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Type: Bar, Eatery

120 East Ave
Rochester, New York, 14604-2551
United States

(585) 325-3663

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Belgian Beer Bar located in the lower level of the Rochester Club Center building.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of briancregg101
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of damendelson
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Victoire (pronounced Victory) is a Belgian beer bar about 15 minute walk from my house.

They have an almost entirely Belgian tap and bottle selection (they once had BCBS on tap briefly, clearly cashing in on the craze like everybody else.) The tap selection is good, but a bit static. Time after time, it's almost all of the same beers as the last time. The bottle selection has all of the usual suspects, Trappist and otherwise. Tried a great Orval here for the first time.

The food is very good, with all of the typical Belgian beer pub offerings (mussels, pommes frites, etc) The food is pretty expensive though, so I rarely ever order anything. The beer is generally pretty expensive as well.

Their printed tap list is almost never up to date, which can be kinda annoying. The only way you can know the full tap list is if you sit at the bar and read all hand written chalk over the generic black taps. Definitely room for improvement there.

I've had good and bad service. Generally the table service is better than the bar service, in my experience. Lots of bartenders sort of have the pretentious "I don't have time for you" air about them. The place is a little bit pretentious, but I guess it can afford to be, as it's always pretty busy.

Overall, worth a stop if you're in the area. Be sure to know that you'll be spending a decent amount of coin if you eat and drink, however.

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Photo of Aschleigh
1.6/5  rDev -60.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2

Went here last night only to be blatantly ignored for 8 minutes. Bartender looked like she was too fantastic to be bothered with serving anyone. Apparently cleaning a few glasses was more important than acknowledging our existence...even though we were 3 feet from her. Very disappointed. I had read many comments about the crap service but wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. Do yourselves a favor and do a mulligan on your staffing. I'm a recruiter and would gladly trade my services for some Belgian beer...and decent service.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of meepmeep
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mediczod
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I came here last night for a friend's birthday. They've been open about 5 months now, and it seems to have worked the kinks out. Service was good, although we did have to order all of the food at the bar. The outdoor patio was snow-covered, but a gas fireplace was burning at one end, where several of us took our drinks and cigars.

The menu is somewhat limited, but it seems that what they do, they do right. They specialize in Moules Frites, and offer several variations. I've never been a huge fan of mussels, but this place could convert me. The hand-cut frites were very good. I also got a serving of the Duck Frites, where the potatoes were fried in duck fat, and came topped with a bit of shredded duck meat and a blue cheese cream sauce. The frites were very good, but honestly the regular frites are every bit as good as the ones fried in duck fat. Several dipping sauces are available for them.

Excellent Belgian beer selection. A large selection on tap, and several bottles of each style. Dubbels, Tripels, Quads, Blondes, Lambics, Strong Ales Wits and Saisons were all well represented, along with a few other choices. Good mix of Belgian imports and domestic Belgian styles. Their basic flights are not bad, but they also allow you to create one consisting of 4 each of anything they have on tap, which is the route I took.

Adequate street parking in the East End isn't abundant, but the bar is right next to the indoor parking garage at East and Scio, with an entrance off of Swan Street.

Overall, I really enjoyed it here, and I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of Mark_Detroit
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Many Belgian beers representing almost all the (many) styles of Belgian beer. 20+ taps and man great bottle conditioned beers. The selection is growing and taps will be rotating. There's some new world (and even a japanese) belgian style beers that include Unibroue, Stone's Belgian IPA, Ommegang.

Specialty glassware for most of the beers, from the breweries is a great touch. Most drafts run $4.50 to $9 with the size of the glass being specific to beer. The drafts dun between 9oz and 16oz. The bottles run between 11oz and 750mL.

There's some great session beers and some that pack a wallop. The owners really did their homework on the very complex subject of Belgian and Belgian style beers and are expecting a great deal of product knowledge from the staff.

The food is top notch and truly Belgian style. Many preparations of mussels and and hand cut frites, an enormous charcuterie plate, great burgers. Their full menu set to launch July 5th will have such gems as a duck confit Reuben, and a burger that uses Belgian waffles as a bun.

The atmosphere is amazing with many rooms, long tables for either big parties or dining among side stranger (or new friends, depending on your perspective). The patio/garden is gorgeous as well.

For rushing to open for jazz fest, they've done an amazing job. Expect it to only get better as the staff's knowledge grows, the menu expands, and the "start-up kinks" work out.

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Photo of craigmcg
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place just opened 5 days ago and seems to have a good formula for a Belgian Beer place: excellent mussels & frites, good selection of beer on tap and in bottle, including Belgian standards plus Ommegang, Victory and Unibroue products from the new world. They have a nice menu that interprets each beef for folks who are unfamiliar with Belgian-style beers.

Located near the Eastman School of Music and just down from the street from the Little Theater, Victoire is a nice addition to the area. It features a well-designed outdoor seating area and an elegant and comfortable indoor bar.

Definitely worth a visit.

Be patient if you go this week, as expected they are still working out some of the kinks.

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