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Brasserie L'ecole

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1715 Government St
Victoria, BC  V8W 1Z4

(250) 475-6269

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Editorial Reviews from the web
English
April 30, 2014

French country cooking with local ingredients and reliable service excel at this hopping yet cozy brasserie, where tables are first come, first served. Chef Sean Brennan provides the standbys: moules, steak frites, endive salad with lardons, rich onion soup, but the plats du jour really show off his chops. For example, chicken paillard ($23) with chard, pancetta, and chanterelles in a Dijon... more

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March 19, 2014

"High-quality" French cuisine built on "good ingredients prepared to mouth-watering perfection" earns Vancouver Island's Top Food honors for this "always-crowded" "true bistro" in Downtown Victoria; add in "exceptional", "knowledgeable" servers and a "relaxed" atmosphere, and fans have "no hesitation" about spending their "hard-earned money" here; P.S. no reservations, so be "prepared to wait."

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4.5 star rating
December 14, 2011

In the overheated world of food fashion, it's so refreshing to find simple French bistro fare deftly prepared and served at reasonable prices. L'Ecole's menu changes daily, depending entirely on what comes in fresh from Victoria's hinterland farms. Because honesty is what's on offer at this warm, comfortable restaurant, preparation is simple, no big reductions or complicated jus, just... more

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October 01, 2008

French country cooking with local ingredients and ace service continue to excel at this cosy Canadian brasserie, where reservations have become mandatory. Chef Sean Brennan provides reliable standbys of moules, steak and frites, endive salad with lardons, or rich onion soup, but the plats du jour really show off his chops. Beer-braised duck legs in a delicate broth of chickpeas and summer... more

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English
4.5 star rating
June 10, 2015

Never eaten here. That's because they appear unfriendly to single diners. When I went there was a queue ... however they didn't seem all that enthusiastic to accommodate me. The place has a tight-packed vibe of classy pretentiousness anyway.

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4.5 star rating
April 03, 2015

A true culinary experience. Worth the wait (no resos). Steak frites are always an excellent option. Highly recommended.

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4.5 star rating
February 28, 2015

Sean Brennan makes the best creme brûlée on the planet. Having done the "Creme Brûlée Tour of France", I feel qualified to make this judgement. ;-)

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4.5 star rating
February 13, 2015

Lining up for what is supposed to be Victoria's hottest eatery was not too onerous in the 15 degree temperature. Brasserie L'ecole does not take reservations. From reading the reviews, nearly all five stars, the trick is to get there before 5:30 and join the line. Because the restaurant is small and fills quickly, you'll most likely be seated for much later. They'll text you when your table is... more

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4.5 star rating
January 30, 2015

This is by far the best restaurant in the city! The price is a bit on the high side, so it's great for special occasions and couples. I had a fish dish that was GF, and creme brûlée for dessert. It was my first CB, so yes it was the best creme brûlée I've ever had ;) We accompanied our dinner with a delicious bottle of red wine. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere is nice, it is a small... more

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4.5 star rating
January 01, 2015

We arrived early, at 5:00 pm and were the first, but by 5:30 the line was down the sidewalk and full up for the first serving. My wife and I shared mussels and a salad to start, and the salad was served on two plates, both large portions. Mussels fresh and delicious. We ordered two main courses which we split, fish and a burger, both superb. The bottle of Vacqueyras was reasonably priced and... more

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4.5 star rating
November 19, 2014

Great atmosphere, great staff and quite possibly the best burger I've ever eaten. A hidden gem.

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4.5 star rating
October 01, 2014

Francais!

A beautiful fine dining french restaurant. I went here for my girlfriends birthday. I had always wanted to come here but that no reservation thing had me. To my surprise we rolled up around 6pm and just walked right in (it was a wednesday mind you).

The staff and service was extremely friendly and knowledable. I was debating the french onion soup or the mussels. A price difference... more

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4.5 star rating
September 23, 2014

I wasn't going to do this, but 1) I gave them the opportunity to fix; and 2) After having slept on it, I'm still miffed.

I'd been looking forward to going to Brasserie since March, when my birthday plans got railroaded. Next special occasion: wedding anniversary. Knowing of their irksome no reservations policy, we arrived at 5:15PM. We got a table right away, along with what looked like a... more

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4.5 star rating
September 16, 2014

Truly enjoyed this unique place! Menu is one if a kind. Every dish was scrumptious & large potion sizes. Only downside was how long we had to wait for a table. They don't take reservations but we were told we could put our name on a list if we showed up at 5 and come back at the assigned time. No one was waiting to eat at that time so no list. Cake back at 8 & waited an hour for a table. Wish... more

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4.5 star rating
August 14, 2014

You may be looking at this place and wondering "why is there a fancy French restaurant in the middle of China Town in Victoria BC?" I have no idea, but it's good.

There is a trick to getting a table at Brasserie L'ecole. They open at 5:30, but who the heck wants to eat that early when you're on vacation? So don't even bother going early and waiting in line. It's a small restaurant with only... more

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4.5 star rating
August 10, 2014

I was expecting something magical. This place didn't blow me away, but the food and service were both great. Everyone is right, the frites are fantastic. Huge lineup though, so get there early.

