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Chapman House

4.4
287 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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Chapman House is a modern American restaurant inspired by a wide heritage of culinary tradition. Menus are written based on daily market availability that changes throughout the seasons and the wide array of fresh ingredients sourced from the Great Lakes region. Our mission is to deliver memorable dining experiences through extraordinary cuisine and engaged personal service.

Chapman House is a mixed-use facility including a restaurant serving inspired cuisine, a full bar area, indoor & outdoor dining and significant private dining spaces. The backyard of the property has been designed to accommodate a myriad of events, and will be available for private gatherings, such as showers, intimate wedding ceremonies & receptions and corporate gatherings. Additionally, the backyard contains two petanque courts, the first of their kind in the area.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Service:
Wedneday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm (Brunch)
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Phone number
(248) 759-4406
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Cason
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Private party facilities
Multiple private dining room options from 8 to 30 people.
Private Boardroom with online connectivity up to 10 people.
Garden/private event area up to 100 people.
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Private party contact
Alison Grabowski: (248) 759-4406 ext. 204
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Catering
All private events are coordinated with Chapman House service & culinary professionals, offering cuisine from our seasonal selections.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th
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Parking details
Valet Service available. Abundant public parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

I have had several wonderful experiences with the Chapman House and felt that when an establishment puts this much effort into making every quest's experience as great as ours have been, its worth sharing. Our family has dined here for brunch, dinner, and most recently a special occasion I hosted for my niece, a bridal shower. From the outside, the Chapman house appears to be "Grand", possibly even a bit intimidating to someone passing by. It is everything "Grand" on the inside, but least of all intimidating. The staff is personable and professional, and remembers their guests the way a local neighborhood haunt should. The menu is fresh, locally sourced, palatability scrumptious, and there is something for everyone. After having several great meals at the Chapman House I decided to host my special event there. Geoffrey Dancik, the owner, personally made sure everything was perfect for my niece's big day. Chef Chris put together a fabulous menu and everything from the ambiance to our service, could not have been better. The Chapman House is a Chic establishment with a fun venue, and surprisingly affordable. Truly, Rochester's best kept secret.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

This was our first dining experience at Chapman House and we were very impressed!
We understand that there is a fresh menu daily that reflects the availability of fresh organic ingredients.
First, we wish to thank Konesha, our waitress, for her delightful personality and knowledge concerning the history of the Chapman House and the menu items. This definitely set a positive tone for the evening. Although the portions are relatively small, the tantalizing tastes
of the panzanella and compressed watermelon appetizers we shared (2 people) were enjoyed.
The main dish, King Salmon was complemented by a stone fruit (peaches) side dish that only
enhanced the flavors. For dessert, we enjoyed a Summer berry trifle (blueberries and strawberries) that was so delicate and light, you hardly knew you were consuming any calories! (Their angel cake is homemade daily and very fluffy; it is unlike anything available locally.) Overall, the meal was "heavenly".

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Absolutely beautiful venue , great local food, prepared to perfection, inclusive of gluten free options!! The service is on spot . We had a beautiful night out, thanks!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful, excellent food, drinks and service. Rosie our
server was outstanding. I will be returning very, very
soon. Chef Chris along with Chef Dan and Chef Kayla work
magic with Farm fresh food. It is the best restaurant in the
greater Rochester area.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Wonderful ambience, food and service. An extraordinary farm to table experience. We will be back to sample the many events and ideas this restaurant has on its future menu.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Great been there many times wonderful addition to our area. Should do some type of frequent diner club people in Rochester like that might draw more people in we have to do whatever we can do to stay open in Rochester

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

In general , a wonderful place. I was disappointed with my entree though. The duck breast was fatty and had a weird texture, like it wasn't cooked enough. Every thing else was very good. Also felt the prices were very high

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The menu is brief however all produce is local therefore much appreciated. The food is delicious and well prepared. I recommend this restaurant to others as it is a great "date night" spot. The staff members are also very polite and attentive. Also the menu frequently changes so if you lpve your meal hurry back soon!

