Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: The Red Fern

260 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 recommendations of 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.

Rochester’s highly recommended restaurants, in no particular order:

Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: El Latino
El Latino, Chili Ave, Rochester
  1. El Latino
  2. Hose 22 Firehouse Grill
  3. Mr Dominic’s
  4. Burger Bar by Wegmans
  5. Thali of India
  6. Donuts Delight
  7. Gruttadauria Bakery
  8. Savoia Pastry Shoppe
  9. Country Sweet
  10. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  11. Owl House
  12. Mamasan’s
  13. Plum Garden
  14. Itacate (Penfield, and, yes, even the one in the gas station in Gates!)
  15. Garlic Pit
  16. Mullers Cider House

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Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: Nosh
Nosh, Rochester
  1. Nosh
  2. Jade Palace (Webster)
  3. Rooney’s
  4. Leo’s Bakery & Deli (East Rochester)
  5. Village Bakery
  6. Cerame’s Italian Villa
  7. La Casa
  8. Good Luck
  9. Voula’s Greek Sweets
  10. DiBella’s
  11. Don’s Original (Irondequoit)
  12. Atlas Eats (Irondequoit)
  13. Agatina’s (Gates)
  14. Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery
  15. Vic’s Place
  16. Chen Garden

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Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: Shmegs
Shmegs, Rochester
  1. Shmeg’s Restaurant (Gates)
  2. The King and I
  3. The Gate House
  4. Captain Jim’s
  5. South Wedge Dinner
  6. Edibles Restaurant & Bar
  7. Next Door by Wegmans
  8. Park Ave Pub
Farmers Creekside Tavern and Inn
Farmer’s Creekside Tavern and Inn
  1. Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn (LeRoy)
  2. Highland Park Diner
  3. Village Coal Tower Restaurant (Pittsford)
  4. The Frog Pond
  5. Six-50 (Chili, Victor)
  6. James Brown’s Place
  7. Phillips European (Brighton)
  8. The Beer Market

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Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: The Red Fern
Red Fern, Rochester
  1. The Red Fern vegan
  2. The Distillery
  3. Dogtown
  4. Rocco
  5. Tony D’s
  6. Abbott’s Frozen Custard
  7. Salena’s Mexican Restaurant
  8. Aladdin’s Natural Eatery
  9. Pi Craft (Henrietta)
  10. The Revelry
  11. Ristorante Lucano
  12. Jines Restaurant

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Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: Roots Cafe Naples
Roots Cafe, Naples
  1. Roots Cafe (Naples)
  2. Core Life Eatery
  3. Golden Port
  4. Tandoor of India (Henrietta)
  5. JoJo’s Bistro & Wine Bar (Pittsford)
  6. Max’s Chop House
  7. Tournedos
Castaways on the Lake
Castaways on the Lake
  1. Castaways on the Lake (Webster)
  2. Bernard’s Grove (Greece)
  3. Orien’s Cafe (Greece)
  4. Pasta Villa (Irondequoit)
  5. Benucci’s (Pittsford, Greece)
  6. Fatso’s Bar & Grille (Gates)
  7. Swillburger & The Playhouse
  8. Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar
  9. Proietti’s Italian Restaurant (Webster)
Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: White Swans Asia Cafe
White Swans Asia Cafe, Rochester
  1. White Swans Asia Cafe
  2. Roncone’s Italian Restaurant
  3. Grinnell’s Restaurant
  4. Jeremiah’s Tavern
  5. Back Nine Grill
  6. Flight West Wine & Whiskey Bar
  7. Fiorella
  8. Sinbad’s Mediterranean Cuisine
  9. Black Button Distilling
  10. Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar (East Rochester)
  11. Label 7 Napa Eatery & Bar (Pittsford)
  12. Magnolias Deli & Cafe
  13. Delmonico’s (Brighton)
  14. Simply Crepes (Pittsford)
  15. Shamrock Jack’s Irish Pub (Irondequoit)
Taichi Bubble Tea
Tai Chi Bubble Tea, Rochester
  1. Tai Chi Bubble Tea
  2. Genesee Brew House
  3. Ridge Donut Cafe
  4. Cheesy Eddie’s
  5. Eastridge Family Restaurant
  6. Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant (Webster)
  7. Mesquite Grill (Gates)
  8. The Waffle Factory (Webster)
  9. Penn Yan Diner
  10. North Chili Family Restaurant
  11. Mt Hope Family Diner (Rochester)
  12. New Yorker’s Pancake & Grill (East Rochester)
  13. Edoya (Gates)
Caboose Lyons NY
The Caboose in Lyons NY
  1. The Caboose (Lyons)
  2. Canal View Cafe (Sylvan Beach)
  3. Orbakers Drive In (Williamson)
  4. Roam Cafe
  5. Sunny’s Family Restaurant (Lockport)
  6. Jines Restaurant
  7. Village Coal Tower Restaurant (Pittsford)
  8. Cedar Mediterranean Restaurant
  9. The Frog Pond
  10. Lock 34 Bar & Grill (Lockport)
  11. Mac’s Drive-in (Waterloo)
  12. Canal Walk Cafe (Baldwinsville)
  13. Jim’s on Main
  14. Butapub