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4.5 star rating
July 22, 2014

First off, it seems Canadians may use tripadvisor more than yelp b/c this place didn't have many reviews (only 67 at the time) yet on TA there were almost 1000. We strolled in at 6:00, half an hour after they opened, for two of us, and we were told to come back at 730 for a table. It's THAT busy. They were out of the liver mousse and beef paleron, ironically the two things I wanted!

However,... more

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4.5 star rating
July 20, 2014

I have lived in Paris and spent a lot of time in France and with confidence I can say this is by far one of the best French Brasseries I have ever been to.

My husband and I had the pleasure of two nights in Victoria at the end of an Alaskan Cruise. I had read about Brasserie L'ecole and was really excited to try it. It did not disappoint in the least. The host, whom I can only assume is an... more

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4.5 star rating
July 11, 2014

What a find! We arrived at around 8 pm and we're greeted with warmth and humor by the host. We were offered drinks while we waited, a nice touch. 15 minutes later we were seated and, despite our being dressed very casually, felt right at home. The colors and decor are elegant yet not too formal and the whole place gives off the vibe that it is all about the food, wine, and people...not the... more

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4.5 star rating
July 09, 2014

Was such a treat to be able to go out relatively late in Victoria and still have a warm reception and delicious meal. They have a fabulous European wine & beer selection, beautiful food, knowledgable staff, cozy and unpretentious ambiance.. The downside to coming in later is they had run out of some things (as they should - it's a small, busy place). The upside is, no lineup!

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4.5 star rating
July 04, 2014

The restaurant is very small and narrow. Does not take reservations. First come first serve only. Plan on coming and waiting in line by 5:15pm to ensure first seatings. Chicken Liver and Chocolate Truffle Cake highly recommended. Yum! The waiter recommended the Duck which I would rate average but did not really like the sausage that came with the duck.

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4.5 star rating
June 14, 2014

I love this place, prompt thoughtful service, a well thought out menu, the lamb was the best I have had, a nice wine list fantastic drinks in a great authentic spot, no reservations, full every night go early they will give you a time to come back, a hidden treasure

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4.5 star rating
April 26, 2014

I've only been to Brasserie L'ecole once, but it was well worth the wait. We had made several attempts (they don't take reservations) to try the restaurant but always missed first seating and didn't want to wait for the next one.

For my birthday, my boyfriend stood in line for an hour before I arrived just to make sure we got a table. Wonderful food and great service. The restaurant... more

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4.5 star rating
April 13, 2014

Most recent visit: Stopped in late on a Friday night (10:30pm)... we were in town from Vancouver and I had not been here in years. We both had the steak frites (I the 14oz 45 Day Dry Aged Ribeye and her the 8oz Sirloin). Both were fantastic... though I think mine won. Had a bottle of a Rhone blend (recommended by the server) which was great. For desert we had, I believe, a chocolate tarte of... more

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My favourite restaurant in Canada
April 12, 2014

I try to get to Brasserie l'école whenever I am in Victoria. The food is always fantastic, the wine list is great, and the service is terrific. I'm often traveling on my own, and long ago got over my discomfort in eating alone. But here, dining at the bar 'alone' always turns out to be a memorable, enjoyable experience, sometimes... more

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Fifteen years of Consistent Excellence
April 10, 2014

2014, and L'ecole has been here for 15 years, and we have visited it almost every year during that time and some years several times
This is the quintessential french bistro, small, intimate, a simple menu, great wine list and an even better bar. In fact dinner at the bar can be a good experience.
so the food: the standards... more

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A nice meal. Good service
March 30, 2014

I finally made it to Brasserie L'Ecole and it meets the mark of its reputation. Good food, good wine list, good service. No reservations which is nuts. We lined up and got a table. The restaurant is very dark. The menu is remarkably missing anything vegetarian. So not west coast. All in all, 8/10.

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Worth waiting for
March 26, 2014

When there are five people in a party, there is always the chance that someone will be disappointed in their meal. Not so at L'Ecole. We came on a recommendation of a local who said this was the best and he was right! We all had something different and we were all completely satisfied! Good portion size, good value, good... more

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Go
March 24, 2014

Simply the very best Victoria has to offer. I have been several times and have never been disappointed .

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Share to your heart's content
March 11, 2014

I can't say anymore than everyone else has but what I love most about Brasserie is that you can share anything you want on the menu. The wonderful staff will happily portion your order into 2 servings - there's no extra charge. This means my husband and I can try more items on the menu - endive salad, mussels, burger,... more

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Our favourite in Victoria
March 03, 2014

This is a wonderful place with excellent food, good wine list and
a caring and personable staff. It is brasserie food prepared as it
should be with love and dedication. Don't miss!

