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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
  • 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
  • "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
  • "This was my second time at Bistro 135. They are a little on the pricey side but worth it for a special occasion. I enjoy the live music and friendly service. I am pretty picky but I think they do a fantastic job in the kitchen. The first time I ate here I got the steak feature for my entre and had no complaints. The second time, I got the duck feature and even though it was prepared well I didn't care for it too much. It was paired with a sweet potato puree and a blood orange sauce. The plate as a whole was just too sweet for my taste and I would have preferred a savory side considering how sweet the blood orange sauce was. The appetizers were delicious both times. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Disappointed in the service. Ordered two very simple drinks, wine and scotch on the rocks. Poured the wine and forgot what the second drink was that I requested. Waitress was sweet and attractive. Music was amazing. The pricing is upscale not so much the service. Slightly disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We sat in the wine room with a small graduation party. Everything was great, but the band overhead made it very difficult to hear each other and the drum beat occasionally came right through to our chairs. The food and service were very good, and the music also sounded great! The bar was packed with 50-somethings until about 7:30pm. It would have been a wonderful evening; I just wish the management had warned us about the noise in the room we chose. It made for a disappointing evening. That said, if you want a good bar, good food and some fun local music, give it a try!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It was great until we couldn't use the Living Social coupon we bought due to restrictions. Got a refund for the coupon so we don't have to go back; too expensive."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Went with a girlfriend and had a couple of appetizers and a glass of wine each discounted. Happy hour specials 5-7 Mon through Sat. We then had dinner with was very good. Nice ambiance. Live music, innovative food."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great food, great drinks and great atmosphere. The food was perfectly cooked to our liking (I highly recommend the Steak and Frites and the Chicken French). The drinks were well priced and of good variety (we especially enjoyed the selection of whiskeys and bourbons). The lights were kept dimmed with candles at the tables and there was live music (a talented John Legendesque singer the night we went, which we felt really added something special). All in all, for us it made for a very romantic, memorable night. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The service was excellent from the greeter to the waiter. The only issue that I had was that the food wasn't the best. Other than that we had a beautiful time at Bistro 135. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our first visit here. We came to hear Katie Ernst and her group play and they were great! The food and service were excellent. Although the restaurant was busy, we were seated on time and the food was served efficiently. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Bistro 135 has good jazz at least 6 days a week. Combine that with excellent food, wine and service, and the restaurant is a rare find. I wish we lived closer."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went there to hear a well-known jazz singer, Katie Ernst. It is a great spot to dine while listening to music. A bit loud, but that is what you'd expect. The food, while not inspired, was very good and well worth another trip. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had such a great time, great drinks, good music and fantastic food. My boyfriend has decided it is going to be "our" place to go when we go out!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our server, Taylor, was especially good. I had the coffee rubbed steak with blue cheese reduction, got some extra blue cheese sauce (which I needed) at no extra charge. Enjoyed my own wine, since it was Thursday. Had a nice corner table, as I had requested. Good ambience/lighting. It was my first visit but I'll be back on a Thursday!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I heard about Bistro 135 on the radio and got curious especially because they had jazz bands playing 6 nights a week. I can say it was a lovely place, perfect for a romantic dinner. The band was great, they played generally classic pieces with a warm vibe and it was exceptionally enjoyable. The food was very good. I got the duck and was very happy with it, crispy skin, yet very moist, over a creamy turnip and potato pure. Our server, Daniela, was outstanding, friendly, relaxed, great sense of humor and never missed a beat. I have tried a few restaurants in the area and Bistro 135 is at the top of my list. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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