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“Delivers on the Delicious”
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Ranked #73 of 1,233 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours
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
Reviewed 6 July 2014

From retro cocktails to fine wines, to very, very well prepared small plates, Stage is a memorable dining experience. It is described as trendy, but it is friendly as well, and this, along with the quality of food sets it apart from other upscale eateries. You are made to feel welcome from when you walk in the door to when you leave. Everything we ate was delicious. Octopus was outstanding, it was tenderly deep-fried and I could have eaten more, but the menu had lots of other tasty options and we happily tried several. We were at first disappointed not to get a table - we were two couples - but we sat along the corner of the bar and it was great. We had a good view of the action (watching the bartender was great entertainment) and had no trouble hearing each other. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit!

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Thank Dtheresa
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We were recommended here by one of the staff in our hotel in Oak Bay. We ended up at Stage on two of our four nights in Victoria, it was SO good. We tried the lamb merguez sausage, the fried brussels, the edamame with garlic and chilli, the Sooke trout, the duck confit, the seared scallop risotto, the cider glazed pork belly - all superb. The wine tastings offered all went well with our food choices. AND do try the peanut butter chocolate bar - OMG! How can something like that be so tasty yet still light? We sat at the bar both visits and the guys there know their stuff. They're constantly attentive, never intrusive. We loved the place and will make a bee line next visit to Victoria. Thanks guys!

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Thank DWYGO
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We enjoyed our dinner here but, frankly, have had much better small plate dinners elsewhere. That said, the olives were REALLY tasty, and we liked having the opportunity to taste so many local wines by the glass. We also enjoyed the an octopus special and the duck confit. Homemade pork sausage with a pierogi was just ordinary, however the pierogi was very good.
The restaurant is small and they do not take reservations for parties under 6 people.

1  Thank alvalady
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I can't say enough good things about this place. The service is excellent, the bartender awesome and the owner even comes and says hello.
I love the wine list, all of which can be ordered by the glass and the small plates are excellent.
My personal favourite is their roasted/fried? brussel sprouts. Who would have thought they could taste so good.
Forget the others, this is THE small plates wine bar to check out in Victoria.

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Thank theonlysteph
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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

We hiked from Downtown Victoria in search of great BC wines by the glass and creative small plates.

Homemade sausage, in house smoked duck pastrami, handmade gnocchi...we couldn't say no.

Very helpful and friendly staff, hip decor and well worth the walk from the harbour.

Go!

Thank Cyrenius82
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