Bitter Honey

4.4
216 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Simply put, we're a casual neighborhood restaurant serving up elevated and authentic Mexican fare in a family-style setting. In Mexico, meals are a time for sharing good conversation over even better food. We like that philosophy, so we decided to bring it to Rochester and complement it with a mezcal-based cocktail list. Yes, we have other spirits and classic cocktails, but we want to celebrate and share mezcal—Mexico's indigenous spirit made from agave and a cousin of tequila—with Rochester and beyond.
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DG
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. Would definitely return!

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ST
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fresh farm to table food. Our waiter knew everything about the menu and drinks. One of the best places in Rochester I have eaten. Very hipster yet anything goes!
Definitely coming back - soon!

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular!! The subtlety and sophistication of the flavor pairings and execution was exquisite. And yet did not detract from the simplicity of the dishes.

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WC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. A little loud, but to be expected on a saturday eve. High top seating was a little awkward for us, but we had a great time and will return. Worth adding "outdoor/patio" seating to options for reservations.

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b
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time this past weekend at dinner. Can't wait to revisit later this month!

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k
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks fantastic. Service was great too very friendly. Definitely going back.

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E
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough how nice every worker I came into contact was. From the host, to the bartenders, to the waiter. They made the night very enjoyable. The food and drinks were great, as well. The nachos are amazing. It’s a dish that I know I’ll be craving.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place...great people working there.....great service!!!!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent and the food was awesome! We will definitely be going back!!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Server Julie was perfect , she allowed us to think on our order. Food came quickly and was absolutely delicious. Music for dining room could be more Spanish / Mexican themed though overall excellent dining experience.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome tacos on Taco Tuesday!!

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Portion size of the entrees was relatively small. Service was exceptional.

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H
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the restaurant.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the decor and the food was fantastic! Would definitely go back!

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TF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was my first visit to Bitter Honey for dinner and likely my last. Though the food was tasty, I didn't find it a good value for the money spent. I ordered the plate of 3 enchiladas. They were very small and they won't mix the proteins. They were not worth the $16 price paid. Also, the queso with chorizo was very underwhelming and not worth $12. There was very little chorizo in the mix for an added $3. Overall, I'd visit again for cocktails on the patio, but not for food.

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CO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I've tried most of the Mexican restaurants in Rochester, and Bitter Honey has the best margaritas in town -- by far. (By them by the bottle for the best value.) Probably also one of the few that grinds their own masa, makes their tortillas in house, and goes for bright, fresh, and authentically Mexican flavors (and some inventive ones, too). Try the chiles rillenos and ceviche -- and don't forget Taco Tuesday, where every taco is just $3.

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SF
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been here in the past and the service was great but this past visit was very slow. They also changed the tostada but didn’t change the menu yet and it was not as good as it used to be.

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DU
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place! We started with a "Flight of Salsas" which was clever way of letting us taste 3 different kinds. Served with just baked and tasty tortilla chips. Finished with 4 different and original tacos. Even with 2 drinks the final bill was quite moderate.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

the food was good,the service was the worst i've ever experienced at a restauant and the noise level was way to loud for a nice dinner

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A
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was super tasty, and the cocktails were great, so no complaints there. However, it took quite a while to be seated (we had a reservation), and for any service. Once we did order, there was a problem with it - they brought our entre before the appetizer. We told them to just forget the appetizer at that point since it had been a while. We heard the two people next to us that their order was wrong too. The service staff was pleasant and helpful, but it seems like this could have been a more organized operation.

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O
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at Bit of Honey. We all enjoyed our food. The house special margarita was excellent. My rioja enchiladas seemed more Italian than Mexican as the sauce tasted more like a marinara sauce than a traditional enchilada sauce. My two dining companions said the mole sauce for their enchiladas was excellent.

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WB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The tacos were very authentic as well as the chorizo. I hear the ceviche is good but it wasn’t available when we went. The salsa is very bland with very few ingredients except tomatoes. The green salsa was very watery. The drinks were great. The waiter was quite good but it took a little while to pick up the check. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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MB
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Salsa flight wasn’t too great this time, very watery, still tasted good though. The troubling part is, if you make a bad batch, why would you serve it? Kinda dumb on the Chefs part.

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SV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience here. Did not have any issues with slow or poor service (as mentioned in other reviews). The food was excellent as were the cocktails. Will definitely be back.

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Attentive and knowledgeable. The ambiance was very nice! Portions are VERY small. And the margaritas were standard.

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HO
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, interesting cocktails, good food. Portions are small, especially for the price. Restaurant was not very full and might be quite noisy if it was.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is my new favorite restaurant!! Besides the drunk birthday party behind us it was an amazing experience!

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and very friendly staff! Food was delicious as always.

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MG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fun evening. We ordered chopped salad and we think some parts listed were left off the salad. Server was too busy and we did not get a chance to talk about it.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Slowest service ever. Food was good but not good enough to justify the slow service, small portion sizes, and very loud noise level

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Good points .... margaritas, Thin Man Burning Money on tap. Food was ok. Service was very good.
Just not the 'Mexican restaurant experience' that I was expecting.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! I ordered the nachos, guacamole, ceviche and two tacos - all were great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

No tequila list so hard to order

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SO
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

No pressure to order and move fast through a meal. We even said we needed more time and it was after 7 pm on a Friday. Food and drink was delicious and fresh.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! Food was so tasteful and service was impeccable! Definitely will be coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food was great

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. I can’t wait to go back.

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EM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant. The food was fantastic, fresh and absolutely beautiful. The servers were friendly and knew the menu, able to make recommendations about drinks and appetizers. The decor is awesome. We cant wait to go back when it is warmer and take advantage of the patio and check out the bar. We will definitely be back!!!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Expensive food and drinks but the the food was EXCELLENT. Took a while for waiter to take our order. Screwed one of them up. Gave me the wrong take home. But I loved the atmosphere and decor. Very cool place and location. Would definitely go back!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have excellent food and drinks, the atmosphere is so cool. The only thing was that the noise level was very high which made it hard to talk to my friend.

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