Discovery Room

The Discovery Room

The Discovery Room is Vancouver Island University’s full-service learning restaurant connecting students with our community patrons. Learning by doing, Hospitality Management and Culinary Students together serve up a contemporary dining experience. By experiencing the Discovery Room, your support fuels our student’ growth and education.

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Lunch & Dinner Service - Fall 2022 & Spring 2023

Lunch Service

Lunch service is offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (with the exception of statutory and academic holidays and special events) from mid-September to mid-June with reservations from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

Spring 2023 semester lunch service dates:

January: 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
February: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
March: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
April: 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
May: 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
June: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

If you've attempted to book and have questions see our Secrets of the Waitlist (FAQ) to maximize you chance of joining us.

Dinner Service

We are currently fully booked for all remaining dinner services this semester. We are still accepting additions to the wait list from Feb 9 onwards. Dinner service is offered on most Thursday and Friday evenings from early October to early April with reservations from 5 to 6pm.

Spring 2023 semester dinner service dates:

January: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
February : 2, 3, 9, 10, 23, 24
March: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
April: 6, 13, 14
May: 4, 5, 11, 12

If you've attempted to book and have questions see our Secrets of the Waitlist (FAQ) to maximize you chance of joining us.

To reserve for parties of more than 8 people please email us.

Discovery room server


Our menus change weekly and are typically refreshed here every Monday for the coming week's service. Because we work with fresh ingredients in this learning environment it is not uncommon for the menu to change from what is posted.

If you have special dietary requirements, including the need for a vegetarian meal, please let us know ahead of time.

Lunch Menu: Lunch Menu (Feb 1-3)

Dinner Menu: Dinner Menu (Feb 2-3)


Parking & Access


Discovery Room Access Map

The Discovery Room can be hard to find! We recommend parking in Lot F which is accessed via entrance 5C off of Fifth Street (pay parking machines accept cash or credit cards). Enter building 300 through the Welcome Centre for level access.

Parking can be at a premium, especially during the lunch period, so consider allowing a little extra time to find a parking space.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Debit and cash (cash is our least preferred method of payment). We cannot accept AMEX, VIU PCards or Cost Centre transfers.

Gratuities are not expected but are very much appreciated. Gratuities are put towards extra-curricular educational enhancement opportunities for the Hospitality and Culinary students.

We offer a modest selection of wines, bottled beer and spirits. During the dinner service you can anticipate that the students will present a mixed drink feature as part of their learning experience.

Our wines-by-the-bottle are priced at $10 above cost. You are also welcome to bring your own bottle of commercially produced wine for $10/750ml corkage. Please pass your wine to the host when you arrive. Bringing wine with a cork is a great opportunity for students to practice with their corkscrews!

Beverage Menu (as we carry a small inventory it is likely that offerings may be different when you dine)

Loadable gift cards are available in any denomination, are valid anytime, and do not expire. You can purchase a gift card during one of our regularly scheduled service periods or order by phone with credit card payment (we will hold the card for you or mail it to the recipient).

Seasonal Soirée (December 2, 2022) - SOLD OUT

This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the season with friends, clients or colleagues while contributing to a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for our students at this banquet-style event for 80 people in VIU's building 300 cafeteria.

Event registration and details: Register for the 2022 Gastronomic Seasonal Soirée with EventBrite

This year's menu and wine details: 2022 Seasonal Soirée Menu & Wine

Sensory Dinner (November 18, 2022) - SOLD OUT

The Sensory Dinner is an event exclusively offered to our culinary students as an experiential palate expanding part of their curriculum. We've had a scheduling anomaly this year which means that for the first, and perhaps only, time ever we're extending an invitation for you to join us.

The dinner includes 8-creative and expertly prepared courses at your own table in the Discovery Room (20 - 30 guests in total) for $89 plus tax and is bookable with TouchBistro.

Menu: 2022 Sensory Dinner Menu

Plant-Based Tasting Menu (February 16 & 17, 2023)

A 10-course 100% plant based experience served by our Hospitality students and prepared by the graduating Culinary Diploma students for 16-24 guests in the Discovery Room.

Read the Article (from last year's 2022 launch): The Inspiration behind the Discovery Room's new annual Plant Based Tasting Menu Event

Menu: Plant Based Tasting Menu 2023

Gastronomic Dinner (March 23 & 24, 2023)

A 8-course wine paired experiential meal served by our Hospitality students and prepared by the graduating Culinary Diploma students to culminate their education at VIU.

This is an up close and personal educationally focused event for 16-24 guests in the Discovery Room for a collectively focused experience that includes facilitated conversation on dish composition and wine pairings with one of our Chef Instructors and a guest sommelier.

Menu (from the previous year): 2022 Gastronomic Dinner Menu


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Building 300, at the side of the cafeteria. 
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Contact Us

Email us at (email is checked daily). Phoning 250.740.6338 is also an option (phone messages are returned on Wednesday, to Friday).