Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Horizons Restaurant
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Horizons Restaurant

Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Horizons Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.woodcliffhotelspa.com/
  • Phone: 5852484825
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00 am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Wilkinson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: With our location in Rochester"s finest hotel we offer full banquet services for groups up to 200!
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Chappel 585-248-4821
  • Entertainment: Horizons offers entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30 pm until 12 midnight and weekdays from 5:30 to 8:40 pm in Horizons Lounge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodcliff Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We provide valet parking for those who desire such and have a private lot as well.
A word from Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Horizons Restaurant
Dining at this Rochester Restaurant is a unique experience. At Horizons Restaurant, our guests enjoy beautiful views and creative cusine. Located at Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, Horizons Restaurant has been a favorite Rochester NY restaurant for nearly two decades. Our tradition of excellent wines and great food in an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere keeps our guests returning to this great Rochester Restaurant. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or Horizons" fabulous Sunday Brunch where every table commands a spectacular view!
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Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Horizons Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)scenic view (29)romantic (19)fit for foodies (11)great for brunch (9)good for groups (9)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great wait staff, very accommodating, excellent presentation, great view of the hills especially in the fall season. Woodcliff comes to mind whenever I have to plan a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing 88th birthday brunch
    Rochmike
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We reserved well in advance because our special guest, celebrating her 88th birthday, had fond memories from a past brunch. We arrived precisely at the 11:00 opening time and were third in line. But we (with 95 year old and 88 year old people using walkers) had to stand waiting for almost 15 minutes, with no explanation or acknowledgement from the young woman at the podium, who made no eye contact and was clearly in over her head. The line behind us grew out to the lobby. When we were finally seated we were offered coffee but it took almost another 15 minutes to arrive and was barely warm. When we left the restaurant we had to wait almost 15 minutes for the single harried valet to arrive to get our car. The good news: the food was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KatyB
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our food was excellent and the service was great. We will definitely be back and we will highly recommend the restaurant to our friends. Wonderful experience. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dining experience!
    luvtodine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Horizons Restaurant continues to be a special place to dine. Service is always exceptional. The menu is great with several options. I am never disappointed when I dine there (brunch, lunch, dinner or special occasion).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service-Poor Options
    bootssuits
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Yes, the restaurant is a very high class establishment, but the variety of food is very small and expensive. If you love duck, lobster, and steak related food, you will love this place. We had some items from the dessert menu and the food was amazing! The waitresses were fantastic and nice. My only complaint was the variety of food. Maybe some pasta related items (chicken parm, etc.) or some turkey dinner items. Just some ideas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Celebrated a 90th birthday lunch. Beautiful day to enjoy the outstanding view. Not too many patrons, so very quiet. Host and wait staff excellent, food good, lobster bisque delicious. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My family and I were looking forward to the experience as we have eaten there before but for dinner. This time we were there for brunch, but to our surprise our table was outside the dining area, located close to the front desk. It felt like we were having our brunch in the lobby. As we brought that up to the hostess she apologized and said that she thought we had been notified of the location of our table. Emily called me at 10:00 that morning to confirm our reservation and it was never mentioned that we would be placed outside the dining area. I'd have rescheduled our brunch if I had known that.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Class Dining
    FeedMeYourBest
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The restaurant is on a cliff and has a great view to the west. When conditions are right I expect you would see a beautiful sunset. The food ranks right up there with the best food we have eaten anywhere in the world. The night we had dinner Gap Mangione started playing piano at 7:30 for the restaurant. At 8:30 the rest of his band joined him for music that was more for the bar scene. (Gap is Chuck's brother.) Excellent breakfast the next morning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    .Wonderful, wonderful food. But service was terrible. For some reason we had two servers for our table (a party of 5). And that seemed to be at the basis of the problem.Wrong food served, long wait to even be offered something from the bar, tea served to only one person at the table, the rest of us did not get our tea or coffee until we repeatedly asked; one of our parties had to leave and asked for her dessert to go. Had to ask twice to have this happen and it wasn't until she got up to walk out, did the dessert finally come. Just disappointing when service has always been so good. I had suggested your restaurant for the meeting and so I felt bad that the experience was not what I expected
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service ruined a nice dinner
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    To start, this restaurant has an incredible, genuinely breathtaking view at sunset. The food was fairly good: a bit pricey for the level of quality, but certainly acceptable. The primary issue was the waiting. Our total time from seating to receiving our food was over an hour. Since this is the third time we've had an unusually long wait here, we won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    6forlunch
