Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill


Living in the oceanside city of Victoria, there isn’t a shortage of places to go eat fresh oysters.

Since I heard that Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill served some of the best oysters in town, I thought I should go check it out.

Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill is actually a restaurant and a lounge, with the lounge being upstairs and the restaurant downstairs. They each have different menus, but you can get oysters in both places.

My friend Mark and I decided we would try out the upstairs lounge first.

Once upstairs, we went straight for the leather couches at the far end of the lounge. There are a couple of these cozy spots to sit by the windows and since we weren’t in for a big sit down meal, I thought they would be fine to eat at.


Ferris Upstairs Lounge

Ferris Upstairs Lounge

The lounge has an artsy feel to it, with wood floors, brick walls, and a high ceiling with thick wooden beams across it.

The music playing in the background was… well, I’m not quite sure exactly. I would say it was kind of folksy, a bit alternative, and there was also some mellow and laid back stuff which seemed to suit the place.

When we first sat down, our server came over with a rather large drink menu. With so many cocktails to choose from, we had to ask for suggestions.

Mark decided on one of the featured drinks named “Spicy, Sweet & Smokey”, and I went for the popular “Lavender Sidecar” ($8).

Both were good drinks, but to be honest, we were more interested in the food as we were both pretty hungry.



Roasted Garlic Bulb Appetizer

Roasted Garlic Bulb Appetizer

To start, I ordered the “Whole Roasted Garlic Bulb” ($7). Now in case you didn’t know, I’m a HUGE garlic fan. In fact, I love it so much that I think it should be it’s own food group!

Because I’m such a garlic lover, I often order dishes that have it in it. In this case, it was the main event so I was pretty excited to try it.

Well, all I can say is wow! It was amazing! Definitely one of the better garlic dishes I’ve ever had.

Mark also had a great appetizer. He ordered the “Smoked Albacore Tuna” ($12).

Mark loves tuna almost as much as I love garlic. He often orders it so for him to say this appetizer was excellent is quite the compliment.


Smoked Albacore Tuna

Smoked Albacore Tuna

After a great first round of food, I was dying to taste their oysters. Well, actually, to be honest, maybe more like really curious.

Here’s the thing. I haven’t tried a lot of oysters and the ones I have tried I haven’t liked much.

I am really trying to develop a taste for these famous “aphrodisiacs”, so I figure I just have to keep trying them.

Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill offers their “Baked Oysters” ($3 each, or $16 for one of each).

I ordered one of each, for a total of six, thinking that at least one of them would excite my taste buds.

When I was served my oysters, they looked really impressive. They all looked tasty, and most of them looked less like oysters, and more like mini casseroles or something.

I have to say that I have never seen oysters done up this way, and I have since heard many oyster lovers rave over the way Ferris Oyster Bar serves them.

Baked Oysters

Baked Oysters

I tried every one of them, but unfortunately my taste buds still weren’t cooperating with me when it came to the actual oyster.

I will say that I give the chef kudos for the presentation of the baked oysters though, even if I don’t yet have a taste for them.

I will just have to keep trying!

Overall I have to say my first experience at Ferris Oyster Bar was a good one.

I really like the atmosphere for having drinks and it was very comfy and cozy hanging out on the leather couch.

There are a lot of great looking appetizers on the menu at Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill, and I am looking forward to my next visit when I can try more of them.

July 9, 2014 |

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