Native Eatery & Bar

4.6
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62 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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.

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What 62 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JDDK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We both had dinner salads which were delicious. We had to wait at the bar a few minutes despite having reservations. Otherwise, a very enjoyable evening.

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ThomasM
Roxburghshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent drinks, excellent food, and awesome service! Plan to go back again and again!

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ChrisColeman
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The drinks would have been the best part of the night.. amazing...had it not been for the food... the service... the price... and the overall experience! Will definitely be coming back, soon and often!

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vipWSBP
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceeded expectations! Service was lovely as was the food.

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Rick
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Got there at 5 and had the whole place to ourselves for 30 minutes. Excellent service, excellent food. Pork shank came right off the bone like butter

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

We had 8pm reservations and they had run out of several items on the menu, and not just from the special menu for that day, but also off the general menu. It was disappointing.

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KarenH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time here, for Valentine's Dinner. Asked for a booth upon check in, offered a half booth/table. Would have preferred a different area of the dining room, but being quite a busy night, just went with it. Good selection of wine and cocktails, special menu for the Holiday. Enjoyed our entree selections, both very well prepared. Would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress was mediocre at best not attentive at all...but Native is a wonderful place if you have the time. The meat selection is FANTASTIC and the owner is a blessing. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Food, bar and table service were good, but I gave the service 3 stars because the seating process was chaos. The manager was in his own world and not very attentive to the dozen guests crammed into the entryway, most of which had a reservation. It doesn’t take much to keep the flow going— if the table isn’t ready, that’s ok, just be attentive and send folks to the bar— tell us you will come get us when it’s ready, instead of leaving us hanging. Once we got seated everything was fine.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great drinks! Menu was simple but creative
Ambiance was nice, a bit loud with obnoxious looping techno sounds, not overbearing, but too noticeable.
We enjoyed parking in the garage and taking skyway over as it was freezing out

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BrittanyP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

love the atmosphere. loud music dim lighting. great drinks ! food was a little pricey for what you got but i will definitely be back!

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ThomasM
Roxburghshire
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All three of us thought our meals were outstanding. Additionally, the service from the host, the bartenders, the manager, and our server was top-notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Austin was fantastic.

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AmyJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Loved the cocktail selections, food and ambience. Loved the round table in a half booth with the high seat backs for privacy/noise barrier. Server was very pleasant and attentive. The only caviate is the bread that we ordered as a starter for the table was not brought until we reminded the server. We appreciated being seated on the far side of the room away from the live music. It was plenty loud enough from where we sat and glad we weren't seated closer. Loved the music.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hi Amy, Thank you for leaving us your thoughts! We are happy to her you had a good night with us on Saturday. We apologize for the delay in your appetizer and thank you for your understanding. Claudia is a fantastic local musician and she is here almost every month. If you would like to hear her again, take a look at our live music schedule online. Thank you again for your feedback. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to your future visits. Thanks again! Native Management

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Menu and value were fantastic. Service was good. The restaurant filled up very quickly ten minutes after we were seated. Manager was personable. We will definitely recommend and return soon.

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We are happy to hear of your fantastic experience and we appreciate your support. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there and definitely will go back! We were short on time and our host and waiter were very accommodating. Menu offers a diverse selection of small plate and entree choices and our food was great!

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vipDeloptd
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Seated promptly. Food was average . Minimal separation from the bar to dining area plus music made it difficult to talk . Drinks were tasty. Bachelor bourbon drink very smooth. Apps were a little undersized. Had the chicken and greens , vinaigrette needs improvement not smooth too much vinegar. Abandon lager keg had aged and had turned sour . Young lion Pilsner was good. Service was decent but not great

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vipsusieq
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks, food and service were exceptional. It was our first visit and certainly won't be our last!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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DanA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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JoelY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Excellent food but next time we will order an appetizer or salad to fill the more than one hour wait to get our entree.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

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

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
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

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LynneP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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CarraL
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 on January 22, 2020

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!

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Suechef
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 on January 22, 2020

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

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EdW13
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 on January 22, 2020

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Chas1833
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

Native Eatery & Bar
Responded on January 22, 2020

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!

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Jflip
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 on January 22, 2020

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!

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TammyP
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.

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jimdaddy
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.

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harryg
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!

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vipdrsmartbuy
New York Area
78 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!

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MaryB
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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RalphB
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.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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