10Best Selects the Best Restaurants in Buffalo, New York

Buffalo's restaurant scene may surprise visitors. While the city is known for its pub grub like beef on weck and chicken wings, a number of restaurants offer a more sophisticated dining experience and eclectic menus designed by well-known chefs.

Long-time favorites such as EB Green's and Oliver's continue to provide excellent service and cuisine that is perfectly prepared, with an impressive wine and cocktail list to match. With a rich Italian heritage, Buffalo has a wide variety of Italian food, including Salvatore's Italian Gardens and San Marco Ristorante, two elegant restaurants that are ideal for a night of fine dining.

Newcomer Mike A's is set in the jaw-dropping Hotel Lafayette, an architectural gem that features art-deco decor and a five-star dining experience.

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Buffalo dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our list of the best restaurants in Buffalo. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Left Bank
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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 dining room features exposed brick...  Read More


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 caviar may be included on...  Read More

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, opened San Marco. The...  Read More


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 dining experience, upscale night...  Read More

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, and roast Long Island duckling....  Read More


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 porterhouses, New York Strip, Kansas...  Read More

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 wine list, boasting over 200...  Read More

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 items such as glazed smoked...  Read More


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 items like grilled fresh...  Read More


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