Permanently Closed - Branca Pittsford

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Branca is a neighborhood Italian eatery in Bushnell’s Basin, a hamlet east of Rochester, New York. Branca honors the storied culinary history of Italy by offering simple yet flavorfully complex dishes; in short, we serve fresh and hand-crafted food that makes you feel good. Our bar showcases the diversity of Italian amari, allowing us to share our creative process and passion, and also offers all the warm and familiar spirits we’ve come to love. In the vein of Old Hollywood watering holes, Branca is a home away from home for our guests: a place for family, a place for friends, and a place to be known and loved.

Branca is near the Erie Canal, Eastview Mall, The Woodcliff Hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn, Powder Mill Park, Village of Pittsford, & the YMCA.
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Leire
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and ambiance. A bit too expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was excellent. But the hostess we all in our party felt she was not dressed appropriate. Very low cut top and those holes in the jeans. Not a pleasant look for a hostess in a nice restaurant.

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LaurieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. We had several different starters and all were delicious. The salmon was beautifully seared and was served with a perfectly paired sauce. The branzino, a mild white fish, was excellent. We didn't sample any desserts so I can't speak to them, but I would definitely recommend and return to the restaurant.

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LarryW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was not good, service was not altogether friendly. It used to be a great restaurant, but no longer. We will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Frito misto was excellent with veggies and not just calamari. Gluten free pasta was over cooked but appreciate having that option. Friend said tagliatelle was excellent and she lived the coffee cardamom gelato for birthday celebration. Not crowded on Monday night. Happily will go again.

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Erin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good pizza

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susanH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First time. I would try Branca again, but not running back. Complimentary bread yummy. Service great. Lasagna delish. Pizza was a bit soggy in the center so could not pick up a slice until the tip was cut off with a knife/fork. Ceasar salad was too light on the dressing, almost indiscernable. Fried calamari very good. Lighting was too dim. Had to use our phone flashlight to read the menu otherwise it was a strain. I saw another person a few tables over do the same. Did not get dessert.

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AmyV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food is very good, but the prices are high. This is the second time I have eaten here. Both times, I was struck by the expense of the food. I will not likely return for this reason. There are many wonderful restaurants in our community and many choices, so the fact that Branca is overpriced would lead me to go elsewhere.

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ScottF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer service, great food and a warm ambience!

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AMYD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The menu online is different than the menu in the restaurant. I specifically picked this location based on the online menu. My next choice was just as good though! It is quite small and unless you are in a booth be prepared to sit very close to the couple next to you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and perfect! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good. Great service. Enjoyable

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branstondog
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new chef has created the perfect menu!

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Local
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We go fairly frequently as we live close and have consistently good food and service. It’s a bit of urban style in the burbs of Pittsford.

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LeanneM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Definitely would go back!

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The lack of vegetarian options, save for the "we can make it without the..." ,and then charge you the same price, was disappointing. The service was great. The craft cocktails yummy! The chef salad was dry and served with three, whole anchovies, whereas the innovative take on the Caprese salad did not disappoint. The duck linguine was sublime. Beautiful time.

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DanielC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We took my family there for a day after Christmas dinner, and noticed some interesting things. The restaurant was filthy and dirty, with the air grilles covered in dirt and dust, dead flies under the window blinds piled up on the window sill, and dead Christmas Poinsettias on the walls. The service was mostly good, but beverage refills were no where to be found. Food was overpriced for ex. pasta/ lasagna $26, and I don't think that the value matches the food or ambiance.

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Marmee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

When you need to use the candle to read the menu, you know the restaurant hasn't met the standard for customer comfort. The pasta special was interesting with sausage and mussels, but at the top of the saltiness continuum.

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LovetoDineOut
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the cozy, warm atmosphere. We started with the Arancini - so delish! The risotto is creamy and cheesy, not dry, with pesto and marinara sauce - large enough for 2-3 people to share. Caesar salad was fresh and not too over dressed. The bread! OMG, the salt bread! YUM! My husband had the Ribeye and raved about it - seasoned well and cooked to a perfect medium. Call out to Libby for excellent service. The tap water is very high in chlorine taste so recommend ordering bottled sparkling or flat water. Will definitely return.

