Chez Victor - St Jean

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    ( 13 reviews )

145 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Serves meat, vegan options available. Burger restaurant but with marked vegetarian burgers of which two can be vegan when specified; uses vegan mayonaise. Has a couple salads, and grilled tofu can be an add-on. Multiple locations in the area. Open Mon-Tue 11:30am-9:00pm, Wed 11:30am-9:30pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, American, Western, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by Midori

Great Place for All! - Edit

My parents and I loved this gourmet burger restaurant! It's on the far end of Rue St. Jean, but is worth the walk. Pub atmosphere, friendly servers, great wine & beer selections, and of course, a wonderful variety of burgers. Most of us eat out with non-veg. people so it's important to find some place for everybody and Chez Victor is that place. There are four veggie-burgers...I tried the grain one and the spinach one, both were good, spinach one was my favorite. It is served with either skin-on fries or a green salad which were both very good. We loved it so much the first time we went back on our last night!

Updated from previous review on 2011-09-22

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Delicious! - Edit

They have this new burger called "Le veganator" and it is amazing!! Taste just like a "meat" burger, it has fake bacon on it too. The staff was helpful, she had mentioned that there could be cross contamination for the fries since they do deep fry some meat in the same oil. Also, for their salads, the only real vegan one is their balsamic vinegar with olive oil dressing. The rest either has sugar or eggs in them. I love going there!

Pros: Burger options are expanding

Cons: Can be pricey

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Limited but existing vegan options - Edit

They have limited vegan options but the few they have are quite good. I had the Indian burger with its veganaise plus a soup. The food was good (not exceptional but totally decent for a non-vegan restaurant). The place is pleasant and the waitress was nice. Portions are fair for the price and this place can save your dinner in a not very vegan-friendly city.

Pros: vegan options (ask for), friendly staff, veganaise, decent portions

Cons: vegan options not clearly labelled, few vegan choices

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Good burgers, but it can be tricky to have it vegan - Edit

Victor is the kind of place I go when with omni who can't eat anything but flesh.

It has 4 vegetarians options, of those only one is vegan (the indian burger). They also have a vegetarian poutine wich, my vegetarian boyfriend didn't like. All their bread contain milk exept for the naan bread.

If vegan, order the indian burger or the tofu burger, without cheese and with the naan bread. They also now have vegenaise for your fries wich is great!

Depending of what location you are at, it could be tricky if the waiter doesn't speak English.

Overall good place, but beware of the bread!

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-04

Pros: A few options, A lot of restaurant in Quebec city, Offers veganaise

Cons: Normal bread isn't vegan

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Limited vegan friendly options but beware... - Edit

Be VERY careful if you're a vegan planning on going to Victor. There are A LOT of hidden non-vegan foods so insist on making sure everything is in fact vegan with the waiter. I go there often and just learned that ALL their salad dressings have eggs in them (wait... what!?) despite the fact that I tell them I'm vegan everytime I go there. There are very limited vegan options (an indian burger, apparently the tofu burger is vegan, salads if you ask for oil and vinegar dressing only). I'm not sure I trust them too much. I'm lactose intolerent as well and I had issues with them a few times about that too.

Pros: There's at least a vegan option, Copious portions, Vegetarian options

Cons: Some waite don't seem to know the ingredients used, LOTS of animal products hidden here and there, Not a place to go if you have food allergies

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Veggie burgers with a flair! - Edit

It's nice to have not only one choice but six on the menu for veggie burgers.

I had the tofu and mushroom burger with fries and rosemary mayo. I quite enjoyed the combination of tastes and the hand cut fries were not greasy at all. Crisp and hot as they all should be.

Excellent friendly and attentive service with the right amount of visits.

All in all, a very nice surprise as I typically don't eat burgers and fries. Very nutritious and good quality ingredients.

Chez Victor also offers a great selection of beer and wine, including micro-brewed selections on tap.

Pros: Great vegetarian burgers selection, Great service, Great beer and wine selection

Cons: Not I n the old city but still quaint, The mushrooms are pre-cooked so a bit rubbery

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Good salads ! - Edit

Je recommande vivement cet endroit si vous êtes avec des omnis qui tiennent à leur morts. Car en plus de leurs plats conventionnels ils proposent plusieurs hamburgers et salades végétariens/liens. Des salades qui font vraiment envie, et des hamburgers savoureux (j’ai pris la version épinards/noix du brésil, une tuerie !). Très bon accueil et un cadre agréable. Il y'a un autre restaurant proposant le même menu, tout près du marché du vieux port.

Highly recommended if you have to cater for an omnivorous willing to eat dead corpses. They seem to serve high quality meat in addition with vegetarian hamburgers and (original) salads. I went there twice in a week and was very happy to both times. Had a very tasty and uncommon vegan salad the first time and a delicious spinach/brazil nuts burger the second time. Warm welcome and agreeable place to eat. There is another restaurant with exactly the same menu just near the Marché du Vieux Port.

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Had better, but not bad - Edit

We had looked at the various reviews before going and were not disappointed by the fries and the salad mountain! We tried three of the four veggie burgers but the best was the tofu burger. The spinach one was too dry and the nuts were off-putting for a burger. The magrebhin was not bad a would have been improved by the sauce in the tofu burger.

