Q at the Empress

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Q at the Empress
Overlooking Victoria's splendid Inner Harbor, this 1908 grande dame—and National Historic Site—has emerged from a $60-million update. The renovation included closing its fabled Bengal Lounge, except for private events. But never fear: chic, sleek Q has launched three new dining spaces: a bar, restaurant, and the lobby lounge, where elegant teas unfold each afternoon. Now it's all mahogany floors, sculptural fabric chandeliers, satin-brass detailing, and bold pops of royal purple. The menu also has graceful touches like ahi poke and a stone-oven pizza with sausage, rapini, mushrooms, and Cowichan blue cheese. Wash it all down with wild rose kombucha from the hippie haven of Salt Spring Island or the Empress-blend sangria, blending tea with berries, brandy, and red wine.
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721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-384-8111