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Chester's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
4.7
1383 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Casual Upscale Dining in the Heart of Downtown Rochester, Minnesota. Made-from-scratch food with layers of flavor.

Large Patio Seating (In season), Garden Atrium and Private Dining.
Named Rochester's Best Restaurant 2018!
Rochester's Favorite Dessert 2020 - Banana Cream Pie!
Serving Rotisserie Chicken, Lavash Pizza, Steaks, Seafood, Burgers, Salads and Much More... Made Fresh Daily!!
Specific tables are never guaranteed. Due to popularity and weather conditions, we do not accept reservations for the Patio or Bar Booths (first come first serve basis).

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday- Saturday: 11AM-4PM; Brunch: Sunday: 10AM-2PM; Dinner: Sunday- Thursday: 4PM-10PM; Friday- Saturday: 4PM-11PM

  • Phone number

    (507) 424-1211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Derek Jensen

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is available for any occasion, with seating capacity for up to 44 guests. It is an ideal space for business meetings, rehearsal dinners, graduations, birthday parties and more! We are happy to arrange the room to best accommodate your needs, and work with our skilled chefs to create the perfect menu. To reserve the room exclusively, there is a food and beverage minimum dependent upon day and time of the event. Please contact our Event Coordinator, Lindsey Hobbs, for more details: events@nrgemail.com

  • Private party contact

    Carissa Merritt: (507) 424-1211

  • Neighborhood

    Rochester

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Lots of parking downtown in various ramps, as well as on the street.

  • Public transit

    Bus and Taxi adjacent. Connected to Skyway and Subway.

  • Entertainment

    Live Entertainment in the Spring/Summer/Fall on our gorgeous garden patio on the beautiful Peace Plaza.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,383 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Rochester

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  1. BM

    Back2MN

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated immediately at our reservation time. The waitress was very attentive and kind. We were pleased about choosing Chesters for a meal with our out-of-state guests.
  2. j

    jetman

    Des Moines

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is superb, as is the atmosphere and service. We have appointments at Mayo Clinic and this is conveniently located. We will return.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Great selection of food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Every time we eat there we get stuck at a bad table. Food and service are good, but haven’t had good luck with a comfy table
  5. CR

    CourtneyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Server was excellent, friendly & knowledgeable. I was with some elderly guests who are hard of hearing so it was a little loud for them.
  6. CN

    Chili1NYfan

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this place! The ambience is gorgeous, the staff was very attentive and the oof was great! We had the rotisserie chicken and we loved it…very tasty and moist. One of the members of our party had the jambalaya and thought it was excellent as well. I think whatever you order you will not be disappointed. We were seated very promptly with our reservation even thought they were busy.
  7. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always so delicious! The service is always very friendly! Highly recommend.
  8. J

    Jerry

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I know everybody is trying but its tough to get hot food these days, nothing worse than cold eggs........
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Good service. Good ambiance
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We loved our meal and visit. Loved to see them cleaning so thoroughly.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was fantastic….after checking with the cooks, the hostess was able to change my order of fresh walleye to just being grilled without the Parmesan crust they normally use. Cooked to just the way I like it…..my wife loved the grilled meat loaf she ordered….the noise level was somewhat elevated, but the restaurant was pretty much full of patrons at 6:30 pm.
  12. LA

    LoriAnn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food was good and the company was great. Loved the beautifully lit white Christmas trees!
  13. S

    Srddd

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Attentive service, good breakfast, willing to make an egg type of substitute for one of our party.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu was so tantalizing and it was hard to choose with so many amazing options. The food we ordered was delicious. The service was great and our waiter was friendly and attentive to our needs. Great ambiance. Will definitely go back when we are back in town.
  15. KC

    KrisC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service superb! Music was a little loud - our server even trouble hearing us as we ordered.
  16. C

    Canadianfoody

    Minneapolis

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have always enjoyed dining at Chesters, the only downside, like many restaurants, is the noise level which not only can be painful but also makes it hard to have conversations. When we arrived and we were seated, the noise was unbearable BUT I requested the volume of the music be turned down and it was!! It made the dining experience so much more enjoyable.
  17. MH

    MissHood

    Minneapolis

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Josh the bartender was amazing and Fawn our waitress was fun and exciting- had great suggestions. We were impressed. The piped music was a great mood adjuster.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Waiter Forgot our bread, no water refills until we asked, entree salad didn’t come until the rest of us were almost finished. Waiter was pushing wine we didn’t want. Food was fine.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great experience here!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Dinner was good. Food was delicious and decent portions. Service was mediocre and as as good ad we have had before and would expect. Had to wait for initial table contact and drinks.
  21. b

    billw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly exceptional overall experience. Christmas decorations are unique and artistic, emblematic of management's dedication.
  22. LB

