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Chester's

University Square, Rochester, MN 55904
507-424-1211
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Ranked #2 of 245 restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Ocala, Florida
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We came across Chester's on the recommendation from several others. We were not disappointed. Great casual atmosphere from the outside patio seating to more intimate booths inside. What a great bar!! We opted for the "C's" which indicates customer favorites. The wife had a perfectly prepared Parmesan encrusted walleye, while I had their perfectly roasted, spit fired chicken half. Tender,... More

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Ankara, Turkey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Always a solid option for meals in Rochester. Very close to the Mayo Clinic. The vegetarian chili is outstanding; I only wish they served larger bowls of it. The banana cream pie is more like a mountain of pudding, despite use of the term "pie," but is absolutely excellent. The only reason for 4 rather than 5 stars is that... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was amazed at the variety of menu choices - plenty of fantastic salads with the option of adding meat, along with seafood, burgers, entrees, etc. I had the roasted vegetable salad and my husband had the cioppino seafood stew. Both were excellent along with the service. Good variety of wine and beers as well. Great location and lots of... More

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Waukee, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Chester's has both indoor and outdoor seating, is popular with the locals, and once you have experienced it, you will know why. We have had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant several times. Both the lunch and dinner offerings provide something for every palate. The portions are generous, the staff will do everything in their power to accommodate any... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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87 reviews 87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

My wife & I traveled down to Rochester to see our son @ Chesters. While the restaurant is very nice as was he service, we were let down by the food. My wife had the Lemon Garlic Rotisserie Chicken while I had the Grill Iowa pork chops. In both of our meals, the meats were over cooked & thus very... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The food and service here are amazing, which is why this place is packed every night. Get a reservation or you'll miss out on a memorable dining experience. They'll tweak your food prep for folks who have special dietary needs, and the waitstaff are friendly, professional and prompt. We were in town for a few days and had dinner here... More

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Aurora
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had a wonderful meal at Chesters in Rochester. It is convenient to walk from the Mayo Clinic since it is in University Square. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful with the menu items. They do offer grass fed beef--which my husband had. He thought it was flavorful and of excellent quality. I had a entree salad with wonderful... More

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Madison, MS
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My wife and I were in Rochester for two different Mayo Clinic visits. This was by far our favorite restaurant. I think over the two stays we ate there a total of 5 times. The service is outstanding and the food was even better. If I could give the restaurant a 10 star rating I would! Don't go to Rochester... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Have been to Chester's numerous times-dinner and lunch. Great selection of food and prepared perfectly! The ambience is fabulous. Only negative is some of the seating where there are multiple small tables within a foot of each other so you are over hearing the next tables conversation vice versa.

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Dodge center
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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Went there for lunch during a business meeting. This was my second time there, after the first I almost didn't wanna go back. Had the Santa Fe chicken salad, DO NOT order this, it's horrible! Kept me from going back to chesters. This second time around I had a burger instead....OMG was it delicious! I don't remember the name of... More

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