Top 12 Places to Eat in the Finger Lakes

Top 10 restaurants? Ah, come on. You're in the Ontario County's Finger Lakes, the home of the Finger Lakes food revolution, you didn't really think we could just give you 10 of the best did you?  Here's a list for starters! Hey - and while you're there take a picture and post it and tag it #FLXperience. You never know when there's a foodie's competition going on! In the meantime, eat on. Oh, read on!

P.S.  Don't forget to ask about Grape Pie and to check out the New York Wine and Culinary Center!

#1. Where the specials are truly special.

Steak drizzled with house made sauce and a side of veggies with sweet potato fries.Local, seasonal and sensational seems to be the M.O. of this popular Seneca Lake restaurant, which has a relatively small standard menu and a seemingly endless list of daily specials.

#2. Pub grub with attitude.

red-dove-tavern-geneva-food.jpgTwo side-by-side locavore menus – one as steadfast as the sun, the other as fleeting as the wind – cast delicious waves over this gregarious and creative gastropub.

#3. Celebrating culinary diversity.

photo-shows-sign-at-kismet-new-american-bistro-in-naplesThe chefs come from diverse culinary backgrounds, but are committed to celebrating the local harvest, from using Finger Lakes cheeses for a tapas spread to offering Finger Lakes beer and wine to drink.

#4. Eat on the sunny side. 

cafe-sol-canandaigua-exterior-rocks-porch-sign.jpgThere is something perpetually sunny about Café Sol's way with lamb, salmon, pasta and vegetables. But this laid back restaurant is also cool with calling out the liverwurst.

#5. Hello, Mexico!

rio-tomatlan-canandaigua-foodWe’re proud of living in the Finger Lakes. But for those times when a soulful marguerita and some insightful tamales are in order, Rio Tomatlan delivers.

#6. It’s the Empire state on your plate.

finger-lakes-new-york-wine-and-culinary-center-canandaigua-banners-signsThe second-floor restaurant at the New York Wine & Culinary Center features foods, wines, spirits and beers from farms and food and beverage purveyors across New York state.

#7. Vintage chic, with a side of funk.

roots-cafe-naples-outdoor-diningStart with a big friendly old purple house, add a flair for local foods and Finger Lakes wines and beers, pile on the culinary eclecticism, and you have the Roots experience. There is live music once a week, and you're right next door to Inspire Moore Winery.

#8. Waterfront dining, as good as it gets.

inn-on-the-lake-canandaigua-restaurant-the-shore-viewWith an elegant dining room that comes with a spectacular view of Canandaigua Lake, The Shore is a shoe-in for scenery and sensational gourmet food. Pull up by boat or get here the old fashioned way - walk-in.

#9. Fireside pizzas with pizzazz.

This casual eatery has imaginative ways with wood-fired pies, appetizers, salads and other dishes. The intimate setting is best for small parties.

#10. Classic fine dining.

warfields-restaurant-&-bakery-clifton-springs-exterior-store-frontSteak, seafood, pasta and other upscale Euro-centric cuisine is at the heart of this quaint village restaurant. The English Garden patio is an especially quaint venue for al fresco dining. Be sure to order dessert from Warfield's spectacular bakery.

#11. Breakfast (and lunch) for champions.

opus-geneva-food-displayThe breakfast burrito as this contemporary scone and sandwich shop is legendary. So too are the wood-fired pizzas, soups and artistic sandwiches. Opus serves a brisk Sunday brunch and is open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays too.

#12.Thanksgiving at every meal

dinning-mtwa-holloway-house.jpgMore than 200 years ago it used to be a stagecoach tavern. Today, the Holloway House offers casual family dining with an air of history. Roasted turkey dinners are de rigeur, as is the Sally Lund bread. Open April through December.