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

Bistro 135 Jazz Lounge & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Bistro135.net
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious and the music besutiful and relaxing. Perfect evening"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food is always great here. Love the music. The service is always perfect. A favorite for me."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Every time I return to Bistro 135, I am delighted with the food, the ambiance, and the friendly personnel."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "A great ambiance, food was very good and we loved the live music. Will certainly visit again."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We always have a great time at the Bistro. The food is good and the service is outstanding!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food, dreamy music on a lovely summer's eve."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Jazz trio, ambiance, wait staff, dinner selections...all very good to excellent. Darling outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent place, dinner was great, very nice enviroment, great music. Yes, I will definetly visit again. Took my date to celebrate her birthday and she had an amazing time. I'm glad I took her to Bistro for dinner."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Everything at Bistro 135 was excellent! I went with 2 friends this weekend and we all enjoyed our dinners."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We returned to this restaurant after a 2-year hiatus and found it better than ever. Great jazz trio, lots of people chatting at the bar, and good smells wafting through. All very inviting -- made you feel like you want to be there and be a part of what's going on. The food was excellent, and this may just be my new favorite Rochester restaurant. Calamari appetizer was crispy and delicious, and the Buffalo mozzarella appetizer was a wonderful new experience. I tasted one bite of my lobster risotto and I announced to the table "I'm coming back to have more of this incredible dish!""
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "For the price the portions were small, 4 scallops, a spoonful of risotto and 4 asparagus. The calamari was excellent! The music was good! Wish we had more lobster in the lobster risotto. Dessert was good!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great dinner. Sat outside on a nice night. Celebrated birthday with two other couples"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very pleasant outdoor setting. Food was pricey but only average quality."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went there with friends, great food, good music...recommended highly."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful presentation, waitress was delightful, and the patio seating was the best!!! We will absolutely go again!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Take 3 couples, great food, warm ambience, superb/knowledgeable service, and nice entertainment... And it results in a GREAT Date Night! The Sea Bass is delicious! The drinks are creative and delicious! There are just not enough superlatives!!!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Delicious food, outstanding service and great music! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The jazz band was a wonderful backdrop. The food was delicious and the serbice was great."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Bistro 135 was a great evening out. It has a couple of dining rooms on different levels providing a quieter, more intimate dining experience. The music, a three pice combo, was excellent the evening we were there. Our wait person was personable and very sensitive to our "we are not in a hurry request". She carefully wrote the steak order so that she could share with the chef how I wanted it cook. The menu itself may have been a little brief. My husband who eats most foods ended up having a salad and and an app rather than an entree. But he enjoyed that. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Very enjoyable experience - outstanding food - Nice atmosphere - Clean - Excellent service - good live music - overall, an excellent dining experience"
    Dined on 5/27/2014