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311 Highly Recommended Restaurants, Diners, Cafes, Pubs, Bakeries, and Bars Around Rochester

This list represents 40+ years of experience dining in the Rochester area, as well as highly recommended restaurants from friends and colleagues.

I had planned to stop at 52 (a new place to try every weekend) but the passionate recommendations kept coming in!

Rochestarians frequent these establishments because the food and atmosphere is consistently amazing. These are places the locals go several times a year, if not more, and recommend them to friends and visitors.

Some of these food destinations are well-established, loved by generations, while others are quickly becoming favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.

And some have been featured on the Food Network or Travel Channel.

Hettie's Delites Cafe
Hettie’s Delites Cafe

Highly recommended restaurants in the City of Rochester

  1. Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
  2. Aladdin’s Natural Eatery
  3. Aş Evi Turkish Cuisine
  4. Balsam Bagels
  5. Bitter Honey
  6. Black Button Distilling
  7. Boulder Cafe & Lounge 
  8. Boxcar Donuts & Fried Chicken
  9. Brooklyn Ramen
  10. Brown Hound Bistro
  11. Caribbean Heritage Restaurant 
  12. Cafe Sasso
  13. Captain Jim’s
Brown Hound Restaurant – Stuffed French Toast
  1. Cedar Mediterranean Restaurant
  2. Cheesy Eddie’s
  3. Country Sweet
  4. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  5. Dogtown
  6. Donuts Delight
  7. D’Mangu
  8. Edibles Restaurant & Bar
  9. El Latino
  10. Flavors of Asia
  11. Fiorella
  12. Flight West Wine & Whiskey Bar
Frog Pond
Frog Pond
  1. Frog Pond
  2. Genesee Brew House
  3. Golden Fox
  4. Golden Port
  5. Good Luck
  6. Harry G’s NY Deli & Cafe 
  7. Hettie’s Delites Cafe
  8. Highland Park Diner
  9. Hose 22 Firehouse Grill
  10. James Brown’s Place
  11. Java’s Cafe
  12. Jay’s Diner
Highly recommended restaurants: Hose 22
  1. Jeremiah’s Tavern
  2. Jim’s on Main
  3. Jines Restaurant
  4. Joe Bean Roasters
  5. John’s Tex Mex
  6. La Casa
  7. Magnolias Deli & Cafe
  8. Mamasan’s
  9. Mark’s Texas Hots
  10. Max’s Chop House
  11. Misfit Doughnuts & Treats
  12. Mr. Theo’s Restaurant & Lounge
Old Pueblo Grill
Old Pueblo Grill
  1. Mt Hope Family Diner 
  2. Mullers Cider House
  3. Neno’s Gourmet Mexican Street Food
  4. Nosh
  5. Old Pueblo Grill
  6. Owl House
  7. Pane Vino
  8. Park Ave Pub
  9. Peppa Pot
  10. Pizza Stop
  11. Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar
  12. Railway Station Diner
Red Fern
Red Fern
  1. Red Fern
  2. REDD
  3. Ridge Donut Café
  4. Roam Cafe
  5. Rocco
  6. Rocky’s
  7. Roncone’s Italian Restaurant
  8. Rooney’s
  9. Rubino’s
  10. Salena’s Mexican Restaurant
  11. SEA Restaurant
  12. Sinbad’s Mediterranean Cuisine
  13. Voula’s Greek Sweets
  14. Zoc’s Gourmet Burgers and Shakes
Strong Museum of Play Bill Grays Skyliner Diner exterior
Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner in the Strong National Museum of Play

Highly recommended restaurants with multiple locations

  1. Abbott’s Frozen Custard
  2. Benucci’s
  3. Bill Gray’s 
  4. Core Life Eatery
  5. DiBella’s
  6. Itacate 
  7. Monte Alban Mexican Grill
  8. Mr Dominic’s
  9. Schaller’s Drive-In
  10. Six-50 
  11. Tai Chi Bubble Tea
  12. Texas de Brazil
  13. The Distillery
  14. Tom Wahl’s
  15. Village Bakery
Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Whiskey River Pub and Grill
Whiskey River Pub and Grill in Charlotte

Highly recommended restaurants in Monroe County

Brighton

  1. Amaya Indian Cuisine
  2. Basha Mediterranean Eatery
  3. Cerame’s Italian Villa
  4. Char Broil
  5. Chen Garden
  6. Delmonico’s
  7. Grinnell’s Restaurant
  8. J B Quimby’s
  9. Phillips European
  10. Plum Garden
  11. Ristorante Lucano
  12. Sodam Korean Restaurant
  13. Sweet Mist
  14. Thali of India
  15. The Beer Market
  16. The King and I

