Lento

4.3
1202 reviews
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$30 and under
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Organic

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About

Lento is committed to providing unique and delicious dishes using food procured as much as possible from local, sustainable and organic purveyors. The word �Lento� is Italian for slow, and we have embraced the slow food movement. This means making everything from scratch, from food that was raised by sustainable and ecologically friendly practices. It means no artificial growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, or rendered animal by-products, and a sparing use of pesticides. There are no microwaves or steam tables in our kitchen and everything is cooked fresh to order. Our website lists most of our local providers. We are happy to promote local farmers on the menu so you know exactly where your food is coming from. We hope you enjoy your dining experience and are happy your dollars are staying in the local economy from farm to plate. Very short walk to the Rochester Auditorium. Close proximity to the Universirty of Rochester, RIT, St. John Fisher and Nazareth.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Italian, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Bar:
Tuesday – Friday @ 5-Close
Happy Hour from 5 – 6
Bar is always open until close

Dinner:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5 – 9
Wednesday: 5 – 9
Thursday: 5 – 9
Friday & Saturday: 5 – 930
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Phone number
(585) 271-3470
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Arthur Rogers
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Private party facilities
Lento restaurant is happy to host private events. We are able to create customized menus and tasting menus. Please call 585-271-3470 to learn more.
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Private party contact
Mitchell K. McLaughlin: (585) 271-3470
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Ave.
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Parking details
Parking is located across the street at Rochester Works parking. A sign will be in place indicating the location.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring weekly specials on wine, beer, cocktails and select appetizers

Mid-week Specials:



Tuesday:
On Tuesday evenings our Seafood Bar features Dollar Oyster Night, all raw oysters on the half-shell are a dollar off. Reservations are suggested and appreciated!




Wednesday:
Join us for No Corkage Fee Wednesday, bring your favorite bottle of wine in and we will waive the corkage fee.




Thursday:
Our specialty cocktails are the ever-changing product of our bartenders’ imaginations and feature local, seasonal ingredients, homemade mixers and the finest spirits. Join us every Thursday for Specialty Cocktail Night when all of our Craft cocktails are just $5!

Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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JB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First of all: I am often very unsatisfied with restaurants in the area, BUT Lento was a wonderful exception, I felt the entrees were inventive and the food was delicious. I celebrated my birthday there and can't wait to return.

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H
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service and food were excellent. The restaurant is rather loud for my taste. It was overall a very enjoyable experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, every dish everyone had in our party was excellent.

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r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To my surprise it was $1 oyster night. Very good. Our entrees were delicious. Would highly recommend Lento.

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SR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the oysters, but was surprised at the quinoa fritters only having 3 as it was under sharing plates. I’d suggest at least 4.

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JS
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was ok, just kind of bland. Was hoping for something with more flavor.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. The dessert was a bit small for the cost.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The salads and appetizers were great. The trout had too much butter sauce for our taste. The lemon tart was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service spotty at best. Oysters great especially variety. Starters rather odd in nature. Main course dishes expensive for ingredients. Gnocchi was so tiny couldn’t see most of them mixed with the vegetables and for $25, definitely overpriced. Roasted Carrot salad overpriced also. Cocktails decent and creative I guess.
My take, oysters and cocktails only.
Go elsewhere for your dinner.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Lento for dinner many times but this was our first Brunch. It was great!

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is getting better all the time. Creative dishes, fresh ingredients, deliciously prepared.

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The place was packed when we showed up with a reservation Saturday night. Service with Abby our server was remarkably good given how busy they were. It is a great place to take a date!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Was ok food good really small portions it was just ok

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service!!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was excellent. We shared several small dishes and everything was delicious. We will be back again.

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HB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Was very unimpressed with the food. I ordered the chicken and waffles. The menu said Cajun and it wasn't. The chicken had very little flavor to it and I was nervous about eating some of the meat, as it appeared pink. I also didn't get any pickles. The meal was not worth $15. My friend ordered the croque monsieur and didn't have much flavor/kick. She added some of the sriracha sauce and it was too hot. Another friend ordered the Benedict and was not thrilled with her meal either. The only one that enjoyed her meal was the one that ordered just a waffle. Very disappointing.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Glad they serve brunch now! Food always excellent here. Some traditional breakfast items all with a unique twist. My friend opted for the fish platter which was a starter but she had it as her entree , although it would be a great plate to share too. I had the hash and eggs, all was great.

