Pomodoro - University Ave
Pomodoro - University Ave
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Pomodoro - University Ave

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mypomodoro.com/pomodoro-university-ave/
  • Phone: 5852715000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - 4:30pm - 9:00pm;
    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Isaac Borgstrom
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Please refer to our website for updates on our upcoming entertainment and special events!



    http://mypomodoro.com/pomodoro-university-ave/university-avenue-live-entertainment-special-events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Culver Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Newly paved and expanded lot for your convenience.
A word from Pomodoro - University Ave
Nestled in the heart of the art walk district on University Ave. and located in a historical industrial complex - Pomodoro Grill has been one of Rochester’s best kept secrets for nearly 20 years. Featuring an eclectic menu filled with the flavors of the Mediterranean with a modern twist, prepared and served by our dedicated staff. We strive to use all natural produce and meats organically grown by local farmers - when available and when in season. Pomodoro Grill is sure to please!
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Pomodoro - University Ave reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Food was great. Enjoyed the
    Foody
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Food was great. Enjoyed the live music...the band was excellent! Service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music
    goodtimes
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The band Jim E. Legs was fantastic! What a night! Please have then again! Want to bring more friends to see them and have you great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner at Pomodoro!
    emjay5876
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Wonderful option to be able to sit on the patio. The service was top-notch, very nice menu & wine list. A lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Yumyum1
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    As always the food was great and the service exemplary!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crowd pleaser
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The restaurant is very large, the menu is eclectic, the preparation of food is competent, and it's clear that Pomodoro is very popular. The wine list is adequate but not interesting, though the prices are fair.The best dish was an artichoke appetizer, but the paella was made from the same ingredients as one of the pasta dishes with some mediocre chorizo tossed in. It is definitely aimed at the crowd but not the discerning diner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fresh and delicious
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    A great local find with warm and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food and service
    djdeanVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    We enjoyed our visit to Pomodoro. The walk behind was not what later enjoyed. Area is a little run down but some remodeling is ongoing. Food was very good and great size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, slow service.
    PastaLover
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Pomodoro is one of my favorite restaurants, so we decided to come here for dinner for our wedding anniversary. We made a 7:30 reservation even thought it was a Tuesday night, which worked out since they weren't packed. We were seated right away, but unfortunately that was the only part of the meal that was prompt. We ordered drinks and an appetizer which came out in a timely manner. We waited quite a while to get our food, and didn't get our meal until after 8:30, at which point we were rather hungry and to top it off, my meal was wrong, I asked for chicken in my pasta dish and it came without it, but at that point we told the waiter not to worry about it because I didn't want to wait for it to be corrected and I ate the meal as is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pomodoro's @ University
    ednakk
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Food is always good - love the outdoor seating despite the train ;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Air-Conditioning
    KenMaher
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We did not stay, because the air-conditioning was totally inadequate. Instead, we drove to their other location on Monroe Avenue and ate there. The food there was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Jopop
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Pomodoro has excellent food and service. They did all the could to ensure dinner was great. The pork was awesome as was the pizza salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Went with a group at noon. It was very hot and it didn't seem like the air was even working. Took almost an hour to get our food which was mediocre at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • felt like being neglected
    Donne
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    I was first shocked by the attitude of the receptionist who took it like nothing and simply led us to another table without an apology when I pointed the raindrop on our reserved table. Later, the server was too busy with other tables droppying by ours only twice or three times for our dining over two hours in a weekday night. I was expecting the server to come and say bye when we were leaving the restaurant but he/she did not even appear to pick up the check. It was my fourth or fifth visit to your place, but my very first that I treated my guests and at the same time felt completely neglected and ashamed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    toast8789
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    We had a family birthday dinner for 7 people, 5 adults and 2 children. Although not specified on the menu, we asked if there was a children's menu and were told what we could get for the children--was what they get in a similar restaurant and they/we were pleased. The adults, all of us, enjoyed our meals very much. Outdoor setting was great, private, shaded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pomodoro's on University is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Pomodoro's on University is a consistent winner. I have been many times and have always had good meals and good service. In this case we had a large group. These were people who had toured together and wanted to talk. Our orginal plan was for outdoors dining - but of course it was raining. We ate inside but it was pretty noisy and made talking a problem. Never the less everything was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diverse excellence
    Johnny555VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    All aspects of the evening were perfect. The menu and specials were wonderfully varied and everything served was great. Just go eat! You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    redkat
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    We had a group of 8 and the service was excellent and the food was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies who lunch
    cmarsh
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    This is a great spot for a casual, relaxed lunch. Menu selections are great - something for everyone from vegans to soup & salad to great sandwiches and pizzas -- And, of course, wine. Sit outside - enjoy great servive and good food with a nice glass of wine and catch up with your friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Menu and Great Serivce
