Victoria is full of really nice restaurants. So many, in fact, that it can be difficult to find the culinary standouts—Bon Rouge Bistro + Lounge is one of them. This French restaurant has excellent food, great cheeses, and delicious deserts all featuring local ingredients. Bon Rouge has three dining areas: the restaurant where reservations are recommended, the bistro with comfortable arm chairs and bar seating, or the outdoor patio with fireplace. In a town were many restaurants are overpriced and cater mostly to tourists, at Bon Rouge you get dining that locals know is worth coming back for again.
Being located downtown just off Governemnt street, Bon Rouge is not inexpensive or a regular weeknight kind of place—this restaurant is date material. That being said, it is not too expensive for the athlete’s table. There are some reasonably priced options like six fannie bay oysters ($12), a house-made burger with aged cheese and bacon ($16) or, my own favourite, the prix-fixe menu featuring an 8oz steak frites or seafood bouillabaisse with choice of appetizer and desert ($29). I upped my steak to the more appropriately athlete sized 12oz for a few extra bucks. Drinks were moderate to expensive here ($7.50 2oz martini and $11 house shiraz), but as athletes, we know the food is where it’s at.
Bottom line: Bon Rouge has great food and atmosphere. For a nice date night, their prix fixe dinner is a pretty good deal and a good amount of food that comes with French bistro ambiance.Bon Rouge 611 COURTNEY ST. Victoria, BC
Open 7 nights a week, 11am till midnight.