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John's Tex-Mex Eatery

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489 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 232-5830
Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Thurs Empanada Night

Their menu is simple and affordable. It is a small restaurant and has quick service. I recently found out that thursday nights are empanada nights and have been going more often. The meat ones are great and the veggie ones could use a little more flavor. The burrito bowl and taco bowl are my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Allison T
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Rochester, New York, United States
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Rochester, New York, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Their menu is simple and affordable. It is a small restaurant and has quick service. I recently found out that thursday nights are empanada nights and have been going more often. The meat ones are great and the veggie ones could use a little more flavor. The burrito bowl and taco bowl are my favorite thing to order. Their chips... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There are many delicious menu options and they are all reasonably priced...which is good when you want to try something new and also order an item that you love. I have never had "authentic" Tex-Mex...so I can't compare it to the real thing. I can only say it is worth while to try this place out if your from this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Went on a whim and Tuesday ended up being super cheap beer Tuesday. Great food too; the Mexican Plate was a delecious loaded nachos of sorts. The hot was a perfect level of hot that brought a minor runny nose, but didnt cover flavor. Will definately be back soon.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

based on the reviews this appears to be the best Mexican (Tex-Mex) restaurant in Rochester. Too bad I've lived in Texas. The Mexican mush just tasted like beans. The guacamole was worse than the national chain fast food - barely tasted like avocado and certainly no lime, cilantro, jalapeño, etc. I had a combo plate way way too much eh... More 

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I've eaten here several times and always get a good meal. Last time I went I had fish tacos and mashed plantains. The tacos were really good but not a fan of the plantains, it was a hot day and they were almost too hot to eat. I think on a colder day I would have possibly enjoyed them so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Solid food for a solid prices. Great fresh taste. I just got back for several months in Austin Texas and I have to say equal to any Tex Mex I found down there with a fresher taste. Fresh to death

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

John's Tex-Mex Eatery in Rochester, New York is a local favorite of mine. This tex-mex eatery is located in the trendy South-Wedge District of Rochester. This area of Rochester is filled with local businesses, restaurants, and bars. The area is great, but the food is greater. John's Tex-Mex Eatery offers a wealth of healthy tex-mex dishes, including the famous salsa... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Went here for lunch today and I couldn't believe the size of the portions. I ordered a burrito and my friend had two taco's and they both were excellent. All the ingredients were fresh and the salsa was definitely homemade. Looking forward to eating here again and again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Excellent food with the price. Hot sauce taste good with the food. The server is very friendly and easy to get parking

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

It's neither a "Mexican" not "Tex-Mex" restaurant if you're a purest, but then why be one? John's dishes up enticing SW inspired burritos, tacos, etc. with good quality ingredients in more than adequate portions. (i.e. the small burrito is NOT small). Only place I know in town to get a tofu taco if you're not prone to meat - and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 489 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: (585) 232-5830

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?