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was a birthday luncheon and the waitress was very accommodating. We had a table with a view, as requested, and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch. Everyone was very pleased with the food as well as the service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Doonser
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are not people who can regularly afford to dine or stay at places like the Woodcliff Hotel and Horizons Restaurant, but we have high standards for food quality and service. Regarding the restaurant, the waitress and her assistant were friendly, there when we needed them, and not fawning or intrusive. My wife loved her salmon, and remarked on the wonderful crust and moist interior, & the subtle but distinct flavors. I had the tenderloin; it was the best serving of beef in my life. I thought it was better than a filet, as it was so tender and yet had texture. We had wine by the glass, and the recommendations were perfect. We have had less satisfying meals for more money. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner in time
    vstar1100
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    had a great meal at woodcliff would have been better if my wife could of had our dinner at the same time her dinner came was over done they were great took it back. the only thing was i had my dinner . They were great they removed her dinner from the bill But still we could eat at the same time .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • jules6795
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great Experience. Plan to comeback soon. Unexpected place to find so close to my home. I did find about the place in Rochester brochure picked up in the Rochester airport.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 77 reviews are from the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Horizons Restaurant reviews archive.
  • One of the best
    MooseVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was perfect. The service was good. The sunset and sunset view was excellent. This is still one of the best restaurants in Rochester. The only strike is the price. Dinner for two with drinks is $150. I guess you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful night
    finrtime
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    1 year anniversary diner was wonderful. Dan the server made us feel we were the only ones there. Definitely a place to return too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Hard2please
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was superb from beginning to end. Lobster Arancini was a delicious appetizer, and the saffron aioli made even the watercress sparkle. Dust breast with hazelnut mashed potatoes was just as wonderful, but the duck confit spring rolls made it special. I had duck in a supposedly good Massachusetts restaurant two weeks earlier and it didn't compare. The Grand Marnier chocolate mousse topped the meal with a light touch. Hard to remember when I've had a better meal in Rochester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • once a year for 30
    RicardoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    great view and great ambiance. our server was prompt and professional. The food!! I have had many memorable meals here. This time not so much as far as the food went. I started off with escargot in a bowl with garlic parsley puree, vegetables with a filo dough top. Much to big for a appetizer with just a hint of garlic and a fairly bland sauce. not a fan! My entrée was medallion of veal with marsala sauce. The Veal was excellent but I could barely taste marsala. The lobster risotto was OK not great. it was over whelmed with lemon. I have had many good meals here so maybe its a new chef or just an off night. see you next year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Had a great night catching up with long time friends we hadn't seen in a while. Started @ the Bar @ 6 while the terrific Band played (The Schooners - Play every Thurs Night & it's one of the reasons we went here & on Thurs). Music was perfect as was the Sound (easy to talk over, while not being far away). Started dinner at 7 and broke up around 10. Dinner was delicious for all four of us, was paced nicely for us to talk and catch up, and the service was VERY attentive. The table was by a window with an awesome view of the beautiful grounds and Rochester Skyline. Fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hockey1309
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have been going to Woodcliff for almost 30 years for special occasions or to treat ourselves. We have never been disappointed. We now live in Florida and return to Fairport , yearly, for our anniversary dinner. Thank you for the continued dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous view
    roconfood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Everything about the woodcliff is special. The hilltop location provides a stunning view. Service is very good. The food and menu choices are superb. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    NYWolf
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Overall good experience and good food, but need to be more carefullisting items, my wife is allergic to asparagus, unfortunately her entree listed all the veg, but no mention of asparagus, when it arrived the main veg was chopped asparagus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our dining experience was wonderful. I had requested a corner table and this request was honored. We were celebrating a 40th anniversary and it was made special by a complimentary glass of champagne after dinner. I thought that was a nice touch! The food was very good and the seafood bisque was the best we had ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food -- not so great service
    LuvGoodFood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went to Horizons for a special occasion. The food was excellent (enjoyed the lobster bisque), everything we expected. However, the service was not. This in spite of the fact that there were two servers for our table and the manager came to our table to apologize for an initial delay. The delays continued throughout the meal--not what I expected.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner with a view
    boomer
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had dinner at the Horizons rest. for our anniversary. Very nice room with a great view of the area and sunset. For a special occasion this was a terrific place! The service was top notch and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Delicious array of choices - omelettes to carved meats to salads to desserts. Don't miss the Trifle! Complimentary cocktail is a nice touch as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvkale
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We love what the next chef is offering -- plus the view is the greatest and the service was polite and competent -- what's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening!
