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497 Highly Recommended Restaurants Around Rochester

Including Diners, Cafés, Pubs, Bars, Bakeries, Tap Rooms, Ice Cream Parlors, and more!

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 passionate recommendations kept coming in. Now, we have recommendations for every day of the year, offering a wide variety for dinning in or ordering to go.

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. Also great spots for date night!

Some food destinations are well-established, while others quickly become favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.

Table of Contents

  1. City of Rochester
  2. Multiple Locations
  3. Monroe County
  4. Greater Rochester
  5. Surrounding Areas

This list is constantly growing, and sometimes, sadly, shrinking. I review it often and do take recommendations from you! If you have a suggestion or knowledge of a closure, feel free to let me know.

Highly Recommended Restaurants in the City of Rochester

Highly recommended restaurants - Cafe Sasso
Cafe Sasso
  1. Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
  2. Aladdin’s Natural Eatery
  3. Aş Evi Turkish Cuisine
  4. Balsam Bagels
  5. BB.q Chicken
  6. Bitter Honey
  7. Black Button Distilling
  8. Bodega
  9. Boulder Cafe & Lounge 
  10. Boxcar Donuts & Fried Chicken
  11. Brown Hound Bistro
  12. Bubby’s BBQ
  13. Caribbean Heritage Restaurant 
  14. Cafe Sasso
  15. Captain Jim’s
Highly recommended restaurants - The Cub Room
The Cub Room
  1. Cedar Mediterranean Restaurant
  2. Cheesy Eddie’s
  3. Chortke
  4. Country Sweet
  5. Crumpets
  6. The Cub Room
  7. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  8. Dogtown
  9. Donuts Delight
  10. D’Mangu
  11. Eat Me Ice Cream
  12. Edibles Restaurant & Bar
  13. El Latino
  14. Flavors of Asia
  15. Fiorella
  16. Flight West Wine & Whiskey Bar
Highly recommended restaurants - Frog Pond
Frog Pond
  1. Frog Pond
  2. Genesee Brew House
  3. Golden Fox
  4. Good Luck
  5. Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream & Chocolates
  6. Heroes Brewing Company
  7. Hettie’s Delites Cafe
  8. Highland Park Diner
  9. Hose 22 Firehouse Grill
  10. Iron Tug Brewing
  11. James Brown’s Place
  12. Java’s Cafe
  13. Jay’s Diner
Highly recommended restaurants - Living Roots Wine Co
Living Roots Wine & Co.
  1. Jeremiah’s Tavern
  2. Jim’s on Main
  3. Jines Restaurant
  4. Joe Bean Roasters
  5. John’s Tex Mex
  6. Kainos
  7. La Casa
  8. Living Roots Wine & Co.
  9. Magnolias Deli & Cafe
  10. Mamasan’s
  11. Mark’s Texas Hots
  12. Max’s Chop House
  13. Melo Coffee & Kitchen (PKA Matilda)
  14. Mercantile on Main
  15. Mr Dominic’s at the Lake
  16. Mr. Theo’s Restaurant & Lounge
Highly recommended restaurants - Old Pueblo Grill
Old Pueblo Grill
  1. Mt Hope Family Diner 
  2. Mullers Cider House
  3. Neno’s Gourmet Mexican Street Food
  4. Nine Maidens Brewing
  5. Nosh
  6. Old Pueblo Grill
  7. Orange Glory Café
  8. Owl House
  9. Pane Vino
  10. Park Ave Pub
  11. Peppa Pot
  12. Pizza Stop
  13. Pizza Wizard
  14. Railway Station Diner
Highly recommended restaurants - Red Fern
Red Fern
  1. Red Fern
  2. REDD
  3. Rella
  4. The Revelry
  5. Ridge Donut Café
  6. Roam Cafe
  7. Roc Brewing Company + F.L.X. Wienery
  8. Roc City Ramen
  9. Rocco
  10. Rocky’s
  11. Rooney’s
  12. Rubino’s
  13. Sager Beer Works
  14. Salena’s Mexican Restaurant
  15. SEA Restaurant
  16. Strangebird Brewery
  17. Swiftwater Brewing Company
  18. Tapas 177
  19. The Sheffield Tavern
  20. Sinbad’s Mediterranean Cuisine
  21. Sol Burrito
  22. Three Heads Brewing
  23. Tryon City Tavern
  24. Velvet Belly
  25. Voula’s Greek Sweets
  26. Whiskey River Pub & Grill

