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: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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People Watching (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·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 5, 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 5, 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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·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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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 19, 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 19, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 9, 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 23, 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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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We've only been there once but our first experience was great. Delicious feed, good service, very pleasant ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

First time visit for luncheon birthday celebration. Very quiet booth where we could talk and not hear other noise.

Our waitress, Jennifer, was very helpful with helping us select our meals. The asparagus was outstanding as well as the crab cake sliders.

I only wish the house wine was less than $9 a glass. I would have enjoyed 2 glasses if it was $5 during the lunch hour.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We would never go back! It's way over priced and very small portions.
Spinach salad was large and a good value prior to entree and tasty.
The shrimp pasta was in a large bowl, but a small cup sized circle in middle, ARE THEY KIDDING?
and completely tasteless, suppose to be spicy but watered down tomato sauce for $30
and I ordered salmon that was to have fingerling potatoes and asparagus and they were
chopped up into the size of my pinky finger under the salmon, ARE THEY KIDDING for $35
GO TO TERZA instead, or HEFE Rojo Mexican restaurant I would seriously like some money
back for the $80 we spent, VERY POOR PERFORMANCE.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Food was amazing, service was exceptional, staff was very friendly and accommodating. Ambiance was modern and trendy. Prices were very reasonable but the quality of everything for the price was great. Top tier restaurant!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Pescara was a great find. contemporary decor, very well stocked bar, quiet ambiance. Our server Kiefer, very knowledgable about food and beverage we inquired about, service efficient and responsive. Drinks were well made, the wine by the glass is of good variety, cost/per pour ratio. Oysters were wonderfully fresh, tuna tartar excellent, and the "signature" scallop dish a must have by anyone choosing this restaurant that likes scallops; simple, tasty and unusual. The menu leans to seafood/fish with a good variety, all daily fresh. We will return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food and service were both outstanding. Three of us had seafood and one had filet mignon, along with a few a ala carte sides. Everything was phenomenal. A little pricey though so we will only be able to come back for a special occasion.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 17, 2017

They have a wonderful menu that focuses on fresh fish/seafood. Each is beautifully prepared with lovely sauces (light) and vegetables. The side dishes are also wonderful. I try to get there every time I am in Rochester, MN. The staff is lovely and the ambiance restful.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food is always good and the wait staff very professional! Never a bad meal!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We dined at Pescara for my spouses birthday. As usual the noise level was very quiet...one of the things we really enjoy about this restaurant. The service was not rushed, but a bit on the slow side. It took some time for our salads to show up and before we had finished with those the entree's arrived...although we were almost finished with the salads it would have been nicer if the entree timing was say 5 mins or so later...after the salad plates had been cleared.
To start we each had a glass of white wine (SB)...it was nice and cold (sometimes we find this is served too warm for our liking)...we paired this with the lobster bisque and crab-cake. The lobster bisque is delicious, but of course rich, so a cup is sufficient. The crab-cake is quite large and packed full of crab meat (rather than filler)...we shared both of these. My wife had the mixed greens salad and I had the beet salad...both were delicious and a good size. The pearl onions on the beet salad were so good! Could have used a bit more goat cheese on this salad.
Both of us chose the Insignia scallops as an entree (paired with a nice Pinot Noir - Willamette)...these scallops are the best! Obviously Pescara uses a dry-packed scallop (as opposed to wet)...they were seared beautifully on one side and were so tender and tasty! The serving includes 5 large sea scallops...neither of us were able to finish them....but, they were good at home the next day! We both passed on dessert as were pretty full by this point.
Before tip the bill was just under $200, not an every-day dining place for us, but very enjoyable to dine here on occasion. They do have lunch available here for around $10, so we do drop in more often for that meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The Artic char and halibut was very tasty but not outstanding...lobster bisque was wonderful. I have dined in many fine restaurants that offer more ambiance and better presentation than what I experienced at the Pescara. Also seemed over priced for the choices. We had a meal the evening prior at another restaurant that was less in cost, better in view, equal service at one third the cost.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We've come to know pescara to be a seafood haven. A place where ordering scallops will not leave you disappointed by a flavorless chewy puck and the fish is not that magical combination of watery and dry. No the seafood is treated with the respect it deserves and you can be confident of the quality of food when you arrive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

As usual the atmosphere was very subdued the food was outstanding particularly enjoyed the fresh muscles and the Ahi tuna. The service was very good almost a little too much . We all thought the portions were just right.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

had to wait when we showed up, eventhough we had a reservation. Were sat at a 4 seat table then they took away the other 2 place settings but left the chairs, so our legs banging into them all dinner. hostess dropped the menu on the floor, but then just picked it up and gave it to my wife. Everytime they poured water, they reached across. Salads came out and the waiter had his thumb in the dish, not very appetizing. Fish was totally over cooked. Not a good value.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Excellent lunch specials. Express menu is awesome and prices are more than reasonable. Walleye sandwich is very tasty. Mixed green salad with balsamic dressing is excellent . Great for a business lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was good. The only think we didn't like is where they seated us. We were just 2, and we were seated right by a small wall. Not the optimal place to sit. Surprised they had decided to place a small table right there by the wall.
We will return again in the future. However, we will speak up next time if seated there again.
Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had a date night and it was a fun time!

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