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4.5 star rating
March 02, 2014

My Husband and I stayed in a condo in Victoria last September (2013.) My mother-in-law joined us for part of the week. We decided to go to the Brasserie L'ecole because it had gotten great YELP and Urbanspoon reviews and because it was close to where we were staying on Swift St. We were also looking for a replacement for a very elegant, eastern European restaurant that had closed. We had gone... more

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Fine restaurant
February 08, 2014

Table for six a little difficult to get as this restaurant doesn't take reservations. Judging by the lineup at 5pm, (open at 5:30) they don't need too! We ended up with a nice corner table. Service and decor very good. Value as expected for this calibre of eatery. Overall an excellent experience.

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One of the best restaurants in Victoria
December 15, 2013

This is my top pick of restaurants in Victoria. If I ever want to have a great meal, and have a nice quiet romantic time, I come here. The wine list is interesting and great, the dishes are near-perfect, and the space just feels right. If they have it- get the Skate Wing (I haven't had it for a while).... more

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Worth the wait
December 14, 2013

Every time we are in Victoria we make a point to have dinner here. Food is very good as is the service. Favorites are the oysters, the duck terrine, endive salad and steak with fancy frites.
Nice room, I always hope for a table closer to the back, but I have had great meals sitting at the bar.

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Among the best
December 14, 2013

Great food and impeccable service. Among the best restaurants I've visited in recent months. Full score! Show up early! Many guests. They don't take reservations.

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Disappointed
November 02, 2013

After reading so many good reviews on this restaurant we were really looking forward to our meal there. Knowing they don't take reservations we arrived about 15 minutes after opening to find a number of tables already filled. Good sign. Nice ambiance, and pleasant staff. We both ordered the steak frites that we had been so looking forward to. The... more

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Steak Frites a staple
October 31, 2013

Always a good experience! Absolutely love the steak frites, consistent in quality every time. Steak was done to perfection (med rare) and frites w/ the truffle oil were crisp and delicious. Unpretentious and fun place, get there at 5pm to avoid a wait (no reservations).

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Very good...BUT
October 29, 2013

This is a restaurant with wonderful food, wonderful ambiance and wonderful people that work there, but it doesn't get a wonderful rating because you can't make a reservation. This is not wonderful client service. This is about what benefits the restaurant not the clients. Yes, people should cancel reservations when they don't intend to honour the reservation they made, but... more

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4.5 star rating
October 20, 2013

My sister took me to this outstanding restaurant for my 40th birthday last week after reading Yelp reviews, and Brasserie L'Ecole was everything we had been promised. The atmosphere was perfect - quite dark and intimate, with a relaxed though attentive feel to the space.

The service was exemplary - not in the least snobbish or dismissive. We arrived at 8 PM and had a five-minute wait at the... more

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4.5 star rating
October 10, 2013

Amazing atmosphere, impeccable service and most importantly, delicious food. The steak and frites were so good, as was the onion soup.

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4.5 star rating
Great meal and great service
October 05, 2013

We had one night for a dinner in Victoria and this was one of a few options we had considered. We were not disappointed! The place does not take reservations so when we showed up with a party of three at 9:30 we were told there would be a 1 hour wait. We were prepared for it so we headed... more

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4.5 star rating
Delicious and unpretentious
October 01, 2013

We were in Victoria for a quick 2 day trip and stopped in for dinner at Brasserie L'Ecole. Even though they don't take reservations, they do take your phone number to call when you're table is ready. We took a walk and browsed some stores in the neighborhood. The service was friendly, but not overbearing. The food was wonderful.
We... more

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4.5 star rating
Consistant quality
September 30, 2013

I have eatten at Brasserie several times and everytime the food and service is excellent . As much as steak frites seems to be the most popular here , I really find fish and foul and Pork to be my favs as they are always cooked perfectly and personally more interesting. From the front door to the kitchen everything is... more

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4.5 star rating
A little bit of the Parisien feel outside of Paris
September 26, 2013

What a wonderful experience for the palette. The food is like an explosion of taste in your mouth. I started with the stuffed almonds and wished I had ordered 4 instead of 2. I then moved onto the hamburger which defies description. This is not your regular run of the mill hamburger but a true taste experience. It just melts... more

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4.5 star rating
September 23, 2013

I think I must have ordered the wrong items or something because the food I had didn't live up to the hype.

I came here because someone I know who used to live in Victoria swears by this place. My partner and I arrived at 6:20pm on Friday and it was an hour wait. Instead of walking in the rain, we've decided to have some cocktails (French 75 and Vieux Mot) both were good. The Vieux Mot was a... more

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4.5 star rating
September 19, 2013

Wow! Just simply amazing! I'm not a big "yelper" but a good restaurant deserves it's praise!
We had mussels, oysters, and onion soup to start.. And oh my, all were very well prepared!
Mussels in a shallot chilli sauce were plump and juicy and the sauce complemented it really well. Oysters were fresh and tasty! Onion soup came out hot and cheesy.. Prob the best I've ever had as the broth was not... more

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4.5 star rating
Lovely Restaurant
September 10, 2013

We ate hear in August having read some reviews on Trip Advisor. It's true you can't book ahead but we popped in early evening and despite them being busy they booked us a table for a little later in the evening and we went and had a nice drink at a recommended nearby hotel bar.The service was friendly and the... more

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4.5 star rating
Worth the wait
September 06, 2013

We read TA. Decided it was worth the risk of no reserv. System. Gave our names and headed to get a drink at Veneto (highly recommend). Back in an hour seated. Service great. Had beet salad, steaks frites for my husband. Muscles and frites for me. Nice wines by the glass great service!

