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Nick Tahou Hots

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320 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14608-1907
+1 585-464-9173
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Syracuse, New York
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

If you are looking for really good food and a taste of local flavor this is the place. Don't expect any kind of upscale experience or even particularly friendly service, that's not what they're about. But definitely a must try in Rochester.

Thank EWING529
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

You'll like the garbage plate, and Nick Tahou Hots if you understand what you're getting. As others have mentioned, it's a greasy spoon. You aren't going to get gourmet, fancy, or organic but you will get tasty food by some nice people. The garbage plate is frankly comfort food. The home fries and mac salad are a little on the... More 

Thank Deanna H
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78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

I have made trash plate for years and is a favorite of mine, so I decided to try it from the people who invented it. Wow, so bland and flavorless! 😝 The meat sauce was watery and mostly tasted like ground beef without seasoning. burger was bland and the cold noodle salad had no flavor! The red hots hot dogs... More 

2 Thank Peter K
Dundas, Canada
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98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

This is one of those places that locals say you gotta try, but that doesn't mean the food is delicious. I don't think they've spent a dime on this place in over a decade, although that could've be part of its charm and forgiven if the food were better. I wasn't too impressed with my burger garbage plate, which was... More 

Thank JandKPreston
Rochester, New York
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is a staple of rochester. many places have tried to copy Nick Tahou but there is only one.When you come to Rochester you have to experience one for yourself. the atmosphere .so when you visit Rochester try the one the only original Nick Tahou's home of the garbage plate.

Thank Tom H
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

My son picked this place as he wanted to try a local place that had great food and lots of it. Locals told us to Nick Tahou's. We went to the place on Main Street downtown. The place is a throwback to the old diners. Prices for the their signature dish, the garbage plate, are very reasonable when you realize... More 

1 Thank jlsheff
Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

I remember growing up in Rochester and my father taking me to Nick Tahou's. I was in town visiting and wanted to try it out again. My hubby ordered the double cheeseburger garbage plate. He ate the whole thing and enjoyed it. I order two plan hamburgers. They were well seasoned. My son enjoyed a white hot with fries. He... More 

Thank drmmj
Rochester, New York
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2,793 reviews
1,824 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 837 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Nick Tahou’s is a legend in Rochester, not for the gourmet cuisine or the heady atmosphere. It is almost the exact opposite; you come here for the comfort food and the “jeans-and-undershirt” mood of the place. This weekend, we ate from their mobile van at the Lilac Festival, and it was as I enjoy it. Two “white hot” dogs and... More 

1 Thank Larry W
Buffalo, New York
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

Fantastic experience! And an experience is what going to Nick Tahou's is all about! It's not fine dining, by any means; however, it is dining that is in its own intriguing way very fine. Unless you've eaten at the downtown Rochester location at least about a half dozen times before, you must get a garbage plate. It's the signature dish... More 

1 Thank Ron_Sipos
Rochester, New York
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016

I have a long long association with Nick Tahous, from the time that the RIT campus was downtown on the West Main street area. When I went to RIT Nick Tahous was serving hots from a store front window with a small wooden ledge and hole cut into the window. This store front was across from our favorite bar the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14608-1907
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-464-9173

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