Very nice evening out with friends. Food and service were great!
BRANCA MIDTOWN - always excellent ! One suggestion - why not branch out from your Italian wine list and offer some of our outstanding local FINGER LAKE WINES on your menu ?
Only one criticism - it is sometimes hard to hear your own conversation due to the acoustics in the restaurant ,but otherwise a truly outstanding restaurant in every way !
Branca is a great place for any kind of casual meal. First date, client lunch, family get together. The staff is attentive and the food is great.
Rochester finally starts to
feel like a city again after the ravages of urban renewal, with a smart, stylish, airy spot such as this. They could turn down the background music. But not much they can do to improve the menu or the quality of the food and service.
Dinner before Jazz Fest!
Great experience overall, from the friendly hostess to the attentive server to the beautiful outdoor seating. The star is the food!!! My husband and I sampled the roasted artichoke and the antipasto tray and finished with the mushroom pizza. The light breading and lemon infused sauce made the artichokes delightful. The antipasto tray with salami, prosciutto, capicolla, parmesan, bleu cheese, and perfectly warmed brie, as well as crusty slices of Italian bread and a sweet/sour dipping sauce was both rustic and refined. The wood fired pizza was crisp and flavorful with wonderful fresh made cheeses. Bravo, chef Ken! Menu is a little pricey but worth it! You won't be disappointed.
We had a great meal and service at Branca!! We had four guests who each enjoyed their meal and cocktails. The server was present and polished. The atmosphere was clean, updates, and relaxed. Would go again!!
My wife's meal was very good. My first course (calamari) was cooked well but was too salty. I had the Gnocchi Bolognese as a main dish. The Gnocchi were light and tender, as they should be but the meat sauce was not close to what Bolognese should be. I realize that there as many recipes for this dish as there are cooks but this version was tasteless and ground to the texture of sawdust. I am a chef and have cooked this countless times in restaurants and at home and would be ashamed to put my name on your dish.
The wine selection by the glass is irritating in a couple of ways. Being someone who purchases a large amount of wine at retail throughout the year and also knows the wholesale costs, I find it offense to pay more for one glass of wine than I can buy a bottle at retail for (not what you paid at wholesale). I helped set up wine programs for restaurants and we never wanted to get our money back for a bottle with one glass! The wines, in my opinion, could also be better selected.
Food was delicious. Love homemade pasta. Portions were so small for the price. I think if you broke it down I paid $1.50 per gnocchi.
My family went here to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Great outdoor ambiance and the food was very good. The only “issue” was my daughter had the gnocchi at the other Branca location and the Bolognese sauce at that location was better.
This was my second time, and everything was wonderful!
Have already recommended Branca to many people!
Fantastic! And our server recognized that we were celebrating two birthdays and brought us a couple additional desserts with candles. The pizza was the best I've had in Rochester!
Went for an anniversary dinner. Upon being seated, the waitress brought over complimentary champagne which was a very nice touch. Food was great. Service was great as well. Perfect place for a special occasion or nice dinner!
Service was great, food was delicious it was suggested by our waitress, because our first time there
We will be definitely back
Giovanna is fantastic and made our dining experience even more enjoyable!
Love the atmosphere, the service and especially the food. The wine list is magnificent!!! We go at least once a month, usually 2 times a month and it's always great!!!
Very good menu selection. Pizza was outstanding. Salads were excellent. Great place.
Very good pasta and service
Always Love it here! The best service and food and the wine is AMAZING!
Had excellent lunch. It was served quickly and was able to be out in plenty of time for 1 pm meeting few blocks away. Had the Branca bowl, which has excellent flavor, although would like a few more veggies. Added calamari, which was also Gluten-free (as was the bowl). Very pleased with the number of Gluten-free lunch options. Will certainly return. Lunch is less noisy than dinner. Very pleasant, especially with the sunshine!
Amazing food! The carrot side dish with ricotta was delicious as were the honey pepperoni pizza and wedge salad!!!
Wonderful food and great service. It was really cold in the restaurant though. They need to turn down the a/c. It was my second time there and it was cold the first time too-and it was winter then. I would go back but definitely bring a sweater.
This was our first time at Branca Midtown. We were celebrating a college graduation and we were looking for a restaurant that would serve an early dinner (4 pm). A friend recommended Branca Midtown.
We were thrilled. The bartenders and servers were courteous and really knowledgable. The menu is creative and the food was amazing. We highly recommend.
Always enjoy coming to midtown. Great food and atmosphere- slower than expected for service, but we enjoyed.
Amazing food and great atmosphere. Service was great also!
Restaurant is quite loud. Service was good but confusing. Food was delivered warm vs. hot. In two instances (coffee and bisque) server brought out a partial cup/serving apologizing that they were in the middle of a new pot or serving. A few minutes later additional coffee or bisque was brought out. While the server was pleasant, it made the meal a bit awkward. This was Mother’s Day visit, bit does not justify inconstant service.
Very nice place, good food but expensive for the small portions.
I have been to Branca a number of times and will be back. However, this was the first time I bought mom for mother's day dinner.
The bar service as always was above and beyond, but the table service was short of the best. We were a table of four and one entree came out overcooked, the server did bring it back to the kitchen only to return 20 minutes later with a new entree and the table had already finished eating. This was fine but please don't charge me for the entree and offer the table other options while the new entree is being prepared.
Only place in Rochester I continually go where food is consistently fantastic and service is always outstanding.
Food was delicious-service was excellent-
A bit loud and a bit pricey but as good a meal as I've had in Rochester. The fig mascarpone agnolotti were sublime.
Branca Midtown is a great restaurant and highly recommended!
The food was great and Alanna gave us amazing service! We will be back!
Interesting menu. Great seafood and service. I would return.
I’ve been to Branca before. This time, the service was subpar and the food on the bland side. It seemed like tables adjacent to us were provided more attention and better service.
We came during the lunch hour, and we understand that servers may prioritize certain tables over others during the rush if they perceive they might receive a better tip. We are people of color and hope that any such inattentiveness was not race-based. We choose to give the server the benefit of the doubt. To note, we are attorneys and generally great tippers.
That being said, Branca’s atmosphere is well-lit and clean. The menu options are healthy and a nice lunch portion. It is a restaurant suited for a business lunch, but I would not choose it for a date night.
Service and ambiance were the best part of the dinner. We both ordered the nightly specials. My spaghetti and shrimp was excellent. Unfortunately my wife's snapper was not cooked properly. It was a very rubbery and grisly piece of fish. The wait staff was notified and offered a replacement. She ended up getting a pizza, which was good but not what she had wanted. Cocktail and wine were very good.
Great food and service
Stopped by Branca prior to the RPO. Fantastic experience from start to finish. The house-made pasta dishes were the stars, as both the tagliatelle and gnocchi bolognese were very well done and comparable in quality to anything you could find in Boston’s North End. The burrata starter is also recommended, as the accompanying tomato jam is terrific.
Our server was wonderful. Took my allergies very seriously. Our food & drinks were delicious.
The food was fresh and really flavorful. Our server was also fantastic. My new favorite. We will definitely be back!