Brockport

  1. Brockport Diner
  2. Jimmy Z’s Plates & Shakes

Chili

  1. Acropolis Family Restaurant
  2. Leaf & Bean Coffee Co

Churchville

  1. Stone’s Countryside Tavern

East Rochester

  1. Guacamole Authentic Mexican Taqueria
  2. Landmark Family Restaurant
  3. Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar
  4. Leo’s Bakery & Deli
  5. New Yorker’s Pancake & Grill

Fairport

  1. Chakara Sushi & Bar
  2. Donnelly’s Public House
  3. Durf’s Family Restaurant
  4. McArdle’s Restaurant
  5. Mulconry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
  6. Riki’s Family Restaurant
585 Rockin Burger Bar
585 Rockin’ Burger Bar Harvest Balls

Gates

  1. 585 Rockin’ Burger Bar
  2. Agatina’s
  3. Edoya
  4. Fatso’s Bar & Grille
  5. Mesquite Grill
  6. Mr Beenz Diner 
  7. Shmeg’s Restaurant

Greece

  1. Bernard’s Grove
  2. Orien’s Café
  3. Patti’s Pantry

Henrietta

  1. Bob’s Diner
  2. Coco Garden Malaysian Restaurant
  3. Lovin’ Cup
  4. Mamma G’s
  5. Naan-tastic
  6. Pi Craft
  7. Tandoor of India
  8. Taisho Bistro

Hilton

  1. Jo’s Diner

Irondequoit

  1. Atlas Eats
  2. Don’s Original
  3. Eastridge Family Restaurant
  4. Pasta VillaRidge Donut Cafe
  5. Savoia Pastry Shoppe
  6. Shamrock Jack’s Irish Pub
  7. Thai Mii Up

North Chili

  1. North Chili Family Restaurant

Penfield

  1. Five Mile Café
  2. George’s Family Restaurant
  3. The Original Steve’s Diner
Village Coal Tower
Village Coal Tower

Pittsford

  1. Back Nine Grill
  2. Burger Bar by Wegmans
  3. JoJo’s Bistro & Wine Bar
  4. Label 7 Napa Eatery & Bar
  5. Next Door by Wegmans
  6. Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery
  7. Simply Crepes
  8. Village Coal Tower Restaurant
Small Family Restaurants Scottsville Diner
Scottsville Diner

Scottsville

  1. Artisan Coffeehouse
  2. Salvatore’s Saloon 
  3. Scottsville Diner

Spencerport

  1. Sullivan’s Charbroil
  2. Union Street Eatery
  3. Bad Apples Bistro
Castaways on the Lake
Castaways on the Lake

Webster

  1. BC’s Chicken Coop
  2. Castaways on the Lake
  3. Charlie’s Restaurant
  4. Empire Pizza
  5. Garlic Pit
  6. Jade Palace
  7. Maa’s Diner
  8. Mama Lor’s Café
  9. Mario’s Homemade Pasta Kitchen
  10. Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant
  11. Nucci’s Italian Steak and Seafood
  12. Nutcracker Family Restaurant
  13. Proietti’s Italian Restaurant
  14. T’s Family Restaurant
  15. The Waffle Factory
Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn
Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn

Outside Monroe County

Angelica

  1. Black Eyed Susan Acoustic Café
  2. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn 
Hunter Dinerant
Hunter’s Dinerant in Auburn

Auburn

  1. Hunter’s Dinerant
  2. Peppermints

Attica

  1. Morluski’s Polish & Italian Cuisine

Baldwinsville

  1. B’Ville Diner
  2. Canal Walk Café

Batavia

  1. Bourbon & Burger Co

Bath

  1. Chat-A-Whyle Restaurant 

Belfast

  1. Ace’s Country Cupboard
Diner-car diners Swan Street Diner interior
Swan Street Diner

Buffalo

  1. Amy’s Place
  2. Bertha’s Diner
  3. Daisies Café
  4. Kenmore Village Restaurant
  5. Lake Effect Diner
  6. Swan Street Diner
Caledonia Village Inn
Caledonia Village Inn

Caledonia

  1. Caledonia Village Inn
  2. Cozy Kitchen
  3. Reminisce Soda Fountain

Canandaigua

  1. Charlie Riedel’s
  2. Eric’s Office Restaurant
  3. Green Front
  4. Macri’s Deli & Café
  5. Ray’s Restaurant
  6. Rheinblick German Restaurant
  7. Simply Crepes Cafe

