Hogan's Hideaway

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Former Location
197 Park Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 [Directions]
Status (as of November 2016)
Closed

Hogans Hideaway was a family restaurant that has been a fixture on Park Avenue for over twenty years. During that time the restaurant underwent many expansions, but the concept has remained the same: fresh food in generous portions. They served only fresh fish and fresh meats, baked their own bread, hand-made their own pasta, and relied on homemade desserts. Hogan's Park Ave Ale, Pale Ale and Apricot Blonde were brewed by Custom BrewCrafters. There was also a seasonal brunch. They had indoor and outdoor seating, plus an ambient bar and lounge area. Inside, Hogan's was known for its collection of fancy vintage hats and umbrellas. They also had a food truck.

Awards

Hogans was voted "Best Family Restaurant" in City Newspaper's 'Best Of' Awards in 2008, and "Best Established Restaurant" in 2009 and 2010.123

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HogIn.jpgHogan's interior, 6-2008 Hogans 1.jpgFront Sign, 8-2013 Hogans 2.jpgMural, 8-2013

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2009-01-26 13:36:18   The first time I ordered a pastrami on rye sandwich and loved it. The second time I went in and ordered the same thing and it sucked indescribably. The third time I went in we walked out because we couldn't find anything on the menu worth ordering. Our server said "Is there something wrong?" I couldn't make anything polite up so I just said "We gotta go..." It seems like an overstylized diner with overpriced specials. There are places that knock my socks off every time and those are the places that will continue to get my hard earned greenbacks. —PersonFace


2009-02-12 17:22:33   A new guy bought the restaurant and then ruined it. The guy fired every employee that worked their (some people worked there for five or more years), except for a bartender their who is a a$$hol# to every customer. NONE of the food is being made fresh anymore. They fired the chefs and hired 7 dollar an hours people to microwave your soup. This is not the place it used to be. I went there two days ago because i used to like the food and the menu is changed. Do you want to pay 12 dollars for a grilled ham and cheese sandwich? I would skip this place and save your money. —kilnbaker


2009-02-18 21:34:40   I agree with Kiln on every point but one, and this is a major difference. He is quite right that Hogan's recent takeover has been a tragedy for the food quality of the establishment. However, he could not be more wrong about the bartender. He has always shown my friends and I the utmost courtesy and respect, consistently offering helpful drink suggestions and a quick hand to refresh the peanut bowl. He is in fact the only reason we go to Hogan's. His conversational prowess, expertise, and music selection keep this place on our radar despite the changes in ownership. We'll be going there for as long as he is tending bar. —JeffreyL


2009-03-21 08:17:18   Before I write this I have to admit I don't have terribly high standards just the standard that the restaurant has made for themselves with previous visits. I tell it how it is. I took 2 friends to eat at Hogans a few fridays ago for lunch. It was HORRIBLE!!!! I ordered something that I thought couldn't be screwed up, a Friday fish fry. It was so over cooked it was the color or burnt carmel and the fish had withered down into nothing but while flakes inside the beer batter. I ate the fries and went hungry rather than get a case of the shits and or my food altered. My girlfriend asked for alternatives to her side of white rice next to her scallops and the waitress acted like she was personally insulted with the request. The waitress couldn't even offer her a potato. WTF? So my gf requested a salad trying to keep it simple— waitress says "let me go ask" she returned with a house salad and just ads it on our bill and leaves the white rice in the kitchen. If we were paying for the rice at least bring it out and tell us not add it to the already over priced item on the lunch menu. So to top our visit off the person we were celebrating his retirement was served what looked like a plate that came out of nick tohoe's kitchen. For what was described as a great steak sandwich made steak-um look like a gourmet treat! I think Park Ave restaurants are taking the bad economy and turning it into an excuse to lower the quality of there food and up the prices. I will not be donating anymore of my hard earned $ to hogans any time soon! —LissaaW


2009-06-03 18:43:06   I had a great meal here the other night. The veggie burger was superb and the accompanying fries were delicious. The price was also very reasonable. My only complaint was that the waitress wasn't very friendly at all. She seemed annoyed to have to actually wait on a table. —mooster42000


2009-06-22 16:53:30   I've eaten here 4 times. The first 3 times were great and I had no complaints. The fourth (and final) time was Wednesday 6/17 for a late lunch. We were a group of 6, I had decided to bring my out of town relatives here to grab a quick bite to eat, knowing Hogan's is a fun, local place. There were only 3 other tables of guests in the whole place, yet the service was unbelievably slow. We had to wait a really long time to get our drinks, and again to place our order, and again to get our food, and yet again to get our dessert, and finally get the check. There was also a chunk of bread or something in one of the water glasses which practically ruined my appetite. It is extremely unfortunate that even though the food was decent, the service ruined our experience. —LaurenRogers


2009-06-24 11:01:45   Been going here for about 8 years. They have (had) a great chicken sandwich and an underrated cheeseburger. So last night I got my chicken sandwich with the honey dressing. Something was up because everything was different. Bread, honey dressing, sweet potato fries...heck..even noticed the pickle was different. The old bread was so good that the new bread just about killed the sandwich. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't the predictable staple I've enjoyed for years. The Italian Wedding soup was forgettable. The peanut butter fudge pie was good, and seemed the same, so at least they've got that going for them. Service was decent but miss the old staff. —JohnBarry


