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Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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University Square, Rochester, MN 55904
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu offers a lot of variety. The food was excellent and the service was friendly and efficient. Lobster Mac-n-Cheese was delicious!

Thank Joe P
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited Chester's a couple of times while at Mayo. Outstanding food and good craft beers. Had the Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout with dinners. Very good fish and chips, chicken and beef dishes.

Thank Gary G
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped for lunch there twice - the vegetarian chilli (really a vegetable soup) is very good. If you are really hungry and held back on the main course (like only having soup....) try the dessert sampler. Everything on it is excellent and the portions, which are supposedly half portions, are freaking HUGE!

Thank MomTo10Dogs
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We make this our first stop for Rochester. Their salads are as delicious as diverse. We love their goat cheese/fig/chicken (or substitute shrimp) salads. And if you are in the mood for "down-home" chicken and mashed potatoes, roasted on site and distinctly Chester's most requested meal, which comes with their special "juice". The atmosphere is contemporary with high wall booths... More 

Thank saray0524
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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70 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I stopped here for an early dinner. We had no issue getting in on a Friday night. They have a happy hour in the bar area until 6:00 p.m. We ordered the 14 ounce New York strip steak and the lobster macaroni cheese, as well as the chicken lettuce wrap for an appetizer, which was absolutely delicious.... More 

Thank charms1951
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126 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on an evening when we had a short window of time. Our server was most accommodating to that and got our shared appetizer and entrees out quickly. My spouse had been there several times before and had enjoyed all her previous trips. For me, the roast chicken was good, but didn't justify the price. Sadly, my wife's entree... More 

Thank SEC14
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Rochester for 4 days and went there for 3 days to have their salads and soups. Very pleasant atmosphere, good service and delicious salads. Also went with others and all enjoyed the food.

Thank Laura M
Rochester, Minnesota
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114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am absolutely in LOVE with their lobster Mac n Cheese! They also have very tasty drinks and friendly staff.

Thank AliJo36
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent, excellent food! Interesting selections and everything we've tried there is good. You have to try the cornbread! A little loud, but the really nice atmosphere and decor. Great place for a date night! So far my favorite Rochester restaurant.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This delightful restaurant had a lovely bar where we enjoyed a drink while waiting for the dining room to open. The menu was varied and well priced and the service was excellent! Our server was helpful and hospitable. We were wined and dined to our complete satisfaction. Would highly recommend this outstanding restaurant!

Thank Marj A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: University Square, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 507-424-1211

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?