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James Brown's Place

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1356 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609-5338
+1 585-288-4250
06:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 14:00
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Meet the locals at an authentic favorite place and make some new local acquaintances . Be patient ; you are not getting fast food here , but TLC food like mama used to make ! Excellent menu , modest prices , good service , friendly clientele . Not a franchise ; family owned and operated . With a southern flair... More 

Thank Ava C
Hilton, New York
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69 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sorry to say but a potato pancakes is not a flat pancake with some shredded potato in it, served cold. My Tuscan special, as it was listed on the menu was a disappointment the first time. The cook used the over easy eggs to warm the sausage, peppers onions and potatos they were placed on top of.!!!!!! After adding salt... More 

Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

My favorite breakfast place in Rochester. Numerous specials every weekend and friendly service. It is a small pace and gets quite crowded so get there early (before 9am) if you don't want to wait. The Big Mofo is the best.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Rochester, New York
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116 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I have heard so many good things about this place that I finally had to check it out. The waitress was really friendly & kept our coffee cups filled. I ordered the corned beef hash that was homemade & not out of a can. It was fantastic! The waitress told me that they often run out of it because it's... More 

1 Thank OP-Critic
West Henrietta, New York
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Looking to try some place new parking wasn't bad with a parking lot next door. When we first arrived there was a small line wait time wasn't bad. The breakfast menu is huge they have weekend specials that change weekly according to our waitress. After we ordered took a while to get our food but we were in no hurry... More 

1 Thank ton020
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

You know when you walk into a place like James Brown's you're going to have a great breakfast. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and the food was just what we were looking for. The sound creaking screen door, as you enter, brought back memories of old school diner - luncheonettes' of a gone era. The coffee was great and... More 

1 Thank sailrobins
Camby, Indiana
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Come once a year during RIT family weekend. Always busy and usually have to wait outside. Wide variety of breakfasts and nearly all are excellent and have generous portions. Pancakes are cooked to perfection. Waitresses are busy but usually pretty efficient. Watching the cooks is fascinating.

1 Thank DutchDoc1
Wayne, New Jersey
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I had two mornings in Rochester and I spent both at this special little diner/luncheonette. My biggest regret was that I was unable to come back to try any of their lunch items. Even though I was a visitor, I was made to immediately feel like a regular. The staff are welcoming, friendly and the chefs are talented. I live... More 

1 Thank HanSoloTraveler
Rochester, New York
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The best banana pancakes ever. The bathroom is very scary . You have to go down to the basement of this very old basement yuck!!!!!

1 Thank janine t
Rochester, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I used to go to this place all the time, it was my favorite neighborhood place for brunch and breakfast, I was a regular, but after being rushed out the door after my meal by an obnoxious waitress/hostess not once but twice in the span of a few weeks, I was DONE. Sorry this took so long to write, I... More 

1 Thank Steven F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
American, Diner, International
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1356 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609-5338
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-288-4250

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?