29 Restaurants That Opened in 2018 You Should Know About

Misuta Chow's

Misuta Chow’s / Photo x Mike Shriver

It’s always (meaning 90% of the time) fun to look back and see everything that’s happened in the past 12 months. Honestly, it feels more like years have gone by since Fresh Catch Poke graced us with their beautiful branding and catchy concept. Honestly, how did we live before easy access to takeout poke bowls?

Anyway, one of our favorite ways to measure time gone by is in restaurants opened. It’s a wonderful metric that isn’t very serious (get outta here with your financial and health goals) and makes for pretty delicious results. Plus, we love seeing how far Western New York has come in just one year.

Also, can we all agree that it’s wild how crazy-dependent we become on these new places in such a short period of time? I mean would there even BE an Instagram if Misuta Chows didn’t open? Did salads even EXIST before Prima?


Throughout this list you may find the occasional bakery or bar and you might think to yourself, this isn’t a restaurant Step Out Buffalo. Some of you might even take precious time out of your day to @ us all over the damn place, pounding those thumbs into the phone and YELLING in ALL CAPS about it. Please, resist the urge. We know. And we don’t care.

Disclaimer: These articles were written at the time of the restaurant’s opening – which means things may have slightly changed since then. We highly recommend checking the establishment’s website/Facebook/Instagram for the most up-to-date hours and menus.


Here are the new restaurants from 2018 we think you should know about in order of their opening:

New: If You Like Sushi, You’re Going to Love Fresh Catch Poke Co.

A generation ago, people in Western New York might have thought selling raw fish in a bowl is a batshit…

New: East Amherst Has a Legit New Taco Spot Called Tacos Community Beer AKA TCB

Transit Road just welcomed a new taco joint to town called Tacos, Community & Beer.

The New Prima Oliva Cafe is the Healthy Restaurant of Your Dreams

We have such good food news for you fam.

James Roberts’ Dōbutsu Opens in 500 Seneca & Mixes it The Hell Up

The new restaurant is the yin to Toutant's yang, the ego to its id, the Kim to its Kanye.

New: Steelbound Brewery & Distillery Opens in Ellicottville

Starting at 4 pm on Monday, May 5, 2018, Steelbound will hold regular hours all week long with a full…

The New Tabernacle @ Sweet_ness 7 is Trippy & Stunning All At The Same Time

The new Grant Street cafe is an acid flashback, and you're gonna love it, Buffalo.

New: Overwinter Brings Single Origin Coffee to the Cutest Spot in Downtown

If people watching is your fave, you’ll want to pull up a seat at the brand new Overwinter Coffee on…

The New Eckl’s @ Larkin is Here and the Vibes Are So Mad Men

From the mid-century modern furniture to the gold snakeskin wallpaper - if you know that it’s based on the original…

New: Peace, Love & Little Donuts Might Have the Most Instagramable Food in WNY

You may have noticed something interesting about your Instagram feed lately: The donuts are taking over.

Pastry by Camille Smashed Our Expectations, Here’s Why

Born in Brittany, France, Le Caer is bringing French culinary education and Manhattan fine dining experience to his new shop…

New: Frank Is Officially Slinging Hot Dogs in an Upcycled Gas Station in Kenmore

On our recent visit to the new Frank we sampled the classic dog, Modern Chicago, Violet Beauregard, and Half-smoke.

New: Misuta Chow’s is Finally Here & It’s Everything We Hoped it Would Be

The team behind Misuta Chow’s knows this isn’t something Buffalo is used to. But they’re ready to welcome anybody into…

New: Take a Look at Bedrock’s Seriously Upgraded Space & Menu

Owner Erica Sikorski told Step Out Buffalo that her recent transition to a flexitarian diet was a big reason to…

New: Roots Coffee & Tea Is Serving Neighborhood Feels On Hertel

Is Hertel Avenue the new Elmwood? Well, if it…

The New Community Beer Works 7th Street Brewery & Tap Room Is Everything We Dreamed It Would Be

There are so many spaces, it's hard to know where you should hang out.

New: We Went to Sonny Reds During an Actual Manhunt

TBH, the zombie apocalypse could have kicked off around us and we probably wouldn't have noticed. Sonny Red’s took us…

Now Open: This New Wine Bar Has Low-key NOLA Vibes

No, they’re not looking to bring the beads, dayglo daiquiris and oontz-oontz-oontz music of Bourbon Street. They’re looking to bring…

New: This High-Tech Asian Restaurant in Buffalo is All-You-Can-Eat

Serving up Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese dishes, Waves is an all-you-can-eat, upscale Asian restaurant that’s living in 3018.

Now Open: Homegrown Kitchen Has Build-Your-Own Salads & Grain Bowls

Seeing nutritional information in more and more places has…

New: Tonawanda’s Prescott’s Provisions is All High Notes

We have a lot of waterfront dining options…

Stack Burger 2.0: New Location, Same Freakin’ Awesome Burgers

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll can draw up all the experimental, madcap passing plays he wants, but if (insert…

Buffalo’s First Cat Cafe is Finally Open

After a long-awaited grand opening, Buffalo's first cat cafe is officially open for business. Here's what you need to know...

Root + Bloom Finally Opened Their Indoor Space

We've been anxiously awaiting the opening of this insanely delicious restaurant's indoor space - AND IT'S HERE!

New: Yey’s – Buffalo’s First and Only Cambodian Cafe is Finally Open

Jenn Lay spent a long time working for the man, but now – having recently opened Yey's Cafe to serve…

New: The Draft Room is Like a Bit of Toronto Right Here in Buffalo

Beer and the Buffalo Sabres are a match made in hockey heaven so it only makes sense that our friends…

New: The Little Club is Hertel’s New Wine Bar That’s Breaking Down Stereotypes Around Wine

Located on Hertel Avenue, The Little Club is the sister restaurant to Ristorante Lombardo, which is directly across the street.

New: You Absolutely Need to Check Out Our Favorite Cookie Shop & Bakery in Allentown

Allentown is all about personality, and when you open a business there – you’d better bring it.

Get Excited for VilaVerde Cafe – Buffalo’s Brand New Vegan Eatery

Growing up as a young boy in Portugal, Pedro Manuel probably never envisioned himself as the owner of a vegan…

New: Maison Le Caer Has Blessed Main Street with Crepes & Macarons

The new Maison Le Caer has blessed the Market Arcade for downtown people that also need to reconnect and practice…





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