Tavern 414 is the newest addition to the ever improving Chippewa/Theatre District, and a darn fine one it is. Located at 414 Pearl Street a few feet north of Chippewa, it was recently Garvey’s Restaurant, once Barcelona on Pearl (?), and a few other things.
Chris DeBernardis opened Tavern 414 in mid March. The former owner of Thirsty Buffalo and currently involved in Average Joes Bar & Grill in Amherst, Chris knows the area and the business. This is a great space with a massive bar and elevated dining areas good for dining separation and a birds’ eye view of regular live music events. They have a good looking music lineup for Friday and Saturday nights in April. DeBernardis promises music will not be annoyingly loud.
Tavern 414 has been cleaned and polished top to bottom and some newly exposed brick walls. The look includes wood floors, a stamped tin ceiling and a brand new hardwood bar. The big beautiful bar comes with plenty of cocktails, a great beer list including a 42 North IPA and a Resurgence Watermelon (ask about their beer flights) and some nice wine choices.
On a recent visit we were REALLY impressed by the food. For an app (special) we tried the Carrot Ginger soup with curried walnuts (awesome!) Then came a Beet Salad with arugula, roasted beets, house made ricotta with a house made lemon vinaigrette, and a Prime Rib sandwich with sliced prime rib, horseradish aioli, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms on a toasted hoagie roll. I selected the hand cut fries over the house made truffles chips. It’s tough choices like these that show the true character of a restaurant. Fresh beets, tender, juicy steak, perfectly cooked…on a toasted bun.
We were so impressed we asked to see the dinner menu so we could plot our return – Short Rib Pierogi, Steak, Salmon, Risotto, Pork Belly, the works.
Normally we don’t get into the nitty gritty of the food when a restaurant is brand new, but in this case it was so damned good I just can’t help myself. Sure, soup, salad, and a sandwich isn’t exactly Chateaubriand, but the care and talent from the kitchen was obvious. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot about this kitchen and Chef Allie Demers in the near future. You know it’s a good sign when house made is all over the menu. They even make their own pickles.
If I were you I’d stop in before the crowds start to gather. A good start might be to check out their happy hour Monday through Friday 3 PM – 7 PM.
414 Pearl Street, Buffalo / (716) 436-2183
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Price: $$ / Cuisine: American, Gastropub
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