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Pescara Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pescarafresh.com
  • Phone: (507) 280-6900
  • 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: Elizabeth Jacobsen (507) 280-6900

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The lunch special menu is excellent and an unbelievable deal at $10! We have eaten there several times while in Rochester for Mayo ppointments. It is an upscale restaurant with excellent service and sophisticated decor. The crab cake/bisque lunch is top notch. Not a large portion/ but just right for midday. The sweet potato fries are the best anywhere. Construction outside the building makes me it a litle hard to find and blocks the windows, but you can also enter from the skyway."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have been here 5 times now and are never disappointed. The fresh fish selection is amazing and the way they prepare it is second to none. This is my favorite place to go to have fresh fish. The lobster bisque is a must have as well."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The atmosphere at this restaurant is pleasant...once you get past the construction. Signage for the temporary entrance is terrible. Drinks were served nicely, but the wine is extremely overpriced. Salad was good and French bread was fine, but only French bread is pretty unimaginative for a classy restaurant. My entre was just bad...very overcooked halibut. It was DRY. Unbelievable for a seafood place. My husband's lobster was ok, but not the special meal he had expected. We won't return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is a seafood restaurant, yet their $35 halibut was so dry it was inedible. Thus, only a "fair" rating on food quality -- we expect much more for a restaurant billing itself as seafood. The chef was nice enough to create a vegetarian pasta, extra spicy, for us, which was outstanding. The hash browns and bread pudding were amazing, and the black bean soup was very good. The restaurant is inside the Doubletree Hotel, and would be fine except for the construction right outside the large windows. Server appeared to be a college student, so giving him a break on some minor waiter issues."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great dining at Pescara! Our first time but not our last by any means. Wonderful food. Great server. Go there."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The fish taco lunch is the best!! My two lunch partners had never had them before."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Short version: Excellent local restaurant. Probably the best in town. Longer version: Four of us came in from out of town for a wedding and Pescara was recommended from the locals in the wedding party. Excellent - a nice pleasant surprise. Three of us had the fresh seafood, one a steak, and all were thumbs up. Nothing left on the plates and we are all not big people. The combo appetizer was very tasty. For you bread pudding lovers - leave room, it was one of the better ones we had for dessert. We travel extensively and Pescara would easily be 4.5 stars in any major city. Service from our waitress was outstanding. Yes we would go back, a nice local gem. On weekends you will need reservations."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Absolutely the best food of any restaurant we have been to. Consistently excellent service. Amazing flavor and preparation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food, great variety, and reasonable price! The Father's Day brunch was perfect and kid friendly, which was key."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was a nice place. The food was good, not great. The service was excellent. Expensive for the quality. Walleye was a bit dry."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had an excellent lunch, with great meals off their $10 lunch menu. Just perfect size and price. Everything was delicious -- crab cake and lobster bisque, walleye sandwich, ceasar salad with chicken. Great appetizers too -- hummos is excellent. We enjoyed it all!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Pescara based on the outstanding reviews and wanting fresh fish for a very special celebration! We started with fresh oysters which were on the smaller side, but very tasty. The entrees were even better than we imagined. Walleye was spectacular, and I had the Linguine with shrimp, mussels, white fish in a delicate wine sauce. Fantastic service, ambience, and especially the service! Our waitress only had a few tables and she took extra care to make sure that we were well taken care of. Next time we are in Rochester, Pescara is a must on the list!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Coming to Rochester is made all the better by eating at this resturant. The seafood has always been fresh. The wait staff is knowledgeable and ready with personal recommendations (I like to ask them at any resturant as is gives me a clue if they are eating at the est they work for). On this visit I ordered an Ahi Tuna dish cooked med-rare. It was the thickest tuna steak I have ever had. At least an 1 inch thick. I look forward to my next visit to try something new. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Four of us went to Pescara for Sunday brunch and it was delicious. We live in Rochester and will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We were so grateful, and impressed to have such a high level restaurant while in Rochester, Minnesota for nearly a week; and I think we ate here almost every night! Fish is the specialty and priced to reflect the quality of what the chef has sent in; so many ways it can be prepared for you! Sides are equally impressive! One night a special side was morels, small beets and ramps! It was delicious!!( I had as a side to the lovely scallops); wild rice risotto and asparagus another night; YUM, what a beautiful surprise!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I had an aveage meal at Pescara. After reading rave revies on Trip Advisor, my expectations were high. Although the service and ambience of the restaurant far exceed anything I have come to expect from restaurants in chain hotels, the food did not come through. I had the scallops, which my server told me had won the best seafood dish in Rochester for a number of years. That may be so, but my scallops were not particulalrly fresh, having a faint amonia smell to them, and they were over cooked. I had to be in La Crosse, WI the next night and had perfectly cooked, incredibly fresh scallops at Waterfront restaurant for a fraction of what Pescara charges. And Waterfront's service and ambince were even better."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "So good we went two nights in a row while at Mayo Clinic"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We went for brunch. The selection was great. They include complementary mimosas. You will not be disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great service/ fresh seafood with nice choice of sauces "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always top notch and the best meals I have ever eaten! The bartender was very helpful in choosing my wine and pairing with my meal. I recommend the tuna tartar, wild mushroom risotto, risotto di mare, or a white fish (I chose Halibut) with the lemon burre blanc. This is the greatest restaurant in Rochester."