Guidebook for Rochester

Stephanie
Guidebook for Rochester

Food Scene

This is my favorite restaurant in all of Rochester. Innovative, upscale American plates to share in an industrial yet intimate warehouse-style space. Good Luck is a restaurant and nightspot downtown offering cuisine made from seasonal, local ingredients, and craft cocktails in a loft-style space with an open kitchen. They have a private dining room for gatherings of up to 25, as well as a chef's table. Reservations recommended. In a pinch, you could show up and grab a seat at the bar and order food there.
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Good Luck
50 Anderson Avenue
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This is my favorite restaurant in all of Rochester. Innovative, upscale American plates to share in an industrial yet intimate warehouse-style space. Good Luck is a restaurant and nightspot downtown offering cuisine made from seasonal, local ingredients, and craft cocktails in a loft-style space with an open kitchen. They have a private dining room for gatherings of up to 25, as well as a chef's table. Reservations recommended. In a pinch, you could show up and grab a seat at the bar and order food there.
Leaf & Bean Coffee Co
3240 Chili Ave
Village Bakery & Cafe
145 Culver Rd
The Genesee Brewing Company is one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States. The Brewery makes the Genesee line of beers, including the iconic Genesee, the refreshing Genny Light, and the original Genesee Cream Ale. The Brew House is located in High Falls and has STUNNING VIEWNS, especially at the sunset. Drop in to tour the first floor "Genny Museum" on your own, then hop upstairs for some great food and drinks. Tours can be setup ahead of time.
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Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract St
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The Genesee Brewing Company is one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States. The Brewery makes the Genesee line of beers, including the iconic Genesee, the refreshing Genny Light, and the original Genesee Cream Ale. The Brew House is located in High Falls and has STUNNING VIEWNS, especially at the sunset. Drop in to tour the first floor "Genny Museum" on your own, then hop upstairs for some great food and drinks. Tours can be setup ahead of time.
Founded in 1991, Rohrbach Brewing Co. is Rochester’s first craft brewery. The brewing company takes its name from Rohrbach, Germany, a small town that inspired its founder to bring craft beer to Rochester. The company first originated in the German House on Gregory Street, then grew into the two locations existing today–the production brewery on Railroad St. and Buffalo Rd. brewpub. Though the company has grown over the past 25 years, Rohrbachs has stayed true to its roots. You can only find Rohrbach beer in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and their surrounding Upstate NY areas.
Rohrbach Brewing Co. Buffalo Road Brewpub
3859 Buffalo Road
Founded in 1991, Rohrbach Brewing Co. is Rochester’s first craft brewery. The brewing company takes its name from Rohrbach, Germany, a small town that inspired its founder to bring craft beer to Rochester. The company first originated in the German House on Gregory Street, then grew into the two locations existing today–the production brewery on Railroad St. and Buffalo Rd. brewpub. Though the company has grown over the past 25 years, Rohrbachs has stayed true to its roots. You can only find Rohrbach beer in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and their surrounding Upstate NY areas.
MacGregor's is a locally owned bar and restaurant. They have a ton of beers on tap and an extensive American/bar style menu. They are located about five minutes from the Cozy Cape!
MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room
2205 Buffalo Rd
MacGregor's is a locally owned bar and restaurant. They have a ton of beers on tap and an extensive American/bar style menu. They are located about five minutes from the Cozy Cape!
Jeremiah's has been a Rochester mainstay since 1978. They are a llocally owned restaurant and bar. They did a fabulous job with the interior of this location when they opened a couple of years ago. They are most known for their local award winning wings (try the bee sting sauce!) but have a good menu that will suite pretty much anyone.
Jeremiah's Tavern
2200 Buffalo Road
Jeremiah's has been a Rochester mainstay since 1978. They are a llocally owned restaurant and bar. They did a fabulous job with the interior of this location when they opened a couple of years ago. They are most known for their local award winning wings (try the bee sting sauce!) but have a good menu that will suite pretty much anyone.
Wimpy's is the best place locally to get the world famous "Garbage Plate" . If you want the original, you have to venture into the city (see listing for Nick Tahou's).
Wimpy's Burger Basket
2160 Buffalo Rd
Wimpy's is the best place locally to get the world famous "Garbage Plate" . If you want the original, you have to venture into the city (see listing for Nick Tahou's).
Great BBQ place. The only have a few tables to eat inside, so consider getting it to go.
Good Smoke BBQ
3308 Chili Ave
Great BBQ place. The only have a few tables to eat inside, so consider getting it to go.
My favorite BBQ in the area. Located in the Village of Spencerport, this is a great place to explore away from the city. You can get it to go but they have plenty of space to eat and enjoy. If you have room in your tunny, walk next door to Abbott's Frozen Custard and then head over to check out the canal.
Texas Bar-B-Q Joint
122 S Union St
My favorite BBQ in the area. Located in the Village of Spencerport, this is a great place to explore away from the city. You can get it to go but they have plenty of space to eat and enjoy. If you have room in your tunny, walk next door to Abbott's Frozen Custard and then head over to check out the canal.
HOME OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GARBAGE PLATE! Not in the best neighborhood, go during the day ;) Get the hot sauce! Ask for it on the side if you must, it is their secret recipe, meat based.
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Nick Tahou Hots
320 West Main Street
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HOME OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GARBAGE PLATE! Not in the best neighborhood, go during the day ;) Get the hot sauce! Ask for it on the side if you must, it is their secret recipe, meat based.
CoreLife Eatery
100 Marketplace Dr
In my opinion, this is Rochester's BEST mexican restaurant! They have a tiny lot for parking, otherwise parking is on the street. Great to go to in the winter, fall and spring, but in the summer they have a great table outside on the front porch as well as an open courtyard/patio to just relax and hang out at.
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La Casa Restaurant
93 Alexander Street
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In my opinion, this is Rochester's BEST mexican restaurant! They have a tiny lot for parking, otherwise parking is on the street. Great to go to in the winter, fall and spring, but in the summer they have a great table outside on the front porch as well as an open courtyard/patio to just relax and hang out at.
Second favorite restaurant in the area. Bad Apples Bistro is a refined American bistro combining seasonal ingredients and bold flavors in a casual and quaint setting. Owned and operated by Executive Chef Christopher Kisiel, this 50 seat venue is family friendly serving everything from housemade breads & pastas, to Spinach Mac & Cheese & Filet Mignon. http://www.badapplesbistro.com/
Bad Apples Bistro
42 Nichols St
Second favorite restaurant in the area. Bad Apples Bistro is a refined American bistro combining seasonal ingredients and bold flavors in a casual and quaint setting. Owned and operated by Executive Chef Christopher Kisiel, this 50 seat venue is family friendly serving everything from housemade breads & pastas, to Spinach Mac & Cheese & Filet Mignon. http://www.badapplesbistro.com/

