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300 First

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar
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300 1st Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2830
+1 507-281-2451
16:00 - 23:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Falcon Heights, Minnesota
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had to try this place we had been hearing rave reviews. I am not sure but I think we must have hit them on a bad day. The service was sluggish and the food was not all we had expected. We will likely try again to see it that was the case. Maybe our expectations were too high?

Thank DontAskCuzIwillTellU
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we decided to go to the restaurant and try a new place. It was sat. night and not too busy. we had to shag down some to get us a table although we had reservations. it was early and not all that busy but the greeter was over with some friends. Got our table and some water. Waited 20 min... More 

Thank clipper13
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A gift card from friends to this great place found us celebrating our anniversary with something new. Loved the atmosphere, right off the bat! Excellent service- attentive without being pesky, informative, and genuinely nice. My pear martini was pure bliss in a glass, and both of our entrees and sides were beautifully presented, plentiful, and really delicious. Thinking we just... More 

Thank Janelltheowl .
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The ambiance can't be beat. Our server was perfect. Had the cabbage rolls as apps, which were very good. I had butternut squash ravioli, which overall was good but a bit overpowered by the walnuts. My husband had the ribeye; the meat was well prepared on a bed of fried potatoes, which were quite salty. My husband is always on... More 

Thank Momof4teensTKJN
Byron, Minnesota
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We've been going to 300 First for many years and have always felt they were a consistent and high quality restaurant. Not tonight. The service was outstanding as usual. Friendly wait staff and attentive. The tomato basil soup was luke warm although still tasty. The filet Wellington was definitely not to the level they're known for. It was prepared to... More 

Thank German1793
Roseau, Minnesota
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The food was cold...tasted good but lukewarm to cold. Have been here before and we liked it. Not so tonight!!!

Thank Pam H
Fowler, Indiana
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Large group for dinner, our server was attentive, all food came out at the same time. Would recommended this restaurant!

Thank Just an a
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196 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We dined at 300 First on July 10 for a birthday celebration. For a couple of us, it was our first time at this restaurant. The atmosphere/décor is interesting; darkly lit, wood accents, open grill... Menu items mostly $20-40 per entrée. For the price I expected more for flavor, quality and presentation. Sadly I was not impressed. I had the... More 

Thank MNSandSeeker
North Carolina
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233 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

This may be the way it is prepared in Minnesota, but still really good. Just tell them to hold the pepper. Very tasty Bruschetta as an appetizer. Menu is not large so suggest you go there with an idea what you want. They also have something called a gyro pizza...did not try, but saw other orders of it. (Not your... More 

Thank MrPickwick
Atlanta, Georgia
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320 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

I recently ate dinner here with several colleagues after a late day meeting and had a great time. We had drinks in the lobby seating area while we waited for everyone to join and I was happy to see they had Bells porter on draft. Once we got seated we ordered some random apps for the table and the calamari... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 1st Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2830
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-281-2451

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