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Best Margaritas in WNY According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on April 28, 2021
Casa Azul margarita
Photo courtesy of Casa Azul

When the craving for a margarita hits, there’s ab-so-LUTELY no stopping it. Whether it’s margarita season or not, thanks to the many Mexican restaurants giving the people what they want year-round, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. And then there are serving anything BUT Mexican but are also bringing a decent, sometimes top-of-the-line marg game. All that to say… margs are versatile, y’all.

Frozen, on the rocks, salt or no salt, specialty flavors, classy craft cocktail-style – there’s something for everyone on this list – it just depends what you’re looking for.

This is one of those topics that is highly subjective, depending on the *vibe* you’re going for. Perfectly crafted and served in a rocks glass? XL and keep ’em coming? With a side of endless chips? Tell me you need a vaca without telling me you need a vaca? The versions are endless, and there’s no right answer.

To aid in your search for the best margaritas in Western New York and/or your neighborhood, we polled our social media followers to bring you a list of the best around town. Pro-tip: save this post for future reference.

Let’s get into the guide – in order to pull the following list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best margaritas 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 tons of recommendations, there are options all across WNY including all kinds of service-types, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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  • Panorama on Seven

    95 Main St
    Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$

    New American

    Buffalo

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Pizza Plant Italian Pub – Canalside

    125 Main St
    Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

    PizzaBuffalo FoodItalianBeer HallPub Food

    Buffalo

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Rec Room

    79 W Chippewa St
    Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

    Pub FoodVeganAmerican

    Buffalo

    Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

  • Avenue29 Foods

    Pop Ups
    WNY, • $

    VeganTex-MexAmerican

    Other

    Pop Up

  • Allen Street Hardware Cafe

    245 Allen St
    Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$

    AmericanPub Food

    Buffalo

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Bailey Seafood

    3316, Bailey Avenue, Kensington
    Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$

    SeafoodAmericanDeli-Sandwiches

    North Buffalo

    Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

  • Maizal Mexican Kitchen and Mezcaleria

    4808 N French Rd
    East Amherst, New York 14051 • $$

    MexicanTex-Mex

    North Towns

    Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

  • Chrusciki Bakery – Transit Rd

    4475 Transit Rd
    Harris Hill, New York 14221 • $$

    Bakery

    North Towns

    Cafe / Coffee Shop

  • Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

    707 Kenmore Ave
    Buffalo, New York 14223 • $

    AmericanHot DogsDeli-SandwichesBurgers

    North Towns

    Fast Casual / Counter Service

  • The Village Bake Shoppe

    417 Center St.
    Lewiston, NY 14092 • $$

    BakeryCafe-Coffee

    Niagara County

  • Overwinter Coffee – Williamsville

    5548 Main St
    Williamsville, NY 14221 • $

    Cafe-Coffee

    North Towns

    Cafe / Coffee Shop

  • Lenox Grill

    140 North Street
    Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

    AmericanBuffalo FoodSeafoodSteaks

    Buffalo

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Sto Lat Bar

    4475 Transit Rd
    Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

    PolishAmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

    North Towns

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Tavern at Windsor Park

    8444 Transit Rd
    Buffalo, New York 14221 • $$

    AmericanDeli-SandwichesEnglishPizza

    North Towns

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Simply Pierogi

    4475 Transit Rd
    Harris Hill, New York 14221 • $

    Polish

    North Towns

    Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

ARTICLE CONTINUED…

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 margaritas spots in Buffalo & WNY – in order! Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions.

It’s worth mentioning that #1 on this list – Casa Azul – was mentioned more than double any other spot, making it a breakout winner if we’ve ever seen one.

  1. Casa Azul (Buffalo)
  2. Maizal Mexican Kitchen and Mezcaleria (East Amherst)
  3. Breezy Burrito Bar (Elmwood Strip)
  4. Deep South Taco (Buffalo – Ellicott, North Buffalo – Hertel)
  5. Tacos, Community & Beer (East Amherst)

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 Margaritas in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

Aguacates Bar and Grill

765 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Our menu includes a wide range of authentic Mexican cuisine that is sure to please and delight everyone in the family. ...

