Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant
Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant

Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro135.net/
  • Phone: 5856625555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Saturday
    Bar opens at 4pm
    Dinner served 5pm-10pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)neighborhood gem (34)romantic (28)fit for foodies (24)vibrant bar scene (17)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (13)notable wine list (10)hot spot (10)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food, however ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was very well prepared; both the appetizer and mains. When it was delivered to the table, the presentation was excellent and everything was piping hot. Delicious! Service was a bit slower than we expected but was very friendly. The band that night was quite good, however it made causal conversation difficult if not impossible at times.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but somewhat slow
    WesternNYLady
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food here is excellent. That is probably why it takes a little longer to get from the kitchen to the table. It's obviously made from scratch items. We had the appetizer special of beef kebobs with a horseradish sauce that was wonderful. The filet and chicken French were both outstanding. There is a jazz trio that can make conversation difficult. That being said, the music is very good. It's not every place that has a live jazz trio. I highly recommend this restaurant. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place to unwind!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great ambience with live music, great food, and reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Livetoeat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food good time! Great live music, very talented trio playing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foreign objects in food
    Penfield
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My wife had to send back her meal because of grit in Scallops. No compensation offered, meal was replaced. Of 6 beer taps 4 not working. Happy hour offered "at tables" on website does not include table where you actually eat? What's with that? No wonder most people we saw on street passed by and went next door.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wanted to check it out
    EGluv2dine46
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went by this past weekend with a date night with the wife. The food was great. We started with the Lunch Box Calamari, which the waitress noted was a personal favorite of hers, and was pleasantly surprised. The flash frying and dropping over a bed of col slaw was not a combination I would have ever thought of, but was certainly a good start. The only down side is that the piano was not working properly until almost the end of our meal, but we were treated to live music for the remainder of our stay.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bakersgold
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food at Bistro 135 is fabulous. My scallops were done perfectly and the whole dish was beautiful. I have been here several times and have always had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazzy
    dfreddy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A good evening out, and they were generally able to help accomodate GF and vegan meals.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice atmosphere, great food
    jazzdinner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    versatile, diverse menu --fresh ingredients! live jazz, nice added touch --wasn't too loud, but rather made a nice ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice
    TommyKarenSyracuse
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent live jazz. Food was very good. My husband said his filet was excellent. Dessert and coffee were devine. Calming and relaxing environment. Nice staff. We eat out alot and this is right up there with the best. Just a few missteps...one they were out of Pellegrino. Two were we were seated you couldn't see the musician well. Otherwise, fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2din
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was wonderful and the service was outstanding, it was a wonderful romantic night out. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    Gr8loc
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    For a date night out we couldn't have asked for anything better. Drinks and appetizers were perfect as we listened to a very talented vocalist. Only thing to change was it was a bit chilly in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night out at Bistro 135
    MusicLovers
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Absolutely love this place! Food is always fantastic....try the specials! Be sure to book when the Andy Calabrese trip is playing, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delicious and the music besutiful and relaxing. Perfect evening
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    aisling
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was excellent. Superbly cooked scallops enhanced but not overpowered by a blackberry reduction, paired with an amazing mushroom risotto and asparagus. I opted for a mixed green salad in lieu of an appetizer. The greens were fresh and lightly dressed; the lemon vinaigrette was perfectly balanced. Not a single miscue with any coponent. Service was attentive and friendly. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • trynewplaces
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Purchased a Living Social to try this restaurant. Realized day before the $20 for $40 was to expire the next day (purchased in May) so we made reservations for that night. As we waited to be seated, other people w/reservations left because it was way too long to be seated. We were seated in the room near the kitchen-Not a great first impression for first time there. It was hectic in the room, kitchen staff going in/out and room itself wasn't anything great & there were plenty of seats outside and in the other 2 areas. The food was okay & our server pleasant but I honestly don't think we will be back. I don't think they were prepared for the amount of people dining that night and were very unorganized. For the price it was just good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, disappointing service
    Allison
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We always enjoy Bistro 135, and find the food and music delightful. This was true for our last visit EXCEPT the wait staff really spoiled our get-together with friends. 1. The hostess was not in control of her station, seemed flustered and there was a general state of confusion about when to go to our table, which table was ours, etc. 2. The bar was understaffed and, while our drinks were made to our liking, it took a very long time to get the attention of the bartender, and even longer to close out our tab. 3 When we were seated, we ordered appetizers and both the lobster risotto and calamari were great. But the waiter didn't ask for our wine order, he didn't bring bread (asked 2X), and he seemed like he needed more training in general
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great - yet again
    Great
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been here a few times and the experience is always great. The music is a little loud and the bar be very cramped, but once seated it is a wonderful time with great good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    Mary
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We took our daughter to dinner on Friday night for a little one on one time before she begins her busy Jr. year in college. The service was superb---loved out waitress and wish I could remember her name--she made the night a great experience. The food was terrific and the creme brulee that we all shared was the best I have ever eaten. Hope we can do this again sometime!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is always great here. Love the music. The service is always perfect. A favorite for me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    there was nothing special about Bistro 135 to justify the high prices of the dinner entrees, The jazz was so so, the portions were nothing special and salad or soup were extra on top of already inflated prices
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    GirlsNiteOut
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've been here for an anniversary dinner with my husband and now with a couple of friends for a girls' night out. Each time, the food has been perfect. I had the filet both times and it was cooked perfectly and so tender. I also had spinach risotto which is probably the best I've ever had. There was live music, which is unique. It was hopping for a Tuesday night. We had a reservation and arrived a few minutes late so had to wait a few minutes for our table which was understandable. We took our time ordering and then the service was a tiny bit slow in terms of our server coming back for refills and the bill and they ran out of most of their desserts, which was disappointing. Overall it was great and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful food
    nightout4us
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food and the drinks were excellent. The dual guitar music was wonderful. This was a perfect way to spend a very special wednesday night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fine meal at the Bistro
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our only complaint, the waitress could not keep our four meals straight. Only four of us, and she had to ask, "now who got the medium well, and who had the eggplant enchiladas?". Not a big deal, maybe our expectations are just too high for this classy establishment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East Rochester Gem
    evening1355
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Every time I return to Bistro 135, I am delighted with the food, the ambiance, and the friendly personnel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant
    Jroc
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A great ambiance, food was very good and we loved the live music. Will certainly visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • . . . But, the Entertainment . . .
