Hotel restaurants tend to get a bad reputation for being boring, or offering sub-par food. But here in Rochester, hotel restaurants are taking it up a notch and serving up high-quality food and drinks that will impress most any foodie. Here are three local places you don’t want to miss no matter if you’re a permanent resident or just passing through.
Lord Essex Steakhouse
20 2nd Ave. SW, Rochester
Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night
Most popular menu item: Excalibur, a bone-in ribeye fit for two. Order with a side of loaded mashed potatoes and broccolini for the table.
Most underrated menu item: Chocolate Torte.
150 S Broadway, Rochester
Hours vary by day; brunch offered on Sundays.
Fresh, sustainably caught seafood delivered six days a week from all around the world.
Most popular menu item: Any one of their fresh fish choices.
Most underrated menu item: Lobster Bisque.
Three-time winner of Rochester Magazine’s Best Restaurant award.
Twigs Tavern and Grille
401 6th St. SW, Rochester
11 a.m to 11 p.m. most days, Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Most popular menu item: Hot rock. You order your choice of protein and sauce, and cook it on a 650 degree rock right at your table.
Most underrated menu item: Twigs Strips flatbreads.
Consistently voted as one of the best patios in Rochester, try ordering a few small plates. Twigs also has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and an extensive gluten-free menu.