Victoria Pub & Grill

4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1413 S. Victoria Ave Ste F
Ventura, California, 93003
United States

(805) 650-0600 | map

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Added by JayTheFinn on 07-24-2006

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3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Here's a little diamond in the rough!...Well okay, so maybe it's more like a cubic zirconia.

Located in a rather nice little So Cal town along the coast called Ventura, the Victoria Pub & Grill is a British styled pub plopped down and hidden in a strip mall appropriately enough on Victoria Ave. When I heard about the place being a British pub I figured the name was from Queen Victoria, but alas it's just named after the street it seems. None the less, let's go inside...

The decor is done up mostly in dark red woods, perhaps cherry. The tables, chairs, the bar, many of the walls, the stairs and bannister, the moldings and more. Couple that with the very dim lighting and you've got yourself a rather dark and subdued establishment. I don't know how old the place is, but my guess is that's it fairly new or they may have just remodeled. Everything looks very new, which detracts from the welcoming, homey, lived-in look you'd expect from a British pub. The effect is that it feels a little like one of those chain pubs being put up by Wetherspoons all over England. But they do seem to be trying. Perhaps in a couple years some character will grow on the place.

Okay, on to the beer! Their twelve taps currently are Guinness, Newcastle, Sierra Nevada PA, Fuller's ESB, Bass, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Fat Tire, Blackthorn Cider, Pear Cider, Pilsner Urquell, Fosters, and Coors Light. Their bottle selection leans more towards BMC type stuff, but there's a few interesting items such as Samuel Smith's Nut Brown, Old Peculier, Boddingtons and Steinlager. I had an Old Peculier when we visited and I have no complaints.

The food is so-so. I just had a cup of chicken curry soup, which was all right. My wife had a chicken sandwich that she said was okay. The salad was pretty bland, although it did come with a tasty hazelnut dressing, which you really needed to drown the salad in to get any kind of flavor. Course you have to take into account that we got there at about 2pm on a Sunday. In a real British pub the kitchen would probably be closed.

Here's a few other random details I noted while we were there. The decoration on the walls consisted of footy tees, all of which said "Victoria Pub" on the front. They had some nice flatscreens around the place showing a few different baseball games. A couple bookshelves are set into the walls containing books that appear to be for decoration only. Upstairs there's more seating, a pool table and darts.

Overall, not a bad place! I'd come here again if I found myself in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AleHunter805
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mojave_Ted
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

The pluses:
- really good food
- Guinness on tap
- make decent drinks

The minuses:
- too bright, definitely not a 'bar' and barely a pub
- too noisey
- can be a lot kids running around until whatever time they kick kids out (I don't like drinking around kids)

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

Stopped in here on the way back Santa Monica a while back and thought I would give it a whirl. Bench outiside. Walk into a alot of cherry tables, bar and chairs. Plenty of seating. There is beer memorabilia on the walls. There is a big staircase that keads upstairs, I am guessing for overflow or parties, events ect. I did not have nay food while here. The beer selection was less than average. When I was there this was the draft selection:
Bass,Blackthorn Cider,Coors Light
Pyramid Hefeweizen,Fullers ESB,Newcastle
Guinness,Pilsner Urquell,Stella Artois
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale,Firestone Double Barrel, Fat Tire. Seriously? A place that boasts as an English pub?? I had a DBA and left promptly. Service was average and you wont get any beer talk in here. Pass!!

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Victoria Pub & Grill in Ventura, CA
Place rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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