive side but about par for a place offering other than standard pub fare. Wine selections are great. All in all, we look forward to our next night at Stage.

Stage
Responded on November 27, 2019

Hi LarryC, Thanks so much for providing feedback to us. We are so glad to hear that in the end you had a great experience. Pete is an excellent server and knows the menu very well, we are thrilled to hear that he was able to help clarify items that were a bit confusing. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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RJ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Great place to have some nibbles and a drink. Your recent menu change though good was hard to identify and on first glance was confusing and hard to relate too. Be careful with the new menu as it may turn people away

RW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

All the food was really different and on the expensive side

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hi Richelle, Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback. We are now under different ownership and we have a brand new chef. The style of food we provide is tapa style, with a bit of a French influence. We focus on sourcing local & being sustainable, which is why the price point tends to be a bit higher. We hope that you come back again, as we are always adding seasonal items to the menu, we also offer a really great late night menu that is quite affordable. See you soon!

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BP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Restaurant staff cancelled my reservation one hour before my birthday and give me no options beyond sitting in the bar (a corner next to the door). No responsibility was taken at all!

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey BirthdayPerson, We are so sorry this happened. We have worked out the glitch in our booking system, this shouldn’t happen again. Thanks for taking the time to let us know. We would love to make it up to you and get you booked into a nice cozy table. Give us a call, or email. Hope to see you soon.

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SW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was excellent, service was excellent and we always have a great time. Our first time guest said “this just might be my favourite restaurant”

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey Sharen, Music to our ears! We are so happy you had a great time, that you enjoyed the food, and service. See you soon!

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DH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Maybe. The lighting was dim and the noise level was... energetic. Wuld depend to whom I was speaking what the recommendation would be.

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey DonnaH, Thanks for rating us. We do try and make sure Stage has a cozy late night feel. We would love to hear more about your experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out, as feedback only helps us get better. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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GD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal and Samantha, our waitress, was delightful. We will be back!

JT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

The food is always good here, but for some reason the service falls apart as the night goes on. Drinks are ordered, not delivered and then are on the bill. We have been here 3 times and each time, same thing. Servers are nice and always fix it up, but it just seems strange to have the same issue again. It was about 15 mins to get the bills and then get them sorted out. Wine list is always great, creative menu is fun to order from and share.

Great food, good staff, service aims to please but falls a bit short in the end.

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey JamieT, Thanks for letting us know about your experience. We do tend to get busy on Friday and Saturday nights, so some delays are to be expected. We are so sorry that you have had these issues. We will be speaking with our service staff to ensure they are diligent with bills. We would love to have you in again, and please let us know at the time so that we can have the manager come and speak with you. Hopefully we see you again soon.

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

I really liked the food there, they don’t mess around over there, you will get good food!

RW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening at this neighbourhood gem! Food and service were amazing. My only complaint was the bone marrow we ordered was a pretty skimpy portion for the price. It was super delicious, but not much inside those bones. Otherwise, everything exceeded expectations. Love the room and the vibe as well. Highly recommend this place!

MW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the food and the vibe. We wished there were a place like this near us in our hometown Los Angeles.

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey MarkW! Thanks so much, come back when you are in town again! I’m sure we will have new seasonal menu items! Until then, cheers!

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food. Very noisy. Service was excellent. We’d consider it again but are out off by the noise level.

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey Lovethetartare1, Thanks for the review. Stage does tend to get noisy especially on Friday & Saturday nights. We always try to regulate our music, but with a full restaurant it does get loud. We are usually quieter from Tuesday-Thursday evenings. We would love to move you next time to a quieter corner, definitely let our service staff know and we will do our best to make sure you have a great experience. So happy that you enjoyed the food!

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service but the menu needs to be more detailed and descriptive. I assume this is done to spark conversation with the server but not everyone wants to talk to their server. It also makes one feel ignorant or embarrassed that items can’t be pronounced or we don’t know what it is.

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey DannyS, Thanks for the feedback. We will pass this on to management to review. Our service staff does love to talk about our food, and we are always happy to help with any questions. No need to feel embarrassed! We love it! We hope that this doesn’t deter you from coming in again. See you soon.

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had dinner prior to the show at the Belfy. The food was small plates, but the flavors were huge! We were 2 and ordered 3 dishes and a dessert. Cocktails were tasty, and we had a great bottle of wine. A great meal and I would go again.

Stage
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey LillianD, Thanks for coming in and for the feedback! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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VC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Under new ownership, so of course their is change. We enjoyed very much the food we did have. We were looking forward to having a cheese plate, but this is no longer part of the menu, so it was disappointing. We would have liked a couple of more options for Vegetables. Overall though we enjoyed our experience and will go again, and our servers were outstanding.

AS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Seemed a bit pricey for a ‘shared plates/small portions’ menu but very tasty - great atmosphere and great service. Thanks!

CB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Plus side: Interesting mixed drinks and a good selection of wines. Someone with imagination has crafted the menu. Negative side: For the price, we did feel that the small plates were very small--nice size for pre-theatre snack, but at the price (e.g. duck at $20) we had expected more than just a slice each.
Would recommend for atmosphere and good service. Just be aware of how quickly all those little tastes add up!

j
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Sadly the menu has changed and none of us were impressed by the choices. Used to be a favorite of ours, we won’t be returning soon. The food we ate was fine, but tiny portions for the price.

Stage
Responded on October 5, 2019

I'm sorry to hear that you had such a bad time in our establishment. We have intentionally under valued our menu to help people adjust to the new seasonal menu. We have continued with stage's long history of small plates service and currently have no items over $20. To be honest most of our food items are under the price points of the old menu. But it is sad to hear that we are not to your liking.

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KL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

My husband and I went on our usual date night to Stage which was one of our favourites.
It was with great disappointment that we found out it had new owners, new menus and a expensive wine list. We won’t be back sadly.

Stage
Responded on October 5, 2019

You are correct, the wine prices have been increased . We have a new philosophy of bringing in small producers that produce wine made with sustainable practices not in factories which sadly creates higher prices. However, we do feel that the nuances found in these unique wines is worth the price and our list is on par with if not under our competitors. With that all said we are also offering a late night wine that is made by a co-op in a small village in Italy and it is very well priced at $8

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MH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here with 3 other friends, for a rare night out...service, food & ambience were outstanding. We arrived at 8 pm and left after 11 pm because we were enjoying ourselves so much

LC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The new menu was very good and we are always especially pleased the restaurant can accommodate celiac requirements. That completely dictates our choice in dining out. The only disappointment we found was the elimination of the mixed cheese, meat and bread platter. It was my go-to at Stage prior to the change in ownership.

SN
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the restaurant very nice. The drinks were on point and the service really good. The plate were a bit small but the food was very tasty. I would definitely recommend trying this place.

C
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Victoria for a few days on vacation, and while chatting with a local, she recommended we get out of the touristy downtown area and have dinner at Stage. It is in an adorable little neighborhood. We sat at the bar, and had so much fun chatting with the bartender and staff that we never moved to our table. We shared a few plates, had wonderful wine, learned about some new wines, and generally had a fantastic evening. All the dishes were super fresh, well thought-out and unique in their combinations and seasonings. The gravlax and "staff meal" special were our favorites.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I have not been to Stage for a few months and the menu seems to have changed. It was hard to find something to my liking whereas previously it was hard to choose from many things that appealed. The larger dishes are mostly meat, specifically more pork and beef than I remember in the past. The one fish dish which I had was uninteresting.