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Victoria Gastro Pub

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BA SCORE
94
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47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

8201 Snowden River Pkwy
Columbia, Maryland, 21045-1947
United States
phone: (410) 750-1880

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @victoriagpub

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 25
Photo of bubseymour
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Really nice restaurant with great beer, wine and spirit offerings. When your inside you feel like your in a European establishment, only to look outside and see parking lots and busy American streets. Had a young educated looking clientele overall but it was very comfortable and friendly vibe. Waiter was great as well. Gave me free beer samples before I made a decision.

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love going to VGP. I try to rotate between here and Friscos. The duck fat fries are awesome and the beer book is great. They do a sampler but the beers dont count to your beers for the beer club. The beer club is worth it if you frequent here enough.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very nice, fairly upscale-type restaurant in Columbia. Beer list was very solid, with the big beer for me being Bourbon Barrel Ten Fidy. I was about to order a glass when the server said they offer flights of 5/5 oz beers. This was perfect for me as there were a couple beers I wanted, but couldn't drink much more than 1 12oz Ten Fidy. Anyway, the beer prices are fairly high per glass, but I thought the flight was a decent deal, especially with 2 barrel-aged beers in the flight I chose.

The atmosphere is again somewhat upscale, but casual attire is fine. The food was fantastic. The cheese plate was one of the best I have ever had. Service was great too. Definitely recommended to check out.

Photo of MDBEERMAN
4.61/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Craft beer selection of about 25 drafts with about 10 of these being new entries beginning every Monday. Excellent "Beer Club" discounts for Monday nights at the bar and for beer festivals and beer dinners. Very popular pub and one of the very best in Maryland.

Photo of Argion
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Found this place while on business travel. Beer selection is very good and so is the atmosphere. Enjoyed my time here. Recommend getting the flight of beers. Staff was friendly and service was fast even though it was a busy night. A little bit pricy but nothing extreme either

Photo of khodre
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

The service was slow and I had a 15 minute wait for my first beer order. The wait staff seemed distracted and not really able to answer any of the questions that I had about the beers on tap.

The duck fries were .... something I'd never eat again. The main dishes were okay but way overpriced for the quality of food. I base this off three attempts at eating here. Now, if I am going, I will eat first and just stop by for beer.

The beer list is the best thing about this place. Good list and prices are a bit high for draft; prices are waaay high for bottled imports.

Photo of thain709
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited Victoria's with my cousin on the final day of Baltimore Beer Week 2011. We stopped in for brunch shortly after opening. There were a few people seated around the bar at tables, and they slowly filled as the morning went on.

Our server, who happened to be the bartender also, was very prompt throughout our meal. He was happy to talk about drinks and food. He was very busy, but never really missed a beat with us.

The beer selection here is incredible. They had a Sixpoint event the night before, so about 10 drafts were still available from Sixpoint (Diesel, 90211, Bark, Wheatball, Otis, Autumnation). Others on tap included La Chouffe, Houblon Chouffe, Duvel, Flying Dog The Fear, New Belgium Fat Tire and Kick, plus others that were top notch. They also tapped three casks that morning; Stillwater Harvest Saison, DuClaw Gingerbread Euphoria, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale on French Oak and dry-hopped. I ordered a sampler which was five, six ounce pours for around $11. The Stillwater and DuClaw casks were $2 per 20 ounce pint. The Gingerbread Euphoria was awesome. All the beer, wine, and spirits are listed in a binder that was seriously 70+ pages.

Food wise, they had a nice brunch selection with breakfast foods, sandwiches, and side orders. I had the Huevos Rancheros and my cousin ordered the Rosti. Both were very good, especially the chorizo on the Huevos Rancheros. The plates were a little small though.

Both the food and the beer were fresh and tasty. The bathrooms and dining areas were neat and clean.

I could see myself stopping in again to visit. The tap list is top notch and they also do growlers as well as a beer club.