Highly Recommended Restaurants with Multiple Locations

Highly recommended restaurants - Village Bakery
Village Bakery
  1. Abbott’s Frozen Custard
  2. Benucci’s
  3. Bill Gray’s 
  4. Byrne Dairy Ice Cream
  5. Core Life Eatery
  6. DiBella’s
  7. Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn
  8. Itacate 
  9. Monte Alban Mexican Grill
  10. Rohrbach Brewing Company
  11. The Original Steve’s Diner
  12. Schaller’s Drive-In
  13. Six-50 
  14. Tai Chi Bubble Tea
  15. Texas de Brazil
  16. The Distillery
  17. Tom Wahl’s
  18. Village Bakery

Highly Recommended Restaurants in Monroe County

Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Whiskey River Pub and Grill
Whiskey River Pub and Grill in Charlotte


  1. Amaya Indian Cuisine
  2. Basha Mediterranean Eatery
  3. Boomtown Cafe
  4. Cerame’s Italian Villa
  5. Char Broil
  6. Chen Garden
  7. Delmonico’s
  8. Fox’s Deli
  9. Grinnell’s Restaurant
  10. Phillips European
  11. Plum Garden
  12. Ristorante Lucano
  13. Rita’s Italian Ice
  14. Sodam Korean Restaurant
  15. Thali of India
  16. The Beer Market
  17. The King and I
  18. Trio


  1. 58 Main BBQ & Brew
  2. Brockport Diner
  3. Jimmy Z’s Plates & Shakes
  4. RG Brewery
  5. Stoneyard Brewing Company

Bushnell’s Basin

  1. Agave Express
  2. The Basin Pub
  3. Branca
  4. Fruit & Salad Co.
  5. Richardson’s Canal House


  1. Acropolis Family Restaurant
  2. Leaf & Bean Coffee Co
  3. Russell’s Ice Cream
  4. Sprinkles Ice Cream


  1. Naughton’s Johnson House
Highly recommended restaurants - Leos Bakery and Deli
Leos Bakery and Deli

East Rochester

  1. Guacamole Authentic Mexican Taqueria
  2. Landmark Family Restaurant
  3. Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar
  4. Leo’s Bakery & Deli
  5. The Northside Inn


  1. Chakara Sushi & Bar
  2. Compané Trattoria
  3. Donnelly’s Public House
  4. Durf’s Family Restaurant
  5. Faircraft Brauhaus
  6. Fairport Brewing Company
  7. Fairpour Coffee Roasters
  8. Ice Cream Factory
  9. Iron Smoke Distillery
  10. LULU Taqueria + Mezcal
  11. McArdle’s Restaurant
  12. Mulconry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
  13. Moonlight Creamery
  14. Riki’s Family Restaurant
  15. Royal Cafe Gelato
  16. Smokin’ Hot Chicks BBQ
  17. Triphammer Bierwerks


  1. Agatina’s
  2. Edoya
  3. Fatso’s Bar & Grille
  4. Mesquite Grill
  5. Mr Beenz Diner 


  1. Bernard’s Grove
  2. Orien’s Café
  3. Patti’s Pantry
Highly recommended restaurants - Naan-Tastic


  1. 110 Grill
  2. Blue Toad Hard Cider
  3. Bob’s Diner
  4. Coco Garden Malaysian Restaurant
  5. Just Chik’n
  6. Lovin’ Cup
  7. Mamma G’s
  8. Naan-Tastic
  9. Pi Craft
  10. Sweet Mist
  11. Tandoor of India
  12. Taisho Bistro
  13. Youkoso Sushi

