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#1 Darren14

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 09:24 PM

Was hoping to take the gf out for dinner Christmas eve, but holy is it hard to find a restaurant open... 

 

We both get off work around 5:30 so we would arrive 6-7pm



#2 Rob Randall

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 09:32 PM

https://vibrantvicto...hristmas-dinner

 

tl:dr Hotels are your best bet, but meals are expensive and you better reserve early.


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#3 Jacques Cadé

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 10:10 PM

Try Chinese restaurants. We went to Don Mee's on Christmas Eve a few years ago. For non-Christians, Chinese is a Christmas tradition: https://www.citylab....adition/577747/



#4 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 02:15 AM

ya hotels are your best bet. sticky wicket I think just keeps its regular hours. blue crab. aura. lure. grand pacific.

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#5 AllseeingEye

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 08:44 AM

Bear Mtn Westin does a nice Christmas spread; we 'do' Christmas at home on Christmas Eve (wife is a good Catholic!), but then we have Christmas Day brunch with my sister, brother in law and his family on BM. However as others have said its not cheap, about $75/pop. A few years ago when my parents were a bit older and preparing a big Christmas dinner was harder for them we used to do an extended family dinner on Christmas Eve at the Marriott downtown which was also about $75/each. I imagine that price has only gone up since the last time was about 2011. So yeah....the major hotels, but they're not cheap.



#6 Mike K.

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 08:48 AM

We’ve got a pretty comprehensive list on our Facebook page thar covers the entire region.

It’s a little close to the date, though, so some places may be booked by now. Haro’s in Sidney is fully booked, according to the hotel but there might be some dropped reservations.

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#7 Ismo07

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 08:59 AM

John's Place usually does a nice Xmas eve dinner.  2 seatings....  Call ahead for sure.


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#8 Mike K.

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 09:17 AM

Ah! Very good.

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#9 mbjj

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 10:45 AM

We've been going out for Chinese food on Christmas eve since the 1960s. This year we'lll have take-out as I don't think I can sit in a restaurant for any length of time. Seems a lot of folks have that tradition.



#10 Langford Rat

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 12:05 PM

Chinese food was a Christmas Eve tradition for our family, as well. Seems a bit of an odd combo and I am not sure how it got started but we still do it. Now it's just take outs but when I was a kid it was a a big "dress-up" affair at the Chinese Village...man I loved that place!



#11 Nparker

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 12:35 PM

I wonder if someplace like Jack Lee's Chinese VIllage could survive in today's market?



#12 Langford Rat

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 02:16 PM

I wonder? It's been a good while since Victorians had a "fine dining" option for Chinese food. I would definitely go. I have nothing against the "mom and pop", "hole in the wall" Chinese restos...there's some decent Chinese food in Victoria... but going to Mings or Jack Lee's (way back when) was an exotic experience, at least to a kid. Hot towels? Shirley Temples? Cloth napkins? Fancy shmancy...


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#13 Mike K.

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 06:01 PM

Didn’t this tradition start with A Christmas Story, when the dog ate the turkey and the family went out to a Chinese food restaurant?

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#14 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 06:46 PM

not really. just like Chinese stores were open on Sunday and closed Monday Chinese restaurants opened Christmas Day and eve.

#15 Danma

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 07:01 PM

Yeah. I think it became a tradition with jewish people in NYC in the 50s and 60s because it was one of the few kinds of restaurants actually open, and it spread from there.

 

As for 'fancy' Chinese... can't say there's much. The top end is really places like Don Mee / Golden City / Jade Fountain. Authentic banquet style dishes, heavy on the seafood, is the only real options. I don't think there's a market for high end western-style Chinese food.


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#16 Rob Randall

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 07:03 PM

^Yep, a good history is here:

 

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#17 LJ

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 07:10 PM

We do a potluck dinner Christmas day, and Chinese new years eve.


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#18 Matt R.

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 07:41 PM

Didn’t you guys read the link from yesterday? It explains all of this.

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#19 sukika

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 08:55 AM

I still have a soft spot for Shirley Temples for this reason!

 

I wonder? It's been a good while since Victorians had a "fine dining" option for Chinese food. I would definitely go. I have nothing against the "mom and pop", "hole in the wall" Chinese restos...there's some decent Chinese food in Victoria... but going to Mings or Jack Lee's (way back when) was an exotic experience, at least to a kid. Hot towels? Shirley Temples? Cloth napkins? Fancy shmancy...



#20 Matt R.

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 12:57 PM

For us it was always Mandarin Village on Cedar Hill or Mings for fancy Chinese dinners. Anyone else remember the Mandarin Village?

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