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Guide to Romantic Restaurants in WNY

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Written by Homer Enthusiast

Published on January 29, 2023
Dapper Goose / Photo x Colin Gordon
Dapper Goose / Photo x Colin Gordon

Alright WNY – ready to dial up the romance? Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, an accomplishment, or just feel like treating your special someone to a nice meal, these are the best romantic restaurants to do just that. PS: If you’re planning on going to once of these places during a particularly busy time (aka Valentine’s Day or a Saturday night), make sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Now get to impressing!

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Full Service

800 Maple

800 Maple Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • Seafood

800 Maple is Williamsville's homegrown destination for the best prime steaks, chops and fresh seafood. The wood-fired grill assures perfection. Authentic ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
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 ...

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

Billy Club

228 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

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, ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Fine Dining

Black & Blue Steak and Crab

5493 Sheridan Dr Amherst, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Steakhouse
  • American
  • Seafood

Black $ blue was created out of the need for a new twist on the traditional steak $ seafood restaurant to take the classics and put them into a more contemporary ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Tasting Menu

Black Iron Bystro – Kenmore

3067 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • New American

Our new Delaware Ave location will feature a cocktail bar - offering small plates and a la carte items from a rotating cast of seasonally driven menu items. ...

  • Tasting Menu
Fine Dining

Buffalo Chophouse

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

Buffalo

  • Steakhouse
  • American

Step Out's 2 Cents Buffalo Chophouse may not have been Buffalo's first steakhouse, but there are few oldies left that compare. Reports of long waits at ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
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

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Carmelo’s Coat of Arms

425 Center Street Lewiston , New York 14092 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Italian
  • Seafood

A neighborhood restaurant at its core, Carmelo's has many regular guests and openly accommodates visitors to the area with welcome arms. Carmelo's hosts ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Full Service

Carte Blanche

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

South Towns

  • American
  • Wine Bar

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 ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
Fine Dining

Chez Ami

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

Buffalo

  • French
  • New American

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 ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Brunch
Full Service

Coco Bar & Bistro

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

Buffalo

  • French

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 ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
Full Service

Compass Run

500 Seneca Street Suite 119 Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Southern
  • Seafood

Compass Run, located on 500 Seneca, is taking place of Dobutsu. Under the same ownership, Compass Run focuses on southern comfort food as well as southern ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Full Service

Graylynn

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

Buffalo

  • New American

A European styles bistro with a Gin focus ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Brunch
Bar

High Violet Cocktail Lounge

710 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Small Plates

Located down a blind alley in the Elmwood Village, High Violet is a big city cocktail bar that transports guests to another place, maybe another time. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Late Night

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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
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

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

Las Puertas

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

Buffalo

  • Mexican
  • New American
  • Seafood

Las Puertas is a 35 seat intimate restaurant that features Mexican food with a modern blend with classic french techniques. SOB Says: The menu at Las ...

  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Tasting Menu
Full Service

Left Bank

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

Buffalo

  • American
  • Italian
  • Seafood

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

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Patio
  • Reservations
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
Full Service

Lucia’s on the Lake

4151 Lakeshore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Italian
  • Steakhouse

SOB Says About Lucia's on the Lake: Looking for a solid choice with a casual atmosphere, some bar crowd, a good view and good food then Lucia's on the ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Waterfront

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Full Service

Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

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

Buffalo

  • American

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

  • Bar Area
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

MARBLE + RYE

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

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Seafood

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

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Farm to Table
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

Mon Ami Restaurant

298 Main St (Catherdral Park Side) Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • French

About Mon Ami Restaurant: Nestled in the heart of Downtown Buffalo, Mon Ami offers a French-American inspired menu which showcases both traditional French ...

  • Patio
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Brunch
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Reservations
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Order Online
Full Service

Mother’s Restaurant

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

Buffalo

  • American

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 ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Late-Late Night
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

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

Panorama on Seven

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

Buffalo

  • New American

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

  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion

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Patina 250

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

Buffalo

  • New American

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

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

Prescott’s Provisions

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

North Towns

  • New American
  • Pizza

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

  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Boat Friendly
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

Remington Tavern

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

Niagara County

  • American
  • Seafood

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, ...

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

Rick’s on Main

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

South Towns

  • American
  • International
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse

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

  • Bar Area
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Family Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Order Online
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Fine Dining

Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More

6750, Transit Road, Sheridan Meadows, Amherst Town Erie County, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Steakhouse
  • American
  • International
  • Seafood

Russell's Steaks, Chops $ More has the ability to accommodate parties of two guests to 10 in our dining room, and up to 75 in a private banquet room. Reservations ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Fine Dining

San Marco

2082 Kensington Ave Snyder, New York 14226 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Italian

For more than 30 years Owners/Chefs Frank and Nancy Grimaldi have delighted guests from Western New York and around the world with the wonderful flavors ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Access
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
Full Service

Shango Bistro

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

North Buffalo

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Wine Bar

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. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Patio
  • Special Occasion

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Full Service

Sto Lat Bar

4475 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Polish
  • American
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Sto Lat Bar is a restaurant and bar, serving authentic Polish cuisine, signature cocktails, local draft beers, and much more! Located in the new BFLO District ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Reservations
Fine Dining

SZND Dining

1448, Hertel Avenue, North Park Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American

If you've ever spent time in the kitchen, you'll know that every dish needs seasoning. We're about that seasoned spirit too: we like to think a restaurant ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Special Occasion
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

Tappo

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

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Wine Bar

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 ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

The Dapper Goose

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

North Buffalo

  • American
  • New American

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' ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

The Grange Community Kitchen

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

Online

  • American

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 ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Farm to Table
Fine Dining

The Humbert House

10622 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Italian

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

  • Romantic
  • Reservations
Full Service

The Little Club

1197 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Small Plates
  • Wine Bar

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. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Romantic
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Patio
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

Toutant

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

Buffalo

  • Southern
  • BBQ
  • Seafood

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 ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
Full Service

Waxlight Bar àVin

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • New American
  • Wine Bar

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 ...

  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Brunch
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

Webster’s Bistro

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

Niagara County

  • American
  • French
  • New American
  • Seafood
  • Wine Bar
  • Steakhouse

SOB Says: In our estimation Webster's Bistro is an excellent representation of French cuisine in Western New York. Their creations are not only a work ...

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

West Rose

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

Southern Tier

  • New American

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

  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Healthy Options
  • Reservations
  • Bar Area
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