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Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant
Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant
  • Address:
    135 West Commerical Street
    East Rochester, NY 14445
    Neighborhood:
    Rochester
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Bistro135.net
  • Email: bistro135@gmail.com
  • Phone: (585) 662-5555
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday
    Bar opens at 4pm
    Dinner served 5pm-10pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: William Burkle
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full Service and delivery of catering for off-premise events available. Please call for more information. 585.662.5555 and ask for Chelsea Felton.
  • Entertainment: Bistro 135 has become Rochester's hot spot for live jazz. Enjoy live music 6 days a week featuring Rochester's best musicians. Stop in for dinner or enjoy a drink at the bar while listening to live music. Visit www.bistro135.net for a full music schedule.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Bistro 135 is the perfect place for your next celebration, cocktail party or corporate event. We can host a sit down dinner for 60 or a cocktail party for 100. Our staff strives to do everything possible to make your event successful. Bistro provides for all of your needs including dinner, drinks, atmosphere and live music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street (East Rochester)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street parking and large public lot across the street.
A word from Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant
A hidden gem in Rochester's impressive Jazz scene, Bistro 135, in the village of East Rochester, boasts crackling fireplaces, and a beautiful ambiance in the fall and winter months and an incredible outdoor villa-style patio is the perfect escape when the weather is warm. This casual, upscale restaurant and jazz lounge boasts live music every night, in a laid back and friendly atmosphere.

The menu is an excellent fusion of international cuisine and "jazzed-up" American favorites, exquisitely prepared by chef William Burkle and his team. An extensive wine list and exciting specialty cocktail menu makes for a flawless and memorable dining experience. Beautiful jazz music, delicious food and drink, along with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, makes Bistro 135 the perfect venue for a romantic date night, dinner with friends, private event or happy hour spot. Check our website for our music schedule and nightly drink & food specials, www.bistro135.net.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have eaten at Bistro 135 often and it comes to mind whenever anyone asks for a suggestion of a place to eat. i love the jazz vibe and the food and service has always been excellent!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We live in East Rochester and love Bistro 135!! We usually sit in the bar area. The music is wonderful and food, delicious. We order a few apps and drinks and listen to great music. Bistro has great happy hour offerings nightly 'til 7pm. One of our absolute favorites!!! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "6 of us booked ahead and managed to score the private room (without having requested it). Great service, very friendly. Bar had a good number of people, great atmostphere. Live music, which wasn't too over-bearing (but may have gotten in the way of conversation had we not been in the room we were in). Food - very good. Tried a mix of specials and regular menu items. Scallops with risotto, chicken friench, eggplant enchiladas, seafood mozambique ... not a disappointed one among us. We've been here a number of times -- just as a couple, or with friends -- we've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ambiance is very nice but the food was not very good. The place features live jazz music during the weekend."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had the seabass and it was excellent. wine list is good. enjoyed food and service was attentive and professional."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Cool jazz, good wine, delicious food, intimate setting, white linen tablecloths--my kind of dining."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed our quiet Monday evening dinner at Bistro. The live music was the icing on the cake.Great place to get away for a romantic dinner with that special someone!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is a great place to dine, and it moves up a notch because of the great jazz which accompanies dinner. The combo was on the upper level and we were in the dining room on the bar level and could hear everything. Bob Sneider Trio was playing and they were excellent. The waitress was very personable and did an excellent job making recommendations from the menu. Both of our dinners were delicious. She suggested we move to the upper level for coffee and deserts so we were able to see the combo in action. Good food, attentive staff, priced right, throw in the jazz on top of that... I'll return for another wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The ambiance was great. The food greater and overall was outstanding. I can see myself become a regular. The Music was awesome also."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "First time at Bistro 135 and won't be my last. Unexpected warmth, elegance, and fun. Cozy bar with the dining tables separate from the bar which I like. The menu is not large but something for everyone's tastes. You could make a meal out of their appetizers. I had the seafood bisque which was a special that night and it had big chunks of lobster which usually you don't see in seafood soups. My main course was their Sea Bass and it was cooked perfectly, melted in my mouth. Fun to sit and eat with a nice quartet playing live music. My only suggestion is perhaps to turn down the amps some as our table was close and at times was difficult to have conversations but very much enjoyed the group. