The Best Restaurants in Buffalo
Collected by Sean Flynn , AFAR Local Expert
There’s so much more to Buffalo’s food scene than chicken wings. With creative chefs, farm-to-table restaurants, and craft cocktail bars galore, the city is quickly making a name for itself as a culinary capital. Much of its success is thanks to large refugee and immigrant populations, who continue to infuse the city with international ingredients and cooking techniques.
444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213, USA
Located in the recently restored Hotel Henry, 100 Acres was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in years when it debuted in mid-2017. Today, it continues to live up to the hype with a menu of market-fresh fare sourced from local...
1047 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14209, USA
No trip to Buffalo would be complete without a stop at Anchor Bar. Open since 1964, this is where Teressa Bellissimo served the city’s very first chicken wings. While the restaurant also offers a full menu of salads, sandwiches, and fish...
370 Virginia St, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA
Located in Allentown, down a quiet, tree-lined street, Betty’s is the perfect spot if you’re searching for simple, comforting fare. While the restaurant is open for all three meals, breakfast takes top honors—the Luv Sandwich (a...
402 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA
A meal at this casual West Side eatery feels more like dining in someone’s home rather than a restaurant, thanks to the eclectic decor and cozy vibe. The bungalow-like space also features a side patio with small bistro tables, perfect for...
291 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14204, USA
A Buffalo mainstay, Chef’s has been serving heaping plates of spaghetti since 1923. Situated on the outskirts of Downtown, the Italian spot offers homestyle fare that works for everything from family gatherings to romantic date nights....
1472 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216, USA
Before opening Craving Restaurant in 2013, chef Adam Goetz worked everywhere from the James Beard House to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Now, he puts his talents to good use in North Buffalo, combining fresh ingredients with highly skilled...
500 Seneca St Suite 119, Buffalo, NY 14204, USA
James and Connie Roberts, the husband-and-wife team behind Toutant, opened Dobutsu in 2018 with the aim of bringing quality seafood to Western New York. At their Larkin Square spot, the menu highlights American and Asian Pacific fare, with a...
145 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA
Gabriel’s Gate has been a local staple for years, but it recently started getting national attention after Bon Appétit named its chicken wings the best in Buffalo. The restaurant, located in a historic home in Allentown, features...
716 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210, USA
When Hydraulic Hearth burst on the scene in 2014, in the recently revitalized Larkin District, it was met with a litany of praise for its wood-fired pizzas and expert cocktails. Since then, it’s maintained rave reviews by keeping things...
226 Lexington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA
With its exposed brick walls, small tables, and inventive Japanese fare, this Elmwood Village sushi spot is a restaurant you’d expect to find in Brooklyn rather than Buffalo. Still, chef Kuni Sato has run the local favorite since 1996,...
112 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
Opened in 2015, Marble + Rye was one of the first restaurants in Buffalo to offer artfully crafted cocktails—something the city was sorely missing. With a focus on whiskey and creative ingredients, the spot became a fast favorite, serving...
700 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210, USA
This 1937 diner car was disassembled, moved to its current location in the heart of Larkin Square, and fully restored before opening in 2017. Today, it looks just as it did 80 years ago—from the mahogany trim and barrel-vaulted ceiling to...
367 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213, USA
Located on Buffalo’s West Side, this farm-to-table favorite comes courtesy of award-winning chefs Steve and Ellen Gedra. Here, the menu changes daily to highlight locally sourced produce and sustainably raised meat, so diners are guaranteed...
491 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14207, USA
Opened in 2016, The Dapper Goose stands out in meat-loving Buffalo with a menu that highlights locally sourced produce. Divided into small and large plates, dishes range from beetroot tartine with horseradish cream cheese and crispy chickpeas, to...
437 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
Until Toutant opened in 2015, Buffalonians were hard-pressed to find any quality Southern food in their hometown. But now, when the craving for buttermilk fried chicken hits, they head to this Downtown spot, where chef James Robert combines his...
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