Honeoye Falls

  1. Dipper Dan Ice Cream


  1. The Arlington
  2. Blue Barn Cider
  3. Jo’s Diner
  4. Wood Kettle Brewing


  1. Atlas Eats
  2. Don’s Original
  3. Eastridge Family Restaurant
  4. i-Scream for Ice Cream at I-Square
  5. Irondequoit Beer Company
  6. Netsins Ice Cream
  7. Pasta Villa
  8. Savoia Pastry Shoppe
  9. Shamrock Jack’s Irish Pub
  10. Thai Mii Up


  1. Cottage Hotel of Mendon

North Chili

  1. North Chili Family Restaurant

North Greece

  1. The Front Porch Ice Cream Shoppe


  1. Five Mile Café
  2. George’s Family Restaurant
  3. Joey’s Pasta House
  4. Michael’s Valley Grill
Pittsford Farms Dairy
Pittsford Farms Dairy


  1. Back Nine Grill
  2. bluHorn Tequilariao
  3. Burger Bar by Wegmans
  4. Copper Leaf Brewing Company
  5. JoJo’s Bistro & Wine Bar
  6. Label 7 Napa Eatery & Bar
  7. Lock 32 Brewing Company
  8. Next Door by Wegmans
  9. Olive’s Greek Taverna
  10. Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery
  11. Seven Story Brewing
  12. Simply Crepes
  13. Village Coal Tower Restaurant
Holiday Lights Salvatores Saloon Scottsville
Salvatore’s Saloon in Scottsville


  1. Artisan Coffeehouse
  2. Golden Harvest Bakery & Cafe
  3. iKON Ice Cream
  4. Salvatore’s Saloon 
  5. Scottsville Diner


  1. Bad Apples Bistro
  2. Brindle Haus Brewing Company
  3. Griffs Brewery
  4. LuGia’s Ice Cream
  5. Sullivan’s Charbroil
  6. Union Street Eatery
  7. Village Ice Cream Shop
Highly recommended restaurants - Castaways on the Lake
Castaways on the Lake


  1. Barry’s Old School Irish
  2. BC’s Chicken Coop
  3. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
  4. Castaways on the Lake
  5. Charlie’s Restaurant
  6. Empire Pizza
  7. Garlic Pit
  8. K2 Brothers Brewing
  9. Knucklehead Craft Brewing
  10. Maa’s Diner
  11. Mama Lor’s Café
  12. Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
  13. Mario’s Homemade Pasta Kitchen
  14. Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant
  15. Nucci’s Italian Steak and Seafood
  16. Nutcracker Family Restaurant
  17. Proietti’s Italian Restaurant
  18. T’s Family Restaurant
  19. The Waffle Factory
  20. WhichCraft Brews

Highly Recommended Restaurants in the Greater Rochester Nine County Region

Farmers Creekside Tavern and Inn
Farmer’s Creekside Tavern and Inn

Genesee County


  1. Alex’s Place
  2. Blondie’s Sip-n-Dip
  3. Bourbon & Burger Co
  4. Rancho Viejo Authentic Mex
  5. Main Street Pizza Company
  6. Miss Batavia Diner
  7. Pok-A-Dot
  8. Settler’s Family Restaurant
  9. Sport Of Kings Family Restaurant
  10. T F Brown’s Restaurant
  11. Town & Country Restaurant

Darien Center

  1. Johnny Bear’s Restaurant


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


  1. Indian Falls Log Cabin
Historic Inns Around Rochester Avon Inn
Avon Inn

Livingston County


  1. Avon Inn
  2. Peppermints
  3. Avon Village Restaurant
  4. Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor
  5. Tom Wahl’s
  6. Duffy’s Tavern
  7. Avondale Pub
  8. Fratelli’s
Caledonia Village Inn
Caledonia Village Inn


  1. Caledonia Village Inn
  2. Cozy Kitchen
  3. Reminisce Soda Fountain
  4. Angry Rooster Deli
Sunrise Family Restaurant Dansville
Sunrise Family Restaurant


