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Best Patios in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on May 20, 2021
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Britesmith Brewing / Photo courtesy of Britesmith Brewing

No one appreciates patio weather more than a Western New Yorker in May. Or June. Or… March. Whenever it happens to hit Buffalo.

There’s truly nothing like enjoying a cold beverage in the warm air as the city of good neighbors step out of hibernation for a few short months – most well known as patio season, aka summer.

Whether you’re in the heart of Buffalo or in a surrounding suburb, the patio options are almost endless. Some are waterfront, some are boat-friendly or dog-friendly, there are beer gardens and dive bars, sprawling spaces and hidden gems.

Consider this a bucket list for your summer dining and drinking adventures, WNY.

To aid in your search for the best patios 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 patios 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, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

Disclaimer: Patio availability can be seasonal and weather dependent , so please check with each establishment before visiting!

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  • Sto Lat Bar

    4475 Transit Rd
    Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

    PolishAmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

    North Towns

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Maizal Mexican Kitchen and Mezcaleria

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

    MexicanTex-Mex

    North Towns

    Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

  • Lenox Grill

    140 North Street
    Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

    AmericanBuffalo FoodSeafoodSteaks

    Buffalo

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Panorama on Seven

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

    New American

    Buffalo

    Casual / Full Table Service

  • Overwinter Coffee – Williamsville

    5548 Main St
    Williamsville, NY 14221 • $

    Cafe-Coffee

    North Towns

    Cafe / Coffee Shop

  • 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

  • Pizza Plant Italian Pub – Canalside

    125 Main St
    Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

    PizzaBuffalo FoodItalianBeer Bar/HallPub 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

  • The Village Bake Shoppe

    417 Center St.
    Lewiston, NY 14092 • $$

    BakeryCafe-Coffee

    Niagara County

  • Allen Street Hardware Cafe

    245 Allen St
    Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$

    AmericanPub Food

    Buffalo

    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

  • Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

    707 Kenmore Ave
    Buffalo, New York 14223 • $

    AmericanHot DogsDeli-SandwichesBurgers

    North Towns

    Fast Casual / Counter Service

  • Chrusciki Bakery – Transit Rd

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

    Bakery

    North Towns

    Cafe / Coffee Shop

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

  1. Britesmith Brewing (Williamsville)
  2. Rusty Nickel Brewing (West Seneca)
  3. Breezy Burrito Bar (Elmwood Strip)
  4. Hoak’s (Hamburg, waterfront)
  5. Hamburg Brewing (Hamburg)
  6. The Roycroft Inn (East Aurora)

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 Patios in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

810 Meadworks

113 W Center St Medina, New York 14103 • $

Other

Bar

At 810 Meadworks, we start with honey, and make mead with black currants, pomegranates, cucumbers, coffee beans, ghost chilis, tea leaves, hops, lavender ...

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99 Brick Oven Bar & Grille

99 Aurora St Lancaster, New York 14086 • $$

ItalianNew American

Cheektowaga and East

Bar

Full service menu. Pasta, seafood, steak, chicken, sandwiches and burgers. Specialty dishes prepared in our Brick Oven and gourmet pizzas! ...

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Alchemy Wine & Beer

50 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanPub FoodTapas

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Alchemy is a bottle shop with affordable, place driven and delicious wines, beers and ciders made by families who care a great deal about what it is they're ...

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Allen Burger Venture

175 Allen St. Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

AmericanBeer Bar/HallBurgers

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

These guys specialize in three of the things we cherish most: food, beer, and atmosphere. But ABV goes above and beyond when it comes to each one, and ...

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Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub

2134 Seneca Street South Buffalo, New York 14220 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesIrishPub FoodSeafoodSteaks

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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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 ...

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Britesmith Brewing

5611 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

BreweryBeer Bar/HallPizza

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Located in an 1800's blacksmith shop in Williamsville, NY, BriteSmith Brewing takes its name from the subset of Blacksmiths known as 'Brite Smiths'. Just ...