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4.5 star rating
September 03, 2013

We've been to Brasserie L'ecole a handful of times since my last review. Always consistently awesome. The best food, service and Belgian beer selection in town!!

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4.5 star rating
September 03, 2013

Simply put, this was the finest meal my wife and I have ever eaten. Let me set the stage for you....

The service: You need to be prepared to wait awhile as they don't take reservations (maybe 90-120 minutes), so don't go if you are with kids or if you are in a hurry. They will text you when your table is ready and they will suggest multiple bars/lounges in the area to drink at. The host is one... more

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4.5 star rating
Well worth the wait
September 02, 2013

A wonderful little restaurant that you could simply walk by. Had a 1 1/2 hour wait (no reservations) but was seated in just over an hour. They take your cel phone # to call if they have an earlier opening. The chicken mousse pate is to die for - easily enough to share. We both had steak with the roquefort... more

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4.5 star rating
Wonderful restaurant.... very much worth the wait
September 01, 2013

During our visit to Vancouver Island in August, we had our best meal in this lovely intimate restaurant in Victoria. My fish and my husband steak 'n frites were outstanding, and the atmosphere was special. It is a small narrow (AKA intimate) space that was once a Chinese schoolroom. It is located far from the madding crowds..... a short walk... more

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4.5 star rating
Great food
August 29, 2013

Really amazing french food, relaxed atmosphere. No reservations, so arrive late to avoid waiting lists.

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4.5 star rating
Great System; Good Food
August 19, 2013

We were told by the first bartender we met in town not to miss this place so we didn't. They have an interesting seating system with no reservations, but they'll call your cell when your table is ready so you can explore the neighborhood while waiting. The service was very good and the wine list was interesting and well-priced.
I... more

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4.5 star rating
Deliciously French
August 16, 2013

Brasserie is a regular on our list of favourite places to eat in Victoria. The service, food, atmosphere, wine list, bar service are all top notch. No reservations any more which means get there to line up by opening time, or be prepared to put your name & cell on a list to be called when your table is coming... more

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4.5 star rating
Delivers an authentic and fresh experience
August 13, 2013

No reservations and the line formed 30 min before opening. Staff was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Well thought out wine list at different price points, w a notably good set of burgundy options. Food was delicious, fresh, hot. Desserts were a sinful pleasure. Prices were very fair. Accomodated our kids as well. Good place for a classic meal for a... more

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4.5 star rating
August 12, 2013

Went on the recommendation of our B&B host (Ian at Abbeymore Manor), and were very glad that we did. It was early on a Wednesday evening, but the smallish space was already jammed. We chatted a couple of minutes with the owner (Marc), told him we were visiting from the SF area, and were willing to take a seat at the bar. He said it would likely be at least half an hour and took our mobile... more

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4.5 star rating
Fresh Sea Food at it's BEST
July 24, 2013

I'm told the steaks are amazing, however not being ones that eat red meat, we ordered the mussels, prawns and frites. Everything was outstanding! Sea food was very fresh!
FYI, this restaurant does not take reservations... and it's worth the wait.

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4.5 star rating
Comfortable bistro with creative delicious food
July 22, 2013

We loved this place. We decided to arrive early based on reviews, and there was a line at the 5:30 opening, but we were seated and served immediately. Great selection of French wines. We got a couple of the stuffed dates to start - very tasty. We really enjoyed the endive salad and chicken liver mousse appetizers. Even better were... more

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4.5 star rating
July 21, 2013

Absolutely amazing food, ambience and service. Very happy with everything. We got the mussels, oysters and dates for appies; steaks and fancy frites for dinner and truffles for dessert. Wine list was fabulous as well. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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4.5 star rating
Viva la Brasserie
July 21, 2013

Wonderful food. Had mussels, sausage, chicken liver pate, olives. Home made sausage with whole grain mustard was yummy. Only disappointment was summer squash which supposed to be roasted but was boiled and flavorless.

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4.5 star rating
Brilliant restaurant
July 20, 2013

What a brilliant restaurant. We arrived without a reservation - the restaurant was clearly very busy and, initially, we were told a 20-30 minutes wait but within 2-3 minutes we were found a table. The food, service and atmosphere at this restaurant were fantastic. The pork belly starter was particularly delicious.
Definite recommend.