  1. Angie’s Ice Cream Shoppe
  2. The Coffee Cup
  3. The Sugar Bowl
  4. Caffe Tazza
  5. Sunrise Family Restaurant
  6. Battle Street Brewery
  7. Ice Cream Island
  8. Jack’s Place Gaslight Grill
  9. Java Jungle Cafe
  10. Middleton’s Frozen Custard
  11. Macfadden Coffee Co.
  12. Scovill’s Grill at Brae Burn Golf Course
  13. Tony’s Pizzeria
Euro Cafe Geneseo


  1. Aunt Cookie’s Sub Shop
  2. Bar-Eat-O
  3. Cricket’s Coffee Company
  4. EuroCafé Real Food & Deli
  5. Intermissions Bar & Grill
  6. Kelly’s Saloon
  7. Mama Mia’s
  8. Village Tavern
  9. Finger Lakes Cookie Company
  10. Sunset Scoops
  11. Deer Run Winery


  1. 3 Legged Pig BBQ
  2. Galene
  3. Lakeville Family Restaurant
  4. Minnehan’s Restaurant and Fun Center
Gatherings at the Depot Leicester Station interior
Gatherings at the Depot in Leicester Station


  1. Gatherings at the Depot


  1. Lima Family Restaurant
  2. Fanatics Pub
Highly recommended restaurants - Ember Woodfire
Ember Wood Fire Grill


  1. Ember Wood Fire Grill
  2. Livonia Inn
  3. Twisters Ice Cream Shop
  4. Wanda’s Family Restaurant
Charred Grill Mount Morris
Charred Grill

Mount Morris

  1. Borikén Restaurant
  2. Brian’s USA Diner
  3. Charred American Bar + Grill
  4. Questa Lasagna
  5. Suzea’s Gluten Free Cafe
  6. Zeppo’s Ice Cream Parlor
  7. Country Mouse Tea Room


  1. Kish-a-wa Creamery
Yard of Ale Piffard
Yard of Ale


  1. Yard of Ale

Ontario County


  1. Shark’s Ice Cream


  1. A’s Diner & Desserts
  2. Casa Italiana
  3. Charlie Riedel’s
  4. Cheshire Farms Creamery
  5. Eric’s Office Restaurant
  6. Green Front
  7. Macri’s Deli & Café
  8. Ray’s Restaurant
  9. Rheinblick German Restaurant
  10. Simply Crepes Cafe

Clifton Springs

  1. Warfield’s Restaurant, Lounge & Bakery


  1. El Jimador
  2. Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters
  3. Park Place Restaurant


  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


  1. Mill Creek Café
Small Family Restaurants Roots Cafe Naples
Roots Cafe in Naples


  1. Bob & Ruth’s Vineyard Restaurant
  2. Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill
  3. Caruso’s Cafe
  4. Lynnie Lou’s Homemade Ice Cream
  5. Naples Valley BBQ
  6. Neapolitan Pizzeria
  7. Redwood Restaurant
  8. Roots Café
  9. Sawmill Restaurant


  1. Lucca Wood Fire Bistro
  2. Otto Tomotto’s
  3. Papa Jack’s Ice Cream
Sams Diner Holley NY
Sam’s Diner

Orleans County


  1. Tinsel Sweets


  1. Sam’s Diner
  2. Holley Falls Bar and Grill


  1. The Hojack Ice Cream Shack & Snack Shack Grill


  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
Gould Hotel
Gould Hotel

Seneca County


  1. Cayuga Lake Creamery

Seneca Falls

  1. Downtown Deli
  2. El Bajio Mexican Restaurant
  3. Gould Hotel
  4. Parker’s Grille & Tap House
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