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Canal Club 62

62 Webster St North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Bar and restaurant offering a variety of sophisticated and bar menu selections. ...

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Casa Antica

490 Center St Lewiston, New York 14092 • $$

Niagara County

We we are a family-run Italian restaurant on Center Street in Historic Lewiston, we pride ourselves on our warm welcoming atmosphere and authentic homemade ...

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Temporarily Closed

Coco Bar & Bistro

888 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

FrenchInternationalNew AmericanSeafoodSteaks

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Reported Closed - Website states: "Closed for the Summer, See you in November!" Coco's oozes 'relax and enjoy the evening'. This charming neighborhood ...

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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 ...

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Fattey Beer Co. – Buffalo

5, Genesee Street, Downtown Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Beer Bar/Hall

Buffalo

Bar

Welcome to Fattey Beer Company, craft beer store and tasting room. We feature twelve rotating taps, and 500 hundred beers for here or to go. We are located ...

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Fattey Beer Co. – Orchard Park

4226 N Buffalo St Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

Beer Bar/Hall

South Towns

Bar

Fattey Beer Company is a unique bottle shop, tasting bar, and social center. It's the kind of place where seasoned beer geeks can share their enthusiasm ...

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Frankie Primo’s +39

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

ItalianPizza

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Frankie Primos +39 What's in a name? In this case, the name says it all. Frankie Primo's +39. This restaurant is about family, Frankie Primo's, ...

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Free Street Tavern

1469 Niagara Street, West Village Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

Friendly neighborhood place for food and drinks. Step Out says: If you want to go out to watch the Bills, Sabres or any other team play, most corner ...

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Gabriel’s Gate

145 Allen St. Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafoodSteaks

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Gabriel's Gate Located in the heart of Allentown, Gabriel's Gate is one of the original Tift Row Houses, which were built in 1864. We offer ...

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Graylynn

537 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A European styles bistro with a Gin focus ...

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Hamburg Brewing Company

6553 Boston State Rd. Buffalo, New York 14075 • $

BreweryAmerican

South Towns

We are proud to say we are producing some beers with New York State grown ingredients! Check out our Beers page to see which beers feature NYS grown barley ...

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Hartman’s Distilling Co.

55 Chicago St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

American

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

At Hartman's Distilling Company, we're turning back the clock to an age when summer days were long, sunsets were never long enough, and family and friends ...

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Hoak’s

4100 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

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

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Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan Street Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

AmericanBeer Bar/HallBreweryPizzaVegetarian

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery, located in the historic Larkin District, is a happy hour, dinner, and brunch destination. Our menu is focused ...

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Juicy Burger Bar

1 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Juicy Burger is a much loved little spot in the 'burg that serves that little something of which Buffalo/America just can't seem to get enough. As simple ...

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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 ...

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Madigan’s

36 Washington St # 1 Ellicottville, NY 14731 • $

Southern Tier

Bar

Madigan's is a local favorite in Ellicottville. Home to the largest Bar in town. Monday 2 for 1 PBR Tuesday Madigan's famous $2 Tacos 3pm Wednesday ...

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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 ...

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Mother’s Restaurant

33 Virginia Place Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

AmericanSeafood

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Tucked into Virginia Place, this busy bar and outstanding restaurant serves a full dinner menu 365 days a year, even on holidays, from 5 pm to 3 am. The ...

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Mr. Goodbar

1110 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $

Pub Food

Buffalo

Bar

Since 1968, Mr. Goodbar has been the cornerstone of the Elmwood Strip in Buffalo, and is one of Western New York's premier craft beer bars. With over 30 ...

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New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Rd Lockport, New York 14094 • $$

BreweryBreweryAmericanBeer Bar/HallBuffalo FoodBurgersPizzaPub Food

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Celebrating the unique and vibrant global beer culture, New York Beer Project is found in the town of Lockport, New York at the epicenter where two counties, ...