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4.5 star rating
Best steak in Victoria, B.C
July 14, 2013

They don't take reservations, but when you show up, if they are busy, they will take your cell phone # and call you when your table is ready. This means you can meander around Chinatown, have a drink down the block at the Irish Times, or anywhere else nearby. The steak is absolutely the best you will find in Victoria.... more

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4.5 star rating
Fantastic
July 11, 2013

Went to Brasserie L'ecole yesterday and had a fantastic meal.
We arrived early to be seated at 5:30 and had no problem getting a table. In fact, the place didn't fill up until about 6:00.
We shared the stuffed dates and roasted beet salad which were delicious. I did find the salad quite small though.
I had the burger and... more

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4.5 star rating
Walk In Only - French fine Dining for ordinary people
July 11, 2013

No reservation would be accepted. Just walk in early enough to enjoy such a wonderful French dining. The tables were a bit close to one another, but within acceptable range. We didn't choose any wine and were still well received ! There were limited but sufficient options for our appetizers, soups and main dishes. The oyster on promo was so... more

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4.5 star rating
July 07, 2013

Great location for a date. Super friendly staff, food was well prepared, fun options in the neighborhood. De minimis downsides.

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4.5 star rating
delightful
July 05, 2013

have been to this restaurant which is located on Government street in China Town, found it by shopping in China town for fresh vegetables. Opens at 1730 does not accept reservations but will put your name on a list. The first time, there were 2 of us and as we came at 1900 there was no room, an hour later... more

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4.5 star rating
July 02, 2013

Read reviews of where to eat and this place was rated high. The place was so awesome. Felt like i was in paris eating. Food, service, and price were all great.

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4.5 star rating
Always good
June 29, 2013

The food never disappoints. I've ventured to try one or two things out of my comfort zone, and while I probably wouldn't try those items again, the flavours were very good (it's always more of a texture preference for me).
The Parmesan/truffle frites are amazing. The endive salad was really good, and I'll never turn down their creme brûlée!
It's... more

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4.5 star rating
June 25, 2013

Probably one of the better places to dine in Victoria. While I've certainly had better steak (their self professed specialty) they can hold their own in that upper echelon of fine dining. The staff was excellent and attentive and the prices fair especially considering the typical tourist markup in the area. The french onion soup is among the few I've had that isn't an over-salted mess. Simply... more

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4.5 star rating
Quite a Gem
June 15, 2013

Delicious, fresh, local cuisine! Yum! It is pricey but worth every bill! The wine selection is very impressive too! My husband has been working in the industry for the last 20 years and said the menu and wine list were the best he's ever seen! We highly recommend this place and can't wait to go back!

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4.5 star rating
Duck Salad and Price Fix
June 11, 2013

Excellent food!!! I think she forgot our desert at the end (ordered a Price Fix Dinner). But we we're too full for desert... could have taken it with us, but decided not too, nor did I bring it to her attention. Overall great meal!!!

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4.5 star rating
Perfect balance
May 28, 2013

Fresh seasonal shrimp...local asparagus and a recommendation for a wine I would never have tried on my own. Tough to get in...but once seated it was full of laughter and great energy, nothing overt though. Very intimate in atmosphere but not reserved, truly a great spot. Will be back.

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4.5 star rating
May 18, 2013

One of the best hamburgers that we have ever had! We ordered the hamburger and the steak and both were amazing!!!! This is a must go place!!!

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4.5 star rating
Probably the best dinner I have ever had
May 14, 2013

I've eaten in a lot of food-famous cities and in a lot of high-end restaurants, and none of them have compared with this restaurant. This is a real gem. Worth the wait, worth the money (even though its really well-priced). The food is oustanding, but my favourite thing was the service and the ambiance - this is what makes, breaks... more

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4.5 star rating
Worth the wait in line
May 06, 2013

We could go on forever on how good the food is at this restaurant. I'm going to focus on one thing though.
The Burger.
Seriously. Go here and order the burger. Order is as rare as they can make it (just do it, even if you think it's scary) and enjoy the best burger in the province.

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4.5 star rating
This is a Bistro
May 01, 2013

This is a nice little bistro in an intimate long, thin room with nice bar seating and about 12 (?) small tables. They dont take reservations, and on our last weekday visit the line up just before opening at 5.30 pm pretty much filled the place for the first hour. It is very popular with locals and the service is... more

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4.5 star rating
the food is nowhere near what it could be
April 27, 2013

Can't fault the ambience, or the service. The wine was good, and we had a great evening. But the food really fell short. We went for broke: appetizers, wine, main, dessert, coffee. My tuna appetizer ended up being blobs of food nicely arranged on a plate, but that didn't really speak to each other. Pear, tuna, some crispy thing: all... more

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4.5 star rating
Fabulous
April 16, 2013

My Fiance and I went here on our first night in Victoria. It was a Friday night and there was two hour wait but we got lucky as some folks left the bar so the owner came outside as we were leaving and told us the good news. The bartender was very helpful with recommendations. We had the mussels, trout,... more

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4.5 star rating
Best meal in Victoria
April 05, 2013

I was recently in Victoria for business and my spouse came along with me. We used tripadvisor and yelp to find.places to eat. The best meal we had all week was at Brassiere L'ecole. we also ate at Camille's, Ferris's and at the Noodle House in Chinatown.
Right from the start we were greeted by a happy, excited host who... more

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4.5 star rating
March 24, 2013

Excellent food, good wine and reasonable prices for the level of quality and service.