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Dan and Chris and everyone else continue to impress us!!

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

We went here for my husband's birthday and were blown away! The decor, the service, the food - all A+. I want to go back here for my birthday in two weeks! Our server said they're constantly improving and adding things to their menu (hopefully dairy alternative milk soon), which makes it even better! You won't be disappointed, I promise.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

The word around town was that this was a very good restaurant although some friends of ours went there about a week before we did and thought it was just OK. The wife had the salmon entrée and said that she had had better at other places so I ruled that out as a possible selection for when we dined there. It turns out that there are not very many selections from which to choose. I wound up with the sirloin steak which was flavorful, but, the salad that accompanied it had a mustard horseradish dressing on it that was way too spicy to the point that it overpowered anything that it touched. My wife had the BBQ smoked lamb which she enjoyed. We also had the appetizer of smoked salmon ( which I thought was dry) and dry toasted rye bread which, obviously, was dry.
It turns out that this is just not my kind of place. Even though the house itself is beautiful, the grounds are beautiful and the service is great, it's the type of restaurant that does things very differently to set itself apart from the competition (unusual menu items, food combinations, recipes), to the point that it's not to my liking.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food and great service. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was excellently prepared and nicely presented. The panzanella was delicious. Portion sizes were appropriate. My wife, mother and I completely enjoyed the dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Food is the star, not obscure spices, not over seasoned, all put together with a purpose and pleasant plating.

Donnie our waiter was cordial and did his job very well. Sold the other servings (brunch) with his enthusiasm for where he works.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Splendid food and excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely recommending it and will come again soon. Thank you so much.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Really enjoyed our anniversary dinner. Every course was wonderful. Unique fare. Freshest ingredients I have ever had in a restaurant.

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2017

A birthday celebration that missed the mark by the restaurant. A verbal acknowledgement only. Didn't feel special. The food was overcooked. Wine service was unacceptable. The staff is not trained. The bottle of Chardonnay was least 60 degrees. The initial pour was enormous. The server never poured another glass. We served ourself. This was our second reservation at this venue. We left the first time due to noise levels. We thought it only fair to give it another shot. Never again.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The Chapman House is a beautiful restaurant but has a VERY limited menu. While we've enjoyed dining there in the past, our recent visit left us feeling hungry and disappointed. The portions are extremely small for the price of the entrees, and no substantial side dish is included. To make matters worse, the sirloin steak that several people in our group ordered was very tough and not at all what you would expect at a gourmet restaurant! While we appreciate the fact that the menu changes regularly, it would be nice if a few familiar favorites remained.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Rosie is a terrific server. Foie gras is superb. Lamb was chewy.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

We had cheeseburgers that tasted precooked, and very average tasting, but expensive,

The other dinners were equally average, a steak and an open face pastrami, but the prices were high. Too bad, because we expected great food here.

We would not go back.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Our family had been looking forward to dinning and seeing the renovation of the Chapman House. The decor is beautiful, although I saw no current or historical reference to Rochester. Our brunch was delicious and the specialty cocktails were very special. Unfortunately our waiter was a huge disappointment. We were fortunate his teammates were better prepared.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Had a lovely time! We will definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Great service. Marcus was very helpful through the meal.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2017

My parents recommended this place since they live in Michigan. Since I have a three year old they sat us by ourselves upstairs. There was no one else around us and no music. Silence. It took them ten minutes to greet us at the table. Even worse, it took us 30 minutes to get our drinks. We were done with our appetizers before we got our FIRST drinks. I am a foodie from south florida and was looking forward to this place as the menu sounded interesting. Drinks were good they just took 30 minutes. The sockeye salmon is the only salmon I have ever not liked. The mussels and pate were nothing special. The burgers were good but hey...how can you mess up a burger. Never again.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