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Pearl Street Grill & Brew Pub

76 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBreweryBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPub Food

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Pearl Street Grill $ Brew Pub is the second largest brew pub in America.Premier spot downtown for pre/post Sabres, Bison or Bandits games, any First Niagara, ...

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Pizza Glen

9764 State Rd Glenwood, NY 14069 • $

PizzaAmerican

South Towns

Family owned and operated since April 1980, The Pizza Glen has a  great selection of tasty food at a reasonable price. The restaurant offers a cozy dining ...

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Providence Social

490 Rhode Island St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Providence Social does a great job with a brunch menu that is very creative and not dependent on the same ole' same ole'. With that said you can order ...

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Rick’s on Main

687 Main St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$$

AmericanInternationalSeafood

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Fine Dining

Rick's on Main is known for its delectable entrees, warm atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Welcome to our two-story dining room, complete ...

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Roycroft Inn

40 S Grove St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$$

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafoodSteaks

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Fine Dining

The Roycroft Inn says: The Roycroft Inn continues to welcome visitors and be the center of the many community activities. It offers its guests a beautiful ...

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Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. – West Seneca

4350 Seneca St West Seneca, New York 14224 • $$

Brewery

Buffalo

Bar

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co is a proud NYS Farm Brewery, crafting locally sourced beer and cider since it opened in 2015. The brewery has been awarded for ...

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Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill – Transit

7800 Transit Road Buffalo, New York 14221 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesItalianPizza

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Santora's Pizza offers a full bar with an extensive beer menu featuring local, domestic and imported brews. The Santora family has been making and selling ...

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Shuck Shack

301 Ohio St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

Seafood

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Food Truck / Stand / Cart

2021 Opening Weekend - June 18th Seafood shack on the water: fresh oysters, clams, burgers and more, without the white table cloth. ...

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Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House

5640 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

Deli-SandwichesItalian

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A nice little restaurant - the atmosphere is cozy and the staff is friendly - the food overall is good and prices are resonable. Overall it's a nice place ...

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Sunset Grille

18 Shore Dr Wilson, New York 14172 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Sunset Bar $ Grill, located in the quaint lakeside village of Wilson, NY, is referred to by those in the know as the hidden gem of the harbor. Nestled ...

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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 ...

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The Little Club

1197 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

ItalianSmall Plates

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Little Club says: Our goal is to help you discover something you love to drink in the company of people who make you happy. ...

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The Ontario House aka Stone Jug

358 Main St Youngstown, NY 14174 • $

Niagara County

The Ontario House aka Stone Jug is an historic 1842 inn and tavern located on Main and Lockport Streets in the Village of Youngstown, NY. With Youngstown’s ...

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The Phoenix at 269

269 Amherst Street Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$

New AmericanSeafoodSteaks

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Resurrected from the charred remains of an old shot and beer tavern popular after the war, the phoenix took flight in March 2013. With the original bar, ...

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The Public House on the Lake

4914 Lakeshore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Say About The Public House on the Lake: You can't beat the atmosphere here on a fine summer evening with a beautiful sunset full view. It's like a ...

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The Shores Waterfront Island Restaurant

2 Detroit St North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch, dinner, drinks and banquets on the southern tip of historic Tonawanda Island. Enjoy the panoramic views of ...

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The Terrace

199 Lincoln Pkwy Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Terrace at Delaware Park is located on the upper level of the Marcy Casino across from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The view from the balcony is ...

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Trattoria Aroma on Bryant

307 Bryant Street Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$

ItalianMediterraneanPizzaSeafoodSteaks

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Fine Dining

SOB Says About Aroma on Bryant: I'll just come right out and say it, Trattoria Aroma is one of our favorite spots in the city. The food is consistently ...

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Water Street Landing

115 S. Water St. Lewiston , New York 14092 • $$

Seafood

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Whether you are in the mood for a Surf & Turf with a fine bottle of wine, or a Fish Fry with a cold brew, Water Street Landing can match your ...

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