Native Eatery & Bar

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
43 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American

Top tags:

Pre/post-theatre
Located at the bustling corner of Woodbury Blvd and Clinton Ave in Center City Rochester, NY, Native offers a casual upscale dining experience.

Our establishment features locally sourced, New-Age American cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, microbrews and a vast array of wine, served by true believers in our mission to support our friends' and neighbors' small businesses.

Native offers food all day with a limited menu served from 2pm-5pm on weekends and after 10pm on weekends.
What 43 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

It was our first time to Native and the place is beautiful. The drinks were great and the bar tender attentive and skilled. We had a last minute change to our reservation and they accommodated us no issue. We order share plates. The humans and falafel were good the Charcuterie board was not as expected, it looked more like packaged cheeses and meats with an attempt at making packaged food look pretty. Overall our experience was great and we’ll go again.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Ambience was great. Wait staff was great. Drinks were fantastic. My only criticism is that I ordered the steak and asked for it medium rare. It was very rare, and the cut was quite fatty. Not worth the price. But everything else was good. They had a live band but no so lound that it made it difficult to carry a conversation while dining.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Amazing experience. Great ambiance. Wonderful music. Great food. Will be back

JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a reservation. Seating was immediate. Table service was timely and engaging. Food was fresh and superb. A special touch was my soup was served by the manager. Very welcoming. We’ll be back

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great place to have a nice dinner before GEVA.

CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every little thing from the food to the service was wonderful. That staff was attentive and every single thing we ordered was delicious. What a gem of a restaurant in downtown Rochester.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Carra! What a kind thing to say. We appreciate your thoughtful review and we look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon. Thanks again for your support!

Report
S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My husband and I enjoyed a tasty meal prior to a GEVA performance. It is nice to have a well run and delicious restaurant close to the theater. The cocktails were original and delicious and the food was exemplary with some standard choices and then some nice extraordinary options. It was busy for a weeknight but not crowded so the service was great. We will return.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the thoughtful and thorough review Suechef! We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit!

Report
EW
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent, the service was good, food and drink were excellent. We enjoyed the Steamed buns, lettuce wraps, and Tacos. All were very good and came quickly. The seasonal sangria was very good, enjoyed the heat. Thank you.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded 6 days ago

We love to hear this! Thank you for your kind words. As a local business, we appreciate your support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thanks again!

Report
OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere (Claudia Hoyser was playing too), food and drink, and service by Nate.

C
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wonderful atmosphere along with tables that were spaced appropriately providing a cozy environment for a date night. The service was outstanding thank you, Rachel, and the manager Tony was hands-on recommending menu items and ensuring all patrons were enjoying their evening. I am not a fan of dining in downtown Rochester but I will make an exception to return to Native because of there quality of food, great service, and easily accessible from Clinton Avenue (Ground Floor of the former Frontier or Rochester Telephone Building). Keep up the good work See you soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really impressed didn’t have expectations. My party really enjoyed ourselves.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded 6 days ago

We love when everyone leaves having had an enjoyable night! Thank you for your feedback and for spending your time with us. We hope to welcome you back again sometime soon!

Report
J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and experience! Loved the ambiance and the service! Would definitely recommend

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind words! We pour our hearts into delivering an all around excellent experience for each and every guest. We appreciate your business and we hope to welcome you back again in the near future!

Report
TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always had wonderful dining experiences at Native. The atmosphere is casual yet chic . . . a modern yet cozy New York City feel. On several occasions there has been great live music that perfectly suits the cool vibe of the restaurant. From the moment you walk in you are treated like an old friend. Service is friendly, knowledgeable, and timely without ever feeling rushed. And, of course, the food is really tasty. My favorites include the empanada, steamed buns, pork taco, salmon, and the burger. Native is a really good choice for lunch, drinks, or a special night out.

j
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot for a busness lunch. Staff was attentive, but still left us enough space to conduct sensative conversations. The expanded menu of local-sourced products also provided plenty of options for any appetite, regardless of dietary restrictions.

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance
Great evening
Would gladly recommend to anyone looking for a good down location
Wait staff was attentive

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks Harry! Don't be a stranger!

Report
d
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Our first time dining at Native. We couldn't get into Dinosaur BBQ and we needed to be close to Blackfriars Theatre. Native had available spots on OpenTable. We're glad we went and will go again. We stuck with salad and starters and were very pleased with the selections and quality of ingredients. Good beer and wine offerings. As we were leaving, the bar business had picked up, but there were still plenty of tables. We were greeted and seated by a very friendly host. Our server, Julianna, was excellent, knowledgeable and helpful about the menu.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review. Everything happens for a reason they say, glad to hold up to our end of that!

Report
MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! Loved all of the appetizers we ordered... sweet and spicy wings, crostini, lettuce wraps and hummus. Dinner salads and specials were fabulous as well. Friendly, efficient service! Loved this place!

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the review Mary! See you again soon! Dont miss those large glass doors open in the spring!

Report
OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Native is my new favorite place. Food is delicious, service is great. Going back real soon.
Looking forward to the warm weather and sitting out side on their patio.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on January 9, 2020

We are so happy you have found the right spot to hang out downtown! Introduce yourself next time. We love to see our family grow as we depend on our community's support!

Report
RB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

One of their main dishes was 86'd by 530pm and another wasn't going to be ready for another 2 hours. Bad planning but everything else was great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place and staff. Walking distance to Geva a plus!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very good meal, good service, all servers were very accommodation beyond accommodating !!
Will go back.

