Restaurants in Rochester

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food for Lunch at Pane Vino

Pane Vino

Central Business District

$20 $12

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A scenic view of the Genesee River serves as the eye-catching background to meals of housemade pasta, sausage, and soups

$16 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Grilled Food at Mandarin Sushi & Grill

Mandarin Sushi & Grill

Henrietta

$30 $16

Eatery offers Japanese sushi rolls, tempura, and grilled dishes

$24 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of American Food at Back Nine Grill ($40 Total Value)

Back Nine Grill

Pittsford

$20 $12

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12 oz. burger, Maine-lobster panini, certified-Angus new york strip steak, and flatbreads along with fun takes on classic bar appetizers

Casual American Food at Greece/Penfield Hots (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Greece/Penfield Hots

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

All-American dishes such as cheeseburgers, pulled pork, fried-fish dinners, and hot dogs topped with the house hot sauce

$16 for Two Soft Pretzels and Bottle of Wine or Two Pitchers of Beer at Caverly's Irish Pub ($35 Value)

Caverly's Irish Pub

Ellwanger-Barry

$35 $16

Classic pub flanked by the customary decorations: vintage Guinness posters, etched Jameson mirrors, and tin Magners signs

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food and Drinks at Sogo Sushi and Hibachi

Sogo Sushi and Hibachi

Rochester

$30 $16

Hand-rolled sushi, sizzling hibachi meats, and bento boxes with sushi rolls, miso soup, and proteins such as teriyaki salmon

$20 for $35 Worth of Upscale Italian Food and Drinks at Rizzi’s Restaurant

Rizzi's Restaurant

Rizzi's Restaurant

$35 $20

Chefs prepare Italian and continental food such as new york strip, salmon piccata, and rigatoni bolognese paired with fine wines

Tea and Café Food at La-Tea-Da! Tearoom & Parlour

La-Tea-Da-Tea Room

East Avenue

$20 $11

Steam rises from black, green, and herbal teas to disappear amid pastel-colored walls and delicate white curtains in charming tearoom.

Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Plum House (Up to 50% Off)

Plum House

Monroe Avenue

$30 $19

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Japanese noodles, teriyaki dishes, and specialty sushi rolls fill tables in softly lit eatery with hanging paper lamps and 16-year history

Asian Comfort Food for Two, Four, or More at Furoshiki (46% Off). Two Options Available.

Furoshiki

Park ave

$30 $17

Guests can warm up with bowls of hearty pork-bone and kimchi ramen, or hearty steamed bun sandwiches

Pizza, Wings, and Italian Food at Marvin Mozzeronis (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Marvin Mozzeroni’s

Greece Location

$15 $8

The emphasis here is on the numerous specialty pizzas, baked in a brick oven and made fresh daily with hand-tossed dough

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 of Café Food at Ludwig's Center Stage Cafe ($30 Value)

Ludwig's Center Stage Cafe

Central Business District

$10 $5

Sandwiches such as the Gibbs Street Grill with roast beef and sautéed onions, with sides that include housemade pickles and gingered carrots

American Food at Keenan’s Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Keenan’s Restaurant

Rochester

$40 $20

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House favorites include Gracie's drunken chicken with sausage sautéed in white wine, and grilled pork chops topped with crispy fried onions

Ethiopian Food for Two or Four at Taste of Ethiopia (Up to 50% Off)

Taste of Ethiopia

Rochester

$30 $15

Sit on a berchuma stool around colorful woven mesob and use spongy pieces of injera to scoop up beef, lamb, or veggie wat

Family Dining at Ridgeview Family Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ridgeview Family Restaurant

Irondequoit

$40 $20

Huge menu of American fare includes breakfast options like omelets and eggs benedict, a variety of melts, steaks, and Greek-inspired dinners

$6 for $12 Worth of Comfort Food for Two at Abbott's Downtown

Abbott's Custard Downtown

Central Business District

$12 $6

Spaghetti with meatballs, turkey club sandwiches, blue-cheese burgers, and more

Pizza and Rustic Cuisine at The Gate House Cafe (38% Off). Two Options Available. Groupon Reservation Required.

