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Food/Drink in Downtown Rochester
Here are a couple of diners, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and snack shops I enjoy in the downtown Rochester area! For more recommendations, search the Park Avenue, Southwedge, or Public Market areas. This article is also helpful: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/new-york/articles/10-of-the-best-restaurants-in-rochester-ny-top-local-eats/
Good for a quick, cheap breakfast. Very fast service, and is in a cute airstream trailer!
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Highland Park Diner
960 South Clinton Avenue
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Good for a quick, cheap breakfast. Very fast service, and is in a cute airstream trailer!
Probably the best sushi in Rochester, but has somewhat irregular hours (not open Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday)
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Shiki
1054 South Clinton Avenue
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Probably the best sushi in Rochester, but has somewhat irregular hours (not open Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday)
Great ice cream in downtown Rochester! Very fresh flavors
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Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream
672 South Avenue
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Great ice cream in downtown Rochester! Very fresh flavors
Popular coffee spot in the Park Avenue neighborhood. Lots of restaurants and bars in this area -- very walkable.
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Glen Edith Coffee Roasters
23 Somerton Street
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Popular coffee spot in the Park Avenue neighborhood. Lots of restaurants and bars in this area -- very walkable.
Another popular coffee shop -- more of a minimalist aesthetic (no wifi!)
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Ugly Duck Coffee
89 Charlotte St
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Another popular coffee shop -- more of a minimalist aesthetic (no wifi!)
Where to go if you want the infamous, Rochester "Garbage Plate"!
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Dogtown
691 Monroe Avenue
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Where to go if you want the infamous, Rochester "Garbage Plate"!
More upscale restaurant and bar; usually very busy, so reservations are recommended! If not, you can usually get a seat at the bar. Good to go with large groups, as the menu is intended for sharing.
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Good Luck
50 Anderson Avenue
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More upscale restaurant and bar; usually very busy, so reservations are recommended! If not, you can usually get a seat at the bar. Good to go with large groups, as the menu is intended for sharing.
Great Italian spot with fresh, handmade pasta
Fiorella
5 Rochester Public Market
Great Italian spot with fresh, handmade pasta
Good spot for appetizers and great cocktails. I usually go here when I'm waiting for a table at Fiorella -- it's a few doors down!
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Cure
50 Rochester Public Market
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Good spot for appetizers and great cocktails. I usually go here when I'm waiting for a table at Fiorella -- it's a few doors down!
One of the more popular bars in Rochester for cocktails; also has beer and wine. Usually busier later in the evenings; also has a food truck out back!
The Daily Refresher
293 Alexander Street
One of the more popular bars in Rochester for cocktails; also has beer and wine. Usually busier later in the evenings; also has a food truck out back!
Quirky pizza joint and cocktail bar; also turns into a late night bar as well.
Swan Dive
289 Alexander St
Quirky pizza joint and cocktail bar; also turns into a late night bar as well.
Vegan and non-vegan food in a historic house. Great patio out back in summer!
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The Owl House
75 Marshall Street
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Vegan and non-vegan food in a historic house. Great patio out back in summer!
Another great vegan restaurant and bakery in the Park Ave. neighborhood.
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The Red Fern
283 Oxford Street
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Another great vegan restaurant and bakery in the Park Ave. neighborhood.
Great stop for a quick sandwich, soup, or salad -- very casual.
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Magnolia's Deli & Cafe
366 Park Avenue
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Great stop for a quick sandwich, soup, or salad -- very casual.
Wine bar in the Southwedge neighborhood. Also has a cocktail bar (Cheshire) upstairs!
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Solera Wine Bar
647 South Avenue
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Wine bar in the Southwedge neighborhood. Also has a cocktail bar (Cheshire) upstairs!
A newer, upscale restaurant in the Southwedge. Very intimate space with special, set menu.
Relish
651 South Ave
A newer, upscale restaurant in the Southwedge. Very intimate space with special, set menu.
Quirky donut and fried chicken spot in the Public Market area
Boxcar
127 Railroad St
Quirky donut and fried chicken spot in the Public Market area
Rochester Breweries
Rochester is not a huge brewery town, but it's growing! Here are a few options.
Roc Brewing Co., LLC
56 S Union St
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Swiftwater Brewing Company
378 Mount Hope Avenue
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Fifth Frame Brewing Co.
155 St Paul St
Rohrbach Brewing Co. Railroad Street Beer Hall
97 Railroad Street
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Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract St
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Three Heads Brewing
186 Atlantic Ave
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Museums/Attractions
Rochester has a few museums and historic spots worth visiting! Here is a short list.
Amazing collection of photography and photography history. Housed in former Eastman Kodak founder, George Eastman's mansion. Also houses the Dryden Theater, one of the only nitrate film theaters in the country. Definitely worth a visit if you have never been!
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George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue
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Amazing collection of photography and photography history. Housed in former Eastman Kodak founder, George Eastman's mansion. Also houses the Dryden Theater, one of the only nitrate film theaters in the country. Definitely worth a visit if you have never been!
Small collection of (mostly) American Art, in the Neighborhood of the Arts area.
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Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
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Small collection of (mostly) American Art, in the Neighborhood of the Arts area.
The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play.
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play.
Museum dedicated to community education in science, technology and local history. The museum also operates the Strasenburgh Planetarium, located next to the museum.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
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Museum dedicated to community education in science, technology and local history. The museum also operates the Strasenburgh Planetarium, located next to the museum.
The graves of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and others are in this historic cemetery. A beautiful walk on a sunny spring, summer, or fall day!
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Mount Hope Cemetery
1133 Mount Hope Avenue
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The graves of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and others are in this historic cemetery. A beautiful walk on a sunny spring, summer, or fall day!