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Rochester is home to an amazingly diverse collection of restaurants - everything from diners and family joints to regional and national chains to upscale dining experiences. In fact, Western to Central New York - roughly Buffalo to Syracuse - is said to have the least number of chain restaurants per capital in the country (with the exception of New York City). This is attributed to the large number of independent restaurants with loyal local customer basis.1

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Restaurant Styles
Breakfast Buffets Cafes Casual Gourmet
Chains Diners Family Restaurants Fast Food
Take-Out Upscale
Cuisines
Asian Food BBQ Caribbean Food Chinese Food
Eclectic Foods Ethiopian Food European Food German Food
Greek Food Halal Foods Indian Food Italian Food
Japanese Food Korean Food Kosher Food Lebanese Food
Mediterranean Food Mexican Food Pizzerias Rochester Cuisine
Seafood Southern Cuisine Steakhouses Thai Food
Turkish Food Vegan Vegetarian Vietnamese Food
Specific Foods
Bagels Beer Bubble Tea Cakes
Donuts Garbage Plates Hots Rochester Hamburgers
Subs Wings
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Alfresco Dining Bakeries Bar Food Catering
Cheap Food Coffeehouses Delis Delivery
Farm Markets Frozen Yogurt Gluten-Free Grocery Stores
Hole-in-the-Wall Ice Cream Parlors Juice Bars Street Meat
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Breakfast

Listing of restaurants that offer a breakfast menu. Note that most downtown restaurants are open only for breakfast and lunch.

    1. Sit-down Service
      1. City of Rochester
      2. Regional
    2. 24-Hour Service
    3. Sandwiches, Pastries & Bagels
    4. Major Chains
    5. Brunch
      1. City of Rochester
      2. Regional
    6. See Also

Sit-down Service

City of Rochester

Regional

24-Hour Service

Sandwiches, Pastries & Bagels

Major Chains

Brunch

See also: Buffets

City of Rochester

Regional

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Buffets

List of restaurants that offer buffets, broken down by cuisine.

American

Brunch

Chinese

Indian

Pizza

Other

Cafes

Independent

City of Rochester
Regional

National Chains

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Chain Restaurants

List of chain restaurants in and around Rochester.

Listed Separately

Local to the Rochester Area

Local to New York

National Chains

Diners

Rochester does not disappoint when it comes to unique and interesting diners1. Some of them are cheap, some are sleazy, all will keep refilling your coffee.

Also see Family Restaurants for list of family restaurants that often mimic the diner experience but are not quite diners.

City of Rochester

Regional

Family Restaurants

Our Family Restaurants provides a category listing of restaurants that are moderate priced, sit-down, eating establishments with a variety of menu choices. Typically, the family restaurants do not have a bar or serve alcohol and may have specific children's menus or menu sections. There may be some overlap between family restaurants and diners, which typically have counter seating and/or are built in the old-fashion diner building style.

Independent

City of Rochester

Regional

Chains

  • Cracker Barrel - Henrietta

  • Denny's - Gates, Henrietta, Perinton, and Victor

  • Friendly's - Brighton, Gates, Greece, Henrietta, Victor, and Webster

  • IHOP - Henrietta and Irondequoit

Take-Out Food

Most restaurants now allow customers to pick up ready-to-eat food for off-premise consumption, sometimes for an extra fee. Establishments on this page primarily operate as take-out restaurants by having little or no seating.

City of Rochester

Regional

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Asian Food

The Asian Food page lists restaurants that are not (exclusively) Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, or Indian. Also includes Asian Fusion, which combines the cuisines of multiple cultures.

City of Rochester

Regional

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Caribbean Food

List of restaurants that includes Puerto Rican, Dominican, Jamaican, and others.

Chinese Food

Takeout Only

Dim Sum

Dine-In

City of Rochester

Regional

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Eclectic Foods

Restaurants that don't really fit into any other category.

Ethiopian Food

List of restaurants serving Ethiopian cuisine.

European Food

Restaurants serving European cuisine that is not German, Italian, or Greek.

German Food

City of Rochester

Regional

Halal Foods

The Halal Foods page covers both restaurants and grocery stores that provide foods that comply with [wikipedia]Halal, the Islamic dietary law. Below we provide space for Certified Locations (those that display a Halal certificate) and some that sources, such as the staff or our viewers specify comply.

Certified Locations

Restaurants

Grocery and Meat Markets

Indian Food

Restaurants in and around Rochester specializing in Indian cuisine.

City of Rochester

Suburbs

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Italian Food

A list of Italian restaurants in Rochester and the surrounding area.

City of Rochester

A large list of reviews about Italian restaurants in Rochester can be found [WWW]here.

Regional

See also: Pizza

Korean Food

List of restaurants specializing in Korean food.

See also: Asian Food

Kosher Food

Rochester is home to the largest Jewish community in New York State outside of the New York City metro area. For religiously observant Jews, Rochester has a variety of kosher certified establishments to purchase food. In addition to the bakeries, restaurants, delis, and other places on this list, supermarkets Wegmans and Tops have a wide selection of kosher goods for sale. Local liquor stores also carry a selection of kosher wines.

[WWW]Kosher Law Protection Act of 2004 requires that consumers of food represented as kosher in New York be provided with information identifying the person or organization certifying that food as kosher. The department of agriculture for NYS maintains a database you can search of establishments that have registered.

See also: Bagels, Rochester Kosher Services

Lebanese Food

Restaurants in the Rochester area that serve Lebanese cuisine.

See also: Mediterranean Food

Mediterranean Food

List of restaurants serving cuisine from the Mediterranean region. Can be European, North African, or Middle Eastern.

