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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
308 Catherine St
, V9A 3S8
phone: (877) 838-2739
(Place added by: 49degrees)
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| Reviews: 28
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
There are few better locations for a brew pub than a spot on the water, overlooking downtown Victoria's inner harbor, and on a clear day the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. Spinnaker's capitalizes on its location, with numerous windows to bring the view into both the dinning room, and the pub upstairs.
The beer list changes frequently, and makes a clear division between cold-draught beers and warmer traditional cask beers. This is the first brew-pub I've visited that gave the real ales top billing. In my recent visit, 4 casks were on including some delightful pale ales, bitters and the exceptional Mt. Tolmie Dark ( a strong dark Mild of terrific complexity). Draft offerings included hefewiesen, IPAs, and a kolsch.
Considerable emphasis is placed on using meat, produce, and cheeses from the Island, or at the least from the province. Dishes are creatively prepared, and served with elegant presentations. It is simply delicious, and impressive for a restaurant in the price range and exceptional among brewpubs. It's certain to imptress a date.
The pub setting upstairs is quite nice, and bit more relaxed, with a billiards table surrounded by 50lb sacks of grain, and a traditional bar. Visitors to the pub may order from the same menu as the downstairs dinning room, while being well above pretension.
Spinnaker's is a brewpub worthy of any journey, and a must visit if in the area, or even a two hour ferry ride away.
08-31-2009 22:35:32 |
More by AllThingsNinja
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
We stayed in room #3 of the 1884 Heritage house from December 19 to December 22, 2005. The working gramophone (vintage mechanical record player) was pretty neat. With no television, it was a relaxing through-back to a simpler time (there was an alarm-clock/radio though). The front hall was nicely decorated for the holidays, using hop-vines for garland!
They bring you a pot of coffee and a basket of freshly baked goods for breakfast, along with the local paper. When they make up your room, they leave a couple bottles of water from their artesian well, along with a couple of chocolate truffles. Service was great!
The brewpub food is far better than your average pub-grub, and it's a good value too (not over-priced gourmet). Their beer is available in 5 oz samples, at a very reasonable price.
Their darker ales had a very strong flavours from British yeast, which I'm personally not that fond of. I think I'd prefer a lower fermentation temperature... particularly for their Scotch Ale.
Their "Pale" Ales were closer to blonde in colour (perhaps to appeal to a larger segment). The British yeast character was a lot more subtle as well. These were good, drinkable beers.
"Let no-one thirst for real Ale!"
12-24-2005 19:00:37 |
More by Derek
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Another great brewpub in this city. Dark wood and a great uk-styled band playing in the background. Atmosphere was nice...dark wood, UK styled with many rooms. Nice. Service was fast and attentive. Selection was nice as well. Cider, as well as, 8 ales, 6 hand pumps, and more! Selection was good as well, and so was the value of this place. Recommended when on Vancouver island/Victoria! This is a great traditional brewpub with great beer and a great atmosphere! Definately one of the greats! Bow down!
05-13-2005 07:24:36 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Spinnakers was one of the first brewpubs in Canada. They make very good beer.
Not sure if they are still having a couple of casks on Friday night, but it would be worth a check.
The pub also owns a couple of B&B's next door. Makes a great end or start to a brewpub crawl to and from downtown.
11-12-2003 02:36:02 |
More by saskguy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is worthy of a pilgimage for the creature comforts in life. First of all, the beer is fantastic!!! One of the main reasons I pop in every time I'm in Victoria is for their Imperial Stout (although it seems to me they now produce a less fortified version than in years past). It is a bitey, rich mouth filling ale. Many of their other beers stand out as well.
The food is also very good, ranging from a fair price to only a bit pricey. But worthy of note is their breakfast menu, their breakfast bowls in particular. I can't remember the exact name, but it is a bunch of smoked salmon, and various other ingredients scrambled with eggs. This one is to die for!!!
The guest house is superb. My wife and I stayed there. Shh her family doesn't know that we stayed here the night she said "yes." The rooms are beautiful, the service perfect-attentive but not omnipresent. On all levels, this is a place worthy of going out of your way to visit!!!
06-22-2006 01:19:08 |
More by 2beerdogs
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
My girlfriend and I went to Spinnakers last weekend for dinner. We've been there a couple times before and really enjoyed it. The place is in a beautiful spot, overlooking the harbor. It's really nice inside, but not overly fancy. The place has a very old feel, with some pub like qualities, very comfortable.
The beer is great overall. They have some standard beers, but plenty of rotating selections. They had a delicious saison, as well as an imperial stout, both of which we really enjoyed. In the past we've tried their IPA, and double pale ale, which are solid.
The food is top notch. It is generally up scale pub food, with a focus on high quality local ingredients. I've had the pulled pork sandwich, fish and chips, and beef ribs, all are excellent. The pizza is really good as well. Prices are awesome, maybe it is the time of year, but everything seems $5 cheaper than you would get at most other comparable places around town. Being close to a common bus route doesn't hurt either!
02-24-2011 19:51:52 |
More by ericj551
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for lunch during a recent visit to Victoria. The weather was beautiful so we attempted to sit on the wrap-around deck, but they have limited tables in the shade and we eventually had to move inside to avoid baking in the afternoon sun. Great view of the harbor though. Interesting choices on the menu with their own spin on some classic dishes. In addition to being a brewpub, they also have a bakery, deli and guest houses. I wish we had had more time and I would have loved to stay in the guest houses. I did purchase a few bottles of their beer to take home with me as well as their Barley Wine Vinegar. Definitely worth a visit.
09-14-2005 16:19:30 |
More by Xadoor
British Indian Ocean Territory
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Had Thanksgiving dinner here on a fluke. We had stopped in for an afternoon drink, and decided to come back for dinner. Awesome location with great views from the upper deck of the bay, watching the seaplane and ferry action. If you get a chance, be sure to sit outside. While I did find a few of their beers somewhat lacking, and they were unfortunately out of the Titanic Stout, the best I had was surprisingly their 3.9% summer ale. Bottle list was deep, and certainly made up for any deficiencies with some of their draft offerings. Dinner was excellent, service was polished, and a great table overlooking the bay with a huge fireplace made it all the better. Be sure to buy some of their chocolates from the gift store on the way out (stout soaked chocolate cookies were up there with anything I've had from Soma).
10-17-2010 23:21:55 |
More by CBA
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Spinnaker's is right on the waterfront with a good view of the harbor/bay. Very nice restaurant with some real quality food. The reason for the low score on quality was mostly to do with the fact that my girlfriend and I found the beers we tried kind of bland. This may have been the particular batch or beers that we had... will re-rate after next visit. The food was excellent and very filling. Atmosphere is great. Restaurant is surprisingly quiet, has nice high ceilings with great decor. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.
04-16-2002 09:18:41 |
More by jreitman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Very, very nice looking place with slightly above average beers. The cold-served beers are nothing special, though the warm-served cask-type brews were significantly better. Food was great, pricey but not overpriced (if that makes sense). As you might expect, the seafood was the highlight of the menu.
What makes Spinnakers special is the whole of the place, not any one thing. They not only make beer, they make incredible breads and baked goods, malt vinegars, cheeses and bottle their own artesian water. They own a couple of houses next door and rent rooms in a B&B manner. The rooms are neat and small, we had a nice deck and view of the city. Overnight accomodations aren't cheap, but we made this the "splurge" spot of our otherwise low-dollar BC vacation (lots of camping, Coleman stove-cooked meals, etc.) and were easily able to justify the expense because of the quality of the experience at Spinnakers.
04-27-2005 22:27:18 |
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