Bitter Honey

4.6
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257 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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About

Simply put, we're a casual neighborhood restaurant serving up elevated and authentic Mexican fare in a family-style setting. In Mexico, meals are a time for sharing good conversation over even better food. We like that philosophy, so we decided to bring it to Rochester and complement it with a mezcal-based cocktail list. Yes, we have other spirits and classic cocktails, but we want to celebrate and share mezcal—Mexico's indigenous spirit made from agave and a cousin of tequila—with Rochester and beyond.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Sat 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(585) 270-4202
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Main Street
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Parking details
There is a free lot across directly across from the restaurant as well as street parking.
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food and the drinks were very good, but the service was horrible. I probably would not go back for a while because nobody wants to go somewhere where the service was bad. Our appetizer and our main courses all came at once, our waiter forgot two of our extra dishes that we ordered. Luckily he must’ve known he forgot them because he didn’t put them on the bill so we didn’t have to fight over that.

TC
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Music a bit loud, but they did turn it down a bit for a little while, then it went back up. Food was excellent, well seasoned and cooked to perfection.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small but delicious tacos. High tops will seat you next to other parties.

AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nachos!

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LD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Craft cocktails were amazing. Bartenders top notch. Music at bar area is a bit louder than average. Bar area is darker than average. We sat in dining area at the busiest time so we waited a bit. Food was fabulous.

KS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was super friendly. Service was quick and efficient. Food was great. We’ll be back 😀

S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and a show

DS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Am looking forward to returning in the future!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was a flavor explosion! Wings, chili relleno, tacos, enchiladas were all delicious!

JR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday was a great surprise! The specials were amazing, best vegan taco and Kim chi beef tacos I've ever had. The margheritas were delicious too!

LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun dynamic restaurant - food and ambiance were good - noise level - loud! We got margaritas that were just OK - but in the scope of everything had fun.

M
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service to get seated was a bit slow, as I think our name fell off the list. After having a drink, we simply asked about timing for a table, and they apologized and got us seated right away. Great food and atmosphere, will definitely be going back.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside on a later afternoon evening before attending the Fringe Festival. The waitress was very courteous and helpful, allowing us to taste some of the wines before ordering. They were smoking some meat outside that evening and we ordered the wings, which were fantastic! The chef also gave us a taste of some of the ribs which my husband said were amazing. We ordered tacos which were also very good, but the taquitos and street corn were a little disappointing. Overall a great experience and would definitely go back again.

VR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the energetic vibe of Bitter Honey! 5 people, 5 different meals, 5 fans of Bitter Honey! Outstanding food - the flavors, the variety! Really reasonable price, fabulous service. Can't wait to go back and share Bitter Honey with friends!

BL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Made a reservation and were shown to our table immediately when we arrived. Loved the ambiance and vibe of the restaurant. There was a bit of a snafu with our drink order but they addressed the situation and the manager personally brought our drinks over and didn’t charge us for them. The food was amazing. Each dish was very unique and creative, not your ordinary Mexican food, highly recommend you give it a try

DD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Our waiter was excellent! A tad pricey and noisy to boot.

MN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance and amazing cocktails! Varied food selection which should please any palate.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, as always. Drinks were amazing. Able to have a conversation with my friend and enjoy our time without being rushed. Excellent evening!

EA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Saturday night, place was packed. Service was spotty, but forgivable, due to number of people there.
Food was excellent.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,

T
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Julia was excellent and the whole staff was extremely friendly. The food was great and the tepache mules are wonderful.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar area was fun - great margaritas. There were lots of bartenders and servers and extra help - very well run restaurant and excellent chef - food was super fresh and so good. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and drinks in a very cool place.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff works like a family. Everyone is go nice and down to earth. Food was amazing.

RN
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was great, he was attentive and provided us with thoughtful suggestions for food and beverages.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there on a Saturday and brought the family back on Sunday! My new fave Mexican restaurant. Each person/server was very passionate about the restaurant. We will be back soon.

KR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious food and nice ambiance made for a nice dining experience. Overall our group thought highly of the meal and would return. Plate presentation was lovely. Truly picture perfect. The music selections fit the vibe of the place. While loud enough sing along to, the music wasn't so loud that you couldn't have a conversation with your tablemates.

Only a few drawbacks. First, there was no notice you could park in the lot across the street until you were already in the restaurant at the hostess station. Second, you needed to settle your bar tab before heading to your table it wasn't transferable. Lastly, the carne asada was overly salty. Though that might just be personal preference.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

An en excellent menu and outstanding service. Sheer curtains separate the bar from the dining area which creates an element of privacy but does allow the noise level to be a bit higher than I’d like. Convenient off street parking directly across the street. We are DEFINITELY coming back to try more of the menu. Good place.

A
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A solid experience overall - delicious food; great specials and deals (taco Tuesday is a must-visit day); great atmosphere; friendly staff.

JW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been wanting to go to Bitter Honey for a while and it didn't disappoint. Drinks were great, the bartender was engaging and entertaining, food was incredible. We all had tocos which were good, but the star of the show was the street corn which should not be missed. We will definitely be back, and highly recommend Bitter Honey for a great night out.

s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first visit and we will definitely be back. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic! My only comment is the lighting is too low. It was almost impossible to read the menu once they lowered the lights. I understand you're trying to create a "mood" - but having to switch on your cell phone flashlight to read the menu, ruins the mood!
We really enjoyed the Drunken Shrimp and the tortilla chips were by far the best I've ever had. Yes, you have to pay for them - but these did not come out of a bag. FRESH, HOT AND CRISPY!! Perfection.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was good except for the cocktails which were just average. Other than that it was a pleasant experience and we will be back!

GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love the vibe/ atmosphere. Drinks are delish. 3 rd visit here, first two were great, 3rd was ok. Waitress was great, but did forget Birthday cupcake for our out of town guest. Tacos are delicious, but size of an app.
Chile Relleno barely warm, not much flavor.
Mexicali bowl was on par w/Chipotle, which is good but I expect more from BH. Street corn was dry. We’ll try again sometime.
GG

JN
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a chick place right next to the Public Market. Amazing Mexican style food and great margaritas! It's always a great time at Bitter Honey!

CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was creative, fresh and delicious, especially the fresh tortillas.

Loved the feel of the restaurant which is enhanced by the original murals on the walls.

Well done.

HD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, food came to the table right away, great atmosphere. Drinks were a little slow and a little pricy but really delicious.

CP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great place. Wish we would have gone sooner as this was our first time. But we'll definitely be going back!

DG
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Would definitely return!