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Fun, Family-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes, and Breweries

I recently asked the Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, community a question on behalf of a new Rochesterian. They were looking for a restaurant in the Rochester area that would be great for a date night and also kid-friendly but not kid-centric. Check out the suggestions from the community!

Please suggest more family-friendly—and pet-friendly—restaurants in the comments. I’ve also added a list of restaurants at the bottom that serve international and ethnic cuisines, perfect for experiencing new foods together.

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pure imagination cafe
Pure Imagination

Food + Games

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Radio Social

Traditional Restaurants

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Hose 22

Many of these recommendations came with a note that the staff and the environment make them feel comfortable taking the littles out for a delicious meal.

Plus, dozens of international and ethnic cuisines to experience are listed below.

Breweries & Cideries

Blue Barn Cidery
Blue Barn Cidery

Again, these came with notes about having a family-friendly environment, often including games families can play together and fun, themed events.

Nenos Gourmet Mexican Street Food 642 Monroe Ave Rochester, NY

International & Ethnic Cuisine

I also received a question about where to take kids from a young age to experience varied cuisines. Start with these! There are also several cuisines/kitchens at Mercantile on Main.













Latin American/Spanish/Puerto Rican/Dominican




Southern US/Soul Food/Cajun/Creole

Thai / Vietnamese

Please suggest your favorite places to enjoy international and ethnic cuisines around Rochester in the comments, and I’ll happily add them to this list!

International Food Markets

Juan and Maria's Empanada Shop
Juan and Maria’s Empanada Shop

Try new ingredients, desserts, prepared foods, fruit, and vegetables. Years ago, we took our Girl Scout troop to Wegmans Calkins Road, where they each selected foods from the hot bar they had never tasted. Then, we visited the various food markets so they could purchase something unique to bring home and try. To this day, it’s one of our most memorable field trips.

Regional Markets

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Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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