Best Buffalo, NY Restaurants

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    10. Laughlin's Hearty Buffalo Bistro

    While many of the city's beef on weck sandwiches can be found in diner-like settings and pubs, Laughlin's is a ideal for a more upscale experience and makes a great stop before or after a show at Shea's Theater....

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    9. Left Bank

    Artists and intellectuals are drawn to this unique downtown bistro for an evening of fine wine, foreign beers, enlightened conversation and soul music. Housed in a century old historical building, the Left Bank...

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    8. Oliver's

    Elegant sophistication defines both the cuisine and décor at this Buffalo mainstay. Since 1936, Oliver's has been a premier choice for the city's elite. Appetizers such as grilled sea scallops with arugula or Oestra...

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    7. San Marco Ristorante

    Superb Northern Italian cuisine inspired by Tuscan and Venetian flavors highlights the seasonal menu at this quiet, elegant restaurant. After moving to Buffalo from Italy, owners Grimaldi and his then fiancee, Nancy,...

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    6. Rue Franklin

    Situated in Buffalo's theater district, this bistro-style restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine, superb service, and a charming ambiance. The lovely outdoor courtyard and garden is ideal for an intimate...

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    5. Salvatore's Italian Gardens

    Enjoy superb Italian dining in a delightfully flamboyant ambiance at this renowned restaurant. The classic menu features such favorites as osso buco, marsala, and rollitini, along with rack of lamb, Maine lobster,...

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    4. E.B. Green's

    E.B. Green's a popular, independently owned restaurant in downtown Buffalo adjacent to the Hyatt Regency and is known throughout the city for its steaks. There's plenty to choose from, including prime rib and...

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    3. Bacchus Wine Bar

    Inventive small plates, stylish decor and great wine (of course) attract crowds to this fun wine bar. Patrons nibble on delicacies such as fried brie and seared tuna with Asian noodle salad, and the award-winning...

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    2. Mike A's

    This dazzling addition to the Hotel Lafayette is quickly becoming a favorite new restaurant in Buffalo. Acclaimed Chef Mike Andrzejewski brings an eclectic menu to the fine-dining establishment. First courses include...

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    1. Hutch's

    With a bistro ambiance that features white table clothes, dark lighting and a stylish bar, this restaurant offers interesting combinations of Asian, Italian, and American dishes. The cuisine is creative and features...

About Buffalo, NY Restaurants

In the midst of Buffalo's snowy winters, the city's eateries provide respite and hot, comforting eats to hungry travelers. When the weather warms up, many restaurateurs extend their dining space to outdoor patios and sidewalks that allow patrons to soak up the sights and sounds of the city. Regardless of the season, Buffalo's hungry population and steady stream of tourists create a need for serviceable sandwich shops and notable spots for fine dining. Buffalo's restaurant scene rises to the occasion and combines the best of homespun tradition with International flare and cutting edge culinary technique. Its premier steakhouse, E.B. Green's has received national recognition in recent years. Meanwhile, the city's specialty sandwich, "beef on weck," is served in numerous eateries and bars – it's another can't miss. Stop by Charlie the Butcher's Main Street lunch counter for this local delicacy. Popular Italian kitchens, ranging from homestyle spaghetti joints such as Chef's in downtown Buffalo to high-end dining rooms like Ristorante Lombardo, dominate the market for ethnic food. However, opportunities for sampling other cuisines abound, whether it's Polish, German, Indian or Thai you're craving.

About Elizabeth Baxley

Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.

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