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Guidebook for Rochester

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A Simple evenings dinner in a casual setting with consistently good food and friendly atmosphere. Garlic Parm chicken wings are the best in town!
Elmwood Inn
1256 Mount Hope Avenue
A Simple evenings dinner in a casual setting with consistently good food and friendly atmosphere. Garlic Parm chicken wings are the best in town!
Upscale trendy rustic contemporary restaurant with outstanding food, drinks, atmosphere and good peeps! Everything on the menu is super tasty.
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The Cub Room
739 S Clinton Ave
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Upscale trendy rustic contemporary restaurant with outstanding food, drinks, atmosphere and good peeps! Everything on the menu is super tasty.
This century-old, brick-&-wood brewery features a tasting bar, a rooftop deck & pub fare with breathtaking views of high falls and the downtown skyline.
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Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract Street
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This century-old, brick-&-wood brewery features a tasting bar, a rooftop deck & pub fare with breathtaking views of high falls and the downtown skyline.
$1 Oysters on Tuesdays nights. It gets packed so get there early.
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Lento
274 Goodman Street North
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$1 Oysters on Tuesdays nights. It gets packed so get there early.
Best vegan restaurant in town! (love the steak bomber!)
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The Red Fern
283 Oxford Street
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Best vegan restaurant in town! (love the steak bomber!)
Another tasty vegetarian restaurant with meat dish options as well.
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The Owl House
75 Marshall Street
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Another tasty vegetarian restaurant with meat dish options as well.
Upscale, romantic and cozy. One of the best Italian restaurants in town.
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Rocco
165 Monroe Avenue
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Upscale, romantic and cozy. One of the best Italian restaurants in town.
Finger licken good BBQ.
Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint
830 Jefferson Road
Finger licken good BBQ.
Tasty Asian dishes in a casual atmosphere.
The Soup Spoon
1378 Mount Hope Avenue
Tasty Asian dishes in a casual atmosphere.
Dessert and Wine Bar
Chocolate & Vines
757 University Ave
Dessert and Wine Bar
Very very very casual with amazingly fresh sushi at a great price.
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Shiki
1054 South Clinton Avenue
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Very very very casual with amazingly fresh sushi at a great price.
Soups, salads & sandwiches, plus breakfast & a kids' menu, in a casual cafe with sidewalk tables. President Obama visited here once a few years ago. His special is on the menu.
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Magnolia's Deli & Cafe
366 Park Avenue
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Soups, salads & sandwiches, plus breakfast & a kids' menu, in a casual cafe with sidewalk tables. President Obama visited here once a few years ago. His special is on the menu.
Cozy atmosphere, tasty food and great prices.
Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
318 East Ave
Cozy atmosphere, tasty food and great prices.
Upscale, Latin-inspired kitchen with craft cocktails & a candlelit atmosphere in a historic 1880s mansion. We've always had tasty meals here.
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Ox And Stone
282 Alexander St
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Upscale, Latin-inspired kitchen with craft cocktails & a candlelit atmosphere in a historic 1880s mansion. We've always had tasty meals here.
Vast offerings include pitas, kebabs & Mediterranean platters at this buzzy, earth-toned eatery. Outdoor seating in the summer.
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Sinbad's Mediterranean Cuisine
719 Park Avenue
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Vast offerings include pitas, kebabs & Mediterranean platters at this buzzy, earth-toned eatery. Outdoor seating in the summer.
Homemade family-run bagel shop offering a wide selection of healthy alternatives to fast food chains. Fresh bagels made in house for breakfast or lunch.
Balsam Bagels
288 Winton Rd N
Homemade family-run bagel shop offering a wide selection of healthy alternatives to fast food chains. Fresh bagels made in house for breakfast or lunch.
Aja noodle co. offers a new twist on the classic "noodle house" theme. Enjoy our traditional Asian noodles that we combine with abundant fresh flavors at affordable prices.