Photo of shwillivanilli
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

i think it was an old bennigan's i was told? its nice, they have added there own thing to it. nice bar area, and plenty of additional setting.

the beer selection here is crazy. they have an extensive menu of old, rare, and limited bottles. as well as a selection of great classics. and they always have a few great things on tap. they have regular beer club dinners too. went to goose island and it was awesome! the liquor menu and wine menu are impress as well. the whole drink menu is a book, literally!

people there are always super friendly. and ive never had a long wait, or bad time there. always enjoyable

the food it probably the highlight of this gem. even threw the awesome drink program. a kobe beef hamburger, with white truffle cheese?!?! amazing. fries cooked in duck fat?!?!?! lethal. and thats just what i had. they have a lobster grilled cheese, and poutine with duck confit on it!

Photo of claytri
3.51/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Finally tried this place. I found it to be a bit cold and unwelcoming. TV's on but no music, a bit to bright and quiet for my taste. The beers were interesting and in good shape. They had a nice selection, of local beers, and those out of the area. The prices were on the high side, but they are less of drive since I live in Columbia. I might be back at some time, but I'm not exactly putting this on my list of places I need to go to regularly. The service was pretty good, but the crowd was small so not a great test. I didn't eat, but the food that I saw delivered to other tables did look good.

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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is a bit of shame. Beautiful bar with a very good beer selection and friendly service. Tap prices are within the realm of reason but the inability to keep a undated tap list online is very frustrating. Several times I been here and had I seen the tap list before hand I would have stayed home. The bottle prices are just plain outrageous example 40+ dollars for a bottle of 3 French Hens (13 dollars at Whole Foods in VA purchased the same week). Food is good but also overpriced esp market priced items. Very crowded in the evening but they are on OpenTable which is cool.

Photo of akorsak
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Lunch en route to DC, through the old stomping grounds.

Atmosphere: On the corner of Snowden River and Waterloo, Victoria is a nicely appointed pub and restaurant. An outdoor deck was being prepped for the summer months. Inside, I walked into the bar (straight ahead) with dining off to the left. The bar is wooden and Parisian-looking, a long bar, ornate carvings and shelves behind the bar. Two or three tap stations were spread around the bar.

Quality: Clean, well-lit but densely packed with chairs (the pub was empty just before noon). I had to scale my stool to get to the bar. Restrooms were clean and the three ring binder of beer is a nice touch.

Service: Service started a bit slow (the three people loitering behind the bar, none of them the bartender, didn't give me a passing glance). When the bartender returned, I was promptly greated and served, so things were fine.

Selection: At least 15 beers on tap and many more bottles. I was immediately intrigued with Raftman on tap, as I haven't had that been in a long, long time. Plenty to choose from.

Food: My American dip, even with onions, with rich and meaty. The duck fat fries were a luxury that I could have passed on, they didn't get me that fired up. Good sandwich though. The menu has finger food, sandwiches and entrees.

Photo of Perrumpo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Victoria's is more posh but doesn't act like it. They have fine foods and finer selections of regular food (a la truffle popcorn and duck fat fries). They always have great beers and quite a selection in bottles. They can be pretty expensive, though, so be careful. The atmosphere is great. tables, a nice bar, and even some upholstered furniture. Never gets cramped and is of high quality.

They have a lot of cool events, some affordable, some not. The Flying Dog Breakfast is a favorite, as is Baltimore Beer Week.

Photo of orangedive
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was a nice surprise. The restaurant is unassuming. Tucked away in a suburban shopping center, Victoria Gastro Pub holds its own against any metropolitan restaurant. We had lunch in the bar. The duck fat fries with lemon garlic aoili were worth the experience alone! I had the American dip and my wife had the Lobster Grilled Cheese. We ordered a beer sampler, and the waitress was very knowledgeable as the choices were overwhelming. They had tons of beer on tap from all over the world- even hard to find American brewers were on tap.

Photo of kaseylanelle
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I love this place for the beer on tap only. I have visited several times and plan on returning many more. I love the 5 beer sampler but would like to order one at a time as 5 can be a lot for a small woman that enjoys high ABV. The staff is knowledgeable and if you give them examples of beers that you like, they will pick the sampler for you. I've had a friend receive the sampler that was labeled incorrectly and we had to guess by description what the beers were (which was fun in a way). I am a very picky eater and I was never really impressed with their food. Against my better judgement, I tried the duck fat fries. I really didn't get why people rave about them. I will say that my husband and friend enjoyed the food and the paprika fries were good. The atmosphere was dark but attractive. Clean bathrooms.

