5 Popular Spots to Get a Friday Fish Fry in the City of Buffalo

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Daniel Meyer

Published on March 8, 2022
Photo courtesy of Pearl Street Grill

As I detailed in our listings of the Top Fish Fry Places In The Northtowns and Top Fish Fry Places In The Southtowns, putting together a guide for the best places to enjoy a fish fry in Western New York is no easy task. With so many restaurants churning out quality meals featuring one of our region’s most popular dishes, trying to list the best of the best is quite the challenge.

Using the confines of the City of Buffalo for this list, the following places located in the city limits are eateries that are known to be pretty popular in Buffalo. A visit to any of these restaurants should satisfy your craving for a quality fish fry.


1. Bailey Seafood

3316 Bailey Ave, Buffalo / More Info

If you’re headed to Bailey Seafood, seafood is in the name so it’s gotta be in the game. On the menu you’ll find multiple fish fry options, a fan favorite is the Fried Fish dinner which includes a choice of fish, hushpuppies, a hot side choice and a side salad choice.

2. Hamlin House

432 Franklin St, Buffalo / More Info

The atmosphere of this restaurant, particularly the main dining room, reminds us of a visit to a grandparents’ home. The elaborate paintings and knickknacks on the walls, combined with the ambiance, mood and pace of the wait staff is very inviting and comforting. As far as the food goes, they do a dynamite job with their fish fry. They served an enormous piece of beer battered cod and all of the expected sides. Their prices are ridiculously low in this day and age, so there’s no doubt you get a good bang for your buck.

3. Happy Swallow Restaurant

1349 Sycamore St, Buffalo / More Info

This is a great little place that may not be well known, but believe us when we say their fish fry is tremendous. Served every Friday throughout the year, they offer a special Lenten fish fry platter featuring all homemade salads and your choice of haddock or yellow pike. Friendly staffers are never too far away to fulfill all of your dining needs.


4. Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

76 Pearl St, Buffalo / More Info

Pearl Street offers a wonderful atmosphere that is highlighted by the unique decor within the interior of the building. The fish itself is battered in their own light house ale batter and always comes out hot and crispy. The portions of all of the side dishes are very generous. A bonus for this restaurant is that they accept reservations, which is unusual on Fridays, especially during Lenten fish fry season in Buffalo.

5. Swannie House

170 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info

Swannie House is another traditional fish fry spot, in downtown Buffalo. beyond just a good beer battered haddock, they also offer a Fisherman’s Platter and Fish Sandwich.

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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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