the Mercantile On Main

Eat & meet at rochester's best event space

Rochester’s signature space goes so far beyond just breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Mercantile on Main isn’t just Rochester’s urban eatery. It’s Rochester’s newest and most unique event hub. If you can dream it, we can host it. Your organization’s annual fundraiser? No problem. This year’s performance award ceremony? No problem. The wedding to beat all weddings? You bet.

And don’t forget happy hour and late night cocktails — making this urban eatery the perfect venue for business and social affairs.

Looking for wide open spaces with an exquisite design aesthetic? We have it. Smaller, private gatherings? We have that, too. Oh, and did we mention catering? We offer a curated collection of some of the best food and drink this town has to offer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Have your next private or semi-private event here in the historic Sibley Square, the building we call home.

Let us solve your takeout or dine-in desires for everything from great coffee to Rochester’s most captivating culinary creations. Our heavenly hub is here waiting for you at the corner of Clinton & Main, where business gets done, friendships are fueled, and Rochester has fun.

The St. Joe’s Parking Garage is conveniently attached right to our building. In addition, the Mortimer Street Garage is a stone’s throw away. Parking validations are free with purchase at any of the Mercantile kitchens.

Rochester Style, Worldwide Flavor

THE URBAN EATERY FOR BOTH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Whether you’re taking out or taking a seat, our curated collection of bravely unique food and drink partners is what creates our diverse mosaic of palette pleasing perfection.

Served with the straightforwardness of Rochester, but still internationally influenced, there’s something on the menu for not only every person, but every situation.

With app ordering (through Toast Takeout) or Mercantile gift cards (at the kiosk), it’s food at your fingertips to be enjoyed on the go or in our inviting communal atrium. If you have a Mercantile gift card and would like to check your balance, click here.

Dive into each of our family of food options below, and don’t forget that the Merc on Main does coffee better than ‘Bucks!

Top Lunch Restaurants & Food Court in Downtown Rochester

Sibley's

Toyland

Sibley’s Toyland Now Open!

Come visit the historic Sibley’s Toyland open Monday – Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday – Sunday, 10am-2pm. Open now through January 31st.

Years ago Sibley’s Department Store, where the @merconmain resides today, was a destination for thousands of folks during the holiday season. It was an unmatched atmosphere in Downtown Rochester that drew families from all over Monroe County and beyond to experience the holidays at a whole new level. “Toyland” and “The Magic Corridor” are familiar to most Rochesterians and countless have fond memories of their experiences at Sibley’s during the holiday season. Toys, animatronic elves, Santa, and Mrs. Clause were just a few of the nostalgic characters in a floor wide display within Sibley’s.

@winncompanies @sibleysquare & @merconmain are proud to announce the restoration of these nostalgic animatronics and decorations that now fill Sibley Square once again!

Coffee & Cocktails

Open early for your ethically-sourced cup of coffee. Open late to wind down after work with cocktails.

Brunch & Business

Whether the format is cocktails or collaboration, we've got the space or seclusion you need.

Location & Parking

Sibley Square is centrally located, with ample parking steps away in nearby garages and street spaces.

A place for friendships and family

KITCHENS, COFFEE, & COCKTAILS

Est. 2001

Mon - Thu: 11:30a - 8p, Fri: 11:30a - 9p

Palermo's Market for Lunch in Rochester, NY

Growing up among butchers and food lovers, our mentor always said, “Never serve a sandwich to anyone you wouldn’t serve to your family.” So we don’t.

Ours are always made with the finest ingredients. After all, when you’ve been handcrafting sandwiches since 2001, every bite becomes an expression of love.

RoCoCo

mon - sat: 7a - 4p

RoCoCo Coffee Company Café Rochester NY

Welcome to RoCoCo Café. Our team is obsessed with brewing regionally roasted coffees that will make your day — whatever time of day that is.

Your first morning sip. A mid-day break. Your late afternoon pick-me-up. Whether you grab and go or sit and savor, our goal is to wake up your taste buds, lift your mood, and brighten your spirit.

WEBSITE  |  EMAIL

Culture of Liquid Mediums

mon - fri: 11a - 7p

We have a saying: A day without Pho is a day without warmth. The harmonic comingling of fresh, healthy ingredients simmering in aromatic broth and customized with your choice of condiments is pure comfort in a bowl.

It’s through a culture of liquid mediums that we aim to nourish your body and soothe your soul – any time of day, every season of the year.

Spanish & Mediterranean

MON - thu: 11:30A - 8P, fri: 11:30a - 9p

La Bola Mediterranean for Dinner in Rochester, NY

With us you’ll enjoy a variety of authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine including, hot pressed sandwiches, fresh seasonal salads and several entrees that are sure to impress.

Join us at the bar for an exceptional variety of signature cocktails (and mocktails). Wine, beer and all of your favorite libations.

585-434-0044  |  WEBSITE EMAIL

Caribbean Cuisine

MON - FRI: 11A - 7P​

Formed by recipes passed down from generation to generation, we promise your taste buds will scream, “Me Gusta!” with every single mouth-watering bite. 

Each plate is designed to your liking: full of flavor and always fulfilling.

Southern Hospitality

MON - FRI: 11:30A - 8P

Frenchman Street Cajun Restaurant Rochester NY

A taste of New Orleans brought to Rochester. House-smoked meats, po’ boys, gumbo, and more… all paired with warm Southern Hospitality.

The Mercantile on Main

ORDER FOOD ON THE APP

Order food for takeout or dine-in using the quick and easy Toast app.

Rochester's Signature Event Space

WEDDINGS AND EVENTS REIMAGINED FOR ROCHESTER

We introduce to the Flower City a one-of-a-kind event space that redefines repurposed urban space and also captures the culture of Rochester. The Mercantile On Main is the perfect place to host weddings or corporate events that stand out. With a focus on the creativity of a clean slate, we aim to inspire and uplift those who choose to host their special day at our historic venue.

This unique space is revamped through decades of unlocked character to showcase the beauty of artistic expression as a backdrop to your defining day. From the stunning walls adorned with modern murals, to the well-preserved bones of days gone by, our events space is the perfect reflection of artistic freedom in time and space. Guests will be taken aback by the nostalgic majesty of each sightline inside and out, which exudes a sense of grandeur and Rochester elegance.

We understand that every wedding or corporate event is unique, so we work with you to create a customized experience that suits your needs. We’re fully equipped with a catering kitchen, on-site tables and seating, and other amenities to make your event seamless. At The Mercantile On Main, you can expect a remarkable, inspiring, and unparalleled event experience.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED A BIT...

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Sibley's 19xx

Backstory of the building. Probably additional photos and chronicling here.

I Heart Rochester

Parcel info and more renovation process background story here.

Rochesterians

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