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OPEN FOR PATIO DINING AND INDOOR DINING PLUS (TAKEOUT & DELIVERY WHEN POSSIBLE WHICH IS VERY SELDOM DUE TO OUR BUSY DINE-IN BUSINESS) : Considered one of the few more authentic Italian restaurants in Monroe county. A place where visiting Italians are referred to for a meal most resembling home. Dinner service, 7 nights a week. Happy hour in bar room Only. See Website
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $35
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Drinks, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, BYOB, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 31, 2021 via mobile

We had a wedding rehearsal dinner for 23 Friday night. The private dining space across the street from the main restaurant was perfect. Buffet was delicious and super abundant. Kathy, our server, was friendly, attentive and efficient. Everyone had a great, relaxing time and remarked...it couldn’t be better. Would definitely frequent if in Rochester.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 28, 2021 via mobile

Service was terrible took about one hour to get the food after we gave the waitress our order. Talked to owner and he did nothing to help will never return or recommend this place to anyoneMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Mass1974, Owner at Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. It gives us a chance to explain some social awareness and maybe will help you reflect on your next outing. We are slammed practically every night. Our staff working on 80% staffing have done an incredible job accommodating more customers...More

Reviewed August 26, 2021

We go to Lemoncellos often…the service is always great and the food is delicious! Kathy, our server is spot on! No issues and everything is great! Massimo, one of the owners, runs around there at top speed making sure everyone is happy and things are...running smoothy . Between the two brothers, they keep that place running at perfection! Don’t get me started on the Grapefruit Martinis!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021

Went on Thursday, BYOB (no corkage fee)! Seated indoors, nice rustic setting similar to a restaurant in Tuscany. Waitress (Michelle) very pleasant and attentive. Had delicious appetizers (polpette, calamari) salad with lemoncello dressing (super). Pasta entrees were al dente! desserts, top notch! Great experience, highly...recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 25, 2021

Went to Lemoncellos last evening and were distrubed to find that they had taken the wings off the main menu . They have also taken all of the veal dishes off. SInce my husband almost always has veal we will be visiting less often for...sure !!!!!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Mass1974, Owner at Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2021

I will be happy to explain. These are temporary menu changes. One reason is due to price of veal and what we would have to up-charge and the other is due to fact that our menu is pretty labor intensive and large. Instead of decreasing...More

Reviewed July 22, 2021

We were seated indoors and the room was extremely noisy. People were loud (at times obnoxious) and we couldn't even carry on a conversation at our table. After placing our order for 4 persons, it took nearly 50 minutes to get served and when we...did one of the orders was apparently not completed. We waited another 15 minutes for the other order to be brought out but at that point the others didn't wait because their food was getting cold. The management did not charge us for the late meal but the overall experience was not what we expected from this restaurant and we won't be returning as a result.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Mass1974, Owner at Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2021

We appreciate your review and apologize for the late dinner. I do remember your table. I tried to keep things as quiet as possible but once we filled up upstairs, downstairs, garden room and bar, we had to start seating the main dining room. Although...More

Reviewed July 4, 2021 via mobile

One of the best restaurants in the greater Rochester area! Plenty of seating, outdoors as well. Went on a week night, sat outdoors and tables are far enough apart. The calamari and artichokes French were excellent apps! Got the shrimp pasta and was soooooo good!...Portions are HUGE and prices are good. Plenty of speciality cocktails- got a blueberry juice one and it was refreshing for a summer evening! Will come back again when I’m in the area! Love this place.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021

Just writing this as I saw the recent negative reviews and pre-Covid used Tripadvisor a lot – so my wife and I moved to Rochester in Dec 2020 (under NYS covid exemption rules as she is a physician) and had very good take out from...Lemoncello and it was on our must try list – we were not disappointed. Massimo our server was very good – the salad dressing was delicious, kinda a standout – it was all good. The red sauce was also delicious. The drinks were good and we thought pricing very reasonable. I will say to the complaining as people who just assumed we’d get covid (we didn’t but had to buy our own ppe for one) and who worked treating patients from the get go – the whining is hard to read – and we always felt for store clerks who were definitely essential workers to restaurant staff and now many restaurant’s face a labor shortage – we are just glad there is somewhere left to go when we leave the house – My only real thing was I’d called and left a voicemail making a reservation – and I always wonder did it really happen and as people are desperate to get out places are very busy – but the maître d' handled it but I wondered did I have a reservation (I really did follow the instructions) or did he just make it work, doesn’t matter. We will be back -More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

Normally my past visits are stellar, not tonight. Ordered my standby, lasagne, it arrived lukewarm at best, with the meat in it was hard and crusty. My daughter ordered the gnocchi, with a meatball, that must of been some beef, veal etc mix..it was inedible...ruined...the whole meal...others had issues too..so sad because I expected more. Not to mention squeezing us into a backroom table when the restaurant was pretty empty. Pretty sure it will be our last visit.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Mass1974, Owner at Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2021

Never empty. Ever. Every day like Friday. Dont forget we have 300 seats but obviously cant seat all 300 at once. Your peers wanted social distancing so we placed you in area that was safe. Sorry if that offended you. We were trying to adhere...More

Reviewed May 4, 2021

Went to dinner with five people at 5:30 and didn't get out of there until almost 9:00 because it took them more than 3 hours to bring food that was undercooked small portions and horrible taste. The waitress was rude and couldn't keep up with...drink orders and even worse when I said something to the owner he thought they did a great job and couldn't even apologize. Over $400 we dropped at this place and I can tell you right now I'm sorry we went don't waste your money or time!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Mass1974, Owner at Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2021

I’ll keep this simple. Im sorry for asking the table to keep it to indoor voices. I didnt mean to offend and didnt think it was going to be blown out of proportion. In regards to the numbers you gave, sorry. We have technology too....More

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Sheila B
September 16, 2016|
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Response from Mass1974 | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay. It's a casual place where folks feel comfortable in jeans, slacks, shorts or suits. We just ask, no tank tops on gentlemen.
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lucie47
April 7, 2015|
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Response from Edward2020 | Property representative |
Yes. TUESDAY is no corkage fee. The other nights we charge $10 a bottle. Massimo
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Yes, Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar offers takeout services.

Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5