Both my wifes caesar salmon salad and my shrimp pasta with spicy sauce were great, and the wines (a Duoro for me, an Albarino for her) were tasty as well. We had a minor issue with the gazpacho being a bit past its prime, but they were gracious, replaced it with two fresh cups (very good, by the way), and offered a free dessert, which we were happy to take. A nice and very professional staff. Go.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had grilled King Salmon with Chimichurri sauce and my wife had grilled Halibut with lemon butter sauce that I also tasted. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and very enjoyable.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite restaurant in
Our favorite restaurant in rochester. Fish and seafood are fresh and prepared to perfection.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in Med City
I always book a table here when coming to Rochester -- the fish is fresh, cooked perfectly, and our food modifications -- no gluten, no dairy,and one of us allergic to olive oil -- always met -- cannot recommend Pescara enough. Worth the tab.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but could be better
Did not have the wine available we wanted. Did not have any fresh swordfish. Entrees were prepared well however.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, wine, and service were wonderful.
From the P.E.I. muscles to the walleyed pike
were all delicious. The service was attentive
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was disappointed in the atmosphere
Was disappointed in the atmosphere and most especially, the food. The waiter was very nice. It couldn't make up for the very average food. I was expecting more. Probably wont go back.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb, as always
I'm a frequent diner at Pescara and this meal was an example of why I continue to return. This time, we made a later reservation - 8pm which is "later" for Rochester restaurants. It seems that the Mayo after-work crowd tends to come through earlier in the evening but it's less buzzy later on. Our server was helpful, knowledgeable and prompt. One small complaint: they were out of salmon - I guess that's what we get for coming later. My nephew and I (the salmon eaters) ordered other things and both were excellent (scallops for me, gnocchi for him). My sister had the halibut which was also good. Sides (asparagus and gouda hash browns) very tasty as well.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Walleye with Milenese
The Walleye with Milenese sauce, one of their "signature" dishes was unbelievably good, and the chocolate bread pudding was excellent. My wife had seared scallops, and they were a bit too salty.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pescara... get the fish!
Had the Mahi with grilled asparagus.... wonderfully prepared!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow...we lucked out.
Just driving through Rochester on our way back to Mpls/STP after a weekend vacation and Pescara popped up on open table so we stopped. My wife and I are so thankful we did because we had what was probably the best fish/seafood dinner we have had in years. Everything we ordered was phenomenal, fresh, and perfectly prepared. I would recommend both of our dishes, the halibut and the scallops, plus the calamari was tender and perfectly seasoned. Our "go to" place for seafood in the Twin Cities is Oceanaire and we left Pescara feeling that they now have a rival IF NOT having to relent the title for the best seafood in the midwest.
We WILL be making special trips down here in the future!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food as always.
Excellent food as always. Very consistent. This is the third time I have eaten here while in town on business.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Seafood in Rochester
Four of us dined at Pescara. We were seated at a great table next to the window. Our server was outstanding and worked hard to customize a meal for my wife who has medical problems that restrict her diet. I was quite impressed by the gazpacho which was nice and spicy - especially for Minnesota. The grilled swordfish with buerre blanc sauce was excellent. The grilled asparagus was a nicely done. My wife loved her gnocchi. Her crab cake was good not great. Our dessert was not only fair. Our guests quite enjoyed their meals, but I can't be more specific. The wine selection was very good and reasonably priced. Overall, I would strongly recommend Pescara, especially for Rochester.
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The best restaurant in Rochester
I have eaten at several restaurants in Rochester and I think this is my favorite. The food is outstanding and the wine list is very good it not big. I have already recommended it to friends. I love oysters and found that the selection was good and very fresh.
The tuna tartar was a special treat.
I ended the main course with their beet salad which was so good I had my friends try it and they said they would have it the next time they had dinner here.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
We went to pescara for an anniversary date so and really enjoyed the food. We had their bang bang calamari, strip steak, halibut and risotto. All were cooked the way we wanted and the risotto was the best! I would recommend this place for a special event our romantic date night but not to dine on a regular basis just because it is very pricey.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best seafood in Rochester.
