Serves meat, vegan options available. A small, intimate, and hip setting. Booths and a bar inside. Made-from-scratch food. Has vegan mozzarella sticks, a smoked tofu sandwich, lentil burger, hummus and roasted veggies sandwich, and salads. Open Wed-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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39 Reviews

First Review by Carlee


Points +139

02 Jul 2023

Delicious vegan option in Rochester!

I stopped by on my way through Rochester. It was worth the stop! They have many vegan options. I had the Tofu Dinner and it was very good. Great service, great food.



Points +32

27 Jun 2023


The service was amazing. The food was excellent and many vegan options to choose from… also staff was very helpful with guidance for vegans.

Pros: Cauli Wings, Vegan Hushpuppies


Points +40

11 Jun 2023

so many vegan/gf options!!!!!

would give 5 stars if I could since the food and staff is 100%. They’re pretty much a 1/2 vegan restaurant with the best Buffalo cauliflower wings and please try the BVE burger! They always have vegan specials as well as fun vegan/gluten free desserts to try😄I’ve been too many times it’s pretty pricy but so good!!!

Pros: Vegan option galore and vegan/gf specials , Friendly staff , Quality food

Cons: Quite pricy


Points +1938

15 Feb 2023

We love The Owl House!

I love coming here so much. Their BVE burger is one of my favourites, I can't get enough of their caesar salad, and their winter squash dish in 2021-2022 is one of the best things I have EVER eaten. Period. I dream of that dish 🥺

Almost all vegetarian dishes can be made vegan. Their soups and desserts are usually vegan, and the staff is super knowledgeable.

Update Feb. 2023: The head chef (Leanne) is seriously one of the best vegan chefs I've ever encountered. The level of finesse, detail, complexity, and balance of her food is incredible. Best of the best.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-07

Pros: Many vegan options, High quality, Incredible food


Points +269

21 Oct 2022

Buffalo Cauliflower

Loved the Buffalo cauliflower. It was not overly fried and the vegan blue cheese was delicious. It was so good. Most of the menu can be switched to vegan which is a plus. The croutons for the salad were a bit too hard and hurt my gums. But the chips my boyfriend had went well with the salad.

Pros: Good vegan choices, Buffalo cauliflower , Great drinks

Cons: Croutons hurt your mouth


Points +12175

11 Apr 2022

Charming place with a bunch of vegan offerings

This is a relaxed-but-elegant, charming, waiter-served place with a type of early American decor (along with children's artwork on the walls)--a contrast to many of the bar-type eateries nearby that are listed on Happy Cow. They have a bunch of clearly listed vegan dishes. We had a tofu dish, cauliflower "wings," a vegan soup, and a vegan pie slice--all quite good and filling.


Points +6062

23 Mar 2022

Always Delicious!

I’ve been coming to the Owl House since they opened and their menu was a big help in my transition to veganism. I look forward to the changing seasonal menu, though I definitely appreciate my standard favorites like the Saladboy and the house smoked tofu! This is the place I meet nonvegan friends when visiting the area. So good!


Points +20

24 Dec 2021

Excellent Food!

Wonderful creative menu. Excellent service. A real dining out treat!


Points +627

10 Jan 2021

Many vegan options; amazing brunch!

This is a great spot for vegan brunch (my favorite) and for cauliflower wings, especially if you like them to pack a little heat punch with all of the flavor! Great tofu scramble, breakfast potatoes, and tempeh bacon. The first time I was there I had a huge vegan waffle topped with fresh fruit and never forgot how amazing it was. Their menu has changed slightly in the offerings over the last couple of years (so sad that they don't have vegan mozzarella sticks on the menu anymore!) But I was able to get an order of them when they did a special "throwback menu" in 2018- hopefully they'll consider doing that again! This is also a nice spot to go for an alcoholic drink and dessert, too.

Pros: Lots of vegan options; always a vegan dessert, Cozy space; great outdoor patio seating, Staff are very friendly & accommodating

Cons: Very limited street parking nearby, A bit more pricey, Can be a bit chilly upstairs


Points +24

23 Feb 2020


We LOVE this place! For brunch or any other meal! The food is amazing (vegan and not). Never had a bad meal or bad service!


Points +1523

13 Jan 2020

Awesome Food! 😃

The food tasted really good and the person that took our phone order was very helpful!! We were at a conference during the day and starving, this food was so tasty and absolutely perfect!!!


Points +60

02 Nov 2019

Cute place and delicious food

I wish I could give it 5 stars


Points +368

23 Jun 2019

Excellent vegan

We had the vegan breakfast sandwich and tofu and waffles. Both were excellent. They also have vegan desserts. Very good service.


Points +145

21 Jun 2019

Elegant food prepared for any diet!

This restaurant is a Rochester staple and it catered to vegans, vegetarians, and gluten free diets long before anyone else. There’s more than enough choice and substitution options on the menu to actually have choices in every category and they have options for meat eaters, too. The food is elegant and the cocktail menu is innovative and tasty. The restaurant is located in an old house and they have tables upstairs, downstairs, and on the back patio. Probably my favorite in this city!


