Juice bar

Vegan cafe with full bakery case and fresh juices. Serves salads, sandwiches, and dishes like mac n cheese. Open Tue-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:30pm. Closed Sun-Mon.

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115 Reviews

First Review by brett3333


Points +575

29 Oct 2023


The Red Fern has a varied menu, offering everything from Vegan "comfort" food to healthy options, including oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free, garlic-free, onion-free, and/or nut-free menus, for those with particular sensitivities or health concerns.
I was seated and promptly attended to by "E" who provided service with a smile, going above and beyond in spite of being incredibly busy.
After attending the T. Colin Campbell Whole Food Plant Based Wellness Retreat for the past five days, I wanted to keep the momentum going, and so I ordered the seasonal "Autumn Leaves" salad, topped with a steamed Lentil burger, which proved to be both tasty and satisfying, as well as visually appealing. My only critique is that it needs to be served in a bigger/wider bowl as it is substantial.
For dessert, I ordered 1 each of the raw "bites" (which are sweetened with dates; not sugar): apple and German chocolate. They were both exquisite but I must say, the chocolate knocked it outta the park. I ordered 1 more of each to go for my travels back to NYC tomorrow.
Oddly enough, The Red Fern isn't open on Sundays/Mondays (they'd be packed for Sunday brunch if they were open Sundays, for sure!). Nevertheless, I highly recommend - I would definitely return if I ever find myself back in Rochester, NY.

Pros: Varied menus for those with food sensitivities., Excellent service, Reasonably priced



Points +89

22 Oct 2023

The best vegan restaurant!

We went twice in one day on a visit! Their menu hasn’t changed much since we last visited five years ago, but that’s ok because it’s all so tasty! I did get the kale salad and wasn’t a big fan (it was a lot of kale, it wasn’t massaged, and the pieces were uncomfortably big) but the sandwiches and plates are delicious! Their desserts are to die for as well!

Service is great. In our rush to get out of the restaurant with a fussy toddler, we left our bamboo and silicone toddler spoons and didn’t notice until the next morning. I called to see if they found them, though I expected they had probably been tossed, but they weren’t! They had put them to the side and we were able to pick them up the next night. I very appreciated that.

Pros: Flavors and size, Desserts


Points +439

17 Oct 2023

Flavor Party in My Mouth

Overall a fantastic restaurant with wonderful staff and amazing food. Everything has a flavor palate that is complimentary and delicious. Highly recommend!

Pros: Generous portion sizes, Dessert options, Great value for price


Points +118

05 Oct 2023

Fresh & delicious

Wonderful and lip licking! Generous portion of goodness.
Very friendly service ✌️🎉

Pros: Fresh , Tasty , Generous portions


Points +21

09 Sep 2023

Always quality food

They offer pickup or eating in. I tend to prefer picking up so we don't need to worry about reservations.


Points +16

28 Aug 2023

First time

Went for anniversary! Place is a little small but the service was great and the food matched! We started with the fruit and cheese plate then had the Mac n cheese nachos with all the toppings, it was so good!!! Then moved on to the steak bomber was great! My new favorite dessert is the peanut butter rice crispy treat!!! Heavenly!!! One thing I did learn is make a reservation to make sure I can eat there again. I will be eating there again can't wait to try more things!!

Pros: Everything we ordered , The staff , Choices

Cons: Parking , Closed Sunday and Monday , Only one location


Points +76

21 Aug 2023

Great food on Rochester

Finally a reasonably priced vegan place with great food

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-21

Pros: Ablt, Great food, Great service

Cons: None


Points +68

06 Aug 2023

Excellent vegan restaurant

100% plant based restaurant. they customized an oil free buddha bowl for me with oil free tofu and coconut free rice. it was tasty despite the fact the dressing offered was avocado based so I could only do fresh squeezed lemon.

Pros: lots of vegan options, friendly service, dog friendly patio


Points +36

06 Aug 2023

So good!

I had the special (Greek flatbread pizza with mozzarella cheese, olives, red onion, peppers, sautéed spinach, and tofu feta). It was SO GOOD. For desert I had a slice of cheesecake with cherries- might be my favorite new desert. And I took home a rainbow sprinkle cookie.

I would totally recommend trying this restaurant if you’re in the area!!

Pros: Gluten free options , Variety of deserts , Accommodates allergy restrictions


Points +1963

30 Jul 2023

Such a great vegan place in Rochester

We'd heard of the Red Fern before we arrived in Rochester and were excited to try it. We weren't disappointed. The food is amazing, the two draft kombuchas we got to drink were heavenly and everything on the menu looked good. We brought a non-vegan friend with us on our second visit, and they also thoroughly enjoyed it. Vegans and non-vegans alike, this is the place to go!

Updated from previous review on 2023-07-30


Points +61

16 Jul 2023

Delicious every time

We have gone to the Red Fern both times we visited Rochester New York. It's incredible. Delicious food and wonderful desserts. You can't go wrong. Philly steak was amazing!


Points +379

15 Jul 2023

Just Gorgeous

The Red Fern’s menu is so original and so tempting, that it’s hard to know where to start! I went with the baked Mac & Cheese, and it didn’t disappoint! Whatever you choose, though, you’ll have a fabulous meal! Incredible care is taken with every aspect of the food, and that comes through in their flavors. Amazing bakery case, too!

