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The Owl House
The Owl House

The Owl House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.owlhouse.net
  • Phone: (585) 360-2929
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm


    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Brian Van Etten
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is readily available on Marshall St, Monroe Ave and Griffith St.
A word from The Owl House
Focusing on flavor and culinary imagination, The Owl House specializes in fresh, made-from-scratch New American food and inventive craft cocktails. With appreciation for diners with varying palates and diet preferences, The Owl House menu includes an uncommonly large selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.





The Owl House is located off of Monroe Avenue on Marshall St in a lovely old house. Street parking is readily available on both streets. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling the restaurant during business hours. Discerning beer drinkers will be pleased with The Owl House’s selection of 12 draught lines and over 20 bottles of specialty beers, each carefully chosen from local, national and international craft breweries. Artisan wines and inspired cocktails are also featured.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The owl house was one of the first Gluten-Free restaurants that I found here in Rochester. I happened to stumble upon it and I've been going back ever since. They change their menu according to the seasons and the variety and specials are amazing. If you have to eat Gluten-Free or are Vegan, vegetarian of you just like great food, come here."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Tacos were stone cold and no spice Portions were too small"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Vegetarian daughter chose this place - first time for us. Had an excellent experience. Variety and quality of food was excellent for vegetarians and non-veges alike."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "In general, this restaurant has an excellent selection of beers and very innovative vegetarian cuisine but I was a bit disappointed with the summer offerings"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Excellent. Will be back! The cauliflower/broccoli buffalo wings tasted like the real deal."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "What a fantastic find!! The Owl House is a converted house in the middle of a quite neighborhood street. Walking up to the porch and through the front door we were greeted by the bartender and asked if we would prefer inside or outside. We chose outside and were shown through the small dining room to the back yard. Cafe tables sat under patio umbrellas and a large open wooden gazebo. Various plants and flowers filled the yard. My husband and I each ordered the The Hot Beav Burger. A Chickpea, White Bean & Chipotle Patty with Sriracha Strawberry Jam, Mayo and Crispy Onions to top it off. So many flavors and just enough heat to keep it interesting. They offered a great beer selection but we chose the fresh squeezed lemonade."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The Owl House is a favorite spot of mine. Always great specials and friendly service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised how great everything was. Will be going again"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The old bay tempeh was the best sandwich I've ever had. It really was. And I'm not even vegan. I liked that they had a good mix of vegan and regular food. They had a small menu but that was understandable given the size of the place and its in a house. But all the items were interesting. I had a hard time deciding even amungst the 8 or so choices. I loved the music but it was just a little loud. The waiter was friendly albeit a little absent minded. But that's a small matter. The local art work on the wall.... From high school students was really fantastic. Comfortable and clean. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at The Owl House. I am a Vegan and I found SEVERAL options to choose from! The seared tofu was amazing. Great ambience and great service. Would definitely go there again!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food here was ok, the drinks were ok, and the service was acceptable. The menu was unexciting, especially for vegetarians/vegans. The dishes were what you could get at any restaurant with an option to substitute vegan ingredients. There was a typical breakfast, with bacon, toast, and eggs, with an option to sub in tofu scramble and fakin. My girlfriend got a salad, which she didnt particularly enjoy. The kale was extremely chewy, and the raw shaved brussell sprouts didn't help much. Also, the first drink she ordered, forgot the name but it was the one with hibiscus liquor was terrible. It tasted like medicine. They replaced it though, so that was very nice of them. The chicken and waffles was good, but the chicken was a bit too chewy"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our first time at The Owl House. Food was excellent! I am typically a meat and potatoes guy, but decided to go for the full experience. My wife and I split the vegan crab cakes and I ordered the "Hot Beav Burger." I was quite impressed and have craved another one each day since!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Husband and went there for the first time on Friday. I started with the Elderflower Gimlet cocktail and my husband had the Port Of Call. For appetizer we shared the hard cider-battered tofu nuggets with a ginger sauce and pickled red cabbage. I ordered the braised beef Los Tacos with white bean salad for my main course and husband had the pork tenderloin with roasted carrots on a bed of brussel sprouts. We shared a vegan shortcake with fresh berries and cream for dessert. Everything we ate and drank was absolutely delicious!! The atmosphere was welcoming and our server was very friendly. I have been looking for a restaurant like this for a very long time and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great Ambiance and very good service. I would have like to have the lunch option as well (during weekends) - the menu looked very interesting but only brunch was offered. Overall a great neighborhood place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I won't say this place is bad, but it wasn't stellar. Their cocktails were what I really looked forward to but they were far from amazing. No better or worse than something you can make at home and they use bottom shelf booze to make them, so obviously whoever developed them isn't really in to mixology. The food was good, not amazing. It was unique. The buffalo fried cauliflower was good, but again not amazing. Their meat wasn't tender and was bland, but it's a restaurant aimed at vegetarians so it makes sense. It is a cool place and the idea is good, but wasn't worth the price. Glad I went, but will never return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Visiting Rochester for a wedding. It also happened to be our anniversary. Owl was recommended by a relative. Wonderful choice. Lovely outdoor setting. Very friendly, attentive service and the food was very original and delicious. Vegan offerings were over the top bursting with flavor. Meat and fish offerings also excellent. Chocolate avocado mouse was superb!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The parking is definitely a problem. The waitress was very good and the outside seating area lovely. But the food was just okay as far as lunches go. My friend and I had sandwiches which came with an almost dry salad or too salty homemade chips. Can't say I'd rave about it to anyone."