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went to dinner here two nights during the past week. The restaurant deserves its reputation. The food from fish to steaks to appetizers to oysters was excellent. The wine list is limited and there really are no cheap bottles -- my only complaint. But I and my guests were delighted. The setting is very attractive, even in a Double-tree Hotel; the place was packed each night we were there."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pescara's reputation for fresh fish is well deserved, but the number of different combinations to prepare the same fish affords numerous variations for the same fish. The pan seared scallops with sweet chili sauce is just one variation of scallops I've enjoyed and I have yet to have the same dish twice. The halibut ceviche is to die for if you happen to be there when they have it as a special. During the same visit, we had a dessert special of croissant bread pudding which was rich, but light in texture. The wait staff is also very well versed in all of the dishes and they haven't been wrong yet in any recommendations they've given to us. Dinners can be expensive, but well worth it for food this good."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. This is a great establishment."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Visited Pescara again for another of many meals we've had there in the past. As always, Pescara's food is universally excellent. Service was as always uniformly slow (perhaps because it is so busy). This was the first time our group was seated on time for reservations, even on a busy Saturday night, which was a pleasant surprise. A bit expensive for Rochester and menu isn't necessarily "innovative" or "cutting edge" (nor does it change a lot) but the food is always excellent. Vibe is always buzzing even on weeknights- makes you think you are in Minneapolis. Rochester needs more restaurants like this! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "For the price they give you a good size portion. Food was great and you can tell it was fresh. Service was amazing. They were pretty busy for a dinner on Monday evening, so it can get a little loud and crowded. Would have given 5 stars if the restaurant was bigger/had more space."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I took my best friend here to celebrate his birthday and we had a wonderful meal. The service was outstanding and the food was superior!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "It was our time at Pescara and it was sublimely wonderful. Our threesome order the scallops, grilled salmon and the halibut, all were superbly prepared and presented. It was nice to dine at a place where the kitchen knows what they sre doing. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. Our server was knowledgeable and informative. We didn't have room to try the desserts, just another reason return. The only question we had after dining was, why we hadn't tried Pescara before. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Green apple salad is very good, but I recommend having the dressing on the side. Fresh halibut fabulous, if pricey. Cioppino excellent. This was our third visit. The service is excellent."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Of all of the Rochester restaurants, Pescara is undoubtedly the most reliable. The food is consistently good, the service is always outstanding and the atmosphere is the most upscale in the area. It is pricey, but still very inexpensive compared to any big city restaurant. Great for less adventurous eaters who simply want good food prepared well."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It is very satisfying to find that the "fresh" seafood really is fresh! My wife absolutely loved the wild mushroom risotto. My beet salad was wonderfully flavorful & fresh. If you don't get the Tuna Tartar you are missing the boat. The whole experience was way above average."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Rochester. Excellent service and the seafood was fresh and very flavorful. I felt like I was back home on the Gulf Coast"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Went to Pescara for their seafood omelette. We were disappointed to not find it with the breakfast offerings, but our server asked the chef to make them for us anyway. So accommodating and so delicious. Chock full of meaty crab, scallop, lobster and shrimp. Easily my favorite restaurant in Rochester. I try to go there whenever I visit."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "the waiter sold me on the fresh Alaskan halibut, flown in daily. it was indeed a delicious piece of fish, but $35 was a bit much. we probably won't come back for dinner. the brunch is quite good too and more reasonable. we had the mussels appetizers both times, and it was delicious. it wouldn't be a good place for kids, even well-behaved ones."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "A small group of us went here for prom. We were amazed by the food, and the raspberry torte-it was to die for. The service was great, and the ambiance made for a romantic night."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were very pleased with 1) our waiter who provided great recommendations and was attentive to serving us well and 2) the food itself was outstanding. We had doubts that the price would be justified, but it clearly was. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I had a small retirement dinner on March 28 with 4 couples. The service and food was outstanding and we really enjoyed our experience. I would recommend Pescara to others for any special occasions or just for a nice dinner out. Our request for a quieter part of the restaurant was honored and we were given a choice of tables. The muscle appetizer was excellent as was the rest of the meal. Great way to celebrate retirement!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was very good. It seems rare to receive your food hot off the broiler or out of the oven. The fish was still steaming."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Very few good wines; none typically reserved for restaurants. Food was average."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Oddly, my favorite seafood place in the Twin Cities is 90 miles away. I love this place. 4 visits, no clunkers. Intriguing specials, knowledgable wait staff. Beet salad to die for, with Chèvre Croquettes which could stand on their own as an appetizer ("Goat Balls?"). Seafood is king here but plenty to satisfy the land-lubber. Seafood is always perfectly prepared with your choice of many nice sauces, and the wait staff knows well how to match the fish and the adornment. These folks are a part of the family which includes my local favorite in Eden Prairie (Minneapolis): Tavern 4&5 and also Chester's in Rochester. Not a cheap date, but value-appropriate. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Great food, great drinks, excellent service. We usually treat our family to special birthday dining, the flavor of the food surpassed expectations! The only thing that will keep us from coming back more often is the price."
    Dined on 4/12/2014