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D
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. We have been to Lento several times and the food was always fantastic. Our last trip for brunch was very good, but the menu this time wasn't quite as good as before - a few items we love were missing this trip. However, overall this is a fantastic restaurant.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience was excellent, from the bread served at the beginning to coffee and dessert at the end. Our server, Shannon, was wonderful - friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. The other people who kept our water glasses filled, brought food to the table, etc. were also great - attentive but not intrusive. Th only item I gave 3 stars to , instead of 5, was the value - I thought some of the items we ordered were quite expensive for the quantity served - although, again, the quality was excellent

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We've eaten at Lento several times, and this was a first miss with me as far as food goes. While my husband loved his duck confit, my sole was very disappointing. The sole, crab stuffing, and risotto kind of all melded together and I couldn't really discern where the fish was. It pretty much tasted like a stuffing casserole. I ate less than half of it, but the server did not seem to notice as she made no comment as she took my plate away. The chilled lobster was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating, other than the aforementioned issue. We would definitely dine here again, as it has always been one of our favorite places, and every restaurant is entitled to a miss now and then.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We arrived and were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation. We went for the dollar oyster night. We were told they had two kinds of oysters left by the hostess. By the time our waitress came over to us 20 minutes later they had just run out of oysters. We order drinks and then it took another 10 minutes before the waitress came back. They brought us bread after we had our meal and then they finally had oysters again by the end but those too we're at the end of the meal. The food portions were very small for the 80.00 we spent.

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We waiting over an hour and a half for our food. Erika waiting to drink her mimosa until the food arrived, so it was warm. Due to the long wait, the waitress spoke to the manager, who comped our food. When I finally arrived, the chicken and waffles were hot and the three eggs Benedict were cold. The lamb bacon was tasty. The beignet were good. My family was not happy about waiting until 2 to get the food and then it being cold. The manager was apologetic and the comped food was appreciated, but we won't be back.

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AD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Lento's cuisine is really special - an emphasis on local ingredients, always creative, always delicious. And yet the atmosphere isn't pretentious at all - the servers are immensely friendly and knowledgeable. They gave us multiple samples of wine to direct our choice and were totally accommodating of my 3 year old daughter and her shenanigans!

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous pre-theatre dinner at Lento! Although we tried to resist dessert - they were all so tempting (and perfectly sized) that we ended up with 3 desserts for 2 people as we could not decide.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Lento for our anniversary. We arrived shortly after they opened and I believe were the first table to be seated that day. Great Thursday and their happy hour was $5 select cocktails. The lavender aviation was my favorite. Highly, highly recommend their sourdough bread starter. The apple thyme butter was DELIGHTFUL. Entrees were delicious as well. A great experience and we will return when in Rochester again.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, nice atmosphere and an excellent wine list! The menu has a remarkable variety of options for vegetarian. I believe that the selection of high quality ingredients makes the difference and gives the restaurant the advantage to propose particular dishes. Cocktails are excellent too.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always great and the food is exceptional. Our server went out of her way to ensure the bartender could make a cocktail that was no longer on the menu. I have been here several times and it’s one of the few upperscale restaurants in Rochester that never disappoints!

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vegan winter veggie curry dish. Everyone was happy with their meals.
Explaination of our entrees from our waitress was appt on.
Great drink specials (before 6pm).
Service was superb.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Thursday night with a group of 6 friends, some with special dietary restrictions. Server was knowledgeable and attentive, food was great. Oysters were exceptional, loved the farm to table and local options.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the dollar oyster night.

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Lento did not disappoint - the whole experience from beginning with a cocktail at the bar to the best chocolate mousse for dessert was perfect!

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I both thought that the food and service were very, very good, with one glaring exception: we ordered a glass of wine each, and thought the serving size was very small. I didn't expect a vat of wine, but certainly a reasonable serving would have been appreciated. Otherwise it was a dependably good experience. We have only been there 3 or 4 times, but have enjoyed it every time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

They need a new chef. The ambiance, the location is awesome. The food not so much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day plus anniversary, asked for quiet private table we got that. Service was knowledgeable prompt and friendly

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went for a date here. I had a Salmon entree that was delicious. The entire dish was super fresh and put together very well. It hit home for flavor-town. Girlfriend had a Duck entree and though she enjoyed the sides, the Duck was served cold. It was obvious that her dish was completed first and was sitting idle while my entree was completed. Which is a bit upsetting considering it was just the two of us and both entrees were just over $30 each. That's where it lost some of the "value" for me. The bread was delicious, the appetizers were great as well. Overall the staff was great, but our server was boring and seemed in a hurry to be elsewhere (it wasn't busy, our reservation was later in the night). Honestly I would go there again, but I've been to similar places where it hit home for me in all categories so I can't justify 5 stars. :)

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I really wanted to like Lento more than I did. The local farm-to-table concept is promising, the art on the walls was nice, and our server was lovely, but the execution wasn't quite there. We started with the fresh bread and dips- they gave us a tiny amount of the hummus (and probably 4-5 x as much butter), and the white bean garlic dip tasted really off- the complementary bread and olive oil other tables had looked much more appealing. My partner was disappointed by how salty the oysters were. I ordered the pork, which was super fatty and not all that flavorful- I made it through maybe 1/4 of the meat and packed up the rest to give to our dog. My partner's vegan curry was decent, but for the prices we were expected much better. The chocolate mousse was delicious though! All in all, a very expensive dinner for very mediocre food.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great Valentine’s Day dinner.

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TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was really bad. Atmosphere and service were ok. Quite pricey. Would not recommend mainly due to poor food quality

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P
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding. The duck confit was excellent, and the spaetzle and side vegetables were amazing. The service was non-intrusive and very efficient.

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