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Small Family Restaurants Scottsville Diner
Scottsville Diner
  1. Scottsville Diner
  2. Connie’s Diner (Waterloo)
  3. D & R Depot Restaurant (LeRoy)
  4. South Wedge Diner
  5. Cozy Kitchen (Caledonia)
  6. Jay’s Diner
  7. Lincoln Street Diner (Ithaca)
  8. Stromboli’s
  9. Yellow Mills Diner (Palmyra)
  10. Mark’s Texas Hots
  11. Mom and Pop’s Soda Shop (Oswego)
  12. Brooklyn Ramen

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Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Highland Park Diner
Highland Park Diner in Rochester
  1. Highland Park Diner
  2. Union Street Eatery (Spencerport)
  3. Mama Lor’s Cafe (Webster)
  4. Mamma G’s (Henrietta)
  5. Durf’s Family Restaurant (Fairport)
  6. Mr Beenz Diner (Gates)
  7. Bee Tee’s Drive-In (Newark)
Hettie's Delites Cafe
Hettie’s Delites Cafe
  1. Hettie’s Delites Cafe
  2. DB’s Drive In (Weedsport)
  3. B’Ville Diner (Baldwinsville)
  4. Stella’s Diner (Syracuse)
  5. Dahls Diner (Oswego)
  6. Amy’s Place (Buffalo)
  7. Bertha’s Diner (Buffalo)
  8. Hunter’s Dinerant (Auburn)
  9. Macri’s Deli & Cafe (Canandaigua)
  10. Black Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe (Angelica)
  11. Pizza Stop
  12. Five Mile Cafe (Penfield)

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Felicia's Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery
Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery in Trumansburg
  1. Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery (Trumansburg)
  2. Leaf & Bean Coffee Co (Chili)
  3. Lovin’ Cup
  4. Basha Mediterranean Eatery
  5. Starry Nites Cafe
  6. Java’s Cafe
  7. The Old Toad
  8. The Coffee Connection (Oswego)
  9. 3 Legged Pig BBQ (Lakeville)
  10. Log Cabin Family Restaurant (Macedon)
  11. The Dockside Bar & Grill (Tonawanda)
  12. Bob’s Diner (Henrietta)
  13. Lima Diner
  14. Emilys Family Diner (Clarence)
  15. Abigail’s Restaurant (Waterloo)

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Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Whiskey River Pub and Grill
Whiskey River Pub and Grill in Charlotte
  1. Whiskey River Pub & Grill
  2. Acropolis Family Restaurant
  3. Lake Effect Diner (Buffalo)
  4. Naan-tastic (Henrietta)
  5. The Original Steve’s Diner (Penfield)
  6. State Street Cafe (Phoenix)
  7. Lakeville Family Restaurant
  8. T’s Family Restaurant (Webster)
  9. Tina’s Place (Sanborn)
  10. Kenmore Village Restaurant (Buffalo)
  11. Mill Creek Cafe (Honeoye)
  12. Park Place Restaurant (Farmington)
  13. Arnett Café