2009-10-23 10:45:10   I heard through the grapevine...that it's under new ownership? Is this true?? I hope not. —GretaKat


2009-11-15 18:23:43   We came here once on Friday. We were told there was a 45 minute wait, so we left. Fair enough... We then made a reservation a couple weeks later. When we showed up on time, we were told we would have to wait 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, we were told "we have your table, we just have to get it ready". (This seems to have been a lie.) After another 10 or 15 minutes with no word or apology, we finally left (and had a nice meal down the street at Magnolia). The host wasn't really rude, but wasn't at all apologetic, and offered no explanation. We won't be coming back. —kong


2009-11-24 11:00:19   An update: Hogan's unceremoniously dumped our favorite bartender over the summer. When we went in (for the last time) we heard the news from his successor who laughed at the sad fate of our friend. What's the point of a neighborhood bar that treats its neighbors so poorly? —JeffreyL


2009-12-31 10:50:03   Was one of our favorites under the old ownership.Based on all the negative reviews since new owner we had not returned. Went this past weekend and must say was pleasently surprised. I thought we had the best service we have ever had there. While we didn't have anything fancy for dinner( burger for me salad for my wife) can't say I noticed any dropoff in quality. See no reason not to return. —almorinelli


2010-01-25 16:40:23   I went to this place in Sept. of 2009. It was just plain awful. I had a "pan seared tuna" steak over a salad. The tuna had to be from a can. What a mistake. I agree w/ the poster who said go to Magnolias. Magnolias is much better, and you get more for your money there. —ScottLaRock


2010-02-22 20:20:18   I visited Hogans Hideaway on or around February 14th for lunch. I was very pleased with the experience. The food was excellent. Their french onion soup is absolutely delicious. I shall be returning. —JoannaLicata


2010-08-11 13:38:42   I've been going to Hogan's Hideaway occasionally since 1988; great food and never a disappointment. I hadn't been for a few years but decided to go back, remembering their daily menu that always had something unique and appealing. Now the specials on the blackboard didn't even fill the board, whereas I remember them having so many that they could barely fit them. I decided on one and ordered it only to be told that they were out of that item. (it's a blackboard, right? erase it!). So I fell back to a pasta dish and while awaiting our server's return, that item was crossed off by a different server. So I chose an appetizer off the printed menu. After hearing that the appetizer I choose was no longer served and hadn't been served for months, I had enough; we left and went elsewhere. If they have what you order, you might be pleasantly surprised. —RichardSchreiber


2010-09-17 00:04:04   I have been a patron for the last twenty years. This place really used to be something special. The food is just terrible now and the specials are not special at all. Very disappointing and a tragic loss for Rochester. —PMazur


2010-10-03 21:05:35   I love, love, love, love, LOVE this place! Tons of vegan options, and they're super accommodating. My favorite menu item is the veggie melt sandwich with onion rings on the side (great onion rings, but their fries are great too). I will say, though, do not order the mushroom sandwich. It's horrible. Too many competing flavors. It's a sandwich with identity issues! Pics and more info on my blog review: [WWW]http://afreshnewstomach.blogspot.com/2010/10/meanwhile-back-at-hideaway.htmlEveeDream


2010-11-28 21:33:17   Pretty good food. Was disappointed the first time as they were out of diet soda as well as the dish that i had planned on ordering. Service is not the best —HappyResident4


2010-12-01 17:02:07   I had a pretty negative experience with this place recently, and I will NOT be back. This place is not vegan friendly in the slightest. It's a long story, so I've blogged about it. Here's the link: [WWW]http://www.afreshnewstomach.com/2010/12/hogans-hideaway-is-now-on-my-black-list.htmlEveeDream


2012-02-19 17:13:01   One of my absolute favorite local restaurants. Even the simplest things on the menu taste like they were made with great care and thought. My whole family loves the place - I've never had a bad meal here. —TimCrist


2012-03-10 09:25:22   Very much a nook in the hole on Park. Usually great for any pasta dishes - they make their pasta from scratch and it definitely pays off because it's always delicious. Can't really recommend other dishes though - it's about the same as any other average meal you can get anywhere else, but their pastas are fantastic! —AGoldman


2013-05-04 01:27:12   Another great local restaurant that now sucks. Awful food now. Terrible service. Also, they "close at 10 PM", but they turn people away starting at 9:30. So, basically: They're horrible now. I don't go there anymore. —SeanO'Neal


2013-07-29 16:47:40   I wrote a critical review of this place a few years ago, but I've been back a couple times since then. I've been pleased with the food both times I came here. Service was top notch as well. It's back in our rotation. —johnbarry


2016-11-16 17:48:57   Currently closed (hoping for sale and 2017 reopening); food truck is for sale: [WWW]http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/rocflavors/2016/11/16/hogans-hideaway/93955794/markjackson