Southern Specialties and Thai favourites in the heart of Estevan Village – 2022 Yam Magazine Best Restaurant Award Voted Best South or Southeast Asian – Reservations Recommended
FARO is anchored by its Wood Stone pizza oven and a seasonally changing menu that includes handcrafted pizzas, a variety of fresh salads and small bites, cocktails and local wines, all to be enjoyed in a stunning modern room, at the tasting bar or on the outdoor patio with fire features. Translated from Italian, FARO means “beacon” or “lighthouse”, a well-suited name for a location that has been a beacon for Oak Bay locals and visitors alike, where guests gather to enjoy Victoria’s most luxurious oceanfront accommodation, dining experiences and award-winning spa setting for over 90 years.
Pure Vanilla is the quintessential neighbourhood cafe. Enjoy your coffee, treats, or lunch inside or out front on the cobbled sidewalk.
Freshly baked in-house.
The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden offers four-star guest service and exceptional food in a beautiful setting, giving guests a memory to cherish.
Seasonal menus showcase regional or Abkhazi Garden-grown produce, complementing the garden’s appearance when it is in bloom.
The Garden that Love Built
Peggy Pemberton-Carter met Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, in Paris in 1922, a prince from a surviving line of kings from the Black Sea region. They found themselves visiting art galleries and conversing in French but were eventually torn apart during World War II.
Peggy met her prince in New York in November 1946, married him and became the Princess Nicholas Abkhazi. They settled in Victoria, where they built their home atop a one-acre property. For over 40 years they cultivated their garden.
In 2000, The Land Conservancy purchased the property to preserve the Garden, the legacy of the Abkhazis.
October – March | Wed-Sun | 11 am – 5 pm
April – September | Every day | 11 am – 5 pm
Last entrance at 4 pm
Windsor Cafe is a boutique cafe with a vintage vibe, found in a Tudor style home. Enjoy coffee or wine on the fully licensed garden patio and a seasonally inspired menu constantly being updated. Fresh baked goods in the morning, a bistro-style restaurant in the afternoon till evening.
This charming shop is locally owned, and family operated for over 20 years. It’s a coffee shop, gourmet bakery, delicatessen and garden centre all in one.
Demitasse focuses on bringing together a few distinct passions of the owners, which includes:
- custom roasted, fair trade and certified organic coffee,
- creative, local, and fresh dishes everyday (take-home options!),
- a personal garden of all colours, shapes, textures, and sizes
Situated on the beachfront at Willows Beach, you’ll find special care and attention at the Kiwanis Willows Beach Tea Room, operated by Kiwanis Club of Oak Bay. The Willows Tea Room is open from May to September serving hot food, ice cream, drinks, and more to beach-goers.
Volunteers and paid students work together at this quaint little cafe right on the Beach. Proceeds go to support a number of organizations including Kiwanis.
On Sunday mornings between 9:00 am to noon, the Willows Tea Room serves a $10 breakfasts. Choose between:
- eggs, bacon or ham, hash browns, toast, or
- pancakes or French toast, a fruit cup, bacon or ham, and of course,
- juice, tea, or coffee.
For information and details about volunteering, visit kiwanisclubofoakbay.com
Built in 1912, The Oaks Restaurant is home to the oldest building in Oak Bay Village and originally housed the Oak Bay Grocery and the Oak Bay Post Office.
From 1981-2012, The building went under some beautiful restoration and renovations and was named “The Blethering Place.” It blossomed into a popular meeting place for locals as well as a destination for international tourists.
(According to Oxford, “blethering” is Scottish for. . . “voluble senseless talking”!)
Now known as The Oaks Restaurant, you’ll find some of the best parts of the past and new style from the new owners. Enjoy afternoon tea at the most reasonable price in town, with The Oaks homemade jam, marmalade, sauces, and made-from-scratch desserts.
Whether you’re looking for Victoria’s Best Brownie, all day breakfast, live entertainment weekly without a cover charge, or a venue to throw your next party, The Oaks is the place to come.
At Willows Galley, fish & chips is the specialty! They offer a variety of fresh and delicious fish right next to the most beautiful beach in Victoria. Including halibut, cod, oysters, prawns and scallops, chowder, coleslaw, fries … and even poutine!
Find Willows Galley in Estevan Village in Oak Bay. The menu includes many other fast food favorites perfect for grown-ups and kids. Burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, chicken strips and more. Willow’s Galley even does gluten-free!
“When I worked here before, people always referred to Willows Galley as the Cheers’ kind of atmosphere, where everybody knows your name,” Dave Higgins, Owner.
The Village Restaurant is known by locals as one of the best kept secrets in town. It’s Victoria’s premier, all-day breakfast restaurant with a menu crafted by a passion for great cooking.
Among the many dishes we prepare in our kitchen are traditional smoked brisket brought in from Montreal, our famous challah French toast, latke potato pancakes, cheese blintzes, plus breakfast favourites like eggs benedict made with free-run eggs, and big smoked-meat hashes!