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Max of Eastman Place, Rochester, NY
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Max of Eastman Place

4.5
4.5
271 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Let Max of Eastman Place be your choice for sophisticated dining in Rochester, NY. A combination of attentive service, innovative cuisine, stylish decor and stunning views you can be ensured that Max is a hit with both travelers and locals alike. Dine in our newly updated dining room or al fresco in our intimate courtyard.

The menu features an ever-evolving French/Mediterranean Bistro inspired selection of the freshest seafood, organic chicken, locally sourced vegetables, angus beef burgers and prime/angus steaks . Our wine list includes numerous new world and old world selections by our knowledgeable wine team.

From the creative cuisine, thoughtfully selected wines, to the warm hospitality, Max of Eastman Place continues to set the standard for dining in Rochester.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (585) 697-0491
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tony Gullace
  • Private party facilities
    Max welcome large parties to reserve out Private Dining Room for the ultimate, completely private, experience. Our Private dining room hosts up to 30 people and is perfect for intimate gatherings with family and friends, business dinners with new clients, rehearsal dinners and more. Visit our website to contact our events team for more information!
  • Neighborhood
    Rochester
  • Cross street
    East Main Street
  • Parking details
    With convenient public parking on Gibbs street and a full lot across the street, Max of Eastman Place welcomes guests for outdoor dining in summer, a fun new bistro style dining room, or an evening of entertainment in the Atrium.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 271 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Finger Lakes

    Good for business meals

  • Finger Lakes

    Innovative

  • Finger Lakes

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Finger Lakes

    Good for special occasions

271 Reviews
  1. WendyH

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Snails were Meh but pasta citron and roast chicken were fabulous, as was creme brulee. Great service, knowledgeable and helpful, except he forgot the appetizer order until the entrees were served. But we got a break on the bill to make up for it. So convenient to our concert at Eastman Theater across the street. We will certainly go back.

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  2. KarenD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The trout with brown butter sauce was AMAZING with added Spanish almonds, raisins and capers. The vinaigrette-like French dressing on the salad was delicious. Best meal I have had in some time!!!

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  3. mamabear

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was wonderful. The menu has great choices and we were all pleased with our selections. Our server was excellent and helpful. We will be back.

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  4. O2doc

    New York City

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A busy and loud Thursday nite. Morgan was an excellent server dealing with high volume. Daily special app seafood/sausage chowder very hearty and filling. Seafood entree of the day vanilla scallops was 'weird & wonderful' and worth the risk. Grilled squash accompanying the salmon entree was another unusual and delicious touch.

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  5. CornellJ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak Tartar, Seafood du jour- sea bass with beans, mixed seafood and trimmings. Chicken Breast with potatoes and trimmings, all excellent. Drinks: Dry Riesling and generous Manhattan--all excellent. Triple Chocolate cake and Tiramisu--the cake was not sufficiently thawed but tasty and generous. Tiramisu was very good like so many others. Service by Morgan--Attentive, friendly, respectful and a pleasure.

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  6. PeterN

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    server was very good last night...good food.......

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  7. KimR

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Max is our go to place for dinner. It is always great. We do wish there was more variety on a regular basis. Yes, there are "features" 1-2 each of appetizer and entrées, but it would be good to also overhaul the menu a bit. Great atmosphere, always good service, especially if we get Margaret. We do miss the valet service. It would be great even if you could offer it Fri and Sat nights.

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  8. TomD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were dining before a show and staff was quick and attentive. Food choices were appealing to a variety of tastes.

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  9. MicheleJ

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful night out at Max’s of Eastman Place. We enjoy the lovely wait staff, the environment and we have never had a bad meal. Well done!

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  10. CherylF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the ambiance, and the waiter were superb.

