First Table Launches in Victoria, Helps Diners Show Support for Local Community, Restaurants and Foodservice Industry

Online Reservation Platform Makes Vancouver Island Debut, Offers 50% Off Food Bills at Off-Peak Times, Donates $5 Per Reservation to United Way’s ‘More Than Meals’ Program

VICTORIA, BC (October 21, 2020) — Victoria diners can support their local food scene and the community at large while taking part in exclusive early-bird dining offers at participating restaurants across the city when First Table launches today, October 21.

The First Table online reservation service allows users to book the ‘first table’ of the night to receive 50% off their food bill for parties of two to four. The platform — which made its North American debut in Vancouver last fall — also gives dine-in guests an opportunity to support their favourite establishments by filling a table and providing restaurants with revenue during what would typically be quieter service times.

To celebrate its Victoria launch, First Table is giving back to new members and the community at large by offering half-off the standard $10 booking fee until November 15 with the promo code VICTORIA. During this first month period, the other $5 from each reservation made will be donated to United Way’s local More Than Meals outreach program, which partners with Victoria-area restaurants, community kitchens and food-share networks to provide seniors with increased access to healthy and nutritious meals.

The inaugural list of participating First Table restaurants in Victoria is as follows, with additional restaurants being added to the roster on an ongoing basis:

Varsha Indian Kitchen

Uptown Bistro

James Joyce Bistro

The Mint Restaurant

Chuck’s Burger Bar

Taj: Taste of India

Fiamo Italian Kitchen

The Collective Wine Bar & Kitchen

Sonora Bar & Grill

Darcy’s Pub

“Despite a tumultuous start to the year, we’re pleased to expand First Table to Victoria, only our second city in North America,” says Mat Weir, Founder and Managing Director of First Table. “In our eyes, this represents a win-win — helping local food lovers show support for their favourite restaurants while also giving back to seniors in communities around the region that rely on the More Than Meals program for sustenance and social contact.”

For the latest news about First Table or to see the full list of participating restaurants as it is updated, go to, become a fan of /FirstTableCA on Facebook or follow @firsttableca on Instagram.

Restaurants that are interested in becoming a member of the First Table platform in Victoria can find out how to sign up at

ABOUT FIRST TABLE | First launched in New Zealand in 2014, First Table is an international online dining platform that connects its members with participating restaurants offering 50% off the food bill at specific times. More than 1,400 restaurants around the world are now a part of a First Table family that is passionate about creating a world where dining out becomes more of a routine than a luxury while also helping restaurant owners fill empty tables at the beginning of the evening, creating an atmosphere that sets the tone from start of service to end of shift. |

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