Dining Favorites

There are tons of places to eat in Rochester. We have listed some of your favorites below.

The Owl House
4.5 Stars
$$ · New American Restaurant
Address: 75 Marshall St, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone:(585) 360-2920
Hours:Thursday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PM
Friday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PM
Saturday 11AM–3PM, 5–10:30PM
Sunday 11AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–9:30PM
Menu: www.owlhouserochester.com

Creative, vegan-friendly American plates & craft beer served in a snug house with a bohemian vibe.


Pane Vino On The River
4.1 Stars
$$ · Italian Restaurant
Address: 175 N Water St, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone:(585) 232-6090
Thursday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Friday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Saturday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Sunday 4–9PM
11:30AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Hours might differ
Tuesday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–9PM


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
4.4 Stars
$ · Barbecue Restaurant
Address: 99 Court St, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone:(585) 325-7090
Thursday 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–12AM
Saturday 11AM–12AM
Sunday 12–10PM
Hours might differ
Tuesday 11AM–11PM
Wednesday 11AM–11PM
Reservations: opentable.com
Menu: allmenus.com
Barbecue chain serving Southern-style meats & draft brews in a retro setting (most have live music).


Jines Restaurant
4.1 Stars
$ · Restaurant
Address: 658 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone:(585) 461-1280
Thursday 7AM–10PM
Friday 7AM–10PM
Saturday 7AM–10PM
Sunday 7AM–8PM, Monday 7AM–10PM, Tuesday 7AM–10PM, Wednesday 7AM–10PM
Menu: www.jinesrestaurant.com
Website: www.jinesrestaurant.com

All-day breakfast & Sunday brunch draw crowds to this friendly Greek diner with sidewalk seating.


Rooney’s Restaurant
4.2 Stars
$$ · Restaurant
Address: 90 Henrietta St, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone:(585) 442-0444
Friday 5:30–10PM
Saturday 5–10PM
Sunday Closed
Tuesday 5:30–10PM
Wednesday 5:30–10PM
Thursday 5:30–10PM
Menu: www.rooneysrestaurant.com
Website: www.rooneysrestaurant.com
Nestled in a residential area, this intimate spot offers an upscale American menu & long wooden bar.

Lento Restaurant
4.2 Stars
Located in: Village Gate Square
Address: 274 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone:(585) 271-3470
Friday 5–10PM
Saturday 5–10PM
Sunday Closed
Tuesday 5–10PM
Wednesday 5–9PM
Thursday 5–10PM
Reservations: www.opentable.com
Menu: www.urbanspoon.com
Warm, softly lit space serving creative, upscale New American fare made from local meats & produce.

Rochester Ranks 6th for Best & Worst Cities for Women Owned Businesses

A commissioned report by American Express sought to find the trends in the business world from 1997-2015. In particular the trending of women owned businesses and the environment going forward. It found that between 1997 and 2015 women owned businesses grew at a rate of 74% as opposed to the overall growth of 51%. This means that women are becoming business owners at a faster rate and generating nearly 1.5 trillion in revenue and employing over 7.9 million people. The rates at which women owned businesses is growing is the fastest of all sectors and Rochester is one place where that holds true.

“The only bright spot in recent years with respect to privately-held company job growth has been among women-owned firms. They have added an estimated 340,000 jobs since 2007. Among men-owned and equally-owned firms, employment has declined over the past eight years.” –American Express Open Report

Nationally the trend of women owning business has been on the rise. Women owned business has risen 74% since 1997. While other segments of start ups has fallen women have increased. Between 2002 and 2015 the number of women owned firms has increased 45%. The biggest increase has come in the firms that concentrate on education which has seen a rise of 139% women ownership. The increase in minority women business ownership has skyrocketed. In 1997 there were less than 1 million minority women owned firms in the U.S. In 2015 that number has climbed to over 3 million. With minority women owned businesses comprising 33% as compared to 17% in 1997. The good news for Rochester was recently ranked sixth in the country overall in the top ten on Wallethub.com 2016’S Best and worst cities for women owned businesses. Rochester ranks #18 in overall new business friendliness rank for women. Rochester ranked fifth for “Business climate for women” which helped propel the city to sixth overall. See all the numbers below.




Overall Rank


Total Score

‘Overall New-Business Friendliness’ Rank

‘Female Entrepreneurship’ Rank

‘Business Climate for Women’ Rank

1 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 70.04 13 20 18
2 Chattanooga, TN-GA 69.79 2 50 18
3 Columbus, OH 68.13 7 23 27
4 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 66.99 4 66 18
5 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 66.44 30 48 2
6 Rochester, NY 64.89 18 77 5
7 Kansas City, MO-KS 64.82 22 14 25
8 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 64.60 25 55 11
9 Greensboro-High Point, NC 64.57 6 56 40
10 Honolulu, HI 63.88 43 3 17

source: wallethub.com