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Explore Rochester Series: #1-Restaurants

Explore Rochester Series: #1-RestaurantsWhether you are visiting ROC or have out-of-town guests, on a date-night or just looking to try some place new —Rochester has a diverse assortment of restaurants to explore and enjoy. Get out there and get something great to eat.


La Casa Restaurant (Mexican) 93 Alexander St | Lunch/Dinner

A Mexican fusion cantina.

Ox and Stone (New American) 282 Alexander St | Dinner

The restaurant setting is quite exquisite in a 1880’s mansion with a grand staircase, arched doorways and ceilings, intricate walnut woodwork and exposed brick. Enjoy Latin American and Spanish inspired dishes like tacos or paella and pair them with sangria, caipirinhas, margaritas or an exclusive craft cocktail.

Swan Dive (Restaurant) 289 Alexander St | Dinner

Be transported to a turquoise and pink wonderland as you sip an innovative craft cocktail and devour a delicious pizza or diner classics.


La Luna Restaurant (Italian) 60 Browns Race | Lunch/Dinner

A beautiful historic building perched on the Genesee River the balcony overlooks the High Falls.


Hose 22 Firehouse Grill (American) 56 Stutson St  | Lunch/Dinner

Enjoy a drink, a delicious meal, and memorabilia in a beautifully restored 1916 Firehouse.


Tony D’s (Italian) 288 Exchange Blvd |  Lunch/Dinner

Thin crust pizza and Italian entrees enjoyed with a view of the river.


Branca Midtown (Italian) 280 E, Broad St #100 | Dinner

A classy contemporary Italian eatery.

Dinosaur BBQ (Barbecue) 99 Court St | Lunch/Dinner

BBQ served on the Genesee River in the heart of Rochester.

Genesee Brew House (American) 25 Cataract St | Lunch/Dinner

Visiting ROC? This is a must-see destination.

Grappa Italian Nouveau (Italian) 30 Celebration Dr | Dinner

Modern Italian a great choice for a date-night.

Max of Eastman Place (American) 25 Gibbs St | Lunch/Dinner

Native Rochester (New American) 180 S. Clinton Ave | Lunch/Dinner

Locally-sourced New-Age American fare in a lovely setting in the City close to Geva Theater.

Original Grain (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian) 280 E. Broad St | Lunch

Healthy Smoothies +Bowls, Toasts, Green/Grain/Noodle Bowls and Matcha Tea

Pane Vino on the River (Italian) 175 N. Water St | Dinner

Enjoy a delicious Italian feast with a view of the river.

Redd (Restaurant)  24 Winthrop St | Dinner

Chef Richard Reddington created a Napa-inspired menu at the old 2Vine. 

Tapas 177 Lounge (European) 177 St. Paul Blvd | Dinner

Serving up vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

The Mercantile on Main (Food hall) 240 E. Main St | Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

A curated collection of food in the Sibley building has 7 kitchen vendors.

The Vesper (Gastropub) 1 Capron St | Dinner

Gastropub and Oyster Bar in the historic Capron Building.

Tournedos Steakhouse (Steak) 26 Broadway | Dinner

Serving up every kind of steak you could dream of.


Bubble Fusion (Asian Fusion) 200 East Ave | Lunch/Dinner

An Asian-inspired café.

Char Steak & Lounge (Steak) 550 East Ave | Breakfast/Dinner

Serving in style at the Strathallen Hotel and Spa.

Morgan’s Cereal Bar 320 East Ave | Breakfast/Lunch

Jerry Seinfeld would love this-family-friendly and fun spot.

Ristorante Lucano (Italian) 1815 East Ave | Dinner

Italian fare served up in a casual setting.

Spot Coffee 200 East Ave | Breakfast/Lunch

Hip local café located in an old Chevrolet dealership.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta 318 East Ave | Dinner

Classic Italian entrees and pizza.


Han Noodle Bar (Asian) 687 Monroe Ave | Lunch/Dinner

The best Chinese and Asian served up in Rochester.

Rella (Seafood) 181 Monroe Ave | Dinner

Serving up a diverse cuisine with fresh ingredients and attention to detail.