I was lucky enough to win a $25.00 gift certificate at re Rochester Farmer's Market. What a treat! Beautiful setting, fabulous food and great wine. Our waiter was great, he had a great sense of humor which made the evening even more delightful.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Menu always changingi, fresh ingredients, great service

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Fantastic meal. All local ingredients.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Rosie was attentive and an excellent server. Everything was delightful

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2017

We enjoyed our first time visiting the Chapman House. There were two negatives. It was very loud, unpleasantly so. It could be because we were in a small room with two large parties, one with ladies only and lots of cackling... The hostess could have been much more helpful in moving us, but apparently they did not have the other rooms staffed so there were no other seating options. Three different dishes of ours were dirty (dried egg on a plate, a dirty fork, and another dirty plate). Luckily for the Chapman House, the atmosphere is amazing. Beautifully decorated, gorgeous landscaping, charming outdoor lighting, right in the middle of a cute downtown neighborhood. The food was also very good. The server was pleasant and professional. The unique and special dining experience made up for the prior mentioned negatives. Hopefully we'll have better luck next time!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Wonderful food choices. Great service from wait staff and lovely ambiance.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Me and my wife had drinks and apps. Everything was wonderful. Service was excellent. Loved the vibe

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch! Food was very very good... they use lots of local ingredients, grass fed beef etc....they take reservations... and have outdoor seating...win -win for me! Will be our go to spot for family Sunday brunch. Looking forward to going back to have dinner soon as well!

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2017

The food & service I always associate with the Chapman House for their Sunday brunch was, as expected, prevalent. The only hiccup we encountered was the 20-minute wait time for our table, for which we had a 1pm reservation. This has never happened to us before at the Chapman House, for either brunches or dinners. We attributed the wait to the fact that both the "Living Room" and "Sunroom" - the two 1st-floor dining rooms (as they're called) - were booked for a baby shower, thereby eliminating 45 of the 115 indoor dining seats. However, we considered this as a fluke, and it would not deter us against any future brunch or dinner outings at the Chapman House.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Great cuisine! Very thoughtful combinations of flavor. Each dish is a symphony for your palette. No dissappointing dishes. Starters, entrees and dessert were all excellent. Just wish they had some pads on their chairs. I was a bit uncomfortable after 1.5 hours of dining bliss.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2017

I had purchased a gift certificate for a friend from Chapman House and they wanted us to join them for dinner. Gazpacho was excellent. Drink choices were good. Menu prices on the high side. We all had read reviews before dining at Chapman House and concur with the many comments regarding service. Our server was very nice; however, each meal was presented to the wrong diner and when inquiring about dessert we asked for one dessert with 3 spoons and they came out with 3 desserts. It took at least 15 minutes for the bill to be totaled and split because the manager had to approve/validate the gift certificate. The server apologized for the delay but quite frankly, the certificate was issued by them...it shouldn't have taken that long to validate...did they think we were trying to fraudulently use a certificate?? That's the way it felt. No re-fill offers on the coffee. We never received an itemized bill so we still are unsure if they charged us for the 3 desserts (that we didn't order). We walked the grounds after dinner and it is beautiful. They did a fine job on the renovation of the property and I am happy that it is a little "jewel" in the Rochester area; however, we all concluded that we probably would not go back again...but that it was a nice place to try.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

We went there for our 50th Anniversary and were delighted. The restaurant is a converted turn of then century mansion, and very beautiful- decorated simply, yet elegantly. The food was very good- mostly from local farms. The service was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

I thought the food was amazing . It was a week night and we had 6 in our party. We were seated upstairs a lot of work for our server . Will go back again .

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

The server - Brian was wonderful. Very attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect. The only down side was the price which I thought was a little on the high side, so it would have to be a special occasion before I came back.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

This was our first visit, but we will be back. We came for a Sunday brunch and found a lovely selection of farm to table options. Awesome coffee, locally roasted in Ann Arbor. The greeters and waitstaff were very attentive. We walked the beautiful grounds after our meal, what a great venue for an outdoor wedding!

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