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  11. DonaldS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was terrible, both my salmon, and my other half mushroom pasta

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  12. Bonnie

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a pre-concert dinner at Max Eastman that was delicious. The menu has a good variety of choices from which we had a difficult time deciding what to order. We were very satisfied with our selection. My wife had the trout which she said was perfectly done and delicious. I had the Spaghetti Citron which was also delicious. The service was very good with attentivness to our schedule to make sure we did not have to hurry to make the concert. Al in all a very good experience

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  13. mebgrocery

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Normally we love everything about Max's. This time, not so much. Oysters as great as always, but entrees disappointing.

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  14. RichJ

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    French onion soup was bland. Everything else was great

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  15. KennethS

    New York City

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The only part of the night that was exceptional was the service from our waitress. My wife had the pork chop and they forgot to put the potatoes on the plate. When the potatoes came, they were really hard and not cooked all the way. I ordered the NY strip steak medium rare, and it came to me completely overcooked, no pink in sight. The chef agreed it was overcooked, and after 15 minutes I received a steak that was rare, still not medium rare. When desert came, they ran out of vanilla ice cream and had to substitute caramel. We averaged about $100 a person with drinks and dinner, and at a restaurant that is supposed to be higher end, mistakes in cooking shouldn’t be a problem. If it wasn’t one of the only restaurants that was in walking distance to the Eastman Theater, I wouldn’t come back here again.

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  16. KLynn

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    In our experience of several years, Max has most often been a safe bet for quality food and excellent service. A group of four of us came in early on a recent Tuesday evening, 5:30, and in a minimal amount ot time had placed our orders, which were either one entree per person or two appetizers to be eaten simultaneously. We thought we should have had a leisurely dinner before a 7:30 concert at Eastman, but at an hour after arriving, no food had been served, and there was no one else in the dining room (a crowd was beginning to gather in the atrium, but we were seated well beforehand). When we alerted the server that we had a concert to get to, our dinners did come out in the next 5-10 minutes. Food was good to excellent. And then we had to wait and finally ask for the check after finishing. We're hoping this was a one-off and service will continue on its generally excellent track record. Our recommendation for customers: if you tell your server at the very beginning of dinner that you have a specific timeframe,they'll work to accommodate, especially on a quiet week night. The food will be high quality and enjoyable.

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  17. Stevie

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place. Very accomodating. Excellent food. Our night was noisy due to a large private dinner party next door. But not bad, really. We like Max's very much!

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  18. Chip

    New York City

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Location across the street from The Eastman Theatre is perfect if going to a performance. Nice selection on the menu. Good wine list. Very good service.

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  19. uneekseek

    New York City

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was very friendly. Those who ordered the French onion soup raved about it. My burger was tasty but undercooked. A pasta dish was unsatisfying. Probably worth trying again but this experience wasn’t great.

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  20. O2doc

    New York City

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Unusually busy for a Thursday early eve, with clientele not really consistent with the concurrent Rochester Fringe Festival (many old fogies, us included). Morgan was a good server. Got 'er done. Daily special chicken & mushroom soup was hearty and channelled Thai cuisine Tom Kha Gai. Special salmon was served on a cucumber bed with cuke slaw garnish. "Lightened" the salmon; very interesting.

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  21. NancyM

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, easy to share conversation with your dinner partner because the sound level was reasonable. Helpful wait staff. Good overall experience! Highly recommend their crab cakes - delicious!

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  22. Michael

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Max. Get the duck, it was unbelievable! We’ll be back again soon.

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  23. KellyD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the most beautiful spots to enjoy a delicious meal executed skillfully.

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  24. phunwin

    New York City

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an event in the area so we went earlier than usual, so it was very quiet. Our waitress was extremely attentive and the food is always very good.

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  25. BobL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made our reservation weeks in advance, and specifically requested a table in the restaurant’s main dining room and the reservation was confirmed for the main dining room. Upon arrival, we were told that we’d have to sit in the large atrium where a noisy wedding dinner was happening. They blamed Open Table for seating us in the Atrium (sure, that’s hardly believable.) The service there was barely existent. We had to wait a long time to get any attention. Finally, we ordered wine, which was delivered before we received bread and water. We had to flag-down servers and wait to get any attention. Very disappointing in many respects. We have been regular customers at Max, so it’s even more disappointing. We’ll look for alternative dining options in the future.

