Branca Midtown

4.5
428 reviews
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Italian
Branca is a neighborhood Italian eatery in downtown Rochester, New York, located in Tower280. Branca honors the storied culinary history of Italy by offering simple yet flavorfully complex dishes; in short, we serve fresh and hand-crafted food that makes you feel good. Our bar showcases interpretations of classic cocktails, allowing us to share our creative process and passion, and also offers all the warm and familiar spirits we’ve come to love. Branca also features a full Italian Coffee Bar. In the vein of Old Hollywood watering holes, Branca is a home away from home for our guests: a place for family, a place for friends, and a place to be known and loved. Branca Midtown is open lunch Tuesday through Friday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
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N
Naples
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The carrot side dish with ricotta was delicious as were the honey pepperoni pizza and wedge salad!!!

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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a
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy coming to midtown. Great food and atmosphere- slower than expected for service, but we enjoyed.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Service was great also!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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

Very nice place, good food but expensive for the small portions.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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a
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Only place in Rochester I continually go where food is consistently fantastic and service is always outstanding.

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G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious-service was excellent-

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

A bit loud and a bit pricey but as good a meal as I've had in Rochester. The fig mascarpone agnolotti were sublime.

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Branca Midtown is a great restaurant and highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and Alanna gave us amazing service! We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu. Great seafood and service. I would return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service

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

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.

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

Our server was wonderful. Took my allergies very seriously. Our food & drinks were delicious.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and really flavorful. Our server was also fantastic. My new favorite. We will definitely be back!

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

Natalie, our waitress is a true pro. On top of her game and always very personable and welcoming.

The food is great, the portions are huge. Especially the sandwiches. It would be great to have the option of half a sandwich and a side. The service and quality is very, very good. Nice to have outdoor seating options when the weather cooperates.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was well below average. Waitress explained there were several complaints throughout the evening

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EB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the whole experience at Branca Midtown. The service was great and our food delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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G
Naples
39 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive servers, food was excellent. Definitely will return

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

Everything was great, Brandon was very attentive along with the rest of the staff!!

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R
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to Branca Midtown, and we won't wait so long for our third. Consistently delicious, attentive service, and in a very cool & urban atmosphere. Bravo to Branca Midtown for bringing such a great establishment to downtown Rochester -- and for remaining so consistently good through the years -- that's hard to do for restaurants.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Calamari was very good; the Caesar Salad with white anchovies was great and so was my Branzino. My husband's Pork Shop was a bit dry. The service was spotty early on.

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second visit to Branca Midtown. Both times the dinner was excellent. The service has always been top-notch and the food was delicious. Since the space is all hard surfaces (walls, glass, tables, floors), It's no surprise the sound level can be quite high (noisy) especially the busier the restaurant gets. This can make conversation a little difficult. The prices for pizzas and a plate of pasta is a little high. That will make this restaurant more of a special occasion dinner place rather than a regular choice.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, but dinner appeared right on the heels of the appetizers. Otherwise, a fantastic experience!

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GK
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect at Branca Midtown! From the hostess upon first getting to the restaurant, to the trip to the bar, to ultimately sitting down and ordering our meals. The staff all around was simply perfect in every way, a finely tuned choreographed experience. The food was exceptional and I would highly recommend this restaurant for a fantastic ambiance, to amazing food.

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice place ,frendly staff, we will come back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were amazing! The spicy margarita was a 10/10!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but they served everything so fast. We had appetizers before drinks

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. In case you have never been here, I highly recommend you to pay a visit.

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

Branca is our “go to” place for special occasions-we have never been disappointed. The food is always well prepared, and presented nicely. Our server, Andrew, was excellent. He was very attentive without hovering.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The guest was not greeted right away. When arriving at the table, two of the guest had to brush off crumbs from the chair and the table was not clean. When the soup arrived, a spoon was not presented. What I was most turned off with, was the server's apron was very dirty. All in all, the experience was fine, just need to pay attention to details. People notice.

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H
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Would have been 5 stars, but the rude hostess that sat us was an abomination. I tried to compliment her on the table that we were being seated at since this was our favorite table in the restaurant. Instead she practically ignored me or didn’t even hear me and said “have a seat “. We will make a note of that. It wasn’t just what she said, it was her dismissive and cold tone that I found really off putting. Everything else was fine.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great location downtown, appetizers-dinners-dessert were all well made, delicious, and reasonable portions. Finished each course without being stuffed. Could do without giant TVs on the bar visible from the dining room. Bar too would probably be a better experience without them. Service was slightly rushed (main courses came when appetizers were still underway). Nice addition to downtown Rochester.

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TF
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Branca. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun, the food was delicious

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food, drinks and server were amazing! Randy had a full bar and was very attentive serving food and drinks to our party of 5. Can’t wait to get back!

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