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“Excellent Dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tavern58 at Gibbs

Tavern58 at Gibbs
58 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14626
(585) 546-5800
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Ranked #59 of 1,105 Restaurants in Rochester
Price range: $30 - $31
Cuisines: American, Eclectic
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Gibbs St.
Description: Tavern 58 at Gibbs is Rochester's downtown neighborhood dinner house. The Tavern offers regional cuisine that features aged steaks expertly grilled, fresh seafood uniquely prepared, freshly made pastas and fabulous nightly specials. There is also a wide variety of creatively prepared appetizers and Tavern sandwiches. The great food is just part of the experience. We have a young energetic team that is eager to give you the best dining experience in town. Whether you're downtown on business, meeting friends for a night out or taking in dinner and theater, Tavern 58 is the perfect blend of casual comfortable excellence. Tavern58 at Gibbs 58University Avenue Rochester, New York 14605 585-546-5800 www.tavern58.com
Rochester, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

My wife and I went to dinner at Tavern 58 for the second time. As before , the food is what I would describe as eclectic and delish. There is no salt or pepper on the table and none needed as the food is flavored so well. It not frequently that I finish everything but at the end of dinner, the plate was clean. Our server Melissa was outstanding as were the other employees.Everyone was friendly and helpful. Our water glasses were constantly kept full without the server being intrusive . Unfortunately we did not get to the bar as we did the first time as it was packed. The have a great assortment of cocktails and again the bartender is very knowledgeable , friendly and efficient . We will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, NY
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My husband and I were seated on time which is great. However, when we sat at our table, and our server arrived, she was chewing gum which was very unprofessional. The server could not recite the specials properly by not pronouncing the dishes or even explain what they were.
We would have ordered an appetizer if the server didn't take as long to come back to the table and get our order. We also would have ordered a dessert if we didn't wait so long for the server to ask us if we wanted to order dessert from when she took our dinner plates away. We also had to ask for bread.
Our dinner check also included a bar tab which was not ours. The manager did rectify the issue immediately.
Atmosphere was great, bar area great. Bar service was great!

If the server was on top of service at our table, she would have gotten a bigger check (apps and dessert) out of us, hence, a bigger tip.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were seated promptly at 7pm for our reservation made through open table. Restaurant can get a little noisy with some larger groups dinning. I had the charred strip steak done to a perfect medium rare. Wife had the scallops with butternut squash ravioli. Loved the small rolls and dipping oil.
Owners of the restaurant are very attentive. This was our first time Dinning here and definitely not the last. I need to go back to try the wings and pretzels.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wenatchee, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Solid Plan B”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

First of all, I do like the actual place. We've been there several times and want it to succeed. However, although the food is good, it just is not as good as the price would suggest. More bothersome is the noise level. It is very difficult to carry on a conversation with people at your own table. Nontheless, Tavern58 merits a spot in your dining out rotation - I just would not make it your "go to" place.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, New York
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“Another Great Visit to Tavern 58 @ Gibbs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We visited Tavern 58 @ Gibbs the evening of January 25, 2014. This was our umpteenth visit to this wonderful dining establishment, but we hadn't been here for dinner in probably a months time. Holiday season, birthday parties and life getting in the way. Shame on us. We went with two very good friends who also dine at Tavern often. Started by making a 7:30 reservation on Open Table that was honored to the minute on arrival. We arrived 30 minutes early to have a cocktail in the bar first. Sharon was hoping for one of co-owner Ryan's legendary cosmopolitans but alas he was home sick...so no Ry's cosmo tonight. Angela and Jen however took very good care of us in the bar. Angela is a hoot...she loves old time Mo Town music and she wasn't even born when Mo Town was at it's peak. She'll sing along with you if you're not careful!

Onto dinner. Our server Melissa explained all the specials and the ladies were in with co-owner and Chef Mike's take on wild boar chop rack. I went with the chicken sausage special, and our remaining diner chose the hanger steak. We began by splitting Mike's signature pretzels and fried calamari apps. The pretzels are a main stay...like none you've ever had before with two dipping sauces/cheeses. Little bites that crunch and melt in your mouth simultaneously. The ladies raved about the boar rack...they said lots of different flavors going on all melded perfectly. My chicken sausage was the same way...some fruit, some sweet, some spice...delish.

Desert was another round of drinks in the bar...Angela fixed me one of Melissa's pumpkin pie martinis and those are sooooooo good. A liquid pumpkin pie with a kick! Co-owner Nick stopped by often to make sure all was well and chat about dinner and the nite. These guys really care. Chef Mike came out to say hello too...and he earned our compliments for sure.

It was a cold snowy nite in Rochester but Tavern warms you in a way like no other.

Reservations made for Valentine's Day and I'm sure Mike will be up to something extra special again!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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