The 15 Best Outdoor Eateries in Rochester

Having an average temperature of 48 degrees, Rochester is not known as a mecca for remarkable weather. Despite this, it does play host to a restaurant scene with some excellent outdoor dining options. Below is our list of the top spots that you should visit when the climate warms up. These restaurants were picked based on three important traits: outside view, space/tables available, and quality of food. Let us know what you think of the list in the comments or tweet us at @SeizeTheWeekday.


573 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 – (585) 232-8558

Just voted ‘best pizza’ in City Newspaper’s 2015 Best of Rochester poll, Napa has one of the finest outdoor decks in town. The sprawling patio has numerous tables and an overhang for shade, which makes for a delightful outdoor experience.
Menu Highlights: Tasty signature pizza, fire-roasted chicken wings and house made gnocchi. Good selection of craft beers on tap.


175 N Water St, Rochester, NY 14604 – (585) 232-6090

Set in the heart of the city, this classic Italian bistro has a side patio that sits right on top of the Genesee river. There are multiple tables, surrounded by plant life, that make for an elegant, ‘outdoorsy’ atmosphere.
Best Day to Visit: Monday for BYOB with no corkage fee on wine.
Menu Highlights: Chicken French, veal chops, penne vodka and filet mignon.


1290 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 420-7201

The University Ave Pomodoro has been an attractive spot in town for a while – one reason is their outdoor patio. It recently got renovated, making it even better, with an over arching pergola, small grape vineyard and more table space.
Best Day to Visit: Tuesday for $25 pizza/wine bottle -OR- Wednesday for BYOB wine with no corkage fee. They also host a happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm – 6pm.
Menu Highlights: Linguini limone, wood fired pizzas and cioppino.


3001 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 – (585) 348-9103

If you are looking for an outdoor eatery with a menu that is sure to suit everyone’s pallet, Monroe’s is your place. Their stone deck is a massive space, with multiple levels and a new fountain as the centerpiece. 
Best Day to Visit:
Wednesday for BYOB wine with no corkage fee -OR- Thursday for $6 appetizers at the bar. They also have happy hour on Monday through Saturday from 4pm – 7pm.
Menu Highlights: Chicken French and chicken parmesan.


93 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14620 – (585) 730-5025

This South Wedge cantina is somewhat hidden, but a premier destination for Mexican cuisine. Their back deck is lined with multiple picnic tables, creating the perfect setting for a margarita on a warm day.
Best Day to Visit:
Monday for $5 margaritas -OR- Tuesday for $2.50 tacos -OR- Wednesday for $5 palomas -OR- Thursday for half-priced añejo tequila.
Menu Highlights:
Tacos, empanadas, queso fundido and quesadillas. Excellent margaritas.


274 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 271-3470

The Village Gate restaurant scene has exploded over the past decade, but Lento is king with their highly coveted farm-to-table kitchen. Their outdoor seating stretches out into the shared courtyard with overhanging lights – making a wonderful dining atmosphere.
Best Day to Visit: Tuesday for $1 oyster night -OR- Wednesday for BYOB with no corkage fee on wine -OR- Thursday for $5 specialty cocktails.
Menu Highlights: Oysters, duck fat frites, calamari and traditional poutine. Cocktail focused bar area.


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.
Best Day to Visit:
Monday or Tuesday for BYOB with no corkage fee on wine
Menu Highlights: Chicken and waffles, grilled chicken wings, burger and angry ceasar salad.


690 Park Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 244-8560

There is nothing better than people watching on Park Avenue. And Dorado provides the perfect location for this sport, with tables situated right on the side walk. Grab one of their delicious margaritas and commence the watching.
Best Day to Visit:
Monday through Friday from 3 – 6pm with $5 margaritas and $5 premium tequila shots.
Menu Highlights: Fish tacos, chorizo con queso, original enchilada and seared salmon. Remarkable tequila collection with a focus on margaritas.


384 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 222-2489

The spacious deck sits right on top of the corner of East and Alexander – the epicenter of social activity in Rochester. It has plush couches and during colder nights the fire pits are lit up. It now has a huge awning over part of the deck if the sun is a bother.
Best Day to Visit: Wednesday for no corkage fee on wine, half off bottles of wine, half off egg plant stack.
Menu Highlights: City Grill Burger or grilled cheese meatball sliders.


24 Winthrop St, Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 454-6020

2Vine has moved towards what they call a “Bistrotoria,” which combines a classic French bistro and the easygoing nature of an Italian trattoria. The result is a tasty new menu and remodeled space with a wrap around bar and more open layout. And the side patio is still one of the best in Rochester, providing a magnificent atmosphere due to the surrounded lattice work entangled with ivy.
Best Day to Visit: Monday or Tuesday for BYOB with no corkage fee.
Menu Highlights: 2 Vine chicken cutlet, Faroe Island Salmon and pappardelle with prosciutto pasta.


120 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604 – (585) 325-3663

If Belgium beer is your fancy, you need to hit the Victoire beer garden immediately. This outdoor oasis is sunken below street level and equipped with beautiful long wooden tables and a stone fireplace.
Best Day to Monday through Friday for half priced small plates from 2 pm – 5pm.
Menu Highlights: Braised wings, mussels, and Belgian grilled cheese. Remarkable selection of Belgian beers on tap.


145 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14620 – (585) 270-5460

One of the only roof top decks in town that overlooks Cobbs Hill Park and 490 (unfortunately). There is a large bar area with several high top tables for dining. At night, the roped lighting overhead sets a nice atmosphere.
Menu Highlights: Burger and fish tacos.


