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“Quite a surprise!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stone's Throw Restaurant - CLOSED

Stone's Throw Restaurant
Price range: US$10 - US$18
Cuisines: American, Canadian, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
328 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Quite a surprise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

To be honest, I'd never considered this restaurant as I figured it was 'just' something attached to the Carleton Hotel. But we won a dinner for 4 in a local contest so off we went. It was a Friday nite at 6 pm and the place was empty! That's unfortunate as the food was really wonderful! There's a smallish menu but still has interesting selections and a small but adequate wine/beer/mixed drinks menu. My thought is - the smaller the menu the better prepared and fresh they'll be. That turned out to be true!
We ordered appies (they call them Tapas) and got one order of Lemon Dill Mussels and one of Shrimp Baja. The gang pronounced the mussles 'most excellent'. There was a good amount for sharing and they were in a wonderful broth which needed possibly more bread for dipping. The shrimp were wrapped in bacon and covered in their pico de gallo. They were quite decadent and disappeared quickly. The sauce in the bowl was also VERY yummy and got sopped up with the ciabatta bread that was included. For mains, we got 2 orders of peppercorn steak & shrimp which were cooked to perfection! One of our diners is VERY particular and wants his steak almost blue rare and it was perfectly done. The portions were large and there was a lot of shrimp which were nicely done and quite spicy - which was good! They also came with a good portion of potatoes. One diner got the blackened snapper with a caesar salad and potatoes. It was also very good. My dinner was a beef dip with a caesar salad. It was really good with lots of tender beef and a good amount of jus. We also got dessert - their Ghiradelli chocolate brownie with whipped cream AND ice cream. A large portion and the brownie was heavenly! The other diners shared some pecan pie which was also good.
So why are they not more busy? I can offer two suggestions which may (or may not) help. When looking into the restaurant from the street it really looks more like a breakfast/lunch place and not so much a dinner place. So here's my thoughts: at dinner time - remove the ketchup bottles from the tables and add some tablecloths ... maybe candles and small vases of flowers. All things that are pretty cheap but will help to transform the place to somewhere inviting for dinner.
I'm definitely going back to try some of the burgers on the menu ... they looked really tasty!!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Linda H
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Convenient for hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

This restaurant was adjacent to the Best Western Carlton Hotel where we stayed for 3 nights. We had intended going to a different place each morning for breakfast, but as the Stone's Throw was so handy and it was raining every morning, we went straight there. We had a good breakfast. It was not busy on the days we were there. We also went for a drink in the evening before going to our room for the night.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank JimandViv
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Red Deer, Canada
2 reviews
“Good Food and friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We were staying at Carlton Plaza,this restaurant is in the hotel, so it made it very easy for breakfast and a nice supper. The food is great and the staff is excellent !! I recommend this eatery.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank Lyle G
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
Level Contributor
114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Pretty average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Nothing special about the food, and tough to find the waitress after she has delivered your meal, if you need a refill or the check.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank JuanAndOnly
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Norfolk
Level Contributor
86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“It was ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Attached to the hotel we were staying at and used for two breakfast. Food quality on first morning good and hot, service reasonably quick although one dish was unlimited pancakes, two were initially delivered but waitress did not come back to see if any more were required.
Second day 4 dishes of oatmeal were ordered, service was slow and when the oatmeals arrived they were just warm and the toast accompanying was cold

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank golfjon
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