Zambri's

4.3
1486 reviews
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Italian
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For over almost 20 years, Zambri’s has been fortunate enough to serve Victorians Italian soul food paired with all the best wines of Italy. We’ve grown as Victoria has grown, but at our heart, we have remained true to our roots. Eighteen years of working with local farmers, being a contributing member of our local community, caring for the environment (we are carbon neutral), hosting Italian wine dinners and always making sure that our vision for our food stays true, have brought us to the place we are now.
Join us for lunch or dinner or Saturday & Sunday brunch, sit on our sunny patio for happy hour, come for one our monthly wine dinners, have your next event in one of our gorgeous private spaces... Come see for yourself!
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LR
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The atmosphere in this restaurant is always upbeat. I love how bright it is with a contemporary design. I always find the menu limited, which is why I don’t go more often but I always enjoy the food and the drink choices are excellent.

AS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistently amazing!!! Great food, great wines! Fabulous service with incredible ambiance! Thank you for a terrific evening.

CH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service!
There’s a reason why they’ve been in business for almost 20 years...it’s called being consistent.
Great location (if you’re driving give yourself extra time to find parking...Johnson St parkade is best). Victoria loves Zambri’s

C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Vegan options were good but a few more would have been amazing!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was amazing. I was in Italy last summer and this brought back memories. The service very good. Would definitely recommend and will eat there again.

CG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We eat and normally it is great. However, last Saturday we found the food not quite up to their usual standard.

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

I’ve only been here twice. The first time an octopus entree was sensational followed by a pizza. The fungi pizza with prosciutto added was brilliant. At my second visit, the cauliflower starter was awesome and a similar pizza hit all the right spots. I’ll be back very soon.

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

Food was good, bread was very fresh despite the fact that you have to order and pay for it now which is find is lame for an Italian restaurant. I had the vegan option which was a sous vide fennel with lentils. The fennel was not cooked through and was like bark, I ate what I could and left the rest. I told the waitress about this and without my asking she kindly removed it from the bill. The cocktails we're unreal, and the pizza was great to!

HL
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was really good and the service was spot on. Been wanting to come here for a while and wasn’t dissappointed.

EC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful birthday dinner. The food was tasty and well presented.

VZ
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian food in Victoria. Very creative dishes made with local ingredients. Experienced staff make it a very fine dining experience. My wife and I really enjoy going here when we are in town.

VF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I’ve always had great experiences here, but this time the servers all seemed new and they didn’t seem to be trained for fine dining service. We had to ask for a bottle of soda water three times. They delivered my courses at the same time, meaning one was cold by the time I got to it. They brought my wine long after my food arrived. It took a long time to get anything else out of them like the bill. Great food though. I’m sure the servers will learn and improve next time.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Fourth visit but was disappointed. What was, in my opinion, their signature dish - the crispy pork - had morphed into something entirely less appealing. A shame because I was introducing friends based mostly on the strength of that dish. The other dishes arrived with small portions and we waited a good 15 minutes for service. What happened??

KR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There were 5 of us and we all had different pizzas. The Alpina has a wonder combination of flavours and the others in my party all enjoyed their pizzas.

BP
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We booked on open table which said there was space for two at 7:00 p.m., 7:15 and 7:30. We choose 7:15 and arrived right on time. We then had to wait over 30 minutes and were finally seated at a table for four looking into kitchen area at back of restaurant. We’d said it was a birthday dinner and asked for a window table. We were told there were none but they easily could have split a table near window but that was not offered. Food was o.k. Service so so. Second tome we’ve booked through Open Table in two weeks only to be disappointed at restaurants.

V
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a wonderful evening for us and our guests. Our server was great!

K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and lovely setting. The pasta with meat sauce divine. One of our favorite date nights!

G
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Food was excellent. Service at the table was very good, once we got to an acceptable table. We had a 5 p.m. reservation (when they opened) and they tried to seat us in the bar, which should be for walk-ins, in my opinion. When we demurred and requested a table that would be less disturbed, there was some attitude and we were told that they were going to be very busy that evening, even though we were eating before a 7 p.m. concert. So, not what I would expect from a customer-centered restaurant serving the caliber of food they do.

TK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

Exceptionally expensive for mediocre food. Pros: The wine was fabulous. Our server was nice. Ambiance was great. Cons: the food. My pasta tasted like burnt Garlic. Ceasar salad was beautiful but tasteless. Pasta wasn’t cooked, no option for substitutions. What kind of Italian restaurant has no prawns? Or ravioli, gnocchi or risotto? Even the bread was bland.