The Gate House Cafe

Atlantic-University

$40 $25

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Restaurant operates on solar and wind power and serves rustic fare alongside wood-fired pizzas made named after area landmarks

Gourmet Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at DaVinci of Greece (Up to 47% Off)

DaVinci of Greece

Greece

$30 $17

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Cooks prepare authentic Italian meals, such as chicken parmigiana and mussels fra diavolo, inside a romantic restaurant with a fireplace

Indian Food at Raj Mahal (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Raj Mahal

Henrietta

$30 $19.50

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Owner and executive chef crafts authentic Indian cuisine, including vindaloo, biryani, curry, and masala dishes

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Flames dance inside the wood-fired oven at The Gate House Cafe, heating its gleaming surfaces to temperatures as high as 700 degrees. The oven's radiant heat is the backbone of the eatery's rustic, comfort-driven menu, yielding dishes that range from gourmet pizzas and chicken wings to wood-fired macaroni and goat cheese.

Neapolitan-Style Pizzas

Gate House Cafe's pizzas are named after Rochester landmarks, but their culinary inspiration comes from southern Italy. Chef Ross Hopkins and his team knead dough made with Tipo 00 Italian flour, topping it off with organic mozzarella and tomatoes from San Marzano valley. They serve creative pies, too, such as the ones below, and often use ingredients from their organic garden.

A Conscientious Culinary Philosophy

Conscientious culinary practices are intrinsic to the menu at The Gate House Cafe. Hopkins and his team embrace sustainability by serving cage-free eggs and organic dairy products. The restaurant goes beyond using ecofriendly ingredients, though. The Gate House Cafe operates solely on solar and wind power.
The MAG The Park Avenue
Asiago and ricotta cheeses lend an extra layer of creaminess to the MAG pie, and fried eggplant adds toothsome texture. Hummus is an unexpected pizza-topper, but here, it works well alongside grilled vegetables, goat cheese, roasted garlic, and tomato coulis.
The Strasenburgh Gluten-Free or Vegan
With toppings that include blackened sirloin, blue cheese, and asparagus, The Strasenburgh delivers the sumptuousness of a steak-house dinner in pizza form. Chef Hopkins is happy to accommodate gluten-free and vegan diners.
274 N Goodman St.
Rochester,
NY
US

At Juan & Maria's Empanada Stop, a bell chimes regularly throughout the day, ringing along with the festive Latin music in the background. Its sound does not indicate the time, however?it greets every 50th customer to the empanada hot spot and rewards him or her with $5 worth of complimentary Spanish cuisine. When Chilean couple Juan and Maria Contreras opened their stand in 2000, they rarely had the opportunity to use the bell, as they were serving between 10 and 20 empanadas on any given Saturday. Today they dish out a minimum of 1,000 empanadas each day, vying to beat their current record of 1,504 empanadas sold in eight hours.

Their popularity stems in part from a commitment to traditional, healthy cooking methods. Each of their empanadas is handmade and stuffed with one of 12 types of filling, including 90% lean beef and pork as well as vegetarian options. The deep fryers are filled with light salad oil, and none of the menu items include chemicals or preservatives. Juan and Maria extend the same homemade treatment to their fruit juices, which can be frozen and sold as "Juan-sicles," and their four hot sauces: green gold, red gold, spanish mayo and spanish ketchup.

Attitude accounts for a second element of the pair's success. Their mix of hospitality and cultural pride draws diners to the turquoise shop, where Juan exuberantly lists the specials to newcomers. They have hosted the Juan & Maria's International Spanish Festival for the past four years, showcasing customs from 20 Spanish-speaking countries alongside their empanadas.

