The lights are exquisite and it's fun taking a walk up and down Rochester Road people watching. I would recommend Andiamo for good basic Italian. I would also try to get a window seat. Therefore, you can have a good meal, people and holiday light watch all at the same time. You might have to park a couple of blocks away - but the walk is worthwhile!
Last year when we went to look at the lights we went to the bar at the Royal Park Hotel. It's a beautiful hotel built like a older Eurpoean hotel. Anyway, you can eat in the bar and use the bar or dining room menu. They also had a nice little band playing, it was really nice before heading out in the cold to see the lights.
Also, Cabin Kruser's on Main has good food, but you're not sitting in the more expensive Rochester Chop House which is in the back.
While I know that a lot of people like Europa Bistro, I have been there four times (our friends like it) and I still have not been bowled over by it.
Enjoy the lights! This year more stores have agreed to remain open later for some shopping too.
Hmm. While I admittedly haven't been to Europa Bistro since they moved into their "new digs," I enjoyed it a good bit while they were on Auburn Rd. That's not to say that it's high-end dining...no, if you go there with that mindset, you *will* be disappointed. However, what they do, they do quite well, and at a very reasonable price for the fare presented.
I should probably try to get over to their (now not so) new location and try them again. Getting up to Rochester can be a pain, though.
i've always liked 4th street grille - above average food, quite intimate setting in an old post office building with dark mahogany walls. europa bistro is another place that has good french/italian cuisine although im not crazy about the french country setting. then there's always kruse & muer's and rochester chop house. either one is a good choice.