Zambri's

4.3
1389 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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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RS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice place, however some dishes were much better than others.

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A bit expensive but excellent food and service. A great place for a special meal. The indoor patio (inside the atrium) is quieter and further from the crowd of people waiting to get in. It feels like an outside patio without the cold (or too hot, too sunny, too windy...) and without the noisy traffic. It was a wonderful evening.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fantastic dinner at Zambri's. Always first choice for date night!

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R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

My wife and I both had the filet mignon. It was awful. A very average cut of beef which was badly over cooked and flavourless. After the waitress dropped it off we didn't see her again until it was time for the bill.

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BB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic local place to eat with an innovative menu that is flexible enough to offer something for everyone. Can’t wait to go back!

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CZ
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. We tried a few antipasti items and shared some pasta. We both thought the antipasti were the hits and the pastas( didn’t like the orecchiette) the misses. Great wine list though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Good Food..Nice Atmosphere..Felt Rushed

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NL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here, it was my daughters birthday. It was the best Caesar salad I have ever had! The pasta was fresh and tender and the meat sauce was very tasty. My daughter loves it all! We will definitely be back. Especially for the Caesar salad!

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As always great food, excellent service. Thank you!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall what an excellent place to dine out with friends or your date.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great service as always. very informed staff, know all the best wine pairings for the food. we are usually on a time line before the symphony and we really appreciate the attentive service to allow us to savour the great food and keep us on time.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Zambri's is usually excellent. I go there often. Don't let this review put you off. I will say, though, that we had bad service this time at lunch. We had to flag down a waiter who wasn't our waiter at each stage of the meal. The attention was lacking and the staff were very distracted. That being said, Zambri's remains one of the best higher-end lunch spots in turn. I'll be curious to see if the service is as inattentive next time.

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JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Having been here many times before, we found our meal under-whelming this time.The 2 appetizers from the specials list had very little flavour, the crostini was very dry and crumbled when bit into.My pasta, tuna mint peas was nicely al dente but really lacked distinct flavour and was very low on sauce.
The lamb dish was ok but the pork shoulder seems very over cooked and again lacked any real distinction.
Not our best dining experience here.

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FR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our favourite restaurant in Victoria. My wife is Vegan and they always accommodate her special dietary requests and go out of way to make her special meals. The pastas are by far the best and we just love the home made bread. Pizza is also outstanding and in our opinion the best in Victoria.

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w
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always great... took a friend ftom out of town who loved it

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IC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've walked by Zambri's many times on our way to see a movie, but have never entered this exquisite Italian eatery. However, we were more than pleased with our experience, from the ambiance to the quality of the food: all aspects of our experience met or exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be going back!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service with friendly staff. Ambiance was really nice but it was a bit noisy for a date night.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Zambri's is on the upswing for sure. The service was efficient and friendly, my plate was the same I always take (Spaghetti agli olio) but cooked and presented exceptionally well ;-)

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GK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Can you imagine an extra charge for bread and oil/vinegar. Ten dollars for a 5 oz. glass of non-descript wine. The only good thing about the meal was the pizza.

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D
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was amazing, wife had the tenderloin, it is her favourite meal she has ever had. Anywhere.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was quite busy as it was Valentine's day and it seemed like they overbooked their reservations. We had a 7 o'clock reservation and were seated around 7:30 pm. We got our foot about 1 hr after ordering. Server was very kind and helped us with any questions. Great job by our server. The food was decently priced for a higher end Italian restaurant. Overall it was a good experience except for the wait for the foot and the wait to get a table but this was likely due to it being one of the busiest days of the year.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had great experience! Food was delicious, especially the pasta. Will be back soon !

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We had big expectations for this place. We had previously looked at their menu and were excited. We were excited until we arrived.

The front area was busy and not well organized.

We were shown to our table. The area was cold. Debated on keeping our jackets on.

Served came and took our drink order. Wine is really over priced. 5oz glass.....

We ordered bread and olives which were fine.

