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Our Story

Established in 1970 by Nick Castronova, the Lamplighter quickly became a Rochester favorite. Continental cuisine highlighted by Italian specialties make that romantic dinner for two or party for fifty an event you won't soon forget. 

In July of 2015, long time employee Lisa Seifert purchased the restaurant from Castronova. After making some cosmetic changes, bringing the décor up to date while still keeping the warm and cozy feel, Lisa reintroduced the restaurant as her own.


William (Elliott) Rodwell, who has been with the Lamplighter for over 30 years, is still creating special meals that will keep you returning.

Together, Lisa, Elliott and the amazing staff are committed to maintaining the culinary excellence you’ve come to love and expect from the Lamplighter for over 50 years.

Owner: Lisa Seifert

Chef: William "Elliott" Rodwell

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