Photo of glocks4interns
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love Victoria. The staff is good, the food is good, and the beer is great.

Atmosphere - The interior is dark with lots of wood and subdued colors. It however is not poorly lit and I think looks quite nice. There is a long bar and plenty of tables. Contrary to the last review they do have outdoor seating. This is great as it's outdoors but not as nice being right next to the parking lot. It is still great to sit out there on a nice day.

Food - The food is great it's pub food gone upscale. I've a few recommendations.
Poutine - Whenever we go we share a plate or two of this at the table. I can't imagine something worse for your heart or better for your tongue. For those unfamiliar it is fries (fried in duck fat) cheese and duck meat with some spices&seasonings. Get some to share and you won't regret it.
Fish and Chips - These are great fish and chips probably the best I've had in this country. The batter is made with Allagash White and greats a deliciously crispy outside with a tender, flaky inside. The fries are also great. One of the best parts is the crab remoulade which goes great on the fish or chips.
Lobster Grilled Cheese - This is a great sandwich with plenty of lobster. I'm not as big a fan as some of my friends but I'll admit it's a hell of a meal. I'd say this is actually a pretty good deal based on the amount of lobster in it.
Other items on the menu are also good. The kobe beef burger is above average but not amazing. I've had one or two specials which were also fine.

Service - The staff on the whole is very good. One time we had a new waiter who didn't even know the names of the beer on tap. We had to tell him two or three times that we wanted Dogfish Head World Wide Stout and St Bernardus 12. However this was the exception and every other time the service has been great.

Beer - They usually have a great selection on tap. They have my favorite type of beer list. There are plenty of amazing bottles but there are so many good beers on tap I've never had a bottle. The list changes often and they have plenty of themed beer events. Monday nights feature one brewery while there are frequent beer dinners (have not been yet). They don't list current tap list on their website which is a downside.

Price - Entries run $10-20 and draft beers are mostly in the $8 range. A meal and a few beers here can get expensive but I've never regretted it. Also the fact that they don't jack up the price on more expensive draft beer can result in some good deals. The World Wide Stout I had here was cheaper than the bottles in a store a few miles away.

Conclusion - Victoria is a great Gastro Pub though I can't afford to go every day. I highly recommend it if you're in the area and I think it's worth a 30 minute drive for beers or dinner.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

visited on 11 Mar 2010:

Visited this place several times over the last week; in fact, I saw it on BA and booked my hotel specifically because it was close. I'm in the area for a conference, and I'm extremely happy with my decisions.

The ambiance in this place is great -- pure gastro pub. Well appointed, subdued yet warm, limited TVs, and the emphasis is definitely on the food and drinks. In addition to their beer, they have a good wine and spirits selection; all that was lacking was an outdoor area, but I suspect that's due more to laws than the establishment. The service has also been extremely good on every visit, both at the bar and during table service.

Their bottle selection is impressive, with lots of Belgian and US craft brews. They also have plenty on tap, including Unibroue, Troegs, Belgians, and lots of others. Most beers are served in a pint or a tulip depending on style and are available in 12 or 20 oz pours, with some only in 12 oz.

The food is great, well-crafted and served with attention to detail. The menu features traditional pub fare such as burgers, fish and chips, etc. that has been kicked up a notch or two (or three) and turned into great food to accompany great drinks. While the beers may be a bit pricey, with the on-tap selections running 7-11 bucks for a pour, the food is not too shabbily priced.

As I said, I booked my hotel near this place and have stopped by for dinner several times, including the Unibroue dinner they had this week. I've been very happy each time.

Photo of flannelman808
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

So I was home for the holidays this past week and I ended up going here 4 out of 7 nights. It's a great gastropub/restaurant and in Columbia MD! Whodathunkit. There are many craft brews on draft with some rare beers mixed in there too...bourbon county stuff to name one I've never actually seen on draft before. The bottle list is very good as well, they must have something like 300 diff bottles. From arround the world. Certianly the beers are focused on American and Belgium styles. By the bottle stuff is a little expensive, but there is a great late night happy hour from 10-2 every week night. 10 diff beers or so for 3 or 4. Bucks a pop. The food is good and I would call Belgian American comfort food inspired. Great burger and great Belgian duck fat fries. The place is always packed (but not too packed it's in a good way). I had a great time while I was there and managed to meet some beautiful beer loving women too...how can you go wrong with that!?