Points +32

20 Jun 2019

Great Food

I’ve come back to Owl House so many times. My favorite on their menu is the chickpea burger with strawberry sriracha jam. They always have a vegan soup of the day which is always delicious. Sometimes they will have a vegan dessert. Their menu is always changing which offers new vegan food choices!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Outside seating, Changing menu

Cons: Often busy (may need reservation), Expensive


Points +123

11 Apr 2019

Great Vegan Options

I have been here twice, both times with meat eaters. All of us loved the food here. I got the classic chickpea patty the first time and it was really good. I don't think it stayed together very well, but not any worse than most bean burgers. The second time I got the Oleks Buffalo Stance with tempeh and it was incredible. I like that their bread it made locally, but I do wish they offered whole wheat bread options. The fries are also very good. 3 stars out of 4

Pros: Indoor and outdoor seating, Friendly staff, Good location

Cons: White bread


Points +79

24 Feb 2019

So gooood

Food was absolutely amazing and almost everything could be veganized I got the left overs with smoked tofu and swapped the cranberry mayo for their vegan mayo and it was absolutely delicious they also offer vegan desserts the service was wonderful and the place was adorable I highly recommend it

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Amazing service , Vegan desserts


Points +61

16 Dec 2018

Great hipster spot with lots of options!

Delicious, creative menu for all eaters! They are very accommodating of any preferences or restrictions. Yummy craft cocktails to boot!


Points +103

27 May 2018

Great food but make sure you reserve

The people are cool, the food is good, a bit pricey though.


Points +112

19 May 2018

Lots of vegan choices

Worth the trip, but easy to miss, since it’s located in what was a residence. Would definitely go back!

Pros: Many vegan options including desserts , Has bar

Cons: Street parking


Points +827

28 Mar 2018

Always wonderful

I've been to the owl house many times over the years, and it is consistently great. The staff is knowledgeable, there's always plenty of vegan options (including rotating desserts and soups!), and even the cocktails and mixed drinks have vegan versions. It can be hard to get a table for brunch sometimes, but their tofu and waffles is something no one should pass up!

Pros: Extensive and clearly labeled options, Great atmosphere

Cons: Little pricey , Reservation often needed


Points +56

09 Feb 2018


Their menu changes once in a while, so some items may not be available for more than a few weeks. Their food is made with local ingredients, which is cool if you're into supporting local businesses.

I've had the chickpea burger a few times. It's always delicious and comes with a strawberry srirracha jam that's TDF.

Their buffalo cauliwings are SO GOOD and a large portion for their price. The vegan bleu cheese is delicious.

Once, they had crabless cakes that were also quite tasty. haven't seen them in a while.

I always try a "unique" cocktail and I've never been disappointed. They pair odd flavors that always taste delicious.

If you're going on a weekend night or for brunch, I suggest making a reservation. They can get quite busy. Also, there's no parking lot so you better know how to parallel park.

Pros: Very tasty vegan options , Quick service

Cons: Street parking , Can be pricey


Points +761

11 Nov 2017

A nice dinner

Very unique find in the outskirts of Rochester.

Came here when I saw a review of their buffalo cauliflower. I have been wanting to make my own buffalo cauliflower for some time, but figured my first tasting should be by a professional, and not my amateur hands.

Enters huge plate of cauliflower smothered and fried with buffalo sauce, and served with cold broccoli slaw. A delicious combo, huge portion (i'd say about 3/4 a head of cauliflower here), and amazingly prepared. I have taken note and look forward to trying myself.

The flavors were so powerful I was actually a little disappointed by my chickpea burger with sriracha jam. I couldn't taste the intricacy of the flavor combination, but i still appreciated the fried onion crisps, and melted cheese.

All in all, a wonderful meal. Cocktail menu looked great, as well as the non-vegetarian food. Make a reservation for dinner though, it gets crowded FAST.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Crowded place in the evenings


Points +2014

01 Sep 2017

Reliably Great

Some really good food here, especially the chickpea burgers and crab cakes. A little greasy, but that's comfort food for you!

A great place to go with folks who are not vegan. They can get whatever they want and it doesn't feel like we are forcing something on them. On the other hand, they usually end up getting the vegan entrees anyway.

Good selection of beers and cocktails if you like, too.

The wait-staff is always friendly.

Pros: Good food, Omnivore friends won't object , Friendly atomosphere

Cons: A little on the heavy side


Points +134

18 Jul 2015

Always delicious

I've been to The Owl House a couple of times and have loved my meal at every visit. On my most recent visit, I ordered the vegan BLT which comes with vegan garlic mayo, tempeh bacon, and arugula on grilled sourdough bread. It was a huge sandwich but absolutely delicious!

Although I didn't order it, the dessert special was a vegan, gluten-free chocolate covered pretzel cheesecake. Very tempting! I was told it was made by Scratch Bakeshop.

Lots of great cocktails and beers are available too! Enjoy one on their patio in the warmer months!

Pros: Excellent food, Great service, Large selection of adult beverages

Cons: Not entirely vegan, Can be busy on Friday and Saturday night


Points +36

07 Jul 2015

Always delicious

I've been here quite a few times, and the food is always amazing. My favorite item is the chickpea burger with vegan mayo. They make their own ketchup and it's fantastic. It's not an all-vegan place, but there are tons of delicious vegan options, and the staff is great about accommodating to your needs. Most if not all of their desserts as far as I know are vegan, but they'll tell you what is/isn't. Sitting out on the patio is a must!

Pros: Great food, Friendly service, LOTS of vegan options


Points +701

02 Dec 2014

Asian BBQ Tofu = YUM

This place has a good number of vegan or veganizeable options. We shared Buffalo Cauliflower with vegan aioli which was well-made (I just don't like buffalo sauce in general) & I had Asian BBQ Tofu with corn cake for my entree which was delicious - a great mix of flavors & nice presentation (in medium size portion).
Judging from the description & other reviews here, I assume they change the menu frequently as I didn't see most of the items mentioned (on Nov 28, 2014).
Wait staff was nice & knowledgeable about vegan options.

Pros: Vegan Options, Tasty, House Atmosphere

Cons: Expensive

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