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Last Update: Monday, 14 September 2015

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NEW
[9/14/15]
It is with some sadness, but also some relief, that I announce the closing of my Buffalo Restaurant Guide.

I began it in 1988—long before the Web was a glimmer in anyone's eye—as a 2-page handout for an international conference that I hosted at UB.

I am gratified that it has grown to have a loyal following and many reviewers. But I have retired from UB, moved out of Buffalo, and now have other obligations to fulfill.

In addition, there are now many other Buffalo restaurant websites and Facebook pages.

To my readers and reviewers, many thanks! I apologize for a large backlog of as-yet-unpublished reviews. I will contact those reviewers privately and urge them to send their reviews elsewhere.

The guide will remain accessible on the Web unless its host, the UB Department of Computer Science & Engineering, decides otherwise.

Bon appetit!

-Bill
NEW

This Month's Reviews

New contributions are listed in reverse chronological order of publication,
so that you can see which restaurants were reviewed most recently.

NEW or UPDATED Reviews NEWly-Listed Restaurants CLOSED :-(
(date removed from list)
September 2015 Rodney's on the Lake    (Hamburg/Athol Springs)
Hydraulic Hearth    (Buffalo/East Side)
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar    (Buffalo/West Side)
[***] Mother's Restaurant    (Buffalo/Allentown)
The Wellington Pub    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
[***] Scallion Bistro
      (Chautauqua County/Lakewood)
Daniel's Restaurant    (Village of Hamburg)
Lloyd Taco Truck    (variable locations)
99 Brick Oven Bar & Grille    (Village of Lancaster)
Marble+Rye    (Downtown Buffalo)
[***] Trattoria Aroma    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
La Fleur    (Chautauqua County/Chautauqua-Mayville)
[***] Papaya Asian Kitchen & Bar
      (Downtown Buffalo)
Water Lily Cafe    (Lancaster/Bowmansville)
Papa Jake's Saloon    (North Buffalo)
[–]
Casa-di-Pizza    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)

(The index to older reviews from the past year can be found after the News, Queries, & Comments section.)


NEWs, Queries, & Comments
[Bill's comments in blue.]

[9/1/15]
There are new entries on my "Good Things about Buffalo and Western NY" page (scroll down to #9 and #14).


[8/7/15]
Today's new review mentions two eating establishments that have not yet been reviewed: Black Market Food Truck and Allen Burger Venture. Readers who have tried one or both of these are invited to send us a review!


Interesting links:


Reviews from the Past Year

Contributions are listed in reverse chronological order of publication,

NEW or UPDATED Reviews NEWly-Listed Restaurants CLOSED :-(
(date removed from list)
August 2015 Lucia's on the Lake    (Hamburg/Athol Springs)
Toutant    (Downtown Buffalo)
[*] Caffe Espresso    (Clarence/Harris Hill-Transit Rd.)
Steener's Pub    (Chautauqua County/Greenhurst)
Duff's Famous Wings
      (Clarence/Harris Hill-Transit Rd.-Eastern Hills Mall)
Coco Bar & Bistro
      (Buffalo/Allentown-Bflo Niagara Medical Campus)
[**] Fuji Sushi & Steak House
      (Chautauqua County/Lakewood)
[***] Forte    (Chautauqua County/Jamestown)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
Rizotto Ristorante    (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
La Scala Restaurant    (Chautauqua County/Fluvanna)
[***] Tandoori's
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
Sun Restaurant    (Buffalo/Black Rock)
La Rosa NY Style Pizzeria
      (Clarence/Harris Hill-Transit Rd.-Eastern Hills Mall)
Melting Point    (Buffalo/Allentown)
Cecelia's Ristorante    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Hydraulic Hearth    (Buffalo/East Side)
Della Terra    (Downtown Buffalo)
Kuni's    (Buffalo/West Side-Elmwood Village)
Cantina Loco    (Buffalo/Allentown-Elmwood Village)
The Roycroft Inn    (East Aurora)
[*] Zetti's Pizza and Pasta    (Amherst/Maple Rd.)
The Griffon Gastropub
      (Clarence/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
Five Points Bakery and Toast Cafe    (Buffalo/West Side)
Little Caesar's    (Chautauqua County/Lakewood)
Sterling Tap & Wurst
      (Buffalo/North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Eddie's Chop House    (Buffalo/University District)
Marble+Rye    (Downtown Buffalo)
David's Grille    (Village of Orchard Park)

