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“Small Plates Wine Bar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stage

Stage
Ranked #73 of 1,176 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Wine Bar, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Stage is a small-plate restaurant and wine bar located across from the Belfry Theatre in Victoria's trendy Fernwood neighbourhood. Stage supports local farmers, food artisans, and serves a variety of tapas-style dinner offerings. Options range from duck confit and crispy chicken to made-in-house sausage, vegetarian dishes and the city's largest cheese selection. The 55 seat restaurant's vibe is upbeat and funky while maintaining a classy and unique feel. Brick walls, reclaimed hardwood floors, hanging candles, and rotating local art, all combine to create a truly local Victoria experience. Stage has also won several awards including Top 10 new restaurant in 2005 by En Route Magazine, Restaurant of the Year by Vancouver Magazine, and a Silver Medal at the 2013 and 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival."Winning over patrons from Fernwood and beyond"! - N.Y. Times
Port Moody, Canada
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129 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Small Plates Wine Bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Stage was recommended to us by our innkeeper at Abbeymoore Manor who knows we are foodies and enjoy good wines.
Everything about this resto was fantastic except the noise level — we were quite unable to carry on a normal conversation, which for us is an essential part of good dining.
The cellar here is impressive, with something for everyone and their bank account. The choice by the bottle provides whites and reds from around the world and includes some excellent ones too. BC's offerings have some of our best and some that are unavailable in the liquor stores. There are eight red and white by the glass selections that clearly change regularly and allow diners to taste several.
The small plates were delectable here; not quite like tapas in Spain but inventive, different, and bigger. Ingredients were local and fresh, where possible. My absolute favorites were the charcuterie and cheese plates, especially the rabbit terrine and Humboldt Fog (goat cheese). The duck confit and gnocchi with mulit-herb pesto and crispy leeks were delish too.
Our server was superb — helpful when required, knowledgable about the food and wine, and fun and friendly. Dishes came quickly, so we ordered plates in stages.
Highly recommended, but I can't give Stage five stars due to the noise level.

  • Visited April 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Great Find Just Outside the City Centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

A trendy, upscale wine bar in a quiet neighbourhood just a few minutes outside the city centre with an exquisite variety of tasty small plates and wines, including B.C. wines. Service is cordial, yet not obsequious or rushed. (The bartender, who I do not believe served me on my first visit, nevertheless remembered me on my second visit and that I preferred a quiet corner table.) Visiting Victoria from a city with a great restaurant scene, I was pleasantly impressed by Stage.

Visited April 2014
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Williams Lake, Canada
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and vine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

Very good selection of food and excellent vines to choose. Atmosphere is nice but it is a little noisy, the acustic of the space is failing.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, Canada
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing flavour and great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

My wife and I went for a romantic night out without the kids and decided to try Stage. Had been there once before many years ago for a work function. Pretty much everything about the evening was amazing other than the inability to make a reservation which lead to a 10 minute wait for a table. We decided to try the tasting menu and shared everything. A great selection from their wonderful menu. Great flavours. Wines were good and I felt the entire package was well priced for what you get. Will definitely go back.

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Calgary, Canada
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“Really enjoyed this meal and evening.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

We had the tasting menu. the pairings were really very good; well chosen. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone. A really diverse crowd, just the right amount of noise and activity.

  • Visited March 2014
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