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Swan Market

$$ - $$$German, European,
231 Parsells Ave, Rochester, NY 14609-5203
+1 585-288-5320
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (83 reviews)
“schnitzel” (31 reviews)
“potato salad” (22 reviews)
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German, European, Central European, Deli
$$ - $$$
231 Parsells Ave, Rochester, NY 14609-5203
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a great plate of German sausage and potato salad that really had all the flavor of Germany. The place is small and not much area for parking and not in the best part of town but worth a trip there. A great place to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jaren M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Historically speaking, Rochester is a German city. Swan Market is one of the finest remaining German food stores and restaurants. From Wednesday through Saturday, this is as good as it gets. It is a small, neighborhood place, and it's good to arrive as early as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CMercado-68
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Swan’s is just like being in Germany ! All the food is homemade, the dining room is 3 or 4 long picnic tables right in front of the deli counter, and customers sit down next to each other and soon become chatty. The food is...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank _judith_fonzi
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great German food! Love the schnitzel and red cabbage. Make sure you hit the deli counter for some great meats. Worth the trip!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank John H
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're in the market for authentic and hand made German meats, sausages, and a few other odd groceries, this place might make you happy. I had heard great things, and it always comes up near the top of Rochester restaurants, so I looked forward...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank WaterGirlDreaming
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Swan's is my go-to spot for German herbal tea by Teekanne. I know several of the employees by name and appreciate practicing the German language in this local shop. Swan's has fresh Leberwurst, smoked Schinken and sausages, cold cuts, bacon, and venison "sticks" if you...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Roving823908
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This is a wonderful market with terrific liverwurst, sausages, bacon, and meats - which also happens to serve lunch. Everything is prepared to order - excellent German food and beer. All seating is at community tables and the spirit of camaraderie is most enjoyable.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CatheMRoc
Reviewed December 11, 2018

If you're looking for authentic German food in the Rochester area, I've found no better place than Swan's! This place is a German deli, but they serve wonderful food, if you can find a seat. Go early or take it with you - there are...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank tomd9170
Reviewed December 6, 2018

I've been wanting to visit Swan Market, because I heard it was an odd, little eatery in a bad part of town, but it had good schnitzel and beer. Swan Market is indeed a little hole in the wall deep in an iffy area which...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank greekbecky2016
Liz F, Front Office Manager at Swan Market, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2018

greekbecky2016, we are sorry your visit to Swan Market did not meet the experience you were hoping for. We pride ourselves on our unique location, with communal tables where our customers can share a table and a meal, and join our wonderful community of loyal...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Great food if you want a table space you better get there by 11:30am . You will always find somebody to talk with because how the seating works 10-12 customers at same table

Date of visit: November 2018
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Questions & Answers
December 10, 2018|
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Response from Liz F | Property representative |
Greekbecky2016 Again, we are truly sorry you had a disappointing experience. We would be happy to refund your money, both for the potato salad as well as the accidental overage. We have recently upgraded our register to a... More
Nevin H
November 8, 2016|
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Response from Liz F | Property representative |
Actually, most of the sausage are made of pork not beef. Only a couple are beef.
June 9, 2016|
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Response from Liz F | Property representative |
All of our tables are communal, so you can sit just the two of you and keep to yourselves or chat with the people seated near you and meet some great new friends! It works well for both! Hope you come in soon!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $10
German, European, Central European, Deli
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 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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