TN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Zambri's is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Victoria. The food and service were both excellent.

CC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Six of us went in search of good Italian food. I had a rigatoni dish which was pretty good but my husband had the fish special which was rather bland and tasteless. One friend had the spaghetti with a meatball and liked it. The Cesaer was good. The restaurant was really crowded and noisy. It's an attractive setting, but the space was overcrowded and the noise off putting. I would order my dish again, but I doubt if we will return with the tasteless dish my husband had. We saw a couple of great dishes and a delicious looking dessert go by. When we asked about ordering them, we were told the "clients" were the owners and those weren't on the menu.... Not a good idea as we left disappointed.

DG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Understanding that Victoria is running at full employment levels and staffing in the hospitality industry is a nightmare...still, the staffing level and quality of service yesterday was sub-par. The server did not think through the timing of how they brought the courses...delivering a salad to one of 3 guests and then serving the main course, including soup and entre to the other two guests 15 minutes later. Service was slow even when the restaurant wan’t busy. Food is always good but the overall service level left us with a bad taste in our mouth.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was quite enjoyable but the service was very slow, which was a surprise as the restaurant wasn't very busy when we arrived and for most of our time there. While the server was pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list, she wasn't very attentive which was again surprising considering that the restaurant wasn't that busy.

l
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was OK, service was not bad, but for the price, you xan have better elsewhere, unfortunately.

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

Wonderful pasta as always, one of these days I’ll try something other than my favourite penne with peas and gorgonzola!

OA
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great first impressions. Very professional. Good food.

AB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good creative Italian dishes. Good portions. My dish was a little boring, just noodles, cream sauce and the wrinkliest mushrooms. The polenta is good. My husband got the crispy pork. He claimed it was too much food. The caesar salad dressing lacked zing. I don't need to go back for the price.

TR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reuniting with old friends visiting from overseas

E
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The quality of the food was good but no sides (vegetables / legumes) included in a price which is higher than other restaurants offering the same food quality. The service was good but the seats are far from being comfortable.

AM
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The menu is small and the descriptions are so intrincate so you kind of end up not craving anything. Meatballs are awesome though.

PD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Having visited the restaurant for both lunch and dinner over the past couple of years I have found the restaurant to be a “hit or miss” experiences. This past dinner was a miss.
The service was average at best. We all agreed that there wasn’t enough staff to handle the number of tables, but even with that been taken into consideration, our server didn’t seem focused on his job. We had to repeat simple requests several times.
The kitchen also seemed to be unable to handle the number of guests. Despite being slow the kitchen did produce a good meal.

RL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a great experience when we go to Zambri's. It is my dads new favourite restaurant in Victoria, and he is hard to please. He likes the food, the atmosphere and the service.

AS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant! I go every time I am in Victoria. The staff, food, wine...oh my...soooo amazing!

a
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great, however the service was very slow to receive our food. From appetizer to the main course, it took a long time. Our server offered us bread to make up for the wait, but then our appetizers came out right after and then no bread arrived. That was a bit disappointing. However, their staff were always on top of filling our water glasses, it's just unfortunate we sat there for awhile waiting while we were starving. Not sure if this was a one-off, or if it's regularly like this. The food was delicious however. Would try again to see if the long service time was a one-off due to a large table (however, they should stagger their reservations better in this instance).

AA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Overall a very pleasant experience in a lovely environment.
It was a quiet place to go to for a breakfast.

SO
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great evening and fantastic meal at Zambri's. We were a party of 5 and to a person we were all very happy with our appetizers, meals, dessert, service and overall ambience. Zambri's continues to maintain its per-eminent spot, in our opinion, as the best and most truly authentic Italian restaurant in Victoria.

JY
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Wow! Impressed by this great place. Will definitely be back. Shared a pizza and a pasta dish. Unbelievable flavours. Excellent thin crust authentic Italian pizza. Can’t wait to try again.

V
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I recently had dinner at Zambri's. The food, cocktails and wine were up to Zambri's usual standard of excellence, and the service was fantastic. We will of course be back again and would recommend Zambri's to anyone.

S
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Zambri's is my favourite dining experience in Victoria and has been for about 18 years when I moved here from the Yukon and Zambri's was located in the Yates Street Plaza. The food is always exceptional, the service impecible and the ambience excellent. Yesterday was no exception! It is where I go with family and friends when I want the best!!!

RS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as always-thanks for making our daughters graduation celebration special!

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