New Restaurants in Rochester, MN

5 Fresh Dining Options  

There’s a “restaurant renaissance” occurring in Rochester, MN, as the city transforms into a vibrant center of entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Get a taste of Rochester at these dynamic new restaurants (and a can’t-miss dessert shop) that have opened in 2017 and 2018!  

Bleu Duck Kitchen

You’ll love the combination of “fine dining” and “fun dining” at downtown’s Bleu Duck Kitchen, which provides innovative American cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. The menu emphasizes locally-grown produce and meats, and features an exhibition kitchen for you to follow the action as your food is prepared. Chef/Owner Erik Kleven describes the restaurant as “experimental, relaxed, and friendly.”  The best compliment he’s received? “When people tell us they feel like they’re in a big city when they dine at the Duck.”

Hot Chip Burger Bar

A great burger is a work at art at this tasty new establishment, located near Apache Mall. The menu includes 17 burgers. Most are beef, but there is also a turkey burger, a lamb burger, a tuna burger, and a chick pea burger. Features a full bar as well as side dishes and desserts like wings, cheese curds, milkshakes, and frozen candy bars. You’ll keep going back!

Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria

Discover the big taste of Little Italy at this family-friendly restaurant on the south side of downtown Rochester. Co-owner and head chef Pasquale Presa (born in Italy, raised in New York) prepares mouth-watering New York-style pizzas and authentic Italian calzones and strombolis. “Pizza is only the foundation of what we’re about,” Presa says. “Pasquale’s is all about our culture! We welcome everyone to our tables, we break bread, and we grow relationships!”

Porch and Cellar

You can’t beat this establishment for its charm and local flavor. Located in a historic train depot on the outskirts of downtown, Porch and Cellar offers two unique restaurants in one building. Try Porch, located upstairs, for its “proper fried chicken,” or venture downstairs to Cellar for craft cocktails and plates. Co-owner Jason Zubay says: “Porch and Cellar is the product of blood, sweat and tears of a few incredibly passionate people…we have lived in the restaurant industry almost our entire lives and we strive to produce great food, beverage, service, and ambiance.”

The Chocolate Twist

Craving something sweet? The Chocolate Twist is a new ice cream and candy parlor owned by and benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. Located in the heart of downtown Rochester, the parlor features 24 flavors of ice cream along with sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, dairy-free options, and giant barrels filled with bulk candy. Satisfy your sweet tooth while doing some good at this wonderful new addition to Rochester.

Check out a full list of restaurants in Rochester, MN. Bon appetit!

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