About Pescara

Pescara invites those with an appetite for fresh, forward food to share small plates, savor fine wine, and enjoy prime selections from sea and land. Located in the newly renovated DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Rochester, it's the perfect place to gather for business lunches, pre-theater appetizers, or romantic dinners.

150 S Broadway
Rochester, MN 55901
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
2nd St SW and Broadway

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(507) 280-6900

Website:
http://www.pescarafresh.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available in the Second Street lot next to the Doubletree Hotel. Parking is free after 4pm.

Public Transit:
We are located 2 blocks away from the Rochester City Bus Depot.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pescara Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.5

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Business Meals (11)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Casual (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Not great first impressions. First, I asked twice in the reservation to have a wine list sent to me before dining; never happened; no communication. Second, the coat room is packed with furniture and a mess. Then of course, after informing both hostesses of my name and reservation time and that I was going to the bar to have a cocktail while I wait for my table to open (I was 45 minutes early), and both hostesses forgetting and subsequently cancelling my reservation, I was ready to leave and go elsewhere. It didn't help that the hostess was trying to laugh off their mistake. I didn't find it funny. My reservation was 8:30 and at 8:50 I finally approached the hostesses to ask when they were going to seat me. That's when they realized their mistake. Fortunately, Nathan, the server was a rock star. Food was great, service was great. Still have a bad taste in my mouth due to hostess team. It again, didn't help the next day when I called for a to-go order and I sat on hold for 10 minutes before I finally hung up and called back. Then was told by the server that the tuna appetizer was not allowed to served to-go because it was raw, and "the Minnesota Department of Health doesn't allow us to sell raw meats". Not true. Number one, that's Pescara's policy, not the department of health. I order sushi twice a week raw fish. And, to-go orders are charged $1 per container for "environmental fees" which I find ridiculous. Not sure I'll be back. Nathan was great, but there's a lot of restaurants in town. Disappointing overall.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was great. Could have come out a little faster. 2.5 hours for a few appetizers and main course was a bit long.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a nice lunch but were seated at a very small table crowded against a wall (pillar?) and so close to the couple/table next to us. Walleye was marginal in satisfaction.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very good dining experience. Great food and service. A bit overpriced.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Kiefer was a phenomenal server. My steak was over cooked but my companions greatly enjoyed their seafood dishes.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

It was an anniversary dinner and we had a pleasant evening. Did not get requested booth but got decent seating. Service was good. Wine advise helpful but wine uninspiring. Brussels sprouts way overloaded with chunks of ham. We remembered crisp prosciutto. Fish and scallops excellent. No complaints but not memorable.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always great for special occasions......we had a lovely quiet booth for our anniversary dinner. Service was attentive without hovering. The tuna tartare was perfection (as always) and the scallops nicely seared without being over cooked.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent food. Truly enjoyed everything that we had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was very good. The service was excellent. A very nice setting for romantic date.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was fabulous!
We especially enjoyed our waiter who seemed to be fluent in about 4 languages.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

We chose Pescara for our 7th anniversary and we could not be happier with our choice. Prior to dining I had asked for our table to set with two Moscow mules in the special engraved brass cups I purchased. The staff came through in great fashion. Service from Keiffer was excellent as well as the food. I would recommend Pescara for those special occasions. Great atmosphere, great food, and great people. Well done!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great Food and excellent service, definitely on a great dining recommendation list.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always an excellent dining experience, primarily seafood but with other options. Able to accommodate for kids/teens without stooping to “kids menu” fare. Serving staff very efficient and engaging.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Gathered with my wife and brother after a trying week. The dishes fulfilled our very high expectations from our favorite restaurant, paired with a buttery chardonnay, and softened the events of the week.
We will return !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there. The food was outstanding; I had the lobster bisque which contained a healthy amount of lobster,followed by the best fresh branzino I have ever had. My wife had an awesome salad and then a beautifully presented surf and turf. You could cut the steak with a fork! The only disappointment was the lack of recognition of our anniversary even although it was asked if this was a special occasion.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Usually the service and food are exceptional. We come here every time we are in town. However we left disappointed last night for dinner and today for lunch.
My salmon was cold for dinner last evening. They made it right by warming it up and giving us dessert for free. Same thing happened last august. My steak was cold and they had to take it back and warm it up. Today for lunch the fish tacos which are usually delightful left much to be desired. Way too much slaw and once again cold fish. Ketchup for the fries had a film on the top. I assume it sat out last evening. The tea also had a weird taste and usually the tea is really fresh and good. Also for lunch we sat for awhile without a drink refill. Very rare for this establishment. So we love this restaurant but service and quality seem to be slipping. We will give it another try next time we come to town but if we receive another cold meal we might have to move on. I appreciate the customer service in making things right but it is getting to be a pattern and that is a problem.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We’ve dined here a few times over the course of the last several years, and each time impresses us a bit more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We enjoyed the food and service. Thanks to friendly staff.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Love the lunch specials