We had the dates, oyster, trout and the duck and everything was excellent. Our meal with three glasses of wine, two apps and two entrees came to just under $100.

As others have said, they don't take reservations but if you go in and put your name on the list they will tell you what time to come back, so it... more

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4.5 star rating
Nothing special
March 15, 2013

Hostess was really nice as well as our waitress. They were very attentive to our table. The reason for the not so good review is solely due to the food. It really was not anything special. Mind you - we didn't try any of the meat items so maybe they were good!

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March 06, 2013

Excellent steak frites wine sauce with shallots and butter Rocquefort.
Sublime dessert, pear poached in red wine, chocolate and meringue!

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4.5 star rating
Pretty good
February 28, 2013

I had the halibut special, my husband had the steak and frites. It's not often we get a romantic night out away from the kids so on this rare occasion (when the inlaws came to town) we wanted to go somewhere special and SPLURGE. I'm not going to lie, it wasn't cheap. Probably due to the fact that my hubby... more

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4.5 star rating
Great Food.. Manager Kevin was great
February 24, 2013

Couldnt have asked for better food or service. Would eat here again. Food was rich and delicious. Liked all the food

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4.5 star rating
Exceptional dining experience
February 20, 2013

This is an absolutely superb restaurant. Between my wife and I we did not have a single mediocre bite of food. The oysters were delicious and beautifully presented, the duck confit was the best I have ever had by far and the creme brulee was completely without flaw. My wife's steak was perfectly cooked and the blue cheese butter was... more

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4.5 star rating
January 28, 2013

i went there after all the great yelp reviews.
i was not disappointed. the ambiance and the friendliness of the maitre d' were the first signs that this was a special place (we did not even mind that it was a 2 hr wait!). we sat and ordered with our competent wait staff, then the food. had the french onion soup, the endive salad, duck comfit and new york steak with wife to share.
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4.5 star rating
January 27, 2013

Service is great. The best bar service and drinks I had in a while. Food is delicious! Cousy and casual dining. Perfect date night! What else you need??? :)

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4.5 star rating
fabulous
January 22, 2013

this is a great restaurant for any occaision. the service is top notch, the atmosphere relaxing... the food is amazing. go! you won't be disappointed.

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4.5 star rating
Love it
January 15, 2013

We always go here for any celebration and it never disappoints! Wonderful food an exceptional service

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4.5 star rating
December 22, 2012

This is a truly professional restaurant that offers authentic European Brasserie cuisine.
They know what they are doing here. The food is excellent.

We started off by sharing a bowl of Mussels in a Pernod, garlic and parsley sauce. Mussels were plump and fresh, the sauce outstanding. We were forced to ask for more bread to mop it up.

My dining partner had the Lamb Shank. Very well prepared... more

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4.5 star rating
December 06, 2012

Have no clue if this obvious gems' accolades are warranted or hyperbole.

In a world where instant pudding and homogenization became trendy, I anticipate a potential reprieve ..... an evening of epicurean pleasure ,based on yelps' contributors enthusiasm

"Scalded mouth" and "dangerous" were the enticing words that I found irresistible.
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4.5 star rating
November 22, 2012

I don't hesitate to say that this is my favourite restaurant in town. I always get the chicken liver mousse to start, and eat it with the fantastic baguettes they buy from Fol Epi. Every dish is perfectly executed, and not over complicated. Delicate flavours and the finest ingredients. Usually I'll drink wine when I'm out, but they're Belgian beer selection is too awesome to resist!

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4.5 star rating
November 16, 2012

Although I had read about Brasserie L'Ecole before moving to Victoria (two years ago!), it wasn't until last week that I got around to giving it a try. After being mostly disappointed with the state of food culture here, I was hesitant. In fact, two mediocre meals back to back almost made me give up on the idea of going out for a birthday dinner. I'm really glad I decided to visit. I had the... more

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4.5 star rating
September 10, 2012

I was in Victoria for 6 days and tried both Brasserie and Cafe Brio. I have to give the edge to Cafe Brio but not by much. Here we had a bottle of some red wine, Mussles with Bacon and carmalized onions (best Mussles I have ever had), a sirloin and ny strip both with fritas which were delicious but ate way too much to fully appreciate the fritas. Bill was roughly the same as compared to brio,... more

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4.5 star rating
August 27, 2012

Excellent foods, desserts, services.

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4.5 star rating
August 23, 2012

We stumbled across it. It was busy, and they made us comfortable. The wine, food, host and Jason the bartender were just excellent. It was as good as it gets.

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4.5 star rating
July 10, 2012

Never had a bad meal here. Steak is always done to perfection. Mussels plump and gorgeous because they only serve them when in season. duck confit and the frisee salad yummy especially with those plump bacon bits. ask for the 'death in the afternoon' drink. off the menu but they will make it for you if you ask (champagne and absinthe cocktail).
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4.5 star rating
June 17, 2012

We were in Victoria for two nights and picked this restaurant after a Google search of the best downtown restaurants. We were NOT disappointed! We showed up at 8:15 pm on a Friday night and were told it would be about an hour wait. We were given a recommendation for where to go for a drink and they took our phone number and would call when a table was available. About 45 minutes later we got a... more

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4.5 star rating
June 14, 2012

We went here to celebrate my wife's birthday, and I wanted something really memorable. We certainly got it! We will remember our evening there - wonderful steak frites, amazing desserts.

