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About Lento

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.

274 North Goodman St
Rochester, NY 14607
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, Italian, Contemporary French / American

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

Cross Street:
University Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(585) 271-3470

Website:
http://www.lentorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is located across the street at Rochester Works parking. A sign will be in place indicating the location.

Executive Chef:
Arthur Rogers

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.

Private Party Contact:
Mitchell K. McLaughlin: (585) 271-3470

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

Lento Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (49)
Good for a Date (38)
Creative Cuisine (34)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Special Occasion (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Healthy (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Romantic (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Seasonal (20)
Cozy (19)
Authentic (17)
Organic (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Tapas (9)
Great Beer (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Vegan (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was our fourth visit to Lento and we were so disappointed. We were actually shocked at the quality of our meals. When we learned that Lento was offering a fish fry on Fridays, we thought we were in for a real treat as all of our other experiences had been so outstanding. Not the case. The fish was swimming in oil and by the time I picked all of the batter from it there was literally only 2 or 3 ounces of cod. The fries were equally as greasy and the the coleslaw was actually warm - just gross. When I asked the server if there had been a change in chef/kitchen staff she did indicate this to be true so this may explain the situation. She was gracious and comp'd a cocktail, doing the best she could to mitigate our displeasure. We will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Lento has become our go-to restaurant in Rochester, NY for special occasions. It's a unique place to take out-of-town guests to try a great Upper NYS farm-to-table menu. The service is friendly yet super professional and helpful. The food is always good, well prepared and presented. Last time, we tried the house cocktails which were complex and delightful. We never had a bad meal at Lento. We highly recommend it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was awesome. Just wish it wasn't so expensive....

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first time at Lento. Great experience, outstanding food, drink & service!! This will not be our last visit!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Not as good as when we’ve been there before. Table too small and too close to others. Food very good but recommended sweet cocktail was bitter and very expensive..... skip drinks and have dessert

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was delicious, subtly seasoned, and included a medium plate menu. This allowed freedom to choose a starter and dessert. Our server was naturally friendly, and respected our space.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent choices on their menu list. Wonderful raw bar and the food was delicious. Been back many times.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Such an amazing meal and time. I highly recommend Lento for any and all special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great experience, food was great!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Outstanding understanding and execution of food flavours....original upbeat.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Our first experience with Lento was several years ago, shortly after they opened, and several more times after that. Our meals were spectacular and special. Our recent visit revealed a menu which mostly resembles “pub fare” - good but not special. I didn’t expect to see a hamburger, French fries, and other items which I’m sure had the chef’s touch to make them different from the same food available elsewhere, but not special. Lento has a unique position among Rochester’s restaurants, but it is slipping.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Hostess forgot we were waiting to be seated for our reservation. Bartenders spent more time talking than serving drinks while we waited. After a half hour and seeing new arrivals being seated I reminded them we were waiting. Our server was great as was the food.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We go to Lento about once a month for dinner and are usually satisfied with our visit. It can be hit-or-miss however; some meals are wonderful with great flavors and others bland or somehow lacking. The service is always excellent and the menu changes seasonally. Consistency is lacking, but most of the time the overall experience is good and keeps us coming back.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The only thing better than the service was the food. Very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Terrific dinner and service. The menu is small but creative. Terrific wine list with an excellent selection of NY State wines. We happened upon $1 Tuesday oyster night which was an added treat. We will definitely be back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

An excellent restaurant with high-end cuisine at good prices. Every course we had was a wonderful experience in taste, quality, and presentation. The ambiance was pleasant to the eye, but the hard surfaces (tile floors, brick walls) meant that when the place was at its most crowded it was quite noisy and hard to have a conversation. The service was very helpful throughout and quick to respond. Overall we had a fine evening.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very cool spot, easy (ish) parking, interesting menu, terrific bar staff.
The only miss of our meal was the calimari. Aioli and breading had no flavor.
Other than that, amazing. :-)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food! Service was very friendly but a little slow, which worked great for us because we were not in a rush and appreciated the pace. We appreciated not being seated right on top of other diners, and the noise level was fine for conversation. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food, ambience, service! Would come back again and again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great. Was seated near an exit door and it was pretty cold!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere! Would go again.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

