Updated May 2020
In Buffalo, the classic Friday fish fry is practically a way of life. A beer-battered hunk of haddock so enormous it hangs off the plate, along with a pile of fries, slice of rye bread, coleslaw and wedge of lemon is part of what it means to be from Western New York. But there are so many other seafood entrees to explore beyond the fish fry, with area restaurants dishing out some excellent sushi, whole lobsters, scallops and shrimp every day of the week.
Below are some of the very best WNY places to hook an exemplary seafood meal, in no particular order:
500 Seneca St., Suite 119
716-322-6004 / dobutsubuffalo.com
Dobutsu is a casual, Pacific fare restaurant. It highlights globally sourced seafood and shellfish, serving up small plates, entrees, rice bowls, ramen and poke.
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366 Tonawanda St., Buffalo
716-873-1079 / vikinglobster.biz
This relaxed, homey seafood spot features indoor dining as well as a covered patio for outdoor seating. The portions are truly enormous. It’s BYOB. Of note, it’s also cash-only.
5933 Main St., Williamsville // 500 Pearl St., Buffalo
716-271-7653 / freshcatchpoke.co
This is an amazing and Instagram worthy spot! They have the best poke bowls around, plus specials like tuna steaks, lobster rolls, and even poke avocado toasts.
184 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda
716-362-2802 / remingtontavern.com
This North Tonawanda eatery is known for its seafood. It features different specials each day of the week, with many of them being seafood. They also feature a raw bar with a daily selection of fresh raw oysters and clams.
8900 Main St., Clarence
716-632-1772 / hayesseafoodhouse.com
Hayes offers indoor seating as well as a newly remodeled patio area. Some of their seafood menu items include haddock, scallops, shrimp, clams, tilapia, salmon, catfish, calamari and oysters. You order at the counter, and then the food is brought to the table.
6. 2 Forks Up
3175 Millersport Highway, Getzville
716-689-3675 / 2forksup.com
This spot offers a wide menu, including many seafood options, but it’s really known for its lobsters. It offers a two-lobster dinner (1.5 pounds each), with sides, for $27.
7. The Crabman
341 Franklin St., Buffalo
716-322-6001 / The Crabman
This place has an amazing seafood boil to try! They’re really known for this special and their fresh ingredients. They even offer a build your own seafood option!
Tell us about your favorite spots for seafood around WNY in the comments!