    Perfectineveryway1951
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As always, a wonderful evening. Great food, service and view. Please keep doing a great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great!!
    crispy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Wonderful dinner, accommodated the special requests I made, staff was awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    FredVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Beautiful lunch with average food at best. I used to love this place but food has slowly been dropping.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Losing interest
    Jill
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have tried this restaurant twice now and both times very disappointed. The staff was wonderful and the view could not be better, but the food was bland, under cooked and over priced. I don't know if we will give this place another chance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing Birthday
    Amberley
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very nice facility view was fantastic. Started off with a delicious and visually beautiful breakfast. Then went up to spa where we enjoyed massage, pedicure, and manicure. Very nice special occasion experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but expensive
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Though the service and ambience are outstanding, the food does not justify the high prices. The same menu choices, well prepared, are available at other venues nearby at less than half the prices! This may explain why the dining room is sparsely attended at lunch time.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a pleasant dinner but
    IRKA
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    A dining experience can be marred by the little things... like not having the heavy club chair pulled out for a lady automatically. Impossible to do when you are carrying a handbag. Or describing the chicken on the menu as a "paillard" when it's actually airline chicken. A paillard never has a bone in it and is flattened very thin. While the airline chicken was very tasty, it's not what I was expecting. On the plus side, the wine list by the glass was outstanding. Rarely is European gewurtztraminer offered by the glass. The view is awesome and the waitress serving us was great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horizons
    Kevin
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This weekend we spent our 11th Anniversary with Woodcliff, and dining at Horizons. This review is specific to the dining experience. We started with a Bordeaux and a G-Riesling. Both were great. I had athe lobster bisque (which I think I determined a secret ingredient in that I won't share... it too some deliberation.) It was fantastic. My wife had a Caesar salad. Both of us decided on the Pork Shank with Orecchiette, which although special knives were brought, it was so tender even a butter knife wasn't necessary. It simply fell off the bone. The orecchieete (one of my favorite pastas) was awesome as well. The staff was very attentive and friendly. They did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great spot for a business lunch
    onthemove
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great spot to have a business lunch for a reasonable price in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a Special Occasion Brunch
    upstatediner
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Had brunch at Horizons with two friends recently to celebrate the holidays (somewhat belatedly). Found the food to be interesting, creative, varied, and to taste as good as it looked. The piano player in the background was a nice touch…played a nice variety of lovely pieces very well, but not so loud it disrupted our conversation (and we were sitting very near the piano).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Excellent service. ANDREW the manager made sure everything was right. Service is the best. Food was really good. Drinks are perfectly made. 4 stars. Not 5 because while the food is really tasty it could still be made more gourmet with other cuts of meat and more of a seafood selection such as crab legs and raw oysters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Olive1022
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Tips: Although the bar area remains lively, dining later in the evening (8pm and up) I found a pleasantly private restaurant section. The down side to the aforementioned is, with the dark outside and lit inside, the view becomes less apparent. Service: Our waitress was excellent, she was very attentive and friendly. I must admit since the place was near empty I'd expect nothing less. Price: Not cheap, save this spot for special occasions. Diner for two (without tip) plan on paying $120. give or take $15. Attire: This is so rarely addressed, this is the type of place where you can arrive in your best suit or a NICE pair of jeans and collard shirt. Either way you won't look out of place, so long as you match your company.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with my parents
    LAFS
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We really enjoyed our lunch. My parents were visiting from out of town, wanted to take them for a nice meal someplace pretty. We arrived for lunch at 11:00. It was quiet and we were given a table by the windows with a beautiful view. The service was good as were our meals. The view gives you a taste of the Finger Lakes landscape. Very nice, will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.