Sinbad Market    (Tonawanda/Kenmore)

July 2015 The Hatch Restaurant    (Buffalo/Downtown Waterfront)
Toutant    (Downtown Buffalo)
[–]
Casa-di-Pizza    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
The Charles Restaurant    (Canada/Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Peller Estates Winery Restaurant
      (Canada/Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Elma Towne Grille    (Elma)
Gino's NY Pizza    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Acqua Restaurant & Banquets    (Buffalo/Black Rock)
[***] Landmark Restaurant
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar    (Buffalo/West Side)
Liberty Hound    (Buffalo/Downtown Waterfront)
[***] The Italian Fisherman
      (Chautauqua County/Bemus Point)
The Archer Grilled Meats & Aquatics
      (Downtown Buffalo)
Rue Franklin    (Downtown Buffalo)
Pearl St. Grill & Brewery    (Downtown Buffalo)
La Tee Da    (Buffalo/Allentown-Elmwood Village)
The Stuffed Hot Pepper
      (Amherst/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
HobNob Restaurant & Wine Bar
      (Canada/Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Tavern at Windsor Park    (East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
Coppola's Pizzaria
      (Chautauqua County/Bemus Point)
Steener's Pub    (Chautauqua County/Greenhurst)
[*] Fuji Sushi & Steak House
      (Chautauqua County/Lakewood)
Jojo Bistro and Wine Bar
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
Metzger's Pub-Restaurant    (West Seneca/Ebenezer)
J.P. Bullfeathers    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)

[**] Carmine's Italiano
      (Clarence/Harris Hill-Transit Rd. area)

  • Closed due to fire;
    plans to re-open.

Ambrosia Taverna…Nektar Nights
      (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
(Old) Red Mill Inn    (Clarence/Harris Hill)
Toro Tapas Bar    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)

June 2015 [***] Hutch's    (Buffalo/Delaware District)
[***] Rocco's Wood Fired Pizza
      (Clarence/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
[*] Webster's Bistro & Bar
      (Niagara County/North Tonawanda)
Mac's on Hertel    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
[**] Saigon Café    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
31 Club    (Buffalo/Lower West Side)
716 Food and Sport    (Buffalo/East Side-Downtown)
Gertie's    (Clarence Center)
Toutant    (Downtown Buffalo)
Bar Bill Tavern    (East Aurora)
Saigon Bangkok
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
Il Fiorentino Ristorante
      (Orchard Park/Wilson Stadium-ECC South area)
The Shores
      (Niagara County/North Tonawanda-Tonawanda Island)
Medici House    (East Aurora)
Tabree    (Amherst/Snyder)
Toutant    (Downtown Buffalo)
Daniel's Restaurant    (Village of Hamburg)
Broadway Hotel
      (Niagara County/North Tonawanda)
[***] YOLO Restaurant & Lounge
      (Clarence/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
La Scala Restaurant    (Chautauqua County/Fluvanna)
[***] Linguine's Italian Restaurant
      (Lancaster/Bowmansville)
Lucia's on the Lake    (Hamburg/Athol Springs)
Mac's on Hertel    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Squire on Main    (Amherst/Snyder)
The Now Pizzeria    (Village of Hamburg)
Colombo's Sports Bar & Grill
      (Hamburg/Lake View)
New China
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-East Amherst)
Sesame House
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-East Amherst)
The Well Bar & Grill    (Village of Orchard Park)
Milano's Pizzeria & Family Restaurant
      (Tonawanda/Kenmore)
Mike's Lucky Dog    (Village of Hamburg)
August Bistro & Bar    (Village of Hamburg)
May 2015 The Wellington Pub    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Alfie's Restaurant    (Chautauqua County/West Ellicott)
Olive Garden    (Chautauqua County/Lakewood)
The Mess Hall    (Lackawanna)
Buffalo Proper    (Downtown Buffalo)
Otto's Restaurant & Bar    (Cheektowaga/U-Crest)
Martin Cooks    (Buffalo/West Side)
[*] Giancarlo's Sicilian Steakhouse & Pizzeria
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
Dug's Dive    (Buffalo/Old First Ward-Waterfront area)
[–]
Chef's Restaurant    (Buffalo/East Side-Downtown)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
Jaguar at the Bistro    (Niagara County/Youngstown)
Dandelion's Restaurant    (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
Boomerang's Bar & Grill    (Buffalo/West Side)
Toutant    (Downtown Buffalo)
Romeo and Juliet's Bakery & Caffe    (Hamburg)
80 China Cafe    (Amherst/UB North Campus area)
Torches Restaurant    (Tonawanda/Kenmore)
  • Restaurant closed;
    still open for catering and banquets