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. There is also a museum, shop and tasting room on the first floor.
Best Day to Visit: Tuesday for $2 off growler fills -OR- Wednesday for keep the glass on a featured beer from 3pm – 6pm.
Menu Highlights: Bavarian pretzels and beef on weck. Excellent selection of beers, with all of the tasty Genny options on tap.


288 Exchange Blvd Rochester 340-6200

Tony D’s has become one of Rochester’s favorite restaurants due to its unique take on Italian cuisine. They have a magnificent view of the city skyline on their back porch that is heated for year round use. Tony D’s also has a remarkable wine selection that pairs nicely with their Italian entres.
Menu Highlights: Bianca pizza, arancini rice balls and meatballs.


1474 Marsh Rd Pittsford [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (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.
Menu Highlights: Hamburger and salmon burger



91 thoughts on “The 15 Best Outdoor Eateries in Rochester

  1. I have eaten at most of these outdoor seatings, and I agree with all of those that I have had the pleasure. I saw your note about adding Char when their rooftop deck is complete, but for my money the street level outdoor seating is every bit as nice as any you have mentioned here. Rocco on Monroe Ave also has a small outdoor patio, the view isn’t much, but the ambience is wonderful and the food is outstanding. Having recently returned from 3 years in Chicago, I would also encourage more restaurants to install sliding doors/windows along the street side (Lock 32 on Shoen Place has these, as do a few places in the East End, I believe). Very common in Chicago and it offers a wonderful atmosphere when spring and summer finally arrive in the Windy City). Aren’t there any lakefront any longer (Hedges?)?


      1. Also, another good place is La Casa they have 2$ tacos every Tuesday and the margaritas are simply perfect


      2. Another is Havana Cabana amazing Cuban food amd the servers are very knowledgeable and explain why certain dishes are eaten bc of poverty and other things. They also do salsa dancing on Thursdays


  2. Looks like the main places I should add from the comments and on Twitter/Facebook are Pane Vino, Napa, and Hedges. Agree?


  3. Odd that you lumped restaurants together say for Park ave and Village Gate, but not for the places Pittsford. I smell a softie a foot.


      1. Got ya. No east and west bias here. Just grouped areas that were right on top of each other.


    1. I second pelicans nest. Just because the food isn’t gourmet doesn’t mean that it’s not good. Plus, live music all time, you can get there by boat and you are right on the water.


  4. La Casa’s deck is great, as is The Owl House’s patio. The couple tables behind Rocco can be great too, not the best scenery but you may be able to see into the kitchen and it almost makes you feel like you’re in on some kind of secret eating back there on a nice summer night.


    1. I like Revelry but that outdoor seating is just like five tables and it sits right on top of University Ave.


  5. When their outdoor grill is up and running, Bay Side Pub in West Webster has excellent grilled salmon, served with potato and grilled broccoli and corn on the cob. And the view of Irondequoit Bay is beautiful.


  6. Magnolia’s at Park and Oxford has outdoor seating and a large menu and good food. If it was good enough for President Obama to eat there it’s worth a try.


    1. The Pomodoro deck on university is under construction. There is just dirt there at the moment. Once they put the new one on, we will add them to the list for sure!


  7. Pelican’s Nest not on there? Apparently, watching boats on the Genesee River can’t compete with staring at cars (and breathing their exhaust while eating) on Park Ave and East Ave?


  8. Had dinner Sunday on the patio at Bazil’s on the bay – they had the heaters running and it was great! We were the only ones out there.


    1. Bazil’s does have a good patio and view of the bay, but the food is not as good as the places on this list. Agreed?


  9. There’s no better place than Tavern 58 on a summer night. Two outdoor seating areas. Love the food and drinks, and they’re open late.


  10. Fairport Brewing has a fabulous, large patio right at the 4 corners in the village. They brew their own beer. No food, but a food truck comes by.


  11. The Towpath Cafe on the canal in Fairport has an amazing deck, great views, good music and terrific food. Their lobster Mac & cheese is great. So is their Delmonico steak!


  12. Our favorite patio food in Rochester is at the Owl House. I’m not a vegetarian, but I seriously recommend the veggie burger with fried onions and strawberry jam, it sounds bizarre but is absolutely amazing! Also, check out the scallop cakes so different and so delicious!


  13. For those who work and live in Downtown West (Four Corners and Cascade District), you should try Founders Café, at 13 South Fitzhugh Street.


      1. Founders Cafe has delicious paninis – the Cajun Chicken and Bleu Cheese or the Herb Roasted Veggie are excellent. The chicken salad wrap is a family recipe and is out-of-this-world good!


  14. All GREAT choices! Another awesome restaurant with a seasonal outdoor waterside patio not to be overlooked is The Pultneyville Grill situated in Historic Pultneyville . . . just 25 minutes east of Rochester on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. For details visit Great menu, wine and specialty drink list and fabulous ambiance! The Grill is situated in The Landing at Pultneyville along with Artisans’ Loft ( one of upstate New York’s most popular fine art galleries which represents over 50 local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists. This is a fabulous daycation destination where you can dine, shop and satisfy both your culinary and creative cravings!


  15. Signatures at Humphrey house has fabulous food, front and side patio, your on 441- not the grearest, but with music, and if your dining on side patio, it’s not bad,


      1. We ate last summer/early fall at The outdoor deck on ground level at Char and it was both an outstanding meal and one of the most pleasant outdoor seating areas I have eaten in. I encourage you not to limit the Strathallan evaluation just to the roof deck (although I am looking forward to checking that out as well!)


  16. Right across from the towpath cafe in Fairport is Joey b’s they have a deck over canal, as far as I know it’s still there


  17. The Village Gate is a great addition to this list, however I would ask why Nox, Dark Horse Café and Espada were all left out.


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