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Samba Cafe

$$ - $$$
Brazilian, South American
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350 State St, Rochester, NY 14608-1850 (Factory St.)
+1 585-287-5700
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

One of the best black beans and rice dishes I've ever had. I had the Samba platter with grilled pork. It came with a special farofa (toasted yucca flour) that the owner added delicious flavors to. The entire meal was wonderful and I can't wait to go back to have the same meal, and try some new dishes.

Thank Morgan S
Rochester, New York
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

I was looking for a change of pace restaurant in Rochester where I could get a decent plate of black beans and rice and came across a review for Samba where I recently ordered lunch. The owner was very welcoming and helpful. He instructed me on the menu choices and I chose the Mineiro Platter consisting of sauteed pork loin,... More 

Thank Terry V
Rochester, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Today I tried the Samba plate - a delicious salad made of romaine, grapes, feta, chopped tomato and onion, and blue cheese. I added the lime pork which was roasted to perfection. Generous portions and very tasty. Owner and his wife are very friendly and pride shows in all they do. Very reasonably priced too.

Thank MaryErinO
Rochester, New York
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115 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012 via mobile

We went to this restaurant after a show at the arena. It was definitely not what I expected. While the atmosphere leaves much to be desired, the food was incredible. The service was prompt and the owner made sure he spoke to us about the ingredients and origin of the food. The servings were huge and the pricing quite reasonable.... More 

Thank AviMom2006
Rochester, New York
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126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Samba promises an all-Brazilian menu - and delivers. My companion had spent two years in Rio and was very impressed with the selections and preparation of the menu items. The owner-cook is a recent immigrant from Brazil and takes great pride in his food. Everything is made fresh from fresh ingredients. The restaurant is very small, having only six small... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Brazilian, South American
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 350 State St, Rochester, NY 14608-1850
    (Factory St.)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-287-5700

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