Clarence

  1. Emily’s Family Diner

Clifton Springs

  1. Warfield’s Restaurant, Lounge & Bakery

Corning

  1. Donna’s Restaurant

Cuba

  1. Moonwinks

Darien Center

  1. Johnny Bear’s Restaurant

Derby

  1. Super Freeze Drive In
Riley Street Station

East Aurora

  1. Riley Street Station

Farmington

  1. El Jimador
  2. Park Place Restaurant

Fulton

  1. Blue Moon Grill

Geneseo

  1. Euro Café Real Food & Deli
  2. Bar-Eat-O
  3. Village Tavern
  4. Cricket’s Coffee Company

Geneva

  1. Char Burrito Bar
  2. Deluxe
  3. El Morro Restaurant
  4. F.L.X. Table
  5. Kindred Fare
  6. Ports Cafe
  7. Torrey Park Grill
  8. Water Street Café
Sams Diner Holley NY
Sam’s Diner

Holley

  1. Sam’s Diner

Honeoye

  1. Mill Creek Café

Hornell

  1. The Texas Café
Moosewood

Ithaca

  1. Lincoln Street Diner
  2. Moosewood

Jamestown

  1. Johnny’s Lunch

Lakeville

  1. 3 Legged Pig BBQ
  2. Lakeville Family Restaurant
  3. Hook & Spoon
Farmers Creekside Tavern and Inn
Farmer’s Creekside Tavern and Inn

Leicester

  1. Gatherings at the Depot

LeRoy

  1. D & R Depot Restaurant
  2. Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn
Lewiston Silo
The Silo

Lewiston

  1. Apple Granny
  2. Brickyard Pub & BBQ
  3. The Silo
  4. Syros Restaurant

Lima

  1. Lima Diner

Liverpool

  1. Heid’s of Liverpool
Highly recommended restaurants - Ember Woodfire
Ember Wood Fire Grill

Livonia

  1. Ember Wood Fire Grill

Lockport

  1. Aguacates
  2. Lock 34 Bar & Grill
  3. One-Eyed Jacks
  4. Sunny’s Family Restaurant
  5. Tom’s Diner
Highly recommended restaurants - Caboose Lyons NY
The Caboose in Lyons NY

Lyons

  1. The Caboose

Macedon

  1. Log Cabin Family Restaurant

Medina

  1. Country Club Family Restaurant
  2. Mariachi De Oro
  3. Zambistro Restaurant
Middleport NY Alternative Grounds
Alternative Grounds Caffe

Middleport

  1. Alternative Grounds Caffe

Montour Falls

  1. Classic Chef’s

Mount Morris

  1. Brian’s USA Diner
  2. Charred American Bar + Grill
  3. Questa Lasagna
Small Family Restaurants Roots Cafe Naples
Roots Cafe in Naples

Naples

  1. Bob & Ruth’s Vineyard Restaurant
  2. Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill
  3. Redwood Restaurant
  4. Roots Café
  5. Sawmill Restaurant

Newark

  1. Bee Tee’s Drive-In

Olean

  1. Beef’n’Barrel
  2. Chuck Wagon

Ontario

  1. Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit

Oswego

  1. Dahls Diner
  2. Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In
  3. The Coffee Connection
  4. Mom and Pop’s Soda Shop

Painted Post

  1. Jelly Beans Restaurant

Palmyra

  1. Chill & Grill
  2. Yellow Mills Diner
Highly recommended restaurants - Penn Yan Diner
Penn Yan Diner

Penn Yan

  1. Andy’s BBQ Shack
  2. Penn Yan Diner
  3. Skyline Trading Post

Perry

  1. Country Kitchen & Pizzeria
  2. Charcoal Corral

Piffard

  1. Yard of Ale

Portville

  1. Sprague’s Maple Farms

Sanborn

  1. Tina’s Place
Highly recommended restaurants - Skaneateles Lake Doug's Fish Fry
Doug’s Fish Fry

Skaneateles

  1. Doug’s Fish Fry

Sodus

  1. El Rincon
  2. Hots Point

Sylvan Beach

  1. Canal View Café

Syracuse

  1. Mother’s Cupboard
  2. Stella’s Diner
  3. The Gem Diner

Tonawanda

  1. The Dockside Bar & Grill

Victor

  1. Chit Chat Café
  2. Lucca Wood Fire Bistro
  3. Otto Tomotto’s

Warsaw

  1. Silverlake Family Restaurant
Highly recommended restaurants - Connies Diner
Connie’s Diner in Waterloo

Waterloo

  1. Abigail’s Restaurant
  2. Connie’s Diner
  3. Mac’s Drive-in
  4. Star Diner
World's Smallest Diner

Watkins Glen

  1. World’s Smallest Diner

Weedsport

  1. DB’s Drive In

Wellsville

  1. Texas Hot

Williamson

  1. Orbakers Drive In
  2. Original Candy Kitchen

Wilson

  1. Wilson House Restaurant and Inn

Wolcott

  1. Skipper’s Landing Restaurant & Marina

Youngstown

  1. Youngstown Village Diner

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