    Caitlyn
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    I enjoyed the atmosphere of the resturant- next time we go I would love for it to be warm enough to sit on the deck. The service was fast and the waiter was very honest with us about what his favorite dishes were. We had an artichoke appetizer that was out of this world! We will absolutely be back to try more of the wonderful pasta dishes- there were so many choices, I could have ate one of each!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pomodoro
    NiteOut
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Perfect spot for eating outside. Great food and relaxed pace.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is consistently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    This restaurant is consistently good in food and service - love the deck for outside dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    The atmosphere was great! Pomodoro reminds me of a tucked away hidden gem. The food was outstanding. My steak was cooked to perfection and the sides were very tasty as well. The wine tasting upon arrival also added to my experience. The ambiance was nice. Pomodoro actually reminded of Italy, the food was comparable and the atmosphere was as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we have been comming here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    we have been comming here for years almost always a great meal - as of late excellent...love theoutdoor part...always bring friends with us...Unfortunatly we will be move ing out of the area soon - we will miss you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had some friends from out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    I had some friends from out of town come to see Wicked. After the matinee, we had dinner at Pomodoro's. We were seated right away, our waitress made wine recommendations, all of which were Awesome! She also gave us just the right amount of attention so we could have our conversation, but she was available at just the right time when we needed something. All four of us raved about our meal! Delicious food. We all left very happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, hot and tastey.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Good food, hot and tastey. Portions very adequate. Friendly and attentive staff. Will definitely return to try lunch and dinner specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the choice of beer on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Loved the choice of beer on tap. Pizza is the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten at Pomodoros
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    We have eaten at Pomodoros before but it has been quite a while. We went there before our performance of Wicked. It's close to the auditorium theater and we made our show in good time. The evenings menu gave several choices and the portions were large. The seasonings were a bit bland but the seafood my husband and I ordered was a good quality. We were with one other couple. Three of us ordered a la carte salads that were never served. When we pointed that out to the waiter, he was apologetic and gave us three coffees and one dessert on him. Overall an adequate experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My family and I enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    My family and I enjoyed our dinner gathering at Pomodoros. The staff was friendly and accomodating which made my family member's birthday celebrating outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit to the University
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    First visit to the University Ave location and found it to have a great atmosphere and the food was flavorful. Felt comfortable in casual attire but would feel comfortable dressed up as well. Plan to go back in better weather so we can dine outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Natural Food choice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Excellent Natural Food choice. It was the best I've had in a long time. Steve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was amazing. He
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Our server was amazing. He was knowledgeable and very personable. They have a live band there - so loud. Only complaint we had to speak over the band we were a large group - and our neighboring tables were getting annoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Food was great. Service was good at first, but very slow after meal was served.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been here before,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    We have been here before, thanks to coupons included in our theater tickets package. They have a varied, interesting menu, and a printed menu for specials, which helps those of us with not-so-great hearing or memories. Pasta entrees are very tasty, and big enough for two meals. Dessert of chocolate cake with raspberries somewhere was underwhelming--cake was dry, and icing too thick and tasted like its main ingredient, shortening. Raspberries undetectable. The atmosphere is noisy because it's an old saw factory, not many soft surfaces, and the kitchen is integral with the dining space. Lots of things to look at.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love the feel of the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    I love the feel of the restaurant and the service is always great. There's not actually very much on the menu that I want to order though. Wish they had a better selection because it would keep me coming back more often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never had a bad meal. I recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Never had a bad meal. I recommend Pomodoro to everyone including out of town business associates.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Your greens and beans are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Your greens and beans are delicious, as is your seasonal salad and crab cakes. Please fix your cappuccino machine. Thank you. I like being able to make a reservation online.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little bit too noisy for
    JoeK
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    A little bit too noisy for my taste. Food was excellent though as was service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have visited Pomodoro's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    We have visited Pomodoro's many times - and love the University Avenue location of this restaurant. It was a birthday party for our friend who turned 76 - he dines out quite frequently, but has never before been to Pomodoro's. However, he visited the place in the past when it was a saw mill - he did business with the owner so it brought back many memories for him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the band, the Swooners,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Love the band, the Swooners, as well as your draft beer IPA list and food selections. Collectively they all will keep the Potters returning for future engagements.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Is my Fiancee's
    Brandt
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Great food. Is my Fiancee's favorite restaurant in Rochester and a must go to when she comes up from Maryland.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate