About Marilena

From the team behind Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants Blue Water Cafe, Elisa, CinCin, Whistler’s Araxi, Il Caminetto and Bar Oso, as well as New York City’s Oceans and Carlotto, Toptable Group welcomes you to its first restaurant in the heart of BC’s beautiful capital city, Victoria – Marilena.

An avid free diver and fisherman, Executive Chef Kristian Eligh returns to his hometown with a menu that draws inspiration from memorable West Coast cuisine with an emphasis on local and globally sourced seafood.

Marilena features local and global seafood paired with high-quality sustainable ingredients that adhere to the highest standards. Guests can choose from a selection of nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls at our stunning Japanese raw bar.

Our front-of-house team, led by Restaurant Director Aaron Matsuzaki, is passionate about delivering an unparalleled level of hospitality set within Marilena’s warm, contemporary dining room anchored by an open concept kitchen.

Marilena’s expansive wine list celebrates far-reaching varietals from notable regions while also honouring the Island’s premier wineries.

Kristian Eligh, Executive Chef

Kristian Eligh, Executive Chef

Returning to his hometown of Victoria, Executive Chef Kristian Eligh leads our culinary team at Marilena Cafe and Raw Bar. Prior to our opening, Chef Kristian held positions in world renowned Michelin starred restaurants like Jean George in New York City, The French Laundry in Napa and Blackbird in Chicago. Most recently, Chef Kristian spent six years as Culinary Director for Vancouver based Hawksworth Restaurant Group, leading the Nightingale and Hawksworth teams respectively, achieving accolades such as Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

An avid free-diver and fisherman, Chef Kristian brings his passion for coastal cuisine to Marilena Cafe. Inspired by local offerings, his approachable dishes celebrate global flavours accented by seasonal ingredients, creating an unforgettable dining experience for our guests. Chef Kristian looks forward to delivering a hospitality experience that speaks to the Victoria community and to be able to contribute to the growing dining scene on Vancouver Island.