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Guide to Restaurant Patios with Waterfront Views

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Written by Kelsie Engert

Published on July 12, 2022
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Photo courtesy of Bella Vista Ristorante

Here in Western New York, we have a TON of water. Water to the north, water to the south, water to the east and west. Water everywhere. And the cool part: our restaurants are making real good use of it. You can enjoy some of Buffalo’s best food and drinks while looking out at the gorgeous views that it has to offer. Here’s a list of every waterfront restaurant in Buffalo and Western New York – enjoy!

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Acqua Restaurant

2192 Niagara Street Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$

AmericanNew American

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Acqua is now a full service restaurant and Banquet facility located on the Niagara River. Offering WNY's best outdoor patio, upscale casual dining, breathtaking ...

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Bella Vista Ristorante

7001 Buffalo Avenue Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $$

AmericanBakeryItalian

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Welcome to Bella Vista Ristorante, where it's Italy done right with fresh and authentic Italian flavors. Sample our inventive menu filled with homemade ...

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Britesmith Brewing

5611 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

BreweryBeer Bar/HallPizza

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Located in an 1800's blacksmith shop in Williamsville, NY, BriteSmith Brewing takes its name from the subset of Blacksmiths known as 'Brite Smiths'. Just ...

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Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

AmericanBeer Bar/HallBuffalo Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Buffalo RiverWorks is the city's premier riverfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River. The ...

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Cabana Sam’s

1028 South Shore Drive Irving , New York 14081 • $

American

South Towns

Casual Table Service

If you're looking for an outdoor restaurant, waterfront dining or a beautiful patio bar in the Western New York area, then look no further than Cabana ...

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Casey’s Cabana

1437 Ferry Rd Grand Island, New York 14072 • $

Italian

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Casey's Cabana is a Seasonal Summer Restaurant founded by Grand Island High School students Lauren Merletti, Luke Hess $ Gabby Bergstrom. Together, the ...

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Castaways Waterfront Bar & Grill

188 Kennedy Avenue Angola, New York 14006 • $

American

South Towns

Casual Table Service, Bar

Waterfront Bar & Grill located on shores of Lake Erie located in Point Breeze, Angola, New York 14006 is approximately 25 mi. south of Buffalo. ...

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Charlie’s Boat Yard

1111 Fuhrmann Boulevard Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Seasonal No matter how you arrive, join us for brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy one of our signature dishes in our updated dining room. Or stop in ...

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Creekview Restaurant

5629 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Step Out's 2 cents: The Creekview has been serving this community for decades. They serve up fine American cuisine with creative house-made style. An ...

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Dockside Bar & Grill

153 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda,, New York 14150 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual Table Service

A historic building along the Erie Canal has been transformed into The Dockside Bar and Grill, a casual-dining restaurant near the Gateway Harbor area ...

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Griffon Brewery and Gastropub

115 S Water St Lewiston , NY 14092 • $$

Pub FoodAmericanBrewery

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

The Griffon House in Lewiston is moving to the former Water Street Landing location along the village's waterfront. They are looking to open the new location ...

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Hoak’s

4100 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Friday fish fry and great view of Lake Erie and the city. ...

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Juicery at The Hatch

329 Erie St Buffalo, NY 14202 • $

AmericanBurgersHot DogsIce Cream

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The Hatch is now "Juicery at The Hatch. Under a new operator, they  still serve concession like food and ice cream, and plan to offer live music in the ...

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Lago 210

4038 Hoover Rd Hamburg, NY • $$

New American

Other

Casual Table Service

They say there’s much to be found at the water’s edge—Peace. Clarity. Purpose. And just as it serves up inspiration and awe, at Lago 210, water is ...

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Liberty Hound

1 Naval Park Cove Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBurgers

Online

Casual Table Service

SOB Says: The chatter of seagulls blends with the laughter of children from the park next door. A gentle breeze caresses the water's surface as a small ...

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Lucia’s on the Lake

4151 Lakeshore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanItalianSteakhouse

South Towns

Casual Table Service

SOB Says About Lucia's on the Lake: Looking for a solid choice with a casual atmosphere, some bar crowd, a good view and good food then Lucia's on the ...

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Lumberjack Patio Grill

1000 River Rd North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $

AmericanBurgersHot Dogs

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Located on the Niagara River, 1000 River Road, large patio, indoor seating, beer and wine, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs. Boaters: park on the restaurant's ...

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Mississippi Mudds

313 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

When you pull up a chair on the Mississippi Mudds rooftop dining area, you can't help but smile. For nearly 25 years, the family restaurant has been a ...

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Old Man River

375 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsSeafood

North Towns

Casual Table Service

For over 30 years, the gigantic blue whale on the roof of Old Man River has been a recognizable symbol of summers arrival on the Niagara Street waterfront. ...

