Best Places for Business Travelers to Eat in Rochester, NY


Has your job brought you to the city of Rochester to attend a convention or to carry out some other form of business? Actually, Rochester is a really nice place with much to do and see, so you are probably not going to mind being here too much. In fact, you will probably really like it here. One thing is for sure you are going to love the food here. If you are looking for some good food, great atmosphere, and friendly faces be sure to put these three restaurants on your favorites list.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is located in the heart of the city of Rochester, and overlooks the scenic Genesee River, so you won't have to travel too far. This restaurant was built in the early 1900s in what was once the Lehigh Valley Railroad Station. Anyone and everyone has been there. Live music several evenings a week, a lively atmosphere with visitors traveling from all over, and delicious food that will leave you yearning for more. You will definitely want to bring some home in a doggie bag for a midnight snack. Did I mention that they make their own sauce? This and other Dinosaur Bar-B-Que items are available in their restaurant store. Don't leave without a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que souvenir to remember them by. You will also want to keep your eyes open for some famous faces.

City Grill
Whether you want to grab a bite to eat in the Grillroom or are attending some corporate event in the Ballroom you will be delighted with the ambience of this restaurant. It is tastefully decorated and has an impressive aura about it. Located on East Avenue in the city, the City Grill is open daily and serves a variety of American foods, such as sandwiches, salmon, pasta, salads, and more. On Sunday enjoy the sound of Jazz while you sip your wine and indulge in one of their popular dishes. This is one place that you will want to visit on every trip into this very interesting city.

Ox and Stone
An 1880s historic mansion is the setting for this restaurant. With its walnut woodwork, arched doorways, and grand staircase you will be impressed. Candlelit and with the aroma of Latin cuisine wafting from the kitchen, you will delight in the surroundings. The lower level of the restaurant offers the dining area or a quiet area to enjoy cocktails and socialize. The upstairs features another dining area that is a bit larger and just as charming. Ox and Stone is open Tuesday through Saturday and weekend reservations are encouraged. Events taking place can be viewed on their website and not to be missed, as they are very enjoyable. Be sure to stop in for at least one meal on your trip to Rochester. It is an experience that you will surely remember.


Sarah Jonae-Ryan has lived in Rochester for more than 30 years. She has several blogs written on a variety of topics.