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The Pump House Riverside Restaurant and Bar

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1201 W Stayton Ave, Victoria, TX 77901-6374
+1 361-572-9800
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. The building alone is worth a visit. Great views of the river from the deck outside.

Thank Patrick B
Sylvania, Ohio
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148 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Met family for dinner after a long day. We were warned it might be noisy, unless we dined on the outside patio, which we did not want to do, so nephew called and found out there is a "fancy" dining room, which is quiet and where we dined. I liked the mixes venues provided in one place - patio, bar-type... More 

Thank dianeoh1950
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting on business, we were told to come to the Pump House for steak. We came at lunch and so we didn't have steak, but I had a fried green tomato and avocado BLT with the chocolate explosion cake for dessert. Our server, Daniel (D-Squared) was a delight. So polite, so attentive. The food was delicious. The sandwich is on... More 

Thank Leah B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did a trip advisor search in Victoria and found this restaurant under American cuisine. It is off the beaten path inside Riverside Park along the Guadalupe River. Its an historic pump house with a great atmosphere in and out. Service was awesome as was the food. Prices very reasonable for lunch. My friends had the grilled fish (MahiMahi) tacos and... More 

Thank Elizabeth G
Midland, TX
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146 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Pumphouse on a Saturday night with three friends. We had a table on the patio and the setting was simply beautiful. The restaurant is right on the river and at night lights illuminate the river and river bank. I do have to mention that the service was very, very slow but since we in no hurry that... More 

Thank grayhog
Birmingham, Alabama
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group ate Lunch here. The 8oz burger was cooked perfectly. They offer homestyle chips (very tasty) as well as homestyle fries (REALLY tasty). Expect to spend at least $10 before drink and tip. A pal had the Ribeye Sandwich lunch and was very, very pleased. This was a wonderful five-star taste treat in a town that we were passing... More 

Thank CaverScott
Lake Jackson, Texas
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overlooking the river, the Pump House is a special place to eat. We arrived early to meet our friends, so we took advantage of the short walk down to view the river. Beautiful scenery and good exercise before a very filling meal. The Pump House is literally in an historic pump house, originally built to pump water from the river... More 

Thank 692rubyz
Cypress, Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We had a group of around 50 people organized by Melissa Orr with the Pump House. She did a wonderful job, we couldn't have asked for a better location. The food was good and all the servers were personable and made all our guest feel welcome. We were there on October 7, 2016. When we come back to Victoria we... More 

Thank DiscoDaddyDave
Katy, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I love finding buildings that have been "rescued" from demolition and repurposed. The Pump House has historical importance while preserving architectural style and adding outdoor seating with a great relaxed feeling. And yes, the food is great too. If you are passing through Victoria, treat yourself to this establishment.

Thank Lisa B
Kearney, Nebraska
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Three of us had lunch there yesterday. Beautiful surroundings, both inside and out. I had the crab cake; it was delicious but there wasn't enough to eat unless you have a small appetite. My wife and sis-in-law had burgers which were very good. However the tomato slices on their plates were so green I considered them inedible. Why would a... More 

Thank Loperfan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 W Stayton Ave, Victoria, TX 77901-6374
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 361-572-9800
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?