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Cval
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We loved the food, it was a bit pricey. My moms vegetables came out Luke warm (almost cold), but she said everything else was very good. Service was alright, he didn’t smile once when he was serving us. Very professional just more on the monotone side.

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everettc
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Meatball antipasto was bland. Waited over 15 min after ordering dessert. Waitress was good but seemed she had too many tables; did not come back to fill water glasses. Just an OK eating experience.

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RoseNY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the lasagna, which was delicious. It had so many thin layers and was served on its side. It was unlike any other lasagna I've ever had. The service was friendly and attentive. I also had a kale salad with sugared pecans and a lemon vingarette......very large!

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Tinkerbell
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers were great and had a good variety available. Ambiance was nice and relaxing for a weeknite. Can imagine to be a up and hip place on Friday nite after work. Was told owner changed therefore not as vibrant and busy as prior years, We came to this place starting 2014 and noticed the food has changed over the last few years. We are out of state patrons and have been coming back almost every year. Branca in downtown Rochester has great food!!!
Food presentation is very nice and zazzy at this location. Pasta dish was excellent too!

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Parkroader
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Branca hit it out of the park again! Wonderful server (Michael) and bartender (Miles). A perfect Sazarac, octopus appetizer, fantastic bronzini and a delicious chocolate creme brulee to finish. Wonderful meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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Gkj061
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It has a great ambiance. The food was very subpar. The lasagna came out burnt. My salad was nothing but kale and the broccolini was so bitter and mushy that it wasn't edible. Our waiter looked disheveled and was rather slow and dull. Didn't offer to take the broccolini off the bill and somehow added two kids meals to our bill. They also brought out a dessert for my father's birthday and charged us for it. I only went because I had gift cards.

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JohnV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Worth the price.

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vipFoodGuy19444
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational in every respect. One of the best of the year

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MTW22
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food, service, and staff were great. There was a group of 15 with kids running all over screaming. Multiple tables of couples looked discussed. It took mentioning something to staff to change the situation. Normally I’d say it’s the parents fault however there’s a point where the restaurant needs to step in. Overall great experience; once the screaming and running was gone. I’d absolutely come back again.

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vipTimmah
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Too Pricey. We ordered a charcuterie that was terrifically overpriced with some basic parmesan cheese and some mystery meats as well as a pile of pickles vegetables from a jar. The chef special over pasta had so little pork that it might as well have been vegetarian. My son liked his pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to celebrate a birthday! They gave us a delicious fried dough dessert with birthday candles !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal and experience at Branca!

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SeanO
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Light but full of comforting flavor. We are outside and it was a good volume even near the road. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable.

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GailB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, we ordered pizza. Also we enjoyed the wine. Our server was personal, skilled, and helpful. A pleasant surprise was the cappuccino; it was served hot which is a rare occurrence.

The venue is welcoming, Branca has a friendly feel.

The energetic sound level was, for the four of us, too high.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal, service and atmosphere. We regularly go out so even though it was a little higher in price than we normally do, it was well worth it. Drinks were what drove the cost up and with that said they were still very good.

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DonaldC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place was near empty when we first arrived but quickly became more lively! Enjoyed the food very much. I will be going back!

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LoveToEatOut
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. We have been there before and have never had a bad experience

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missg
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our food was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing. The service was okay, but I had to ask for things like coffee refill, cream, boxes for leftovers , etc. our waitress was nice but could have been more attentive, especially since there were only two other tables while we were there. The prices are very high but the food was good.

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KarenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food as always

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Ev124
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All good! Beautiful outdoor patio seating. Good food and service.

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Permanently Closed - Branca Pittsford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (585) 310-7415.

Permanently Closed - Branca Pittsford is rated 4.1 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.