Aja Cantina
2602 Elmwood Avenue
Aja noodle co. offers a new twist on the classic "noodle house" theme. Enjoy our traditional Asian noodles that we combine with abundant fresh flavors at affordable prices.
AMAZING place to go for brunch. Old-school luncheonette features a big breakfast menu and energetic atmosphere.
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James Brown's Place
1356 Culver Road
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AMAZING place to go for brunch. Old-school luncheonette features a big breakfast menu and energetic atmosphere.
Old fashioned diner foods and fantastic breakfast.
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Highland Park Diner
960 South Clinton Avenue
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Old fashioned diner foods and fantastic breakfast.
Incredible lunch buffet with delicious choices
Thali of India
3259 South Winton Road
Incredible lunch buffet with delicious choices
The best Chinese cooking in city. Lunches are GREAT!
Chen Garden
1750 Monroe Ave
The best Chinese cooking in city. Lunches are GREAT!
Arts & Culture
Rochester’s premier theatre house
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Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Boulevard
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Rochester’s premier theatre house
A must see for Kids and Adults. The Strong is the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame and more. Explore a highly interactive museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. Toys and games from every generation- from video-game exhibits to a walk down "Sesame Street."
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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A must see for Kids and Adults. The Strong is the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame and more. Explore a highly interactive museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. Toys and games from every generation- from video-game exhibits to a walk down "Sesame Street."
World's foremost museum of photography and cinema located on the historic estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography.
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George Eastman House
900 East Avenue
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World's foremost museum of photography and cinema located on the historic estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography.
The theatre is the principal performance venue for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Eastman Opera Theatre presents fully staged operatic productions each spring. The theatre is the primary hall for the Eastman School's larger ensembles, including its orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and chorale.
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Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs Street
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The theatre is the principal performance venue for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Eastman Opera Theatre presents fully staged operatic productions each spring. The theatre is the primary hall for the Eastman School's larger ensembles, including its orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and chorale.
A one-of-a-kind, collection of art in a very unique setting. Perfect place to check out on a rainy day.
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ARTISANworks
565 Blossom Road
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A one-of-a-kind, collection of art in a very unique setting. Perfect place to check out on a rainy day.
Sprawling collection from medieval to contemporary works, with paintings by Rembrandt & Monet.
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Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
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Sprawling collection from medieval to contemporary works, with paintings by Rembrandt & Monet.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
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Parks & Nature
Highland Park is a beautiful 150 acre park that is host to many fun activities, events and interesting attractions including short hiking trails. Highland Park is the home of the Lilac Festival in May. The Lamberton Conservatory, which is a beautiful collection of plants from many different places and is is open all year around. Many memorials and gardens are located in the park, including The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Workers' Memorial, Victims' Rights Memorial, and the AIDS Remembrance Garden.
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Highland Park
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Highland Park is a beautiful 150 acre park that is host to many fun activities, events and interesting attractions including short hiking trails. Highland Park is the home of the Lilac Festival in May. The Lamberton Conservatory, which is a beautiful collection of plants from many different places and is is open all year around. Many memorials and gardens are located in the park, including The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Workers' Memorial, Victims' Rights Memorial, and the AIDS Remembrance Garden.
Drinks & Nightlife
50 beers on tap from around the world. Tasty fish fries, bangers and mash offered every day of the week!
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Tap and Mallet
381 Gregory Street
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50 beers on tap from around the world. Tasty fish fries, bangers and mash offered every day of the week!
Good Luck is a restaurant and popular nightspot offering cuisine made from seasonal, local ingredients, and craft cocktails.
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Good Luck
50 Anderson Avenue
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Good Luck is a restaurant and popular nightspot offering cuisine made from seasonal, local ingredients, and craft cocktails.
Tasty hard ciders from all over the world.
Mullers Cider House
1344 University Ave
Tasty hard ciders from all over the world.
Premium Craft Beer/Sports Bar with over 500 specialty and craft beers, 50 on tap. Signature food items include personal gourmet pizzas and their Barbarian Pretzel.
