I lived in Victoria while in High School and I’ve stayed at the Fairmont Empress before but I never really noticed The Veranda. When you walk through the hotel it looks like an English lounge but what you don’t see is the beautiful patio overlooking the harbour. The Veranda doesn’t take reservations so it takes some effort to guarantee you get a table on the patio but not too much to deter one from coming here.
We were lucky enough to be right along the veranda and could people watch as they strolled by the hotel along the boardwalk. It was a Saturday night and every table was full adding to the social ambiance even more. The crowd was a mix of everyone which I like and the tables are well separated so you don’t overhear other conversations.
With a view of the ocean it’s tough not to get tempted by the seafood tower on the menu. As you see the people indoors having afternoon tea and eating all sorts of goodies you can’t help but want a tower of delicious critters from the local waters. The value isn’t really in the food; you are mostly paying for the service and atmosphere.
This is the kind of spot where you can get comfortable with some drinks and if you are in the mood to nibble grab a bite to satisfy that craving. It opens in May and is only open during the summer. Even if it’s chilly outside they provide blankets and heaters too. Whether you are looking for a nice spot to start the evening, end it or anything in between The Veranda is excellent and I can agree with their saying “Quintessentially, the best place in Victoria.”