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.
  • Breakfast Buffet – Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Full Buffet, $24 per person. $7 for children under 12. Children 12 & older, 50% off.
  • 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.
Nadine Florence and Paul Laverick February 11 & 25, 2016
Nadine Florence was born and raised in the west coast, she has long been touted as one of the sweetest and yet most soulful voices in the area. A graduate of the famous Selkirk College of music. Coupled with one of the best jazz guitarist in BC, Paul Lavericktheir combined sound is always an intimate evening with a great range of tunes.

Maureen Washington & Karel,  February 4 & 18, 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 Honeycrooners Trio - Is a trip down the old Las Vegas Strip, where walking through the lobby of the Sands, the Tropicana or the Sahara would expose you to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Louis Prima and many more of the classic crooners that defined cool and swinging music in the 50′s and 60′s.
The greatest hits of these and other top artists of the era are featured with Tom Watson and his Honeycrooners. Featuring piano, bass and snare, the vocals are presented with a swaggering irreverence and friendly vibe giving the audience a glimpse back to the timeless music of the 20th century.

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.


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Please Note

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

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