The Beer Market
1401 Mt Hope Ave
Premium Craft Beer/Sports Bar with over 500 specialty and craft beers, 50 on tap. Signature food items include personal gourmet pizzas and their Barbarian Pretzel.
Traditional British Pub serving authentic British fare & fine craft beer. BEST fish fry in town!
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The Old Toad
277 Alexander Street
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Traditional British Pub serving authentic British fare & fine craft beer. BEST fish fry in town!
Sightseeing
High Falls Center And Interpretative Museum
60 Browns Race
Shopping
One of kind, contemporary fine crafts 100% handmade in the United States and Canada.
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Craft Company No.6
785 University Avenue
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One of kind, contemporary fine crafts 100% handmade in the United States and Canada.
Over 300 vendors on Saturdays! Offering fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, cafes, coffee shops, breweries, and more. Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6am- 1pm. Saturdays from 5am - 3pm.
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City of Rochester Public Market
280 Union St N
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Over 300 vendors on Saturdays! Offering fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, cafes, coffee shops, breweries, and more. Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6am- 1pm. Saturdays from 5am - 3pm.
The Disneyland of grocery stores.
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Wegmans
1750 East Ave
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The Disneyland of grocery stores.
Entertainment & Activities
Indy movies
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The Little Theatre
240 East Avenue
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Indy movies
Galleries, studios, good eat, & boutiques. Many artists in Anderson Alley (250 N. Goodman) open their studios for the FREE First Fridays or Second Saturday of each month. A 4 stories building filled with artistry.
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Village Gate Square
274 Goodman Street North
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Galleries, studios, good eat, & boutiques. Many artists in Anderson Alley (250 N. Goodman) open their studios for the FREE First Fridays or Second Saturday of each month. A 4 stories building filled with artistry.
One of Rochester's best-known neighborhoods for strolling and shopping in an urban environment. Traveling east from Meigs to Culver you’ll
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Park Avenue
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One of Rochester's best-known neighborhoods for strolling and shopping in an urban environment. Traveling east from Meigs to Culver you’ll
Veteran nonprofit staging a variety of innovative theatrical productions, plus jazz concerts.
Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
20 Windsor Street
Veteran nonprofit staging a variety of innovative theatrical productions, plus jazz concerts.
The area also has many small green spaces, nifty old buildings, and is in walking distance to Highland Park and Mount Hope Cemetery. South Avenue and Gregory Street converge in the heart of South Wedge. This intersection marks the centerpoint of the locally-owned shops, cafes, bars, and other small businesses the Wedge is known for. You will not find one single national chain here. The Wedge has successfully developed a locavore culture that maintains its unique vibe and reinforces neighborhood pride. For food and drink, your options include a wine bar, a brewery, bakeries, wood-fried pizza, several funky coffee shops, a couple of good cheap diners, and Jamaican, Mexican, New Orleans, and Asian Fusion cuisine. For shopping you have several grocery options, plus small gift shops and clothing stores.
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South Wedge
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The area also has many small green spaces, nifty old buildings, and is in walking distance to Highland Park and Mount Hope Cemetery. South Avenue and Gregory Street converge in the heart of South Wedge. This intersection marks the centerpoint of the locally-owned shops, cafes, bars, and other small businesses the Wedge is known for. You will not find one single national chain here. The Wedge has successfully developed a locavore culture that maintains its unique vibe and reinforces neighborhood pride. For food and drink, your options include a wine bar, a brewery, bakeries, wood-fried pizza, several funky coffee shops, a couple of good cheap diners, and Jamaican, Mexican, New Orleans, and Asian Fusion cuisine. For shopping you have several grocery options, plus small gift shops and clothing stores.
The Playhouse is a bar, arcade and burger joint in Rochester, that opened in 2015 in a historic church.
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Swillburger
820 S Clinton Ave
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The Playhouse is a bar, arcade and burger joint in Rochester, that opened in 2015 in a historic church.