It’s undeniable: Rochester has fantastic summers. Blue skies, sunshine, and an abundance of parks to enjoy in the surrounding area make Rochester an excellent place for savoring summer.

Outdoor dining is one of the best ways to take advantage of our balmier months! Here are some of the top outdoor dining spots in Rochester:

The Owl House - The Owl House has a charming backyard where you’ll feel right at home as you enjoy a delicious meal. They are known for their creative vegetarian-friendly foods, like their Buffalo cauliflower wings and the delectable B.V.E. burger.

Sinbad’s - Located on the well-loved Park Ave, Sinbad’s has a patio that’s perfect for people watching. They have something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for a light salad or a tasty pitza.

Pane Vino on the River - Find this gem downtown, right on the river. Dining here is always a treat, with great food and great atmosphere. Don’t miss their happy hour on weekdays from 4-6pm, featuring $10 appetizers, or stop by on a no corkage fee day (Sundays and Mondays).

Label 7 - Located on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, you’ll enjoy a meal on their lovely patio. You can BYOB with no corkage fee on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the locally sourced menu has something for everyone.

Branca Midtown - Fantastic sandwiches, pizzas, and tasty cocktails await you at Branca Midtown! Take in some top-notch downtown views while savoring the amazing flavors of Branca’s Italian fare.

Genesee Brew House - For an unbeatable view, head to Genesee Brew House, where you can dine overlooking High Falls, the 96-foot waterfall that’s a Rochester landmark in the heart of the city. You can’t go wrong with the Bavarian pretzels or one of their awesome burgers.

Bar Bantam - The incredible downtown eats don’t stop! Head to the Metropolitan building and enjoy an amazing meal thanks to the creative chef of Bar Bantam. Their unique flavors will delight you, from the Korean arancini to the Katsu sando to the dan dan noodles. Plus, you can savor it all on their patio, taking in all the downtown landmarks and enjoying the fresh air.

When you’re not feeling a sit-down meal, there are plenty of options for takeout that work well for picnics! We recommend grabbing subs from DiBella’s or Lebanese food from Cedar Mediterranean and enjoying it with friends or family on a picnic blanket at a park of your choice.

Happy outdoor dining, folks!