Rochester Bistro

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$30 and under
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American
Eat Good, Drink Good. At Rochester Bistro, you will discover the freshest and boldest flavors coupled with a rich selection of wines and spirits.
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JL
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our first time and we were 6. While my pasta with lamb ragout was very good, the other meals were good but not something out of the ordinary. Service was very nice and attentive. There is enough menu items that we agree another visit is necessary before giving it a final opinion.

SM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience1

We absolutely love the food! The service is iffy at best. The management is very poor! We've been coming for a long time and always treated with little regard. On this last visit, we had bugs crawling on our table and and a person at the table! Unacceptable. Management was notified and did nothing. We have been to this establishment multiple times with friends and clients and have always been let down. No more!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was good, all of us thought the food tasted really good but my only knock is I ordered the shrimp pasta which was that nights special and the shrimp were tiny little shrimp and rather tasteless. I expected a nice size quality shrimp with that meal.

LK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and wine selection, also beautiful atmosphere.

a
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We've eaten here many times, but this dinner was not up to their standards. The server brought five meals out for our table of six and then asked if there was anything else she could bring. We said she could bring our friend's dinner. She looked at him and asked, "Now what did you order sir?"
Not their best effort, but we'll go back and try it again.

AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to Oakland University as an undergrad and had visited a number or restaurants in downtown Rochester. This was my first visit to Rochester Bistro. The atmosphere is one that suggests intimacy more consistent with groups of two. No more than four. Service was exceptional. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive. The bartender knew her craft well. We began with the grilled octopus. It was tender with a little char on the outside. Perfectly prepared. I had the scallops for the entree. Again, very well prepared. When in Rochester I intend on visiting the Rochester Bistro again.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in downtown Rochester. Quality food and great service! Highly recommend!

HL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We find the food at Rochester Bistro consistently very good. We also enjoy the option of ordering small plates which allows us to enjoy different types of food in a meal.
Our service was excellent. Very attentive and friendly wait staff.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Server was awesome, live music bonus, drinks and overall fabulous!

NH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - great service. Excellent food. Wonderful town

DA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice! Great for a date night or couples night!!!

s
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was outstanding! Great atmosphere!

KB
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the second time we dined here with our best couple friends. Only a couple tables on a Sunday evening - the other table was quite loud so we sat in the bar which was very cozy with large TV's playing football games. Nice waitress a little undertrained-she said there were short ribs on special but didn't know anything else about them. She came back a little later and said they were braised so didn't sound very inspiring. We ordered the new York strip, the salmon, the veal chop and the lemon chicken - all were excellent including the Italian wedding soup and house salad. Everything was fresh tasting, creatively prepared and nicely presented. Will definitely be back.

CA
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time to the Rochester Bistro and I couldn't be happier. The food, wine and service exceeded expectations. We ate earlier than a typical dinner time yet the restaurant had many seats available so there was no wait. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done. Top notch food, good menu, prices are reasonable and atmosphere was good.

J
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, polite staff, nice environment! We sampled several apps and main dishes and enjoyed everything.

HF
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was really good. Great bar too. It was a quite Sunday night but I am sure this place gets busy on prime nights

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was quiet and homey. Our service was excellent. The food was delicious and the menu options were great. Wine selection was wide and varied and the cocktails were fantastic. Would definitely recommend this for a date night, or any special event with a small group.

n
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

the service outstanding the food good have been to most restaurants in the area and i thought the food compared to the others did not stand out i will go back to try once again

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My fish was very overcooked which is a shame, but my husbands food was great

LG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seems small but once you step inside it’s very long and has some good space. The atmosphere was very classy and it’d be something that I can go back to with my friends and or family again. Definitely worth the it and the spot couldn’t be better since it’s downtown Rochester. Service didn’t disappoint even knowing that my party was huge and there was really only one of them (not that our waitress needed help). Overall me and my party were happy.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time dining here. It was smaller then we anticipated. The food was good but not great! I would give it another chance.

PM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service! The calamari is amazingly tender and each of us raved about our entree.

G
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Celebrating my wife’s birthday with our family. Menu and food always the best.

j
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place with an excellent menu and outstanding specials.

s
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great things: physical atmosphere. Unhurried attitude and professionalism of wait staff. Not so great: poor beer selection. Food under seasoned. Significant noise level change with full room. Dont expect to be able to conduct conversation without yelling and leaning in.

k
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a little nervous about this place after receiving an email that my reservation had been cancelled by the restaurant. After I called the girl said it was taken care of and fixed, come to find out upon arrival they never fixed it. Thankfully they did have a table ready for my party of 13. Our waitress was great (Chandler) and food was delicious.

T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I think this might be my new favorite restaurant! The sea bass was delicious, menu was quite varied - would love to try the brussel sprouts appetizer next time. Would like to see more seafood items and creme brulee for dessert, but I guess I can't have everything :)

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a little loud for conversation. Food & service were great. We enjoyed our first visit here & will be repeat customers!

A
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on Father’s Day. The staff was short staffed but managed to be efficient and pleasant.
The food never disappoints.

NH
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Father’s Day Celebration. Been here several times and have never been disappointed. A must try in Rochester

MT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time visiting and we had a great experience. Service was excellent. We ate street side on one of the few good weather nights we have had this year. Wine was also excellent. Will be back!

DD
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Noise level is way too loud. I don’t mind lively atmosphere, but when the server has to lean down and yell out the specials, it’s a little too much. Need to install sound absorbing material throughout the place.

j
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was just good. Nothing stood out other than the dry salmon

RD
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have had. The culinary experience is subtle, nuanced, complex, deep and rich, all at the same time. Service was impeccable and timely without being rushed. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Food and service were excellent

MA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never packed, great food and service! I try to avoid dining at the adjacent room because acoustics there aren’t great.

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food here was delicious and the service was excellent . I would recommend anyone going there to sit in the large room and not the small room in the front of the restaurant . My husband and I went out for a quiet dinner however the acoustics in that small room were terrible and we could barely hear each other speak

PM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always! Had friends from out of town and they thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience.

MK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At first you are shocked by the prices on the menu, but take it from me it is well worth the money. When the waiters and waitresses bring the food out you are shocked by the amount of food you get! The service was great and the ambiance is wonderful! Well worth the money!