We've been to Pescara's many times and have never had anything but an exceptional meal and experience. From the host/hostess to the wait staff, to the bar and kitchen, this is the finest dining in Rochester and the surrounding area.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always excellent appetizers and sides, (almost) always excellent fish with a nice selection of fish. I had the Alaskan king salmon, which was delicious and excellently prepared. The problem with Pescara is that everything looks so good that I always order too much! The service is generally excellent, although occasionally the servers are nowhere to be found when you need them.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small, very good, spendy
This restaurant has an excellent menu, but portions are small and expensive. I had the scallops which were delicious, but an ala carte dish of five scallops for $32 is no bargain even if they are delicious. They have a very nice selection of side dishes, which appear to be expensive, but as the menu states, they do serve two people. We had the roasted cauliflower which was excellent. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. My husband had the walleye which came with fingerling potatoes - it was a more generous portion and was prepared beautifully. I would definitely return.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Andrew knows his stuff and is very helpful with food and wine pairings. Strip steak was perfectly prepared and very tender.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
While normally not being too excited about hotel dining--this one is definitely an exception. We had an early morning appointment at the Clinic and wanted to have a nice relaxing dinner prior to getting poked and probed ( all went well with that). The wait staff was right on top of things and all of our order from the ceviche to the walleye and seafood risotto was suburb. We are very particular about any fish we order and the walleye was probably the best we have had anywhere and that is coming from a fisherman who also cooks! The risotto was also at the top of my list for the quality of the seafood and the mixture of flavors. None of the seafood items were overcooked and the risotto had the perfect texture. We will be back.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
25th Wedding Anniversary
We enjoyed Pescara, especially the service. Very prompt and professional. Loved the flower delivery service offered by OpenTable.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely delicious seafood.
Absolutely delicious seafood. I will definitely be going back!!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Breakfast the way it should be
Pescara has been a frequent stop for us. We work downtown and use it for Breakfast Meetings, Winding Down after work, and for nice Restful Dinners. The menu and staff combine to make this a pleasant place to relax.
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated our 44th anniversary
We celebrated our 44th anniversary at this special occasion restaurant. Our halibut served with fond blanc sauce and wild rice were divine. We plan to dine here again when we return to Rochester.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprising Seafood in the Midwest
As a Floridian, my experience leads to demanding expectations for seafood. Pescara compares favorably to any high end seafood house, not just a little surprisingly so for its Rochester, MN, location. Diverse, creative, and well executed. Gazpacho with shrimp and crab was a perfect summertime starter, and the evening's fresh list offered selections not just regional but quite broad. Chops and other non-seafood entrees are available. Server Kampheak is a highly knowledgable pro, and she was perfectly attentive and unobtrusive. Don't be influenced by Pescara's street level hotel location: this is a solid performer with talent in the front and back of the house, and would be busy in any metro or coastal location.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mayo Conference dinner site
My server Nathan was excellent! The Halibut was very good (it came recommmended to me by a friend) The lemon sauce was very rich but perfect!. The wine was OK, but it was what I chose. A special sample of chocolate was given as a dessert, I loved it!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Fresh Seafood
We have dined here 3 times and have enjoyed each dinner. The freshness of the seafood cannot be beaten and it is cooked to perfection. Service is very good. The salads are delicious and save room for the chocolate bread pudding...it is a winner.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had never visited Pescaras before so I decided to make reservations for my husbands birthday. I made a note of his birthday on the opentable reservation. When we entered the restaurant and I gave my name I felt as us they were joyfully waiting for us to arrive. Each person that served us that night looked at my husband and said "happy birthday!" with the most genuine smile! It was awesome and so was our food. We didnt recognize any wine on the wine list but ordered a bottle of cab from California and now have a new favorite wine. Great place!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good and very consistent.
Very good and very consistent. Cool atmosphere. If visiting Rochester, you have got to check Pescara out.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect anniversary date!
Great spot for a special dinner. We had made reservations on open table for our 1st anniversary. They made sure we had a corner booth, very nice location and great service. Wonderful time.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One Of Rochester's Finest
My wife and I have lived in Rochester for years, and for some reason had never dined at Pescara. After an excellent dinner there last weekend we regret that omission. Our waiter and the sommelier provided outstanding recommendations, and the food was prepared and presented nicely. This was an experience that easily rivaled Minneapolis-St. Paul metro restaurants.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice treat!
