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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuesthouseSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

308 Catherine St
Victoria, British Columbia, V9A 3S8

(877) 838-2739 | map

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 42
Reviews by Voonder:
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Overall - it's really good place. We got lucky, our server was excellent, she was really knowledgable and helpful. So, service was really good, and the barmen was nice enough to give us a hand with off-sales.
Food was really good too, we had steaks and really liked them. The food selection wasn't that great though. They only had to offer 1 kind of burger, steaks and pasta and that is pretty much it. House made ice cream was allright.
Beer was good. Really good. We tried hefeweisen, currant noir and irish red and we weren't dissapointed with any of those brews. We need to come back and try some more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of spoony
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

V-The place is big. Lots of rooms, lots of patios, and multiple stories. It is located a short distance outside of downtown Victoria and the views of Victoria harbor almost make up for the touristy, slightly cheesy feel. I visited on a Monday evening for an early dinner and the place was full, but I did not have to wait for a table.

Q-I tried three beers and all were merely average. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was great...not much more to say than that.

Ser-The waitstaff was a little slow and spaced out. It took forever to get my beer and food, but at least the views were nice. The waitstaff was helpful when asked about food and beer, and beers were served in the right glasses at the right temperature.

Sel-Spinnakers had roughly 25 beers on tap, all brewed by Spinnakers, which is pretty impressive. The spread of styles was good too, with everything from English styles to sours to American styles.

F-My salmon was good, but not great. The veggies were fresh and tasty, but the bread was dried out.

O-Not bad, but it feels a bit dated and the beers are merely average.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 50StateBeerTour
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of N_E_Beer
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Got the brewery tour, serious cats here. Cannot recommend enough for food or bev, my favourite is Blue Bridge & their bread.

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Photo of Beervana
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of LampertLand
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sat at the upstairs taproom/bar , Sasha the cute day time bartender , took my order , Hollie Wood Oyster Stout @ 7.6% served in a snifter , and let me look over the menu , choose the Mushroom & Beer Pizza , (highly recommend) some idle chatter and the pizza was served hot & fresh along with a second HW Oyster Stout , talked to Chris Morin sale representative , and also enjoyed a sampling of the Ortega Blonde @ 5% , as lunch came to a close , Chris gave me a 30 oz squealer , chose Kracken Amber Ale and left feeling happy & content with a smile on my face for $40+, prost LampertLand

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Photo of Rossmeister23
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited this brewpub on my honeymoon. Loved the atmosphere, loved the food, loved the beer! I tried Mitchell's ESB and paired it with a braised pulled pork sandwich and tomato basil soup. If I lived in Canada, I would frequent this place much, much more.

The atmosphere to me was one that dwelled on the line between middle-class and upscale, containing great looking tables with nice decor. Billiards tables were present as well; lots of good mannered service staff who also avoided being too formal.

Overall, one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in my life. I have plans to return should I ever find my way back up north.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We hopped on the water taxi which took us most of the way there. This is a beautiful restaurant/brewery with a great view of the harbor. Nice place full of character and a comfortable pub feel. Lots of great craft beers on tap. We tried the Spinnakers Cask ESB which was great as well as the IPA. Good beer and decent food. I enjoyed this stop more than most places in the area. The prices were a bit better as well, although I found all of Victoria quite pricey. If you find yourself in Victoria, it is worth the time to go there. Not a bad walk, bus ride, or water taxi ride to the center of town either.

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Photo of ericj551
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My girlfriend and I went to Spinnakers last weekend for dinner. We've been there a couple times before and really enjoyed it. The place is in a beautiful spot, overlooking the harbor. It's really nice inside, but not overly fancy. The place has a very old feel, with some pub like qualities, very comfortable.

The beer is great overall. They have some standard beers, but plenty of rotating selections. They had a delicious saison, as well as an imperial stout, both of which we really enjoyed. In the past we've tried their IPA, and double pale ale, which are solid.