Everything Else

CrossFit Ambition
2147 Buffalo Rd
One of Rochester's best-known neighborhoods for strolling and shopping in an urban environment. Traveling east from Meigs to Culver you’ll find an eclectic mix of residential and commercial properties, including restaurants, bars,coffee shops, retail, and salons. Rochester landmarks within easy walking distance include the George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
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Park Avenue
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One of Rochester's best-known neighborhoods for strolling and shopping in an urban environment. Traveling east from Meigs to Culver you’ll find an eclectic mix of residential and commercial properties, including restaurants, bars,coffee shops, retail, and salons. Rochester landmarks within easy walking distance include the George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
Schoen Place is a canal landing and shopping area located on the North side of the Erie Canal in Pittsford. It is home to several resturaunts, a variety of retail stores and other local businesses. It is also a stopping point for canal and river day trips like the Sam Patch. In the warmer months it is crowded with people. It is possible to rent canoes, kayaks and bicycles here. Other convenient shops and restaurants are located in the adjacent Northfield Common such as Label 7 and Pittsford Lumber & Woodshop, to name a couple.
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Schoen Place
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Schoen Place is a canal landing and shopping area located on the North side of the Erie Canal in Pittsford. It is home to several resturaunts, a variety of retail stores and other local businesses. It is also a stopping point for canal and river day trips like the Sam Patch. In the warmer months it is crowded with people. It is possible to rent canoes, kayaks and bicycles here. Other convenient shops and restaurants are located in the adjacent Northfield Common such as Label 7 and Pittsford Lumber & Woodshop, to name a couple.

