Member Rating 4 out of 5 by weeblewobble46 on June 29, 2007

We happened upon Chandler's as we were strolling along Wharf Street. The sampling of Salmon Brushetta given to us as we passed made us realize how hungry we had become.

Inside, the decor is Pub/Restaurant. Crisp white cloths and shiny clean crystal were on the tables, giving us an invitation to come in and warm up on a breezy afternoon. Huge mirrors at either end of the paneled room reflected everything in the area. The massive mahogany bar and the canoes that hang from the ceiling add to the eclectic feel. It gives a prelude to the eclectic menu.

My husband ordered the chicken sandwich. He was very happy with what was presented. The chicken was moist and nicely seasoned. He had no problem finishing the sandwich and chips.

I ordered the crabcakes. The seasonings were tasty, but there were no large lumps of crabmeat in either of the cakes I received. Since I am originally from the Chesapeake Bay area, I expected the crabcakes to be about an inch thick and full of lumps of meat with just enough filler to hold them together. I was very disappointed when I was served two patties that were barely 1/2 inch thick. The disappointment increased when I discovered no lumps of crabmeat, instead the meat was shredded and blended into the filler so that they were virtually indistinguishable from each other and the taste of the crab was non-existent. The seasonings were the only saving feature - light and slightly spicy.

The iced tea was wonderful - very crisp and cold. It was the perfect ending to our meal.

Chandler's is not a cheap place to dine, but the atmosphere is warm and enticing.
Chandlers Seafood Restaurant
1250 Wharf St.
Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1T8
(250) 385-3474

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