YAM magazine’s Best Restaurant Awards 2022 celebrates Greater Victoria, B.C.’s exciting food scene and are judged by an independent panel of chefs and food experts. The winner of People’s Choice Award for Best Date Night AND Best Casual Dining is Chorizo & Co.

Photo: Kyle Joinson

As a downtown staple for cocktails and creative tapas, Chorizo & Co. is a hot spot for diners of all kinds, from happy hour early birds to after-hours industry types. Whether you stop in for a drink at the bar or gather a group to enjoy their Spanish-inspired share plates, this is a small welcoming space with a busy vibe.

Chorizo & Co. began life as a Spanish deli, selling house-made chorizo and breakfast sandwiches. When Stephen Quigley and Dave Brooks took over the Fort Street space, they kept the name but expanded the concept. Now the menu ranges from charred octopus and grilled Humboldt squid to white anchovies on toast and chunky seafood paella, with wine and cocktails to match.

If you’re looking for a romantic evening, ask for the table for two on the upstairs mezzanine, where you can watch the busy action below while sipping a brandy-spiked sangria.

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