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Erie Grill
Erie Grill

Erie Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eriegrill.com
  • Phone: (585) 419-3032
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Sunday: 6:30am - 10:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Freezee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street/Monroe Avenue
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Erie Grill
A three-month renovation has expanded the original restaurant layout to create a new open floor plan that seamlessly transitions the restaurant from day to night.


Following lunch, the restaurant transitions itself into a lounge-like dining and drinking atmosphere by revealing liquor selections behind the bar, showcasing a vast wine selection, and softening lighting for the evening hours.


The menu offers a variety of crave-able Contemporary American cuisine that encompasses both coursed meals and smaller plates to share at a range of price points. Executive Chef John Freezee and Sous Chef Doug Dake imaginatively utilize seasonal ingredients to present the finest in regional cuisine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Steak was ordered medium rare came to us almost well. Waitress never asked if it was cooked properly and we only ate half. She also recommended the homemade chips and said she would place that for us to try and never brought them to us. I was also charged $1.00 for a taste of a wine before I ordered a glass. Never in my life have I ever experienced such behavior and I have dined at 5 star restaurants and no one has ever charged me to taste before ordered wine."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We dined with a family member at The Erie Grill and all three of us agreed that the food and service were fantastic. We were very impressed with the excellent selection of menu items and the features of the day. They also made our favorite cocktail beautifully."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Returned to the restaurant after being away for some time. Liked the new menu and ambience. The food and service were both outstanding. The Cioppino in particular was excellent."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We dined at the Erie Grill with friends on a weekday evening. The restaurant was very lively, and somewhat loud. It quieted down after about 9 PM. We enjoyed our meals and our wine selections very much. We lucked onto a wine special event, and had the good fortune of having the sommelier come to our table with his excellent variety of interesting, unusual wines, and his thorough knowledge of the same. The Peach Melba dessert was innovative and delicious, and capped off a lovely, memorable night. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a light lunch of broccoli soup which was extremely good with a depth of flavor and the crab cake which was mainly made of crab. The accompaniments were very well done. Things were done very well with quality ingredients and care of presentation. We also were able to order 1/2 bottle of wine which is too rare in the US."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Nice view of canal from some table; good, interesting food; service slow. check to make sure there are no conflicting parties going on for noise and parking issues."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were in Rochester for our son's graduation and decided to try this restaurant for our anniversary. I am so disappointed that I didn't know this place existed sooner! It was hands down the best restaurant we've been to in Rochester, and Rochester has a lot of good restaurants. The ambience is wonderful and the food from drinks, to appetizers, to dinner, to dessert was superb. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Rochester area."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Erie Grill is located next to the canal. Great view except they are doing construction and the view was an orange fence. Normally the view is great. Food is really good. Portion size is decent and they do well accommodating change. Great specials for happy hour. Love the fresh chips and dip. Plan to keep going back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The beet salad with candied walnuts and panko encrusted goat cheese was one of the best salads I have eaten"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our server was knowledgeable, attentive & friendly. She pointed out the happy hour specials, and made sure we could order a second drink with our dinner before happy hour ended. The food was fantastic! We had 3 apps, a salad & one entree - the veggie flatbread was amazing, as were the duck meatballs. We all tried the octopus salad for the first time, and were pleasantly surprised. We had ample food, with a moderate price tag. We will all return, especially for the happy hour specials!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very elegant and posh. The view of the canal is great, right in front of you. Our waitress Christine was friendly, thorough and efficient. The food is reasonably priced for fine dining and delicious. Every person in our party of 9 plans to return. My wife and I will be back for our anniversary next month. You will love the decor, a gem of a dining experience."