Savoring the unique flavors of a country or region is a great way to celebrate and appreciate cultural diversity. And lucky for residents and visitors of Rochester, it’s not hard to get a taste of something new when you’re in the mood to expand your palate.


We’ve rounded up seven restaurants serving dishes made with flavor and pride. We’ll take you through the Caribbean and Mediterranean, across Europe, and over to Africa.


Let’s dig in!


Carmen’s Cooking: Puerto Rico

For more than 20 years, Carmen has joyfully shared her passion for delicious appetizers and full meals, serving well over 20,000 meals in the process. Be sure to stop in for Wednesday specials and daily desserts!


Peppa Pot: Jamaica

You can’t go wrong with staples like rice and peas, plantains or chicken you can get jerked, stewed or curried! Peppa Pot serves up delicious Jamaican food that is a favorite among Caribbean cuisine-loving Rochesterians.


Olives Greek Taverna: Greece

It’s all Greek to us! This family-owned and operated taverna creates an experience to bring you right to the heart of Greece: an unbelievably warm & cozy atmosphere, Greek music, and (of course) classic comfort-style Greek food.


Grappa Italian Nouveau: Italy

Italian Nouveau is a modern approach to traditional Italian cuisine and where the past meets the present. Enjoy pasta, seafood, pizza, delicious wines and more during this modern Italian dining experience.


India House Food & Imports: India

Stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy authentic Indian dishes, then pop over to the India House Store to purchase spices, incense and gifts, teas and coffee, and more.


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Broth: Vietnam

Visit this location at the Mercantile on Main for a bowl of soul warming bone broth-based soup called pho, a classic Vietnamese dish with French inspiration.


Zemeta Ethiopian Restaurant: Ethiopia

Enjoy traditional Ethiopian cuisine at this buffet-style restaurant. Vegan and vegetarian options available, so there’s something delightful waiting for everyone to enjoy!