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Guide to Restaurants Perfect for Big Groups

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on June 1, 2022
Photo courtesy of Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse

When it comes to accommodating large groups and private parties for an occasion, it can be pretty stressful. You have to call around to a bunch of places, try and make a reservation, and hope that when you get there, they’ll have a space that works for all of you. While most places are accepting of groups of eight or so people, for larger groups, this can be a little tricky to find. To help out, we’ve put together a list of places that allow large groups of people, including private event spaces too!

Note: Be sure to check availability at these places listed below as some require reservations that change seasonally.

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12 Gates Brewing Company

80 Earhart Dr Buffalo, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Brewery
  • Pub Food

We proudly feature all of our staple and seasonal beers, as well as light fare and snacks. Our beers can be found in bars throughout Erie and Niagara counties ...

  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
Full Service

174 Buffalo

174 Buffalo St Hamburg, NY 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Wine Bar

174 Buffalo (formerly Craft and Cork) is a lively gathering spot featuring creative comfort food, delicious cocktails, cold beers and a unique wine list ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
  • Family Friendly
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Happy Hour
  • Handicap Access
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
Bar

Alchemy Wine & Beer

50 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Wine Bar
  • Small Plates

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 ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Brunch
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Good for Beer Lovers
Full Service

Allen Street Hardware Cafe

245 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Pub Food

Taste the neighborhood The cuisine at Allen Street Hardware is as diverse and eclectic as the community it feeds. Using fresh ingredients and a variety ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Private Parties
  • Take-out
Cafe / Coffee Shop

Alternative Grounds Caffe

17 Main Street Middleport, NY 14067 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Cafe-Coffee

Nestled in a small town along the Erie Canal, we offer a breakfast and full lunch menu, as wells as a full coffee and espresso menu with smoothies, frappes, ...

  • Lunch
  • Boat Friendly
  • Take-out
  • Special Occasion
  • Breakfast
  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Healthy Options
  • Private Parties
Fast Food

Angola’s Taste of the Midway

97 North Main Street Angola, Ny 14006 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American

Family run and operated since 2005 in the heart of the village of Angola. Fair food, soft serve cream and more.  We can do movies, birthday partys, and ...

  • Private Parties
  • Take-out
  • Late Night
  • Handicap Access
Full Service

Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

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

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Wine Bar

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant is Buffalo's premier location for great food and unparalleled service. Featuring creative and flavorful dishes created ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Romantic
Full Service

Banchetti by Rizzo’s

550 North French Road Buffalo, New York 14228 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • American
  • Bakery

The Rizzo family of restaurants has proudly served Western New York for over 40 years. Our clients have entrusted us with their most important occasions ...

  • Brunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Bar Area
  • Catering
  • Private Parties
  • Special Occasion
  • Patio
Full Service

Bella Ciao

200 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian

From Scratch Italian Restaurant and Bar in the ❤️ of Downtown Buffalo. 200 Delaware Ave. ...

  • Patio
  • Family Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Reservations
  • Romantic
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Big Ditch Brewing Co.

55 E Huron St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Brewery
  • American

Big Ditch Brewing Co. is one of Downtown Buffalo's shinning stars when it comes to brewery/restaurant combos. The tap room is huge, yet welcoming and does ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
Bar

Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve

2182 Seneca St Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Beer Bar/Hall

About Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve: Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve is the place to satisfy all your craft beer needs! We are a bar and beer store where you will ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
  • Late Night
  • Dog-Friendly Indoors
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Buffalo Food

Buffalo RiverWorks is the city's premier riverfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River. The ...

  • Boat Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront

Byrncliff Golf Resort and Banquets

2357 Humphrey Rd Varysburg, NY 14167 • $$$$$

Wyoming County

  • American

Golf and Cross Country Skiing Resort near Buffalo NY.  Golf, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling.  Hotel, Bar and Restaurant. Banquets. Weddings. ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties
  • Patio
  • Family Friendly
Full Service

Canal Club 62

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

Niagara County

  • American

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

  • Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Reservations
  • Private Parties
  • Fireplace
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

Chef’s

291 Seneca St. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Italian

Family Italian restaurant with a new kitchen serving homemade Italian sausage, Italian hamburgers, breads, and their homemade sauce. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties

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Full Service

Coyote Cafe

36 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Mexican
  • Tex-Mex

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 ...

  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
Full Service

Curly’s Grille

647 Ridge Rd Lackawanna, New York 14218 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Caribbean
  • International
  • New American
  • Seafood

Step Out's 2 cents: Curly's has undergone a lot of transformations over the years. Famous for their Jerk Chicken and Black Bean soup for years, but ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

Eckl’s @ Larkin

703 Seneca St Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Steakhouse
  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Seafood
  • Burgers
  • Dessert

A unique modern day steakhouse located in Buffalo's historic Larkin District at the Larkin Center of Commerce. From the moment they opened their tavern-restaurant, ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
  • Catering
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Handicap Access
  • Healthy Options
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
Fine Dining

Fanara’s Restaurant

3347 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Seafood

A Word from Fanara's Restaurant Our menu selections will delight the eye and the palette. Dinner and special events available. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Bar

Frankie Primo’s – NT

26 Webster St North Tonawanda , NY 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Italian

Good Italian food in a nice, new location. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Reservations
  • Private Parties
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
Full Service

Frankie Primo’s +39

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

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Pizza

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, ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse

5110 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Steakhouse
  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • Seafood

Giancarlo's is Western New York's premier spot for fine dining, meetings, private parties, and offsite catering.[separator type='space'] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1RX4jZtPiA ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
Full Service

Hoak’s

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

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Seafood

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

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Waterfront
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott St Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • German
  • Brewery

