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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on January 25, 2022
The Little Club / Photo x Shawna Stanley
The Little Club / Photo x Shawna Stanley

When it comes to having a romantic night out, setting the mood is key. That’s where a bar with a seductive ambiance comes in, not just on holidays and special occasions, but any given date night.

Honestly – anywhere can be romantic if you make it, but this list includes some of our favorites around town from Lewiston to Ellicottville. On this guide you’ll find wine bars, craft cocktail places, old school ambiance, modern masculine spaces, great service, and the restaurant where no one knows your name.

If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy spot to impress the one you fancy, you’re in luck. We have a list of recommendations for you and your special someone to raise a glass to romance.

Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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Romantic Bars in Buffalo & WNY

174 Buffalo

174 Buffalo St Hamburg, NY 14075 • $$

AmericanBurgersWine Bar

South Towns

Casual Table Service

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

Alchemy Wine & Beer

50 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

Wine BarSmall PlatesAmerican

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Brunch… is…back! I repeat: BRUNCH IS BACK!  Alchemy is a bottle shop with affordable, place driven and delicious wines, beers and ciders made by ...

Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

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

AmericanNew AmericanWine Bar

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

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

Billy Club

228 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

New American

Online

Casual Table Service

Billy Club is a full service restaurant and whiskey bar located in the historical Allentown district of Buffalo, New York. In addition to good wine, ...

Canal Club 62

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

American

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

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

Carte Blanche

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

AmericanWine Bar

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Carte Blanche makes great use of the outdoors with dining and lounge space on a first floor alley patio and a second floor alley deck. The second floor ...

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Chez Ami

210 Franklin St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$

FrenchNew American

Buffalo

Fine Dining, Bar

Step Out's 2 cents: Who doesn't love a rotating bar...at least at first. This super swank downtown restaurant (part of the Curtiss Hotel) is beautiful ...

Coco Bar & Bistro

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

French

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Coco's oozes 'relax and enjoy the evening'. This charming neighborhood spot has everything but a neighborhood. We love the vibe, and the Coq au vin almost ...

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Company B – Tasting Room and Market

1250 Niagara St. Suite F Buffalo, New York 14213 • $

Buffalo

Blackman Cider Company presents an urban tasting room and marketplace located on Buffalo's West Side. Here you will find the great farmers, artisans, and ...

Fresh Catch Poke at 500 Pearl

500 Pearl Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AsianSeafood

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

There are a lot of fast-casual restaurants popping up these days. Our aim is to stand out from the crowd. At Fresh Catch, we believe our poke is more than ...

Graylynn

537 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

A European styles bistro with a Gin focus ...

Hutch’s

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

AmericanInternationalSeafood

Buffalo

Fine Dining

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 ...

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Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan Street Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

AmericanPizzaVegetarian

Buffalo

Casual 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 ...

JT’s Urban Italian

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

ItalianPizza

Online

Casual Table Service

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 ...

Judas Tree

1507 Pine Ave Niagara Falls, NY 14301 • $$

Niagara County

Bar

Cocktail bar in Niagara Falls, NY specializing in locally sourced ingredients.   Read ...

Left Bank

511 Rhode Island St. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

AmericanItalianSeafood

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Cool spot with a nice bar, fine wine list and excellent food, all of which brings in the large crowds- reservations suggested. ...

Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

320 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

American

Online

Casual Table Service

Lucky Day; a Whiskey Bar with whiskey happy foods. ...

MARBLE + RYE

112 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$

AmericanNew AmericanSeafood

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

This is quality, 'honest' food served in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. The concise menu covers all the right bases and preparation is unpretentious. The ...

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Mother’s Restaurant

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

AmericanSeafood

Buffalo

Casual 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 ...

Mulberry Italian Ristorante

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

Buffalo FoodItalian

South Towns

Casual Table Service

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 ...

Oliver’s Restaurant

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

AmericanItalianNew AmericanSeafood

Online

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

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 ...

Panorama on Seven

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

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Enjoy the best views of Buffalo, Lake Erie and Canalside while serving prohibition style cocktails and perusing a Southern European and local Buffalo ...

Patina 250

250 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Patina 250 offers casually refined, eclectic cuisine in the heart of downtown Buffalo. Executive Chef Evan Wargo sources the best local ingredients of ...

Patrick’s Rooftop

500, Pearl Street, Downtown Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo

Bar

Patrick's Rooftop is the cherry on top at 500 Pearl. With awe-inspiring views of Downtown Buffalo and Lake Erie, Buffalo's highest rooftop bar is a must ...

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Prescott’s Provisions

40 E Niagara St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$

New AmericanPizza

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Prescott's Provisions offers an elevated dining experience along the historic Erie Canal. Our restaurant is open to everyone, including boaters and cyclists, ...

Remington Tavern

184 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $$$$

AmericanSeafood

Niagara County

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Remington Tavern Seafood Exchange, an eatery from Chef Mark Hutchinson of Hutch's and Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo. Originally named Power House #4 in 1895, ...

Shango Bistro

3260 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14214 • $$

AmericanBBQSeafoodSouthernWine Bar

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

SOB Says About Shango Bistro: Shango is one of my favorite restaurants in WNY. Simple, unassuming, comfortable with great food and a superior beer list. ...

Share Kitchen & Bar Room

5590 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$

New AmericanWine Bar

North Towns

Casual Table Service

FOOD IS BETTER SHARED Guests at Share Kitchen $ Bar Room are encouraged to share their experience with those they know as well as those they don't; both ...

Shirt Factory

115 West Center Street Medina, NY 14103 • $

Small PlatesCafe-Coffee

Other

Bar, Cafe / Coffee Shop

Located just off the Four Corners of Medina, NY, the Shirt Factory has been operating as a successful cafe since opening in 2006. In 2018, four Medina ...

Tappo

338 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

ItalianWine Bar

Buffalo

Casual 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 Banq Cocktails and Lounge

9 E Washington St Ellicottville, New York 14731 • $

Small Plates

Southern Tier

Bar

The Banq Cocktails and Lounge offers craft cocktails and small plates. Inspired by the space we wanted to bring back touches of the bank within her decor ...

The Dapper Goose

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

AmericanNew American

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

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

Online

Casual 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 Humbert House

10622 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031 • $$

Italian

North Towns

Fine Dining

The Humbert House by Salvatore’s Hospitality. Chef Sal Latorre is developing a contemporary bistro menu we know you will love.   Read Our ...

The Little Club

1197 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

ItalianSmall PlatesWine Bar

North Buffalo

Casual 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. ...

Toutant

437 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$

SouthernBBQSeafood

Buffalo

Bar, Casual Table Service

Step Out's 2 cents: In our opinion Toutant is among the best restaurants in the city, joining the Buffalo stalwarts and a few 2014 startups, shuffling ...

Waxlight Bar àVin

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

New AmericanWine Bar

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar, Fine Dining

Waxlight Bar à Vin is a modern, wine-focused restaurant in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. We're led by a team of owner-operator sommeliers ...

West Rose

23 Washington Street Ellicottville, New York 14731 • $$$

New American

Southern Tier

Casual Table Service, Bar

West Rose blends together all of the elements the kitchen team believes in: responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food. The restaurant ...

Wine On Third

501 Third Street Niagara Falls, New York 14301 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodSeafoodWine Bar

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Wine on Third is the premier fine dining, tapas, and wine bar in Niagara Falls, New York USA. Wine on Third offers food quality unmatched anywhere in Western ...

Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in 2021 and has been updated.

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