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359 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 passionate recommendations kept coming in. Now, we have recommendations for every day of the year!

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 of these food destinations are well-established, loved by generations, while others are quickly becoming 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

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. Bitter Honey
  6. Black Button Distilling
  7. Boulder Cafe & Lounge 
  8. Boxcar Donuts & Fried Chicken
  9. Brown Hound Bistro
  10. Caribbean Heritage Restaurant 
  11. Cafe Sasso
  12. Captain Jim’s
Highly recommended restaurants - The Cub Room
The Cub Room
  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
Highly recommended restaurants - Frog Pond
Frog Pond
  1. Frog Pond
  2. Genesee Brew House
  3. Golden Fox
  4. Good Luck
  5. Harry G’s NY Deli & Cafe 
  6. Hettie’s Delites Cafe
  7. Highland Park Diner
  8. Hose 22 Firehouse Grill
  9. James Brown’s Place
  10. Java’s Cafe
  11. 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. La Casa
  7. Living Roots Wine & Co.
  8. Magnolias Deli & Cafe
  9. Mamasan’s
  10. Mark’s Texas Hots
  11. Max’s Chop House
  12. Misfit Doughnuts & Treats
  13. Mr Dominic’s at the Lake
  14. 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. Nosh
  5. Old Pueblo Grill
  6. Orange Glory Café
  7. Owl House
  8. Pane Vino
  9. Park Ave Pub
  10. Peppa Pot
  11. Pizza Stop
  12. Railway Station Diner
Highly recommended restaurants - Red Fern
Red Fern
  1. Red Fern
  2. REDD
  3. Ridge Donut Café
  4. Roam Cafe
  5. Roc City Ramen
  6. Rocco
  7. Rocky’s
  8. Rooney’s
  9. Rubino’s
  10. Salena’s Mexican Restaurant
  11. SEA Restaurant
  12. Sinbad’s Mediterranean Cuisine
  13. Tap and Mallet
  14. Voula’s Greek Sweets
  15. Whiskey River Pub & Grill
  16. Zoc’s Gourmet Burgers and Shakes

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. Core Life Eatery
  5. DiBella’s
  6. Itacate 
  7. Monte Alban Mexican Grill
  8. The Original Steve’s Diner
  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

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. 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
Highly recommended restaurants - Leaf and Bean
Leaf & Bean


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


  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


  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
Highly recommended restaurants - 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 


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


  1. 110 Grill
  2. Bob’s Diner
  3. Coco Garden Malaysian Restaurant
  4. Lovin’ Cup
  5. Mamma G’s
  6. Naan-Tastic
  7. Pi Craft
  8. Tandoor of India
  9. Taisho Bistro


  1. Jo’s Diner
  2. The Arlington


  1. Atlas Eats
  2. Don’s Original
  3. Eastridge Family Restaurant
  4. Pasta Villa
  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
Highly recommended restaurants - Pittsford Farms Dairy
Pittsford Dairy


  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
Holiday Lights Salvatores Saloon Scottsville
Salvatore’s Saloon in Scottsville


  1. Artisan Coffeehouse
  2. Salvatore’s Saloon 


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


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

Highly Recommended Restaurants in the Greater Rochester Nine County Region

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

Genesee County


  1. Bourbon & Burger Co

Darien Center

  1. Johnny Bear’s Restaurant


  1. D & R Depot Restaurant
  2. Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn
  3. Mooney’s Sports Bar & Grill


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

Livingston County


  1. Avon Inn
  2. Peppermints
  3. Village Restaurant
Caledonia Village Inn
Caledonia Village Inn


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


  1. Scovill’s Grill
  2. Sunrise Restaurant
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
Hook and Spoon
Hook & Spoon


  1. 3 Legged Pig BBQ
  2. Lakeville Family Restaurant
  3. Hook & Spoon
Gatherings at the Depot Leicester Station interior
Gatherings at the Depot in Leicester Station


  1. Gatherings at the Depot
American Hotel in Lima
American Hotel


  1. American Hotel
  2. Lima Diner
  3. Fanatics Pub
Highly recommended restaurants - Ember Woodfire
Ember Wood Fire Grill


  1. Ember Wood Fire Grill
  2. Livonia Inn
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


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


  1. Yard of Ale

Ontario County


  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

Clifton Springs

  1. Warfield’s Restaurant, Lounge & Bakery


  1. El Jimador
  2. 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. Redwood Restaurant
  4. Roots Café
  5. Sawmill Restaurant


  1. Chit Chat Café
  2. Lucca Wood Fire Bistro
  3. Otto Tomotto’s
Sams Diner Holley NY
Sam’s Diner

Orleans County


  1. Sam’s Diner


  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

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
Highly recommended restaurants - Caboose Lyons NY
The Caboose in Lyons NY

Wayne County


  1. The Caboose
  2. William Street Tavern


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


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


  1. Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit


  1. Chill & Grill
  2. Yellow Mills Diner


  1. El Rincon
  2. Hots Point


  1. Orbakers Drive In
  2. Original Candy Kitchen


  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
Highly recommended restaurants - Penn Yan Diner
Penn Yan Diner

Yates County

Penn Yan

  1. Andy’s BBQ Shack
  2. Penn Yan Diner
  3. Skyline Trading Post
  4. 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 
Hunter Dinerant
Hunter’s Dinerant in Auburn


  1. Hunter’s Dinerant


  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. Lake Effect Diner
  5. Swan Street Diner


  1. Emily’s Family Diner


  1. Donna’s Restaurant


  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. The Texas Café


  1. Lincoln Street Diner
  2. Moosewood


  1. Johnny’s Lunch
Lewiston Silo
The Silo


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


  1. Heid’s of Liverpool


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

Montour Falls

  1. Classic Chef’s


  1. Beef’n’Barrel
  2. 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


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


  1. Youngstown Village Diner

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3 thoughts on “359 Highly Recommended Restaurants, Diners, Cafes, Pubs, Bakeries, and Bars Around Rochester”

  1. 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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