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Swan Market

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$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European, Delicatessen
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231 Parsells Ave, Rochester, NY 14609-5203
+1 585-288-5320
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect. We got there early and were able to get a table right away. I was surprised by the communal seating but it turned out to be a great experience. The food was delicious and we will definitely go back. Truly an amaxing German experience. Tip: Go early or expect that you may wait a... More 

Thank Andrea W
Niagara Falls, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Small place but truly authentic & FRIENDLY & DELICIOUS!!!!! Only a few tables so you sit where ever, we were lucky enough to sit with a man who has his picture on the wall. Come to find out he was the previous owner. He shared his food with us & his stories!!! What a FANTASTIC time!!!!

Thank Terry N Donna P
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

When we go to Swan's for lunch, we always go on a Saturday, usually after going to the nearby Public Market. Unless you want to wait in line for a while, you have to get there early, around 11-11:30 a.m. Much later and the line will be snaking out the door. At least if you do have to wait, there... More 

Thank 88_Stang57
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

This is absolutely the best place for that Octoberfest meal. Mind you most people don't eat German food but the sausages etc in Sept/Oct but Swans is the best. Being half German and having a grandma from Germany I should know.

Thank Bill B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Swan market is the place to be for German meats and fare. The setup is lively and communal with lots of decorations and fun things to look at! Very large selection of different types of meats and sausages. The waitstaff is always happy to explain anything you'd like. Also make sure to taste the soup, it is incredible and made... More 

Thank Joey A
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

At one time Rochester had many fine German Restaurants. Those times have changed but the prime location is still here. Authentic, homemade German food, sausages and meats available at a deli counter [yes, wrapped in butcher paper], a variety of German biers [not a mis-spelling], picnic table meals with friends and new friends, German packaged goods available, moderate prices, a... More 

Thank Larry F
Hilton, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Have been here before, and still find their Homemade German food and deli meats excellent, along with the red cabbage and warm German potato salad.

Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Unassuming hide-away deli-cafe that delivers authentic German food. Always a line to be seated. Not open for dinner. Only Open Wed-Sat lunchtime

Thank Paul D
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

If you enjoy homemade German food - Look no further! Swan's Market is an amazing experience. I've been eating there for many years and truly love the Hungarian goulasch, schnitzel, rouladen, soups, spatzle, red cabbage, bratwurst, nachwursts, liverwurst, and many other amazing products they make right there and serve. If you become familiar with their hours of service, and know... More 

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

The expression "it is what it is" was custom made for Swan Market. If you are looking for fine dining in fancy surroundings in a chic neighborhood, go elsewhere. If you want to eat authentic food in a genuine market, you are in the right place. Some little housekeeping items before we begin: Swans is only open four days a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
German, European, Central European, Delicatessen
Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Parsells Ave, Rochester, NY 14609-5203
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-288-5320
All meat at Swan Market is hand-cut, all sausage hand-made by owner Barry Fischer, who apprenticed with German master butchers to bring you a taste of Germany that's authentic down to the last detail.

Swan's renowned German lunches are served Wednesday through Saturday from 11 to 2. Grab a seat at one of the communal tables and hoist a glass of imported German beer. It's impossible to go away hungry! There's also live German music on the last Thursday and Friday of each month.

Wan can also cater events of any size, with anything from cold-cut trays to a full pig roast.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?