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Enchanting Evenings: Rochester’s Most Romantic Restaurants Revealed

Embark on a journey to enjoy the most romantic restaurants for date nights, milestones, and memorable culinary delights within a two-hour drive of Rochester. Whether planning an intimate table for two, a special night out with friends, celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary or just looking for a memorable place to indulge in culinary delights, Rochester’s dining scene caters to every occasion.

I recently reached out to the Day Trips Around Rochester, New York, community on Facebook and Instagram with a question: “From time to time, I’m asked for recommendations on where to find a romantic dining spot. The ideal setting often includes dim lighting, gentle music, a space encouraging intimate conversations, and unforgettable food. What restaurants can you recommend?”

Based on the responses in the comments, here are some fantastic recommendations to consider. Each one promises a unique and enchanting dining experience that you’re sure to love! These restaurants are each a testament to Rochester’s romantic spirit and culinary talent.

This is an ever-evolving list, and I’m delighted to add your recommendations anytime! I also plan to create a poll to vote on romantic restaurants and date-night favorites around Rochester, including food, music, dietary preferences, and atmosphere.

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City of Rochester

Apogee Wine Bar
Branca Midtown
Capri Wine Bar & Restaurant
Carnegie Wine Cellars
The Cub Room
Cure
Edibles
Fiorella
Flight Wine Bar
Grace & Disgrace
Leonore’s
Lento
Living Roots Wine & Co.
Mr. Dominic’s at the Lake
Native
The Old Toad
The Owl House
Pane Vino on The River
Park Avenue Pub *quiet
Polizzi’s
The Red Fern
Redd
The Revelry
Roam
Rocco
Rooney’s *quiet
Roux
Ristorante Lucano
Tapas 177
Tournedos Steakhouse
Velvet Belly
Vern’s
Vesper

Monroe County

BRIGHTON
Avvino
Max Chophouse
Phillips European

BROCKPORT
Piccolo Fazools Bistro

BUSHNELL’S BASIN
Branca Basin
Richardson’s Canal House

CHURCHVILLE
Naughton’s Johnson House

EAST ROCHESTER
Lemoncello
Perlo’s

FAIRPORT
Bocaccinis Italian Bistro & Bar
Compané Trattoria
The Porterhouse

GATES
Agatina’s

GREECE
Flight West
Lamplighter

HILTON
The Dakota

IRONDEQUOIT
Atlas Eats
The Pasta Villa *quiet

MENDON
Mendon 64

PENFIELD
Michael’s Valley Grill

PITTSFORD
Black & Blue
Monroe’s
Next Door
Pane Vino on The Avenue

SEA BREEZE
Nick’s Sea Breeze Inn

SPENCERPORT
Bad Apples Bistro

WEBSTER
Brimont Bistro
Cobblestone on Main
The Peppered Pig
Hedges
Proietti’s

Greater Rochester

BATAVIA
Alex’s Place

CALEDONIA
Village Inn

CANANDAIGUA
Bon Ami French Bistro
COHO Pizza & Wine Bar
Ferona
KiX ON MAIN
Rio Tomatlan
Rose Tavern at the Lake House

CASTILE
Glen Iris Inn

CLIFTON SPRINGS
Warfield’s

CUYLERVILLE
National Hotel

EAST AURORA
Roycroft Inn

FARMINGTON
Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar

GENEVA
Bellhurst Castle
Geneva on the Lake
Halsey’s
Kindred Fare
Ports Cafe
Torrey Park

HAMMONDSPORT
Park Inn

HIMROD
Sapalta

KEUKA PARK
The Mansion at Keuka Lake (Esperanza)

LAKEVILLE
Galene

LEROY
D & R Depot
Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn

LIVONIA
Ember Wood Fire Grill

MEDINA
Harvest at Bent’s Opera House
Zambistro

NAPLES
Hollerhorn Distilling
The Social at The Naples Hotel
Roots Cafe

NUNDA
The Whistling Farmer Pub

PIFFARD
Yard of Ale

ROMULUS
Field & Vine at Knapp Winery

STAFFORD
Red Osier

VICTOR
Otto Tomotto’s

WATERLOO
Bella’s Seneca Lake Steakhouse

Surrounding Counties

AUBURN
Elderberry Pond

BUFFALO
Hutch’s
Oliver’s
Patina 250
Waxlight Bar a Vin

CAZENOVIA
The Brae Loch Inn

LEONARDSVILLE
The Horned Dorset Inn

LOCKPORT
Shamus Restaurant

SKANEATELES
Bluewater Grill
The Krebs
Rosalie’s Cucina
Sherwood Inn

TRUMANSBURG
Hazelnut Kitchen
Inn at Taughannock Falls

WATERTOWN
Pete’s Trattoria

WILLIAMSVILLE
Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse
Russell’s
Salvatores Italian Garden

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Which are your favorite restaurants for a romantic meal?

This is an ever-evolving list, and I’m delighted to add your recommendations anytime!

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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