Victoria has a thriving seniors’ community, and, a such, has many great locations that appeal to that crowd. Here’s a selection of a few classic and more out-of-the-way restaurants that are great for a solo excursion as well as for the entire family.
BC Legislature Dining Room
Located in the lower level of the historic and still-functioning seat of British Columbia’s provincial government, the BC Legislature Dining Room combines classic Victorian charm with an ever-changing menu of modern and classic dishes. Pictures of Victoria’s past adorn the walls for a pleasant and nostalgic experience.
Reservations are mandatory, and visitors must pass through security. Restaurant hours vary when the legislature is sitting.
501 Belleville St., Victoria, BC V8V 2L8
Monday-Thursday – 8:30am-3pm
Friday – 8:30-2pm
Closed weekends and holidays
With a view of Victoria Harbour’s breakwater, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic mountains, the Breakwater Bistro sits nestled behind James Bay’s cruise ship terminals. Serving modern cuisine, craft beers and a wide variety of hot beverages, the location alone makes this a wonderful destination for any occasion.
While the restaurant is quite busy during the summer, it is still recommended to visit year round for excellent storm watching and colourful sunsets.
199 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 1A2
Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9am-9pm
Friday, Saturday – 9am-10pm
Q at the Empress
The Empress Hotel is one of Victoria’s most defining landmarks, and seniors will be delighted to experience the history, architecture, and ghost stories surrounding this famous location. Their website states that “Q represents Queen and country, a nod to Queen Victoria, with a modern twist on royalty.”
Live music is offered daily from 6:00-10:00 pm
721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
6:30am – 9:30pm everyday.
Hermann’s Jazz Club
For over thirty years Hermann’s has supported and promoted live jazz in Victoria. They have a modest kitchen serving standard but quality pub fare, but the true reason to visit is to catch a live show. Many of the acts play classic jazz styles from the 40s and 50s. They only open for live music events, so be sure to check their calendar for tickets and reservations.
753 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 1J9
Downstairs events are wheelchair accessible.
Shows usually start around 8pm
The Oaks Restaurant and Tearoom
Oak Bay Avenue is one of Victoria’s hidden gems, and the sleepy community located just a few minutes from downtown is the heart of our senior’s community. They offer afternoon tea as well as weekly live music. Slow down and enjoy Oak Bay’s laid back and sophisticated vibe.
2250 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E2
Spinnakers Gastro Brew Pub
Victoria’s original brew pub, Spinnaker’s location and architectural beauty is complemented by its emphasis on local ingredients and house-made confectionery shop in the lobby. It is a brew pub, so it can get a bit raucous at times, so be ready for a bit more noise and excitement. It also offers a great patio with views of Victoria’s inner harbour.
308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC V9A 3S8
The My Chosen Cafe
Take a drive to the countryside in beautiful Metchosin. About a 45-minute drive from downtown Victoria, and surrounded by boutique farms and ranches, the village centre hosts My Chosen Cafe, a busy restaurant and pizzeria, with a petting zoo located in the rear. A great destination with something for the entire family.
4492 Happy Valley Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 3Z3
Tuesday-Friday – 10am-8pm
Saturday-Sunday – 9am-8pm
Blue’s Bayou Cafe
A cajun-themed joint located on the water in Brentwood Bay, this is the perfect spot to add a bit of spice to your day. Sporting a beautiful view of Brentwood Marina, it’s a great place for watching the sunset on their large patio.
899 Marchant Rd, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1B4
Hours vary seasonally, so call to inquire.