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“Beautiful Venue” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Pump House Riverside Restaurant and Bar

The Pump House Riverside Restaurant and Bar
1201 W. Stayton, Victoria, TX 77901
+1 361-572-9800
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Ranked #3 of 165 Restaurants in Victoria
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar was Named Victoria's Best of the Best Overall restaurant by readers of The Victoria Advocate in their annual Best of the Best contest. All menu items are cooked to order from the freshest ingredients available. The executive chef was classically trained at the Connecticut Culinary institute and takes great pride in the dishes he prepares. The full bar offers an extensive wine list along with all of your favorite cocktails. Reservations are recommended, especially on Friday or Saturday nights or for Sunday brunch. Large groups can be accommodated with advance notice. The venue was actually the old water pumping station for the city of Victoria. Guests can choose from seating in one of the historic rooms or outside on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Live music is offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and during Sunday brunch.
Victoria,TX
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Beautiful Venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a wonderful, historic, restored building sitting on the banks of the Guadalupe River. The owners have done a wonderful job of taking this property from ruins to a lovely restaurant. My favorite item is their Fried Mac and Cheese and their Fried Shrimp. Both are very tasty! There are a variety of entrees, including beef, chicken, and fish. There are several patios for riverside dining and two dining rooms......but they are usually very busy....Call for reservations!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Good food, good service, and good atmosphere (but loud!)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My colleague and I went to dinner here after a local client said it was one of the best restaurants in Victoria. Driving there after dark, we wondered if the GPS was taking us to the right place. Then suddenly, we arrived. The restuarant is impressive from the outside, and we were excited for dinner. We were seated quickly, and one of the first things we noticed is how loud the main dining room is. We had to sit next to each other, rather than across from each other, to ensure we could hear what was being said. Service was good and attentive, but not excellent. Our meals were very good yet a bit over-salted. The sauteed spinach was especially salty. The wine list was extensive, and overall, we were pleased with our meal.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Texas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is a very nice Restaurant in Riverside Park. Lunch or Dinner is served inside or outside on their shaded Deck, with a View of the Guadalupe River.

Visited July 2012
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Navarre, Florida
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“Good recovery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My wife and I had lunch during the week here after checking out other reviews. As others have said the ambiance is nice and we would have loved to use the patio had the weather been better. Our service was good and we felt for a not every day lunch the prices for the food were appropriate. I ordered the prime rib sandwich which had a tasty sauce however it seemed to lack the main ingredent - prime rib. I notified our server who took it back to the kitchen. In a short while the manager returned with a new sandwich and words of apology. I found these actions to be swift and correct. We look forward to having a dinner meal there in the near future.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, TX
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“Two Chirstmas Parties”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I had a Christams lunch with my office here, and a dinner with my husband's office. I love the Shrimp Shooters. The steak we had at dinner was one of the most tender I have had in a very long time.

Visited December 2012
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