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The Palms, Inspired Kitchen & Cocktails
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Fantastic food and fantastic service - the gentleman waiting our table was so quick, and so friendly but in a totally chill way (he had bought a house in East Sooke, we chatted about that). The food was perfect, we were not expecting it to be so good. Just beautiful lighting too. All the stars!
Veneto was such a fun and fabulous restaurant, that our next experience in the same space as "The Palms" was likely doubly disappointing as a result.
The server was manic in her behavior and long stories, and the owner strolled around the restaurant w/o a mask, chatting up his latest foodservice venture which is basically boil-in-the-bag fresh prep. Turns out our pretty decent turkey dinner was entirely pre-made boil-in-a-bag dinner.
All in all the place is now a pretty sad remnant of a restaurant that was previously a great experience but is now a great commissary kitchen for the new owner.
We won't be back any time in the near future and they won't care.
Elevator music, really?! Been here before when it was Veneto (high top seating in the smaller bar area) and vibe was more upbeat (precovid so taking that into consideration). But crowd is clearly twenties and early thirties (which I fall into) and the music put us to sleep. On top of that the food was mediocre at best. Carpaccio was really good, but poutine, burger, and cocktails were forgettable. Not sure if I will be returning, too many other options in Victoria
will definitely come back. More warming and friendly staff maybe?
Great dinner with friends.
Portion are way too little.... not worth the prize they charge!
Nicely refurbished space with modern open decor. Service was quick. We had the seafood Benedict and Argentine shrimp, both of which were quite good.
We were there for a Sunday brunch and were surprised to find only six items on the brunch menu - all breakfast dishes.
The space is amazing! The cocktails are some of the best I have ever had and the food was great.
We saw an advertisement in the local paper offering 25% off brunch at The Palms in the Hotel Rialto (formerly the Veneto restaurant). We made a reservation for Saturday brunch and headed down to give the new guy a shot. Sadly we left our 25%off offer at home but thought for sure that the restaurant would honour their offer given that this is the first day serving brunch in a relatively new and reimagined space. We checked with the hostess when we arrived who advised us that not having the coupon was no problem. We ordered a mimosa and a caesar - both of which were only satisfactory. We found the brunch menu to be quite limited. There were only 7-8 items to choose from and fully half of those were a variation of an eggs benedict. No problem. The service was entirely satisfactory and the food came in good time but sadly not as hot as hoped but - no problem.
When we went to leave we asked the server to confirm that we would receive 25% off our bill. She returned to advise us that without the coupon from the local paper her manager would not approve the discount. While this was disappointing and irritating, we had already determined that since the food was only satisfactory, we would not be back for brunch but might come back to check the food and drink for happy hour one day. No problem. None of this was going to ruin my weekend until, on our way out, we overheard the manager advise the server to give the table of men in the corner the 25% discount even though they did not have the required paperwork and claimed as we had, to have left it on at home. Now we have a problem! Since there were only two tables - we two women and the two men - we can't help but feel the sting of discrimination from the manager. We won't be back - partly because of the casual and petty discrimination by the manager but mostly because the food wasn't particularly good. The news guys had their shot and they blew it.
One of the few snazzy, upscale bars in Victoria. Good service and interesting drink & food selection.
I Came in for a birthday dinner with friends and had a lovely time! The food was delicious and the ambiance is sooo cool. There was a DJ playing great music as well!The manager came by after to say hello and ask how we enjoyed things which was a nice personal touch :)
I have been waiting for the Palm to open since I read about it in June. So we took a trip to Vic from Cowichan Valley and booked into Hotel Rialto and the Palm Restaurant. We started out a the bar for duck poutine and a lovely Sangria. The poutine was fantastic as were the refreshing Sangrias.
OMG. Dinner started off with a cocktail of gin, Aperol and Campari! Dinner was duck for my husband and lamb for me. Both perfectly cooked and presented and so tasty ! We shared a Caesar salad , however I really look forward to table side Caesars in the future. Pavlova for dessert and then a great 25 yr old Nicaraguan rum. What a great experience with dining, drinks and staff! We will return. Thank you!
I gave an overall of 3 because all the staff was very respectful at keeping distance and wearing mask however, I could not understand why the person that sat us was not wearing a mask and was also leaning over our table talking to us. Our party was all wearing masks out of respect for others as was the rest of the staff. This made us uncomfortable.
Great atmosphere, friendly staff, nice vibe backed by a DJ. Food is fresh an local. Beautifully presented and delicious. Would go back in a heartbeat. COVID stay away and let this place grow and inspire.
Wine & food was delicious! Ambiance awesome. Would highly recommend The Palms!
Congrats on creating a lovely classy warm dinning experience. The menu had some fresh veggies from local farms and sustainable caught fish which is both very important for my dinning out choices. The Seafood chowder with swimming scallops was a Delight!
Thank you Hotel Rialto for your addition to fine food in Victoria!
Just had dinner at The Palms last night and it was fabulous. The food was delicious - (we highly recommend the wagyu carpaccio, the oysters, the duck, and the lamb) - the cocktails fantastic - (the Ole Smoky and Now Let's Play were particularly scrumptious) - and while not extensive, the wine list has been curated with care - (the reds we tried from Tommasi and Liberty School were perfect). And to top it all off, the service was impeccable. Oh, I almost forgot... the espresso martini was one of the best I've ever tasted. My one and only complaint is that the music was a touch too loud.
And for those who might be concerned, the COVID precautions are well thought out and well-executed, from taking everyone's temperature before being seated, to appropriately spaced tables, to the traffic flow to and from the bathrooms.
The Palms, Inspired Kitchen & Cocktails offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 383-7310.
The Palms, Inspired Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.2 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.