If you are looking for a bite to eat in Rochester, Minnesota, check out these 30+ restaurants that serve up amazing food that are all walkable in the downtown area.

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Check out all of these places to eat that you can walk to in downtown Rochester, Minnesota

When someone says, "I'm going to Rochester, Minnesota", the reason is usually to go to appointments at the Mayo Clinic. Our downtown area can be really confusing to someone who isn't used to our subway system, which really isn't a typical subway.  What visitors don't know though is that many of us who have lived in Rochester, Minnesota for years don't even know how to get around downtown Rochester or about all of the amazing restaurants and fast food spots serving up amazing food.

Whatever your reason is to meander in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, when your stomach starts growling, check out these restaurants and fast food spots that you can walk to and grab a bite to eat.


Starting right in the heart of downtown Rochester, by the Gonda Building are a few well-known spots.

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Jimmy John's at 9 3rd Ave NW serves up subs freaky fast.  See the menu for Jimmy John's here.

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Yum! Poke is a Hawaiian restaurant that features poke and create your own bowls.  You can find them at 9 3rd Ave NW Suite 138.  Learn more and see their menu here.

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As we dive back into the underground area, also known as the Subway Level in downtown Rochester, is Saladworks.  It is located in the Subway Level at 101 1st Ave SW Marriott.  They offer made-to-order salads, wraps, paninis, and soups.  Learn more and see their menu here.

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Quiznos is known for their toasted subs.  If that is what you are craving, you can walk to 101 1st Ave SW Ste 11.  See their menu and more info here.

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You'll need to find an escalator or elevator to get to these next few spots in downtown Rochester that are located in the Skyway.

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Newt's Express is a spot where you can grab a quick burger at 23 2nd St SW.  They offer soups, salads, and sandwiches.

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Salad Brothers Cafe & Deli is located in the Skyway at 111 Broadway Ave S # 215.  They offer soups, salads, and sandwiches.  See menu and hours here.

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Wabi Sabi Express is located in the Skyway Level Food Court, 100 1st Ave SW, 1st Ave.  They offer sushi, rice bowls, and bubble tea.  See their full menu and hours here.

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Chinese Chinh’s Express is located at  100 1st Ave SW #2.  See their full menu and hours here.

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Blue Diamond Indian Restaurant is located in the heart of the Med City at 100 1st Ave SW #209.  See their full menu here.

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Get back on ground level to find these next favorites that Rochester residents and visitors love.

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Chester's Kitchen & Bar is located in the Shops At University Square at 111 Broadway Ave S #108.  They feature upscale American cuisine and cocktails and you can enjoy a meal inside or on the patio when the weather is nicer. See their full menu here.

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Olde Brick House is an Irish Pub at 19 1st Ave. SW and has all the comforts like fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie and more.  See when they are open and their full menu here.

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Grand Grill is located inside the Kahler Grand Hotel in downtown Rochester at 20 2nd Ave. SW.  According to Google, it serves American classics and wine.  See their menu here.

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Martini's is also located inside the Kahler Grand Hotel and serves up American food along with a large array of martinis.  Take a peek at their menu and hours here.

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Salute Wine Bar & More is located inside the Marriot at 101 1st Ave SW.  It features a cozy wine bar with a New American cuisine menu.

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QDOBA Mexican Eats is very close to the Gonda Building at 180 W Center Street.  It is easily walkable and they provide custom burritos, tacos, and more. See their menu here.

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Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar, located at 7 1st Ave SW offers authentic Italian dishes for your cravings during lunch or dinner. See their menu and what foods they have available here.

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You'll need to make sure your walking shoes are on for these next few restaurants that are still walkable but a bit more of a distance from the heart of the Med City.

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Tilda's Pizzeria, located at 300 1st Ave NW offers wood-fired pizza.  Check hours and take a look at the menu here.

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The Redwood Room, located at 300 1st Ave NW is a bit of a walk from the heart of downtown Rochester but the food will make it worth the walk.  Check hours and see a glimpse of the menu here.

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Almadina restaurant is at 101 N. Broadway Ave. and is just a few blocks away from the heart of the Mayo Clinic. Learn more at their Facebook page here.


 

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Cameo is in the lower level of the Castle at 121 N. Broadway Ave. Enjoy a look at the menu here.

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Chez Bojji is a European restaurant at 301 N. Broadway Ave. right next to Civic Center Drive NW.  Check the hours and see the menu at the website here.

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Hollandberry Pannekoeken at 214 North Broadway Ave. is a few blocks away from the heart of Mayo Clinic but serves up Dutch-style pancakes and baked goods along with other diner food.  See the menu and learn more here.

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Back to places that are a little closer to some of the Mayo Clinic buildings are these that you might have noticed signs for on Broadway Avenue.

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Benedict's is located in the Skyway Level at 10 East Center Street which is on the 2nd floor.  They offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, and great cocktails. Take a look at their menu here.

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Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse at 10 E Center St is one of the places for good steak in the Rochester area.  Get a glimpse of their menu here.

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Pescara at 150 Broadway Ave S. is known for its seafood dishes but also offers a full menu with a lot of variety.  Learn more at their website here.

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CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar at 220 Broadway Ave S, Rochester, MN 55904  14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Terza at 30 3rd St SE, which is located on a corner of Broadway.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Mango Thai at 318 Broadway Ave S.  You can park on the street or find parking in the back area of the restaurant.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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One of the roads that definitely has personality in Rochester, Minnesota is what we call "Historic Third".  The list of businesses and restaurants on this strip have amazing food but also some pretty cool spots for selfies.

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ThaiPop at 4 3rd St SW, right there on Broadway.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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The Tap House at 10 3rd St SW.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Turn the corner and you are now on 1st Avenue in downtown Rochester.  FYI, if you are ever in Rochester, Minnesota during the summer, this is one place you will want to visit because this is one of the areas we have Thursdays Downtown, which is basically a party in the summer on Thursdays full of food and live music.

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City Market Downtown at 212 1st Ave SW #12.   See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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This building is home to two different restaurants that offer very different foods.

Hefe Rojo is on the main level at 216 1st Ave SW and features Mexican dishes. You can see their menu here.

Newt's has several locations through Rochester but you can enjoy a burger at this restaurant that is on the 2nd floor.  See a glimpse of the burgers they have on the menu here.

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The Half Barrel at 304 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902.   See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 318 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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You'll have to get out of the subway and skyway system to get to these restaurants in downtown Rochester but they are worth the few extra steps.

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Bleu Duck Kitchen at 14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria at 130 5th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Twigs Tavern and Grille at 401 6th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Canadian Honker Restaurant at 1203 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Saints on Second at located across the street from St. Mary's at 161 13th Ave SW.  They offer American cuisine.  See the menu and learn more at their website here.

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Is there a restaurant in the downtown Rochester area that is missing from the list?

Rochester, Minnesota is always changing and new businesses are opening up all of the time. Let me know if there is a place missing from this list. Just send me a message to my Facebook page - Jessica On The Radio.

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Rochester, Minnesota has been going through quite the transformation these last few years.  Look at the photos below to see how some areas have had a complete facelift.  We've even got a few spots that were completely reinvented and when you see the photos you'll be shocked.

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