280 North Union St N
Rochester,
NY
US

Twenty years as a traveling salesman was more than enough for James Brown. So when he finally decided it was time to set down his roots, he turned to something that sang of home: his passion for cooking. And that passion shines throughout his menu. In the hearty breakfast selections, guests can see it in the signature stuffed french toast?made from bread that's baked in-house?as well as more imaginative items, such as the Greek-inspired diner breakfast with gyro meat. Then there are the half-pound burgers, po-boy sandwiches with Cajun-spiced chicken, and James Brown's legendary Friday-night barbecue. Such a range hints at two things: that James's passion isn't picky, and that his inspiration comes from everywhere. And indeed, if a diner gives James a recipe that matches the standards of his menu, not only will he put it there, he'll even name it after the guest who gave it to him.

This inclusionary style echoes throughout the diner itself. Checkered tiles run across the floor from the front door to the back wall, passing a scattered assortment of tables and booths that look in on the open kitchen. And as a diehard Yankees fan, James fills two entire sections of a wall with memorabilia, including black-and-white photographs of past rosters and fan fiction that imagines the team being comprised only of James Brown clones.

1356 Culver Rd.
Rochester,
NY
US

Lovin’ Cup’s owners had a dream of creating a place that celebrates life’s pleasures and offers the unique and personal experience each of their customers seeks. And to achieve that dream, it took the combined efforts of all five owners to truly fill Lovin' Cup to the brim, each one specializing in a different area of the culinary arts or entertainment. The crew started with a simple, delicious menu of familiar eats made right, such as Angus beef burgers, gourmet pizzas, and hearty sandwiches. They paired these, with an array of craft beers on tap – plus more than 50 varieties in bottles – and a carefully curated list of international wines.

To entertain the brain's higher functions, they host game nights every Monday, open mic performances every Tuesday, and live music of every genre on Thursdays. Performances rotate between jazz, alt-country, indie, and rock groups as often as they change out their drafts on tap and, presumably, their socks. And finally, the owners paid similarly close attention to the artistic décor of their space, from the polished wood of their wine racks and tables to the mutable collection of art that peppers the walls.

300 Park Point Dr
Rochester,
NY
US

Without a month or so of vacation, it'd be almost impossible to sample authentic noodle dishes from four different countries. However, aja noodle co. can help you accomplish this feat over the course of a single lunch hour. Its pan-Asian menu incorporates regional dishes from Japan, China, Vietnam, and Thailand, all made individually and from scratch using fresh produce and proteins.

Though the food has its roots in tradition, it's all fully customizable. Guests choose which protein?including veggies, tofu, chicken, beef, or shrimp?they want mixed in with their pad thai or rice bowls. They can also swap out one type of noodles for another, perhaps exchanging lo mein for soba or rice noodles for shoelaces they brought from home. Sauces infused with spicy black beans or sweet coconut milk give the bowls a flavorful base, and vegetarian and vegan options are available for folks with dietary restrictions. aja noodle co. also offers a selection of beer and wine by the glass or bottle and a wide arrange of original recipe sake cocktails.

42 Perinton Hills Mall
Fairport,
NY
US

A portmanteau of “mozzarella” and “pepperoni” gave Marvin Mozzeroni’s its playful name, but the origins of the restaurant itself are rooted in New York. The pizzeria was founded by two Rochester natives in 2004 as Starving Marvin's Pizza before they changed the name in 2007 when they turned their single eatery into a franchise. To this day native New Yorkers own and operate the five locations found throughout the state, including their two new locations in Henrietta and Greece.

The emphasis here is on their numerous specialty pizzas, baked in a brick oven and made fresh daily with hand-tossed dough. They come with a thick or thin crust and homemade red or white sauce, and can be ordered whole or by the slice. The menu also features other Italian food, including calzones and chicken parmigiana, as well as a mix of American-style classics such as hoagies, cheeseburgers, wings with homemade sauce and bleu cheese, and hot dogs. Those with food allergies can opt for gluten-free pizza.

360 Park Ave
Rochester,
NY
US