Top Finger Lakes Restaurants

Top 10 restaurants? Ontario County has such an abundance of exceptional restaurants that limiting the number to ten is simply impossible! Here is a list of personal favorites in no particular order. We apologize in advance for those we have left out! 

#1. Where the specials are truly special.

Ports Café, Geneva

Exterior of Ports Cafe in Naples

Local, seasonal, and sensational seems to be the M.O. of this popular Seneca Lake restaurant, which has a relatively small standard menu, but seemingly endless list of daily specials. 

#2. Homemade just for you.

simply-crepes-big-daddy-biscuit

Their recipes may be simple, but the homespun flavors are not. Sure you'll find crepes on the menu, but you'll also find a burger, breakfast tacos, chicken and "waffles" and so much more here. From sweet to savory, breakfast to dinner you'll be simply delighted with whatever you choose.

#3. One table. Many courses. Countless surprises.

Bread on board with other food at FLX Table in Geneva

If your best friends were an award-winning chef/sommelier and a top-drawer hospitality professional and they invited you to dinner at their home, the experience would be like this. Voted Best New Restaurant by USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice. 

#4. Finger Lakes fresh.

Outside of Mill Creek Cafe in Honeoye

At Mill Creek Café in Honeoye, they are all about keeping it local – from locally raised ground beef to innovative salads. This seasonal, family-run café with a casual vibe is a great place for catching up with friends. 

#5. Hola, Mexico!

Chips and dip found at Rio Tomatlan's

We are proud of living in the Finger Lakes and our local cuisine, but for those times when a tangy margarita and some spicy tamales are in order, Rio Tomatlan delivers that south of the border atmosphere and flavor. 

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

new-york-kitchen

The second-floor restaurant at the New York Kitchen features foods, wines, spirits and beers from farms, and food and beverage purveyors across New York State – a locavore paradise! 

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

People eat on the porch outside at roots cafe

Start 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 are right next door to Inspire Moore Winery

#8. Where you're most likely to find the locals.

Outside of eric's office in canandaigua with cars packed in their parking lot

Eric's Office is where the locals can be found who know great food. Daily specials, classic favorites, and so much more. 

#9. Fireside pizzas with pizzazz.

A freshly baked pizza sits on a table at Lucca's wood fire bistro

This casual, yet imaginative eatery features wood-fired pies, appetizers, salads, and an array of interesting dishes. Small parties will love the intimate setting. 

#10. Classic fine dining.

Warfield's Clifton Springs, Clifton Springs

Outside of Warfields restaurant and bakery

Steak, seafood, pasta, and other upscale Euro-centric cuisine is at the heart of this quaint village restaurant. The English Garden patio is an especially charming venue for al fresco dining. Be sure to order dessert from Warfield's famous bakery. 

#11. Best place to watch the sunset.

Adirondack chairs overlooking Canandaigua Lake at the The Lake House on Canandaigua

A longtime local favorite, Sand Bar has an updated look and menu, but keeps the character that has made it legend. The perfect casual hangout to watch the sunset while sipping a local wine or beer and enjoying upscale bar fare. Part of The Lake House on Canandaigua.

#12. It's all in the company.

Inside of the Kindred Fare's dining area

“To share is to love” is Kindred Fare’s philosophy – and you will get on board with that! Visit the restaurant, located in Geneva, for its specialty cocktails, homemade bread, and creative menu inspired by locally sourced ingredients.