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Prescott’s Provisions

40 E Niagara St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$

New AmericanPizza

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Prescott's Provisions offers an elevated dining experience along the historic Erie Canal. Our restaurant is open to everyone, including boaters and cyclists, ...

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Red Coach Inn

2 Buffalo Ave. Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $$$

AmericanInternationalSeafood

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

The Red Coach Inn features a full service Niagara Falls restaurant open to the public every day (except Christmas) serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ...

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Remington Tavern

184 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $$$$

AmericanSeafood

Niagara County

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Remington Tavern Seafood Exchange, an eatery from Chef Mark Hutchinson of Hutch's and Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo. Originally named Power House #4 in 1895, ...

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River Grill

70 Aqua Ln Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$

AmericanIce CreamSeafood

North Towns

Casual Table Service

A word from River Grill Sample from our extensive menu of the best: appetizers, sandwiches $ wraps, soup $ salad, steak, seafood (crab, lobster, shrimp), ...

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Rodney’s On The Lake

4179 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Established 1985, Rodneys has consistently remained the restaurant of choice for area diners in search of quality food and service at resonable prices. With ...

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Sole at Woodlawn Beach

3580 Lake Shore Rd Buffalo, New York 14219 • $$

AmericanBurgers

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Sole at Woodlawn Beach is a newly renovated waterfront party venue, restaurant & rental facility with a family friendly eatery, 2 stages for live music, ...

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Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Buffalo

7 Scott St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$

AmericanPub Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Now Open! Bringing a Southern Tier craft beer experience to the good people of Buffalo! The Southern Tier Brewing Company taproom in Buffalo is a brand ...

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Strohs Angola

9566, Lake Shore Road, Lake Erie Beach Erie County, New York 14006 • $$

AmericanBuffalo Food37963878BurgersDeli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Oldest continuously running bar on Lake Erie ...

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SunCliff on the Lake

6892 Lakeshore Rd Derby, NY 14047 • $$$

American

South Towns

Casual Table Service

SunCliff on the Lake features a stunning and peaceful Greek Gothic mansion on Lake Erie with sweeping views of the Canadian shoreline and downtown Buffalo. ...

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Sunset Grille

18 Shore Dr Wilson, New York 14172 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Sunset Bar $ Grill, located in the quaint lakeside village of Wilson, NY, is referred to by those in the know as the hidden gem of the harbor. Nestled ...

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Templeton Landing Restaurant

2 Templeton Terrace Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Templeton Landing Restaurant and Special Events is Now Open for the Season!   Enjoy the #BestSpotInBuff with fresh seafood, tiki-inspired ...

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Tewksbury Lodge

249 Ohio St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Private parties SOB Says: The Tewksbury Lodge opened in summer of 2016 as part of River Fest Park on Ohio Street. First came the park, then came a long ...

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The Isle View Bar & Grill

791 Niagara St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual Table Service

The Isle View, a local Tonawanda landmark dating back to prohibition, offers a great selection of tasty foods at reasonable prices, accompanied by friendly ...

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The Ontario House aka Stone Jug

358 Main St Youngstown, New York 14174 • $

AmericanPub Food

Niagara County

Bar

An original 19th Century 'Watering Hole' and bed $ breakfast overlooking the Niagara River. Lots of live music and great food. Patio bar with plenty of ...

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The Public House on the Lake

4914 Lakeshore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$

American

South Towns

Casual Table Service

SOB Say About The Public House on the Lake: You can't beat the atmosphere here on a fine summer evening with a beautiful sunset full view. It's like a ...

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The Shores Waterfront Island Restaurant

2 Detroit St North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $

American

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch, dinner, drinks and banquets on the southern tip of historic Tonawanda Island. Enjoy the panoramic views of ...

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The Silo

115 N. Water St. Lewiston, New York 14092 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Now you can have The best food this side of the Niagara brought out to you and placed by your side during your party, event or special occasion. Whether ...

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The Terrace

199 Lincoln Pkwy Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

The Terrace at Delaware Park is located on the upper level of the Marcy Casino across from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The view from the balcony is ...

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The V’Randa Bar and Restaurant

2136 Oakfield Rd Grand Island, NY 14072 • $$$

American

North Towns

Casual Table Service

The V’Randa is set in the beautiful Beaver Island State Park overlooking the Niagara River.  One of the few locations in WNY where you can sit outside, ...

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Turner’s Port of Call

997 E River Rd Grand Island, NY 14072 • $$

North Towns

Bar

Your perfect summer bar to visit when you want to relax and have a drink. Come with a friend and enjoy a drink on the patio overlooking the Niagara River, ...

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Wilson Boat House Restaurant

57 Harbor Street Wilson, New York 14172 • $$

AmericanSeafood

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Seasonal The Wilson Boat House Restaurant, open since 1907, and recently remodeled, is the perfect place for casual dining overlooking the beautiful ...

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Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.

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