48 Freeman Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 634-2700
Fax: (716) 634-1644
When most guys retire, they decide to take it easy, maybe play a little golf or something. Not Russ Salvatore—he built a contemporary restaurant and luxury hotel to run in his retirement. Salvatore, who has been in the restaurant business over 40 years, founded Salvatore's Italian Gardens and Salvatore's Grand Hotel, which he operated until his retirement. However, he found retirement rather boring, so he got back into the business and opened up Russell's. Menu selections include rack of lamb, a variety of steaks, surf and turf and more. The popular dinner-for-two menus includes two three-course meals. The adjacent Salvatore's Grand Hotel features luxury rooms, many with jacuzzi tubs. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Picasso's Pizza has earned the distinction of being Western New York's premier pizzeria. They carry a lot more than pizza here. Start out with an appetizer, perhaps stuffed hot peppers, pizza logs or mozzarella sticks. Featured salads include antipasto, julienne, grilled chicken, chicken Caesar, chopped salad, and even a meatball salad. They are noted for their mozzarella garlic bread, served with a side of sauce for dipping. They even have bread called "kitchen sink bread." Also on the menu is pasta, like spaghetti, and Italian dishes like chicken and veal parmesan. Wing varieties include hot, medium, mild, Italian baked, BBQ charred, and hot BBQ charred. There are almost two dozen premium subs on the menu, as well as a dozen classic subs. Naturally, pizza is their specialty. Choose from traditional pizzas as well as over a dozen specialty gourmet pizzas, like stuffed hot pepper pizza and the kitchen sink pizza, with everything on it, anchovies optional. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This regional sub chain, which began as a corner store in Rochester in 1918, prides itself on their freshly baked rolls, which are baked in-house several times a day. They currently have over 15 locations, with about half in Rochester and three in the Buffalo area. Other locations are in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio. The decor is reminiscent of an old-fashioned diner, complete with pressed tin ceiling and walls. Choose from three sizes of subs, which can be ordered hot or cold. Try some of their favorites, like the Dagwood, made with turkey, ham and corned beef, or the Godfather, made with Genoa salami, capicola, and spicy ham. Folks in Buffalo and Rochester can also order a Red Osier hot roast beef sandwich. Sides include macaroni salad, potato salad, deli style pickles, and chips. For dessert, try one of Grandma DiBella’s old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies, which are baked fresh daily in-house. They also do catering; order a sub tray or boxed lunch for your next party or meeting. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This comfortable family-friendly restaurant which offers reasonably priced foods, was once an old German restaurant, bar and beer garden. The building which was built in 1910, served as a speakeasy during Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s. It was named the Rose Garden when it first opened as a restaurant in 1939 because of the wild rose bushes that were growing around the building. The menu, which features home-style cooking, runs the gamut from subs to prime rib. Soup and desserts are homemade daily. Their fish fry features a ten to 12-ounce piece of fish, plus all homemade salads. During the summer, enjoy a clam bar, playing volleyball on their volleyball court, and live music on the weekends in the grove out back. The grove can also be rented for special events. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Al-E-Oops is one of the finest places to have a wonderful meal at. The restaurant has a casual ambiance which puts their guests at ease to dine leisurely. The assorted menu includes American specialties, barbecue and seafood delights along with a kid-friendly course to please your young ones. The waiting staff here is friendly and every ready to accommodate special requests. Besides, the restaurant also has a full front bar with amazing drinks on offer. All in all, Al-E-Oops is the perfect option for a delightful dining experience.
This casual, family-friendly restaurant is the oldest brew pub in New York state. The Buffalo Brew Pub, which opened in 1986, offers 34 beers on tap. This includes several brewed in-house, as well as over two-dozen domestic and imported beers. As soon as you're seated, you'll be brought baskets of peanuts and fresh popcorn; feel free to toss the peanut shells on the black and white checkered floor. The menu offers an extensive selection of pub foods, including wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, along with more substantial fare like BBQ ribs, steak and prime rib. To remember your visit, Buffalo Brew Pup sells T-shirts, golf shirts, glasses and mugs emblazed with their logo. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Open since 2006, this restaurant features a sleek gleaming wooden bar, set amid golden walls and carpeting. The signature dish of this comfortable neighborhood restaurant is Chicken Rockefeller, which won an award at the 2011 Taste of Williamsville. This dish features medallions of chicken stuffed with spinach, bacon, and Swiss cheese and topped with a white cheese sauce. Lunch includes specialty salads, like Maryland crab salad, southwest chicken salad, and steak salad, along with wraps, sandwiches and paninis. The dinner menu includes New York strip steak, horseradish crusted salmon, chicken and pasta, and more. The banquet room can accommodate up to 50 people. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens is one of Western New York’s most elegant and beautiful restaurants. It is a popular place to celebrate special occasions. They have received the prestigious AAA 3 Diamond Award and the Millennium International Award of Excellence as one of America’s top 100 restaurants. Their signature dishes include Steak a la Russell, Rack of Lamb, Chateaubriand, and fresh salmon with a lobster dill sauce. Be sure to view the extensive classic car collection displayed on the outside of the restaurant. They also have banquet facilities available; their three ballrooms can accommodate between 50 to 400 guests. – Christine A. Smyczynski
This cozy restaurant is located in an 1858 landmark building and has lots of rustic charm. The Red Mill Inn is noted for their house specialty of prime rib, along with seafood and steak. Choose from filet mignon, rib eye, and strip steak, along with seafood, scallops, and crab. They also serve a variety of pasta and poultry entrees. Try the Dinner for Two menu; it includes wine, salad, an appetizer, your choice from several entrees, and dessert. The Red Mill Inn offers a champagne Sunday brunch which includes carved prime rib and turkey, along with pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, and a variety of breakfast foods like eggs benedict. The lunch menu features salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. Banquet rooms are available for large parties. -Christine A. Smyczynski
The best way to describe Brennan's Bowery Bar & Restaurant is 'Fun'. The place is always crowded with people either enjoying a meal of chicken wings and fries or just hanging at the bar. This place has always been a local favorite and attracts a lot of locals and tourists alike. So, you can drop in for some cheap but good food or just enjoy watching people from the patio or the bar. The service most of the times is slow due to the large number of crowd which is compensated by the friendliness of the staff.
The Protocol restaurant has had the reputation for being a fine dining restaurant and banquet facility since it was opened by the Pelczynski family in 1971. Their lunch menu includes a variety of salads, including a Wasabi chicken and strawberry salad, crab cake salad and a chopped salad. They also have pasta dishes, burgers and entrées like chicken piccata, panko-crusted scallops and their signature baby back ribs. Dinner features a large number of seafood dishes, like horseradish crusted salmon filet, stuffed haddock and a fresh catch of the day. Other menu choices include filet mignon, strip steak, and ribs. A banquet room, which seats up to 300, is available. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine that is freshly prepared. Start out your meal with tortilla chips and freshly made salsa and wash it down with a margarita. Appetizers include dos taquilos, seafood nachos, and guacamole dip. Daily lunch specials are available Monday through Saturday from 11a to 3p. A variety of salads are available, along with vegetarian dishes. Entrees include fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, carnitas, and chalupas. They also have steak ranchero, steak and shrimp, and fish tacos. Save room for dessert, which includes traditional Mexican flan, crispy sopapillas, fried ice cream and churros.-Christine A. Smyczynski