Buffalo’s Best Bets for Romantic Dining

Romantic Restaurants

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Looking for the swankiest romantic restaurants in WNY?  Great romantic restaurants require fine wine, extraordinary food, good company, exceptional service and the right ambiance.  We have a lot of restaurants that will fit the bill in WNY, here are just a few suggestions.

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Tempo Restaurant – 581 Delaware Ave. / Allentown | (716)-885-1594

First rate from the front door to the dessert- simple, elegant and classy. The  vast selection of flavors on the menu, and the wine list, means all you have to worry about is getting the flowers right. The Asiago Stuffed Rib Veal Chop is hard to beat, and since money is no object I vote for a Chateauneuf Du Pape.   


Rue Franklin -341 Franklin St / Business District | (716) 852-4416

The “Rue” has been a staple in Buffalo for years. The area’s true French restaurant, it was recently purchased from the original owners by husband and wife team Corey (Chef) and Cheryl Kley, who have continued the tradition. If you’re thinking romance nobody knows the program better than the French. The service is as good as the food.


31 Club – 31 N Johnson Park / Business District | (716) 332-3131

Soft lighting, an elegant bar and tastefully decorated, the 31 Club will impress. They are offering a four course “Aphrodisiac Menu” for the entire weekend (Feb. 14-17, $70) . Friday and Saturday they have live music.


Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant – 56 W Chippewa / Business District | (716) 854-9463

Nicely situated on the corner of Franklin and Chippewa, these guys are always looking to create interesting dishes and their wine list is as goods it gets in WNY. International cuisines, small sampler plates and a boat load of wines by the glass offers the perfect atmosphere to explore the vino.


Trattoria Aroma – 307 Bryant St / Elmwood Village | (716) 881-7592

The food here will take you back to those romantic evenings in the Tuscan villa…hopefully. If not this is the next best thing in Buffalo. Nice selection of Italian wines, beers and great house-made pasta dishes. The Pappardelle alla Lepre Reisling (braised rabbit) is killer.


Rick’s on Main – 687 Main St / East Aurora | (716) 652-1253  ‎

Rick’s is set on lovely Main in E.A., in a beautiful setting with a nice new bar area. The food is consistently good and their selection varied. Downstairs might be quieter for a couple, but upstairs is perfect for a group.


David’s Grille – 4247 North Buffalo Road / Orchard Park | (716) 662-4247

Perhaps not the typical quiet getaway style romantic, David’s offers a great bar crowd, and good honest chow with attentive service. Try the Pan Fried Crab Cakes, David Eddy Salad (small) and the lamb is always good.



San Marco – 2082 Kensington Ave. / Snyder | (716) 839-5876

The focus here is top quality and great service. The people are so friendly you’ll want to help out in the kitchen, but stay with your date and enjoy the outstanding Northern Italian cuisine.


Black & Blue Steak & Crab – 5493 Sheridan Dr. / Amherst | (716) 839-2525

If your taste is more contemporary and you like a good steak or king crab,  this is the spot for you. B&B has a stunning decor that will make your date think you brought them to L.A., right up until you step out into the single digits.


Ristorante Lomdardo – 1198 Hertel Ave / Hertel / North Buffalo | (716) 873-4291 ‎

Offering consistently outstanding, authentic Italian food, and a special menu for the 14th. Try the Shorgasm Oysters or the Wood Roasted Figs to start. Perhaps move to the Grilled Veal Rib Chop or the Striped Bass with Lobster Bisque for your entree? They also have great desserts or an espresso to finish.


Bing’s Restaurant – 1952 Kensington Ave / Snyder | (716) 839-5788

This is my sleeper pick. A cozy, old-fashioned Italian spot on Kensington near Harlem. Nice and quiet for true lovers; the food is great and the price is right. Try the “award winning” artichokes and the Polenta Lasagna if they are offered.


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