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Blue Nile

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612 Head St | B/C, Victoria, British Columbia V9A5C8, Canada
+1 250-475-6453
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

This is one of the hidden gems in Victoria, deep in the heart of Esquimalt. The decor is warm and traditional, and the welcome you receive from the lovely and gracious owner is second-to-none! East African hospitality at its' best. Why is it in provincial Victoria that the best service in cafes and restaurants comes from people not born and... More 

Thank Kat J
Cusco, Peru
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I just happened to be walking by and decided to try this place. It was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the ambiance because of the employees or maybe the owners. They were so nice and friendly. It is a very welcoming place. The wide variety in their buffet has a well-balanced selection for meat lovers and vegetarians. The food... More 

Thank DianeNadeau
Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

A very nice exotic looking decor in this African restaurant. We chose the buffet and had a very nice dinner on a very quiet night in Esquimalt due to the cold unusual weather Victoria is experiencing. We loved the food and the decor feeling transported in a totally different region. You can travel without leaving Victoria!

Thank SookeHarbourHouse
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112 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We arrived early for our dinner at the Blue Nile and phoned ahead to reserve for six people. This restaurant doesn't require reservations and we've found it can be full or not so full on occasion. The owners, Asmaret and Michael, are lovely people and welcome you as good friends after a few visits. The buffet was full --maybe twelve... More 

Thank VictoriaGardener
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We came across this rather hidden away place and changed our minds from looking for a good pizza to having East African food. There were no others in the place when we arrived just before 6 pm. (Perhaps that should have been our first clue.). We sat for a bit enjoying a beer before going up to the buffet. With... More 

Thank pat f
Sebastopol, California
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154 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Blue Nile provides a fast buffet with several lentil and other vegetable dishes, plus a couple paltry meat choices in a nondescript setting. Somewhat overpriced for so little variety.

Thank Don L
Langley, Washington, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This little restaurant provides outstanding Ethiopian buffets and the Amharic language music videos on their flat screen TV really adds to the adventure!

Thank Fred L
Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

The owner is a wonderfully friendly woman. But the reality is that this is buffet-style Ethiopian (the restaurant opens at 5 pm and the sooner you get there the better) and the spicing is toned-down. I also prefer injera that's denser -- here's it's thinner, more like a crepe. Having said that, this is Victoria so maybe we're lucky to... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I wish that my stomach was larger because I always seem to fill up before I have a chance to try everything. Though, it probably doesn't help that I eat injera like they're potato chips...

Thank Matt H
Victoria, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 28 April 2016

My husband and I accidentally walked into this resteraunt about 6 months ago - it looked awesome, had a menu on a big board by the door, and the smells were heavenly! I like Ethiopian and such food. Thus we took our parents to dinner there as a celebration. We sat down and asked for menus. No menus - just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 612 Head St | B/C, Victoria, British Columbia V9A5C8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 250-475-6453
Buffet style dine in We also have menu

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?