Meals at the Conference

With the exception of the conference banquet in the evening of Sunday, July 2nd, you will need to purchase all your meals either on or off-campus. Bed and breakfast is provided with the Dorm Room option only. All other University accommodation options DO NOT include any meals.

The University of Victoria Food Services facilities have both gluten-free and vegetarian options, but cannot guarantee allergy-free facilities. If you have severe food allergies you may want to investigate food sources prior to your visit.

Places to Eat On-Campus
Places to Eat Off-Campus

Breakfast on Campus

Staying in a dorm room with bed and breakfast?
Cadboro Commons Dining Room, in the Cadboro Commons building, will be open
ONLY for ANWG conference registrants staying in a dorm room with bed and breakfast. Open from 7:30 am-9 am, June 28 through July 3.

When conference registrants with the bed and breakfast option check in at Residence Services, you will receive dated coupons for each morning of your stay. In order to gain entrance to the breakfast buffet, you will need to present that day’s coupon.

The breakfast buffet will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, sliced fruit, mini pastries, toast, coffee and tea

Staying in a cluster unit or an apartment?
Caps Bistro, in the Cadboro Commons building, is open from 7 am – 10: 30 am everyday for breakfast, so any guests not staying on campus or who do not have the dorm room/bed and breakfast booking are welcome to purchase breakfast in that space. The menu is the same as the breakfast buffet above.

Places to Eat On-Campus

All facilities on the campus accept both Canadian and American cash, credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express), and Canadian debit cards. Please note, American cash will be accepted AT PAR.

There is an Toronto Dominion ATM in Mystic Market which accepts Interac, Visa, Plus and Cirrus.

Mystic Market Cafeteria
Mystic Market is the main University cafeteria located in University Centre close to the Clearihue building where many conference classes are taking place. The cafeteria consists of unique food kiosks that offer a diverse range of in-house prepared meals as well as a general store for pre-packaged foods and quick convenience items. Mystic Market is also the first ZERO Waste facility on campus.
Open Monday to Sunday

Biblo Cafe
Located in the Mearns Centre/McPherson Library close to the Clearihue building where many conference classes are taking place. The cafe features specialty coffees and teas, sandwiches, wraps and buns, salads, pastry rolls, samosas, cakes, squares, pastries and other sweets. Open Monday to Friday, 8 am – 3 pm.

Located in the MacLaurin Building where some conference classes are taking place, this cafe offers made to order sandwiches, wraps and salads, homemade soups and chili, pastries and other sweets, and a wide selection of beverages. Mac’s made to order sandwich bar and salad station closes 1 hour before closing time. Open Monday to Friday, 11 am – 2 pm.

Nibbles and Bytes
This cafe is located in the Engineering Lab wing not too far from the Bob Wright Building where some conference classes are taking place.  Nibbles and Bytes offers freshly made pizza, wraps and sandwiches, salads, breakfast sandwiches, pastries and other sweets, and a range of beverages including fresh coffee and tea. Open Monday to Friday, 11 am – 2 pm.

Felicita’s Campus Pub
Felicita’s Pub is a student-owned and operated campus pub named in honour of Felicita Gomez – beloved SUB custodian and friend of UVic students since 1967. Felicita’s is located in the Student Union Building, close to the residences. Open Monday to Wednesday  11:30 am – midnight, Thursday and Friday 11:30 am – 1:00 am.

University Club of Victoria
This scenic University of Victoria cafe sits next to a pond and serves burgers, sandwiches & salads. Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Dining Room. The University Club is open for dinner Monday through Saturday (Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm only!). The Club is closed on Sunday. Patio dining is available May through September (earlier and later, subject to weather conditions.)

Please telephone 250.721.7935 or email to make reservations.

Places to Eat Off-Campus

Victoria has a huge variety of places to eat within a reasonable distance from the University. Most will accept American cash, although the exchange rate offered may be close to par. 

Download a list of restaurants. (pdf)

Most restaurants are happy to accommodate special diets. For those people with Celiac disease, be sure to check out the Celiac website for restaurant suggestions.

Local Restaurants

  • Thai Lemongrass Restaurant
    3838 Cadboro Bay Rd
    Celiac menu. The most authentic Thai food in Victoria.

  • Beer and pub-type food.
  • J.J. Morgan Restaurant
    1520 McKenzie Ave

    Comfort food.
  • The Village
    4087 Shelbourne St
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday – Friday
    Weekend hours 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Very popular, but doesn’t take reservations.
  • Fujiya Japanese Foods
    3624 Shelbourne St
    Japanese Grocery Store with the best take-out sushi in town.
  • The Tropical Island Restaurant
    3690 Shelbourne St

    Asian/Caribbean fusion food. Celiac menu.
  • Purple Garden Chinese Restaurant
    1381551 Cedar Hill X Rd
    250-477-8866 or 250-477-8820
    An unfussy spot with an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • Smuggler’s Cove Pub and Restaurant
    2581 Penrhyn St
    Cozy British-style tavern with a 2nd-floor deck offering comfort fare and many draft beers. Celiac menu.
  • McMorran Beach House
    5109 Cordova Bay Rd.

    Seafood, also chicken, lamb, beef.
    Call ahead for a reservation, they are very popular.
  • The Olive Grove
    4496 West Saanich Road

    Mediterranean Food.
    Celiac menu.
  • The Med Grill
    4512 West Saanich Rd.
    Modern European fare, weekend brunch & a 4-course special are offered in intimate digs with a patio.
    Call ahead for a reservation, they are very popular.
  • The Fireside Grill
    4509 W. Saanich Rd
    Sophisticated  New Canadian meals in a romantic low-lit atmosphere. Call ahead for a reservation, they are very popular.
  • Marina Restaurant
    1327 Beach Dr
    ocal favourite for delicious seafood, regional cuisine and Sunday Brunch.
  • Oak Bay Hotel Dining Room
    1175 Beach Drive
    Celiac menu. Locally sourced ingredients in elegant surroundings.
  • Bin 4 Burger Lounge
    100 – 3271 Maple St.
    Busy, modern burger joint offering inventive locally sourced burgers, handcut fries and draft brews.

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