Let’s face it, there is nothing better than being on a roof deck when the weather is cooperating. The combination of being outside with a heightened view and quality food help form the perfect dining experience. Here we present the six best roof decks in Rochester – take advantage of them while the good weather is still in full swing. What is your favorite roof deck in Rochester? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @SeizeTheWeekday.
646 Monroe Ave Rochester
Restaurants have come and gone on Monroe Avenue, but Aladdin’s has stuck around, dishing out their delicious take on Mediterranean cuisine. The roof deck has a covered awning and nice view looking down the bustling Monroe Ave neighborhood. If you know the area, it is a perfect spot for people watching. For food, go with the classic gyro or souvlaki platter that comes loaded with grilled tenderloin and healthy portion of onions and peppers.
625 Culver Road Rochester
The constant debate in Rochester over BBQ starts and ends with Sticky Lips vs Dinosaur. One leg up that the original Sticky lips location has, is its roof deck that overlooks East High School. Although, at the time of this story posting it was under construction, it will come back soon. For your meal, get one of the combo BBQ platters like the Rita Hayworth that has ribs and pulled pork. Or if you are feeling like a true test, try the infamous atomic bomb challenge that pits you against piles of meat.
21 Richmond St Rochester
One of Rochester’s main stay bars, Richmond’s is well known for their award winning chicken wings. The unique touch to these wings is the large selection of sauces they offer like country sweet, BBQ, maple bacon, fireball whiskey, wasabi ginger and dry rubs. It is also a safe bet to go with their classic cheeseburger that loads on a 1/2 pound of meat, dressed with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Their roof deck has an excellent view of the city, lots of tables to dine on and a newly painted mural that completes the setting.
- Monday – 50 cent wing night (Open: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am)
- Wednesday – Quesadilla and a Corona for $6 (Open: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am)
- Thursday – 10 wings and domestic pitcher for $15 (Open: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am)
145 Culver Rd Rochester
TRATA plays host to the best set up for a roof top deck in all of Rochester. The spacious deck has a full bar area with several high top tables for dining. At night, the roped lighting overhead sets a nice atmosphere. Suggested eats include the fish tacos or the Kobe burger that comes topped with beer battered onions, applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll.
550 East Avenue Rochester
On the 9th floor of the Stathallan Hotel sits a newly constructed restaurant and roof top experience called Hattie’s. The Japanese inspired menu is full of an excellent selection sashimi, nigiri, and rolls. For drinks they have an extensive scotch menu and several creative cocktail options at the bar. The amazing deck allows for a 360-degree view of the city and also has a private space with a fire pit.
Genny Brew House
25 Cataract Street Rochester
The Brew House plays host to the best roof deck view in all of Rochester. The combination of the High Falls and the city skyline, result in spectacular scenery. For food, you have to get the Bavarian pretzel sticks, served with your choice of our beer mustard or beer cheese sauce. Then, of course, they have a huge selection of all the best Genesee Beers on tap for your thirst entertainment.
- Tuesday – $2 off growler fills
- Wednesday – Keep the glass on a featured beer from 3pm – 6pm