CA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a nice dinner before seeing a show. Food was excellent and our server Nate was really awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice location and good food.

SD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is a great place to go before a show at GeVa! Ours meals were outstanding, the server was totally pleasant, and the atmosphere was perfect, Loved it!

EB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Our food was not cooked to order, ordered French Fries, got Chips, Ordered burger well done, it was pink in the middle. Our server didn't check on us during the beginning of our meal. However, all in all it was good.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

The location was good for the Geva theatre we were heading to for a show. Decorations were wonderful and the manager was so friendly offering to take our picture in front of their gorgeous trees. Atmosphere and ambiance was festive and romantic. However, the food and the service wasn’t great. Had the burger, wasn’t impressed. Only ate about half. And the fries were soggy. Wouldn’t recommend unfortunately.

SH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The host who greeted us and then checked in with us throughout our meal was amazing. He was sweet, funny, and cared about our experience at Native Eatery & Bar. The waitress also recommended excellent food for us both, and an excellent wine to pair with it that we would enjoy. The ambiance was quaint and festive, the décor was modern and clean. It was a very nice dinner out to a new restaurant for us both, we will be back!

DB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the minute we walked in until the minute we left our experience was so pleasant. Friendly employees, great service, delicious food and beautiful surroundings made our evening very memorable. We will be back!

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Six friends for dinner before a concert and we had an amazing time as first time visitors. Excellent service and food...

s
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding! I cannot say enough about the quality and portion of the food. I highly recommend to anyone in the Rochester area looking for a casual dinner or a night out.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Sarah, you just made our day! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy to hear about your 5 star experience. We can't wait for your next visit. Happy Holidays! See you soon!

Report
DN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about it ...

b
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. Besides the attentive waitress, we had several other people stop by to ask us how everything was. The ambiance was great and the food was absolutely delicious! I will definitely go there again.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hi Brenda, Thank you for the thoughtful review! We are delighted to hear that you had an excellent dinner and impeccable service. We can't thank you enough for your business and the kind words that you left us. We are looking forward to your next visit with us! See you soon, Brenda! Sincerely, Native Management

Report
BG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Native is fast becoming my go to favorite downtown dinner spot. The location is ideal with lots of on-street parking as well a parking garage right next door. The ambiance draws you in but the food and service will bring you back. Everyone is always so attentive and accommodating. I just love this place!

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Barbara, you just made our day! What a nice review. We are so happy to be considered one of your top dining spots. Thank you for your loyalty and continued support. We can't wait for your next visit! See you soon, Barbara! Sincerely, Native Management

Report
KM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My wife was not particularly happy with her burger, but I thoroughly enjoyed my hummus plate and gladly ate her fries. Good Malbec, too.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hi Ken, thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear that your wife's burger was anything short of delicious. We want to assure you that food quality and service are our top priority. Please know that you can bring any concerns about your meal to Tony, our General Manager, at the time of your visit and he will happily take care of you. We would like to hear more about your her meal, so please feel free to reach us via our website. Thank you, Ken, we hope to welcome you back soon!

Report
OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This my best restaurant in the world; and I have been to a number of the best. Food is par excellence, wine selection exquisite, service is friendly, personal and super efficient. If you want a culinary experience to remember, try this establishment, you will not be disappointed.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi there! We just want to say that this made our day. We strive to give each and every one of our guests an excellent, memorable experience, and to hear that we are considered to be one of the best by one of our guests lets us know that the efforts of our hardworking staff is appreciated. We are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us and we cannot wait to welcome you back. Thank you for your support, it means the world to us. See you soon!

Report
LB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service, food, music and atmosphere were great. Definitely recommend! Server was knowledgeable about gluten free options. Will go again for sure!

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 22, 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you for your kind words! We just released a new menu with a few new gluten free options - you can take a peek on our website. Thanks again for your support. We appreciate your business and we look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Native Management

Report
MG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This was the third time we’ve eaten here. Several of us ordered the arctic char special and found for the price, the serving was very skimpy. My husband ordered the impossible burger which came out cold and our coffee after dinner was lukewarm.
The other times we had been there were much better so we will still probably try it again since it’s so convenient to GeVa.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 22, 2019

Hi MarthaG, We're sorry to hear you had an unsatisfactory experience. We assure you this is not typical of us and we would like to make this right. Please reach out to us via our website with the details of your visit, and we will get back to you right away. Thank you for your continued support, and for still recommending us. We appreciate your open-mindedness and we look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Native Management

Report
RW
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very happy with the experience! I love how the restaurant is organized - bar section if you're feeling social, quiet booths for date night, music was good but not intrusive. Thanks Native!

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you Robyn! What a kind and thoughtful review. We are so happy to hear you had a great visit and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thanks again for your support! Sincerely, Native Management

Report
LM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I always stop here before seeing a play at Geva. The food is great, I love your wine list and the service is great also!

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thanks for making us a part of your Geva nights out, Lynda! Our wine lists take about 3 months to curate, so this means a lot to us. We appreciate your continued support and we can't wait for your next visit. See you soon! Sincerely, Native Management

Report
JN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the 4-5 time eating at Native Eater and the Impossible burger was very good. Easy access to GEVA and prompt service.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on November 22, 2019

Hi Judith, Thank you for your continued support! We love to hear from loyal guests like yourself. Thanks again for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again before the next show! Sincerely, Native Management

Report