A Review Of Our Dining Experiences At John’s Place In Victoria BC
If you are looking for a great place to dine in Victoria – British Columbia, then be sure to check out John’s Place Restaurant. A permanent fixture and household name in Victoria for well over 30 years.
John’s is a hidden gem favorite among locals and visitors year after year, offering homemade dishes using quality ingredients.
John’s Place serving meals in Victoria for over 30 years!
A Unique Casual Dining Experience
When we travel, we are always on the lookout for something out of the ordinary and a restaurant that is always popular with the locals. Nine chances out of ten, you’re bound to get a great meal at affordable prices and in Victoria, John’s Place is just the ticket!
I was raised in Victoria and have watched the city grow in leaps and bounds over the years. Did you know that this city has more restaurants then any other per capita in North America, second to San Francisco?
Can you imagine how hard it would be for a restaurant to survive in this city? Yet, John’s Place has been serving fantastic meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner for over 3 decades!
John’s motto has always been to serve …
John’s Place In Victoria – About The Owner
Owner and Chef John Cantin arrived in Victoria BC and opened his doors for business back in 1984.
As a trained chef and member of the 1976 Canadian Team at the Culinary Olympics in Germany, John realized his dream of opening a restaurant that would be affordable for all and offer good down to earth home cooking!
Old Photo John’s Place Building
He continues to serve great meals at affordable prices in a casual, comfortable, fun atmosphere.
Stepping inside the doors of John’s Place is a treat in itself!
John’s Place Victoria – Huge Menu Selections
Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything here is made from scratch.
From signature Eggs Benedict and Belgian Waffles in the morning, to their favorite Southwestern Meatloaf or delicious special feature dishes added as a surprise, the menu has something to offer even for the most picky of eaters.
We always enjoy trying something different on each visit and have yet to be disappointed!
Below, is just a sample of what to expect and what we enjoyed on our most recent visit for dinner this season.
The Longhorn Dinner
I chose the Longhorn Dinner on this visit and it was delicious!
Served with tender slices of slow roasted beef brisket with Texas Whiskey BBQ sauce, grilled with fresh mushrooms, all on top of homemade cornbread slices, garnished with crispy onions, complete with mouth watering buttermilk mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.
A great choice and a very popular dish along with their “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatloaf Dish.” Two favorites on the main menu!
Fettuccine and Wild Salmon
My wife selected one of the featured pasta specials that are always available besides the huge regular menu. The fresh salmon accompanied with fettuccine and garlic toast was another excellent choice.
Served with a fresh side salad and homemade dressing, it was a complete and delicious meal.
John’s Place Victoria – Leave Room for Dessert
You simply must leave room for dessert at this restaurant. We always leave with a doggy bag from dinner, making sure we have room left over for their fabulous desserts!
From freshly baked homemade pies, cheesecake to ongoing daily specials, you will not find better desserts in the city at such affordable prices then anywhere but John’s!
We selected two of the featured dessert specials, taking advantage of something new and freshly prepared.
Cherry Blueberry Raspberry Crumble
Freshly baked crumble mixed with fresh blueberries, raspberries and cherries. What can I say, it was outstanding. Add ice cream if you dare!
Death by Chocolate
This was a daily special and the smooth chocolate layer was simply to Die For! Rich, creamy and smooth, we could only manage to get down half and take the rest home for a late night snack.
John’s Place Restaurant Featured On The Food Network Canada
This restaurant has become increasingly popular as each year goes by and is a definite landmark in the city. In fact, the television program Food Network Canada stopped by to film an episode at John’s.
This is quite an honor to be selected for this Nationwide television program and one that does not come easy among the thousands of restaurants operating in Canada.
If you’re looking for home cooked affordable eating off the main tourist grind and a favorite among locals, then you simply must mark John’s Place for any meal throughout the day.
It’s one of those hidden gems in the city that has been serving customers for over 30 years!
Update July 2018
Once again, my wife and I had the pleasure of dining at John’s Place, this time for a wonderful breakfast on our last visit to Victoria. We also had the opportunity to meet with the restaurants owner – John!
If you’re looking for a unique and historic hidden gem in the city that was also awarded as Readers Choice for Best Breakfast in town, then don’t miss John’s Place!
Here’s just a sample of what you can choose on their breakfast menu!
Signature Eggs Benedict
The eggs benedict are a favorite and for very good reason! They are delicious, and you have a choice of having your eggs served on homemade corn bread! The photo above is just their half order, served with fresh fruit. 🙂
The 222 Headache
If you can’t decide, try the best of both worlds! Our regular or our new gluten-free waffle and your choice of a half Classic Benny or half Veggie Benny.
Served with your choice of our spicy pancake syrup, house made cream cheese syrup or pancake syrup!
The breakfast selections are huge with something to satisfy most everyone! Both breakfast and lunch menus can be seen on their website.
Below, I have added a link to John’s official website, where you can access more detailed information, restaurant location, menu and much more.
John’s Place is now only open until 3 pm for breakfast and lunch only, 7 days a week!
I’ve also listed the Official British Columbia Tourism link below to their website page for your convenience. I’ve directed the link to their page on Vancouver Island. It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful part of British Columbia has to offer.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Although our visit was in collaboration with John’s Place Victoria, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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