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#1 Amy Grace

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 07:50 PM

I've been going to Ferris' ever since the first time I came to Victoria without my mum, which makes it about 8 years I guess. They opened the upstairs lounge about 6 months ago, so any time it's too busy on the main floor (which it often is over the dinner rush) I head up there. It's definitely a little more formal than the downstairs, too, but not in an intimidating way. The service isn't excellent every single time, but it's only been on the bad side once out of the 100+ meals I've eaten there.

I go there because they have delicious oysters, burgers, and yam fries, and a big selection of food for my veggie friends. I mean to order the bottomless soup for lunch ($5 between 11 and 2, I think) but I forget and order something else every time.

Main Pros: Burgers are $8-10 and big enough to have leftovers every time. They have an extensive vegetarian selection, and carry really good micro-brew beers. I've seen people inside wearing everything from suits and nice dresses to jeans and t-shirts (I'm most often on the casual side of the scale).

Main Cons: It's too dark inside, and I've had to wait for a table more than a few times. The booths in the back are really uncomfortable. On weeknights, the desserts are often limited in selection past 8 or so.

#2 m0nkyman

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 07:55 PM

Their veggie dog is the best in town... and the patio is one of Victoria's coolest spots to be in the summertime....

#3 Amy Grace

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 07:57 PM

Oops, here's a link I forgot in the OP.

[url=http://www.ferrisoysterbar.com/:a1ba5]Ferris' Oyster Bar and Lounge, 536 Yates Street[/url:a1ba5]

Do they actually make their own veggie dogs there? I've never ordered one, but they certainly have delicious veggie burgers.

PS: Not a friendly place for people allergic to peanuts.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:06 PM

I am a huge fan of the Ferris' Cioppino. There prices cannot be beat. I have not been there since they did the last reno a couple of months back.

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#5 gumgum

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:10 PM

I can't believe this thread has only just been started. Ferris' is great!

#6 Walter Moar

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:19 PM

I signed up for Vibrant Victoria due to hearing about the site in the canada.com (TC) article today. The first thing I noticed was the Dining section (yum!). The second was the lack of any mention of Ferris'. It is definitely my "comfort food" spot in town. The "Veggie burger, sweet potato fries, side of special sauce" is still one of my favourite meals in town, except when the falafel wins out. Despite the occasional time I had to go elsewhere due to Ferris' popularity, it's always been satisfying.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:21 PM

yeah we must have been having some sort of mental block:) Great to have you here!

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#8 Walter Moar

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:27 PM

Thanks for having me. My first impression is that it's a great bunch of people interested in what's going on around them... a refreshing change!

#9 zoomer

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:50 PM

I've been a few times, although I'm not a commited fan yet. Perhaps it's a bit too dark and narrow for me, you have to be in the right frame of mind for that.

#10 Walter Moar

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:07 PM

I've been a few times, although I'm not a commited fan yet. Perhaps it's a bit too dark and narrow for me, you have to be in the right frame of mind for that.


I suppose I just have a dark and narrow frame of mind :-D

#11 renthefinn

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:31 PM

I've only been once, several years ago for a going away party, I had fun, but I don't remember the food. :(

#12 zoomer

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:37 PM

Haha, good one Walter! I know they have a pretty good choice of alcoholic beverages Ren! ;)

Actually I usually like dark restaurants, such as The Mint, but last time I was there it was so dark, I could hardly see what I was eating, and I had to hold the candle over my dinner just to see what it looked like.

#13 victriviaqueen

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:18 PM

Ferris' has many special memories for me -- it's where I went on the first date with my husband.

As for the food -- cajun prawns on sweet potato fries is my favourite and earns them a "personal favourite" nod in my restaurant reviews.

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:26 PM

^It's risky going on a first date in a dimly lit restaurant. You can't always be sure of what you're getting...

That review guide is a great resource, congrats. I have to admit it's been a few years since I've dined at the Zeller's restaurant.
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#15 zoomer

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:51 PM

ha, so you're Cheryl of the restaurant review and Victoria tourist guide fame! Cool! I stumbled across your site many years ago, a much better resource than 99.9% of other sites with regards to helping visitors or even residents! Welcome aboard the Spirit of Vibrant Victoria! Don't forget to try our baron of beef!

#16 Jada

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:08 PM

^It's risky going on a first date in a dimly lit restaurant. You can't always be sure of what you're getting...

That review guide is a great resource, congrats. I have to admit it's been a few years since I've dined at the Zeller's restaurant.


Haha, thats funny, I eat at the Zellers Restaurant quite often. Its a good cheap greasy spoon, and you always know what youre getting.


As for Ferris', Im meeting some friends there this wednesday night. What should I order?

#17 victriviaqueen

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:09 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome! :-D

We have a kid, so places like Zellers are, alas, more the norm than I'd like.
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#18 gumgum

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:14 PM

The oysters. And I'm not trying to be a smart-ass when I say that. They serve the best.

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 06:39 AM

Cioppino!

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#20 Icebergalley

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 04:12 PM

Boulevard Jan. - Feb. 2007

Has a good review of Ferris Oyster Bar.. The Ferris' place up the stairs...

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Wed and Thursday are generally good nights to go on a whim...

Hummmm... today's Thursday...

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