The Old Toad
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
One of my favorite places to go in Rochester as I live about a 5 minute walk away.
The selection is always pretty solid. About 10-15 taps or so- 3 different tap stations- one with 3 on the right of the bar, 5 on the back wall of the bar, and 6 or so on the left side of the bar. There are 4 cask lines, but not all of them are always used at one time.
They try to have a few European beers on tap most of the time- Guinness and Fuller's London Pride are practically house beers for the Toad, and are always on. Their house DIPA, OT 20, is always on, and is really freakin' delicious. Always a good choice if none of the taps wow you. Good job by CB's on that one. There's sometimes a second house tap made by CB's, right now it's a brown ale brewed with squash, but I've seen a coffee porter, an "apri-bock", and a few others. Usually one or two Belgians, 3-4 NYS state beers, and then a few other specialty beers from across the country.
The service is hit or miss. They're not always good at handling bigger crowds, so if you're sitting down and want a beer on a Friday or Saturday night, you're gonna have to push through people to get a beer quickly. During the week the service is fine.
The food is good, but pricey, lots of great English favorites. The drunken cheddar soup is to die for, one of my favorites.
The beer is a bit expensive, and they don't generally have any specials that I can find. Beers on cask are never under $6, and usually are in the $7-$-8 range.
The atmosphere is very quaint. I can always get behind a bar that allows you to talk to your friends without shouting over loud music/TVs.
11-25-2013 22:01:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.76/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
All furnishings and decor imported from England. All staff are from England as part of a University program. Very authentic, like walking into a pub in London.
Food is very good, lots of traditional English fare. The Scotch Eggs are excellent. Several vegetarian options, however they tend to run out of some things on the menu fairly often.
Huge beer selection, specializing in cask ales. Many vintage and hard to find selections.
Large selection of Scotch, about 80 different varieties.
Located in an entertainment district, which can be rowdy at times. Upon leaving one time, my friend and I were approached by someone who attempted to rob us. Unfortunately for him, the bar isn't actually located in England, where the populace is unarmed. He went to jail after his failed attempt.
11-11-2013 10:10:45 | More by Mediczod
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Old Toad is located in kind of a neat old building on busy Alexander.
The space is kind of cut-up into different areas. It would say it is kind of like snugs you find in many pubs. The bar is towards the rear. It’s small and seats about 10. There are plenty of seating areas for large and small groups.
They have well-worn furniture and fixtures (in a good way) decorated with miscellaneous bar type stuff. Lots of old photos, beer bottles and I liked the clock set to London time.
Service was friendly enough and could talk beer. Note the staff is imported from the UK which adds a bit of flavor.
They offer 13 taps and 4 casks (including a cask cider). I would guess 30 to 40 good bottles. Unfortunately two of casks were empty during my stop, but that can happen.
Food service was very slow, but I was in no hurry. When I finally got it, it was pretty tasty.
I would stop by again for some good beers and conversation.
08-08-2013 16:56:48 | More by Redrover
4.51/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
The food was very good. Had the fish and chips, which was their special. They had a great selection on tap as well. The service was very friendly and able to suggests what to try with what I wanted in my beer. I would recommend this place, and I maybe a regular in the future.
05-12-2013 00:52:28 | More by olivianjeremie
4.26/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great beer selection here, bottles and taps. Great English appeal. Love the food and selection. Great authentic menu over all. The place is a little cramped but generally a nice person crowd. I will continue to go to old toad for the unique experience.
04-08-2013 19:13:08 | More by DonBar
District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I visited the Old Toad on a Monday afternoon for lunch. They had experienced a busy (or maybe regular ?) weekend and were out of all the popular and highly rated food items.
Quite a disappointment. What I did have was tasty.
The beer selection is pretty decent as far is English pub styles go. At the time of my visit they did not have much in the way of hoppy or 'big' beers. The local staff is knowledgeable.
They decor is unique to the area and interesting. Overall the prices are a bit higher than other establishments in the area, but worth a visit.
12-18-2012 21:14:34 | More by hungryghost
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great place for beer and food. Once inside the atmosphere is difficult to top. Beer ranges in quality, but is generally very good and fairly inexpensive. Only real complaint I have about the beer is that the wider selection tends to be more in the bottle as opposed to on tap, but that's ok given that what's on tap is generally of high quality. Have frequented this place since the late 90's on through until I moved away from Rochester in 2009. My wife and I try to make it back whenever we visit.
07-12-2012 18:09:00 | More by Bowersm
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was in Rochester for an audition and a friend of mine at Eastman told me about this place (knowing that I was really into beer) and we went there on a Friday night. The setting is awesome- it's meant to be an English pub (indeed all of the bartenders I spoke with were British) and has a very clean and warm atmosphere. Upholstered booths and well lit. They had a good number of beers on tap and many many more in bottles. I had a beer brewed for them called Smokin Toad Porter on draft, which was excellent, as well as Mission IPA on draft and Peak Organic Mocha Stout on draft. It was rather expensive, especially for it being Rochester, but it had a great vibe, nice and knowledgeable bartenders, and a very good selection of beer. If you're willing to spend a little money, this is a great place to visit.
01-29-2012 21:09:12 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on 11/23/2011
Atmosphere - was the nite before thxgvg, so was pretty packed, was fairly easy to get a beer up at the bar, but there were several servers walking around, yet they never came to our table and asked if we needed anything.
The beer selection is more than decent for the Rochester area, a mix of local, regional and international/imported beers. I tried the house IPA on the reccomendation of a friend that turned out to be good. Also had a fullers london pride on tap, which was also good. The prices are decent. most beers are around $5 for a pint.
Overall Old Toad is a good place to get your craft beer fix on in the East ave. section of the ROC. Park in the lot in the back of the pub, parking is $5, but you end up getting $3 off of your first beer, which isnt a bad deal.
11-27-2011 02:37:50 | More by keithmurray
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 11/11/11.
Met some friends on a Friday early evening and the place was already filling up. Atmosphere is sort of old school clubby and slightly too bright for my tastes with lots of lights. Nice breweriana and memorabilia decorated walls, some nice wood paneling.
Servers are all friendly and speak with British accents which is nice.
Had a Peak Organic Pale from the cask. It was nice, properly served ~ 55f but nothing memorable. Also had a Smokin Toad Porter on cask, again nice but nothing special.
Friend & I split a cheese board which had a tasty Gorgonzola and a few other nice cheeses. My main course was a decent Fish & Chips.
After dinner we moved to the bar and I had a tasty Fuller's London Pride on tap and from their impressive selection of Single Malts I had a Glenmorangie 12 y.o. Lasanta which may have made a convert to Scotch of my friend.
It was a pleasant evening and we enjoyed the bartender from Derby. These days I'm not much of a Pub goer and this place is not close to where I live and parking is a hassle but I will definitely go back again.
11-20-2011 14:38:20 | More by fx20736
The Old Toad in Rochester, NY
95 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.