Travel Guide

Buffalo, New York 

Eats & Restaurants

Downtown Buffalo 


There are plenty of dining options in Downtown Buffalo including a diverse range of American and ethnic restaurants. A good starting point for dining out in Downtown Buffalo is the Theater District, stretching 20 blocks. The Cabaret at 490 Pearl Street is a short walk from the Shea's Performing Art's Center and offers casual dining under a cozy atmosphere. The Bijou Grille at 643 Main Street is a California-style bistro and entrees include strip steak, salmon crust, chicken parmigiana, and baked manicotti. Another popular restaurant is Prima Pizza & Pasta at 396 Pearl Street offering pizza, submarine sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and Buffalo wings.

Theater District, Buffalo (New York State)

Theater District in Downtown Buffalo by Andre Carrotflower

The following is a selection of some of the popular restaurants found in Downtown Buffalo.
  • Anchor Bar, 1047 Main Street; Tel: 716 886-8920 – The Anchor Bar is the home of the original Buffalo wings, which it has been serving since 1964. The chicken wings are deep fried and coated with a secret hot sauce.
  • Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl Street; Tel: 716 856-2337 – This place is busy on nights when the Buffalo Sabres ice hockey team is playing at the nearby HSBC Arena.
  • Chop House, 297 Franklin Street; Tel: 716 842-6900 – The restaurants is not cheap but the food and service is top notch. Main course include rib eye steak, strip steak, roasted prime beef, lamb chops, and grilled tuna steak.
  • Hutch's, 1375 Delaware Avenue; Tel: 716 885-0074 – An upscale fine dining restaurant and one of the best known in Buffalo. Offers a diverse range of menu including jambalaya, grilled prawns, and veal chops.
  • Left Bank, 511 Rhode Island Street; Tel: 716 882-3509 – Another popular upscale restaurant in Downtown Buffalo. Weekend reservations can prove to be difficult and Sunday brunch is typically booked two weeks in advance.
  • Prime 490, 490 Rhode Island Street; Tel: 716 882-3328 – A modern steakhouse under a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Other dishes on the menu include seafood and Italian specialties.
  • Rue Franklin Restaurant, 341 Franklin Street Buffalo; Tel: 716-852-4416 – One of the best French restaurants in Buffalo. The restaurant has been around for more than 20 years and well-known for its superb service.
  • Buffalo Pizza Company, 1769 Main Street; 716 881-1111 – An inexpensive restaurant serving an assortment of pizza, chicken wings, submarine sandwiches, salads, and tacos.
  • Century Grill, 320 Pearl Street; Tel: 716 853-6322 – Moderately-priced bistro conveniently located across the Hyatt Regency. Menu includes chicken wings, steak, burgers, pot roast, and mussels.
  • Shango, 3260 Main Street; Tel: 716 837-2326 – A classy bistro inspired by cuisines from New Orleans. Menu includes jambalaya, Creole-style meatloaf, sautéed crawfish and shrimps, and grilled steak.
  • Charlie the Butcher’s Express, 295 Main Street; Tel: 716 855-8646 – Local restaurant chain well known for its beef on weck but also offers turkey, corned beef, and meatloaf sandwiches.

The Anchor Bar by Darmon

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