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was not the most exciting evening out....the receptionist was excellent..the waitress very good..but the meal was not exceptional..I ordered a special..veal chop..."pink".. It came very medium and was surprisingly thin..for $32.00.. Disappointing..but had good flavor..risotto was very good...the tables are bare...no tablecloths ...the wait staff doesn't keep them clean during the meal..I had to ask for dishes to be removed and for a spill of water to be cleaned up.....won't put It on my list of "have to return" "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I were visiting Pittsford and went to the Erie Grill to celebrate our anniversary. The Happy Hour specials were great, the appetizers were delicious. The Pork Shank was a winner too...fall off the bone fantastic. The vegetables were very salty so if that is an issue, there is a heads up. Also, we ordered the bison sliders which seemed unique and they were very well done so if I go back I would order them medium. (I was not asked about a temperature when I ordered.) If we are in the area again we will definitely visit. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our server was so awesome! Friendly but not annoying. The food was so great & even when I showed a hesitation towards the ponzu sauce the waitress told me exactly what it was & asked if I would like without or on the side. I ended up going with it because she told me exactly what it entailed. It was overall a wonderful experience for my boyfriend and I! Thank you :)"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My second time at the Grill. Great service and Great food as expected. Again, A bit noisy when seated in tables by the bar area. Dinning tables chairs could be better, needed an extra pillow to be at table level. Drinks on menu are great but special orders like Mojito etc not that great."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We ate in the bar room at a table with a great view of the canal with the sun shining through large windows. We were able to sit and talk without having to raise our voices. Nice variety of well prepared food to choose from. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service by Rachel B. Clean and neat, relaxed atmosphere. If dinning, however, stick to entrance tables area and avoid tables across from the bar, it can get a bit noisy. Also, watch out on your way out to the parking area, little lighting at night time and cars going too fast around the building, speed limit is 5mph but drivers go faster unaware of Restaurant's entrance in corner. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great food, wait staff was excellent. I wouldn't have changed a think about the evening."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at Erie Grill- we went based upon a recommendation of a friend. The food was outstanding, the service was flawless, our only wish is that the noise level was quieter. Our party included our aging parents who really have a very difficult time with noisy surroundings Our table was located right next to the bar area and at one point, we moved our seats in an attempt to hear each other. Not withstanding, our meal was delicious, exceeding expectations, and our server was extremely attentive. We will return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We frequnt the Erie Grill for holiday meals because it is never loud, overcrowded, and when we make reservations, our table is ready when promised! The dining area is small and very tastefully decorated. The portions are smaller than most restaurants (my latest filet was accompanied by just 5 tiny fingerling potatoes) but I prefer that over massive amounts of food. Haven't had a bad meal yet!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had dinner and breakfast the next day, during our stay. Both were outstanding, beautiful, peaceful meals. Uncrowdeded, even when busy. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was my 1st time at this restaurant, despite it being located in my neighborhood. I went on a recommendation of a friend. The scenery was great as it is located on the canal. It's a modern restaurant with good food and great service. I had steak which had great flavor and my friends had the meatloaf which they bragged about. Will go there again and can't wait."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The Erie Grill is one of the best restuarants in Rochester by far. Food outstanding and chef and staff truly enbrace it's all about their guests."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "...And we'll be sure to return. The ambiance and décor of the dining room is excellent, and our server, as well as the remainder of the staff, were all attentive and cordial. The food selection is very good, and the quality of our dinner was very tasty."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I really liked Erie Grill. The first time I looked at the website it wasn't to attractive and even considering the fact that is a Restaurant amended to a Hotel it's natural to question... Now that I went, I strongly recommend! Comparing to some other upscale restaurants in the Rochester area this was the one which gave us an overall satisfaction from the smallest detail in the service to the yummy taste of the food. Best part is that for being an upscale restaurant has a very fare price. Great place to celebrate special occasions."