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Overall good first impression. Waitress was outstanding and food was good. Bread removed from table before we were finished, almost made us feel a little rushed. Wine list is good but would like to see more selections available by the glass. One bartender who seemed new and a little overwhelmed forgot my wine, but once he realized he forgot my order, he didn't hesitate to say that glass was "on him" Excellent show of service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere were amazing but wine list could use some local favorites added from finger Lakes. Love to see local restaurants using local fair."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Worth the trip. Not hard to get to,but you need to know it is there to find it. Live jazz band during dinner made a great atmosphere, however it was to loud need upstairs near the band. We moved downstairs and the sound level was much better for conversation around dinner. Great wine list, pleasant staff and good food. We had the dates for an appetizer and our dinners included the scallops, the fillet and the fish of the day. All very good and well presented. Priced reasonably considering there was a live band. About $65 per person with two bottles of wine, appetizer, dinners and tip included."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were seated on the second floor towards the back with a register near/under our table. The waitress was so aware of the problems of the air (some times cold)blowing up that while being seated, asked if we wanted a menu to block the vent. My wife used her purse, and we still had a great meal as usual."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "A romantic setting, great food and wonderful music, who could ask for more?"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "me and my guest came there for VdAY! Evertyhing was perfect it was just 2 many people.We came there to enjoy the jazz,being that we already ate dinner. But was seated downstairs so we kinda missed out on that, so our romantic scenery turned into a regular pub. Loud talking, constant traffic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went on Valentines Day, tables were all full, but we were assured that we had 2 hours before our table was reserved again. It made for a nice relaxing time. Food was excellent, but we all thought the prices were a tad high. Over all a very pleasant dining experience. We were one room away from the live music. Just right!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Overall, our first experience at Bistro 135 was very nice. The live music was wonderful, although a bit too loud to have a conversation. Perhaps we'd ask for a different table next time. Our server was lovely and attentive. Our appetizer was delicious and not too heavy, as was the lobster bisque. Our entrees were tasty as well, and we look forward to trying something new on the menu next time."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went on Valentine's day with my wife, Excellent food/service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentines Day at restaurants can be a gamble. This was not an issue at Bistro 135. Simply put, great food, great service and the live music was perfect. The wait staff was nit pushy and paced the meal well. Entire evening was romantic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "What a great vibe from start to finish. A full bar when we got there but still great service. The knowledge of our server Ashley was outstanding. Our featured appetizer scallop schnitzel was great. The dinners sea bass and duck were prepared to perfection. Nice touch with the live jazz. We will be back . And I don't mean to NYC."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Known for its great food and hand crafted cocktails, stick to regular menu when ordering and skip the specials. My fiance had the Black Bass from the regular menu. Delicious and cook to perfection, it was lightly crusted, juicy, flaky, flavorful fish, plated neatly on top of garlic massed potatoes. However the specials menu is risky. I was surprisingly disappointed with my Monk fish dish from the specials menu. It was unappealing to look at, and scanty mushy chunks of fish were mixed in with a spinach sauce. Also, It lacked color, texture and taste. However, my server was great and he insisted that I left satisfied and offered me another entree of my choice. Overall, my dining experience ended well."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I've been to Bistro a number of times in 2013. I've come back because the food and service was excellent and have recommended and taken colleagues as well. This past experience was not even close. Service was okay. We needed to ask for bread after sitting for 20 minutes or so. The grilled calamari was okay. My guest order the beet salad which was less than desirable; the beets were hard and not sweet at all.. I ordered the bass which was appetizing; the string beans were waxy and very hard... My guest had the scallops which she thought were okay, some issue with the string beans. I do enjoy your establishment especially during the warmer months and love the ambiance on the patio."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The bar area is noisy, however, the dining section that we were seated in provided sufficient shielding from the bar din. We could easily hear the music and each other talk. The food was very good. My trout was the special and it was perfect, salad, vegetables all nicely done. The only reason we gave them 4 instead of 5 stars was that my husbands steak was not medium as he had asked. He did not send it back because he said it was still tender and tasty. Side note: I need to be gluten-free, the waitstaff was very knowledgeable and helpful. This is a great place to go for fresh, well-prepared food with an entertaining jazz accompaniment ."