• Victoria, BC Restaurants
  • Bengal Lounge
  • Afternoon Tea

The Bengal Lounge |  Afternoon Tea  |  The Veranda

No stay at Fairmont Empress would be complete without a visit to one of the magnificent Victoria restaurants in this historic, iconic hotel. Whether you partake in the coveted English ritual of Afternoon Tea in Victoria, savour the famous curry buffet in The Bengal Lounge, our impressive surroundings and exceptional cuisine guarantee a truly memorable Vancouver Island dining experience. Fairmont Empress believes in a farm to plate philosophy of bringing the best of Vancouver Island to the table. Whenever possible, local ingredients from the nearby regions of the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley are featured in hotel menus to showcase the best of Victoria and Vancouver Island. 

Learn more about Executive Chef, Morgan Wilson.

Click here to view upcoming culinary events. 

As renovations continue in our Empress Dining Room and Afternoon Tea room, it is necessary to relocate food and beverage services effective January 4 to May 14, 2016. The usual Fairmont Empress service and meal offerings will be available as follows:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in The Bengal Lounge.
  • Breakfast will feature a chef attended buffet, as well as an a la carte menu. 
  • Lunch and Dinner will continue to feature our famous curry buffet, as well as our a la carte menu.
  • The Bengal Lounge has lifted the usual 19+ entry restrictions during the period January 4, to April 30, 2016 for all meal period.
  • At 10pm and afterwards, The Bengal will be licensed for adults 19 and over. 
  • After this time, guests with minors under the age of 19 will be provided access to the usual In Room Dining options available in their guest rooms.
  • Afternoon Tea will relocate to the Upper Lobby above the Reception Lobby.
  • The Empress Room will be closed January 4 to May 14, 2016.

These modifications to dining options are short term to allow the exciting renovation plans for Fairmont Empress to take place. We look forward to launching an exciting new restaurant complex to complement existing Fairmont Empress offerings. More information on the hotel renovation project is available here.

Whether an intimate gathering for twenty or a lavish gala for hundreds, our Catering and Conference Services Team is here to plan your special event with all the right touches. Click here to contact us.

A sought after destination for generations, Fairmont Empress is your perfect fairy castle for the special day. Elegant ballrooms and spaces transform into the wedding of your dreams. Click here to see our versatile venue for your wedding. 


The bees reside onsite seasonally May to August; learn more about the hotel's bee program.

Created using fresh and nutritionally balanced ingredients, Fairmont Lifestyle Cuisine dishes contribute to optimal health and wellness. Additionally, we are pleased to offer you Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, nutritious meals catering to guests with specific diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and gluten-free, as well as unique dietary preferences including, macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets. Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus are available for functions large and small,  in all our meetings and event destinations around the world. for more information, please visit fairmont.com/lifestyle-cuisine-plus

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