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James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant

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James Bay
British, Canadian
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332 Menzies St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2G9, Canada
+1 250-382-8282
07:00 - 16:00
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Sun 08:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sooooo good!! At a third of the price for tea at the Empress Hotel, this tea room came highly recommended by the hotel, locals, etc. Staff was gracious and helpful. If you want a great high tea experience without paying a lot, check this place out.

Thank Donna P
Victoria, Canada
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87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and her 8 year old daughter were up for a visit and wanted to go to tea. After reading some reviews, she chose this place. The first thing we noticed was how cold it was. The hostess/waitress (who was very nice and wanted to make us happy) explained that their heat wasn't working. The furnishings really need to... More 

Thank KLEwing
Seattle, Washington, United States
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was looking for a good place for breakfast near my hotel, and this place popped up. It was a short walk well worth it. The restaurant is very cozy in an old house type of building. Since we were between the breakfast and lunch times, it was uncrowded and we got our choice of table. We sat at the... More 

Thank Julie H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came to James bay tea room, about a week ago and were very impressed. We ordered afternoon tea, and everything was delicious! Especially the raisin scones :) Service was fast, efficient, and very friendly. Thank you for the great experience! We will be back

Thank mikej123456
Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We have been coming to the tea room for many years and we find that it is somewhat unpredictable- sometimes the service is good, and other times it is horrible- on one visit, we actually walked out of the restaurant after being seated by the waitress and then not receiving any service for over half an hour. On a good... More 

Thank 11223344a
Redmond, Washington
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This was a delightful breakfast place. food was great and service very prompt. They serve a nice high tea. It is in a wonderful heritage building.

Thank puffinz2016
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

In that vicinity, i think this place gives you the best value for your money. The breakfast is well priced and the meal is good. This is my new breakfast spot for whenever i visit James Bay , Victoria

Thank Lanre O
Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Craving a British style tea, we went to the James Bay and really delighted in the sandwiches and scones. My husband ordered a salad and loved it. And our daughter loved the decor of the place.

Thank JKL1104
Eugene, OR, United States
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed this restaurant. The room is small so best for small parties. I was there alone and it took 30 minutes to get my meal. Plan on going if you aren't in a rush. The food was good and service pleasant.

Thank Martha J
Kent, Washington
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Thirty-five years ago when I first came here, it was a great place. Over the years with changes in ownership and management, it has drifted toward mediocrity, and my last two visits here have left me feeling not quite satisfied. The servers are friendly, the food is okay, the tea is ordinary, the washroom is tiny.... But if you're looking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
British, Canadian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 332 Menzies St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > James Bay
  • Neighbourhood: James Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 250-382-8282

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