Sunday, June 23, 2024

5 brunch places to fill the Floyd’s-sized hole in your heart


As of January 2nd, the original Floyd’s Diner location has shut its doors after 15 years of operation, leaving Victorians with no place downtown to get a fix of their famous Mahoneys.

While Floyd’s now exists in James Bay, taking the spot previously occupied by James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant, here are five other restaurants in downtown Victoria with similar themes and brunch fare to help you mourn the loss of the former Sunday morning staple.


Although Pagliacci’s is best known for their classic Italian-style dinners, the Sunday brunch is not to be missed. The retro vibe and burgundy-painted walls gives Pagliacci’s a similar feel to Floyd’s, but with more of a big-city bustle.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday
  • Where: 1011 Broad St

John’s Place

Another classic Victoria brunch spot that’s been in the city for decades, John’s Place has enough comfort food and old Victoria charm to rival Floyd’s.

Food Network Canada shot in the cozy brunch spot last November, and took special note of the Belgian Waffles with house-made cream cheese syrup.

“Find out why our restaurant lineups keep growing after 34 years!”

  • When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: 723 Pandora Ave

Shine Cafe

When it comes to abundant and hearty brunch cuisine, this restaurant really shines. At both their Blanshard Street and Fort Street locations, Shine Cafe has plentiful meal portions to fill you up nearly as much as a Mahoney would.

The family owned breakfast joint first opened back in 2004, and has been busy ever since.

  • When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: 1320 Blanshard St
    1548 Fort St

The Village Restaurant

With locations in Estevan Village, Torquay, and Royal Oak, The Village is a funky (and gluten-free!) eatery with unique options for both breakfast and lunch.

Named after its original location, Estevan Village, this breakfast spot grew quickly, and for good reason!

The Village was also called one of the best places to eat in Victoria by the show ‘You Gotta Eat Here’.

  • When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: 2518 Estevan Ave
    4087 Shelbourne St
    4517 W Saanich Rd

Floyd’s in Langford and James Bay

If you’re still missing the bright pink walls and friendly charm of Floyd’s, there’s always the two remaining locations in James Bay and Langford.

The newer locations still have the same eccentric menu and style Victorians have come to love over the last 15 years.

  • When: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Thursday
    7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: 332 Menzies St
    721 Station Ave

BONUS: Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House

Although a bit different from Floyd’s, we would be remiss not to include Nautical Nellie’s as a must-try brunch destination.

They offer a variety of phenomenal seafood twists on a lot of traditional breakfast classics, like their lobster and crab eggs benedict. A brunch here will make you wonder how you ever started off your morning any other way.

  • When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: 1001 Wharf St

Where will you be brunching now that the downtown Floyd’s is gone? Comment below with any good alternative eateries we’ve missed!

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