Things to Do

Welcome to Rochester! We have found so many things that we love to do here and while we know you won’t have time to do them all, hopefully you’ll have a little time to explore! Whether you’ve come in just for the weekend or you’ve decided to spend a few days, here are some of our favorite things to do in Rochester.


Rochester has a surprising number of fantastic restaurants. These are a few of our favorites.

Rohrbach Brewing Company

Pizza, Sandwiches, Beer

The pizza’s here are the main event. They are so good! Plus, they offer vegan cheese (for those of us who don’t agree with dairy so well)

Kristin’s favorite: Das German
Brent’s favorite: Bourbon short rib

Price $$


Upscale American with culturally inspired dishes (Korean, Mexican, Italian, etc.)

The food here is seriously amazing and the cocktails are great too! We recommend making a reservation for this restaurant.

Kristin’s favorite: Cioppino Blanco

Price $$$

Old Pueblo Grill

Tuscan style street food

Who doesn’t love tacos and burritos? This place was started by the head chef at Nosh to bring some of his hometown, Tuscon, flavor to Roc!

Kristin’s favorite: Cali Swag (minus the cheese)
Brent’s favorite: The Chimi (minus the cheese)

Price $

Good Luck

Upscale American cuisine

The menu here is seasonal, so we can’t recommend specific dishes, but the food is always phenomenal. This is the restaurant we celebrated at the night of our engagement. It holds a special place in our hearts. We recommend making a reservation at this restaurant.

Price $$$$



We have been going here since they opened. The owners are wonderful and the food is fanstastic.

Kristin’s favorite: Joojeh/Chenjeh salad/rice combo
Brent’s favorite: Spicy Joojeh/Chenjeh salad/rice combo

Price $$ – $$$

The Red Fern


Amazing vegan food that will satisfy everyone. Don’t skip the deserts here!

Kristin’s favorite: ABLT with mac salad and the Jam bars for desert
Brent’s favorite: Buffalo Bleu sandwich and the oreo cake

Price $$

SEA Restaurant


This is a small restaurant with great food, especially the Pho.

Price $



Easy, casual restaurant with great ramen and rice bowls.

Kristin’s favorite: Pork Belly Ramen
Brent’s favorite: Fried Chicken Curry Rice

Price $



Lovely, small restaurant on Park Ave. We recommend making reservations for this restaurant.

Kristin’s favorite: Steak Frites
Brent’s favorite: Duck Leg Confit

Price $$

Tapas 177


As the name suggests, this restaurant serves tapas! It’s a great place for sharing plates with friends and loved ones. We recommend making reservations for this restaurant.

Price $$$

CRISP Rochester


Casual restaurant with really brunch. We recommend making reservations for this restaurant.

Kristin’s favorite: Chicken fried sandwich
Brent’s favorite: Chicken and churros

Price $$



Casual mediterranean restaurant with lots of vegan and vegetarian options.

Kristin’s favorite: Falafel plate
Brent’s favorite: Shawarma plate

Price $



Casual restaurant with good food and lots of vegan/vegetarian options.

Kristin’s favorite: Kitfo

Price $



Upscale restaurant with a mix of cuisines. We recommend making a reservation for this restaurant.

Kristin’s favorite: Faroe Island Salmon

Price $$

The Gate House


Casual restaurant with excellent burgers and wood fired pizza.

Kristin’s favorite: The Wease
Brent’s favorite: The Pandora

Price $$



Casual restaurant with standard diner fare.

Kristin’s favorite: Hummus pita
Brent’s favorite: Chicken & Waffles

Price $

The Sawmill


Casual restaurant with great food.

Kristin’s favorite: Famer’s bowl
Brent’s favorite: Chicken & Waffle

Price $ – $$

Village Bakery & Cafe

Bakery and sandwiches

Local bakery that also serves brunch and sandwiches. The bread is phenomenal.

