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“Typical pub. Nothing exceptional”

Charles Dickens Pub
Ranked #31 of 84 Restaurants in Sidney
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Victoria, Canada
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Typical pub. Nothing exceptional”
Reviewed 15 December 2013

We have just moved to the Sidney area and dropped in for dinner. This is a typical pub/sports bar with about 10 assorted screens, plenty of background music and a youngish clientele. We prefer quieter places for conversation so it is unlikely to become our local.

The draft Boddington's was excellent and the food and the service were quite good. The squid starter was deep fried with jalapenos - a tasty variation - and the beef and potato stew was very good. The "scones" served under the stew would have been better cooked in the stew gravy (like dumplings) rather than being baked.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank yonze
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GMNCVat, General Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review, 17 December 2013
Thank you for your review. Were glad you enjoyed your food and the atmosphere of our Pub. I apologies if you felt your service was not what you expected. We will take your comments and review them with our staff.
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Port Alberni, Canada
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132 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Convenient Location, Good Food”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

We ate here when we overnighted in Sidney close to the airport for our early morning departure. The location right beside the Travelodge was awesomely convenient. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with a fairly good menu selection, similar to what you'd expect at any pub restaurant. The service was somewhat sluggish and inattentive, especially when it came to clearing dishes away. The food we ordered was quite good and hit the spot. It's a great place for a quick meal or drinks and appies.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank islandgurl2
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GMNCVat, General Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review, 17 December 2013
Thank you for your comments. Were glad you enjoyed our food and the atmosphere of the Pub. I apologize if the service was not what you expected. We will take your comments and review them with the staff
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Vancouver
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not a bad place for the game”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

I have eaten here a number of times and the food is generally not bad, but there has been a couple times that the food wasn't very good. Service is again average, not going to be left long with an empty beer but not going to always see your waitress stopping by. Nice atmosphere and lots of TVs to be able to watch whatever game you are into.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank DutchmanJr
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GMNCVat, General Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review, 12 December 2013
Thank you for your review. Regrettable you have said you think our Pub service and food has not lived up to your expectations and I apologies for that. We do feel our food quality is made to a very high standard but we will always try to make improvements where we can. As for our service I feel we have a dedicated, professional staff who work hard to provide excellent customer service but I will share your review with them to see if we can improve.
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California
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607 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 386 helpful votes
“Surprisingly nice cozy atmosphere ”
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

The Airport trace lodge is next door and offers guests a discount. However, it's actually a step above what I expected with a great pub style menu and cozy setting unlike most noisy oversized places. Recommend

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Thank Gemma'smum
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GMNCVat, General Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review, 12 December 2013
Thank you for your great review and were so glad we exceeded your expectations. We are very proud of our food, service and staff and hope you will come back and visit us again.
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Everett, Washington, United States
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167 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“nice place and good food”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Semi pub/sports bar. Great food and was quiet so you can talk and relax. service was prompt and friendly Good curry and macn cheese. Full bar

Visited October 2013
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Thank Gary M
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GMNCVat, General Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review, 12 December 2013
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed our Pub and the food and we look forward to serving you again.
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