Buffalo’s Most Romantic Restaurants According to SOB
Tyring to nail down the perfect romantic restaurant for the big day – any big day? Hopefully this is a constant, recurring thing for you and that special person. If it isn’t you need to do this at least once a year. Check out our list below for the person who doesn’t mind going top shelf. Lucky for Buffalonians, top-shelf doesn’t always mean expensive. Want more on romantic restaurants around WNY? We’ve got you covered.
1198 Hertel Ave, Buffalo / 716) 873-4291 / Reservations
These guys are so friendly your date will be impressed because they think you’re part of the family. Everything on the menu is good, most everything is house-made, including the pasta. The Veal Rib Chop is outstanding. The Veal Marsala is outstanding and affordable.
6461 Transit Rd, Depew / (716) 683-7990 / Reservations
Nothing glitters like Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Their aged steaks are always good. If you’ve got a big something in your pocket maybe try the Kobe Surf & Turf…only $120.
581 Delaware Ave. Buffalo / 716-885-1594
This old world Italianate villa is as beautiful inside as it is out. The Italian influenced food is worthy of a master, the service is always top notch and elegance flows throughout. I love the house made Potato Gnocchi in the Pomodoro Sauce but it’s hard to resist the Bone-in Ribeye.
2095 Delaware Ave., Buffalo / 716-877-9662 / Reservations
Even though long-time restaurateur extraordinaire Henry Gorino is gone, the new ownership has done a great job maintaining their tradition of excellence. Still THE place to be seen in WNY, great food and a sophisticated club atmosphere brings in the crowds. The days of cigars at the bar are long gone, maybe a good thing, but the piano music plays on. They are planning a special menu for Valentine’s and their wine list is second to none. Do not leave without sampling the Spinach Loaf.
Remington Tavern & Oyster Bar
184 Sweeney St, North Tonawanda / 716-362-2802
Formally known as Remington Tavern Seafood Exchange, it is the joint venture of Chef Mark Hutchinson of Hutch’s and Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo. Housed in an historic old brick building with varied pasts, it is located across the street from the Erie Canal. They focus on seafood, but do everything well. It’s a terrific bar space with a tantalizing raw bar and a casual industrial vibe. You can never go wrong with some broiled lobster tails.
1375 Delaware Ave. Buffalo / 716-885-0074 / Reservations
Hutch’s has been a Buffalo favorite for decades. Warm lighting and a stylish decor that screams romance. Make sure you get there early enough to enjoy one of the best bar rooms in the city. While they are sure to have some scrumptious specials every night you can’t go wrong with the lamb chops.
341 Franklin St Buffalo / 716-852-4416 / Reservation
This place is such a WNY legend it only needs a first name – “The Rue”. It was THE French restaurant in Buffalo for a long time. Simple elegance and fine dining is the theme here. Maybe the French aren’t good at much, but they know food and they know romance. The snails and the braised pork cheeks are my favorites. The service is as good as the food.
The Roycroft Inn
40 South Grove Street East Aurora / 716-652-5552 / Reservations
It’s all going on at the Roycroft Inn. Not only do you get to dine in a national landmark, the place is gorgeous, the food is outstanding and with a little luck maybe you can get a room at the Inn. If you’re really lucky you’ll be there for brunch the next morning. (Kitchen closed until Feb. 8.)
174 Buffalo St. Hamburg / 716-648-6554
Chef Scott Donhauser is winning over long-time Dan fans. The food and service are still top shelf if a little different than the old days. This is a small intimate space, perfect for a proposal of some kind. I always love the seafood, but I hear good things about the lamb and the Poulet Fromage. Seating is limited so call soon.
Black & Blue Steak and Crab
5493 Sheridan Dr. Amherst / 716-839-2525 / Reservations
This transplant from Rochester offers a stunning contemporary atmosphere and top notch steak and king crab. They say their family-owned St Petersburg Fl. fish & seafood company is where they hand pick and ship the freshest gulf seafood available. It touches no purveyors, and no middle-men from the boat to black & blue. That sounds almost good enough to forgo the steak.
425 Center Street, Lewiston / 716-754-2311
Carmelo’s might be the best kept secret in town, at least in my part of town. The setting and the food are both fantastically uncomplicated. The true romantic will get a reservation here and a room at the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa just down the street. If you love food, a dinner at Carmelo’s is worth the effort. The menu changes often. I’d suggest starving yourself for a few days and eat for two.
311 Bryant Street, Buffalo / 716-881-7592
5229 Main Street Williamsville / 716-631-2687
4840 North French Road Amherst / 716-688-8848
The Aroma Group has three restaurants and they are all good. The menu’s may vary a little, but the food is first rate authentic Italian and the staff is always well trained and knowledgeable. Pastas are house-made. My favorite is the Pappardelle with braised anything when available. The risotto is always good too. In fact, I doubt there is a menu item from Bryant to North French I wouldn’t enjoy.
511 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo / 716-882-3509
Something about the atmosphere here always make me feel ready to eat and drink. There is always a buzz at the bar and in the dining room and the food is consistently good. If you haven’t tried the Portobello mushroom stuffed with artichoke then you should not wait. The pork tenderloin with he Grand Marnier-fresh cranberry sauce is one of my favorites and the home-made “daily” ravioli always exciting.
4516 Main Street, Snyder / 716-839-3108
Siena was once the scrawny kid sister to Oliver’s but has grown to a suburban knockout. Regulars here keep the seats well filled so you should call soon. Another strong pasta joint they also have great brick oven pizza, but don’t be afraid to try a steak, seafood or the rack of lamb. I personally love the Osso Buco.