Wild Noodles was a chain restaurant located near the intersection of East Henrietta Road and Jefferson Road, across from the Tops Plaza. Access from Jefferson via the Taco Bell led to the rear entrance and parking.
As of April 2009 there were only ten franchises in the chain, the Henrietta location was the only one in NY. The Corporate Website described Wild Noodles as a "fast-casual noodlery offering appetizers, noodles dishes, salads and desserts in a sophisticated and engaging environment..."
Vegan friendly food selection and customizations was available. Rice Noodle dishes were available for people with gluten allergies.
You could reserve a rear dining room for events. It seated 35 and had a 42" television.
An Eat Out Rochester review (7.25.06) was critical of the odd layout of the restaurant but praised the "extremely helpful and energetic staff." As for the food, the reviewer and dining companion found their appetizers and entrees to be not as spicy as expected, even those that were labelled "spicy." The reviewer's final verdict: "An interesting aspect of Wild Noodles is the array of menu items. The mix of Asian, Italian and American choice should attract a varied crowd. While I don’t anticipate this being an everyday choice for me, I would return to try another dish."
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2008-02-01 16:48:26 I went to the Rochester Wild Noodles in December with my Entertainment Coupon and they refused to let me use it unless I paid $2.50 for a cover charge or tip. Of course this is self service, so this makes no sense. When I asked him about that he said I have to pay my cooks some way. So I took my coupon and left. I just called again in February and they are still charging the $2.50 and refuse to honor the Entertainment coupon unless I pay it. This is a scam and needs to be reported somewhere. I called the Entertainment Book after my visit in December and nothing has been done. —BillWinch
2008-02-02 11:07:52 Went to Wild Noodles last night for the first time. Service was excellent, food was very good, and spicy. AND I used my Entertainment Coupon with no problem, and no extra charge. I'll return here for sure. —BrianWinton
2008-02-29 02:51:36 Food was fine though a little pricey and not my favorite restaurant by a fair margin. —EllaBeeney
2008-04-01 13:02:08 A person who I know through work was told he had to pay a fee to use the coupon this week. (4/1/08) —BadFish
2008-05-16 13:38:24 Dont get the Italian food, but the Mac and Cheese is delicious. Franchisee is very friendly and will work with you in any way to make the food enjoyable for you. —MrRochester
2008-05-20 20:09:36 If you're wild for a great meal, I suggest that you try somewhere else. I visited with two others this evening, and the food was mediocre at best—which is disappointing, as I really WANTED to like the place. I suppose it should have been a sign of things to come that we went at dinner time and there was hardly a soul to be found in the joint.
The quantity of food was decent—but it was overall very flavorless and bland. The Bangkok Peanut had hardly any flavor at all (aside from some crushed nuts on the top) and the beef was like biting into a tasteless solid. The Meatball and pasta dish was reportedly similar, and appeared to be majorly lacking sauce. They also have a garlic shrimp dish that has 4 tiny shrimps on it. The girl kept stating the cost of food is rising, but jeez... you already cut your coupon from "buy one get one free" to "buy one get one half price" and you're skimping on the quality of the food. I can't see this one surviving for a whole lot longer.
The icing on the cake, however, was when I mentioned the lack of flavor to the girl, and her solution was simply that I try the Teriyaki Stir Fry next time. Honestly, I don't think that there will be a next time. —LincolnComet
2008-06-06 13:54:06 Pretty good food, a nice owner, but a bit overpriced in my opinion. While I certainly empathize with the pressures that come with inflation, given that it's tough to get out of there for under $10/person, the signs noting buy one/get one is now buy one/get half off and "please only take two napkins" caused me to chuckle a bit. Still, not a bad fast casual option. —BrettDaly
2008-06-15 22:57:43 I've been here twice. The appetizers/desserts tend to better than the entrees. Potstickers and Chocolate Wontons are delicious, whereas the two asian noodle dishes I had were like big piles of bland mush. —TracyRohlin
2008-07-25 15:57:30 I think Wild Noodles shows some promise. The servers were polite, almost overbearingly so, and the setting was better than expected. However, the bland and grey Thai Rice Noodles with watery, undercooked tofu was a letdown. I would give it another chance, just not too soon. If I could trade the politeness of the servers for more competently cooked food, I would be back sooner. —dphil97
2008-12-18 12:43:00 It met all my very poor, poor expectations. The service was all right.. She was able to explain their "concept" (pick your noodles and your meat). The food was digestible but not, at all, memorable (good or bad). The floor and general appearance was dirty and oily/greasy. It's like a little, warm corner of depression and anxiety that serves up salty noodle dishes. —BatGuano
2009-12-26 16:57:15 Went today for lunch and there were papers covering the windows with a sign stating an Indian Restaurant was coming soon. —ScottHendler