As you’re dusting off your old record player, Jim Kelly jersey, and VHS tape, you can’t help but smile. If you’re feeling nostalgic, and looking for a trip down memory lane, then listen up. Buffalo is home to some historic Buffalo restaurants that will have you soaking in the classical vibes while enjoying generations of homemade recipes. Whether it’s Chef’s authentic spaghetti parm, Anchor Bar’s original wings, or a perfectly cooked steak from Eckl’s there’s certain to be a place to fulfill all of your cravings. Without further ado, here is a guide to the oldest restaurants in Buffalo and WNY. Just remember, this experience will be timeless!
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1329 Niagara Street, Buffalo / 716-866-9197 / More Info
For over a century, Santasiero’s has provided the Buffalo Community with classic Italian food from meatballs to pasta fagioli in humble 1920s era digs. Their longevity can be accredited to the authentic Italian Cuisine that has won the hearts and taste buds of generations of Buffalonians since the early twentieth century. If you haven’t tried this classic yet, the time is now.
291 Seneca Street, Buffalo / 716-856-9187 / More Info
When it comes to classic Italian in Buffalo, Chef’s deserves a place at the top of the list. Since 1923, they have been serving up hearty Italian food which has captivated many generations of taste buds in Buffalo. The secret? Their homemade marinara sauce which completes their famous spaghetti parmesan entree that’s simply to die for.
3. Anchor Bar
1047 Main Street, Buffalo / 716-883-1134 / More Info
On a Friday night in 1964, the original Buffalo Chicken Wing was created at this establishment. “The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience this new taste sensation.” Over 50 years later, Anchor Bar’s world famous chicken wings are widely renowned as the best in the city… and the world! If you haven’t experienced the original Buffalo Chicken Wing for yourself yet, you’re missing out. Check out the hype around these world famous wings at Anchor Bar today!
4. The Eagle House
5578 Main St., Williamsville / 716-632-7669 / More Info
A little known fact about Erie County’s oldest restaurant is that it once was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today it is a cozy spot to enjoy some hearty American comfort food in a place that has loads of historic character and charm. The restaurant, which opened in 1827, is located in the recently revamped, made-to-be-more-walkable Main Street in the Village of Williamsville, making it an excellent place to eat and then enjoy the sights and shopping that the village offers.
1104 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo / 716-886-1449 / More Info
Located in the heart of Elmwood, is one of Buffalo’s oldest and best bars known as Cole’s. Here, rotating taps of cold draft beer are always flowing, along with local craft favorites at your fingertips, accompanied by delicious American bar food. Rumor has it they have some of the best wings in town! The wall decor gives off a unique atmosphere beneath pennants, mounted deer’s, and carousel horses. You don’t want to wait any longer to experience this genuine one of a kind experience at Cole’s.
6. Glen Park Tavern
5507 Main Street, Williamsville / 716-626-9333 / More Info
“Glen Park Tavern is the place to be if you’re looking for a quality meal, with an exceptional atmosphere and a cheers like attitude.” Since 1887, this tavern has been serving up a delicious assortment of pub food and drinks on it’s original mahogany bar. Today, Glen Park tavern remains a favorite restaurant throughout the community. Their hand-carved turkey, roast beef, and baby back ribs are just a few selections that keep their customers coming back!
7. Swannie House
170 Ohio Street, Buffalo / 716-847-2898 / More Info
Since 1886, The Swannie House has been a focal point of the Buffalo community, located adjacent to the grain elevators along the inner Harbor. During the late 19th century, this was a favorite destination for the sailors and sea workers who inhabited Buffalo, the world’s third-largest seaport at the turn of the century. Today, this tavern remains a highly sought out place to be for it’s Irish charm, light-hearted atmosphere, delicious array of food, and affordable prices. The Swannie House has served many generations with quality food and exceptional service, and will continue to do so for future generations.
8. Ulrich’s Tavern
Temporarily closed until further notice
674 Ellicott Street, Buffalo / 716-989-1868 / More Info
Buffalo’s oldest tavern established in 1868 is still serving up huge portions at an affordable price over 150 years later! Expect to be immersed in a historic atmosphere at Ulrich’s that emanates the rich history of our city while you are waited on by quality staff.
370 Seneca Street, Buffalo / More Info
Sebastino DiTondo founded this restaurant with a clear mission: to serve the Buffalo community with quality homestyle Italian food. 114 years and four generations later, Rita DiTondo is keeping her great-grandfather’s dream alive. This classic Italian joint recently underwent renovations and Rita and her husband have relaunched DiTondo’s as DiTondo — featuring a more open space, new menu and updated concept. Read more about the new space here!
Temporarily closed until further notice
703 Seneca Street, Buffalo / 716-331-3242 / More Info
A Western New York dining legacy has been long-standing since 1934 at Eckl’s. “Experience world class steaks, chops, seafood, roast beef on weck, and four generations of Eckl family dedication.” The vintage ambiance of this establishment will have you feeling enriched as you settle into a true Buffalo classic. They are currently undergoing renovations, but hope to re-open as soon as possible!