Pescara
Pescara

Pescara

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pescarafresh.com/
  • Phone: 5072806900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Tony Pester
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats up to 20 around a large table. Special menus are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Renken 5072806900x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd St SW and Broadway
  • Public Transit: We are located 2 blocks away from the Rochester City Bus Depot.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the Second Street lot next to the Doubletree Hotel. Parking is free after 4pm.
A word from Pescara
Pescara invites those with an appetite for fresh, forward food to share small plates, savor fine wine and enjoy selections from sea and land. Located in the newly renovated DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Rochester, it"s the perfect place to gather for business lunches, pre-theater appetizers or romantic dinners.
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Pescara reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)fit for foodies (52)romantic (36)notable wine list (32)neighborhood gem (16)great for lunch (16)good for groups (15)great for brunch (12)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Best fish tacos in town! And phenomenal brunch on Sundays that has appeal for all ages and tastes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch date coming from Minneapolis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I stopped in for lunch and it was a nice place. Noise level was low so we easily could have a conversation while enjoying our lunch. Our server was very nice and took pride in serving us making us both feel welcome. I had the fish Taco's and I thought they were good. The price was not bad either. If I am in Rochester again I would go back, and would recommend others to go as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Rochester
    Bebe
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Although you might not thinK fresh fish or fine dining could be found in Rochester MN, Pescara shows that both are possible. Gourmet food but not fussy or overly inventive......no weird combinations of food piled on top of each other.......just clean, spare, fresh, beautifully prepared food is what Pescara offers. Our server was knowledgable and went out of her way to be helpful......it's the best restaurant in the Rochester area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food always tasted good here but I always found it too greasy (butter, olive oil, salt, etc). They apparently have indeed listened to reviews and have taken it down a notch. While still keeping all the flavor! The food was fantastic this dinner! Service is attentive; it was a slow Monday early evening 5:00 though, so I can't speak to how it might be during a full house. Sunday brunch a few days ago was packed solid 1:30p so we had to sit at the bar. Bartender was very nice. Back to dinner--cost is high which is the only reason I wouldn't hurry back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    TallGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dining in Rochester is enhanced by this very good restaurant. Tried it over two nights in October and one in September. Service was excellent. Food was generally good, with excellent halibut, swordfish with buerre blanc and coho salmon with soy glaze. The new tuna with mushrooms was inexplicably a bit soupy. Wines by the glass were great selections - although the pours and glasses need to be improved for the big city prices. Breakfast buffet seems to be where the Doubletree hotel takes over, it was very pedestrian, but cheap. Better to order off the menu - the eggs Benedict with lobster was delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome service
    WeekenderVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Pescara for probably the seventh time. We have always been impressed by the food. This time we arrived for our 715 reservation. Unfortunately the table was not yet available. The manager came out to greet us, apologized, and provided us with free drinks while we waited. We were than seated near the bar to wait for a table and were offered appetizers as well.Andrew, our waiter, was extremely knowledgeable about wines. We had a wonderful meal and will certainly revisit Pescara in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Christl
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Really Fantastic food and extremely well prepared. Loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    NCdel
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I was in town for a conference and someone recommended this restaurant, I am so glad we chose it- my colleague and I shared the calamari, a salad, the risotto and fish and all four were delicious. The service was great and everyone was very helpful, knowledgable and enthusiastic about the food. Would highly recommend and would return if I happen to come back to Rochester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    Mary
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    An upscale restaurant, decorated in a contemporary style is a good choice for a nicer meal out in Rochester. Service is accommodating and good. Food is very good. Priced accordingly, we would recommend it if you are looking for something a little more special in Rochester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite in Rochester
    ChereVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We always look forward to stays at the Doubletree. Quality hotel plus we can eat at Pescara! Reliable delicious. Yes, the prices are high, but fresh seafood in a landlocked state can't come cheap. My halibut was great, the lemon beurre blanc was outstanding. My husband's scallops were eyes-rolling-back good. Our mushroom risotto was pretty aggressively salted but still tasty. The service was, as always, prompt, courteous but not smothering. Already looking forward to the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood in Minnesota!
    momini
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first visit to Rochester, our first to Pescara. Our waiter was awesome, explaining everything on the menu concisely. My husband had the halibut and I had the salmon, both were impeccably prepared. We couldn't believe how fresh it tasted. The tuna tartar was the BEST we have ever had....The sides are served family style. We chose two- the servings were very generous. Next time we would probably order one. We did return for brunch on Sunday morning. The restaurant was bustling, the food pretty standard buffet brunch fare. We shared an order of oat cakes which were especially tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to lick my plate
    Goodfoodrocks
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was so delicious...everything was amazing. Host staff, servers, food runners, all working like a team. It was my birthday and everything was truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pescara
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    food was spectacular. oysters, lobster bisque, halibut, chocolate tort. nathan was one of the best wait staff i've ever encountered. price was well worth the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was lovely. . .
    DiscerningFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    but ridiculously expensive. The Halibut was very good but it came alone on a plate for $35. The sides we ordered for our group of seven were roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts and risotto. All were very good but additional cost. Our bill came to just under $100 per person. Nice restaurant, but not that nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Fantastic fresh fish dishes and generous portions served. It is somewhat expensive, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Chef's save this place!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service here is poor. The problem is they try to be very fancy but they are very lacking in class. You don't feel valued as a guest in any way. I found it quite annoying that the manger asked the table two feet away from us how their food was but not us. We ordered a bottle of white wine and they did not put it on ice at our table. The server acted like they were to busy for us and we were an inconvenience. These are little details. I dine quite often in Minneapolis and this place would be out of business with it's service. It is fairly expensive and you expect better. The saving grace of this place is the chef's! The food is very good. It is cooked great and tastes great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fletch
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Celebrating an aniverary. Service was outstanding and the requested flowers were there and were very nicely arranged. The main course dishes and salads were oustanding however; the desert, while I like a little saltiness with my sweets, was a bit too salty. The dishes are served ala carte, which brings the price up to the $$$$ level. The ambiance is a bit plain and I can see where more people in there could create a higher noise level. All things considered, including the price, Pescara is a great place for celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We ate here every night while visiting the Mayo Clinic.....wonderful on all levels
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great lunch
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I have been in Rochester for three weeks this trip. I have eaten here 8 times, breakfast lunch and dinner. Each and every time the food has been very good, the service excellent. Unlike 3 other places I will not return, given extremely poor service. The steak sandwich is divine, the lobster bisque stunning, the vegetarian pizza unique, all the salads delicious, there isn't enough time to try everything on the menu, but I have faith in it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not quite as good
    MnMgo1ngVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I frequent this restaurant often when I am in town and usually do have fish especially if Halibut is offered. This time the fish was a bit overcooked and just not as good as I have had before
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anonymous
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Superb fresh fish from Alaska, New England, etc. Great menu, good wine list, excellent service. Great fresh veggies as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sanctuary
    Seventree
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Made our stay at the Mayo for 3 days extremely pleasant The food and service was extraordinary. The word no is not in their vocabulary Andrew and Darren great waiters , fab seafood
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Halibut
    Frankie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was a great dining experience over all. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable on the menu. I ordered the halibut and Brussel sprouts on his recommendation. (As did two others that were with me.) The halibut was fresh, moist and cooked to perfection. The brussel sprouts were a huge disappointment! Not at all what we were expecting. They were blah and under cooked. The steak that one other person ordered was also very good. The Gouda hashbrowns were to die for! The bread pudding for dessert was the best ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Eric155
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place for a later dinner. Bread is amazing. I can seeyself going back many times and still be greatly satisfied trying something completely different!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Both fish dishes we ordered were fresh and filling. The server recommended a cooking sauce/preparation. The family style sides were generous and well prepared. The server was knowledgeable on the wine selections. Finally the chocolate desert was sized just for 2 and was a great way to round out the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hwood
    Hwood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was our third visit and couldn't have been better Food was great along w/ the service Best choice in town
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    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Once again the service was outstanding (lisa is an absolute gem) as we gathered for an annual lunch. Several of my friends looked at my steak sandwich lunch and ordered it, one proclaiming it was the best sandwich she has ever had in her life). They accommodated our staggered lunches (8 people arriving and departing at different times, all wanting to see each other as schedules permitted) this was a perfect environment to do so, excellently located and with fabulous food. And then I went back for breakfast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    MmmmVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Although the effort to have a high end fresh sea food in Rochester Minnesota is commendable, the lobster bisque was salty, the halibut overcooked and the brussel sprouts undercooked. Attention to the food should be equal to the service and ambiance.
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  • Wonderful evening!
    katydid304
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved everything about our dining experience at Pescara. We had been to the bar (late-night) previously, and knew the ambience would be superb, but every aspect of our meal exceeded our already high expectations. We especially appreciated the warm "service with a smile". Our waiter was top-notch, and desserts compliments of the chef were a lovely personal touch for our celebration. We have made a pact to return, and often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant many times. Food is excellent, however the service this time was below par which surprised us
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Absolute seafood heaven. I had the mussels which were devine and everything was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent and very friendly with knowledgeable recommendations for the wines.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat Pescara's
    Aruba99VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Consistently the best seafood and preparations! The oysters were fantastic...I should have just made a meal of them, but then I'd miss the Alaskan halibut in the fond blanc sauce. Sides are equally great and this time the wild mushroom risotto was perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 36-hr guaranteed freshness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Pescara was delicious. Pricey, but made sense since they receive their fish within 24-hr to 36-hrs from the water. I had the cioppino and my fiance had the halibut. Both were flavorful. The clams in the cioppino were cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. Sal was a delightful waiter.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service are topnotch.
    Welldone
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The waite staff was very knowledgable of the food and drink offers that they had and did a great job of discribing the specials. The food arrived hot and empty plates did not set on the table very long. The food itself was well prepared, well presented, and very good.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch
    LAging
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The shrimp tacos are always the best! Always look forward to eating ay Pescara.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tuna Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the best tuna I've ever had here, and all my dining companions, foodies all, were impressed and pleased. If we're in Rochester again, we will be back at Pescara. It is worth the premium price for this excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Portions very small, and overpriced, but the quality is excellent.
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  • Good seafood in a landlocked area
    Outoftowners1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took friends here for a b-day. Friendly, attentive, knowledgable waitstaff. Excellent wine list . Steak slightly overcooked but truffle demiglace made up for it. Seafood di mare touted as spicy- not so much. But a great meal overall!
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely seafood dinner
    nursey
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great martins, fresh fish prepared just the way we liked it. Great dinner
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was just outstanding
    Pilotfighter
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    From entering and chatting with your host it was a memorable night of exquisite dining. I began with a plate of mussels and ended with the insignia scallops. My choice of wine for the evening was the French riesling, a fine compliment to an evening of complete satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet