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Founders Cafe

13 Fitzhugh St S, Rochester, NY 14614-1422
+1 585-770-1721
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good43%
  • Average0%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (5 reviews)
“paninis” (3 reviews)
“chicken salad” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, Healthy, Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
13 Fitzhugh St S, Rochester, NY 14614-1422
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Met a friend for coffee on a Mon after a Sat snowfall. The signs indicating where the shop is located were covered in snow, the sidewalks less than shoveled and the streets typical city plow job. The place is spacious, staff friendly and quick to...More

Thank Cherie1971695
639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2018

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to review us. Sorry you didn’t like the chair and that the coffee wasn’t to your liking. A couple of clarifications I’d like to mention, though- Sidewalk shoveling is the city’s responsibility and despite me...More

Reviewed January 3, 2018

Found this a few months ago. The breakfast sandwiches are awesome. So is the cappacino. The coffee is OK. No flavors which is what I like best. It's very nice in the cafe and near county business offices.

Thank Sandra W
639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Thanks for stopping in as well as for taking the time to post the great review. We look forward to seeing you again. Hopefully, soon!

Reviewed November 20, 2017

I had the Chipotle Chicken Avacado panini for lunch. It was very flavorful & unique! I will definitely be getting lunch here again. And there are so many tasty sounding choices on the menu, I will have a hard time choosing what to get next....More

Thank alissa216
639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Thanks so much!for the terrific review,Alissa. Glad you enjoyed your lunch. Hope we see you again soon!

Reviewed November 5, 2017

Great build your own breakfast sandwiches that are made to order. Lunch is equally good. Your order is filled pretty quickly and you can call ahead to place the order

Thank uvarobin1
Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

I concur with the other positive reviews. Founder's Cafe is tucked in a building off of Main Street. There are table and chairs outside, but otherwise no indication there is a restaurant in the building. Upon entering the restaurant I was given a friendly greeting...More

Thank UH60Blackhawk
Michael E, Manager at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2017

Thanks for stopping in and for sharing your experience here. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you next time you're in town!

Reviewed September 6, 2017

Tucked inside of a historic school building (now loft apartments) is this terrific lunch spot. Great wraps, sandwiches, salads and more made by the owner and his friendly crew. A quiet place to eat by your self or with friends, there are about a dozen...More

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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to write a review. I wish I wasn't so "hidden", but Im glad to be a "gem." We look forward to welcoming you back.

Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Just walked by this amazing building with this gem inside. The menu was fantastic and each of us (12 in our group) had a great lunch. The chicken salad BLT hit the spot for me. If in Rochester you have to swing by!!

Thank apingr
639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2017

Thanks for finding us! Glad you and your families enjoyed your lunch. Hopefully, we'll be a regular halfway tradition!

Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

There is a need for this kind of classy lunch spot downtown. So this is the place. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and really lovely service. And a nice outdoor patio in front. In a very historic building. I recommend it highly and it represents Rochester really...More

Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

I think this has the best selection of sandwiches in Rochester and certainly in the downtown area. Really great selection of food and terrific coffee and other hot drinks. The service is also very good - the staff seems to really care about the customers...More

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Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Sandwich was very good. Bread was very fresh and tasty! It was honey wheat bread with egg salad and fresh greens and avocado. I had never had egg salad like this but I will go back for it again. I have also had the breakfast...More

1  Thank Cindy F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13 Fitzhugh St S, Rochester, NY 14614-1422
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-770-1721
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Founders Cafe offers freshly made sandwiches, panini and salads, and home style soups made from locally grown and sourced ingredients. We serve locally roasted espresso coffees and an outstanding house blend drip coffee. We also serveseveral modes of pourover coffee. Founders Cafe is located downtown, in the government center and within walking distance of the Convention Center.
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