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Downtown Rochester Dinner Recs

Will be staying at the Hyatt in a couple of weeks. Looking for good food of any kind within a reasonable walking distance.

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  1. Check out Lento. I've had a few very good meals there. It's a "local-seaonal-sustainable-farm-to-table-able restaurant." Clean, straight-ahead prep. of very fresh, fine ingredients. In addition, they have a wonderful raw bar with a very large selection of oysters from both coasts and some very nice cocktail selections.

    1. I like both Lento as well as Good Luck, but both are a good 30 min walk from the OP's hotel. That said, if you like Italian food I would suggest Osteria Rocco which is only about half the distance from your hotel. Another suggestion would be Max of Eastman which is even closer.

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      Good Luck
      50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

      1. Samba Cafe, a new Brazilian restaurant on State Street, got a nice write up in last week's City Paper, with special notes for friendliness and authenticity. It is open until 6 but the review mentioned extended hours starting in October. It is bare bones, but The Pizza Stop on State Street is one of my favorite places for a slice in Rochester. I'm not sure if they stay open for dinner. And, Dinosaur BBQ is not far away either, and is a fun and popular place for a lively meal.

        1. Downtown Rochester is not exactly bustling after 5 PM. If you are hell bent on walking, then just go to Dinosaur. It's delicious and a "place to go" when visiting Rochester. A little bit farther is Corn Hill landing which has Tony D's (decent wood fired pizza) and Virtu (which is upstate-upscale and hit or miss). There is a decent indian place at Corn Hill now and Aladdin's also has a branch there (casual Mediterranean, great for veg). For real food you'll need to leave the city and that means driving. Good Luck is good, as suggested below. Owl House on Marshall St just outside the city is pretty good, also very good option for veg. Hose 22 on the west side is also good, but that is much farther than the other options.

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          Good Luck
          50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

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          1. re: Zehrapushu

            Note: in the above, it is written that to go to Good Luck or Owl House you will 'need to leave the city'. This is not quite accurate; I think the poster means you will need to leave downtown as defined by the 'inner loop'. Both places mentioned are still very much in the city and are only a mile or two distant.

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            Good Luck
            50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

            1. re: jmoryl

              Correct. What I mean by that is they are not walking distance from the Hyatt. I apologize to Rand McNally.

          2. Thanks for all of the suggestions.