"Land and Sea" from the signature dish section was my pick, and the table shared the "Platter for Two" from the small dish section. Everything was cooked appropriately and the sauces were a nice addition to each item. My only issue would be that the port demi-glace was overwhelming to have spread over the entire entrée, making it difficult to maintain the desire to eat all the way through.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in Rochester
The food at Pescara is incredible!! Great Halibut and steak
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in town for business and booked a table at Pescara. When we showed up with one extra person they happily accommodated us. The dining experience was terrific. Nathan, our server, was on the spot, pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. We had appetizers, sides and entrees and all 7 in our party raved (even the person who ordered steak in a seafood restaurant). The fish is flown in fresh and was as good as anything I've had in Massachusetts, where I live. We enjoyed our dinner so much that we returned the next night, which was no less enjoyable (thanks to Candace, another wonderful member of the wait staff). Desserts are home made and delicious. Plan on spending $75/person, but it's worth it.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
Found Pescara on Trip Advisor. Went for Sunday Brunch. Very nce menu! Scrambled eggs, meats, smoked gouda hash browns. Wonderful lobster bisque. Smoked salmon and cream cheese. pasta. French toast. Nice desserts. Too much to list it all. Complementary mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice.
Sever Dondee was awesome! Very helpful and accomodating. She is the best!
Psscara is rated number one by trip advisor for good reason. It is top notch!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a really great seafood restaurant. The crab cakes were a favorite appetizer -- even by those who aren't so sure about fish. The Ahi Tuna was incredibly flavorful. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to make sure we had a pleasant dining experience. There is a wide variety of price points, so no matter your budget, you can really enjoy a great sampling of high quality food. The wine list was pretty decent too. Oh yes, and the desserts -- the creme brulle and chocolate desserts -- were simply delicious. Definitely large enough to share. No one went away hungry!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food every time we have been there. Great seafood and great steaks.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best place in town.
If you want 'real' fresh fish in Rochester, this is your place. Nothing is Frozen. Everything is flown in daily.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was excited when describing how particular items were prepared by the chef! Absolutely fantastic.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our food was amazing, and our waiter, Darren, was very knowledgeable of the menu and drink list. Our table was ready upon arrival, and we had great seats bya corner window. Pescara was perfect.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had to be in Rochester to visit the Mayo Clinic; stayed at a convenient hotel that had a restuarant in its lobby. From travel over the years, I try to avoid most hotel restuarants, but I'm glad that we didn't do so with Pescara. Our waiter was excellent and provided solid suggestions. The seafood which my wife and I both ordered was outstanding and paired with a great wine. We'll be back the next time that we are in Rochester.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every time we dine at Pescara, it gets better and better. The servers are stellar, and the food is simply top-notch.
Kudos to the Chefs and staff.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time dining
This was our first time dining here and we loved it. The Halibut I had was the best I'd ever eaten. I highly recommend this restaurant.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Pescara several times and their food is AMAZING! The menu changes regulary which is great. They waiters are very knowledgable about the fresh fish selections and pairings to go with it. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a gem in downtown Rochester. The seafood is absolutely the best! The service is as great as the food.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved everything about Pescara, the server recognized we were new to the restaurant and even though this place is definitely very classy he didn't give any impression of snootiness or arrogance. The food was delicious and filling, no simple leaf of lettuce next to a 4th ounce of fish. I had, and strongly recommend the salmon and gnocchi and my wife loved the lobster bisque.
The room was very low lit with lots of blues in the color scheme, the dishware was themed as though from the sea with beautiful, and random, yet elegant curves.
Overall, our dining experience imparted the feel and quality service of a very exclusive gourmet with the accessibility and atmosphere of an in-home dining experience. We can't wait for our next visit!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Being away for home on Thanksgiving was rough. Finding a place with great wait staff and food made it a lot easier.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I arranged a surprise luncheon for my mother's 70th birthday and we met at Pescara. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. We had wonderful service, delicious and creative food, and the restaurant itself was lovely.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The two fish courses we had (scallops and salmon) were outstanding.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Service and Atmosphere
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here - I had lobster and my wife had scallops both dishes were excellent. We shared the mushroom risotto and asparagus, which were nicely sized and delicious. As everything is ala cart, you can spend some money here but it is worth it especially for a special occasion.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM