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The Old Toad

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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277 Alexander St, Ste 112, Rochester, NY 14607-1920
+1 585-232-2626
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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358 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an authentic pub. Was told the staff is brought in annually to work here and saw group staff pictures on the wall going back for years. Beer selection was huge. We did not eat here but everything smelled great that came out of the kitchen. Loved sitting at the bar.

Thank Ron T
Rochester, New York
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We go to the Old Toad regularly. They have impressive beer and cider selections. The food is British fare but with vegetarian options. The Drunken Cheese soup is very good as well as the Shepherd's pie and others. The service is good but a bit slow at times depending on how busy the pub is. If you go and are... More 

Thank Mary53C
Louisville, Kentucky
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in at The Old Toad as part of a long weekend getaway to Rochester and the Finger Lakes region, looking for something quaint and local. The Old Toad didn't disappoint in that regard, the decor and tables/chairs are authentic British pub style. The service wasn't horrible but it certainly wasn't speedy (we waited over 15 minutes for our... More 

Thank Sarah A
Euclid OH
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

This place was the bomb! It was like being back in England in a Pub for dinner. The food was spot on. The atmosphere was right as was the décor. One great thing is the wait staff are students from England so you get the accent too. I loved this place!

Thank Brackenburye
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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218 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

After the good reviews we sought out the Old Toad for a nice English-style dinner. Wait staff service was good even though they were busy. The food was terrible. Two of us had the fish and chips. The fish was bland and overcooked, and the chips were burnt and dried out. The Shepard's Pie was tasteless as well. The special... More 

Thank Bloodman33
Rochester, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Been going there for over 20 years. Great atmosphere. I have had English friends that work there. A nice, relaxed pub.

Thank B-RAD585
Wiggins, Colorado
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Very fun place to eat or drink. Only place I know of that has Scotch Eggs on the menu. And they tasted good, too. Everyone else had fish and chips and were satisfied with their choices. Just watch out for the parking. It's all parallel park and strange no parking times.

Thank Trackerhun
Rochester, New York
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

The wait staff is British.They will love you or ignore you depending on their mood.The huge choice of beers, ales and ciders makes food almost irrelevant. When you get to it it will be ok.

Thank Stuart L
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97 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

The first time I came here I was unimpressed. The shepherd's pie was bland, even for British food, and the restaurant was dirty. Even though they weren't busy, the server was inattentive. After mentioning this to friends, they convinced me I must have hit a bad night and that it would be worth another try. Tonight I gave it another... More 

Thank Richard B
Rochester, New York
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2,714 reviews
1,774 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 816 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

We used to love going to The Old Toad years ago, but we stopped because it was was way too smoky inside, back before they outlawed smoking in bars and restaurants. So this was our first trip back, and we were "sort of" impressed, although not highly. Our waitress was nice, but the food took a long time to come... More 

Thank Larry W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 277 Alexander St, Ste 112, Rochester, NY 14607-1920
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-232-2626

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?