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The Bengal Lounge - CLOSED

721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-389-2727
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“curry” (56 reviews)
“cheesecake” (9 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Indian, Bar, Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
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1 - 10 of 804 reviews

Reviewed 10 June 2016

Originally the library of the Empress Hotel, @1954 it became the Coronet Room - a cocktail lounge. Around 1969 it became the Bengal Lounge (the CPR wanted to call it the Bengal Bar - but the liquor control board wouldn't allow Bar in the name)....More

1  Thank Bruce A
Reviewed 8 June 2016

If you want to have delicious cocktails and eat at an amazing buffet this is the perfect place to go.

Thank Osk11992
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We had a great time at the new Bengal lounge. The waiter was very knowledgeable and informative and quickly brought us our drinks, but forgot that we came for desserts.. So we didn't have any. My drink was wonderful, with Mango and creme soda. Yum.

Thank mtboothby
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I did review this before but sad to say now The Bengal Room has been close due to renovation of The Empress Hotel I don't believe it will reopen.

Thank Gaile44
Reviewed 28 May 2016

The Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel, is just one of those places you have to visit at least once, its large wood paneled walls and quaint overhead fans, show what the wealthy used to enjoy in the days of the Victorian raj. Has an...More

Thank Hanger24
Reviewed 25 May 2016

The lounge is amazing with interesting decor, comfortable chairs, quiet enough to have a conversation, excellent service and delicious cocktail and food menu's. We tried the dinner buffet and it was terrific and we have also had meals from the dinner menu. Don't miss a...More

Thank Kate197065
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Sadly closed for renovations Was one our our favorite and most romantic places to go. Indian food and amazing cocktails. We will miss the house Jazz band and amazing staff.

1  Thank Icelandic B
Reviewed 17 May 2016

It was as if I was back in the time of the Raj! Great food, great Gin & Tonics.I will be sorry to see it go when the new renovations come.

Thank MNFirefighter
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

I was saddened to learn that this restaurant was closing forever at the end of April. I was glad that I had the opportunity to experience the restaurant before its closure. The staff was great and the food was second to none. This restaurant went...More

Thank 888Sonia888
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I went here with family for my birthday and had a wonderful time. Great service, food, and drinks. Expensive, but worth it. Sad it has closed.

Thank Nicole B
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Indian, Bar, Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-389-2727
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at The Fairmont Empress
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 favorite 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 international a la carte menu. Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate our vast selection of signature drinks. The Bengal Lounge is a licensed lounge and all guest must be 19 or older.
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