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our first experience dining at the Erie Grill. The food was wonderful, from the warm bread to the creative cioppino, lamb pizza and Caesar salad. We were seated in the bar area, which was noisy, and next time would ask to be seated in the dining room. We celebrated a birthday, but were too full for the dessert that was offered. Our waitress surprised us by removing a glass of wine from our bill. All in all, it was a nice experience and we would return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First time here for dinner. Small, elegant dining area. Husband's martini was great. Waitress suggested a dry red wine I had never had. It too was delicious. Hot bread and soft butter on table. Husband had Strip Steak cooked to perfection served with roasted tomatoes and small potatoes. He said it was one of the best steaks he had ever had. I opted for seared scallops over a crispy rice cake with kale on top in a mildly spicy ponzu sauce. Delicious and beautifully presented. Caesar salad was fresh with homemade croutons. For dessert we had homemade hot apple pie with locally made Pittsford Dairy ice cream. A great ending to a great meal. Service was outstanding. During the day, you can look out and see the Erie Canal. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our second dinner at the Erie Grill was the day before Valentine's Day and there was a sparse crowd on a snowy evening. We appreciated the choice between small and large meals. My filet mignon was superb, larger than I ordered or expected, with delicious veggies. My wife's octopus salad and separate asparagus was tasty. We enjoyed ourselves also with discounted cocktails before 7 PM. Overall, two fine meals and a reason to return many times."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The bar area seemed to be much less stuffy. Tables are very close together with not much privacy. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Homemade potato chips were the best thing we had. Entrees (pork shank and meatloaf) were ok, but not very interesting. I see no particular reason to go back."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The food at Erie has always been what ha attracted me and this time did not dissapoint. We shared a beet salad and each had one of the fish on the menu. The salmon and the grouper were both beautifully presented and cooked just right. The Pittsford dairy ice cream completed the meal. Service was attentive and we ended up spending close to four hours dining and talking in the quiet atmosphere. One of Rochester's reliable for a great meal and service."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great experience. Had a lunch meeting here and we will be going back for our next meeting as well. Loved the Octopus Salad! such a great menu and great time. Wonderful menu choices."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "My husband and I stayed at the Del Monte Lodge for our anniversary, and had dinner at the Erie Grill as part of the evening. The service was great. The bartender, our waitress and the hostess were so friendly and accommodating! Would highly recommend, food was excellent as well."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Besides the wonderful salad, entrée and dessert, I was charmed and delighted when I received my tea order. They didn't use a tea bag; they had fresh, loose-leaf tea in a loose paper diffuser, and it came with a tag that held it via the pot handle so that it didn't drip. The label even had steeping instructions, resulting in the best tea I've ever had in a restaurant. Tea drinkers are often left out in the cold by restaurants, who usually cater to coffee drinkers with expresso, cappuccino and such. It goes without saying that the hot water had NOT been heated or stored in something that had previously held coffee (which results in coffee-flavored water--yick). A nice surprise."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was our first time here for a meal, and we were not disappointed! Everything from the cocktails, salads, meals, desserts, and exceptional service, made our New Year's celebration wonderful. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was pretty good, however the service was poor. We waited at our table for at least 10-15 minutes before anyone came to greet us/take a drink order. The waiter was friendly enough but did not check back to the table frequently. The staff who refilled waters were extremely rude and never said a word when thanked and seemed particularly snobby. Would probably not return unless for a drink at the bar."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Our server Lorin was one of the most attentive servers we have ever had , which overrides any shortcomings the restaurant has. Where we were sitting every time the door opened cold air rushed in directly on our table The quality of the meal was superb although we miss several items from the old menu We will still return to dine but perhaps it's not quite as special As it once was."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Ambience is nice and the servers were attentive but the food was just mediocre, Honestly if the food is not wonderful then I am probably not going back. Three of the appetizers we ordered were just not that good and my son is a vegetarian and there was not anything on the menu for him to eat with out modifying except their basic house salad. He ate a lamb pizza with no lamb! This restaurant needs to have at least something vegetarian! They had 2 soups -- both with meat. Probably not going back."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The Erie Grill provides a gracious dining experience. This was my first visit there since their renovations of menu and the dining space. The food was delicious and the menu was sufficiently varied to provide for a variety of food preferences."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "A nice place for brunch overlooking the Erie Canal on a snowy Rochester morning. Attentive, professional wait staff and excellent food. Water and coffee were kept full the whole time."
    Dined on 12/15/2013