Did You Know Buffalo Has a Globally Sourced Seafood Restaurant Hiding in the Hydraulics District?

Food & Drink


Written by SOB Creative

Published on December 31, 2018

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Photo courtesy of Dobutsu

In case you haven’t heard, one of Buffalo’s OG business districts is booming. More and more businesses are opening in the emerging Hydraulics District, easily making this area a destination for locals and tourists.

500 Seneca is a particularly impressive development since it houses loft-style apartments, offices, and retailers. Mixed space goals, much? You’ll even find a casual global seafood restaurant inside – Dobutsu.

What exactly is Casual Global Seafood you ask? Well, first the atmosphere is both casual and polished, making everyone feel comfortable and welcome, in any attire. Second, it’s seafood and shellfish sourced directly from buyers all over the world, ensuring incredible levels of quality and freshness, mostly cutting out the middleman and decreasing shipping and transit times to sometimes 24 hours out of the water.

Dobutsu / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo


What makes Dobutsu So Special?

Dobutsu has been on our radar since they opened in May. Fresh seafood is their speciality and quality always comes first for this place. Everything they serve is made from scratch using incredible ingredients, high levels of technique, and dedication to consistency.

Beyond the fresh fish and shellfish options, you’ll find plenty of poke. So, if like us you can’t get enough Hawaiian poke and rice bowls, you’re in the right place. If your friends love seafood, but you’re not a fan, there’s something for you too including a surprising number of non-seafood, but equally as exciting items on the menu, from veggie ramen to rice bowls with your choice of roasted chicken or pork belly.

Their scratch cocktail program is top notch and their wine selection is curated by their in-house certified Sommelier. The bar itself is spacious and perfect for happy hour and snacks, dining with friends, or late night libations.


Photo courtesy of Dobutsu

Local is Important

Just because this sister restaurant to Toutant knows their stuff when it comes to sourcing high quality goods from around the world doesn’t mean they don’t love on local. Dobutsu does their part to partner with local farmers, food artisans, and beverage producers whenever possible. They even showcase local artists within their space by rotating installations seasonally.


Location, Location, Location

Dobutsu’s 500 Seneca location is seriously prime. The hype surrounding the Hydraulics District lives up to expectations thanks to places like Dobutsu and surrounding shops and restaurants like Winkler & Samuels, Tommyrotter, Hydraulic Hearth, Swan Street Diner, Flying Bison, and of course, Larkin Square.

Photo courtesy of Dobutsu

Photo courtesy of Dobutsu

You can easily stop at Dobutsu for drinks, dinner, or both before heading to a show at Shea’s or Helium or a Sabres game. Plus, parking is actually convenient – AKA, they have it. No really, there’s a free, well-lit parking lot right across from the restaurant on the corner of Seneca and Hamburg.

Add Dobutsu to your foodie hit list now for dinner, drinks, or dessert – check out their menus here!



500 Seneca Street, Suite 119


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