Here we go again. With Erie county being in the orange zone, restaurants are limited to outdoor dining only with a maximum of 4 people per table. Below is a list of restaurants offering outdoor dining that will be continuously updated. Please contact me if there are any restaurants in Buffalo that need to be added. Stay safe, Buffalo!
(Last updated: 11/25/20)
Coco Crepe Chalet
Falley Allen – Heated & covered patio
Griddle & Greens
Mothers – Heated patio
Big Ditch Brewing Company – heaters
Frankie Primos +39 – heaters
Hartman’s Distilling Co. – patio with heaters for reservation only
Tappo – Greenhouses
Aroma on Bryant – Heated patio
The Terrace – Heated patio & fire pits
SZND – heated & covered patio
The Sterling – Enclosed side patio with heaters & tv
This website was created because I love Buffalo and the resurgence it is going through with all the new bars, restaurants, cafes, and breweries popping up so this is a fun way to share that love with other people! This site is meant to organize the restaurants in Buffalo by location and type of food so you can quickly & easily pick out where you want to eat!
The Cereal Spot is a place that childhood breakfast dreams are made of. When I first walked in, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia, while also incredibly excited to take my young nephews there to experience it as well. The inside is vibrantly decorated with all the famous cereal cartoon characters and cereal box-shaped tables, and smells delicious!
You order cereal from the “bar” to the restaurant’s left and pay at the counter while they make your concoction in front of you. There are about 70 different varieties of cereal to choose from. Some that you haven’t thought of in 20 years, and ones you have never even seen before! With 14 different kinds of ice cream and toppings and 8 milk varieties, the options seem overwhelming. But have no fear, you can mix and match to become your own “cereal chef.”
The staff is super friendly and happy to help with suggestions. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to go the chocolatey route or fruity route, but I settled on a combination of Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Captain Crunch, with almond milk.
Of course, I went with the sugary deliciousness that I used to have as a kid, but you can choose some healthier options and add their fresh fruit toppings!
Along with the cereal bar, they have a bunch of novelty snacks that you can take to-go. Some options include a fruity Pebble cheesecake taco, and homemade Rice Krispie treats from locally-owned The Sweet Whisk. I was also told that they would soon be partnering with a local donut shop for one-of-a-kind donut flavors – so we will have to be on the look out for that announcement soon.
All-in-all, The Cereal Spot is a refreshing option on Hertel for both the under-21 crowd and for adults who want a nostalgic treat! With so many concoctions, you will for sure want to come back for more.
With phase 2 of WNY re-opening, restaurants are now allowed to serve outdoors! Below is the current list of restaurants offering outside dining. Keep in mind that you still have to follow social distancing rules and keep your mask on when you are not sitting at your table. Check the restaurant’s website/social media for any additional info and hours as things will likely be changing constantly.
Stay safe and enjoy!!!
(Updated as of 6/12)
Cafe59 – 11am-9pm
Caffeology – Monday-Saturday 9am-3pm
Falley Allen – Thursday – Sunday 4-8pm
Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta
Buffalo Cider Hall – 3-7pm
Hot Mama’s Canteen – 4-11pm
Tappo Pizza / Thin Man – open at 4-10pm
500 Pearl – Tuesday-Thursday 3-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-2am, Sunday 12-10pm
Ballyhoo – Daily (except closed Wednesday) 12-9pm
Buffalo Tap House – Friday 12-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-8pm
Updated as of 6/1/20. Please check the restaurant’s website or FaceBook for any updates.
In these uncertain times, it is important to support small businesses. You can show your support for local restaurants by continuing to order food for takeout or delivery, or by order gift certificates for use once this pandemic is defeated and we are back to business as usual…
Many locally-owned restaurants have had to pause their operations, but below is a list of restaurants that have modified their operations to still provide takeout and/or delivery. This too shall pass, but in the meantime, please stay safe and do everything you can to support the following:
Note… if there is a restaurant missing from this list please send me a message so it can be added.
Allen Burger Venture – Takeout. Call to order
Billy Club – Takeout – Fridays only
Buffalo Tikka House – Takeout and Delivery
Cafe 59 – Takeout
Cantina Loco – Takeout and Delivery (Grub Hub and Door Dash). Tuesday – Saturday 3pm- 8pm
I’m not going to lie, brunch for me is all about the drink specials because you aren’t properly brunching if you aren’t day drinking, right?! This is Buffalo, so unique and delicious entree items are a basically a given.
Below is a list of my personal favorite Buffalo Brunch spots along with any bottomless beverage options they have.
Coles – $12 Mimosa Carafes, $9 fancy Bloody Mary’s (Sunday)
Buffalo’s summer season is so short, so it’s important to make the most of it while we can! Take a look below at my list of favorite restaurant patios to soak up the sun while sampling the best food and drinks the city has to offer.
I have been looking forward to checking out the remodeled Pano’s on Elmwood for a while now and all I can say is that I am so mad at myself for not going sooner! Upon first walking in, the atmosphere gave me some major modern Grecian vibes. The menu is casual Greek with options for everyone, including all-day breakfast.