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4.5 star rating
June 01, 2012

I've been waiting to come here for a long time - we always arrived too hungry and too late and didn't want to wait to be seated. But for my birthday, we showed up early, got put on a list for a 7:15 seating, and had the most AMAZING meal and service.

My boyfriend had elk, I had some sablefish, mussels and french onion soup before our meals. Everything was impeccable, I have not one single... more

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4.5 star rating
May 01, 2012

This was my 2nd time at the Brasserie and again it was some of the best food I have eaten. Best steak and frites ever!
I had my steak medium rare and it was perfect, it just melted in my mouth. I could eat here every single day but would probably be 300lbs!
Must go to in Victoria!

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September 12, 2011

Exceptional food and service.

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September 12, 2011

Amazing steak and frites as well as frites and moules. Try the creme carmel!

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September 01, 2011

food was VG however service was terrible. After our drink order was taken and filled we were ignored until all around us had been taken care of. We then waited too long 4 our food. We were told we had a choice for a side & were charged $3

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August 21, 2011

Very disappointing food and service. The owner/manager has the snarky attitude down pat.

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August 13, 2011

"""Great Moule frites, steak frites, small and always busy. Belgian beer selection is plentiful."""

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August 08, 2011

Steak or mussels - you can't go wrong either way.

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August 07, 2011

"""No reservations, but worth the wait!"""

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August 07, 2011

"""Good Belgain food in Victoria, the steak and frites are a traditional favourite. They also have a great cheese plate if that is your thing. Unfortunately, they no longer take bookings so it can be a bit of a wait for a table on a weekend evening."""

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July 09, 2011

This wonderful French style bistro is everything a bistro should be, and Victoria is lucky to have such a place. During our visit here, I ate the best French onion soup I've ever eaten, and likewise had one of the best, perfectly cooked steaks I've ever eaten, anywhere! Great wine list, great selection of import beers, great atmosphere and a crème brulée to die for.

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4.5 star rating
really great restaurant
August 16, 2010

one of, if not victoria’s best restaurant.

food is superb – well presented, excellent portions, local produce – we have never had anything less than outstanding food

service matches with helpful staff eager to share experiences and recommendations

wine is good slection and well priced for any diner

dessert equally pleasing if you have room left

ambience is exciting in victoria especially
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4.5 star rating
Brasserie L'Ecole Class Act SUPERIOR food worth every pennny
August 15, 2010

Brasserie L’Ecole in Victoria, BC has received many awards – all deserved. The casual ambience adds to the restaurants flair to serve local produce in style and perfect cooking

The service is exellent and the wine list affordable and balanced.

The pommes frites are SUBLIME! With a truffle oil and hand cut they simply are designed to share.

The beef bourgingnon is to die... more

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April 16, 2010

Don't go there without trying their Boeuf Bourguignon. We got there on Thursday at 7:30-ish and they were down to 2 servings left. Jason, our waiter, was so helpful in recommending what to order. Thanks Jason! We will DEFINITELY be going back when we visit Victoria again.

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February 22, 2010

Reservations are no longer accepted! Had to eat at the bar on a Tuesday night. Food was great and service great. They even called a cab for us!

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August 05, 2009

One of the best places in Victoria - we go there whenever we visit. Food is delicious and atmosphere very French bistro.

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August 02, 2009

interesting!

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August 02, 2009

Great food!! The service is good, I would definitely eat here again.

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July 30, 2009

Informal classic French bistro dining, the food is always delicious. If you venture away from the Steak-Frites (the special frites w/ parmesan, garlic, parsley and truffle oil- very tasty), you will find the menu filled with fresh and seasonal local ingre

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July 29, 2009

great atmosphere

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July 27, 2009

Very small but romantic.

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July 27, 2009

Wow! Best steak I have ever eaten, had truffle oil, was crispy on the outside and perfect red almost blue on in inside, frites with rock salt. I have not had something like this since I lived in Toronto....almost impossible to find good steak and frites

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July 27, 2009

Slightly disappointing. Good Steak frites.

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July 26, 2009

This is perhaps pound for pound one of the best restaurants in Victoria. The wine and beer knowledge of Steve the bartended is fantastic, knowledgeable and well timed. Marc is a gracious host who never hesitates to help in whatever way he can. I have not

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July 26, 2009

Food, service and the room all have great personality. It was our 'last supper' choice before the birth of our daughter.

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July 24, 2009

The frites, amazing! We were lucky enough to sneak a table without a reservation moments after opening. After being led to a small table in the back of the restaurant i began with the drink menu. A tour de force of incredible imported beers from Europe an

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July 24, 2009

impromptu visit managed bar seats (2), fantastic! great service, suggested wines were perfect and wonderful food. bunny was tasty and the suggestion wine - well, i ordered anotehr glass.