It took an exceptionally long time for the server to take our order.

The price of the food makes you think you are in for an exceptional meal. This wasn’t the case. Food was fine. But nothing extraordinary. Definitely priced way too high.

Staff were friendly.

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NS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Haida and the front of the house provide great service ask around! And the food consistently is excellent. Ask for Naomi or Georgia if you can!

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a
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, good service. It was cold inside and we could have used an extra sweater!

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s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite place to go for a special occasion, an awesome meal or just for an excellent lunch!!

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AW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Good authentic Italian food; relaxed surroundings with very comfortable noise level; good varied wine list; the house wines are good Italian reasonably priced; the service was excellent, friendly and efficient; the only negative is that I would like a more varied menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The service was good and the restaurant is in a great setting and very modern. The problem is, our food was mediocre at best. The penne w/ peas and Gorgonzola looked and tasted as if it was a Michelina’s frozen dinner and very overpriced for what it is. The Aplina pizza was slightly better, but still nothing to be excited about. Lots of other places I would rather go for pizza and pasta just thought we would try Zambris, but now we know we don’t need to go back.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was after lunch rush, DJ not many people. Great food and Jenn serving us was fantastic. Would surly recommend!!

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JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Dinner was lovely. Bathrooms were frigid and one could see one's breath. Not lovely.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Zambri's is always a good experience, the food is excellent, the staff are capable and gracious.

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

He food and service were great. The noise level and the freezing cold washrooms not so good.

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c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went for dine around week and the menu was good enough that each of our four diners could find something on that menu. The hit was the lamb shank. Least favorite was the squash pappardelle. The starter broccoli caesar was good but the soup was quite spicy. Both desserts were good and the polenta and apple dessert was an interesting way to take a savoury and make it a dessert. Could have used a shot of Amaretto with the pastry.

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FT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our food very much. One criticism: swine on the win list was not actually available.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mom’s birthday dinner. Great experience! Table was a little snug for 7 people but we made it work. Great time.

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PS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed our dinner, very tasty. Our server was very good. Attentive, but not overly so, and friendly. We will be back!

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VP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

We dined early on a Saturday night and were surprised to see how busy it was. But we were seated quickly and service was prompt and friendly. We ordered wine by the glass. The portions were very small...probably 4oz pours and we were not offered larger portions. Since we had read a lot about the “Dine around” program in effect in Victoria at this time, I decided on the $40 menu (3 courses).
My husband ordered a la carte.
My husband was “underwhelmed” by his Caesar salad but enjoyed his meat sauce pasta dish.
The featured menu I chose was very disappointing....all three courses seemed like they were contrived from whatever was leftover in the kitchen....the first course of “crispy broccoli” was good but I expected “crispy”. And instead a plate of steamed cold broccoli was served with what tasted like the dressing from the Caesar salad....in defence of the “crispy” description, the broccoli was not over cooked.
The next course was described as “gnocchi with A sauce flavoured with lamb shank.....what was presented was a whopping big lamb shank on a tomatoey sauce(which was tasty) and two little squares of firm polenta....when I asked the server if this was the chef’s idea of gnocchi, I was told this was his “take” on it....very misleading.
After I dug my way through the lamb shank, I ordered the third course....which I still cannot figure out...it was like they had taken a bunch of stale cake/pastry and topped it with some custardy cream..it was lumpy and hard and flavourless.
We were very surprised to see Zambri listed in YAM magazine as one of the top3 restaurants in Victoria.
We will see how the other 2 compare.

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T
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As always, Zambri's provided us with another excellent meal, great service and the perfect ' date night' ambiance.

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BB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Zambri’s. it is the perfect balance of professionalism and welcoming, comfortable and local friendliness. The food is impeccable and innovative. I loved it. Can’t wait to go back!

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BC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was exemplary and the food was fantastic. Everyone at the table of six raved about their meal. I especially enjoyed the spaghetti pepperoncino and fried broccoli as a side which I put on top of the spaghetti. Perfecto.

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