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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuesthouseSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 253
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

308 Catherine St
Victoria, British Columbia, V9A 3S8
Canada
phone: (877) 838-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @spinnakers

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(Place added by: 49degrees)
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Great view. Very pretty retaurant and (separate floor) longer bar, busy in mid-aft offseason weekday. Al kinds of people. A sweet little friendly giftshop with bottles and such to buy.
If you find yourself in Victoria, you must make a stop here though you are spending at least most of a day and some funds to do so.
The beer was fine and mostly served well. The bartender appoligized for the Saison that was overcarbonated and gave us another half pint. The saison ws serviceable, the brewmaster who spent time with us is competent and experimenting well, though conservatively into Belgians.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Another great brewpub in this city. Dark wood and a great uk-styled band playing in the background. Atmosphere was nice...dark wood, UK styled with many rooms. Nice. Service was fast and attentive. Selection was nice as well. Cider, as well as, 8 ales, 6 hand pumps, and more! Selection was good as well, and so was the value of this place. Recommended when on Vancouver island/Victoria! This is a great traditional brewpub with great beer and a great atmosphere! Definately one of the greats! Bow down!

francisweizen, May 13, 2005
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%

This is a cool brewpub set right on the water. Very vintage pub kind of feel to it. Two stories and a bottle shop on the main floor.

There were about 10 regular taps plus 2 casks on when I was there. I tried 8 different beers in total (mostly smaller samples) and the quality ranged from well below average to above average. Nothing really impressed me. The selection, in terms of style variation was excellent though. They had EPA, APA, IPA, DIPA, imperial stout, Belgian Pale, etc.

Didn't eat. Service was very good. Sat at the bar and the bartender was very good.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of CBA
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Had Thanksgiving dinner here on a fluke. We had stopped in for an afternoon drink, and decided to come back for dinner. Awesome location with great views from the upper deck of the bay, watching the seaplane and ferry action. If you get a chance, be sure to sit outside. While I did find a few of their beers somewhat lacking, and they were unfortunately out of the Titanic Stout, the best I had was surprisingly their 3.9% summer ale. Bottle list was deep, and certainly made up for any deficiencies with some of their draft offerings. Dinner was excellent, service was polished, and a great table overlooking the bay with a huge fireplace made it all the better. Be sure to buy some of their chocolates from the gift store on the way out (stout soaked chocolate cookies were up there with anything I've had from Soma).

CBA, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.63/5  rDev +16%

There are few better locations for a brew pub than a spot on the water, overlooking downtown Victoria's inner harbor, and on a clear day the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. Spinnaker's capitalizes on its location, with numerous windows to bring the view into both the dinning room, and the pub upstairs.

The beer list changes frequently, and makes a clear division between cold-draught beers and warmer traditional cask beers. This is the first brew-pub I've visited that gave the real ales top billing. In my recent visit, 4 casks were on including some delightful pale ales, bitters and the exceptional Mt. Tolmie Dark ( a strong dark Mild of terrific complexity). Draft offerings included hefewiesen, IPAs, and a kolsch.

Considerable emphasis is placed on using meat, produce, and cheeses from the Island, or at the least from the province. Dishes are creatively prepared, and served with elegant presentations. It is simply delicious, and impressive for a restaurant in the price range and exceptional among brewpubs. It's certain to imptress a date.

The pub setting upstairs is quite nice, and bit more relaxed, with a billiards table surrounded by 50lb sacks of grain, and a traditional bar. Visitors to the pub may order from the same menu as the downstairs dinning room, while being well above pretension.

Spinnaker's is a brewpub worthy of any journey, and a must visit if in the area, or even a two hour ferry ride away.

AllThingsNinja, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%

We got off to a really bad start here, but things did get somewhat better eventually. I'm not sure how relevant this story is, but I'll tell it anyway. Eight of us went to Vancouver Island for a vacation recently, including my father who is in a wheelchair. We ended a long day in the Victoria area so we decided to see about having dinner at Spinnakers. My brother-in-law Eric called ahead to see if they could accomodate all of us including my father. It seemed to be an unusually long call and Eric said he was put on hold twice, but we were told it was no problem.

