Best Restaurants for Beef On Weck According to Western New Yorkers

Written by Step Out Staff
Published on February 4, 2021
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Photo courtesy of Bar Bill

Beef on weck – where do we begin?

Let’s start with a quick refresher in case you don’t know – what is beef on weck? Basically, it’s the Buffalo version (yes kids, this is one of those Buffalo things like sponge candy and loganberry) of a roast beef sandwich, ideally hand carved and served rare with horseradish and au jus, pilled high between a kimmelweck roll topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds. That last part is what makes it a beef on weck.

Not only is it absolutely delicious and stunningly better (in our opinion) than the non-weck version, like wings it’s pretty easy to find a great version on almost any corner in WNY. Trust us when we say this guide won’t steer you wrong on your quest to find the best beef on weck in Buffalo and Western New York.

In order to pull this list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best beef on weck in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in close to 50 recommendations, there’s an option in almost every neighborhood and type of atmosphere on this list. From sit-down service to fast casual options and take out for instance, beef on weck is served in a variety of places, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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Best of the Best

While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top picks for beef on weck in order:

  1. Bar Bill Tavern (East Aurora, Clarence)
  2. Charlie the Butcher (Williamsville, Elmwood; Express – Downtown Buffalo, East Aurora, Orchard Park, Williamsville)
  3. Schwabl’s (West Seneca)
  4. Glen Park Tavern (Williamsville)
  5. Kelly’s Korner (North Buffalo)
  6. Swiston’s Beef & Keg (Tonawanda)
  7. Mitchell’s Tavern (Tonawanda)
  8. Adrian’s Custard & Beef (Grand Island)
  9. Steve’s Pig & Ox Roast (Lackawanna)

Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions!

Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for menu item recommendations and specific info you can’t get anywhere else, out of the mouths of customers! Plus explore more guides with recommendations according to Western New Yorkers.

Guide to Best Beef on Weck in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

Adolf’s Old First Ward Tavern

555 South Park Ave
Buffalo New York 14204 • $$

Irish

South Buffalo

Bar

Founded in 1934 and open again in 2014, the Old First Ward Tavern brings the pub atmosphere and neighborhood bar back to the Old neighborhood.  

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Adrian’s Custard & Beef

2335 Grand Island Blvd
Grand Island New York 14072 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Adrian's Custard $ Beef We serve great Beef on Weck sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, sausage all made fresh to order. Perrys ice cream, custard,

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Buffalo

2634 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo New York 14216 • $

American

North Buffalo

Fast Casual

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck.

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Cheektowaga

3724 Union Rd
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $

Ice Cream

Buffalo

Fast Casual

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck.

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Kenmore

2235 Sheridan Dr
Kenmore New York 14223 • $

American

North Towns

Fast Casual

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck.

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Lancaster

4855 Transit Rd
Lancaster New York 14043 • $

American

Buffalo

Fast Casual

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck.

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Williamsville

6075 Main St
Williamsville New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Fast Casual

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck.

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard- Amherst

2369 Niagara Falls Blvd
Amherst New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Fast Casual

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck.

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Bar Bill Tavern

185 Main St.
East Aurora New York 14052 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The Bar-Bill Tavern is all about coming home. You belong the minute you walk in the heavy wooden doors to when you leave your warm seat at the bar. This

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Bar-Bill North

8326 Main St
Harris Hill New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

SOB expects (and hopes for) more of the same... The stripped-down menu offers Buffalo bar favorites like Jumbo Wings and Beef on Weck. Neither option

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Beef ‘N Barrel

146 North Union Street
Olean NY 14760 • $$

American

Buffalo

The Beef 'N' Barrel is a family owned Premier Beef and Steakhouse serving the greater Olean Area for more than 40 years. Featuring daily lunch and dinner

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Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub

2134 Seneca Street
South Buffalo New York 14220 • $$

American

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Blackthorn Restaurant $ Pub is the quintessential cozy, no pretense South Buffalo joint that has been serving this neighborhood for decades. They offer

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Buffalo Tap Room $ Grill

2309 Eggert Rd
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual, comfortable restaurant featuring All-American cuisine and more, from your favorite comfort foods to a full menu of unique specialties. Come enjoy

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Canalside Inn

4431 Main St
Gasport NY 14067 • $

Buffalo

Bar & restaurant which serves food specialized from western New York. Such as beef on weck

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Charlie the Butcher’s Carvery On Elmwood

770 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo New York 14222 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Fast Casual

As our name suggests, Charlie's grandfather started the business as a butcher shop in downtown Buffalo. Three generations later, Charlie The Butcher took

