Critically acclaimed since its inception, Prime Steakhouse serves a menu’s worth of choice sirloin, seafood, and poultry in a dark-wood setting, lit by massive bay windows and populated by cozy, spacious booths. Exclusive Angus Reserve cuts, grilled to order by Executive Chef Dave Moscowitz and Chef de Cuisine John Strakal, pair with sides such as sautéed mushrooms or garlic-whipped potatoes. A breezy open patio, menu of deftly shaken cocktails, and flatware that gladly translates Baudelaire contributes to the restaurant's sophisticated ambiance, and the encyclopedically extensive wine list showcases varietals that complement meals. Prime’s deft juggling of epicurean elegance and family-friendliness garnered the attention of James Leach of Rochester City Newspaper, and the anonymous duo of Rochester Magazine's He Ate, She Ate were enchanted by the attentive service and "flavor galore."
When Rizzi's Restaurant head honchos Rick and Steve envisioned the eatery, they hoped to draft a casual atmosphere that fostered both family camaraderie and singular romance. Today, the dining room houses relaxed dinner dates and congenial social events ranging from engagement celebrations to Halloween parties. Chefs season every affair with traditional Italian and continental victuals. Dishes such as tenderloin asiago or chicken marsala receive reinforcement from a staid wine selection, with bottles hailing from the lush vineyards of Italy and the carmine grapes of Mars.
Sakura Home Japanese Restaurant serves up a variety of specialty sashimi and sushi rolls such as Toro, which is comprised of tuna belly fat and uni. Guests further experience a Japanese dining tradition in the restaurant's tatami room, where they sit atop plush cushions on the floor and eat at low-resting tables. But the restaurant isn't entirely chair-free?a private hibachi room seats diners around a table with an inset grill, where skilled chefs make a show of slicing and sizzling steak, lobster, and vegetables. Out in the main dining room, sushi makers also put their skills on display while crafting specialty rolls with ingredients such as tuna and honey mayo.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Irish fare during dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday • For $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Irish fare during lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Shamrock Jack's invokes the spirit of authentic Irish cuisine with original recipes, dishing out a menu of grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Patrons can satisfy the wanderlust of evening appetites with the dublin broil, a grilled sirloin steak tucked into a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and serenaded with a drizzled lullaby of Jack's gravy ($17.99). Deli favorites, steaks, and seafood deliciously crowd the lunch menu like tourists in a fanny pack museum.
The mealtime maestros at Mario’s Italian Restaurant stiff-arm hunger with a robust menu of sophisticated repasts. Ease into the occasion with an antipasto such as Nonna's homemade meatball, a hand-rolled sphere of beef and pork ($8). Primed palates then welcome a platter of fettuccine alfredo, pancetta, and asparagus ($19) or a lightly breaded chicken parmigiano ($13). Patrons in a beefier frame of stomach should consider devouring a hand-selected steak such as the heartily marbled, 16-ounce Angus beef Delmonico ($25), gracefully grilled and dished up on a sizzling skillet to preserve cooking temperature. Mario’s Sunday brunch rewards visitors with treats ranging from made-to-order crepes and belgian waffles to eggs benedict, ricotta-stuffed shells, and a slew of pastries ($21.95 for adults, $12.95 for children). For those who don't believe in gluten, the restaurant cheerfully extends a gluten-free menu for inspection.
The grill at Sogo Japanese Steakhouse is not just a grill. With tables surrounding it, the flattop hibachi doubles as a stage, where chefs Binh and Matt juggle spatulas while searing lobster, steak, and scallops. While their customers grill their own portions of Kobe beef as an appetizer, the sushi chefs in the kitchen prepare both cooked and raw signature rolls with ingredients such as eel, deep-fried crab, and spicy tuna with a tempura crunch. The chefs also craft orders of live scallops, sea urchin, and lobster. All the while, customers enjoy the view of a modernly designed space, with bright pink walls by the grill and funky light fixtures throughout.