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Ugly Duckling, Victoria, BC

Ugly Duckling

4.8
4.8
84 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Ugly Duckling takes its inspiration from the intersection between Coastal BC's magical landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of North America’s oldest Chinatown. We offer experiential dining built around two promises: to serve you only those things which we have made by hand; and to work really, really hard to make you smile. We can't wait to welcome you.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (250) 978-0915
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Corbin Mathany
  • Private party facilities
    Ugly Duckling is offers an intimate and elegant venue for small events and private functions. We have capacity for 34 seated guests, or up to 50 standing. With full-service event planning and management, and fully customized experiences; our team would be thrilled to make your next event one to remember!
  • Neighbourhood
    Victoria
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tasting Menu

    Multiple dates available
    The tasting menu is what we do best, and what we're most excited to share with you! This is an individualistic, seasonally-driven experience celebrating Vancouver Island and paying homage to our Chinatown home. The menu is constantly evolving --dictated by the seasons, the farmers, and the whims of the culinary team. While most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, due to the intimate nature of our kitchen, we are unable to fulfill requests for sesame, soy, or finfish allergies. For all other dietary restrictions, we request 48-hours advance notice so that we can be better prepared to welcome you. Our tasting menu is 6-plus courses, priced at $105, and we encourage guests to set aside two-and-a-half to fully enjoy the experience.
    Tasting Menu photo
  • Three-Course Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Our three-course prix fixe menu features a seasonal selection of 3-4 options per course, centered around the best that Coastal BC has to offer. This menu is $78 per person. We suggest allowing 2-2.5 hours to fully enjoy this experience. While most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, due to the intimate nature of our kitchen, we are unable to fulfill requests for sesame, soy, or finfish allergies. For all other dietary restrictions, we request 48-hours advance notice so that we can be better prepared to welcome you.
    Three-Course Menu photo

What 84 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Innovative

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Victoria

    Best Overall

  • Victoria

    Best Food

  • Victoria

    Best Service

  • Victoria

    Best Ambience

  • Victoria

    Innovative

  • Victoria

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Victoria

    Romantic

  • Victoria

    Good for special occasions

84 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply excellent, absolutely top notch in every way. Every course delicious and most of the wine pairings not commonly served, interesting wines.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow wow wow. I throughly enjoyed every single bite of the tasting menu. We also did the wine pairing and it was literally perfect. I have a nut allergy and they were very accommodating. I couldn’t recommend this place more! Definitely do the tasting menu. It’s 100% worth it.

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  3. LaurenS

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    food was innovative and very tasty! Service and chef both very friendly and accomodating. I will be going back.

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  4. HopeH

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is thoughtful and exquisite! Beautiful marriage of local ingredients and Asian inspiration. Beautiful, beautiful plates and really inventive, delicious cocktails.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much was an incredible experience! We’ll be back :)

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  6. SGCG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The customer service was the best I've ever had. The owner and cook came out to our table to ask how we found his food and even printed off recipes after we told him how much we loved it! I cannot recommend Ugly Duckling highly enough. If you only have time to eat out at one fine dining establishment in Victoria, make it this one.

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  7. JessC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic!!! Food was delicious and unique. Service was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and not stuffy. Would love to come back.

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  8. PatriciaM

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Taking advantage of seasonal items, careful planning and execution, with a very thoughtful artistic presentation was our take away. Describing our meal, other than it was all that and more, would not be helpful as the menu changes quickly based on the availability of fresh ingredients. However in our experience, there are so many superlatives to describe the Tasting Menu, best to make a reservation to choose yours. Our group, visiting Victoria, is already making plans to return to enjoy another meal at this truly fine establishment.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in a lovely and relaxing space. The service was wonderful too. A perfect meal!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a fantastic dining experience. The tasting menu is experimental but very delicious, and the pioneer combination of different ingredients is balanced very well. I am very pleased, will definitely come back for the regular menu!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal. Incredibly helpful staff adjusted our reservation to allow us to make a show after. Tasting menu was sublime - taste, presentation, service. Just got my family member to make a reservation for birthday dinner.

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  12. Dinger

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal. Extremely creative dishes with unique parings that complimented each other perfectly. Left us wanting more of every dish. Halibut was the family favorite.

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  13. JeremyE

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, great attention to detail, and knowledgeable staff.

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  14. valluv2eat

    Edmonton

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing meal! Will look forward to the tasting menu in the future when a new compilation occurs. Well worth the wine pairing as well given the quality. Highly recommend.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the experience! elegant, tasty full of flavours to discover, excellent presentation and timing, the whole evening was an absolute delight!

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  16. EMac

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely exceptional meal! We did the tasting menu, and every dish was delicious and unique. Highly recommend and will be back

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  17. SaraY

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have experienced a lot of tasting menus and Ugly Duckling is in our top 3. The food was outstanding (especially the sauces). It was creative, but not over-done or pretentious and perfect flavor/texture combinations. The wait staff were awesome...warm, friendly, but not too chatty. And the price for what you receive felt like a good value. We will be coming back every time we visit Victoria!

