March Madness: Eating + Drinking

Drink, Food & Drink, Sports


Written by Homer Enthusiast

Published on March 17, 2014

Restaurant, Bar & Dining Options for NCAA Basketball

Buffalo restaurant March Madness


March madness is back in Buffalo. If you are lucky enough to have tickets the next obvious question is where to go before or after to get something to eat and drink. Not to worry, Step Out Buffalo has all your dining guide questions answered.

Food Trucks will be around. See exactly who, when and where on our Buffalo Food Truck twitter feed.  Bars/Restaurants opening early are in red. Looking for information on the Basketball – Ticket, times, teams? Click here


Walkable – Near First Niagara Center

Cobblestone District

The Cobblestone District (work in progress) is just out back of the First Niagara Center. A quick walk to some fun bars usually with live music.

Iron Works  49 Illinois St; Buffalo (716) 332-5959

Nice big bar with good sandwiches – quick.

Open at 10am Thurs & Sat.

Lagerhaus95  95 Perry Street Buffalo; 716-200-1798

The word lagerhaus is a German term for warehouse – beer, grub and a heated patio biergarten.

Cobblestone Bar & Grill  130 S Park Ave Buffalo (716) 848-1930

More music and Buffalo food – enjoy.

Pearl Street Grill  76 Pearl St Buffalo; (716) 856-2337

A great spot for some good beer, wings, beef on weck and plenty of room for the likely crowds.

Open at 9am Thurs & Sat.

The Archer  268 Main Street, Buffalo; 716.768.4661

Nice bar and great food specializing in (but not exclusively) wild game and seafood. Reservations recommended.

Bar opens at 10am Thurs.

Swannie House  170 Ohio St; (716) 847-2898

Just out of sight and around the corner from the back parkinglot, it’s older than the lake, and a favorite for the guys that make Cheerios – they claim the Fish Fries are excellent. Simple chow, good value.

Milo’s 126 Michigan Ave; (716) 856-4342

Diner two blocks from First Niagara. Small and unimpressive, but the food is pretty good. Hours questionable (close at 2:00 pm?) so make the short walk at your own risk.

Liberty Hound  1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo; (716) 845-9173

A short walk from First Niagara and the best option if you’re looking for a view of the waterfront! Right in the middle of Buffalo’s new Canalside area. Bar fare & beer my friends.

Bar opens @ 9am, Food @ 10am Turs & Sat. Ohio State Pep Rally on Sat if they beat Dayton.


Hop the Metro Rail to:

 Berrafato’s Prima Pizza & Pasta  396 Pearl St Buffalo (716) 852-5555

Good pizza and pasta. Perfect for the family from out-of-town.

Osteria 166  166 Franklin Street, Buffalo; (716) 858 – 3118

Nice bar and good Italian food near the convention center. Reservations recommended.

Bar open @ 10am Thurs.

E.B. Greens  2 Fountain Plz, Buffalo;  (716) 855-4870

Fine steak house in the Hyatt. If you are staying here you can’t go wrong. Reservations recommended.

Tappo  338 Ellicott St; Buffalo  716-259-8130

Good, reasonably priced Italian with a nice bar set up. Fixed price wine selection at $15. Good for family, couples or date. Reservations recommended.

Lafeyette Hotel 391 Washington St., Buffalo

Pan American Grill |  716-853-1505

Sandwiches, burgers, Buffalo food and excellent beer selection.

Mike A’s  |  (716) 253-6453

Some of the finest dining in the city beautifully set in the restored Lafeyette Hotel. Stay here, eat here – Life is good! Reservations recommended.

Butterwood Sweet & Savory  |  (716) 652-0131

The other option at the Lafeyette for fine dining. Not quite as swank but you will not be disappointed. Reservations recommended.



Chippewa | Theater District

Bacchus 54 West Chippewa Street, Buffalo; 716-854-WINE

An excellent choice for a family looking for good food in a pleasant setting or anyone in search of good wine. Reservations recommended.

The Lodge Bar & Grill 79 West Chippewa St, Buffalo;  (716) 256-1940

Attractive bar setting with outstanding pub grub. Reservations recommended.

Encore  492 Pearl Street, Buffalo; (716) 931-5001

A lively crowd good for drinks or dinner. Reservations recommended.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 301 Franklin St. Buffalo, 716-880-1677

A Syracuse original this BBQ joint will likely be dressed in orange and be filled to the brim. Correction: They DO take reservations.

Opening @ 9:30am with limited menu Thurs.

Soho Burger Bar  64 West Chippewa Buffalo; (716) 856-7646

Good stop for a burger and a beer.

D’arcy McGee’s  257 Franklin St, Buffalo; (716) 853-3600

This Irish pub will be lively most of the time. Get here early if you don’t like crowds.

Buffalo Chop House  282 Franklin St Buffalo; (716) 842-6900

One of Buffalo’s premier steak houses. Good for the affluent family of the couple with a big appetite. Reservations recommended.

Cabaret  484 Pearl St Buffalo;  (716) 842-4181

A good spot for ac asual bite with an impressive selection of tap beer on hand. Reservations recommended.

Bijou Grille  643 Main Street Buffalo; 716-847-1512

A good spot for dinner or a drink if you can avoid the theater crowd which should be pretty quiet this week. Reservations recommended.


Looking for information on the Basketball – Ticket, times, teams? Click here


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Written by Homer Enthusiast

A born and bred Buffalover.
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