10 Best Lunch Hot Spots in Buffalo, New York

Buffalo has an interesting mix of restaurants that cater to the lunch crowd, and each year the "foodie" scene continues to evolve. No matter the type of dining experience you are looking for, you'll find it it Buffalo. From hidden gems like Shango Bistro and Wine Bar, which serves up New Orleans-style cuisine to well-known establishments like Anchor Bar, the creator of the Buffalo wings, you'll have no shortage of options. Cuisine types vary from traditional Western New York favorites, pub grub, Italian, Greek, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Southern, and many more.

Typical diner-style restaurants like Vizzi's and The Towne Restaurant offer mouthwatering burgers and weekend comfort food, while Fat Bob's Smokehouse serves up barbecue ribs, pulled pork and other tender meats smoked on the grill.

Those looking for an upscale lunch atmosphere can check out Seabar, a revolutionary new sushi restaurant that also offers a twist on local staples and international dishes. During the summer months, the Filling Station "fills" with patrons in Larkin Square, an innovative new public space that continues to draw residents and travelers downtown.

No matter what your craving for lunch, you'll find it in Buffalo. Our editors have narrowed down some of their favorite lunch spots and present our top choices.



With blues and reggae music flowing and a classic down-home decor, this is one of Buffalo's best barbeque haunts. Located in the trendy Allentown district, Fat Bob's atmosphere is friendly and the food terrific since nearly everything is made...  Read More



This Buffalo newcomer in the dazzling Larkin Square is now open for lunch and serves up classic American favorites like sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Try the chicken sandwich with avocado and citrus chutney or the shrimp tacos with cabbage...  Read More



This simple Greek restaurant has served the Buffalo area for the past 30 years. Menu items include classic spanakopita (spinach pie), saganaki (cheese with pitas), and beef and lamb souvlaki (skewers). At lunchtime, they serve items like spinach...  Read More



Pass through the Gothic gates in front of this Allentown favorite and grab a seat inside, or at the outdoor courtyard. The atmosphere inside is that of a rustic hunter's lodge with antique ceilings from the 1800s. The menu consists of...  Read More



Although Curly's been in the same family since the 1930s, it recently began to offer the city classic Caribbean cuisine. The décor is traditional pub, but there's also a Jamaican room where diners can enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean. Curly's...  Read More

North Buffalo
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This local gem serves up sandwiches, salads, beef on weck (that's piled high) and some of Buffalo's best burgers with a massive portion of thick french fries, pasta, red potato salad. The monster burger is legendary,a flavorful patty topped...  Read More



This is the original home of Buffalo wings, which were first concocted in 1964 by the bar's original proprietor as a snack for late night patrons. Still available, the wings are smothered with spicy Buffalo sauce and served with celery and bleu...  Read More

Elmwood Avenue


This Elmwood Village dining room wins raves from connoisseurs of Indian food. Irresistible masala, a delightful variety of authentic breads, tandoori meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes are skillfully prepared and infused with the flavors of...  Read More

Seabar Restaurant
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With a creative menu designed by acclaimed chef, Mike Andrzejewski (the genius behind Mike A's at the Hotel Lafayette), it is no surprise that Seabar continues to delight its visitors. In fact, Anthony Bourdain, the star of No Reservations,...  Read More



For a little taste of New Orleans in Buffalo, Shango Bistro and Wine bar offers flavorful Cajun dishes and an excellent selection of wines (170 bottles) and beers. For lunch, try an oyster, steak, or blackened catfish po' boy or opt for the...  Read More


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