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Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Reminisce Soda Fountain Caledonia
Reminisce Soda Fountain in Caledonia
  1. Reminisce Soda Fountain (Caledonia)
  2. Tom Wahl’s (Avon)
  3. Chat-A-Whyle Restaurant (Bath)
  4. Heid’s of Liverpool
  5. The Gem Diner (Syracuse)
  6. Peppermints (Avon)
  7. Johnny Bear’s Restaurant (Darien Center)
  8. Hots Point (Sodus)
  9. Water Street Cafe (Geneva)
  10. Schaller’s Drive-In
  11. Texas Hot (Wellsville)
  12. The Texas Cafe (Hornell)
  13. Skyline Trading Post (Penn Yan)
  14. Andy’s BBQ Shack (Penn Yan)

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Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Bill Grays Skyliner Strong Museum
Bill Gray’s Skyliner inside Rochester’s Strong Museum
  1. Bill Gray’s (Multiple Locations)
  2. El Jimador (Farmington)
  3. Doug’s Fish Fry (Skaneateles)
  4. The Silo (Lewiston)
  5. Jo’s Diner (Hilton)
  6. Youngstown Village Diner
  7. Mt Hope Family Diner
  8. Daisies Cafe (Buffalo)
  9. Super Freeze Drive In (Derby)
  10. Cafe Sasso
  11. Salvatore’s Saloon (Scottsville)
  12. Vic’s Place (Irondequoit)
  13. Jelly Beans Restaurant (Painted Post)
  14. Donna’s Restaurant (Corning)

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Small Family Restaurants: Country Kitchen and Pizzeria Perry
Country Kitchen and Pizzeria in Perry
  1. Country Kitchen & Pizzeria (Perry)
  2. Maa’s Diner (Webster)
  3. Silverlake Family Restaurant (Warsaw)
  4. Ace’s Country Cupboard (Belfast)
  5. Johnny’s Lunch (Jamestown)
  6. Classic Chef’s (Montour Falls)
  7. Sprague’s Maple Farms Inc (Portville)
  8. Tom’s Diner (Lockport)
  9. Brockport Diner
  10. Sam’s Diner (Holley)
  11. Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit (Ontario)
  12. Boxcar Donuts & Fried Chicken
  13. Beef’n’Barrel (Olean)
  14. Chuck Wagon (Olean)

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Small Family Restaurants Roots Cafe Naples
Roots Cafe in Naples
  1. Roots Cafe (Naples)
  2. Bob & Ruth’s Vineyard Restaurant (Naples)
  3. Railway Station Diner (Rochester)
  4. Chit Chat Cafe (Victor)
  5. Char Broil (Brighton)
  6. Patti’s Pantry (Greece)
  7. Sullivan’s Charbroil (Spencerport)
  8. Harry G’s Deli
  9. Star Diner (Waterloo)
  10. Mother’s Cupboard (Syracuse)
  11. Moonwinks (Cuba)
  12. Mr. Theo’s Restaurant & Lounge
  13. Sprague’s Maple Farms (Portville)
  14. Bitter Honey

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Small Family Restaurants around Rochester, NY: Country Club Family Restaurant Medina
Country Club Family Restaurant in Medina
  1. Country Club Family Restaurant (Medina)
  2. Ugly Duck Coffee
  3. BC’s Chicken Coop (Webster)
  4. George’s Family Restaurant (Penfield)
  5. Nutcracker Family Restaurant (Webster)
  6. Artisan Coffeehouse (Scottsville)
  7. Nucci’s Italian Steak and Seafood
  8. Amaya Indian Cuisine
  9. Chen Garden
  10. Charlie’s Restaurant (Webster)
  11. Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In (Oswego)
  12. Original Candy Kitchen (Williamson)
  13. Empire Pizza (Webster)
  14. Swan Street Diner (Buffalo)
  15. Chill & Grill (Palmyra)
  16. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn (Angelica, only open Feb-April)

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Small Family Restaurants Kind Crepes Mendon
Kind Crepes in Mendon
  1. Kind Crepes (Mendon)
  2. Joe Bean Roasters (Rochester)
  3. Boulder Cafe & Lounge (Rochester)
  4. John’s Tex Mex (Rochester)
  5. Harry G’s NY Deli & Cafe (Rochester)
  6. Guacamole Authentic Mexican Taqueria (East Rochester)
  7. Thai Mii Up (Irondequoit)
  8. El Rincon (Sodus)
  9. Euro Café Real Food & Deli (Geneseo)
  10. Rubino’s (Rochester)
  11. Donnelly’s Public House (Fairport)

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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