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Charlie the Butcher’s Express – East Aurora

495 Main Street
East Aurora NY 14052 • $

American

Buffalo

It all began on a Wednesday in June of 1988 when Tom Jolls and Charlie debuted the first of many WKBW Backyard Barbeques. Tom, Western New York’s premier

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Charlie the Butcher’s Express – Williamsville

6125 Main Street
Williamsville NY 14221 • $

American

Buffalo

It all began on a Wednesday in June of 1988 when Tom Jolls and Charlie debuted the first of many WKBW Backyard Barbeques. Tom, Western New York’s premier

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Charlie the Butcher’s Express At Ellicott Square

295 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14203 • $$

American

Buffalo

It all began on a Wednesday in June of 1988 when Tom Jolls and Charlie debuted the first of many WKBW Backyard Barbeques. Tom, Western New York’s premier

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Charlie The Butcher’s Kitchen – Williamsville

1065 Wehrle Dr.
Williamsville New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

It all began on a Wednesday in June of 1988 when Tom Jolls and Charlie debuted the first of many WKBW Backyard Barbeques. Tom, Western New York s premier

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Cole’s Restaurant & Bar

1104 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo New York 14222 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: One of Buffalo's favorite taverns, Cole's has some of the best wings in town and always serves up a great selection of local craft beers. Along

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Colony Seafood & Steakhouse

876 Main Road
Irving New York 14136 • $$

Seafood

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Since 1982, Chef Jeff LaBarbera and staff have been serving the areas finest cuisine. From steaks and chops to the freshest seafood, we have it all!

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Connor’s Restaurant

3465 Seneca St
West Seneca NY 14224 • $$

American

Buffalo

The best location in Buffalo for a fish fry, beef on weck, chicken wings, pizza, reubens and plenty of home cooked meals!

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Curry’s Pub

864 Kenmore Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Currys Pub is more than a local fish fry joint!ï¾  With our signature dishes like 'The Dibble', a stuffed pepper sandwich and Scallop Chardonnay, a

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Danny’s Restaurant – Cheektowaga

3715 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual dining atmosphere, specializing in chicken, steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive salad bar. Home of the Famous Chicken Wing Soup! Home of

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Danny’s Restaurant – Orchard Park

4300 Abbott Rd.
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual dining atmosphere, specializing in chicken, steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive salad bar. Banquet facilities seat 25 - 70 with full bar service. Home

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David’s Homestyle Meals and More

5333 Tranist Road
Depew NY 14043 • $

Buffalo

40 varieties of homestyle grab & go meals, soups & chili... hand-crafted deli sandwiches!

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Eckl’s

4936 Ellicott Rd
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

This Orchard Park institution and has been pushing out great Beef on Weck and down home fare pretty much forever. Thankfully, very little has changed,

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Eckl’s @ Larkin

703 Seneca St
Buffalo New York 14210 • $$$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A unique modern day steakhouse located in Buffalo's historic Larkin District at the Larkin Center of Commerce.

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Elma Towne Grille

6650 Clinton St
Elma New York 14059 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

We at the Elma Towne Grille are a full-service restaurant, bar, banquet facility and caterer.Your food is prepared in a professional restaurant. Our food

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Frank’s Bar and Grille

5820 Broadway Street
Lancaster New York 14086 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

Franks, The Original Neighborhood Grille, began in 1958 by Frank Iodice, an Italian immigrant. It was originally named, The Sanger Restaurant and renamed

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French Pub

1250 French Rd
Buffalo New York 14043 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Pub features traditional Buffalo cuisine such as Beef on Weck and Chicken Wings, as well as daily dinner and lunch specials.

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Glen Park Tavern

5507 Main St
Buffalo New York 14226 • $$

American

North Towns

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

Glen Park Tavern says: Glen Park Tavern, which is located at 5507 Main Street in Williamsville, New York; is the place to be when you are looking for

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Hoak’s

4100 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Friday fish fry and great view of Lake Erie and the city.

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JP Fitzgeralds

4236 Clark St
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Great Reubens and much more JP Fitzgerald s is the Southtowns hottest spot for casual fun with family and friends. From ワThe Best Reuben Sandwich

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Judi’s Lounge Bar and Grill

2057 Military Road
Niagara Falls NY 14304 • $$

American

Buffalo

Local neighborhood bar & grill for over 40 years with the same owners. Great wings, sandwiches and pizzas!