    meggieb
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great meal here. The food is terrific. But the entertainment that night was awful and too loud for dinner time entertainment. These two people could not sing to save their lives. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great live music
    patiVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We always have a great time at the Bistro. The food is good and the service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Management
    Connie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've been to this restaurant many times over the years and always loved it. Went again on Friday night with friends, but had a different experience. Service was very slow (hostess never told server we had been seated). Once ordered, drinks took a long time because the bar ran out of glasses (!). And the menu only included 3 gluten free items, 2 of which I had no interest in. So I had the eggplant enchiladas which were mediocre, at best. When I asked, the server admitted that there was new management, and the long-time chef was on his way out, being replaced by the #2 guy. So, buyer beware. I'd hate to see this once great restaurant go downhill, but time will tell.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dreamy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great food, dreamy music on a lovely summer's eve.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Jrob
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our third time at Bistro 135 and it was very disappointing. It has been about a year since we last went and I am not sure if they changed the chef but the food was definitely not the same calibre. It was fairly bland and tasteless. Service was good but the music was a little too overpowering for a 7PM dinner reservation. I love good jazz but while you are eating it should be more background music than a 10PM loud, live show.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK and $$
    soph55
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The a la carte dinner salad is very small and not unique in any way.The entree (I had the pistachio crusted, lemon beurre blanc sea bass with garlic mashed potatoes) was tasteless. The pistachios were barely there and it had too mild a flavor.The mashed potatoes were delicious as were the 3 spears of asparagus. It was $30 and overpriced. For desert, we shared pastry which encased fruit.It was supposed to be hot (and wasn't) and crisp (it was undercooked). It was supposed to have vanilla ice cream and had barely a teaspoon. We did not eat it as it was raw and the waitress asked if it was ok and we told her no. She did not offer to remove it from the bill ($8). If the prices were lower I might consider trying it again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance stronger than food
    azroc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant ambiance (jazz inside - lovely courtyard outside) was better than the food. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but it just wasn't great. For the price and what I expected, I was disappointed. Scallops weren't quite crispy enough on the outside, salad tomatoes were mushy, and fries were too salty on the steak. If it weren't so expensive, I would go back. But I expected much more at that price. Service was lovely and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro 135
    PalmTree
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Jazz trio, ambiance, wait staff, dinner selections...all very good to excellent. Darling outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Bistro 135
    willtryBistroagain
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have had dinner at Bistro 135 many times and always was impressed with the quality of the food. This time, however, I was surprised to find the food average at best. The chicken french was bland and the seafood "ZUPPA" not as flavorful as i would have expected.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 720 reviews are from the Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Love the Bistro 135
    MusicLovers
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is an absolute hidden gem in East Rochester and the greater Rochester area! The food is fantastic with specials that are excellent! We loved the music (Andy Calabrese trio with Dave Zaskowda and Chet Casella) and stayed all evening to enjoy it. It is a great place to enjoy live jazz music every night! Our waitress Cara took good care of us and paced our meal to accommodate our requests. We love this place and plan to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding & Special
    salmonking
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    First time @ Bistro 135, and we went on recommendations from several other people, and the experience did not disappoint, as we celebrated our 43rd anniversary. The food was outstanding, the service very attentive, and the music was quite a treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meloot
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The bartender certainly could use a crash course in customer service (Chris ) unattentive when we arrived - never did get served at the bar. After dinner he didn't know what a b&b was, our sever found the bottle of liquor. Other than the shoddy bar service, the food was outstanding as was our dining room wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something a little special
    KathyS
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Took a large business group here for dinner. The outside of the restaurant is simple, but the inside is modern but warm. The special cocktails were fun and inventive (the infuse some of their own liquors) and the food was very good. The jazz duo that was playing that evening was also good and created nice background, dinner music. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here.
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  • Can't go wrong at this restaurant!!
    patiVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This restaurant is really fabulous for a "night out." The entertainment is always impressive and enjoyable. The food is appetizing and delicious. We might just make this place one of our hang-outs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic