Pelican's Nest Restaurant

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566 River St, Rochester NY, 14612 [Directions]
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Hours (as of December 2015)
Monday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 2:00AM
Sunday: Noon to 2:00AM
585 663 5910

Pelican's Nest is a waterfront restaurant, with boat dockage, located on the west side of the Genesee River directly opposite Hojack Swing Bridge (photo at right). Both inside and outside deck seating "under the palm trees." About 1/4 mile from Ontario Beach Park and the Port of Rochester. Not quite "a slice of Key West", it does offer that waterside experience.

The "Pelican" caters to those who like to party after dark. with nightly DJ starting at 6:00pm Mon-Sat. Check their website for featured band appearances.


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2008-07-10 17:35:59   My wife and I had lunch there today, beautiful breezy day - fun watching the kids out taking their sailing lessons, a couple paddling the canoe upstream, big sailboats with Maple Leaf flags docking across the way at the Coast Guard Station Port of Entry, and the seagulls and Mallards sharing the waterfront. The food was very good, we recommend the spinach-artichoke dip appetizer. My Cuban Pannini was excellent and the fries were great. Had several wines to choose from by the glass or bottle. Afterward we walked around Ontario Beach park and my wife road the Carousel. A nice Anniversary lunch date !! —BradMandell

2009-03-19 22:44:19   Very pleasant place to have lunch or dinner when the weather is nice. The food was all good and the servers were friendly and helpful. —PrincessB

2009-03-20 11:10:54   Never eaten here. Has potential to be a nice chill bar in the summer. But the clientele ruins it, feels like you are at a bar in NJ or SoCal. If you love Growing Up Gotti or The Sopranos, you will love the Pelicans Nest. —MrRochester

2009-03-20 11:31:13   I went here a few years ago ( so my info may be out of date. ) for lunch. The food was fine, but the atmosphere sucked. We were out on the desk and they were blasting the music in the middle of the day, and the crowd was correspondingly loud to try to be heard over it. Thoroughly unpleasant for someone who just wanted a chance to sit by the river and have a meal. —RichMulvey

2009-03-20 20:20:27   what MrRochester said. —NathanHenderson

2009-05-20 14:38:20   eaten here once, ordered a pasta dish and remember it being just ok. it was pretty festive and lively. the water was what appealed to me as a different place to go (as it was a bit of a drive for me), but as stated above the crowd didn't really do it for me either. i was expecting lively, but now i have a completely new way to define the lively i'm looking for. —Leisel

2010-07-30 21:36:25   Gotta say , I don't see why this place is so popular. Food is just basic bar stuff and the view of the rusty bridge really doesn't do it for me. Waterside dining is not a cure for everything. One positive was the service that was friendly and prompt. Not saying that I won't go back, but will not make a special trip. —almorinelli

2011-06-07 14:10:24   I tried this place rfor something different for lunch on a nice day. The view was really nice, but apparently smoking is allowed on the deck which really detracted from the experience since we were smelling cigar smoke the entire meal. The food was average, I had chicken french and my friend had quesadillas, both were good, but not great. The server was friendly and pretty attentive, and even though there weren't many people there, there was definately a wanna be NJ vibe. I definately would'nt go during the busy hours, but for a decent lunch with a different view it's not bad. —carolturo