Parks & Nature

Lots of trails for hiking and pet friendly. 10 minutes away.
Black Creek Park
3883 Union St
Lots of trails for hiking and pet friendly. 10 minutes away.
35 minutes away. Love Hamlin Beach! Hamlin Beach State Park's clear water, sandy beaches and 264 tent and trailer campsites bring thousands of visitors to the park each year. The Yanty Creek Marsh area at the east end of the park has a mile long self-guided trail. In addition, there are 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as snowmobile and cross-country skiing. Visitors can launch car-top boats, fish for salmon and trout and enjoy the picnic facilities. $7 entry fee per car. The beaches in parking areas 1-3 are larger and more developed, but also busier. If you want more of a chance of privacy, drive down to parking area 4 or 5.
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Hamlin Beach State Park
1 Camp Rd
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35 minutes away. Love Hamlin Beach! Hamlin Beach State Park's clear water, sandy beaches and 264 tent and trailer campsites bring thousands of visitors to the park each year. The Yanty Creek Marsh area at the east end of the park has a mile long self-guided trail. In addition, there are 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as snowmobile and cross-country skiing. Visitors can launch car-top boats, fish for salmon and trout and enjoy the picnic facilities. $7 entry fee per car. The beaches in parking areas 1-3 are larger and more developed, but also busier. If you want more of a chance of privacy, drive down to parking area 4 or 5.
20 minutes away. Trails run by meadows, wetlands & waterfalls in this secluded park full of native birds & wildlife.
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Corbett's Glen Nature Park
165 Park Ln
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20 minutes away. Trails run by meadows, wetlands & waterfalls in this secluded park full of native birds & wildlife.
Just under 30 minutes away, Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. In 1969, it was named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks due to its geologic history and presence of significant kames, eskers, and kettles. Visit their website for a full list of activities and trail maps.
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Mendon Ponds Park
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Just under 30 minutes away, Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. In 1969, it was named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks due to its geologic history and presence of significant kames, eskers, and kettles. Visit their website for a full list of activities and trail maps.
Seneca Park Zoo

Arts & Culture

The George Eastman Museum is located on the estate of George Eastman, the founder of Kodak and the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. Founded in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives. The museum holds unparalleled collections in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, and photographically illustrated books. The institution is also a longtime leader in film preservation and photographic conservation. The grounds boast breath taking gardens and also houses the Dryden Theater.
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George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue
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The George Eastman Museum is located on the estate of George Eastman, the founder of Kodak and the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. Founded in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives. The museum holds unparalleled collections in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, and photographically illustrated books. The institution is also a longtime leader in film preservation and photographic conservation. The grounds boast breath taking gardens and also houses the Dryden Theater.
Through 200 hands-on exhibits, spectacular shows, and authentic collections, you’ll uncover the wonders of our region, our world, and beyond. Make memories through themed programs that spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Climb a wall, build robots, zap lasers, launch a catapult, and zoom through space — there’s so much to experience. Our 1.2 million collection items are bursting with stories. Reveal Rochester’s rich history of innovation and immerse yourself in the machines, ingenuity, and natural occurrences that formed our world today. Expect to immerse all five senses in extensive experiential learning opportunities.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
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Through 200 hands-on exhibits, spectacular shows, and authentic collections, you’ll uncover the wonders of our region, our world, and beyond. Make memories through themed programs that spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Climb a wall, build robots, zap lasers, launch a catapult, and zoom through space — there’s so much to experience. Our 1.2 million collection items are bursting with stories. Reveal Rochester’s rich history of innovation and immerse yourself in the machines, ingenuity, and natural occurrences that formed our world today. Expect to immerse all five senses in extensive experiential learning opportunities.
The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum anywhere devoted solely to the study of play, and is the second largest museum of that type in the United States. The museum includes exhibits that interpret the key elements of play, as well as allow guests to explore the worlds of Sesame Street, the Berenstain Bears, and the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, which features thousands of butterflies and is the largest in the state. The museum's exhibits are immersively themed for video games, storybooks, television shows, education, nature, history, comic books, carousel and train rides, and children's lifestyles.
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum anywhere devoted solely to the study of play, and is the second largest museum of that type in the United States. The museum includes exhibits that interpret the key elements of play, as well as allow guests to explore the worlds of Sesame Street, the Berenstain Bears, and the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, which features thousands of butterflies and is the largest in the state. The museum's exhibits are immersively themed for video games, storybooks, television shows, education, nature, history, comic books, carousel and train rides, and children's lifestyles.
Sprawling collection from medieval to contemporary works, with paintings by Rembrandt & Monet. The MAG is also the home of the Clothesline Arts Festival. In my opinion this is easily the best festival Rochester has to offer and is traditionally held on the weekend after Labor Day. It is the largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival in Rochester with amazing original artwork, jewelry, sculptures, pottery and more by 375+ artists!
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Galeria de Arte Memorial
500 University Avenue
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Sprawling collection from medieval to contemporary works, with paintings by Rembrandt & Monet. The MAG is also the home of the Clothesline Arts Festival. In my opinion this is easily the best festival Rochester has to offer and is traditionally held on the weekend after Labor Day. It is the largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival in Rochester with amazing original artwork, jewelry, sculptures, pottery and more by 375+ artists!
Eastman Theater is the home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as well as performance venue for the world renowned Eastman School of Music. See their website for details. http://eastmantheatre.org/ http://www.rpo.org/
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Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs Street
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Eastman Theater is the home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as well as performance venue for the world renowned Eastman School of Music. See their website for details. http://eastmantheatre.org/ http://www.rpo.org/
Check out the RBTL's website to see what shows are in town during your stay! http://www.rbtl.org/
Rochester Broadway Theatre League / RBTL's Auditorium Theate
885 E Main St
Check out the RBTL's website to see what shows are in town during your stay! http://www.rbtl.org/
https://www.gevatheatre.org/ Catch a play at Geva!
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Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Boulevard
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https://www.gevatheatre.org/ Catch a play at Geva!