Updated from previous review on 2023-06-26

Pros: Fully vegan, Amazing food!, Crazy bakery case!

Cons: Really tight interior seating.


Points +471

01 Jul 2023

Love this place!!

Excellent vegan restaurant with a cool atmosphere & amazingggg baked goods!! Just moved the area and plan on coming back frequently!


Points +973

31 May 2023

Casual cute place in great part of town

They let me make a last-minute reservation, and I was delighted to visit after a long day of travel with an omni family member. Glad for an all-vegan spot that offers wine and beer. I was ready for a refreshing glass of Chardonnay by then, lol. My spouse loved his local dish based on Rochester's Garbage Plate, a good way to try a bunch of things. I had the wonderful strawberry salad and added tofu, very tasty. Our nephew loved his grilled cheese and chocolate mint cake. Would love to come back.


Points +26

25 May 2023

Red Fern winner!

The location is great, the food is better

Pros: 100% vegan menu , Tasty deserts, You can find their pastries in nearby cafes

Cons: Small


Points +34

31 Mar 2023

Amazing food and staff

Was very happy to find a vegan restaurant in our area. The staff was great and very helpful with also recommending gluten free options for my wife as she has celiacs. It’s not easy to find a place that can accommodate dietary restrictions, but this place is the best!


Points +26

14 Mar 2023

Best vegan food in Rochester

Interesting menu, nice outdoor seating, affordable

Pros: All vegan, Great bakery items, Friendly staff


Points +36

04 Mar 2023

Good food

I go once a month and s add although I previously had ordering hiccups, I figured out how to work the system to avoid waiting. I appreciate that they try different types of food and to make them plant based. I like that they give back. The employees are always nice.

The food is generally good but every visit I’m always waiting for my order and this last one, where my order time was 1,15 hours for preparation and then upon arrival still another 25 to 30 minutes of waiting. it is just not worth it all the time.

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-04

Pros: Good food

Cons: Slow service, No accessibility , No parking


Points +65

28 Feb 2023

Tasty food and treats

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Rochester. I usually get the compost plate but have been known to get a few other dishes. My teen son likes the wraps and sandwiches, my toddler likes the macaroni salad (minus the celery) and the potatoes. They both love all of the baked goods!

Pros: Tasty, Family friendly, Not super expensive


Points +299

07 Feb 2023

Best vegan spot in Rochester

I love going here whenever I'm in Rochester! Everything is amazing, can't go wrong with anything on the menu from the compost plate to breakfast specials!!


Points +73

04 Jan 2023

Favorite place in Rochester

Stop here every time I’m in town and love everything I’ve tried! Good juices and am always tempted by the vegan backed goodies!!!


Points +1938

16 Dec 2022

Best place in Rochester

We love Red Fern so much we sing their answering machine song spontaneously (Beach Boys - Vegetables). A plus to everything. Love the Compost Plate, Buddha Bowl, Lentil Burger, Lentil Loaf, Green Smoothies, and endless desserts. Plus they have really interesting and delicious specials, and hosted a great Valentine's Day Dinner last year. In love.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-07

Pros: Consistently delicious, Super friendly vibe, Very high quality


Points +77

10 Dec 2022

First time…

Small and quaint place in Rochester. It was our first time visiting the area, so it’s always nice to find an all vegan spot to eat.

Pros: Plenty of options, Lots of desserts


Points +128

23 Oct 2022

Fantastic Vegan Food

On a college tour with our daughter, the tour guide recommended this amazing 100% vegan spot in Rochester. Enjoyed macaroni & cheese loaded nachos, Moroccan stew, and a brownie. Plus on tap kombucha. Service was excellent. Made a reservation via Instagram and was glad we did, as seating is relatively limited.

Pros: All vegan, Creative dishes , Excellent service

Cons: Only on street parking.


Points +140

20 Oct 2022

Great Little Place with great desserts

I had the compost platter which allowed me for a taste of the potato and macaroni salads, sweet potato mash, salad, sliced 'steak', It was good. The mash was cold, but I am not sure if they meant it to be that way. My gf ordered the chickpea wrap and it was good.

We also ordered the cheesecake- delicious. We took home over a $100 dollars of various desserts. We have not tasted them all as of yet, but the two we have tasted are delicious. The spice frosted cake and the French toast cookie sandwich was very good.

I certainly recommend this place to anyone.

Pros: all vegan, desserts, broad menu

Cons: cold mash


Points +148

Mostly Veg
06 Sep 2022

Worth the hype. 100%.

Red Fern is such an important place to me. I first went here at the start of my vegan journey so many years ago and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been since. I love this beautiful little spot so much. Cue dramatics… I would marry the Steak and Potatoes dish. My favorite meal ever. We know the staff by name and vice versa and I always feel so welcomed. Weekly specials, desserts, wingz Wednesday’s all a plus as well.

Updated from previous review on 2022-08-11

Pros: Variety of options- healthy and comfort, Atmosphere, Staff

Cons: Location/parking, Limited seating, Expensive


Points +48

14 Aug 2022

Excellent Lunch Options

Had lunch here while visiting town - split the Buddha bowl and nachos between two of us, both were great. Turmeric kombucha on tap was also tasty. Waitstaff was really friendly and welcoming. Central location was really walkable between the other sightseeing we were doing.

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