The 13 Best Spots for Waterfront Dining in Rochester

Whether it’s the Erie Canal, Genesee River, Irondequoit Bay or Lake Ontario, Rochester has bodies of water that criss-cross the landscape. Couple these remarkable waterfront views with a good meal and you have the perfect evening. With the quality weather now in full swing, we take you through some of the best restaurants around Rochester that are set on the water. We also, of course, let you know of any weekday deals they offer to save you a couple bucks.


1384 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14625 697-2006

Considered a casual Italian eatery, Bazil is widely known for their delicious funnel cake desserts. The other benefit of their Penfield location is the fantastic view – overlooking the Irondequoit Bay. Your best bets on the menu are the chicken parmesan, chicken french or the seafood alfredo. There is also a MacGregor’s right across the street if you are looking for a good craft beer after dinner.


279 Lake Road Webster 323-1224

This cozy bar and restaurant is nestled in a corner of Irondequoit Bay with docks available for boaters to pull up. The menu features a selection of bar foods and tasty BBQ items. Some of the more popular foods are the chicken wings and the Bay Burger which comes loaded with a 2/3 pound patty that is dressed with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion. Make sure to check out their weekly specials such as steak night.


41 N Main St Pittsford 419-3032

Part of the Del Monte Inn, the Erie Grill sits close to the canal with a nice view from their dining room. The dishes to go for are the duck meatballs, Maine lobster/polenta, bison sliders and Erie Grill salad. Make sure to grab a cocktail because their drink menu is full of interesting options like the 41 North Main. The grill is also located right across the street from the Pittsford Pub and JoJo Bistro if you are looking for additional quality watering holes. Be there on Mondays when they have $1 oysters and $5 select bubbly.


566 River St, Rochester 663-5910

The Pelican’s Nest is literally right on top of the Genesee River with a spacious deck that accommodates a ton of seating. The marque items on the menu are the calamari with pepperoncinis and Pelican pasta, which is topped with chicken breast and andouille sausage. They also usually have live music so check their Facebook page for updates.


8 Schoen Pl Pittsford 264-9000

Priding itself on all natural ingredients, Aladdin’s has long been one of the best Mediterranean kitchens in town. The Pittsford location has two floors of outdoor seating that cozy up tight to the Erie Canal. Go with the gyro plate that comes on mixed greens with pita chips, feta and choice of dressing. After your meal we highly recommend heading next store to Lock 32 for one of their delicious craft beers on tap.


50 State St Pittsford 267-7500

Schoen Place is one of the hot destinations in Rochester and Label 7 is one of the reasons why. The back deck has limited seating, but it is worth it for the people watching and canal view. The menu items of choice are the grilled wings, Angry Caesar, and chicken and waffles. They also have a renovated bar area that is the perfect spot to grab a cocktail. Be sure to take advantage of their ‘Napa Hour’ which is half priced select drinks and wine from 4 – 7pm.


175 N Water St Rochester 232-6090

Situated right next to the Genesee River, Pane Vino is one of the better Italian Restaurants in the city. Their side court yard is a beautiful setting to dine while looking over the river.  The calamari and chicken french are the most talked about dishes on the menu. Other good entrees include chicken anthony, penne vodka and filet mignon. The restaurant is also right nearby Tapas 177 if you are looking for a good bar for drinks after dinner. Every Monday they have BYOB with no corkage wine nights.


1474 Marsh Rd Pittsford 248-5000

Richardson’s is set on a lengthy plot of land running parallel to the Erie Canal. You can take a table on their spacious patio or grab a drink to sit in chairs right next to the canal. The outside grill menu has some some nice items like the faroe island salmon and beef & veggie kebobs. They also always have some local craft beer options on tap if you are thirsty.


1290 Lake Rd, Webster 265-3850

Hedges has been a Rochester favorite for years, boasting the best restaurant view of Lake Ontario. They are mostly known for their seafood, which is flown in fresh on a daily basis. Some of the menu highlights include the roasted prime rib of beef, Tuscan seafood pasta and seared fresh mahi-mahi. The outside area has cushioned seating to enjoy a drink while looking out over the lake.


40 Marina Dr, Rochester – (585) 342-8363

With a large deck overlooking the Genesee River, Schooners is a great spot to be in the summer. They have an excellent bar area that is covered by an open air gazebo. On the menu, the most popular items are the wings, Schooners salad and spindipper chicken wrap. Almost every night they have live music so check their website for the full schedule. There is also a beach area for kids that is great to keep them entertained.


