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Who doesn’t have a “soft spot for this traditional, bistro-type-of-outfit”? – this “buzzy” survivor of the once-national group actually “seems like a genuine French restaurant” in its own right. The food is “not out of this world”, but “efficient, friendly service” and “excellent value” contribute to what’s a “pleasant informal experience” overall.
“Exceptional value for money” (pre-theatre and lunch menus are a particular bargain) underpins the huge popularity of this “buzzing and well-organised” survivor of what was once a national chain – “everything a French bistro should be, with recognisably Gallic dishes and efficient service”.
“Always packed out and buzzing” – this “old-fashioned” French bistro (a survivor of what was once a national chain) remains mightily popular, thanks to its “a wide variety” of “unpretentious and reasonably-priced dishes”; “the value at lunch is extraordinary”.
“As close to good-priced French bistro food of decent quality as you’ll find” – this mega-popular survivor of a nowadays defunct chain is “unpretentious”, “authentic”, and “always bursting at the seams”.
Pierre Victoire Restaurant Diner Reviews
"As on our first visit to this old-fashioned (in a good way!) French bistro, it was quick and the service very cheerful. I again have the problem that the food seems much better than a 3 but not quite a solid 4, but three courses for £25 with a choice of nearly all of the a la carte menu is a very good deal, as is the wine list with many bottles below or around £20 and grouped by style. On a hot summer evening a special of cold cucumber and avocado soup was simple but hit the spot nicely. Grilled seabass was crisp outside and moist and tasty inside. Duck breast was good, though it could have been pinker and the raspberry sauce was a bit overpowering; the bed of rosti was nice. Finished with a selection of excellent sorbets."
"Good traditional, low-key French"
"I would have liked to rate the food somewhere between 3 (it's better than that) and 4 (it's not quite at that level). But we had a very satisfying meal - like a real French bistro. Good but not cutting-edge food - starters of prawns and of smoked haddock were very good (though a bit meagre), mains of duck breast (excellent) and seafood ragout (also very good) brought back nice memories. Quite a few bottles of wine below £20 on the list, and they are helpfully grouped by style. Cheerful, efficient service. We were on our way home from a film, and wanted didn't want an all-evening dining "experience" - Pierre Victoire was perfect. No idea why we hadn't tried it before."
Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP
Lunch: Mon ~ Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-16.30, Dinner: Mon ~ Sat 18.00-23.00, Sun 16.30-22.00
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10 pm