Kristin’s favorite: Mac on Sourdough
Brent’s favorite: Lucy

Price $

Taisho Bistro


Lots of choices here, but the sushi is best.

Kristin’s favorite: Kami Roll
Brent’s favorite: Spicy Crab Roll

Price $$

Dibella’s Subs

Sub sandwiches

Casual restaurant with great food.

Kristin’s favorite: Famer’s bowl
Brent’s favorite: Chicken & Waffle

Price $ – $$


New American

Modern American restaurant with a nice atmosphere.

Kristin’s favorite: Steamed Buns
Brent’s favorite: Nashville Crispy Chicken

Price $$



Probably our favorite Mexican restaurant in the Rochester area.

Kristin’s favorite: Carne Asada
Brent’s favorite: Carne Asada Tacos

Price $



The food here takes a little while to come out, but it’s worth the wait. We recommend reservations for this restaurant.

Kristin’s favorite: Paleo rubbed Norwegian Salmon
Brent’s favorite: Grilled chicken sandwich

Price $$ – $$$



Casual mediterranean restaurant with lots of vegan and vegetarian options.

Kristin’s favorite: Mediterranean salad with gyro meat
Brent’s favorite: Chicklaki plate

Price $

Peppa Pot


Casual Jamaican restaurant with great food. The patties sell out quickly, but get them if you can!

Kristin’s favorite: Curried goat plate
Brent’s favorite: Jerk chicken plate

Price $ – $$

Sticky Lips


Excellent local bar-b-que restaurant.

Kristin’s favorite: Texas beef brisket
Brent’s favorite: Pit smoked BBQ ribs

Price $$

Museums and Art

One of the things we love the most about Rochester is the art scene. There are some amazing artists located here and plenty of places to experience it!

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

The Strong is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families with highly interactive exhibits and programs. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.

Play has the power to teach, spark imagination, and create joy.

  • Self-funded 501(c)3 not-for profit art space that exists without government aid
  • 40,000 square feet located within a historical renovated factory building
  • Supports regional artists through the art incubator and art lease-to-own programs
  • Roughly 500,000 items in the collection
  • Automobiles, photography, art, Collectibles, memorabilia, and much more

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, New York was the home of the legendary civil rights leader, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. This home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association when she was its president. This is also where she died in 1906 at age 86, following her “Failure is Impossible” speech in Baltimore.

A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of art history. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary practice, MAG offers a panorama of the world’s art. Our 14-acre campus is a spectacular public art space that is a popular destination for Rochesterians and out-of-town visitors alike.

MAG’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called “the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City.” In addition to its collection, the museum offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, and family activities.

The George Eastman Museum is located in Rochester, New York, on the estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. Founded in 1947 as an independent nonprofit institution, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives. The museum holds unparalleled collections—encompassing several million objects—in the fields of photographycinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, and photographically illustrated books. The institution is also a longtime leader in film preservation and photographic conservation.

The mission of the RMSC (Rochester Museum & Science Center) is to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world.

Parks and Nature

Rochester has so many beautiful green spaces located in and around the city. You’ll all get to experience Abraham Lincoln park for our ceremony and reception, but we highly recommend checking out some of the other parks in the area as well.

Highland Park

Our favorite park in Rochester!

Lamberton Conservatory

This is where Brent and Kristin got engaged. Stop by the see where the magic happened!

Genesee Valley Park

Take a walk along the Genesee River or the Eerie Canal.

Ellison Park

Lovely park just south of the Irondequoit Bay.

Ontario Beach Park

Take a walk along the ‘beach’ at lake Ontario or walk the pier out to the lighthouse.

Webster Park

Beautiful view of lake Ontario from the top of the hill or take a walk out to the end of pier.

The Webster Arboretum

Take a walk under the trees!

Mendon Ponds Park

Lots of walking trails and small lakes. Wild Wings Birds of Prey Facility and Nature Park is located here.

Corbett’s Glen Nature Park

A lovely nature walk loop.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

About a 45 min drive from Rochester.