[*] Bagel Jay's    (Amherst/Audubon location only)

Reuben's NY Deli

  • [WHN, 5/6/15] says:
    "Reuben's NY Deli has closed but,
    according to their Facebook page,
    is being sold and will reopen
    under the new owners."
April 2015 Rick's on Main    (East Aurora)
Ming Cafe    (Buffalo/University Heights)
[*] CRāVing    (Buffalo/North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Mulberry Italian Ristorante    (Lackawanna)
The Archer Grilled Meats & Aquatics    (Downtown Buffalo)
Black Iron Bystro    (Hamburg/Blasdell)
Tabree    (Amherst/Snyder)
Fables Cafe    (Downtown Buffalo)
The Mess Hall    (Lackawanna)
Jaguar at the Bistro    (Niagara County/Youngstown)
Shango New Orleans Bistro & Wine Bar
      (Buffalo/University Heights)
Thai House    (Cheektowaga/Depew)
Black Swan Lounge    (Buffalo/Allentown-Elmwood Village)
Orazio's Restaurant    (Clarence/Harris Hill-Clarence Hollow)
[***] Saigon Bangkok
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
Daniel's Restaurant    (Village of Hamburg)
The Left Bank    (Buffalo/West Side)
Polish Villa 2    (Cheektowaga/Kaisertown)
Amaretto Bistro
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Corners)
[–]
Pizza Plant Italian Pub
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
Foundry Lounge    (Buffalo/North Buffalo)
Sato    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Black Rock Kitchen & Bar
      (Buffalo/North Buffalo-Black Rock)
Prospero Catering    (Buffalo/Allentown)
Kung Food    (Buffalo/University Heights)
[–]
Great Northern Pizza Kitchen
      (Amherst/Williamsville)
March 2015 [***] Trattoria Aroma    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar    (Buffalo/West Side)
Tempo    (Buffalo/Allentown)
The Stuffed Hot Pepper
      (Amherst/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
Buffalo Proper    (Downtown Buffalo)
Pan American Grill & Brewery    (Downtown Buffalo)
J.P. Bullfeathers    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
[***] Osteria 166    (Downtown Buffalo)
The Protocol Restaurant
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Corners)
Tappo Restaurant    (Downtown Buffalo)
[***] Creekview Restaurant    (Amherst/Williamsville)
Sophia's Restaurant    (Buffalo/Black Rock)
[***] Hutch's    (Buffalo/Delaware District)
[*] Shawbuck's Press Room Restaurant
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)
Bourbon and Butter    (Downtown Buffalo)
[***] Landmark Restaurant
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)
Buffalo's Best Grill    (Orchard Park/Windom)
Bar Bill Tavern    (East Aurora)
Elmo's Bar & Restaurant    (Amherst/Getzville)
Gabriel's Gate    (Buffalo/Allentown-Elmwood Village)
Kuni's    (Buffalo/West Side-Elmwood Village)
[*] Siena    (Amherst/Snyder)
Black Swan Lounge
      (Buffalo/Allentown-Elmwood Village)
The Stuffed Hot Pepper
      (Amherst/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
The Mess Hall    (Lackawanna)
Greek on the Street    (Tonawanda/Kenmore)
Judi's Lounge Bar & Grill
      (Niagara County/Niagara Falls, NY)
Lovejoy Pizza
      (Buffalo/East Side–Bailey-Lovejoy & Allentown)
 
February 2015 Tappo Restaurant    (Downtown Buffalo)
Tempo    (Buffalo/Allentown)
Sweetness 7 Cafe    (Buffalo/Parkside)
Pasquale's    (West Seneca/Ebenezer)
WaterStone Grill    (Village of Hamburg)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
[**] Bijou Grille    (Downtown Buffalo)
[***] Vito e Vino
      (Amherst/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
Sun Restaurant    (Buffalo/Black Rock)

Updates to The Restaurants by Cuisine index!

