The Bengal Lounge

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Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as the Empress of India, this colonial style lounge is known throughout Victoria for its authentic curry buffet and signature cocktail menu. While new restaurants and lounges appear in Victoria regularly, The Bengal Lounge is a favourite of residents and visitors alike.

Overlooking our stately gardens, the richly appointed Bengal Lounge offers not only a delicious curry lunch and dinner buffet but also an impressive continental à la carte menu.  Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate our vast selection of signature drinks.

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Hours of Operation

As renovations continue in our Empress Dining Room, it is necessary to relocate food and beverage services effective January 4 to April 30, 2016 to The Bengal Lounge. The Bengal Lounge has lifted the usual 19+ entry restrictions during the period January 4 to April 30, 2016 for all meal periods.  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 menu options available in their guest rooms.

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.

Breakfast will be served in The Bengal January 4 to April 30, 2016

  • A la carte menu - 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Children under 12 can order off the kid's menu or chose an item of the regular menu and receive 50% off.
  • Breakfast Buffet – Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Full Buffet, $26 per person. $7 for children under 12.
  • Continental Buffet, $14 per person. Add an omelet to the Continental Buffet for $5 additional.
  • Reservations available and children are welcome.


  • Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.


  • A la Carte Dining Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 
  • Curry Lunch Buffet - Daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Curry Dinner Buffet - Sunday – Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Bengal Lounge is delighted to be featuring live music from talented local artists Thursday to Sunday evenings. Join us and experience what Victoria's amazing talent has to offer.

Thursday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Christopher Sartisohn - Cold Cut Combo, April 7 & 21, 2016
The Cold Cut Combo - is a Victoria-based acoustic group of improvisational musicians specializing in Gypsy Jazz, Parisian Musette Waltzes and Swing & Latin standards. The CCC features virtuosic jazz Manouche guitars, soulful accordion, and sweet vocals. At the Combo's core are Christopher Sartisohn (lead guitar) and Aaron Watson (rhythm guitar / accordion / vocals).  

Maureen Washington & Karel,  April 14 & 28, 2016
Maureen slips easily from sassy to sexy within a single line of lyrics, at times echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, then faster than the mind and ear can make the transition, Maureen Washington exudes the impish irreverence of Jann Arden and the vocal agility of Holly Cole. And yet, with all splendor attached to such comparisons, Maureen’s musical style remains distinctly her own.

Friday 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
The Vinyl Wave with Chris and Dave, April 1, 8 & 22, 2016
Songs from the Eagles, America, Tom Petty, the Beatles, Maroon 5 and many more featuring the best of the 60’s through to the 90’s. Not too slow, not too loud, but a perfect blend for the room on a busy Friday night.

Chris Millington Band, April 15 & 29, 2016
Enjoy the smooth sounds of the saxophone played by none other than Chris Millington of Victoria's vibrant music scene. A favourite of locals and visitors alike.

Saturday 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Lust Life Jazz Band – Led by vocalist and trumpeter Bryn Badel, Lust Life Jazz Band has been a staple of the Victoria BC and Vancouver Island music scene for many years. Sultry vocals, infectious grooves, and original improvisations create an exciting new concept in modern jazz.  

 Sunday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Kristina Helene- This talented duo awakens old jazz standards in hopes of bringing it into new generations and renewing it for those who hold this genre dear to their hearts. With Kristina's velvety voice and Thomas' wistfulness upon the keys, they bring the perfect balance of passion and charm captivating audiences from beginning to end. 

Dress Code

Dress code is business casual. Please no torn jeans, short shorts, cut off pants, beach wear, flip flops or baseball caps.


Our Dining Reservations desk is available to assist you daily between 9am and 5pm at 250-389-2727 or by email at *Please note* Due to high business volumes, reservations are not accepted for Friday or Saturday from 5:30pm onward. The lounge operates strictly on a walk-in basis for these evenings.


Click here for The Bengal Lounge breakfast menu. 

Click here for The Bengal Lounge lunch menu.  

Click here for The Bengal Lounge dinner menu. 

Click here for The Bengal cocktail menu.

Please Note

Please note, The Bengal Lounge restricts minors under the age of 19 after 10:00 p.m. nightly .

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