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Went for my birthday dinner with my husband and son. My filet was excellent as was the risotto. My son's swordfish was dry and my husband's strip steak was OK. Nice ambiance although it was very cold inside."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "As always, a great experience. Pork Osso Bucco was phenomenal. Also liked the beet salad. Really enjoyed the music as well."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed a special evening at bistro - wonderful food, excellent service & entertainment By a Frank Sinatra - like group"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I always enjoy Bistro 135 for its great happy hours, appetizers and live music. However I think their entrees aren't top quality and very overpriced! The sea bass was fishy tasting ...obviously not really fresh. Scallops were good, but the risotto was over cooked. Salads were good. Our waitress was wonderful! If the food improved, it would have been a great dining experience."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great lobster risotto, and the crab cakes are amazing. Try to sit upstairs if you can, they always have live music. The filet is always great, as are the garlic mashed potatoes- I get them every time"
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Staff were very knowledgable and friendly. Would recommend to friends and family and will be back again."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Service was great, and the food was exquisite. Presentation was superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that would enjoy great food and ambience."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great dining experience. The jazz was superior, the food excellent and served hot, the service commendable, the atmosphere exceptional."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "After reading the reviews we were expecting an outstanding meal-however while the food was ok we were a little disappointed- the steak was overcooked and not very flavorful. The other entree-halibut with lobster -was ok but again not outstanding. Liked the atmosphere and the guitar music. The service was good. We eat out frequently and usually give a restaurant 2 chances to impress us.However, with the bill at over $100 ( only 1 drink each and no extras) I'm not sure if we'll return."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Love this restaurant tucked away in East Rochester. Always very good food but a little pricey. Have never had anything but great service!! The live music is great but sometimes a little loud for conversation. We usually ask for one of the bistro tables in the bar by the fireplace so we are in the middle of all the action - which is why the music is loud since the are right above us. If we wanted quiet we could ask for a table in another room."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Been there twice now, and unfortunately we forgot this for our second visit, but they do not pack your vegetables/potatoes in your to-go box -- only your meat! If you are like us and typically can't finish your meal, be sure to ask they put everything left on your plate in your to-go box or you'll be disappointed the next day when you open it for lunch and have less than you expected."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Our first time to this restaurant. The menu was diverse with many dishes I wanted to try. I ended up having the Steak and Frits; very good. The wine list was notable. I think there is enough variety to suit many tastes. Service was outstanding. I will come back to this restaurant in the near future. I would be a great place to bring out of town guests too."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We booked Bistro 135 through Open Table and were pleasantly surprised. The bar was nice, happy hour specials were good, and the dinner was outstanding. Good value for the price, would recommend to a friend. Solid service."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "I was not "wowed" as I had hoped to be but had a nice time and meal on a Friday night. The grilled calamari was very nice. The beet salad was excellent. The sea bass and duck were very nicely done and plated. The chef needs to learn how to cook scallops and when 2 parties order the same plate they should never be served different. They were out of monk fish hopefully because it was that darn good. Servicer Troy was professional but nothing special or friendly. Check your bill carefully! Was charged 2 different prices for the same dish, overcharged on the other two dishes. DId not catch until after tipping 20%. I would not go out of my way to go back since there are equal or better choices in the downtown dining district."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We had a great time. Service is excellent and the ambience is very nice as well. Music is excellent. The appetizers are wonderful! I didn't like much the Scallops. I suggest to go for meat. chicken or pasta instead of the Scallops and risotto. I do recommend this restaurant and lounge. It has a great ambience, for dinner and also for drinks."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I found this place by searching for things to do in Rochester with live music. Jazz is one of our favorite things. The place is beautiful, inviting and cozy for a couple. We ordered the Filet and it was delicious, the soup was great too. When we were getting ready to leave, we went to the bar to get change and the owner was there. He was very nice and very interested in our opinion. He showed us the event calendar and was proud of all the acts lined up for the month of December. My overall experience was positive and I would totally recommend this place."
    Dined on 12/10/2013