Words by Olivia Bauso; photos by Maria Posato and Leah Stacy
you're sipping something cold, looking out over rippling waves. A cool breeze softens the intensity of sunshine on your face as a butterfly flits by.
Sure, you’re just a few minutes from home, but dining by the Erie Canal, Genesee River, or Canandaigua Lake can be just as exciting as traveling to a tropical island ( and at a fraction of the cost).
soak up the last few weekends of warmth at one of these waterfront dining spots.
Genesee Brew House
The Genesee Brew House has been serving as Rochester’s premier “beer destination” since 2012. The building itself was part of the Genesee Brewing Company campus over a century ago, but now has interactive displays, multimedia content, gift shop momentums, and a pub-style restaurant. Sit outdoors at the Genesee Brew House and enjoy a Genny and white hot while looking out over High Falls and the skyline.
Tony D’s Rochester is located along the Genesee River in Corn Hill Landing (a second location is in Fort Lauderdale, FL). They are known for their selection of coal-fired pizzas, along with their extensive Italian-inspired menu. Dine on their back patio which overlooks downtown Rochester and the river. (Try the Greens and Beans. Just do it.6
Richardson's Canal House
Richardson’s was originally built in 1818 and served as a public house for more than 100 years. Today, it functions as a modern restaurant but has maintained its historical charm. Tucked away behind Route 96, this “casual gourmet kitchen” offers ample outdoor seating on their patio, which overlooks the Erie Canal in Pittsford. Guests have the option of dining at an umbrella covered table or sipping on something from the bar by their own private fire pit.
This oft-overlooked, Italian-American fine dining spot is located on the Genesee River in the heart of downtown Rochester. Pane Vino offers made-to-order dishes with fresh ingredients and can make accommodations for any allergies or dietary needs. Their gated courtyard overlooks the western city skyline (perfect for that golden hour sunset lighting).
The Shore Restaurant
As the featured restaurant at The Inn on the Lake, The Shore offers fine dining year-round with a view of Canandaigua Lake. Their new American menu has options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and changes according to seasonal ingredients. Stop in as part of your stay at the Inn, or just for a beverage.
Just across from the Pittsford Canal walk lies Label 7, a restaurant inspired by Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. Their goal is to create dishes with health, flavor, and the local economy in mind. Sit beneath a red umbrella and enjoy an up close-and-personal view of the Erie Canal. Reservations recommended, as outdoor seating is first come, first serve.