The Buffalo News "Cheap Eats" 10 favorites for 2014

[**] Rue Franklin    (Downtown Buffalo)
The Dove Restaurant    (Town of Orchard Park)
Just Vino    (Buffalo/Allentown)
Lagerhaus 95    (Buffalo/Cobblestone-Old First Ward)
[**] Creekview Restaurant    (Amherst/Williamsville)
716 Food and Sport
      (Buffalo/East Side-Downtown)
[–]
Chef's Restaurant    (Buffalo/East Side-Downtown)
The Nine-Eleven Tavern    (South Buffalo)
Joe's Deli    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Ulrich's 1868 Tavern    (Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus)
Sophia's Restaurant    (Buffalo/Black Rock)
Merge    (Buffalo/Allentown)
[*] Saigon Café    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
BOSS (Buffalo's Original Steak & Seafood)
      (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)

Handlebar at the Hub    (Downtown Buffalo)

The Buffalo News "Cheap Eats" 10 favorites for 2014

Chennai Express    (Downtown Buffalo)
716 Food and Sport    (Buffalo/East Side-Downtown)

La Castelana Pizzeria & Restaurant
      (Cheektowaga/Depew)

Tony Rome's    (West Seneca/Ebenezer)

Mango'z Jamaican Restaurant
      (Buffalo/West Side-Elmwood Village)
Stone Road Grille
      (Canada/Niagara-on-the-Lake)
January 2015 [*] Nektar    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
The Archer Grilled Meats & Aquatics
      (Downtown Buffalo)
[***] Rocco's Wood Fired Pizza
      (Clarence/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
Rodney's on the Lake    (Hamburg/Athol Springs)
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar    (Buffalo/West Side)
Saigon Café    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Bourbon and Butter    (Downtown Buffalo)
BOSS (Buffalo's Original Steak & Seafood)
      (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Hydraulic Hearth    (Buffalo/East Side)
Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
Betty's    (Buffalo/Allentown)
Mythos    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
[***] San Marco Ristorante
      (Amherst/Snyder)
[**] Chester's Cajun Grill
      (East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
[*] Shogun
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
Daniel's Restaurant    (Village of Hamburg)
Garlock's Restaurant    (Niagara County/Lockport)
[*] Saigon Bangkok
      Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-Transit Rd.)
The Poppyseed Restaurant
      (Hamburg/Blasdell-McKinley Mall)
Ristorante Lombardo    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Torches Restaurant    (Tonawanda/Kenmore)
[*] Landmark Restaurant
      (Chautauqua County/Jamestown)
Winfield's Pub    (City of Lackawanna)
Roux Soup Bar & Cafe
      (Buffalo/East Side-Downtown)
Fresco Pizza & Wings
      (Chautauqua County/Jamestown)
Valle of Mexico    (South Buffalo)
McKenzie's Bar and Grille    (Hamburg/Athol Springs)
[*] Root Five Waterfront Restaurant
      (Hamburg/Wanakah)
La Rosa NY Style Pizzeria
      (Amherst/North Bailey-Blvd. Mall location only)
[*] Spilios Family Restaurant
      (Clarence/Harris Hill-Transit Rd. area)
December 2014 Just Vino    (Buffalo/Allentown)
[*] Vito e Vino    (Amherst/East Amherst-Transit Rd.)
[*] Caffe Espresso    (Clarence/Harris Hill-Transit Rd.)
Quaker Steak & Lube    (Lancaster/Transit Rd.)
Pho Dollar    (Buffalo/West Side)
Epic Restaurant & Lounge    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Red Coach Inn    (Niagara County/Niagara Falls, NY)
Sawyer Creek Restaurant
      (Niagara County/Wheatfield-Nashville)
The Pub    (Chautauqua County/Jamestown)
The Griffon Pub & Restaurant
      (Niagara County/near Niagara Falls, NY)
[**] Hutch's    (Buffalo/Delaware District)
Martin Cooks    (Buffalo/West Side)