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July 23, 2009

Big star of Victoria. Hard to get a seat.Yummy oysters on half shell. Steak was tough, but tasty. Blue cheese sauce was good. Romantic for first daters. Service was a little scatter brained, but super friendly.

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July 23, 2009

transport's you to France ~ a lively & tasty french bistro experience. No snoot & top-notch moules frites.

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July 22, 2009

Excellent food! If you can get a table that is.

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July 22, 2009

Excellent meals, lovely French boite decor. Wine list is amazing and sommelier very knowledgable. One of the best in Victoria.

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July 22, 2009

BRILLIANT. Best fries anywhere, gourmet and delicious. And the rest of the menu is delightful French cuisine, prepared and served beautifully.

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July 22, 2009

Best restaurant in Victoria! Have been going there for years and continues to be consistently good. Menu changes according to fresh local food that's available. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and level of service.

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July 22, 2009

Wonderful gem in Chinatown. Classic french bistro cooking.

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July 22, 2009

Fabulous service! They were fully booked but made room for us to have dinner at the bar. The barman was very informative of seafood choices and let us try a variety of wines with our meals.

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July 22, 2009

Food is top notch as is service. Very small. Need to reserve far in advance.

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July 22, 2009

Best restaurant value in the city!!! Brasserie decor with excellent service. Loved the wine-by-the-glass selection and knowledgeable wine staff.

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July 22, 2009

Amazing! My very favorite Restaurant!

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July 22, 2009

I love the attention to detail on the plate. Truly locally sourced - if only they had a decor that absorbed sound.

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July 20, 2009

Consistently gets my butt in their chairs with well-price, well-cooked affordable bistro fare.

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July 12, 2009

Best restaurant in Victoria. No debate.

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July 07, 2009

Just keeps getting better. Short ribs braised in red wine and chicken liver/cognac mousse pate starter were equal to any dishes I've ever eaten anywhere.

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July 06, 2009

Authentic Parisian ambience; unpretentious warm welcome; top quality ingredients prepared with layers of flavour; chef and front of house know how to make customers happy; its a winner in every way.

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July 06, 2009

Great steaks and chips! A beer and wine selection for every customer taste.

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July 05, 2009

Best restaurant in Victoria by a mile. Great food, knowledgeable staff and a memo that's focused on French cuisine. Don't forget to try the excellent cheese selection.

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July 05, 2009

Everything is right at the Brasserie. At times, food delivery can be slow, but the food is always beyond superb. The "frites" are beyond words (get the truffle oil!) Bring a friend and enjoy a nice Belgian beer while you wait.

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July 02, 2009

My favorit restaurant in Victiria .

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July 02, 2009

You won't get a table unless you reserve at least the day before. Worth it, though. Good cheese, good beer.

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July 02, 2009

One of our favourite restaurants. We make a point of visiting it everytime we're in Victoria and it's always a highlight. Beautiful french bistro fare with an excellent wine list. Small and cozy. I always get mussels and frites - delicious.

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July 02, 2009

Amazing! Hidden in the middle section of this old, run down building on Government Street across from China Town in Victoria. All I hear are wicked reviews about this place, and it is very well priced for the quality and service that they offer.

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June 27, 2009

Our favourite bistro. Wondersul updated French food.

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June 27, 2009

Brasserie L'ecole is one of my favourite restaurants in Victoria. Great wine list, daily menu, good steak-frites.

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June 23, 2009

Marc the Maitre D can be snarky and not as accomodating as he could be, but the food and anything by the glass concept is wonderful. Steak frites and truffled frites are to die for.

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4.5 star rating
What a treat
June 22, 2007

We happened to be there on the chef's birthday so it was very festive. I will definitely go back again when I am in Victoria in September!

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4.5 star rating
December 31, 2006

Meh, food was okay....nothing to write home about...probably won't go back

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4.5 star rating
May 13, 2004

This restaurant, which has won all kinds of awards since arriving on the Victoria scene less than 3 years ago, serves great French food without making you feel like an uncultured slob if you don't know what something is. They also don't present you with a plate with more white space showing than is covered with food. The portions are generous and the prices quite reasonable for what you are... more

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February 26, 2013

Formerly a Chinese school, Brasserie L'Ecole is an authentic French-style brasserie. The interiors of this place are a rich blend of reds and browns with a polished wooden floor and slate-topped bar complementing it. The food is simple and the menu is dotted with the common specialties. Apart from these, wines are also available. The food, the decor as well as the warmth of this eatery are what... more

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May 21, 2012

Brasserie L'ecole is a French, Italian, and Contemporary restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid more than $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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January 16, 2010

The multiple award-winning Brasserie L'ecole occupies what was once a Chinese schoolhouse (hence the name), with 14-foot ceilings, dark woods, and warm red walls. It looks every inch the French brasserie, and has the food and wine to match. Chef Sean Brennan is something of a local celebrity. He uses primarily local produce and meats to create classic French dishes like duck confit, steak... more

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