Rocco (Italian) 165 Monroe Ave | Dinner

Cozy eatery with fresh Italian dishes.

The Owl House (New American) 75 Marshall St | Dinner

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…it’s what’s inside that counts-Yum!


Brown Hound Downtown (American) 500 University | Brunch/Lunch/Dinner

A bakery and bistro found at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Edibles Restaurant (American) 704 University Ave | Brunch/Lunch/Dinner

A bistro focused on local, organic fare.

Fiamma Centro (Italian) 4 Elton St | Dinner

Authentic Italian served in style.

Good Luck (New American) 50 Anderson Ave | Dinner

Serving up a wide-array of delectable dishes.

Lento (New American) 274 N. Goodman St | Dinner

Upscale fare made from local meats and produce.

Nosh (New American) 47 Russell St | Dinner

Enjoy delicious dishes and check out this restored factory’s industrial-chic interior.

Old Pueblo Grill (Mexican) 55 Russell St | Lunch/Dinner

Excellent Mexican street food in a hip casual spot.

Polizzi’s (Italian) 274 N. Goodman St #108 | Dinner

A wide-assortment of cuisine served up in a comfortable setting.

Radio Social (Middle Eastern) 20 Carlson Rd | Dinner

Grab a bite and have some fun while your at it.

Salena’s Mexican Restaurant (Mexican) 302 N. Goodman St | Lunch/Dinner

Authentic Mexican served up in a fun atmosphere.

The Gate House (American) 274 N. Goodman St | Lunch/Dinner

Creative fare in a comfortable, casual setting.

The Revelry (American) 1290 University Ave | Dinner

Lowcountry cuisine and craft cocktails served up in a rustic-chic setting.


Blu Wolf Bistro (Gastropub) 657 Park Ave | Lunch/Dinner

Live music, comfort food in a hip casual setting.

Park Ave Pub (American) 650 Park Ave | Dinner

Upscale dining with a cozy neighborhood-feel.

ROAM Café (American) 260 Park Ave | Lunch/Dinner

Cozy spot for brunch on the Avenue.

Roux (French) 688 Park Ave | Dinner Brunch on Weekends

Trendy setting for French Quarter Cuisine.

Sinbad’s (Mediterranean) 719 Park Ave | Lunch/Dinner

Serving up delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

The Frog Pond (American) 652 Park Ave | Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

A cozy spot for great food any time of day.

The Red Fern (Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free) 283 Oxford St | Lunch/Dinner

Casual setting serving up healthy cuisine.


Bitter Honey (Mexican) 127 Railroad St #110 | Dinner

Serving up tacos and tequila.

Cure (French) 50 Rochester Public Market | Dinner

French cuisine and craft cocktails.

Florella (Italian) 5 Rochester Public Market | Lunch/Dinner

Woodfire pizzas and homemade pasta dishes.

Juan and Maria’s Empanada Stop (Spanish) 280 Union St | Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner varies

A local favorite for empanadas.

Velvet Belly (Coastal Cuisine) 3 Rochester Public Market | Dinner

Serving up cocktails and seafood.


McCann’s Local Meat (Barbecue) 739 S. Clinton Ave | Lunch/Dinner

Locally sourced butcher shop with prepared food and a café.

Nappa Wood Fired Pizzeria & Bistro (Pizza) 573 S. Clinton Ave | Lunch/Dinner

Enjoy a delicious pizza and salad on the large outdoor patio.

Rooney’s Restaurant (American) 90 Henrietta St | Dinner

Hidden down a residential street; you’ll find an expensive upscale menu waiting for you.

Tap & Mallet (Pub) 381 Gregory St | Dinner Lunch/Dinner on Weekends

Craft beer and pub food in a comfy setting.

The Cub Room (American) 739 S. Clinton Ave | Dinner, Brunch spot

For a fun change of pace check out Spanish Night on Paella Thursday’s.

The Old Stone Tavern (American) 758 South Ave | Lunch, Dinner

A neighborhood tavern serving up pub food.

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Rochester, NY has many beautiful restaurants to explore. Get out there and get exploring!

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