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Kelly’s Korner

2526 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

'Teriyaki Wings' - These chicken wings are always huge, incredibly crispy and sauced perfectly using a fresh sauce that has the perfect kick without overdoing

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Liberty Hound

1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: The chatter of seagulls blends with the laughter of children from the park next door. A gentle breeze caresses the water's surface as a small

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Lumber City Winery and Bistro

889 Erie Ave.
North Tonawanda NY 14120 • $$

Buffalo

Lumber City Winery & Bistro offers a collection of contemporary Italian infused cuisine and American comfort food. We take pride in using our local

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Mansard Inn

3365 Abbott Rd
Buffalo New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Our management and staff are ready to provide you with an experience in true dining pleasure. We are creating a place where your senses will be soothed

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Mitchell’s Tavern

734 Sheridan Dr
Buffalo New York 14150 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The history of Mitchells dates back to the 1940's. James Mitchell purchased the property for the Mitchell Family returning home from WW2. The original

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North End Bar & Grill

2692 Elmwood Ave
Kenmore New York 14217 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from North End Bar $ Grill A great neighborhood bar and grill.

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O’Neill’s Stadium Inn

3864 Abbott Rd
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Neighborhood Pub with great homemade American fare, over 50 wing flavors, house cooked turkey, beef corned beef and so much more.. Along with great breakfast

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Orange Tree Inn

2230 Cayuga Drive Extension
Niagara Falls NY 14304 • $$

American

Buffalo

Your go to place for homemade soups & dinner specials and our famous roast beef on weck!

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Pok-A-Dot

229 Ellicott St
Batavia NY 14020 • $

American

Buffalo

Pok-A-Dot has been serving the community for 68 years. Started by two friends and an idea to create a place with good food and great memories.

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Ray’s Lounge & Catering

2070 Clinton St
Buffalo New York 14206 • $$

American

East Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Treat your guests to the finest Polish American home-style catering for all occasions. Ray's Lounge $ Catering in Buffalo, New York, is banquet facility

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Route 78 Street Bar

6036 Transit Road
Depew NY 14043 • $

Buffalo

Route 78 Street Bar is a family-friendly neighborhood sports bar in the heart of Depew, NY on Transit Road. We offer a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches,

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Schwabl’s

789 Center Rd
West Seneca New York 14224 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

This WNY landmark is on everyone's must stop if you are passing through town. A top Beef on Week mainstay, with the prerequisite carving station, this

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Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill

189 Delaware Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

We are Sidelines Sports Bar $ Grill, where every day is game day! Do you need a bar that will offer not only great beer but also delicious food?

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Steve’s Pig & Ox Roast

951 Ridge Rd
Lackawanna New York 14218 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Family owned and operated for 35 years! Great food cooked over charcoal fire...can't get better than that!

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Swannie House

170 Ohio St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: If you're looking for some quality pub food with some atmosphere and a side of history, then the Swannie House is calling your name. Don't let

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Swiston’s Beef & Keg

101 Young St
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Don't ask for a menu. There isn't one. The restaurant' full name is Swiston's Beef $ Keg, and that's about all you get a roast beef sandwich and chili.

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The Original Warehouse

4360 Milestrip Rd
Buffalo New York 14219 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The Original Warehouse says: The Original Warehouse is not just a restaurant its a destination! We Have a full video game arcade with prizes to be won

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The Place

229 Lexington Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Place is a family style restaurant reopened April 2016 with new style, new menu, same old neighborhood atmosphere.

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The Yard of Ale

3226 Genesee St.
Piffard NY 14533 • $$

American

Buffalo

The Yard of Ale is a casual, fine-dining restaurant located in the western Finger Lakes region We offer a diverse dinner menu, as well as a “featured

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Village Inn

1488 Ferry Rd
Grand Island New York 14072 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

At The Village Inn, we pride ourselves on creating all of our food from scratch. We are best known for our unique, culinarily adventurous soups as well

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Vizzi’s

967 Kenmore Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Vizzi's: Home of the 1/2 Pound Monster Burger  

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Wagner’s Restaurant

246 Park Avenue
Lockport New York 14094 • $

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Wagner's Restaurant has been a staple in Lockport, NY for 60 years. Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere featuring a full bar and affordable prices. Our restaurant

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Wellington Pub

1541 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo New York 14216 • $$

Buffalo Food

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

For the last 20 years the Wellington Pub has provided families $ friends with the highest quality food and beverage and with terrific service in a friendly

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Wiechecs Lounge

1748 Clinton St.
Buffalo New York 14206 • $

Buffalo Food

East Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Wiechecs Lounge is a bar and wing joint.

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Wingnutz

1530 Kenmore Ave
Buffalo New York 14216 • $

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Wingnutz started in our kitchen in 2005, after many disappointing visits to local eateries where the wings were either over or under cooked. Sauces were

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