JoJo is your quintessential Parisian bistro in Pittsford. A uniquely designed, exposed stone wall forms the backdrop of the extensive bar that features an impressive wine selection. Indulge in some Pinot Grigio from Italy or Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, or the local Californian Chardonnay among a globe spanning list, or bring your own on Monday nights. French influences are evident in the delicious platters that are comprised of Foie Gras, charcuterie, artisan cheeses, wood-oven pizza and so on. The communal seating and rustic accents make for an inviting ambiance.
Aladdin's Natural Eatery owner Sami Mina's passion for natural and organic cuisine is evident in the menu that doesn't compromise on taste and variety. The ingredients are seasonal, locally-bred and unadulterated, without the use of synthetic agents and preservatives. With locations across the country, the Mediterranean fare features homemade pasta, sandwiches, salads, hand-blended coffee and sauces with the celebrated Erie Canal in view.
Tapas 177 Lounge offers a warm ambience for gatherings, as well as large plates that can be shared among a group. Their tapas are inspired by globe-spanning flavors, and complemented by an eclectic selection of imported wine. Their appetizers include New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Chicken Tika Masala, Sher Ping Pancakes and Tuna Tartare Napolean. This is followed by mains such as Sautéed Chicken with Angel Hair and Spicy Thai Chicken Peanut Stir Fry. Do not miss their take on martini, with creative blends like The Dirty, Green Spider, Bikini and Stockholm. Guests can enjoy wine such as Natura Organic Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and the Spanish Faustino VII Rioja. The hallmark of this restaurant is their weekly Salsa dance lessons, which train everyone from amateurs to professionals.
The Gate House is a contemporary restaurant in the Neighborhood of the Arts that offers a laid-back dining experience. Renowned for their gourmet burgers and brick oven pizzas, sample signature sliders and traditional Neopolitan pizzas with creative topping combinations. From all-time favorites like American Cheeseburger and Hamburger, to modernized Indian-spiced The Wegman or Cajun-flavored The Hoffman, they have a great selection. They use only fresh ingredients from local purveyors, solar and wind energy mechanism that lend a sustainable and organic philosophy.
Next Door by Wegmans advocates a locavore food philosophy. With their chefs exclusively hand selecting ingredients from local farms, this restaurant serves organic meals in a naturalistic ambiance. Wooden furnishings and au naturale decor comprise the interiors of this place. On the menu are Japanese classics like sushi and sashimi that are paired with fine wine. Butterscotch Creme Brulee is one of their signature desserts. They also offer a tasting menu and host occasional Happy Hours and jazz nights. This venue is a favorite for hosting private events, with four rooms - Petrus, Rothschild, Test Kitchen and Red Room - available for parties and business functions.
This Culture District restaurant is across the historic Eastman Theatre. Max of Eastman Place is the first of the Max Rochester brand and has an intimate and sophisticated ambiance. Whether it is for a pre-theater dinner, a quick bite or a romantic meal, it will definitely meet all your requisites. Their contemporary American menu includes dishes like Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Six Northern Oysters on Ice and Slow Roasted Atlantic Salmon. It surely is a culinary journey for even the most discerning diner. Complement your meal with cocktail specials from the bar. This upscale dining hall is also a popular wedding venue, and its beautiful Atrium is one of the settings of the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
Take in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback while enjoying mouth-watering entrees and high-quality service. Serving dinner only,Outback Steakhouse offers an extensive menu featuring appetizers,chicken,ribs,steak,seafood,pasta, salads and desserts for moderate prices. Family-friendly, the casual restaurant has something for everyone at its numerous locations in North and South America,Europe,Asia and Australia.Outback Steakhouse also offers call-ahead seating and curbside take-away. Check website for details.
Beckoning all thirsty or hungry travelers, Lovin' Cup is a café and bar that lovingly serves up delectable food, drinks, and entertainment. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming since the owners want to create a neighborhood coffeehouse and bar vibe. You will most likely see locals relaxing with a beer or a cocktail while listening to some good music.
Forget your diets when you enter Nick Tahou's, a legendary restaurant of Rochester which has been in operation since 1918. Inaugurated by the current owner's grandfather and named after the current owner's father, this restaurant is famous across the State of New York for their mean Garbage Plate. Do not get apathetic towards the unappetizing name, because this dish has a proven track record of converting the most ardent health advocates with its red and white hots, chicken tenders, eggs, baked beans, and hamburger infused plates of mac & cheese. The plate is doused in house sauces and arrives in the company of bread and butter. Though, the Garbage Plate is one of the fattiest dishes served in the state, it is Rochester's tradition and comes highly recommended.
One of Rochester's very few African restaurants, Kamara’s African Restaurant struck a chord with people through its Fufu, Pepper Soup, Groundnut Stew and Jollof Rice. The major draw of this restaurant being, its authentic West African food prepared mostly using chili peppers, onions and tomatoes. If it is authentic African food that you seek, look no further than Kamara’s African Restaurant.