The 15 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. Let us know your favorite places to eat on the water in the comments or tweet us at @SeizetheWeekday.

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SOUTHPOINT RESTAURANT
1400 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14625
southpointrestaurant.com – (585) 667-0100

Set on the shores of Irondequoit Bay, Southpoint has been dubbed as a ‘chef driven’ kitchen by the Democrat and Chronicle. This is accurate considering their general manager and head chef both have lineage to the popular Nikko Restaurant where they were chefs. The cuisine they have constructed is New American with seafood influences with dishes like a lobster and shrimp roll lining the menu. Two of the must-have menu items are the fish tacos and oxtail pierogi (pictured above). The tacos come with a healthy piece of mahi mahi, garnished with a superb citrus aioli, napa slaw and radish. The pierogi dish has a unique and delicious flavor stemming from the chi chi beans, tzatziki and cilantro. In addition to the remarkable menu, Southpoint is a worthy destination just for the spectacular waterfront view and fantastic bar space.

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BAZIL
1384 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14625
bazilrestaurantrochester.com(585) 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.

Weekday Deals

  • Monday – kids eat free with each adult entre

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BAYSIDE
279 Lake Road Webster
baysidepubwebster.com(585) 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 on Mondays and BBQ night on Wednesdays.

Weekday Deals

  • Monday through Friday – 50 cents off all drinks from 4 – 5:30 pm at the bar

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ERIE GRILL
41 N Main St Pittsford
eriegrill.com(585) 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.

Weekday Deals

  • Monday – $1 oysters and $5 select bubbly
  • Tuesday – 1/2 off bottled wine and $5 by the glass

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WEST EDGE RESTAURANT
284 Exchange Blvd Rochester
westedgerestaurant.com(585) 319-3388

Corn Hill’s newest restaurant, West Edge has one of the best views of the city from their spacious patio. They have have a new American menu and a huge bar area with a multitude of craft beers on tap. Your best bet for an entre is their delicious flank steak. Happy hour occurs from 3 – 7 pm with $1 off drafts, wine and cocktails along with 1/2 off social plates.

Weekday Deals

  • Tuesday – BYOB with no corkage fee on wine

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PELICAN’S NEST
566 River St, Rochester
pelicansnestrestaurant.com(585) 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.

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ALADDIN’S
8 Schoen Pl Pittsford
myaladdins.com(585) 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.

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LABEL 7
50 State St Pittsford
labelseven.com(585) 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 drinks and wine from 4 – 7pm.

Weekday Deals

  • Monday – BYOB with no corkage fee on wine
  • Tuesday – BYOB with no corkage fee on wine

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PANE VINO
175 N Water St Rochester
panevinoontheriver175.com(585) 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.

Weekday Deals

  • Monday – BYOB with no corkage fee on wine

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RICHARDSON’S CANAL HOUSE
1474 Marsh Rd Pittsford
richardsonscanalhouse.com(585) 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.

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HEDGES
1290 Lake Rd, Webster
hedgesninemilepoint.com(585) 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.

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SCHOONERS
40 Marina Dr, Rochester
shumwaymarine.com – (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.

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CASTAWAYS
244 Lake Rd, Webster
castawaysonthelake.com – (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.

Weekday Deals

  • Monday-Thursday – 4pm to 6pm they have $4.00 well drinks, margaritas/house wines and $3.00 Bud Light drafts

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GENNY BREW HOUSE
25 Cataract St Rochester
geneseebeer.com(585) 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.

Weekday Deals

  • Tuesday – $2 off growler fills
  • Wednesday – Keep the glass on a featured beer from 3pm – 6pm

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37 Comments Add yours

  1. Mike Riley says:

    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…

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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      You are right! We made the change. Get the arancini there.

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  2. Elaine Bucci says:

    love the list !!

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  3. Barbara says:

    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”

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  4. Ann Tippett says:

    Don’t forget Castaways on Lake Rd in Webster

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    1. Ed S says:

      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.

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    2. PJ and Joanie Trahan says:

      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!

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  5. Tessa says:

    Castaways should be on this list! Love it there

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  6. Michelle Ruggieri says:

    Hey ! What about CASTAWAYS in Webster ? They are a restaurant too ! On the water !

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  7. Laurie Ammering says:

    What about the Castaway’s on Lake Rd….what about Schooner’s

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  8. Mel R says:

    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.

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    1. Linda says:

      I agree. We did not like the food at castaways at all.

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    2. J says:

      Agree. Waited two hours one nite. Terrible service and the food was worse.

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  9. Karen Terp says:

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

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    1. patty says:

      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….

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  10. Roxanne says:

    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.

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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      Thanks for the tips!

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    2. NotoriousAPP says:

      ….and Dano’s on seneca lake.

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  11. Marisa Bazil Coordinator says:

    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!

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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      Updated. Sorry about that.

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  12. Sandy Paprocki says:

    You forgot Schooners in Irondequoit

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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      A couple people have mentioned Schooners

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  13. Mike Curcio says:

    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.

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  14. Ed S says:

    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).

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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      There seems to be a good deal of support for Schooners.

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  15. The Conesus Inn was demolished this week. A new place is slated to be erected on that same spot.

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  16. John Venturo says:

    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.

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  17. Sue Logel says:

    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!

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  18. Diane says:

    What about Schooners?? Great spot for an afternoon in the sun with water by your side😀

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  19. Helen Jones says:

    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.

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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      I would disagree. One of the best spots in town. Get the grilled wings, angry ceasar, burger and chicken/waffles.

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  20. Jim S says:

    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.

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  21. Janice Militello says:

    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.

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  22. Fred Heier says:

    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.

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  23. Thomas Ophardt says:

    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.

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  24. Dan says:

    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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    1. Seize The Weekday says:

      Let us know which ones were missing

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