Shopping

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Eastview Mall
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Parkleigh, Rochester’s favorite gift shop, is considered a “landmark” and a must-see for visitors. Located on Park Avenue in the heart of the cultural district for over 50 years, Parkleigh has many times been voted “Best Place to Find a Unique Gift.” In and around premiere brands such as MacKenzie-Childs, Vera Bradley, Michael Aram, Kiehl’s, Trollbeads, Uno de 50, Godiva, Moonstruck Chocolatier and Stonewall Kitchen you will find an ever-changing selection of affordable luxuries: beautiful women’s accessories, indulgent toiletries, adorable children’s gifts, side-splitting novelties, gourmet coffee and tea, and an extensive and eclectic selection of greeting cards.
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Parkleigh
215 Park Avenue
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Parkleigh, Rochester’s favorite gift shop, is considered a “landmark” and a must-see for visitors. Located on Park Avenue in the heart of the cultural district for over 50 years, Parkleigh has many times been voted “Best Place to Find a Unique Gift.” In and around premiere brands such as MacKenzie-Childs, Vera Bradley, Michael Aram, Kiehl’s, Trollbeads, Uno de 50, Godiva, Moonstruck Chocolatier and Stonewall Kitchen you will find an ever-changing selection of affordable luxuries: beautiful women’s accessories, indulgent toiletries, adorable children’s gifts, side-splitting novelties, gourmet coffee and tea, and an extensive and eclectic selection of greeting cards.
This is not a "mall" but more an extensive outdoor plaza and collection of restaurants and stores. Food includes: DiBella's (sandwiches), Starbucks, Chipolte, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Red Robin and Longhorn Steakhouse. Stores include: Kirklands, Sierra Trading Post, Ulta, Party City, DSW, Michael's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pet Smart, Buy Buy Baby, Marshalls, Home Depot, and Christmas Tree Shops.
Market Square Plaza
620 Jefferson Rd
This is not a "mall" but more an extensive outdoor plaza and collection of restaurants and stores. Food includes: DiBella's (sandwiches), Starbucks, Chipolte, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Red Robin and Longhorn Steakhouse. Stores include: Kirklands, Sierra Trading Post, Ulta, Party City, DSW, Michael's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pet Smart, Buy Buy Baby, Marshalls, Home Depot, and Christmas Tree Shops.

Essentials

Wegmans
3175 Chili Ave
Target
3181 Chili Ave

Entertainment & Activities

Cinemark Tinseltown USA and IMAX
2291 Buffalo Rd
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Rochester Red Wings Baseball
1 Morrie Silver Way
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