Photo of danadeny
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The bar was packed on a thursday night, full of a variety of people. Huge age range, and casual dress to business dress. The TVs had the thursday night football game on, bonus. The beer selection is pretty good, i only looked at the draft list which had a decent variety of styles, some good local brews and a few special craft brew seasonal gems. The food was just as good. If you are into belgian / french food this place nailed some classic dishes. I will go back to this place for sure when i am in the neighborhood to see whats on draft.

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What a wonderful addition to the town of Columbia!

I went on a Saturday night @ 7:00PM with the wife. Granted, most other patrons were probably there for the food, moreso than the beer. So the atmosphere was just plain-'ol "good". The decor is nice... warm and stylish. People all seemed nice. Perhaps though, I'd give this place a higher rating on atmosphere if I were at an event where I was shoulder-to-shoulder with other beer geeks.

The beer list was quite nice. A lot of good stuff on there, and an impressive selection of draft beer (including one nitro tap). The only thing that could have made this better would be a hand-pump.

The prices were not consistent. Some of the domestic craft/micro brews were priced just right... but then I felt like the Delerium Tremens and St. Bernardus 12 on draft were being over-charged. The food is a bit pricey as well... but the food is delectable. DEFINITELY try the food there.

All in all, it's quite a place they have going at Victoria's. Highly recommended.

Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great place - thoughtful menu, great beer selection, friendly staff. It was a welcome surprise. We stopped by on a Beerfly recommendation and were dubious when we saw it was just a generic looking restaurant in the parking lot of a shopping area. But We were so glad we went in. The menu is elegant and well-considered and the execution is excellent (get the Poutine - fries covered in a juicy duck confit gravy. Unbelievable). The beer list is vast with a generous six-glass sampler. I can't recall them all, but there were some unusual ones, including Weyerbacher's Echo, on draft. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back, despite its generic location.

Photo of PaulieD
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I find the previous reviews interesting given that I hadn't checked them out prior to having dinner her this past weekend.

In retrospect, yes, their beer prices are definitely on the high side. That said, maybe it was because I was here for a Mother's day dinner and was excited to have a decent beer selection, I was pretty impressed with their beer, food, and service.

Beer - I thought their selection was good. I was able to have 2 beers on draft that I had never had before - Avery Collaboration and Lagunitas Correction. I think the Avery was very expensive ($8 or $9 for a 12 oz pour), and the Lagunitas wasn't far behind. Both were of good quality and properly served.

Food - definitely worth a return trip. Oysters were fresh, Pountine (sp?) was amazing, beef short rib with mac-n-cheese was worth all of the $17 that was charged!!!!

Atmosphere - after reading the prior reviews, I can definitely see they're point. But then again, what do you expect for Columbia!!!

Bottom line - I would definitely head back there again. I wouldn't pay $8 or $9 dollars for a beer I can get for $5 at Max's, but the strength of this place is the food you can have alongside the great beer.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for a change of pace and that's just what I got.

The atmosphere is outstanding at a glance but upon closer inspection it's more Pier 1 than the artisan craftsmanship their trying to portray. That extended to the food as well. It looked good and was well presented but there's no real love in it. Generally I don't make that point but in this case it's a sham and I feel I should point that out. If you are trying to impress a client or date at how freely you spend money you will do well here.

The bartender was not very knowledgeable and generally disinterested in serving, understanding, or learning about beer.

The selection looked good at a glance (multi-page beer menu) but as I found myself flipping through it for the fifth time I realized that the selection was wide but not all that good.

This might be a good place to go once or if you have an expense account but I will not likely go there again.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is one of two places (along with nearby Perfect Pour) that recently opened in Columbia and improved the access to craft beer between Baltimore and DC.

The restaurant includes an English style pub and a dining room. The bar and pub room are surrounded by dark wood panels and the room has a warm feeling when you are there. The dining room has a few separate sections, with an appropriately Victorian decor. The employees knew their selection pretty well and were enthusiastic about what they had to offer.

While the quality of the drafts were fine, I noticed when the bartender pulled a fresh goblet for that he did so from a refrigerator or freezer, and the beer was also poured too cold. This is the one strike the place receives. If you have some time, you can wait for it to warm up.