Aguacates Mexican Restaurant

5674 S Transit Rd Lockport, New York 14094 • $$

Mexican

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Aguacates Mexican Restaurant Best Mexican food from the eastern sea border. Bringing you the delicious taste of Mexico to the virgin areas ...

Arriba Tortilla

40 Riley Street, East Aurora NY 14052 East Aurora, New York 14052 • $

MexicanTex-Mex

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Our menu features food with a southwestern California styled influence, not to be confused with authentic Mexican. We do consider our twist on Mexican ...

Ballyhoo Links & Drinks

211 South Park Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: A Cobblestone District favorite, Ballyhoo is as nice inside as it is homely on the outside. They offer housemade sausages and sides, craft cocktails ...

Breezy Burrito Bar

1000 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

Tex-MexMexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out

BRINGING BOLD FLAVOR TO TEX-MEX CUISINE The legacy of Breezy Burrito Bar dates back to 2016 where we started as a boutique-style restaurant in Downtown ...

Casa Azul

128 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

From Casa Azul's Website: Casa Azul is about respecting tradition and values, combined with creativity and innovation. Every spirit, cocktail or dish has ...

Coyote Cafe

36 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

MexicanTex-Mex

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The premiere Mexican Restaurant in Western New York's Southtowns, The Coyote Cafe. Located in the heart of Hamburg, the Coyote Cafe is known for bringing ...

Deep South Taco – Ellicott

291 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

MexicanSouthwestern

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: At Deep South Taco the Tex-Mex menu features house-made tortillas filled with charred and braised meats, fresh vegetables and spicy sauces. The ...

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Deep South Taco – Hertel

1707 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

Mexican

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Deep South Taco Deep South Taco is a southern style, authentic taqueria and bar in the new meca of Buffalo - in a former gas station on ...

Ebenezer Ale House

4348 Seneca St West Seneca, New York 14224 • $$

AmericanBeer HallBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPizzaPub Food

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Since it opened its doors in 2011, the Ebenezer Ale House has been providing Western New York with one of the best selections of food and drink in the ...

El Canelo Mexican Restaurant

3670 Mckinley Pkwy Buffalo, NY 14219 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

At El Canelo, we promise to give you authentic Mexican food and nothing less. From our warm tortilla chips and house-made salsa to our quirky, bright décor, ...

El Cubilete

2050 Cayuga Drive Extension Niagara Falls, NY 14304 • $

Mexican

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Our family owned and operate establishment offers only the finest Mexican cuisine made with only the freshest ingredients. Visit us often and you’ll ...

El Palenque Mexican Grill

951 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, New York 14221 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

El Palenque Mexican Grill is a family owned and operated business. Treat yourself to one of our delicious desserts and try one of our world class margaritas. ...

El Ranchito

9780 Main St Clarence , New York 14031 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

El Ranchito serves generous portions of food, mixes of beef and chicken, rice, beans and cheese. ...

El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant – Williamsville

408 Evans St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

Mexican

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from El Ranchito El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant has been serving up enticing burritos, fajitas, nachos and margaritas since 2012. We're open ...

Forty Thieves

727 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

Forty Thieves is your neighborhood pub featuring 22 draft beers, multiple craft cans, wide variety of whiskey, elevated pub fare, and friendly service. ...

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French Pub

1250 French Rd Buffalo, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesFrenchHot Dogs

Cheektowaga and East

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. ...

Gramma Moras

1465 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Our goals here at Gramma Mora's continue to reflect those aspirations of 100 years ago to serve our customers the finest Mexican Cuisine in a traditional ...

Helium Comedy Club

0 Mississippi Street. Buffalo NY Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

Buffalo FoodPub Food

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

Helium Comedy Club is a state of the art venue that brings great talent to an intimate theater. For a modest ticket price, patrons can enjoy live comedy ...