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It is sometimes difficult to find a place to eat out with a vegan, vegetarian and a meat eater. The owl house has great specials, good food and good portion control. Each bite is flavorful and the unique combinations are a wonderful food experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was good, but the ambiance is not at all good. May be we expected more. If you want to have a casual dinner then its ok."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed ourselves at The Owl House. We started at the bar where Charles expertly made our cocktails. Then, we sat outside where Donnie was our server. We ordered a number of the smaller plates and 1 large plate (all vegetarian). We consumed everything! Everything was delicious and very flavorful."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Really interesting preperations - The flank steak was outstanding. Chocolate and avacdo mouse (yes you read that right) for desert was really good despite what you might think."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great food - creative and tasty. Great staff - always first-rate. You will never be disappointed here."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Amazing food, ordered the kale salad; was so well made I didn't regret not ordering something more "fun". My friend had the same, and while we were eating we kept saying to each other, "I'm so glad I ordered this!". Waitress was super friendly and very attentive. Great atmosphere, reasonable prices for such fresh and healthy food. I highly recommend. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I've been wanting to try the Owl House and finally did on a nice summer night. I made a reservation and we were seated outside on the patio. I had a special cocktail, the Elderflower Gimlet, which our waitress said was her favorite and I liked it. They have quite an extensive draft beer list and our waitress convinced my husband to get a Pint instead of a Pony, which he was glad she did. We started with Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. Anything with Franks hot sauce I figured we'd love and we did. Got the fries which were very good, but a huge serving. My husband had a burger which was good and he ended up taking 1/2 of it home & had for lunch the next day. I had a special which was scallops that was very tasty. Will definitely go back again. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife has converted to gluten free. We had a trip to Rochester scheduled so after searching for gluten free, I came across the Owl House. Everything on the menu can be converted to gluten free. Vegan options and meat options as well, so everyone is happy. Food is fresh, service is solid. Indoor seating as well as outdoor. We chose outdoor. Fine tap list. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • " The nachos were fantastic, tasty, and seemingly healthy. Make sure to try them. Two in my group got the steak special and the preparation and seasoning were spot on. I got the mac and cheese and it was a bit bland. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. I will go back. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our family is vegetarian but had out of town relatives who are meat-eaters. At Owl House we found fabulous food for all-even our one vegan and the food allergy gal. Delicious dishes, well prepared and beautifully presented, were served by accommodating and friendly staff. Definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We were very pleased with our dining experience at Owl House. My partner and I are vegan and we went with my parents and my partner's omnivore son. The vegan dishes were delicious and it was so nice to be able to eat out and not worry about the ingredients in the dish! My parents and my partner's son loved their meat dishes and we all shared the two vegan desserts after our meal. They were both wonderful but the german chocolate cake was the winner. The coffee was wonderful as well! Our server's name was Sarah and she was very friendly, fast and helpful despite being tripple sat with two tables being parties of 5 or more. I love Owl House and I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Owl House is our new favorite place to eat. The food is indeed excellent and healthy, can't get any better than that."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We eat at the owl house frequently and find that the menu evolves with interesting options and great flavors. In addition, the beer selection is notable with many microbrews on tap. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "All food & service great, except we waited to long for our food for lunch time."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I came with a large group, and although we had to squeeze a bit at the table, it wasn't uncomfortable. The restaurant felt very hip and modern inside, and the extremely vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu reflects this. (Don't worry, they still had steak too!) Several of us had a sandwich with flank steak and portobellos, which we all liked, but the mushrooms were far more flavorful than the steak. The service was great, and they had no problem with dividing the check evenly into 7 parts. Overall, The Owl House has good food, a great cocktail menu, and wonderful service and ambiance."
    Dined on 9/29/2012
  • "A wonderful evening. Food was fantastic. My only negative was that the parking could be better."
    Dined on 9/25/2012
  • "Unique character, Rochester needs more places like this. Parking is an issue."
    Dined on 9/16/2012
  • "As usual a delicious brunch at a reasonable price and a peaceful ambiance."
    Dined on 9/16/2012
  • "Some dishes are pretty good (rosemary french fries, Big Licky sandwich), some just OK (pesto veggie melt), and some pretty lame(the day's bland grilled cheese sandwich; the "Olek's Buffalo Stance" sandwich with overcooked, under-seasoned tofu on too-thick bread). Waiter messed up our order and was appropriately apologetic, but restaurant didn't offer any type of compensation even though one of us didn't get her dinner until everyone else had nearly finished theirs. Also: avoid sitting outdoors in warm weather when the Owl House's smoker is running. At some tables, it's like sitting right next to a super-smoky campfire."
    Dined on 9/14/2012
  • "good food and good service considering i'm not vegan, nice selection of draft beer. moderately priced menu. i plan on going back and bringing some friends."
    Dined on 9/16/2012
  • "My date and I chose to eat outside on the back patio since it was a nice day out. we were sat at a table right next to the shed with yard tools right next to us...we chose to move tables. The patio could be very cute if they just sectioned that portion of the yard off. I ordered the smoked tofu entree that was the special of the evening and I absolutely loved it! We also ordered the lime-ginger edamame as the appetizer and i enjoyed it very much so. My date ordered the mozzorella/tomoto/avocado salad which was extremely small and should NOT be ordered as an entree nor split as an appetizer. the fresh mozz were 3 balls of mozz. Since the portion was so small, she ordered the pear and beet salad. This she was not pleased with at all."
    Dined on 8/22/2012
  • "We love the Owl House it is one of our favorite places to go. The food is fabulous and the prices are great!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2012
  • "I took my husband, son, and son's girlfriend to the Owl House on 8/8/12. We were seated immediately. None of us are vegetarians or gluten intolerant. They had two dinner entrees which were meat based. Two of us chose the hamburger and the other two chose the pulled pork sandwiches. The hamburger was good and the roll was excellent. My husband had the pulled pork with homemade chips. His sandwich came with field greens instead of the chips. He stated "it was the worst pulled pork he ever ate".We will not go back."
    Dined on 8/8/2012