The ninth American franchise of Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus, the Buffalo operation features live German music nightly, long tables and benches, beer hall, ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Live Music
  • Patio
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Reservations
  • Family Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Late Night
  • Late-Late Night
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating

Hooked Buffalo

5195 Main Street Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Seafood

Slip into the stylish surroundings of Hooked, located in the lobby of the Wyndham Garden Buffalo/Williamsville. Meet colleagues for drinks, have a romantic ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
Fine Dining

Hutch’s

1375 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14209 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • International
  • Seafood

A great bar, excellent food from a creative menu and a top notch dining experience keeps this place full all the time. Website says: Hutch's diverse ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Ilio Di Paolo’s

3785 South Park Ave Blasdell, New York 14219 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Italian
  • Pizza

Dine in the ambience of Tuscany with hand-painted murals of Ilio s hometown of Introdacqua, Italy and decor that celebrates his pro wrestling career, as ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Take-out
  • Gluten Free Menu
Fine Dining

Italian Prime at Salvatore’s

6461 Transit Rd. Buffalo, New York 14043 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Steakhouse
  • American
  • Burgers
  • International
  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • Seafood

Salvatore's says: Since 1967, Salvatore's Italian Gardens was has been known known for Steaks, Fresh Seafood refined Italian and a Wine Spectator award ...

  • Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

Jovi’s Italian Grille & Bistro

2795 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, New York 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Italian

Experience the tradition, enjoy the atmosphere, remember the cuisine. Have your next event at Jovi's. Showers, engagement dinners, rehersal dinners, luncheons, ...

  • Take-out
  • Order Online
  • Private Parties
Full Service

JP Fitzgeralds

4236 Clark St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Irish

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

  • Family Friendly
  • Sports Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties

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Catering

JP’s Pub

1986 Lakeview Rd Lake View, NY 14085 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Irish
  • Pub Food

Established in 1982 by John & Karen Melisz. We started small with only 5 tables, but have grown, changed, and expanded through the years.   We now ...

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties
Full Service

JT’s Urban Italian

905 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Pizza

From the people that bring you 800 Maple and Siena, this stylish Elmwood Village urban Italian restaurant with a seasonal menu is a hit. The bar scene ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

Juicy Burger Bar

1 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

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 ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Take-out
Full Service

Lago 210

4038 Hoover Rd Hamburg, NY 14219 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • New American

They say there’s much to be found at the water’s edge—Peace. Clarity. Purpose. And just as it serves up inspiration and awe, at Lago 210, water is ...

  • Waterfront
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Lenox Grill

140 North Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Seafood

Serving dinner, brunch, late-night eats, 400+ bottled beers hand-crafted cocktails. Experience great food and drinks in the casual atmosphere of the historic ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Late-Late Night
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Local Grille @ The Dome

8230 Wehrle Dr Harris Hill, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Burgers

  Local Grille @ The Dome says: Local Grille is a year-round restaurant located at The Wehrle Dome Complex, which is an indoor golf and entertainment ...

  • Brunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
Full Service

Lodge on the Green

6020 Townline Rd Sanborn, New York 14132 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • American
  • Pizza
  • Italian

Lodge on the Green is a restaurant and tavern serving fine dining and Sunday Brunch. Located in Sanborn, not form from Buffalo, NY. Lodge of the Green ...

  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Fireplace
Full Service

Lombardo Ristorante

1198 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Steakhouse
  • Pizza
  • Seafood

SOB Says: In my mind what sets Ristorante Lombardo on the top of the heap is the total package, the 'dining experience'. Don't get me wrong, the food is ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Private Parties
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Family Friendly
  • Romantic
Bar

Magic Bear Beer Cellar

799 Seneca Suite B Buffalo, NEW YORK 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Small Plates
  • Beer Bar/Hall

Magic Bear Beer Cellar is a craft beer bottle shop and tasting bar in Buffalo, NY. Magic Bear is focused on the education and elevation of craft beer and ...

  • Bar Area
  • Take-out
  • Curbside Pickup
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Private Parties
  • Late Night
  • Order Online
  • Catering
Full Service

Maizal Mexican Kitchen and Mezcaleria

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

North Towns

  • Mexican
  • Tex-Mex

Casual Mexican restaurant and bar. Maizal is an authentic Mexican restaurant offering traditional Oaxacan recipes passed down over generations, timeless ...

  • Lunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Order Online
  • Family Friendly
Full Service

Mansard Inn

3365 Abbott Rd Buffalo, New York 14127 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American

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 ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Private Parties
  • Family Friendly
  • Reservations
Full Service

Mulberry Italian Ristorante

64 Jackson Ave. Lackawanna, New York 14218 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Buffalo Food
  • Italian

Mulberry Italian Ristorante prides itself on offering the most authentic Italian cuisine this side of the Big Apple! Whether it's a special occasion, or ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
Full Service

Neat

5175 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • New American
  • Pizza

Your home for delicious FOOD! WHISKEY $ WINE. ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

New York Beer Project

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

Niagara County

  • Brewery
  • Pub Food

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, ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties
  • Rooftop Patio
Take Out

O’Brien’s West End Inn

340 Union Street Hamburg, NY 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Pub Food

About O'Brien's West End: Pat & Yvette O'Brien purchased the old West End Inn in August 2019. Working as a team, the family has spent the past two ...

  • Private Parties
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Catering
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Order Online
  • Special Occasion
  • Patio

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Full Service

Oliver’s Restaurant

2095 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

Online

  • American
  • Italian
  • New American
  • Seafood

One of the finest restaurants in Buffalo, Oliver's Restaurant is fine dining in the 'Old School' tradition. This gem has been turning out great food, and ...

  • Romantic
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
Full Service

Orazio’s by Zarcone

9415 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14031 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Steakhouse
  • Deli-Sandwiches