WOW! Great food, wine, and cocktails! Our server was wonderful as well, and we enjoyed our time at Lento very much. Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The oysters were good. The fried stuffed olives were a ripoff . They were $1.50 each. Three of the six of us had fish fries that were small and mostly batter. My creme brulee tasted like whipped butter not custard. It was loud and crowded. Luckily the food was not our focus.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Love their oysters! They also do a great cheese board. I really like that they use local ingredients and list the farms where they come from on the menus, as well as, the walls.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic new farm-to-table menu! The Harvest Salad and Beet salads were exceptional. Love that you can order 1/2 portion! The sourdough bread with an array of spreads was just perfect. The butternut squash ravioli was so delicious, but those cocktails-PERFECT! Recommend without hesitation! Perfect spot if you are catching a show after dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Overall, very good. Liked free corkage. Salads and appetizers came out quickly. However, long wait for entrees. Just right amount of attention from wait staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our apps were good. My husband's meal was great. I ordered the burger which was a big let down and a shameful use of mcanns beef. No flavor. No sauce. It should have been labelled a slider. For a child. But overall, service was great and I would probably recommend this to others but tell them not to order the sad burger.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We made a reservation same day through open table, arrived a few minutes early and were seated just about the time of our reservation. The atmosphere was fun and unique, the servers seemed a bit annoyed by us upon arrival and sitting at our table, but the waitress seemed to cheer up once we ordered. We had the sourdough loaf with three dips, each was very flavorful and different from a typical butter spread. Then we tried the broccoli cheddar soup, which surprisingly came out bright green like a split pea soup. We each ordered the butternut squash ravioli, which was everything we hoped for on a rainy fall evening. Perfectly meshed flavors and textures made for a lovely vegetarian dish. Finally we split two desserts and couldn’t get over the perfectly creamy, homemade, espresso ice cream within the cream puffs. Overall great value for the four course meal we chose, timely service and very enjoyable flavors. Will return next time we’re in Rochester for business or pleasure!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

I appreciate the farm to table, sustainable aspect. But the only reason to come here is for the Tuesday Night Oyster Special, Wine and Apps. We came for our anniversary. The staff is fabulous but the food lacks flavor and it’s nit difficult to make creme brûlée it was graney and flavorless. I’ve been to seriously high end, Charlie Trotters (now closed) Alinea, Next, Blackbird, Avec, Boka, in Chicago and I’ve eaten Thomas Keller’s food as well as Eric Ripert. I enjoyed The Kitchen in Pittsford and inasmuch as it’s $$ even the places it seemed more worth it.. the burgers we ordered in all honesty I could get a better one from McCann’s and I think that’s where they get their meats. It’s unfortunate around here either the meals are stellar or sadly not memorable. I’m sad to say this but the only thing that impressed me was the Oysters and our server.. we made a 5:30 reservation and it seemed to take forever to get our food. We knew it would take a bit for the Oysters.. it was way to early in the night before 6:30 pm to be in “the weeds”
Again I am sorry, but it was an Anniversary Dinner and it was a disappointment.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

First time to Lento on Dollar Oyster Night and it did not disappoint! The oysters were delightful! Very good deal, whole place was busy by 5:00 PM. Will definitely be back!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Phenomenal staff and food. We always enjoy our time at Lento. Great spot for special occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vegan, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

This was my first time and let me tell you it will not be my last. The menu is perfect size and always changing. This is a must if you are a foodie like me.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Servers are very pleasant. Attentive and kind.Food is great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Highly recommended. Good food and good ambiance made for a very pleasant evening

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very good food, particularly the salmon with tomato and walnut purée
Service was poor waitress rushed us and was rude to some kin out party

Tags: Casual, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, great environment! Service is always FINE, but never special. Usually doesn't effect my overall experience. The last time I went though, I sat in the back half and felt as thought I was hearing a lot more "service" sounds - banging of plates, grinding of espresso maybe that was unusually loud (?), etc and that damped the experience a little, but overall I love this place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Creative and well-prepared dishes. The octopus was especially delicious. Quiet corner was easily arranged, as was half-portion of a dish we were interested in. Can't wait to return next time I'm in Rochester!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One of our favorite places in Rochester! Service is professional, yet friendly. Food is outstanding! Great craft cocktails!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food wasnt delicious as advertised but it was good, I'll be back soon

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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