Selection is good, with about 25 drafts and 80 bottles. Styles include many Belgians, including St Bernardus 12, and a good number of German and American beers.

The roast beef au jus sandwich was tasty, and the menu has a nice diversity to it.

Prices are on the high side, particularly for the beer.

Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

Photo of John_M
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited this place for the first time earlier today. The place is not bad at all, but given the prices, I doubt I'll come here again. They (the prices) are ridiculous.

Victoria's has a distinctly Bennigan's feel and vibe to it, with lots of wood all around. It has sort of a faux fancy atmosphere, and it is not what I would call particularly relaxed and comfortable. On the other hand, the young waitress was quite pleasant and friendly this day, and really put me at ease. She was not what I would call super knowledgeable, but she was pleasant and there was no confusion when ordering beers.

The draft beer selection here is pretty good, and this day included the Hercules DIPA, Dupont Saison and La Chouffee. Some of the other selectiions were less interesting (marzhon, stella, etc.), but over all I thought the selection pretty good. Seemed to me that there was something like 20 beers on tap this particular day. Bottle selection was also pretty good, consisting of around 100 different selections I believe.

Didn't get the food, but what I saw looked very good. However, prices here are your usual over the top, Columbia stupid. Stone Ruination was $10 a bottle, and the 10 ounce glass of Dupont Saison I got was $8.50. Rochefort 10 was $15 a pop (before tax), which is about as much as I've ever seen charged for it. Food prices were likewise high. I had planned to get the Caprese salad, but the waitress showed me the size of it (a very small side salad for $9), and I changed my mind.

This is a pretty OK place, but it's not so wonderful that I want to pay the kind of prices they ask here. Doubt I'll come by here again.

Edit from 3/8/10 visit. Victoria's had a firkin of nugget nectar, so despite my previous reservations, I decided to visit again. The good news is that they were serving nugget nectar in 20 ounce, imperial pint glasses. The bad news is that when I got my bill, I discovered that I'd been charged $16.68 for the privilege of enjoying my two pints of NN. See my prevoius review (the part where I indicate I'll likely never come here again).

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

UPDATE: my review is almost two years old now, and a lot has gone on at Victoria.

Gone are the heavy chalices in favor of appropriate glassware. Beer is fresh and served at appropriate temperatures.

Overall thoughts: Victoria is one of the four serious beer bars in Howard County (10+ rotating taps, beer geek hangout those being Victoria, Frisco Grille, The Judges Bench and T-Bonz) and definitely worth a visit or several.

Barman Alex is the key beer figure here and is great to talk to about what's going on at Victoria, and the general beer scene.

Its a beautiful restaurant and bar area, with a long L-shaped bar with plenty of comfy stools and surrounded by roundtops on the perimeter, 24 rotating craft taps of excellent variety and sensibility, and an extensive and wonderful bottle collection (200+ bottles -- ask for the bottle menu).

Victoria now occasionally features gravity firkins for various events, and will likely eventually add a hand pump to the bar. Point being its a professional, diligent beer bar geared for the beer geeks in a place that also capably handles wine and cocktails.

They also host beer club events every Monday with a featured brewery, rep, and tap offerings. One need not be a beer club member to enjoy whats available (just sit at the bar and ask what's the deal, really) but the beer club has its perks from discounts to snazzy rewards for those who ascend its various rungs.

There are also monthly beer dinners, pricey but a chance to pair a unique menu prepared by the chef with good craft beer.

This being Columbia and Victoria being a bit more upscale, prices are what they are but not a deterrent, either. Most beer is served in either 12oz or 20oz offerings (the potent stuff usually ends up in a 12oz snifter) and they also offer themed or build-your-own flights for those who like to dance around.

I'll leave others to discuss the menu but I generally stick to and enjoy the pub grub offerings more than the big meals (the truffle popcorn on the late night menu is a personal addiction).

Anyway, this place hits on the atmosphere, quality, selection, food ratings. Its a serious restaurant that happens to have a very serious beer bar that is comfortably among its peers for elite beer bars in Maryland (think Max's, Mahaffey's, Frisco Grille, Judges Bench, Brewers Art).

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Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD
94 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.