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Nick Tahou Hots

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320 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14608-1907
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Rochester, New York
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank jlsheff
Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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2,439 reviews
1,619 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 765 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Larry W
Buffalo, New York
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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 

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 stars 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 

Thank agvter
Rochester, New York
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101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

we go here for lunch a good amount off times place is a fast food place the garbage plates are the best here but after you eat one you better hit the gym a lot off calories but over all for a burger joint its a pretty good place

Thank andreykck9
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Classic old style burger joint with unique local dish. Everyone seems to like the cheeseburger garbage plate. We had the white hot plate, which was pretty good. If you don't want to leave feeling too stuffed, I'd recommend sharing a garbage plate and just getting a side. It's a lot of food for lunch.

Thank molingrad
San Jose, California, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

A friend of mine who went to school in Rochester learned that I was visiting and highly recommended that I give the famed "Garbage Plate" a shot. He called it the ultimate drunk food. He just might be right.

Thank Elizabeth V
Victor, New York, United States
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226 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

I'd had other garbage plates, but never the original. I'd been wanting to go to Nick Tahou's to see where it all started, and finally got a chance to do just that. I had the red hots with mac salad and potatoes. Mustard, onions, and their famous hot sauce topped it off. Delicious!

Thank Heather B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
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: 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?