Downside of our visit - got elbowed three times by the waiter!

Have had much better veggie burgers with better sauces and actual vegetables. But this was not bad.

Pros: Good choice of actual burgers, Nice sized portion

Cons: Bad table locations if not enough staff

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Finding something vegan to eat - Edit

Quebec City is a very nice city to visit but don't come for the vegan food. We enjoyed the beer, service and atmosphere of Chez Victor but there was only one item on the menu to order. I had the tofu with lettuce, tomato, and fried portobello mushrooms and onions without the bun which is made with dried milk powder. This order comes with lots of fries, too many really, which were very good. We left full and were pleased that we had found some place to eat within walking distance of our hotel.

Pros: Pleasant server, Somewhat central location

Cons: No choice

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St-Jean location - Edit

The last time I went to the restaurant of St-Jean street, they said they could easily change a meat burger to a vegetarian option, I just had to choose the topping and then the meat substitute. I really like their choices and their fries (so many!) and they also have a decent selection of beer.
I will have to ask about the porc fat and lard in the buns because I think it is pretty inconsiderate for their customers to label something as vegetarian if it is not!

Pros: You can change the pattie in the burgers, Good beer

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Great start to a great trip - Edit

My first night in Quebec City, my friends and I came here for dinner. One carnivore, one vegetarian and two vegans. All four of us LOVED this place. If you're vegan be sure to ask your waiter about your options, I believe there are two. There are a few veggie burgers but some have egg. I got one, my girlfriend (also vegan) got the other. Both were amazing. The salad dressing with maple is vegan, the mustard one is not (has egg). My veggie burger has some sort of cinnamon compote on top and was really good. I got the sweet potato fries, my gf got the salad and we shared. More than enough portion size for us to share and be full after. The menu is in all french but the waitresses were fluent in english and very helpful. Try the local beer, it's great. The waitress recommended that we go to the place they brew it for a taste test...she gave us the location and explained how to get there...we did that later in the trip and it was amazing. Plenty of parking on the street but be sure you have some dollar coins for the meters (I think you get about an hour per dollar) and I think you need to pay until 9 PM. And if you're stay in lower QC you're going to want to drive up that hill (instead of trying to walk it).

Pros: Great food, Amazing veggie burgers, Helpful staff

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Not impressed considering the 'hype' - Edit

Took a vegan friend from out-of-province to Chez Victor a few weekends ago after seeing recommendations from other vegans. We were there on a holiday Monday at about 6:30 pm. We thought the ambiance was lovely and the waitstaff was friendly. Upon entry we asked about the vegan options, and were told that there were two burgers which would be suitable, if we omitted the mayonnaise and cheese - those were the Tofu Burger and the Vege Pate Burger. We were impressed with what appeared to be their knowledge and caring, but we were disappointed once the food arrived.

My friend and I both ordered the "Tofu" burger, and were rather surprised to find that it was actually just a slab of tofu which had been fried and put in a bun with vegetables. We both had specified no-mayo, and both of our burgers arrived with mayonnaise on them. The waitperson took them away and had 'dry' buns put on them. They also forgot to omit the pickles from my friend's burger even though it had been specified on the order.

And subjectively speaking ... we both thought there was something 'off' tasting with our burgers. Don't know what it was.

On the positive side the portion sizes were large and the prices mid-range. Ours came with very large orders of fries; I believe it cost extra to have it with a salad instead (!). The price was $12 per burger, I think.

Considering the mistakes that were made on our orders, we were skeptical of the reputation this restaurant has on-line for being 'vegan-friendly.' We had seen many positive reviews BY vegans, and considering the amount of business they are getting FROM vegans, there's some work to be done. As a side note, my partner was not impressed with the 'meat' burger either.

Considering what a pleasant decor and friendly staff they have, this place is worth approaching with suggestions to make it more vegan-friendly (we'll be sending a letter soon). We really did have a nice time, apart from the food.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday September 13, 2011

Pros: good portion size, ambiance, friendly staff

Cons: mistakes on orders, maybe not so vegan-friendly

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Excellent Quebec City option - Edit

My husband and I are vegan, and we ate here twice in four days. This is a reflection both of the quality of Chez Victor, and of the lack of vegan options elsewhere.

Chez Victor is a comfortable place with good (and, incidentally, English-friendly) service and a nice selection of beer and wine. They offer a selection of four veggie burgers, all of which can be made vegan with the omission of cheese and mayonnaise. There is also a veggie sandwich. We tried the tofu burger, the brazil nut-spinach burger, and the vege-pate burger. The first and second were both excellent; my husband didn't like the vege-pate burger quite as much, probably because he was expecting pate to equal "patty," but really, it is the vegan equivalent of a (spread-like) pate. I was sorry I didn't think to explain this to him when he ordered (as my French is slightly stronger), but I can't say that the menu didn't describe it correctly.

What sets Chez Victor's veggie burgers apart is that they don't follow the formula of burger + ordinary, boring toppings; rather, each burger comes with unique toppings such as sauteed onions and mushrooms for the tofu, or tomato sauce for the brazil nut-spinach. I would like to see more of this kind of burger construction elsewhere.

Pros: taste, alcohol selection, service

Cons: not an all-vegan environment

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