With an impressive drink menu, I started with a Blood Orange Moscow Mule. It tastes like summer in a glass and had me reminiscing about sipping cocktails overlooking the Mediterranean in Santorini. Except on Elmwood Ave.
I highly recommend the Mezza Plate as an appetizer. It is the perfect trio of hummus, tyro kafteri (feta cheese pepper spread) and melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) served with pita. All three of the spreads were tasty but let me tell you, I will be dreaming about the creamy cheese pepper dip for a long time.
For entrees, I ordered the Moussaka, which is traditional Mediterranean vegetable lasagna. topped with bechamel sauce & panko. It had a surprising spice to it which was evened out by the creamy sauce. I would definitely order again. The Psari Plaki dish is a haddock broiled with tomatoes & olive oil served with sauteed spinach and Greek potatoes. The haddock had a fresh and peppery taste, but the real stand-out was the potatoes. SO. GOOD.
Overall, the experience was enjoyable and the food and atmosphere were fresh and fun. Pano’s also has an awesome brunch menu that I plan on experiencing as soon as possible!
The infamous pink stairs. We’ve all seen the pictures flooding social media of friends posing on the sparkly steps. I needed to see what it was all about and if the restaurant-arcade lived up to the hype!
The first thing to note – the restaurant does not have a sign out front but you know you are at the right place because of the packed bar, LED lights, and fun neon signs inside! I definitely stood outside awkwardly for a minute before realizing I was in fact in the right place.
Even though we couldn’t pronounce the majority of the menu items, we wanted to be adventurous and try as many things as possible so we started out with a couple of appetizers. I’m a sucker for rice balls so the Age Onigiri was my favorite. These were deep fried and topped with sesame seeds, pickled plum & shiso mayo. Divine! You also can’t go wrong ordering the Pork Gyoza which are pan fried dumplings served with ponzu soy sauce.
For an entree, I ordered the Chicken Bao Buns which were to die for! The buns practically melted in my mouth and the chicken was fried to a perfect crisp. I would order them again in a heartbeat.
Lastly, the “Dunbari” Kushiyaki Bowl is sort of a choose your own adventure item where you pick your preferred skewered meat and veggies, either with steamed or fried rice. My friend picked the Japanese sweet and sour Meatballs and the Yakitori (Chicken Skewer) and was satisfied with that choice!
All in all, Misuta Chows has a fun, vibrant atmosphere that I would definitely recommend for both the food and experience. I didn’t get the chance to play the arcade games upstairs, but you better believe I got the pink stair pic! I look forward to heading back soon to check out the arcade and sample even more menu items.
That was my first thought looking at the menu at The Little Club, the “Come as You Are Neighborhood Wine Bar” on Hertel Ave. They have about 5 different wines on tap and then a full wine list and a handful of cocktails and beer on draft.
For food, The Little Club provides a snackable menu of cured meats, cheeses, tinned seafood, and small plates inspired by the casual wine bars of Europe. Perfect for sharing and sampling multiple menu items!
I started simply with the House Pickles which were an assortment of pickled vegetables including cauliflower and red onions, along with the Sourdough Bread with farm butter and formage fort.
For entrees, the Short Rib Sliders were served with a horseradish gremolata on a potato bun. The meat was tender and delicious, but the real winner of the meal was the Spicy Albondigas, which are melt-in-your-mouth pork meatballs with a creamy tomato saffron sauce. We saved some of the sourdough bread to dip in the meatball sauce and all I can say is DO IT. It was heavenly and I could not stop talking about how good these were for the rest of the evening.
All in all, I would definitely recommend popping in to The Little Club for happy hour and appetizers. For a smaller location, they sure can pack a lot of people in! The service was friendly and knowledgeable, and my glass never stayed empty for long!
I have been so excited to go to D-Tour Martini Bar since the second I drove past it on Chippewa before it was even open. I FINALLY had the chance to go this summer with one of my girlfriends. This place has the perfect atmosphere for a girls get-together or date night! We went on a gorgeous night where we were able to sit out on the patio for happy hour, which provided free entertainment (people watching) overlooking Chippewa Street.
D-Tour has an awesome weekday happy hour special with 2-for-1 martinis and house wines from 4-7pm, along with some appetizer specials. The martinis are all named after a local Buffalo street which is a fun little detail. I tried the Tupper (Belvedere Vodka / Chambord / Pineapple Juice / Prosecco) and the Gates Circle (Stoli Blueberry Vodka / Chambord / Simple Syrup / Soda Water). Both were delicious and highly recommended.
For food, they have a menu of small plates, salads, and a melt bar with a handful of classic sandwiches. I can vouch for the Margarita Flatbread Pizza and the Roasted Banana Pepper Dip with ricotta & parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. The dip is different from any others in the area because instead of the typical creamy base, it’s more of a red sauce which was a nice change from the usual. So yummy and perfect for soaking up those martinis!
Whether you are looking for a happy hour, a date, or girls night out, I highly recommend checking out D-Tour. I need to make my way through their martini menu, so I’ll make sure to pop in again soon…
D-Tour Martini Bar is located at 49 W. Chippewa St.