Wayne County


  1. William Street Tavern


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


  1. Bee Tee’s Drive-In
  2. Craft 120
  3. Mr. Coolee’s Ice Cream Shop
  4. Parker’s Grille


  1. Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit
  2. Mamia’s Island


  1. Chill & Grill
  2. Yellow Mills Diner


  1. El Rincon
  2. Hots Point


  1. Orbakers Drive In
  2. Original Candy Kitchen
  3. Yia Yia’s Ice Cream Shoppe


  1. Skipper’s Landing Restaurant & Marina
Silver Lake drive in
Charcoal Corral

Wyoming County


  1. Morluski’s Polish & Italian Cuisine


  1. Castile Cider Mill


  1. Country Kitchen & Pizzeria
  2. Charcoal Corral


  1. Silverlake Family Restaurant
  2. Yummies Ice Cream
Highly recommended restaurants - Penn Yan Diner
Penn Yan Diner

Yates County

Penn Yan

  1. Andy’s BBQ Shack
  2. Penn Yan Diner
  3. Seneca Farms
  4. Skyline Trading Post
  5. Spotted Duck Creamery

Highly Recommended Restaurants in Surrounding Areas

Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn
Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn


  1. Black Eyed Susan Acoustic Café
  2. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn 


  1. The Mountain View Inn
Hunter Dinerant
Hunter’s Dinerant


  1. Hunter’s Dinerant
  2. New Hope Mills
  3. Reese’s Dairy Bar
BVille Diner
B’Ville Diner


  1. B’Ville Diner
  2. Canal Walk Café


  1. Chat-A-Whyle Restaurant 


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


  1. Bertha’s Diner
  2. Daisies Café
  3. Kenmore Village Restaurant
  4. Swan Street Diner


  1. Emily’s Family Diner


  1. Dippity Do Dahs
  2. Donna’s Restaurant
  3. Nickel’s Pit BBQ
  4. Old World Café & Ice Cream


  1. Moonwinks


  1. Super Freeze Drive In
Riley Street Station
Riley Street Station

East Aurora

  1. The Bar-Bill Tavern
  2. Elm Street Bakery
  3. The Griffon Gastropub
  4. Rick’s on Main
  5. Riley Street Station
  6. Roycroft Inn
  7. Taste Bistro & Coffee Bar


  1. Blue Moon Grill


  1. Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream


  1. The Texas Café


  1. Lincoln Street Diner
  2. Moosewood
  3. Purity Ice Cream


  1. Johnny’s Lunch
Lewiston Silo
The Silo


  1. Apple Granny
  2. Brickyard Pub & BBQ
  3. Hibbard’s Custard
  4. The Silo
  5. Syros Restaurant


  1. Heid’s of Liverpool


  1. Aguacates
  2. Lake Effect Ice Cream
  3. Lock 34 Bar & Grill
  4. One-Eyed Jacks
  5. Sunny’s Family Restaurant
  6. Tom’s Diner

Montour Falls

  1. Classic Chef’s


  1. Beef’n’Barrel
  2. Brother’s Bistro
  3. Chuck Wagon


  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. Sprague’s Maple Farms
Sherwood Inn
Sherwood Inn


  1. Blue Water Grill
  2. Doug’s Fish Fry
  3. Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers
  4. LakeHouse Pub
  5. Sherwood Inn

Sylvan Beach

  1. Canal View Café


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


  1. The Dockside Bar & Grill
World's Smallest Diner

Watkins Glen

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


  1. DB’s Drive In


  1. Chelsea’s Catering & Confections
  2. Texas Hot


  1. Sunset Bar & Grill
  2. Wilson House Restaurant and Inn


  1. Youngstown Village Diner

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6 thoughts on “497 Highly Recommended Restaurants Around Rochester”

  1. Nestico’s in Syracuse is very good Italian food. Their house specialty is pasta pie — an angel hair base with a mushroom topping. Getting it with marinara instead of the red sauce is the best. We go out of our way for Nestico’s.

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  3. First thought was that this is a desperate list, with donut shops & coffee shops on it. But I understand the reasons. CHURCHVILLE: Stone’s Countryside burned recently. You can add Naughton’s Johnson’s House with about 10 $$ after it. The prices are ridiculous (maybe not as bad as they were?). HILTON: Add The Arlington, a very nice restaurant on Main Street with wonderful food.

    1. Thank you for the recommendations, Sue! This is a list of places I would go or have gone myself and I’m happy to add your favorites to the list as well.

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