Q Bar – One of the new vibrant dining experiences found at the iconic hotel. Photo ItkasanImages/ Victoria Buzz

Phase one of the renovations at Victoria’s Fairmont Empress is complete! We stopped by to take a look at the changes and sample the menu.

There are now distinct dining areas to enjoy. Q at The Empress: Q represents Queen and country, a nod to Queen Victoria, with a modern twist on royalty. Here you can taste the best of the Pacific Northwest in the new restaurant or sip a signature cocktail in Q bar.

Q at The Empress – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The space has a fresh contemporary feel with natural light, while staying true to the building’s iconic heritage. Rich cherry wood ceilings and spectacularly detailed moldings honor the past, while the finishes bring a modern twist. 

Q at The Empress – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photo ItkasanImages/Victoria Buzz
Q at The Empress – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photo ItkasanImages/Victoria Buzz

The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus focus on fresh local ingredients with a Pacific Northwest theme. The restaurant has partnerships with Vancouver Island farmers and artisans, and utilizes the chef’s herb and vegetable garden. Sustainably sourced seafood, traditionally raised meats and a wide variety of artisanal offerings complete the menu. We stopped by to sample an exquisite lunch

Exquisite lunch from Q at The Empress: hot smoked salmon with Lemon Chutney and crispy Rye; roasted beets with Salt Spring Island Chevre; broiled ling cod and Crispy Crushed Potato, Fiddleheads, Morels; slice of pie with a Hazelnut Crust, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cremeux, Whipped Cream; lemon raspberry Eton Mess with lavender meringue from the rooftop garden. Photos ItkasanImages/ Victoria Buzz
Our lunch from Q at The Empress: hot smoked salmon with Lemon Chutney and crispy Rye; roasted beets with Salt Spring Island Chevre; broiled ling cod and Crispy Crushed Potato, Fiddleheads, Morels; slice of pie with a Hazelnut Crust, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cremeux, Whipped Cream; lemon raspberry Eton Mess with lavender meringue from the rooftop garden. Photos ItkasanImages/ Victoria Buzz

Q Bar – Featuring a vibrant selection of signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and enticing local craft beers on tap, this is the place to see and be seen in Victoria. Grab a seat at the bar or settle into a plush couch with friends and prepare to be seduced by the energetic scene. Open from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m with superb culinary offerings until midnight. 

Q Bar – offering a vibrant selection of signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and enticing local craft beers on tap. Photo ItkasanImages/ Victoria Buzz
Q Bar – offering a vibrant selection of signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and enticing local craft beers on tap. Photo ItkasanImages/ Victoria Buzz

Lobby Lounge – Chic and sophisticated, home of world-renowned Tea at the Empress, as well as an elegant evening menu and cocktail service. 

There are 21 types of tea available and with only the highest quality loose leaf teas served. Tea begins at 11 a.m. with last seating at 5:30 p.m., before transforming into a wonderful location for cocktail hour.

Lobby Lounge – Chic and sophisticated, home of world renowned Tea at the Empress as well as an elegant evening menu and cocktail service. Photo ItkasanImages/Victoria Buzz
The airy and elegant Lobby Lounge – home of world renowned Tea at the Empress. Photo ItkasanImages/Victoria Buzz

Dress Code
Sophisticated, smart casual. Sporting or beach wear including flip flops, shorts, tank tops, ball caps and torn jeans are not permitted.

In the evening the Lobby Lounge becomes a refined setting serving champagne, classic cocktails and a curated selection of premium dishes including caviar and local seafood. You can also enjoy live music seven days a week from top local talent.

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