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Gather at the bar for fresh-shucked oysters and cocktails, or unwind with friends over sharing plates in the lower brasserie. Savour a delicious dinner and elevated experience in the dining room with local seafood, house dry-aged steak and fine wine. Or take a tasting journey with the Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Old world meets new at The Courtney Room, Victoria’s newest dining destination. As an extension of The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, The Courtney Room is an elegant space providing genuine hospitality. Just two blocks from the inner harbour, this Victoria restaurant was thrilled to be recognized by enRoute Magazine as #10 Best New Restaurant in Victoria in 2018 and one of the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada in 2019!

Whether you’re here for brunch, happy hour, a casual dinner or celebrating a special occasion, we will ensure you will have a memorable experience!

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The Bar

“Diverse and approachable, a little something for everyone” is how sommelier Anna Romeyn describes the wine program at The Courtney Room.

The Courtney Room showcases a wine list that represents the best of varietals and regions. British Columbia wines are well represented, several from Vancouver & the Gulf Islands, as well as international wines that show the best of each region. The wine list was awarded the Silver Wine Program Excellence Award at the 2019 Vancouver Wine Festival.

The cocktail menu includes some local spirits and includes classic cocktails, as well as some creative house made concoctions. Craft beer and cider are also well represented, including a selection from Vancouver Island.

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The Food

Chefs de Cuisine Chris Klassen and Brian Tesolin draw inspiration from classic cooking techniques to bring together a menu with a focus on modern Pacific Northwest cuisine while offering the best ingredients from the land and sea. “We reflect the idea of land and sea through our charcuterie” says Chef Klassen, “using a variety of meats and cuts from local producers and fish from our local waters.” Our partnership with local farmers allows us to the highlight the local bounty from Vancouver Island.

Chef Klassen has held positions at Victoria restaurants Agrius and Café Brio, and Roux at the Landau in London, England. In The Courtney Room, Chef Klassen combines his love for fine dining with his passion for seasonal and local organic produce.

Chef Tesolin joins The Courtney Room team with experience spanning the country from highly respected culinary meccas (Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver, BC and Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, ON). Chef Tesolin is passionate about working with bright flavours and elements that bring a wow-factor to the simplest dishes.

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The Story

Born of the desire to continue the experience of timeless hospitality embodied by the award-winning Magnolia Hotel & Spa, The Courtney Room delights locals and visitors alike with delicious local cuisine and exemplary service.

Food is ingredient-driven, using local seasonal products wherever possible. From foragers to produce, seafood to spirits, The Courtney Room is proud to partner with many local suppliers, including:

Haliburton Farms • Saanich Organics • Mason Street Farm • Littlest Acre Organic Farm • Square Root Farm • Sun Trio Farm • Foxglove Farm • Lance Staples – wild food forager • Finest at Sea • Little Cedar Falls Trout Farm • Outlandish Shellfish Guild • Two Rivers Meats • Parry Bay Sheep Farm • Unsworth Vineyards • Sea Star Vineyards • Sheringham Distillery • Sea Cider Farm & Cidherhouse • Hoyne Brewing Company • Tofino Brewing Co • Phillips Brewing Company • Ile Sauvage

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The Room

Taking cues from the old grand dame hotels of Paris, Sharon Bortolotto of BBA Design was inspired by the classic French bistro. The Courtney Room boasts high ceilings, and is layered with elements of Art Nouveau to create a casually elegant ambience. Focal features include commissioned artwork by Blu Smith in an abstract expressionist style and a central black granite bar framed between two paneled wood columns with white marble chevron detail – a place to gather and be seen.

Enter the brasserie, with velvet banquette seating, high-top tables and gray marble bar with glass oyster station. Enjoy a business lunch or elegant brunch, a lively happy hour or casual dinner with friends.

Upstairs at The Courtney Room provides an elevated dining experience in a carpeted space with white Frette tablecloths, and a glassed-in wine room. Open for dinner, enjoy fresh seafood and house dry-aged steak, or take a tasting journey with the Chef’s Tasting Menu. The dining room is available for small groups for breakfast of lunch.

Reservations are recommended.