244 Lake Rd, Webster – (585) 323-2943

Castaway’s has been a favorite Rochester waterfront dining spot since the 1920’s. With one of the best views of lake Ontario and huge deck space, this is a premier destination when the weather is good. Their marque menu item is the cajun rubbed blackened prime rib that comes in petite, regular and the huge anchor cut. Other dishes to try are the crab legs and chicken french.


25 Cataract St Rochester 263-9200

Once a 100 year old packaging center, the brew house is now a revitalized building with one of the most breathtaking views of the High Falls. You can choose to sit on the side porch or the roof deck, for an even better view. The menu is limited, but favorites include the Bavarian pretzels and beef on weck. They, of course, have an excellent selection of beers, with all of the tasty Genny options on tap. There is also a museum, shop and tasting room on the first floor.



37 thoughts on “The 13 Best Spots for Waterfront Dining in Rochester

  1. I believe you have the address wrong for Tony D’s. We try to make it there every time we come to town, and it’s always been at Corn Hill Landing…


  2. Though Hedge’s is an awesome place to sit and enjoy a cocktail by the water, our meal and service was not very good at all and was extremely expensive. I would not say it should be in a list of “bests”


    1. I’ve been consistently disappointed with Castaways this season. They seem to have lost their mojo. I’d suggest having a cocktail there (the view is second to none) and then head across to eat at Bayside.


    2. Castaways was our favorite “Go To” restaurant when we had company, besides Alladins and Tony ads. I miss the waterfronts! From Webster, now in N Texas!


  3. There is a reason Castaways didn’t make this list. The best part about Castaways is the view. We went last month and out alcoholic drinks were watered down, salads weren’t fresh and our food was undercooked with the manager shouting at us that he can throw the steaks back on the grill. The service was pretty awful too. We had to ask for silverware twice and they finally brought a basket of forks and knives over and threw it on the table. It’s the only restaurant I have ever walked out of.


  4. My favorite did not make the list! Schooners at shumway marina. They have a small sand area for kids to play in while waiting.


    1. schooner’s can mess up a cheeseburger…..which is sad, because it is such a staple !! the food is horrible, the service is adequate, the music is fun, and the location is great….i have tried at least 10 things this summer alone, and the only thing that was mostly adequate, were the wings….


  5. I know this list is all about Rochester, but lets not forget just 40 min east and the Sodus Bay restaurants for waterside dining….there are 4! If you feel like taking a drive for dinner! Suprised that La Luna didnt make the list….best view of High Falls!!!! Open for lunch and dinner.


  6. At Bazil, kids eat free on MONDAYS, not TUESDAYS!!! Please update or we will have a lot of unhappy families on Tuesday. Thank you for considering us! See you soon on our waterfront patio!


  7. Couple others come to mind too…upper deck of MulConrys in Fairport, Towpath Cafe in Fairport and if you head out towards Conesus lake, NorthShore is nice as is the Canisus Inn.


  8. Schooners is worthy of inclusion in this list. I’d avoid Castaways for the same reasons I’ve seen others post here (all true in my experience as well, except the cocktails seemed fine).


  9. Topath Cafe is great!
    I too would not suggest Castaways!
    Schooners should not be on the “Best” list…
    The NorthShore does a great job and is only 30 minutes away from Rochester.


  10. We were at Castaways this week. We had a great dinner with a nice view of the sunset. Drinks were very good. I wouldn’t eat inside but love the deck. I’ve eaten there a few times and would definitely go back!


  11. I’m sorry but Label 7 should not be on this list when places like Schooners and Topath Cafe are not. Label 7 is VERY overpriced, just because it’s located in Pittsford, and the service is subpar. I do not recommend it.


  12. the list is good however, in my opinion, a truly great waterfront dining experience is one that is accessible by boat. If you expanded your area you would find spectacular dining on the water with far better views than the dirty River. I know, this was Rochesters top 12 and they all are worthy of the list.


  13. Please stop by and check out Drifters Cove ! We aim to please and I am sure that you will be pleased at what you see and have to eat & drink ! Our staff is exceptional and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.


  14. You did not include the grand daddy of Genesee River hangouts. O luaghlins has been around forever. It has a great covered outdoor deck on the river. Theme use is simple,burgers, wings, buritos, and salads. It’s a fun bar,and a great place to hang on a summer afternoon or evening.

    It is located a the very north end of St Paul Blvd, next to the Coast Guard station.


  15. Fazoul’s in Brockport is located right next to an operating lift-bridge on the Erie Canal, where diners on the patio can watch boats pass by.


  16. Anyone notice anything about this list?

    The furthest West place in “Rochester” is Corn Hill landing or Charlotte? You guys do know there’s like a whole other half to the county, right?


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