We arrived about 20 mintes later and the hostess began to lead us upstairs. Apparently there was a miscommuniaction somewhere. Eric did mention my father's handicap, but no one passed this on to the hostess I guess. Spinnakers has plenty of seating, but most of it is either up or down some stairs. There wasn't anything available in area accessible to my father, except in the outdoor area. The sun was setting on a sixty degree day and the wind was picking up, so that wouldn't work.

What happened so far annoyed me, but mistakes happen. This is the part that made me see red. The bartender/manager was summoned. He shrugged and said, "sorry, its either upstairs (impossible for my father) or outside (freezing cold)." He came across as calloused and uncaring. My wife saw how angry I was and pulled me aside while my more diplomatic sister handled the situation. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but I thought this was handled very poorly. His people made a mistake and he wasn't willing to do anything to help make it right. I wanted to leave at this point, but my dad had his heart set on eating here after I told him about it.

The hostess stepped up and asked a recently seated party if they minded moving upstairs. So we did get seated after about fifteen minutes. My thanks to her for making an effort to resolve the situation. As for the bartender, well I think he's an ass.

Despite my bad first impression, I have to admit this is a cool place. A beautiful brewpub in a perfect setting, right on the water. I tried three beers, the nut brown ale was great, the IPA was pretty good, and the Scottish ale on cask was pretty weak. I had a BBQ chicken with caramelized onion and roasted garlic that I grudgingly admit was fantastic. Frankly though, I was surprised when the bill came to find nothing comped. I thought at least a couple of free appetizers were called for.

In summary, its probably best to ignore my review and focus on the more positive ones. Despite what I thought of the manager this place has a lot going for it.

DIM, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of jreitman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Spinnaker's is right on the waterfront with a good view of the harbor/bay. Very nice restaurant with some real quality food. The reason for the low score on quality was mostly to do with the fact that my girlfriend and I found the beers we tried kind of bland. This may have been the particular batch or beers that we had... will re-rate after next visit. The food was excellent and very filling. Atmosphere is great. Restaurant is surprisingly quiet, has nice high ceilings with great decor. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.

jreitman, Apr 16, 2002
Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

KStark, May 13, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

This is a classic Victoria brewpub that has really grown and expanded over the years. I can say that the majority of beers are very good and the fact that they serve some warmer on handpump shows a dedication to the craft.

The food was very good with some excellent fish and chips. The service was a bit messed up as the food came the same time as the beer which is a no no in my book. StephenLouis tells me that the service depends on where you sit in relation to upstairs or downstairs. The atmosphere is very nice as this is an old house that overlooks the more open part of the harbour.

canucklehead, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

We stayed in room #3 of the 1884 Heritage house from December 19 to December 22, 2005. The working gramophone (vintage mechanical record player) was pretty neat. With no television, it was a relaxing through-back to a simpler time (there was an alarm-clock/radio though). The front hall was nicely decorated for the holidays, using hop-vines for garland!

They bring you a pot of coffee and a basket of freshly baked goods for breakfast, along with the local paper. When they make up your room, they leave a couple bottles of water from their artesian well, along with a couple of chocolate truffles. Service was great!

The brewpub food is far better than your average pub-grub, and it's a good value too (not over-priced gourmet). Their beer is available in 5 oz samples, at a very reasonable price.

Their darker ales had a very strong flavours from British yeast, which I'm personally not that fond of. I think I'd prefer a lower fermentation temperature... particularly for their Scotch Ale.

Their "Pale" Ales were closer to blonde in colour (perhaps to appeal to a larger segment). The British yeast character was a lot more subtle as well. These were good, drinkable beers.

Their motto/mission-statement:
"Let no-one thirst for real Ale!"

Derek, Dec 24, 2005
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse in Victoria, BC, Canada
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.