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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SM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

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!

a
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

HL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - great service. Excellent food. Wonderful town

DA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

s
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Service was outstanding! Great atmosphere!

KB
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

LG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place with an excellent menu and outstanding specials.

s
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

RD
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Food and service were excellent

MA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

HV
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Went here for celebration because it had great reviews. 100 dollar dinner, terrible food. My med rare steak was almost well done and very chewy as if it were pan fried. Waitress was nice. Will not return.

MB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Drinks were good, but food wasn’t. Lamb appetizer was burnt, and I wouldn’t order the snapper again. Mashed potatoes were the best part.

RA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Rochester without question! Outstanding all the way around!

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