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22 Most Popular Buffalo & WNY Restaurants of 2022

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on December 21, 2022
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Every year we look back at the most notable things that happened in the food and drink and entertainment industries. We look at the best new restaurants, the full list of places that opened and closed throughout the year, and the most popular topics and events across StepOutBuffalo.com. It’s fun to see where Buffalonians stepped out to most in 2022 – what made you stop scrolling and start drooling!

To compile this list we pulled together our content to find the most viewed restaurant listings and articles on StepOutBuffalo.com this year, both old spots and new, to get the 22 most popular restaurants of 2022 – in order. If you haven’t tried them yet, add these to your step out bucket list for the upcoming year!

22.

Full Service

Toutant

437 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Southern
  • BBQ
  • Seafood

Step Out's 2 cents: In our opinion Toutant is among the best restaurants in the city, joining the Buffalo stalwarts and a few 2014 startups, shuffling ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out

21.

Full Service
Closed

Bidwell

242 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Bidwell is opening in late January 2022 at 242 Allen Street in Buffalo, NY. It will be an intimate, 12-seat restaurant offering a fine dining experience ...

  • Farm to Table
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Reservations
  • BYOB

20.

Full Service
Temporarily Closed

The Terrace

199 Lincoln Pkwy Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Closed For January The Terrace at Delaware Park is located on the upper level of the Marcy Casino across from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The view ...

  • Brunch
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront
  • Live Music
  • Private Parties

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19.

Bar

High Violet Cocktail Lounge

710 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Small Plates

Located down a blind alley in the Elmwood Village, High Violet is a big city cocktail bar that transports guests to another place, maybe another time. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Late Night

18.

Full Service
Closed

Dos on The Lake

3800 Hoover Rd Blasdell, New York 14219 • $$$$$

Online

  • Mexican
  • Seafood

According to The Hamburg Sun on Jan 20, 2022, "Dos on the Lake will not reopen as a bar/restaurant under current ownership, leaving some wondering what ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Boat Friendly
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront

17.

Full Service

Casa Azul

191 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Mexican

In Summer 2021 Casa Azul moved from their original Genesee St. location to the corner of Allen & Elmwood (formerly Cantina Loco). Casa Azul is about ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Take-out

16.

Full Service

Acqua Restaurant

2192 Niagara Street Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • New American

Acqua is now a full service restaurant and Banquet facility located on the Niagara River. Offering WNY's best outdoor patio, upscale casual dining, breathtaking ...

  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Patio

15.

Full Service

Lago 210

4038 Hoover Rd Hamburg, NY 14219 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • New American

They say there’s much to be found at the water’s edge—Peace. Clarity. Purpose. And just as it serves up inspiration and awe, at Lago 210, water is ...

  • Waterfront
  • Patio
  • Private Parties

14.

Full Service

Billy Club

228 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Billy Club is a full service restaurant and whiskey bar located in the historical Allentown district of Buffalo, New York. In addition to good wine, ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers

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13.

Take Out

Macy’s Place Pizzeria – Kenmore

3100 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Pizza
  • Buffalo Food

Buffalo Style Pizza, Wings, Subs & as well as wonky viral creations like no other! Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" ...

  • Lunch
  • Order Online

12.

Bar

Patrick’s Rooftop

500, Pearl Street, Downtown Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

Patrick's Rooftop is the cherry on top at 500 Pearl. With awe-inspiring views of Downtown Buffalo and Lake Erie, Buffalo's highest rooftop bar is a must ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Special Occasion
  • Rooftop Patio

11.

Full Service

Griffon Brewery and Gastropub

115 S Water St Lewiston , NY 14092 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Pub Food
  • American
  • Brewery

The Griffon House in Lewiston is moving to the former Water Street Landing location along the village's waterfront. They are looking to open the new location ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Waterfront

10.

Full Service

Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Buffalo Food

Buffalo RiverWorks is the city's premier riverfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River. The ...

  • Boat Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront

9.

Food Truck / Stand / Cart

D.A. Taste

368 Abbott Rd Buffalo, NY 14220 • $$$$$

South Buffalo

  • Mexican

D.A. Taste's bestseller in the early going has been beef birria tacos (three for $12, nine for $25). Tortillas are dipped in a special oil before hitting ...

  • Take-out

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8.

Full Service

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott St Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • German
  • Brewery

The ninth American franchise of Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus, the Buffalo operation features live German music nightly, long tables and benches, beer hall, ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Live Music
  • Patio
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Reservations
  • Family Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Late Night
  • Late-Late Night
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating

7.

Full Service

Jack Rabbit

1010 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Serving scratch soups, snacks, burgers, Buffalo food, banging rotisserie chicken and cast iron pizza. Look out for live music events too!   More ...

  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Patio
  • Live Music
  • Fireplace

6.

Full Service

Falley Allen

204 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Falley Allen serves contemporary American dishes and drinks. The name? A tribute to Lewis Falley Allen, the man both Allentown and Allen Street are named ...

  • Brunch
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night

5.

Full Service

Wiechec’s Lounge

1748 Clinton St. Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Buffalo Food
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Wiechecs Lounge is a bar and wing joint. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Take-out

4.

Full Service

Patina 250

250 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Patina 250 offers casually refined, eclectic cuisine in the heart of downtown Buffalo. Executive Chef Evan Wargo sources the best local ingredients of ...

  • Brunch
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion

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3.

Full Service
Temporarily Closed

Papi’s Waterfront + Beach Bar

301 Ohio St Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Mexican

SEASONAL - See you next summer! Papi Grande's has opened a waterfront location with an outdoor patio. The second location features freshly-squeezed ...

  • Boat Friendly
  • Patio

2.

Full Service

Roost

1502 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Pizza

Walking into Roost, you might doubt that you're in Buffalo, or on Niagara St. You're reminded of the raw beauty of our post-industrial city and, seriously, ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Brunch

1.

Full Service

Britesmith Brewing

5611 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Brewery
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Pizza

Located in an 1800's blacksmith shop in Williamsville, NY, BriteSmith Brewing takes its name from the subset of Blacksmiths known as 'Brite Smiths'. Just ...

  • Lunch
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Take-out
  • Patio
  • Brunch
  • Waterfront

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