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Restaurant Fact Sheet

December 20, 2010

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300 First

300 1st Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Located only a few blocks from the heart of downtown, 300 First features a variety of new American dishes and drinks, including "smoking martinis," in a hip, stylish atmosphere.  The restaurant occupies the main floor of a historic grocery warehouse from the turn of the century and was voted the place with the coolest vibe by Rochester Magazine.  Entrees range from $10-$25. Visit www.300first.com.

Canadian Honker

1203 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55904
Well-known for its homemade food and deserts.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, never frozen food. With 16,000 slices sold yearly, make sure to save room for a slice of Bunnie's Coconut Cake.  This restaurant offers a friendly and fun atmosphere with live music every Friday and Saturday night.  Entrees range from $10-$20.  For more information, visit www.canadianhonker.com.

Chester's Kitchen & Bar

111 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 108, Rochester, MN 55904
For classic American dishes, chic décor and an inviting ambiance, head to Chester's Kitchen & Bar on the ground level of University Square.  Entrees range from $10-$20.  For more information, visit www.chesterskb.com.

City Café

216 1st Ave. SW, Rochester, MN  55902
Exposed brick walls create the modern atmosphere of this mixed grill and bar.  Freshly prepared entrees make up City Café's creative menu.  Fresh mussels and fish, maple roasted chicken breast, and the signature French bread are just the start of the menu items.  The café also takes pride in its outstanding martini menu and cold draft imports.  Entrees range between $12-$22.  Visit www.city-café.com for more information. 

Jaspers Alsatian Bistro and Wine Bar

14 Historic 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN  55902
This cozy restaurant serves traditional Alsatian cuisine, which is strongly influenced by German and French culinary traditions.  Dinner offers boeuf a la mode and tarte flambé, as well as regional favorites, such as pan-crusted walleye and wild rice risotto cakes, accompanied by an expansive menu of fine wine and beers.  Entrees range between $15-$20. Visit www.daubesbakery.com.

John Hardy's Bar-B-Q

1940 S. Broadway Ave., Rochester, MN 55902
With some of the best smoked barbeque flavors served up fast with friendly sit-down service, John Hardy's offers some of the best barbeque to Rochester area locals and guests.  With six bold barbecue options served with the freshest meat smoked over cherry and apple wood, the John Hardy's experience is too good to pass up.  Entrees range between $8-$20.  For more information, visit www.johnhardysbbq.com.

Lord Essex

20 2nd Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Indulge yourself with the culinary creations of award-winning chefs at Lord Essex.  Located downtown in the Kahler Grand Hotel, this truly unique fine dining atmosphere offers a variety of menu favorites like fresh fish flown in daily, juicy steak tenderloin, savory pastas and delicious desserts.  In addition, a well-stocked pub offers a variety of wines and spirits that add to the overall charm.  For more information, visit www.thekahlerhotel.com/dining/lord_essex


20 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55904
Simply delicious.  This family owned and operated café located on Rochester's Downtown Peace Plaza offers Greek inspiration through décor and menu options.  With good food and friendly service it's definitely a place one should try for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  

McGoon's Pub and Restaurant

7 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55904
Their cozy atmosphere is Rochester's best kept secret.  Each entrée holds a flavor of food that will leave you more than satisfied.  The delicious entrees are accompanied by the most diverse beer selection in town and a fully stocked bar.  Entrees range between $8-$16.  For more information, visit www.mcgoonstaxi.com.

Michael's Restaurant and Lounge

15 S. Broadway Ave., Rochester, MN  55904
A local favorite in the heart of downtown connected to the Shops at University Square, Michael's influences stem from both Greek and American cuisine.  Steak and seafood entrees are commonly ordered, but diners also enjoy the diversified menu of delectable Greek cuisine.  Tenderloin beef kabob, satyrikon and a classic Greek salad are just a few tempting examples.  Michael's is the place to see and be seen; its wall of photos of past celebrity visitors is impressive.  Entrees range between $12-$28.  Visit www.michaelsfinedining.com.


216 ½ 1st Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Consistently voted Rochester's best burger place, the restaurant offers a variety of hand-pattied specialties atop huge Kaiser buns.  Newt's is sometimes considered a quintessential neighborhood bar and grill where the staff take the time to learn your first name.  Open since 1980, Newt's serves a variety of pub food from mozzarella sticks to a pound of fries, which are served with every burger.  Visit www.cccrmg.com/newts.htm.


150 S. Broadway Ave., Rochester, MN 55904
This classy, laid-back restaurant offers a quality dining experience with a diverse range of fine dining options.  With fresh entrees ranging from pasta to crab cakes, omelets, salads, pasta, steak, and seafood, Pescara can meet the needs of any appetite.  A fully stocked bar offers ice-cold cocktails all day and night long.  Entrees range between $11-$28.  Visit www.pescarafresh.com.


1201 S. Broadway Ave., Rochester, MN  55904
Unwind in this urban, contemporary grill offering fresh dishes packed with flavor.  The European atmosphere complements the extensive wine list as well as several small boutique wine choices.   The seasonal menu allows for creative dishes, such as shrimp and pesto flatbread, crab stuffed chicken breast and European hearth breads.  Entrees range between $13-$21.  Visit www.prescottsgrill.com.


4 Historic 3rd St. SW, Rochester MN 55902
A unique dining experience for everyone, Söntés offers an extensive variety of delicious Tapas for any palate.  Tapas, which is Spanish for small plate, allows diners to create their own experience while sharing their dishes with friends.  The menu features 40-50 different ala carte choices and an extensive wine and beer list to pair with each course.  Entrees range from as little as $4 per item to $18.  Visit www.sontes.com for more information.

Twigs Tavern & Grille

401 6th St. SW, Rochester, MN 55904
This appealing atmosphere offers a large array of unique entrees in the "small plates" tradition. Twigs is known for its "hot rock grilling" technique, which creates a fun, social and mouth-watering experience.  Plates range from $8-$20. For more information, visit www.twigstavernandgrille.com.


7 1st Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Voted Best Italian by Rochester Magazine for more than ten years, this romantic restaurant offers authentic Italian food in an elegant, yet upbeat atmosphere.  Victoria's uses only the freshest ingredients and features anything from handmade pizzas, to exquisite chicken and seafood dishes, to mouth-watering tiramisu.  Entrees range between $9-$25.  Visit www.victoriasmn.com for more information.  


101 1st Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55904
Serving up some of the region's hottest traditional flavors and one of the area's best wine lists, VINO is the premium choice for American classics.  Offering a variety of delicious dining options for lunch and dinner, favorites include chateau beef tenderloin and delicious grilled salmon.  Entrees range between $17-$35.  Visit www.rochestermarriot.com.


For more information, please contact Mary Gastner at 800-634-8277 or mgastner@rochestercvb.org or visit http://www.rochestercvb.org/.