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. In addition, there are plenty of seafood entrees to explore beyond the casual fish fry, with restaurants across the 716 dishing out some excellent sushi, whole lobsters, scallops and shrimp every day of the week.
Below are some of the best WNY places to hook an exemplary seafood meal, in no particular order:
500 Seneca St., Suite 119 / 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.
2. Shuck Shack
301 Ohio Street., Buffalo / shuckshackbuffalo.com
Open: (Seasonal) Friday-Sunday
It’s no secret that The Shuck-Shack is home to some of the best seafood in Buffalo! This oyster ‘shack’ opened along the Buffalo River amidst the pandemic in July 2020. Since then, they have provided Buffalonians with some of the best seafood you can get your claws on.
5933 Main St., Williamsville // 500 Pearl St., Buffalo / freshcatchpoke.co
This is a fantastic and Instagram-worthy spot. Enjoy some of the best poke bowls around, plus specials like tuna steaks, lobster rolls, and even poke avocado toasts.
184 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda / remingtontavern.com
This North Tonawanda eatery is widely renowned for it’s delicious seafood! Featuring different specials each day of the week, with many of these being seafood specials. Check out their ‘raw bar’ with a daily selection of fresh raw oysters and clams.
8900 Main St., Clarence / hayesseafoodhouse.com
Hayes Seafood House offers indoor seating with an awesome outdoor patio area as well! Their mouth-watering 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 your table.
6. 2 Forks Up
270 Campbell Blvd, Getzville/Amherst, NY, 14068 / 2forksup.com
This spot offers a wide assortment of seafood options on their menu, but it’s their freshly cooked lobsters that have gained acclaim from satisfying the the taste buds of Buffalonians for years. We recommend trying out their two-lobster dinner with sides.
7. The Crabman
341 Franklin St., Buffalo
When it comes to seafood in the 716, The Crabman has distinguished itself among the competition. Highlighted by their signature cooked entree, an amazing seafood boil cooked with fresh ingredients everyday that we highly recommend! They even offer a build your own seafood option. Yum
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This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.