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300 First

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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300 1st Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2830
+1 507-281-2451
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A gift card from friends to this great place found us celebrating our anniversary with something new. Loved the atmosphere, right off the bat! Excellent service- attentive without being pesky, informative, and genuinely nice. My pear martini was pure bliss in a glass, and both of our entrees and sides were beautifully presented, plentiful, and really delicious. Thinking we just... More 

Thank Janelltheowl .
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ambiance can't be beat. Our server was perfect. Had the cabbage rolls as apps, which were very good. I had butternut squash ravioli, which overall was good but a bit overpowered by the walnuts. My husband had the ribeye; the meat was well prepared on a bed of fried potatoes, which were quite salty. My husband is always on... More 

Thank Momof4teensTKJN
Byron, Minnesota
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We've been going to 300 First for many years and have always felt they were a consistent and high quality restaurant. Not tonight. The service was outstanding as usual. Friendly wait staff and attentive. The tomato basil soup was luke warm although still tasty. The filet Wellington was definitely not to the level they're known for. It was prepared to... More 

Thank German1793
Roseau, Minnesota
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

The food was cold...tasted good but lukewarm to cold. Have been here before and we liked it. Not so tonight!!!

Thank Pam H
Fowler, Indiana
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Large group for dinner, our server was attentive, all food came out at the same time. Would recommended this restaurant!

Thank Just an a
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We dined at 300 First on July 10 for a birthday celebration. For a couple of us, it was our first time at this restaurant. The atmosphere/décor is interesting; darkly lit, wood accents, open grill... Menu items mostly $20-40 per entrée. For the price I expected more for flavor, quality and presentation. Sadly I was not impressed. I had the... More 

Thank MNSandSeeker
North Carolina
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224 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016

This may be the way it is prepared in Minnesota, but still really good. Just tell them to hold the pepper. Very tasty Bruschetta as an appetizer. Menu is not large so suggest you go there with an idea what you want. They also have something called a gyro pizza...did not try, but saw other orders of it. (Not your... More 

Thank MrPickwick
Atlanta, Georgia
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310 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

I recently ate dinner here with several colleagues after a late day meeting and had a great time. We had drinks in the lobby seating area while we waited for everyone to join and I was happy to see they had Bells porter on draft. Once we got seated we ordered some random apps for the table and the calamari... More 

Thank Ryan B
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have travelled to Rochester MN every 3-4 since 2012. We have eaten EVERYWHERE! Yes Chesters, Pescara, Victoria's, Half Barrel, Terza, are all great restaurants; however 300 First at 44th is a travesty. We had two delicious appetizers wild mushroom canapé and crab cakes along with two specialty martinis made expertly by Jenn the great bartender. She... More 

Thank Dan P
Glenwood, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

Spent a couple months and several return trips to Rochester in the past 10 months. Pretty much ate everywhere downtown and this place was the best by a mile. The wait staff was fantastic, great atmosphere, and the food was outstanding. The cheesecake for desert topped off a great experience. We have dined here on three different occasions and each... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 1st Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2830
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-281-2451

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