Located in the Avanti building, a mixed use building that combines an Embassy Suite hotel, high-end condos, business, dining, and retail space, Della Terra has a window lined dining room which has a nice view of Delaware Avenue. One can also dine on an elevated outdoor patio. The lunch menu features lighter fare, like sandwiches, which come accompanied by either fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or salad. Other choices include an Italian panini, turkey pesto wrap, crab cake BLT wrap, burgers, and more. Dinner entrees, which are elegantly and creatively presented, include Tuscany inspired dishes like Tuscan vegetable napoleon, which is similar to vegetable lasagna, veal marsala, Dijon and pretzel crusted pork chops, wild salmon and jumbo crab cakes. They also have an extensive wine list. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Named after the old fast-food eateries that dotted the Buffalo landscape during the early and middle parts of the 20th century, this restaurant features a classically elegant look and regional contemporary cooking. Situated within the downtown Adam's Mark Hotel, the restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as an extensive wine list. Main menu courses include the chicken and lobster Americana, shrimp scampi, and pesto grilled swordfish. It's the perfect spot for a power luncheon or a memorable romantic rendezvous.
This locally-owned coffeehouse offers a welcomed alternative to corporate shops and is the place to relax while enjoying a delicious cup of joe. The large two-room cafe has become a gallery for local artists and a stage for local musicians. The menu includes several baked goods and other food items. In addition, you'll find a wide selection of coffee products and machines for sale. The Calumet Arts Club is a hop, skip and a jump from this Delaware location.
While this upscale yet casual downtown eatery has all sorts of lunch and dinner entrees to choose from, the reason you come here is for the chocolate. First, the entrees offer salads like Greek pasta salad, Buffalo cobb salad or Thai chicken salad, or perhaps try a sandwich like turkey Florentine, peanut butter, honey and banana or Buffalo chicken. Then there's desserts, with specialties like molten lava cake, frozen hot chocolate and more, including homemade ice cream with flavors like Belgian hot fudge, sinnamon (sinfully delicious cinnamon?), and "peanut butter panic". They also serve over 2 dozen different martinis. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Calumet Patio, located in the Theatre District is a venue for live music. Come over all you music lovers and rock the night. See artist like "Daniel Le Disko" from LA, performing here and be sure to have a blast.
Darcy McGee's hosts a fun and friendly atmosphere with the Irish hospitality you'd expect from an authentic pub. Enjoy a pitcher or two of any of their imported or domestic beers while lounging in the comfy, wood-panelled surroundings. The bar itself was crafted in and imported from Ireland! They also offer a hearty menu of classic Irish home-cooking. Locals keep coming back for the Dublin City Fish-n-Chips, and D'arcy's Famous Corned Beef & Cabbage is a favorite of regular and new patrons. Cap off the night with a brew and live performance.
An 1870 carriage home houses this elegant, Manhattan-style steak house with opulent décor. Highly noted for their large cuts of meat like the 48oz. porterhouse, this exquisite restaurant hosts one of the most elegant, expensive atmospheres in the city. Start your dining experience with lobster bisque, broiled lobster dainties, chilled shrimp or fresh oysters. You'll be eager to move on to their succulent entrées like steaks, prime rib, chateaubriand, veal or pork chops, and rack of lamb, as well as fresh seafood such as grilled salmon, king crab legs and lobster tails. Top off your hearty meal with vanilla crème brulee, bananas foster, New York style cheese cake, or their rich chocolate mousse. - Christine A Smyczynski
This popular theater district concert venue, formerly known as the Tralfamadore Café, is known as Buffalo's finest live music entertainment venue. They host high-quality acts and past performers include Billy Bob Thornton, Blue Rodeo and the Average White Band. Music fans can sign up for their e-newsletter to get a heads up about upcoming events and shows. During the show, enjoy appetizers like nachos and fries, or a full meal with traditional favorites like buffalo wings, wraps, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and paninis.
With its downtown location not far from Dunn Tire Park and HSBC Arena, this pub is a favorite spot for sports fans looking for a cold brew and solid pub food. The pub also has its regular customers who come in especially for the homemade micro-brews such as Lake Effect Pale Ale, Trainwreck and Lotus. There's a basement cellar bar area for live music, a 20-table pool area on the second floor, and a sit-down restaurant for the whole family.
31 Club, located at the corner of Johnson Park and Elmwood Avenue, is a fine dining establishment that is an incarnation of a popular Buffalo supper club of the same name, located in the same building, that closed in 1983. The now-restored club has a contemporary, elegant décor featuring a circular bar, tables with white linen tablecloths, leather seats, and rich earth tones throughout. Chef Mark Camalleri, a Buffalo native, has created an extensive menu, with selections like Free-Form Eggplant Lasagna, Filet Mignon, and Braised Lamb Shank. 31 Club is noted for their "Duck Fries," skin on French fries cooked in duck fat. The club's extensive wine cellar has a large selection of wines from all over the world. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Located inside Dunn Tire Park, home of the Buffalo Bisons baseball club, this grill is a great place to eat, whether there's a game or not. Situated on the mezzanine level, it offers a tremendous view of the field so you won't miss any plays. The grill is open year round for lunch, and evenings during events, including major events at the HSBC Arena—home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team. Selections feature standard American fare, including hamburgers, chicken, and steaks. See website for menu and more.
Run by the same family that operates the Tralfamadore Cafe and directly across from Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo's Theater District, this restaurant attracts a wide variety of clients from business people to tourists to all sorts of theater-goers. For groups of six to 60, you can hold your private event on the second floor at the Bijou Club Level, where there are two banquet rooms that can only be reached by a private elevator. The restaurant not only offers privacy for a romantic dinner, but also one of the best views in the city; check out the website for more information.