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Just went for bunch. They didn't want to seat us until we told them we made a reservation thru this app. It was odd. It wasn't busy and they didn't have to do much because it was a buffet. We didn't order anything from the kitchen. I usually love the fish here and everything and during brunch it's the best deal! So we planned our day around it as it is never busy on Sunday and yet they nearly turned us away and made us wait. It was just really odd and I didn't get a great explanation as to why. Either way, open table saved the day.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a wonderful brunch. Food was great with variety and also food to order from the kitchen.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had to be in Minnesota for a week and ate here several times and was never disappointed . The wait staff, especially Lisa, Michael and Tyler were outstanding and went above and beyond to make sure our every need was met . The food is delicious and creative and this restaurant is a MUST when in Rochester.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fabulous and creative menu. Top quality food - incredibly fresh. Fantastic service. Will definitely return!!

Tags: Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

mediocre at best, this is a typical hotel buffet ( frozen fried hash browns, fried scrambled eggs, fried sausage links, hard fried bacon, noodles in ketchup, diced fruit- water mellon & grapes, stale puff pastry, dry cereal No dairy alternatives, no almond milk, no salsa for the eggs, no gluten free option ) My observation was the kitchen does not replenish the buffet and we had to wait 30 minutes for them to restock the fruit after asking. They never replenished the empty chafing dishes that once held the sausage, the scrambled eggs, the pasta dish, soup, et cetera so by 1pm every dish was pretty much empty and there were still guest arriving to eat. They serve up until 2pm, so the 3 tables that arrived at 1:30 had very limited options left ,as most of the chafing dishes were empty.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always, our food was great! Our server was a tad 'unrefined' compared to others we have had in the past, but perhaps he was new?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent Staff. I was in Rochester for Mayo Clinic Appointments, and had to order according to diet restrictions. They completely accommodated me as far as preparing my food . Great restaurant. I would highly recommend when in Rochester.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always enjoyed Good service at Pescsra
Glad I made a reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent seafood but very poor service.

Seafood was excellent as usual but very poor service. They forgot to bring us the salads. Main course came out before we could eat the appetizer. Part of the dessert was missing. Most importantly nobody cared. When we inquired about these issues we were ignored.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Over priced. Aimed at business expense accounts. Decent food.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great as always!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We have been to Pescara several times, but this last time we went the food was really lacking which surprised us. My filet was very red (not pink) in the middle even though I ordered it medium well, and it was tough where in the past it has melted in my mouth like butter. The scallops were not cooked as well, very rubbery. The Gouda hash browns were very dry not creamy like they have been in the past. My wine and salad was good, and my husband enjoyed his shrimp but overall we were disappointed at the meal we had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent scallops, lemon sauce added to flavor without overpowering main dish.
Halibut nicely done also. Good service w/o
being intrusive. Good value.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The restaurant looks good. Nice ambience. The food was very good, very well prepared and the timing was appropriate. The server was excellent. Note that even though the name is a Region capital of Italy, it is NOT an Italian restaurant. Unfortunately the vanilla ice cream was absolutely unacceptable . Even though the quality and service were very good/excellent I believe the price is a bit high.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The service was excellent, walleye excellent, the fillet was good, but not outstanding.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Passing through Rochester and we wanted to have a nice dinner. Pescara was what we were looking for and more. The sea bass and walleye were excellent. Lovely sauces...not too heavy. Nice wine list, too. Will definitely return if we're in the area again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

By far one of the best restaurants in Rochester. While the preparations are not fancy the seafood is exceptionally fresh and beautifully prepared - multiple ways. The regular wine ist is very nice with good pricing. I did not look at the special Coravin preserved wine list this visit (we have been here at least 10 times in 5 years) but in the past it has been very interesting with wines not available elsewhere. The restaurant is convenient to the downtown skyway.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Waiter had a terrible cold. The fish portion was incredibly small. Arguably the smallest portion I have ever seen for about 32$$ and came with nothing else on the plate - not even garnish. I would. It recommend.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great food good experience

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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Good food, good service, nice venue. Overpriced, but an enjoyable evening. Surprisingly good, fresh seafood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Have been coming here since Pescara opened. It's always a treat -- love the ambiance, it's cozy, yet vital. Food never disappoints. Have eaten at the bar one time -- and that was fun and interesting too. Our waiters have always been attentive , knowledgeable and very pleasant, but not intrusive. Always recommend it for those driving down from the Twin Cities.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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