The food is top notch. It is generally up scale pub food, with a focus on high quality local ingredients. I've had the pulled pork sandwich, fish and chips, and beef ribs, all are excellent. The pizza is really good as well. Prices are awesome, maybe it is the time of year, but everything seems $5 cheaper than you would get at most other comparable places around town. Being close to a common bus route doesn't hurt either!

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Photo of CBA
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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).

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Photo of joshuacavett
3.53/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5

I visited this brewpub having great hopes of experiencing a jewel brewpub, but was greatly disappointed in the beer. The food was amazing, I had a beef pot pie and my wife had the fish & chips which was exceptional. We sampled every beer on their menu and three of the beers were very flat (I could not get carbonation in the beereven if I blew bubbles in them). The only one that was above average was their IPA on draft. The place is very kid friendly and the waiter was very quick to bring our order. They did have three seasonal beers on bottle (Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, a Merle and another belgian) that give a better selection. If visiting the Victoria/Vancouver area, I would recommend The Alibi room(see my review - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17068) over Spinakers. The Alibi room has an unbelievable selection and cellared brews.

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Photo of Conrad
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had a preconceved notion formed from the ads and from previous posters. The place did not live up to expectation. The venue was good and there was free parking. However, we (wife and I)were taken aback by the crowd of people. I thought this would be a high class joint, but it must have slumped. There were lots of jocks and loud people in the place, guys with their ball caps on, some on backwards, the girls in denim and tattoos, and all of them speaking loud to be heard over the music and general noise. Too many TVs were on, and the hustle was a bit much. However, I was there for the beer, and the beer did not disappoint. I tried a flight of the samplers and settled on their ESB. Excellent choice, if a bit pricey. I will not go back until I have tried the other brewpubs in town.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Spinnakers was one of the "must see" brewpubs on a recent trip to Victoria... I think many people would agree, and I'd probably go there again, but with a couple minuses from the experience.

The place itself is a very cool building with a classy yet lived in feel overlooking the inner harbor from the upstairs seating area next to the bar. Lighting and sound ambiance were good, as well.

The beers I tried were their Blue Bridge double IPA and Nut Brown ale. Both were solid, well crafted beers that I would have again. Their double IPA was very short on hops to this Portland hophead, but it was a pleasing, well balanced malty strong pale. They had a good selection of their own beers that almost all interested me. Too little time, too little money.

I'm torn on the food, I wanted to love it. They take the time to prepare and note on the menu food-beer pairings, so cool. Having already ate dinner, the only food I tried was disappointing, the Baba Ganoush with home made bread. Many other options looked good, and I really appreciate the many local ingredients integrated. Perhaps I'm spoiled by superb Lebanese food, but I'd be optimistic the next time ordering something different.

Service was slow. I'm not sure if they are understaffed, but the place was not very crowded and our waitress only breezed by us a couple times after we waited almost 20 minutes for her to notice us.

Prices seemed comparable to good to other Victoria establishments, but probably at least a quarter more than what I'm used to paying in the states. Yet Spinnakers would still probably be a "must see" for me again on my next trip to Victoria. If I knew my food and service experiences were not the norm, Spinnakers would be my easy top recommendation between the three brewpubs in Victoria.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of DIM
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited on a slow Wednesday night, sat upstairs in the tap room with a friend.

Cozy atmosphere. Sinnakers has the best location in town, overlooking the inner harbor. On a nice day (it was raining) you can sit on the patio or on the balcony and watch the boats and the float planes.

Waitress knew the basics but the guys downstairs, once they knew I knew a thing or two about beer were all talk, chatting up their favorite brews there.

The beer went from mediocre to exceptional. I had that night's cask, the Dark IPA (nice hops, too light body), the ESB (too light) and the Icebrg PA (very good!). Each night they open a cask conditioned ale, which is really sweet. They always have at least 7 or so of their brews there... though the ones I was looking forward to weren't there (RIS, DIPA).

Overall, one of the best brewpubs in Victoria. They know their beer, they work on interesting casks, great atmosphere, good food. Tops.

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