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  18. ShawnS

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! We had the 3-course menu and all of the options were amazing. The service was great and we even had the chef come describe the dishes upon recommendation. Highly recommend!

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  19. AlysiaC

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible! Highly recommend the tasting menu and wine pairing. A must visit in Victoria. The service was phenomenal and a chef describes every course to you. Great culinary experience

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  20. Dianne

    Victoria

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, loved the location. Unfortunately our waitress seemed irritated by any request we made. We eat out a lot, it was surprising.

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  21. Mario

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Nice and quiet for chatting too.

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  22. BruceM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu paired with wine. Everything was on point and absolutely delicious. Can't recommend Ugly Duckling enough.

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  23. Evelyn

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was tasty and very attractively presented. But perhaps because the elaborate plating took time in the kitchen, the first and second courses both arrived to the table lukewarm. As with most restaurants in Victoria, the noise level is fairly high, but still tolerable even with the restaurant full. The service was excellent.

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  24. AlexB

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michelin Star candidate indeed. Each coarse was in tself a culinary experience.

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  25. arim

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best fine dinning places in Victoria! Extraordinary food, service and atmosphere. The Foie Gras is a must!

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  26. HeatherN

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and experience! Will definitely come back!

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  27. JustinF

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly trained and friendly staff. A very lovely and memorable dining experience. Food was delicious and well portioned and paced. Staff very knowledgeable on food and beverage offerings. Loved it and will be back for sure.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and authentic restaurant experience. So happy to be regulars here. New menu is fantastic and better than before which is hard to beat. Go soon!

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  29. IngridH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a fantastic dining experience will definitely return

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  30. JordanB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent some of the best we’ve had in Victoria. Only notes would be some dishes could have been a bit more balanced with some acidity/feshness (halibut dish) and at some points service was a bit slow. It took awhile for someone to come to our table at first and other dishes (duck) could have been warmer and (dessert) the ice cream was melted. I don’t want this to sound complainty because we really enjoyed the creativity, quality , and flavours of the food. Just some small notes. Thanks!!

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  31. AshC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent personalized service, delicious food and drink, and the chef even come out to introduce the course.

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  32. Piglet

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner at Ugly Duckling. The staff was amazing and the food was delectable. We had the tasting menu which started with a delicious mushroom custard. We also tried the foie gras which was an extra $15. It was superb. The lamb tortellini was delightful and the butter poached halibut was so buttery and wonderful. The duck breast was very good. The dessert consisted of petits fours which were lacking sweetness and I guess I was expecting chocolate. These were little brown sugar cakes. They were good, but I like my desserts to be sweeter. This was a very expensive dinner, partly because we added one wine pairing, the foie gras and had the tasting menu. All in all, memorable and divine.

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  33. Anonymous

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food an ambiance! Would come here again in a heartbeat!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! We had the most fabulous meal we’ve had in a long time. Service is impeccable.

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  35. kaykay2

    Vancouver

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at a Michelin level with a casual vibe The team at the Ugly Ducking is really cooking at all levels! The ambiance and design sense is very zen. The Asian theme follows over to the food : great techniques and flavour profiles and dishes with varied components on them that work very, very, well. Wine program simple but compliments food perfectly. Everyone quite charming. Can't wait to go back

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing chef menu and it was worth the experience! Lots of fun hearing about the dishes and how the ingredients came together! We are excited for the next time!

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  37. ShannonK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t write many reviews (it’s something I’m working on), but I just had to sing Ugly Duckling’s praises. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but we’re so pleasantly impressed. The tasting menu is so well thought out and it progressed like a well written story. Every detail and dish is so thoughtful and complex. This goes for the cocktails as well. They’re able to take good dimple ingredients and make them shine. The service was also amazing, attentive, but not overbearing. There was a good pacing and flow to the meal. All staff were knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions. It was very easy to see how much care was put into this dining experience and it was apparent at all levels. Ok, I’m gushing… thank you Ugly Ducking for a very memorable date night. It was easily one my favourite meals. Cheers!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu was an amazing experience! We enjoyed every single dish. Each dish was rich with complex imaginative taste combinations. It was a meal to remember. Highly recommended! We we’ll be back next time we visit Victoria

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  39. Pacobell

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered the tasting menu. Timing was way too slow. Tiny portions with ages between courses. Food was good, but one course was super disappointing. Butter poached halibut that ended up like tasteless gritty overcooked fish. Of all the dishes, I think I saw two tiny bits of vegetables. $400 for 2 people, with a couple drinks each. Not worth it. If the food had been better, and timing better, I would consider it worth it. But this was just a bad effort.

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  40. Pauline

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant attentive but unobtrusive service. Courses were beautifully presented and prepared. Time between courses nicely paced .Very good value for the price.

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FAQs

Ugly Duckling is rated 4.8 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ugly Duckling

543 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R3

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Victoria
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Corbin Mathany
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (250) 978-0915
  • Private party facilities
    Ugly Duckling is offers an intimate and elegant venue for small events and private functions. We have capacity for 34 seated guests, or up to 50 standing. With full-service event planning and management, and fully customized experiences; our team would be thrilled to make your next event one to remember!
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