La Galera Mexican Restaurant

8215 Niagara Falls Boulevard Buffalo, New York 14304 • $

Mexican

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

We hope that you will enjoy yourself and all of the authentic dishes we offer. If you have never enjoyed Mexican food, please read the food descriptions ...

La Tolteca

7530 Transit Rd. Buffalo, New York 14226 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

La Tolteca offers a wide variety of authentic Latin American, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine that has developed a base of loyal customers. ...

Liberty Hound

1 Naval Park Cove Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsSeafood

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 ...

LLoyd Taco Factory – Hertel

1503 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

Mexican

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are the first taco truck to serve the great city of Buffalo, NY. Our mission is to bring legitimate street food to Buffalo by offering affordable yet ...

Lloyd Taco Factory – Williamsville

5933 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

Mexican

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Bar

From the first taco truck to serve the great city of Buffalo, to now two brick and mortar restaurants. Their mission is to bring legitimate street food ...

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Mariachi de Oro

11417 Maple Ridge Rd. Medina, New York 14103 • $$

Mexican

Other

Casual / Full Table Service

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Medina NY is one ofï¾ Medina s premier restaurants, serving authentic Mexican cuisine andï¾ providing customers ...

Mes Que

1420 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo FoodPizzaPub FoodSpanishTapas

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

SOB Says: We grabbed an intimate table near the front of the restaurant (the bar was full) and were greeted by a friendly server immediately. There is ...

Papi Grande’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

4276 Maple Rd Amherst, New York 14226 • $$

MexicanTex-Mex

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out

Specializing in Mexican cuisine creatively crafted in house with the freshest ingredients available.   ...

Señor Tequila Mexican Restaurant

414 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

MexicanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word From Señor Tequila Mexican Restaurant Señor Tequila Mexican Restaurant is located in heart of the theater and entertainment district. We ...

Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar

2 Pine St Lockport, New York 14094 • $

Burgers

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out

At Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar, you'll enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal made to order with local ingredients. Our menu is inspired by our friends, our family ...

Tacos, Community & Beer

6449 Transit Rd Bowmansville, New York 14026 • $$

Mexican

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacos, Community & Beer or as we like to call ourselves TCB will be opening on Transit! Authentic tacos, craft beer, full bar, fast service, patio ...

Tappo

338 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

Italian

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Tappo, Italian for cork, is proud to welcome our guests to downtown Buffalo to enjoy great American Italian cuisine, wines in an urban chic atmosphere. See ...

Taqueria Los Mayas

3525 Genesee St Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $$

MexicanDeli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

Operated by hardworking Mexican-Americans, our mission is to supply Western New York with safe, delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine. ...

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Taqueria Rancho La Delicias

1516 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$

Latin AmericanMexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Specializing in creating traditional Latin dishes packed with flavor, Ranchos Latin Food delivers! Treat yourself to some delectable, melt-in-your-mouth ...

Taqueria Ranchos Dos

445 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out, Bar

Taqueria Ranchos Dos is our 2nd location now open at 445 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Brought to you by the same owners as Taqueria Ranchos at 1516 Niagara ...

The Dapper Goose

491 Amherst St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$

AmericanNew American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Step Out Says: The first thing you notice upon walking into The Dapper Goose is its Turn of the Century supper club feel. Dubbed 'classic French cottage' ...

The Grange Community Kitchen

22 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

SOB Says: Whether you're religious or not, we're willing to bet you'll be shouting on Hallelujah from the rooftops (probably only figuratively) after one ...

The Grapevine Restaurant

2545 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst , NY 14228 • $

AmericanVegetarianSeafoodNew AmericanItalianBurgersBuffalo Food

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out

The Grapevine Restaurant & Catering. New American Casual! Now offering online ordering for delivery and pickup. We have 3 Indoor dining rooms ...

YOLO Restaurant + Lounge

5841 Transit Road East Amherst, New York 14051 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A word from YOLO Restaurant $ Lounge Yolo offers American cuisine set in a casual lounge setting. We believe in fresh healthy food, whatever your in ...

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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