    LuisB

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had the walleye and pallela. Both were very good. Last time we were here we ordered calamari and it was terrible. We skipped appetizers and had a good meal and good service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food!!!
  24. MN

    MikeN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Bumpy start with reservation. Arrived about 20 minutes early out of courtesy, yet despite being 3 feet from the reception desk, the host began seating other later arriving parties before us when our reservation time arrived. However, once seated, the remainder of the dining experience was as expected.
  25. TG

    TerriG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good, service amazing but I felt like we were rushed. Clean and great environment.
  26. M

    Monie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fist time at Chester’s Kitchen & Bar We had reservations at 11:00am. The service was friendly and fast… and the food was delicious! definitely will be returning. The place was clean and festive.
  27. SD

    StevenD

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived a little early but were seated promptly ,a friendly greeting, drinks and appetizers came fast dinner was great .we ordered coffee and deserts that were fantastic will be coming here again.
  28. p

    platinumbeard

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    As always the food was of a high standard. The waitstaff was competent, but the atmosphere and noise left a lot be desired. I will keep coming, but the place does need updating.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the reuben sandwich and it was delicious. Best reuben in Rochester.
  30. t

    tawilson1447

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most outstanding, friendly waitress. Food is always good! And the chocolate cake for dessert is phoenomenal!
  31. LW

    LindaW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food quality and service . Nice variety of options
  32. C

    Chris

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate at Chester's while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. We had such a great meal on Thursday night that we went back the next night! The first night we had wonderful salmon cakes. My salad that night was wonderful with really delicious spiced pecans and the perfect amount of dressing. We followed dinner with the bread pudding which was also terrific! The next night I had the same drink, a mocktail with cranberries because it was so good and the salad with pulled chicken. Again, a fabulous combination of tastes! Will definitely come back the next time we are in town.
  33. C

    Connie

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food was delicious and generous portions. Our server, Noah, was excellent.
  34. FB

    FritzB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, cold beer, and a great place to catch up with friends!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jessica was a great server! Everything we ordered was delicious!
  36. h

    hrchic

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Having traveled back and forth to Rochester for the last six months, we walked by this restaurant many times. In good weather, outside seating was always full. The seating in the mall area outside the indoor seating is rather mundane. We were pleasantly pleased with the holiday decorations inside. Our server was excellent, made good recommendations, was attentive, professional, and very friendly. The stroganoff was the best I have had - highly recommend. My husband loved the Mediterranean Pasta. Good wine selection. I very seldom eat sweets, but when my husband's banana cream pie (huge serving) arrived, I couldn't stop helping him out. Will definitely return. Appreciate that they are on Open Table.
  37. KD

    KeithD

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food as usual!
  38. PB

    PhilipB

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great choice as always. We have not been for a while and found the menu to be limited compared with past visits, eating on a Sunday could explain this also. Great table service, but poor bar service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect.
  40. AC

    AnnC

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We’ve eaten here many times over the years. This time we ordered calamari (as usual) as an appetizer. What we got was uniform little strips (think chicken strips) that in no way resemble any calamari we’ve had anywhere. We mentioned this to our wait person and she was very gracious about removing it and not charging us for it, to her credit. No restaurant that professes to be as high quality as Chester’s should try to pass off phony food. The rest of our dinner was fine (not outstanding), and we got a gratis sundae as it was my husband’s birthday. Wait person was excellent. 3 stars because of the bogus calamari.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chester's Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (507) 424-1211.

Chester's Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1383 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for Chester's Kitchen & Bar

111 South Broadway, Suite 108, Rochester, MN 55904

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Rochester

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday- Saturday: 11AM-4PM; Brunch: Sunday: 10AM-2PM; Dinner: Sunday- Thursday: 4PM-10PM; Friday- Saturday: 4PM-11PM

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Lots of parking downtown in various ramps, as well as on the street.

  • Public transit

    Bus and Taxi adjacent. Connected to Skyway and Subway.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Derek Jensen

  • Entertainment

    Live Entertainment in the Spring/Summer/Fall on our gorgeous garden patio on the beautiful Peace Plaza.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (507) 424-1211

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is available for any occasion, with seating capacity for up to 44 guests. It is an ideal space for business meetings, rehearsal dinners, graduations, birthday parties and more! We are happy to arrange the room to best accommodate your needs, and work with our skilled chefs to create the perfect menu. To reserve the room exclusively, there is a food and beverage minimum dependent upon day and time of the event. Please contact our Event Coordinator, Lindsey Hobbs, for more details: events@nrgemail.com

  • Private party contact

    Carissa Merritt: (507) 424-1211

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