Open from 6:30am to late, seven days a week
Co-Chefs de Cuisine – Chris Klassen & Brian Tesolin
Baz Voy – Head Bartender
Old world meets new at The Courtney Room, Victoria’s newest dining destination, voted #10 in the 2018 Canada’s Best New Restaurant Awards. An extension of The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s award-winning boutique hotel experience, The Courtney Room is a modern dining space where locals and visitors alike can enjoy genuine hospitality and a menu that honours both land and sea, showcasing Vancouver Island ingredients with classic cooking techniques. Gather at the bar for fresh-shucked oysters, unwind with friends over sharing plates in the lower brasserie, or savour an elevated experience in the upstairs dining room with impeccably prepared local seafood, steak and fine wine.
Chef Brian Tesolin joins opening sous chef Chris Klassen, both in the role of Chef de Cuisine. Both chefs bring exceptional talent and broad skillsets of honed, classic techniques to the role, which enhances their harmonized approach to modern Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Prior to joining the opening team at The Courtney Room, Victoria-born Chef Chris Klassen nurtured his love of classic techniques and local produce at roles in London, England (Roux at the Landau) and Victoria (Agrius, Brasserie l’Ecloe, Café Brio). A proponent of Vancouver Island’s bounty, both foraged and farmed, Chef Klassen’s relationships are paramount and he loves nothing more than welcoming fresh produce and big characters into the kitchen. Elevating these vibrant ingredients through classic techniques and presentation has been integral to the restaurant’s success to date.
With experience spanning the country from highly respected culinary meccas (Hawksworth Restaurant and OLO on the West Coast, Langdon Hall Country House Hotel in Ontario), Chef Brian Tesolin recently joined The Courtney Room’s kitchen team, to work in close partnership with Chef Klassen. Chef Tesolin saw the potential in elevating both Vancouver Island and wider Pacific Northwest cuisine in a more formal dining setting, blending his knowledge and experience garnered at both Hawksworth and OLO.
Working closely with Sharon Bortolotto of BBA Design, alongside Vancouver-based design agency, Glasfurd & Walker, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa team have designed an elegant room where old world meets new.
Taking cues from the old grand dame hotels of Paris, The Courtney Room is inspired by the classic French bistro, layered with elements of Art Nouveau. High ceilings and bistro style lighting create a casually elegant ambience – focal features include commissioned artwork by Blu Smith in an abstract expressionist style and a central black granite bar framed between two paneled wood columns with white marble chevron detail – a place to gather and be seen.
Downstairs, a classically inspired tiled entrance and chevron patterned wood floor lead to brasserie style velvet banquette seating and the main bar – clad with an elegant gray marble showcasing a custom glass oyster station and illuminated back bar shelves. Upstairs provides an elevated dining experience in a carpeted space with white tablecloths, and a glassed-in wine room. Vintage style lighting, leather touches, brass accents, and bronze beaded curtains add layers of elegance, whilst the smoky grey/blues, taupe and elegant earthen hues continue the feel and flow of the hotel’s colour palette throughout the restaurant.
Since opening in May 2018, The Courtney Room has been recognized both nationally as #10 best new restaurant in Canada (enRoute magazine, November 2018) and #94 in Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2019; as well as locally as the best new restaurant in Victoria (YAM Magazine, June 2018).