City of Rochester

Regional

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Mexican Food

List of restaurants serving Mexican cuisine in Rochester and the surrounding area. Includes variations such as Tex-Mex.

City of Rochester

Regional

Pizza

See Pizza Info for further details, resources and by locality.

Local to the Area

City of Rochester

Regional

Regional Chains

National Chains

See Also

Rochester Cuisine

Rochester has many restaurants at all price points serving a variety of cuisine. But the following restaurants serve primarily what some call "Rochester Cuisine" - Garbage Plates, Hots, Hot Sauce and Rochester Hamburgers

Seafood

The following restaurants have a significant portion of their menu dedicated to fish and seafood.

City of Rochester

Suburbs

Southern Cuisine

A listing of restaurants that offer cuisine from the American South, such as Cajun, Creole, and Lowcountry. This category also includes African-American soul food, which is closely related and has Southern origins.

City of Rochester

Regional

Steakhouses

The following restaurants have a significant portion of their menu dedicated to steaks and chops.

City of Rochester

Regional

Thai Food

List of restaurants in the Rochester area serving the cuisine of Thailand.

City of Rochester

Regional

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Vegan Dining Guide

This page lists vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, supermarkets, and more in and near Rochester, NY.

    1. Restaurants
      1. Entirely Vegan
      2. Some Vegan Options
        1. City of Rochester
        2. Regional
    2. Bakeries and Desserts
    3. Bars
    4. Coffee Shops
    5. Food Trucks
    6. Supermarkets
    7. See Also

Restaurants

Entirely Vegan

Some Vegan Options

City of Rochester

  • 2 Vine: Vegan option listed on the menu.

  • Abyssinia: Has a separate vegetarian section on the menu (whose dishes are vegan).

  • Aladdins Natural Eatery: Lots of options are vegan-by-default.

  • Balsam Bagels: A wide variety of vegan bagels, vegan cream cheeses, daily vegan soups, and vegan pastries.

  • Bruegger's: Many of their bagels are vegan (check the website or ask for ingredients in-store).

  • Charlie's Frog Pond: Vegan options on the menu.

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: Chipotle publishes a [WWW]guide for vegan diners.

  • Chocolate and Vines: Vegan vegetable terrine

  • Dinosaur BBQ: Vegan portabellla sandwich/plate

  • Dogtown: Vegan hot dots, vegan chili, vegan garbage plates, and more. Vegan specials every Thursday.

  • Flavors of Asia: Vegan options. Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese

  • Good Luck: Many of the options on the menu are vegan. Options are not labeled, though, so ask your waiter!

  • Golden Port: Vegan options. Pan-Asian with Thai, Korean, Chinese & Vietnamese (including many types of veggie sushi)

  • Hogan's Hideaway: Vegan options

  • India House Express: The Express restaurant in Upper Mount Hope labels vegan options.

  • John's Tex-Mex Eatery: Staff is very vegan-aware. Willing to "veganize" almost anything by swapping cheese and sour cream for guacamole.

  • Jine's Restaurant: Menu includes and labels one or two vegan options.

  • Just Juice: Mostly vegan, but offers to use honey in drinks.

  • La Casa Restaurant: Mexican with vegan options.

  • Marshall Street Bar and Grill: Vegan sloppy joe, vegan chili & vegan hot dog. Also: Tots!

  • Mattie’s Restaurant and Bakery

  • Mex: Mexican with vegan options. Inexpensive tacos on Tuesday night at the bar (Taco Tuesdays). Vegan offerings include tofu, beans & housemade seitan.

  • Moe's Southwest Grill: Many taco and burrito fillings to choose from, including tofu. Watch out for non-vegan fillings accidentally spilling into the vegan ones if you care about that sort of thing.

  • Open Face Sandwich Eatery: Menu notes sandwiches that are vegan or can be made vegan. Offers vegan split cookies.

  • Orbs: Vegan meatball on the menu

  • The Owl House: Huge selection of vegan dishes. Brunch, dinner, dessert, and more.

  • Plum House: Japanese with vegan options.

  • Rocco: Authentic Italian with a few vegan options - veggie pizza, pasta, salad & sides (be sure to order "no cheese" on these, by default most come with cheese)

  • Shiki: Japanese with vegan options

  • Sultan: Vegetarian options clearly labeled, many of which are vegan.

  • Sol Burrito: Vegan friendly. Lists some vegan items on the menu.

  • Taste of Ethiopia: Some vegan items listed on the menu.

  • Tavern 58: Welcoming of vegans, vegan cheese listed on the menu.

  • Voula's Greek Sweets: Several vegan dishes and desserts labeled on the menu.

Regional

Bakeries and Desserts

Bars

  • Marshall Street Bar and Grill: Vegan sloppy joe, vegan chili & vegan hot dog. Also: Tots!

  • Mex: Mexican with vegan options. Inexpensive tacos on Tuesday night at the bar (Taco Tuesdays). Vegan offerings include tofu, beans & housemade seitan.

  • Rochester Taproom: Same owners as Tap & Mallet. Vegan sausages (Field Roast brand) on a hoagie roll with various vegan options for toppings, comes with salad or fries. Heads-up, balsamic vinaigrette has honey, Italian dressing is vegan.

  • Tap & Mallet: Impressive vegan menu for a bar. Many than enough options to make a few meals. Daily vegan entrée.

Coffee Shops

A handful of coffee shops around Rochester offer vegan pastries.

Food Trucks

Supermarkets

See Also

Vegetarian Food

The following restaurants, delis, and grocery stores have a substantial number of vegetarian items available:

See Also

Vietnamese Food

List of restaurants specializing in Vietnamese cuisine.

City of Rochester

Suburbs

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