Dobutsu, no matter how you pronounce it, comes out sounding like "yummmm!" Chef/owner James Roberts has that unique combination of training, talent and creativity that works in all walks of life. The food from start to finish is "innovative and delicious". We LOVE the daily change up on their steamed bun appetizer (the official food of SOB). The menu is heavily Asian influenced and long on seafood, but do not overlook the steak and pork chop if they are available. The restaurant decor is modern, "fresh" and comfortable. The fact that they have a beautiful, full-sized bar, great cocktails, and a nice beer selection really puts this place on the top of everyone's list in WNY.
- North TownsPhone: (716) 525-1260Price: $$
Prescott’s fills a particular culinary niche in the area by leaning heavily on upscale Italian fare, featuring dishes like handmade black tagliolini with Maine lobster. There are also handcrafted burgers and wood-fired pizzas, for those who want simple pleasures with their views of the canal.
- North BuffaloPhone: (716) 877-9419Price: $$$
Located on a commercial stretch of Kenmore Ave the family run Sinatra's Trilogy Restaurtant is synonymous with supercaladelicious. No doubt some of the best Southern Italian in the city, they somehow manage to combine traditional and imaginative to create consistently magnificent meals. Everything here is fantastic, the Roasted Sweet Peppers are amazing, and the Pasta Fagioli is our standard of excellence.
- BuffaloPhone: 716-259-9306Price: $$$
Walking into Roost, you might doubt that you’re in Buffalo, or on Niagara St. You’re reminded of the raw beauty of our post-industrial city and, seriously, how f*%^ing cool Buffalo is becoming through these developments in areas that were abandoned for years. Your fellow bougies are already sitting at their tables getting day drunk, and the servers and cooks are hustling around like our badass restaurant folk do in this city of movers and shakers. All that is reason alone to visit Roost. And then there's the food.
- North BuffaloPhone: (716) 551-0716Price: $$
The Dapper Goose never fails to satisfy in our eyes. This Black Rock gem offers one of the premier craft cocktail programs in town. The understated elegance gives off the perfect vibe for a romantic getaway dinner and the wines and cuisine to match. The food is always on point and we love the brunch, when we can a table.
- South TownsPhone: (716) 648-0022Price: $$
What can one say about simple elegance. This place is so comfortable their biggest problem is getting customers to leave so they can turn over the tables. The charcuterie is only the greatest food item since the chicken...or is it the egg? Everything is super fresh/locally sourced and the brick oven pizza's are special. A great bar and intelligent beer/wine lists makes this place a great find and a hard get. [try the pickle plate too]
- BuffaloPhone: (716) 331-3047Price: $$
Sneaky good is the first thing that comes to mind. Sure one would expect fine wines, clever cocktails, and great craft beers in this locale on Allen. You'll get all of that and more - like really good food. Did we mention their great whiskey selection? Winner! Hurry in before everyone knows.
- South TownsPhone: (716) 649-2101Price: $$$
Carte Blanche's menu is based on seasonally appropriate, locally sourced meat and produce with an emphasis on house-made. The cuisine is New American with a lean toward French. Their well trained kitchen and bar staff serves up delicious chow and delectable drinks with equal integrity. We'd throw some recommendation at you but the menu changes up so fast it's hard to keep up.
- BuffaloPhone: 716-853-1390Price: $$$
Marble + Rye specializes in meat and whiskey - these are a few of our favorite things. The understated brick walks, high ceilings and hard hitting bar scene rounds out the +. In truth they offer plenty more, and whatever you choose will likely be no-frills delicious.
- North TownsPhone: (716) 839-5876Price: $$$$
San Marco is a no-brainer to the legions of fans they have built up over the past 30 some years, but to many they may remain a mystery. We are pretty sure the regulars have agreed not to let anyone in on their secret. This is some of the finest northern Italian food you will find this side of the Veneto. They offer a great wine list and cuisine fit for the most special occasions.
- North BuffaloPhone: (716) 873-4291Price: $$$
Not only does Lombardo's Ristorante offer up some of the finest Italian food and brick oven pizza in town, they offer up some of the best service as well. They've been serving North Buffalo for over 40 years. The staff is so friendly you're liable to walk out thinking they mistook you for uncle Joey. They do pretty much everything right - salads, house made pasta, chops, scaloppini... they even appreciate your business.
- South TownsPhone: 716) 627-9752Price: $$
Sure Lucia's on the Lake has a nice view of the lake, but they are more than just a pretty face. These guys can actually cook too. This is a comfortable tavern-like atmosphere, with a good bar and plenty of neighborhood vibe. We love the Bang Bang Shrimp, the braised short ribs, the stroganoff...
- South TownsPhone: (716) 824-9716Price: $$$
Curly's has undergone a lot of transformation over the years. Famous for their Jerk Chicken and Black Bean soup for years, they have grown to include many new items that mix with old and this is now a great venue for all occasions - perfect for family, weekday lunch, romantic dinner, or a quick cocktail. Don't forget about their newish banquet facilities.
- BuffaloPhone: (716) 332-3131Price: $$$
As elegant inside as beautiful on the outside, 31 Club serves up traditional steaks and seafood with flare. The restaurant is perfectly situated on Elmwood downtown with easy access, plenty of parking and walking distance to Delaware Ave hotels (and shuttle service to the Theatre District). A lot of locals save this for a special occasion, but no need to wait. Don't overlook Sunday brunch, holidays or their private party space. We love dining on the porches in the summer.