[**] Trattoria Aroma    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Hydraulic Hearth    (Buffalo/East Side)
[**] Osteria 166    (Downtown Buffalo)
Mangia Ristorante & Caffe    (Village of Orchard Park)
Chipotle Mexican Grill
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
Curly's Grill & Banquet Center    (Lackawanna)
Joe's Deli    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Remington Tavern & Seafood Exchange
      (Niagara County/North Tonawanda)
BOSS (Buffalo's Original Steak & Seafood)
      (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar    (Buffalo/West Side)
[–]
Casa-di-Pizza    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
Black Iron Bystro    (Hamburg/Blasdell)
Imperial Pizza    (South Buffalo)
Hydraulic Hearth    (Buffalo/East Side)
Windows on the Green
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
November 2014 Windows on the Green    (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
[**] Hutch's    (Buffalo/Delaware District)
[**] Papaya Asian Kitchen & Bar
      (Downtown Buffalo)
Landmark Restaurant    (Chautauqua County/Jamestown)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
Break'n Eggs Crêperie    (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
Henry's at Kleinhans    (Buffalo/Allentown)
The Dove Restaurant    (Town of Orchard Park)
La Scala Restaurant    (Chautauqua County/Fluvanna)
Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant    (Downtown Buffalo)
Buffalo Proper    (Downtown Buffalo)
[**] Osteria 166    (Downtown Buffalo)
[**] Mother's Restaurant    (Buffalo/Allentown)
[*] Bravo Cucina Italiana
      (Cheektowaga/Walden Galleria)
Saigon Café    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Curly's Grill & Banquet Center    (Lackawanna)
Carmelo's Restaurant    (Niagara County/Lewiston)
My Tomato Pie
      (Amherst/Eggertsville-Northtown Plaza)
The Public House of Buffalo
      (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Campfire Grill    (Cheektowaga/Depew)
Dog é Style    (Downtown Buffalo)
Skaros Family Restaurant    (Cheektowaga/Depew)
Rapids Restaurant    (Niagara County/South Lockport)
Suzanne's Fine Dining
      (Niagara County/Wheatfield-St. Johnsburg)
My Burger Bar    (Amherst/Eggertsville-Northtown Plaza)
Pizza Plant Italian Pub
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville-
      Walker Center location only)
October 2014 The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar
      (Buffalo/West Side)
Cole's    (Buffalo/Elmwood Village)
Scharf's German Restaurant und Bar
      (West Seneca/Winchester)
Elm Street Bakery    (East Aurora)
Reuben's New York Delicatessen
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
[**] Papaya Asian Kitchen & Bar
      (Downtown Buffalo)
Shango New Orleans Bistro & Wine Bar
      (Buffalo/University Heights)
Seabar    (Downtown Buffalo)
Oshun Oyster Bar    (Downtown Buffalo)
[*] Siena    (Amherst/Snyder)
[***] Forte
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)
Ristorante Lombardo    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)
Sun Restaurant    (Buffalo/Black Rock)
LongHorn Steakhouse
      (Orchard Park/Windom)
Bourbon and Butter    (Downtown Buffalo)
Cugino's Italian Restaurant
      (Amherst/"Greater" Williamsville)
Ballyhoo Links and Drinks
      (Buffalo/Old First Ward)
Shawbuck's Press Room Restaurant
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)
Winfield's Pub    (City of Lackawanna)
The Sprinkle Cone Ice Cream Parlor
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)
Sterling Place Tavern    (North Buffalo-Hertel Ave.)

Jones 212 Bakery & Cafe
      (Chautauqua County/Downtown Jamestown)

  • Temporarily(?) closed.
  • Scheduled to reopen at
    306 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY.

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