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  26. PhilD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was poorly dressed (we dressed up for the experience)and overly familiar. Food lacked flavor. Bread stale. Butter tasted like the refrigerator. Portions small. Restaurant missed the fundamentals yet charged a NYC high end price.

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  27. KatyaK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server, delicious food, nice & quiet evening. Can’t wait to go back!

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  28. SusanS

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the service was amazing

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great service and experience! Best restaurant so far.

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  30. MicheleJ

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t express how wonderful our experience was at Max’s. Megan, our waitress, was warm, friendly and professional and the ambiance was perfect for the last meal with our son before we left him at college. The food was phenomenal and we will be back!!
    Max of Eastman PlaceResponded on August 22, 2023
    Thank you for such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again!!

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  31. CliffordF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food and service. Ambiance ok, we were the only ones in the restaurant.

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  32. MikeE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent venue with great food and wine list. The only issue was the very slow service due to the fact there was a 20 guest party in the restaurant at the same time and the kitchen seemed to be overwhelmed.

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  33. BobD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Max has never disappointed. It was a particularly excellent experience on this quiet Tuesday night because my wife and I were the only diners there. Food and service were excellent.

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  34. RenaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly seated. The waitstaff was friendly without being intrusive. The menu is small but there were many specials to choose from. The seafood soup was absolutely delicious and salad dressed nicely. Bread was delivered warm. Both entrees were piping hot and plentiful. There was a large, loud group and several small gatherings so the room was quite noisy. That led to a more party atmosphere than a romantic space. Just an observation. The evening was relaxed not rushed.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had delicious food and a wonderful time! We would definitely go back.

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  36. YohanL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great variety to menu. Well prepared. Excellent service.

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  37. JohnH

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Imaginative food, good service, we wonder why there are so few diners.. It's a really impressive experience.

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  38. CherylF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, DeWayne, was superb. He made our experience materially better. The food was, as always, superb.

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  39. bzdr

    New York City

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lots of good things, including immediate availability in the city’s entertainment district on a Saturday evening. One of the drinks and one of the main courses were forgettable (though the rest was real good: the clams, the lamb and the crisp were excellent) Prices are of high dining (at least in Rochester), but the overall experience fell a notch lower than what we paid.

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  40. ThomasK

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Arrived at our reservation time of 6:30 pm, seated promptly. Water poured and menus left. Our server arrived ~6:40, recited the specials and we ordered. We let the server know we had a 7:45 hard stop in order to make our concert. After ~5 min, he stopped to let me know my entree was “sold out” . I made another choice of pasta with shrimp. At ~ 7:20 our entrees arrived ; MINE WAS WRONG. UGH. What to do given our 7:45 hard stop. After a few minutes a serving of the entree I had ordered was found and presented. It was very good, but given the long delay from order to serving (40 min), I was not able to order their special strawberry- rhubarb desert, UGH #2. Max’s is very convenient to parking and the concert hall, our main reason for going. BUT…

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Max of Eastman Place offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (585) 697-0491.

Max of Eastman Place is rated 4.5 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Max of Eastman Place

25 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Rochester
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    With convenient public parking on Gibbs street and a full lot across the street, Max of Eastman Place welcomes guests for outdoor dining in summer, a fun new bistro style dining room, or an evening of entertainment in the Atrium.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tony Gullace
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (585) 697-0491
  • Private party facilities
    Max welcome large parties to reserve out Private Dining Room for the ultimate, completely private, experience. Our Private dining room hosts up to 30 people and is perfect for intimate gatherings with family and friends, business dinners with new clients, rehearsal dinners and more. Visit our website to contact our events team for more information!
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