Stage

4.2
169 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
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VANCOUVER MAGAZINE - RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2015 & 2016 H.M. 2017

Stage is what you deserve. You deserve to be greeted, served, and remembered by the great people who work here. You deserve food that is cared for, crafted by the best chefs, and respected from the earth to your plate. You deserve wine and drink that is selected by the best of palates for your palate. You deserve to have all of this in an environment that makes you comfortable from the moment you open our front door.
At Stage you are never taken for granted.

At Stage we work tirelessly to provide all our friends (that means you!) with a great experience. We are honoured to have received some glowing recognition from our peers and critics:


EN ROUTE MAGAZINE - ONE OF CANADA'S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2008

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL - SILVER 2014

TRIP ADVISOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2014, 2015, 2016
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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

CS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Love Stage. Always a fantastic experience. A little disappointed in the new menu. Food was good, but definitely preferred original menu.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

We were a party of six. I cannot comment on the food as we walked out before ordering.
We arrived early, and although we were the only customers at first, the noise level was very high. The music was so loud we couldn’t hear our own conversation. They also had a fan blowing so hard, the menus were blowing away and it was cold.
I think the ownership has changed. The menu was completely different from our previous dinning there, (which we loved) and there was nothing on it that appealed to us.

K
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great service, location, ambience, drink menu. Food was good- I was expecting more, but a few of the dishes fell flat. Maybe we ordered the wrong items, but I was expecting to be blown away from all the positive reviews I had heard.

KB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Stage. I brought 5 friends with me. The food was creative and delicious, most made for sharing. The old brick wall is beautiful inside and is a nice ambiance. The noise level was high as it was full of customers which is great but their are nothing to absorb the sounds. I would return for the wonderful food.

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

New Chef, new menu! Service as always was spot on! Although the food chosen was delicious, I was a touch let down by the offerings. On a personal level, I simply didn’t feel like it was as vibrant and intriguing as the last menu we enjoyed. It felt like more of a winter compilation than summer. But I’m also not a chef and what do I know. Will be back again once the seasonal change is in effect!

RJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place

TF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The new menu is limited, niche, and very meat forward. Too bad, this used to be our ultimate favourite place to dine but we'll be going elsewhere next time. Service is superb as always.

HG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely in love with the new menu! Everything we ate was delicious and we’ll seasoned. The service was fabulous. All the staff were knowledgeable about the new food and made some great recommendations. They even made me a yummy mock tail so the pregnant girl didn’t feel left out. ;) thanks again! We will be back soon.

S
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous in everything! Food is on point using various ingredients. The restaurant focuses on using local produce and unfortunately mussels from salt spring island aren’t doing good the day of visit so the dish isn’t offered. Otherwise from past delicious experience I’d highly recommend it. Service is excellent with servers knowing most of the dishes inside out. Restaurant noise level got slightly rowdy on a Tuesday around 7pm. Guessing it’s because of customers’ alcohol consumption. I’d be back again for the food and service for its friends and family.

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

Best food we have had in 2019. Great experience, great staff. This was our first ever visit to Victoria, but we will certainly return to Stage on every visit.

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

Great playlist, very friendly & caring staff, and delicious food & drinks! Overall a fantastic night out.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was lovely, and the new owner extended a very classy gesture, so I really really wanted to love it....but....the food was so unexciting. Not horrible, just...meh. Under seasoned. Blah. We had 5 dishes in total, and while most of them had some merits, not one of them was memorable. Ambience and noise level were the same as they’ve always been. Service was perfect. I think maybe the owners just need to introduce their chef to Mr.Salt and Mrs. Pepper!

PS
Calgary
57 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We discovered Stage five years ago and it became a go-to if we're on the island. It never disappoints. New owners very recently and glad to see the excellent standards look to be maintained. Thanks to Ryan for looking after us so well, and to Peter too.

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

If you haven't been to the Fernwood area of Victoria, going for a nice glass of wine and sharing some of their awesome dishes is a good reason to make the trip. This is such a cool area of town to take a visitor or for a date night, and making it at Stage for some food and drinks is a must if you are there. The atmosphere makes you feel you are in Europe. There are not many 'wine bars' in Victoria so this is a great find. You can order a really decent wine by the glass as they have several selections of red and white that are a cut above most other restaurants when ordering by the glass. Also, the food is excellent. Mostly tapas for sharing so you get to pick a few even if it is just two of you. I had not been here for over a year and just going back recently made me realize that I should not wait so long for a return visit.

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

Stage is now in my number one spot to go to in Victoria. My experience there was absolutely amazed. The staff was knowledge, experienced and fantastic. Shout out to Ryan our server. To any wondering where to go, just go here. Oh yeah the food and wine was exceptional.

BM
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

If anyone has read my previous reviews of stage, they will know it is one of my favorite restaurants in Victoria (and I make a point of going every time I’m in town)

This past Saturday, I arrived at stage to discover a completely different menu. While my initial reaction was disappointment ( as I loved the Asian infusion styled menu) I was also intrigued as the new menu was completely different - Stage is now a French bistro and the menu included such classics as bone marrow, tartar, bavette, pork belly etc.

