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326 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, colleagues, and YOU!

I had originally 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. The Cub Room
  5. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  6. Dogtown
  7. Donuts Delight
  8. D’Mangu
  9. Edibles Restaurant & Bar
  10. El Latino
  11. Flavors of Asia
  12. Fiorella
  13. 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. Whiskey River Pub & Grill
  15. 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


  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


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


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


  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


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


  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


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


  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


  1. Jo’s Diner


  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


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


  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


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


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


  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


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


  1. Hunter’s Dinerant
  2. Peppermints


  1. Morluski’s Polish & Italian Cuisine


  1. B’Ville Diner
  2. Canal Walk Café


  1. Bourbon & Burger Co


  1. Chat-A-Whyle Restaurant 


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


  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


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


  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


  1. Emily’s Family Diner

Clifton Springs

  1. Warfield’s Restaurant, Lounge & Bakery


  1. Donna’s Restaurant


  1. Moonwinks

Darien Center

  1. Johnny Bear’s Restaurant


  1. Super Freeze Drive In
Riley Street Station

East Aurora

  1. Riley Street Station


  1. El Jimador
  2. Park Place Restaurant


  1. Blue Moon Grill


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


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


  1. Sam’s Diner


  1. Mill Creek Café


  1. The Texas Café


  1. Lincoln Street Diner
  2. Moosewood


  1. Johnny’s Lunch


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


  1. Gatherings at the Depot


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


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


  1. Lima Diner


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


  1. Ember Wood Fire Grill


  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


  1. The Caboose
  2. William Street Tavern


  1. Flaherty’s Grill & Tap Room
  2. Log Cabin Family Restaurant


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


  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


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


  1. Bee Tee’s Drive-In
  2. Craft 120
  3. Parkers Grille


  1. Beef’n’Barrel
  2. Chuck Wagon


  1. Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit


  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


  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


  1. Country Kitchen & Pizzeria
  2. Charcoal Corral


  1. Yard of Ale


  1. Sprague’s Maple Farms


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


  1. Doug’s Fish Fry


  1. El Rincon
  2. Hots Point

Sylvan Beach

  1. Canal View Café


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


  1. The Dockside Bar & Grill


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


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


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

Watkins Glen

  1. Curly’s Family Restaurant
  2. Jerlando’s Ristorante & Pizza Company
  3. Seneca Harbor Station
  4. Thai Elephants
  5. Tobey’s Donut Shop
  6. Wildflower Café
  7. World’s Smallest Diner


  1. DB’s Drive In


  1. Texas Hot


  1. Orbakers Drive In
  2. Original Candy Kitchen


  1. Wilson House Restaurant and Inn


  1. Skipper’s Landing Restaurant & Marina


  1. Youngstown Village Diner

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