Best Places to Eat in Rochester, MN

Dining out should always be a fun adventure, and in Rochester some amazing sites await. From American classics to treats from other cultures, restaurants here bring a lot to the table.


At Nelson Cheese Factory and Deli, you’ll find a broad selection of cheese from the Upper Midwest, as well as everything from box lunches to catering. Newt’s has been voted Best Burger for the past eight years, and you’ll soon find out why. Want a deli? Then see why City Market routinely tops best-of lists. Zumbro River Café brings a new twist to traditional American fare, and the Bread Baker Company is a longtime local favorite for baked goods.

Dinner & Drinks

Michael's has been downtown Rochester’s go-to for fine dining since 1951, and the Pappageorge Taverna is a great place to relax and enjoy live music. Hip and sophisticated is the vibe at 300 First, while City Café offers New American cuisine in a stylish atmosphere. Gourmet pizza, pasta and live jazz are on order at the Redwood Room, while Pescara lives up to its name with a robust menu of fish from around the world. If land fare is more your style, don’t miss the rotisserie chicken at Chester’s.

Looking for a pub? Then try Whistle Binkies (it’s Scottish for traveling musicians), and enjoy a few pints. Same goes for Wildwood Sports Bar & Grill, as well as Saints on Second Bar and Grill in the Courtyard by Marriott near Saint Marys Hospital.

Then there’s Thyme Restaurant and Lounge, tucked into the Holiday Inn Downtown Rochester, where American cuisine is taken to award-winning heights. The Hubbell House in nearby Mantorville is a trip to the area’s past, with some very modern, high-end dining thrown in.


Feeling more adventurous? Sushi Nishiki has both traditional and contemporary offerings, and Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar serves hearty Italian fare in regular, gluten-free and low-calorie versions. Over at Bilotti’s, you can find anything from Mexican and Italian to American dishes. Nupa highlights the tastes of the Mediterranean with gyros, special salads and more.


End your culinary wanderings at locally owned Daube's Cakes & Bakery, where everything’s made from scratch, or Chocolaterie Stam, where Old World Dutch traditions result in white, milk and dark chocolate bonbons and much more, or Tank Goodness, where the cookies are so good they’re trademarked.


Wine lovers also can find plenty to enjoy in Rochester. Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, just down the road in Spring Valley, offers tastings and tours, as does Cannon River Winery, midway between St. Paul and Rochester in downtown Cannon Falls.

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