When I questioned our server about the dramatic change, she explained that the owner of stage had two restaurants (stage and the Levit - where I ate the following night - review to follow) and that with a young family, he had decided to sell Stage to a friend and keep The Levit along with Stage chef, Derick Leung. So Stage now had a new chef Ivan Litland, a Norwegian trained in French style cuisine.

Here were some initial impressions:

1. French cuisine doesn’t lend itself as well to Stage’s tapas approach

2. Deciding on shared plates was more challenging as items like tartar, pork belly, pigs head, and Terrine, are not universally appealing

3. Geens and veg - personal bias here but the French salad of mixed greens is well ...boring , and frankly I’m kaled our these days so there wasn’t much that was appealing in terms of lighter side dishes to accompany the meat dishes.

However...we had a great meal! the bavette was delicious, perfectly cooked. The poached chicken with Dianne like fresh mushroom sauce which perfectly complimented the meat was the favorite dish of the evening and the cheese plate was to die for - especially the Brie which was unlike any I had ever tasted.

Overall the new “Stage” is a must try. My sense is, it will just keep getting better as the Ivan “finds his legs” and further develops his culinary vision for the restaurant. On my next visit I will be having the seafood and fish dishes.

NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Don’t bother coming here if you are a vegetarian. The options are paltry.

MG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I’m conflicted. I still like Stage and would recommend to a friend for a pre-Belfry drink - however the food was underwhelming. The price is high for what you get, and the selection is meh. Honestly I miss the old menu. Especially the cauliflower. New menu left me cold. Wine, sure. Food ... not so much.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I used to love Stage but their new menu is unimpressive. It is ok, but not at the level it was before.

IT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Stage - inviting, warm, and delicious. It's like having dinner at at good friends, who happens to be a spectacular chef. We were a group of 8 and ordered one of everything on the menu, and two of a few. Every. Single. Dish. was cooked perfectly, presented beautifully and tasted divine. Menu is seasonal, fresh and mouthwatering. Thrilled with our first meal with the new head chef! Would love to see those Langos bites back on the menu though... :).

RO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was disappointed that the online menu is not what the actual menu is. The actual menu will only be a few of the items from the online menu. So in that aspect we were disappointed as we were planning on making this our dinner stop with a selection of several different tapas for our meal, only to find that only really had two entrees and rest was veggies....not enough selection, so we just had appetizers then off to another restaurant for our main course.

GQ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Reserved at 6PM, got there at 5:45, restaurant was not open at the time and had zero signs of being open (can look through windows and see that there's no one there and the chairs were still in storage on top of the tables).

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TT
Canary Islands
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

After making a reservation I arrived at the restaurant to find it closed for the evening. I will return as I have enjoyed this restaurant on several occasions, but it was a disappointment and inconvenience to have to make last minute changes especially since I had a ferry to catch

V
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There is a reason that Stage was restaurant of the year,quality,service,and of course the food!
The staff make your visit memorable as well as attentive and knowledgeable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who hasn’t try them yet!

D
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding taste sensations, prepared and served with love by lovely people. Price is up there. I go to Stage when I want a special treat for my senses, and to treat my sweety to a special experience.

CO
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food flavours and quality; good drinks. A little noisy for our party of 4.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always our favourite place to dine before theatre. So lucky to have this gem so close.

PJ
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The service was excellent. Very friendly, warm staff. It was a bit too noisy for my "older" ears but not as noisy as other restaurants. I was, however, not very impressed with the food. Neither was my friend. It was average and not worth the price paid. We had three dishes and none of them were great...not bad...just not something I would rave about.

DA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Stage was a pleasant experience. We enjoyed the ambiance, food sharing menu and wine selection. And the service was excellent. We will return.

A
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food- particularly the dessert was amazing!

m
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We always like coming to Stage. The wine is great, as is the service. The food is always good, occasionally great, often just good. But it’s loud... always very loud and a few glasses of wine and tapas add up to a fairly pricey weeknight Grab a bite meal out. Whatever... we always come back; that speaks more than a review.

CF
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

At first, we found the music too loud and quite intrusive and agitating. It calmed down later.

Better quality napkins would be appreciated. the thin brown ones shred quickly.

CS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Always visit when we are in town. Food and ambiance are exceptional.

HL
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had many dishes. We weren't used to the generous potions from our experiences with. other tapas restaurants. The prawns in polenta was wonderful. The service was very good.

GD
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the VIP Menu with Wine Pairings and would highly recommend it, particularly for a special occasion

DB
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It is always fun at Stage...we are here frequently for before or after theatre for shows at Belfry or Inconnu...food is tasty, appropriate servings, and a very good assortment of wines, wjhich change frequently enough to keep one interested

v
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food and wine. Loved the smaller tasting /sharing plates. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My friend and I had a lovely time at Stage. The ambience and food were wonderful. I would suggest that the size of the glass of wine be increased to 6 oz. instead of 5, and offer a 9 oz. option as well -- something small that is offered by other restaurants and makes a difference. More time spent on explanations about or insights into the wines and the plates would also have been appreciated. Overall, a lovely experience and we will be back. Thank you!

BC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great place in so many ways
Music was a bit too loud for relaxed conversation

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