Morningstar Restaurant

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Location Morningstar.jpgMorningstar Restaurant, 5-2008
850 Merchants Road, Rochester, NY 14609 [Directions]
Sunday - Thursday: 7:00AM to 3:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 7:00AM to 9:00PM
585 482 0331
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Morningstar Restaurant is a Greek diner in an old car dealership in Culver-Merchants. They pride themselves on their small-town everyone-knows-your-name atmosphere. It's been open since April of 2005.

"Maria and Elias Triantafilou immigrated to Rochester and worked for several established Greek style eaterys, but they wanted to taste the fruits of their labor. So they persued their dream and have been operating their own family owned diner for four years. "1


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2006-09-14 08:04:44   Checked it out for breakfast one Saturday AM when the line for James Brown's (around the corner) was too long. I used to go regularly when it was Sabor Bakery which had the best Spanish pastries in town. Anyhow, it had just opened and the place was mostly empty. The service was slow and the stereo was playing adult contemporary at a volume loud enough that I had to ask them to turn it down. The food was OK, nothing special. I’ll have to go back for dinner and try their Greek food. —ZedOmega

2006-12-20 08:39:54   My go to place for breakfast during the week. Service is quick, and the breakfast special is the best in town. I stop in for a gyro once in a while at lunch, but my favorite offering at Morningstar is the morning meal. Maria is a charming hostess, and Lou does a great job in the kitchen. Grace is probably the city's finest diner waitress. The coffee is always fresh and good. —JackPorcello

2007-07-09 11:55:38   One year later. My above review says their breakfast was OK. Well not any more. My French toast was served using nearly rock-hard stale bread. I couldn't cut it with a table knife it was so hard. My bacon was very under-cooked and after sending it back to the kitchen was returned to me well over-cooked. When you drop bacon on your plate and it shatters, it my bit a bid too done… My over-easy eggs were also very under-cooked. I’m not shy about eating a slightly slimey egg, but at least serve them somewhat cooked! And lastly they added up my bill wrong.

Bad French toast, bad bacon, bad eggs, and a bad bill – that’s 4 strikes and one heck of an easy call.


2007-11-15 21:02:51   I continue to frequent Morningstar restaurant, and have not experienced any decline in the quality of food or in the value for the dollar. The diner has a loyal following, and keeps a steady clientele of people from all walks of like.

Sorry you had a bad experience, Zed. So far, however, they keep producing the goods for me. Best place for breakfast in the area besides possibly Jines on Park Ave. —JackPorcello

2007-12-05 16:36:45   I go here for breakfast almost every Saturday and have always had great service and great food. The sausage gravy and biscuits with corned beef hash and eggs has to be the best breakfast ever thought up. Everything else is good too. They'll even put meaty hot sauce over your eggs, home fries, and sausage patties to give you a sort of breakfast garbage plate. Its a winner in my eyes! —GeorgeBluth

2008-05-26 16:40:18   Doesn't look like much from the outside. Inside is very simple too but clean and very bright during the day, lots of windows. Service was pleasant and quick, and the food was good basic diner breakfast stuff. I ordered a platter that came with a salmon fillet and that was a bit dry but it was the only disappointment, they also make breakfast plates with souvlaki and other Greek things, and since that's their background, perhaps I should have stuck to those. In any case it was a nice meal, two breakfasts with 2 coffees (and my plate came with Baklava for dessert) for under $20 before tip. We'll be back, a nice neighborhood place. —DottieHoffmann

2008-07-07 16:49:09   This place is much nicer inside than out. We ate in a pretty large group and we all enjoyed breakfast here. The owner (I think?) was very pleasant also and greeted us as we came in and when we left. —SaraChristine

2011-07-22 08:51:43   Place has gone downhill, no longer a regular stop for me. —JackPorcello

2013-01-22 10:05:45   20013-01-22 Went for breakfast this morning, it was GREAT! Two friends joined us and we all enjoyed our breakfast. I typically go once a week and can't remember ever having a bad breakfast. The thing I like the most is the consistency. When I ask for my potatoes and onions (homefries) well done, they always come perfect. They were GREAT! Other restaurants when I ask for well done, they often come barely cooked. Nothing worse than raw onions in homefries. Maria and Louie are always pleasant and cheerful. I can't understand why more people haven't found this gem. Their chicken breast sandwich is wonderful at lunch by the way. As Billy would say it's HUGE! —GeoffJones