Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre
1485 Garrison Road
Fort Erie, ON L2A 1P8
Phone: (905) 871-8333
Fax: (905) 871-5411
Located in Buffalo's West Side, this venerable restaurant has been serving homemade pasta and other Italian delicacies since 1921, when the area was home to numerous Italian families. Today, it caters to anyone looking for authentic Italian food at affordable prices in a relaxed environment. The dishes consist of your basic staples including pasta e fagiole, homemade pastas, veal parmigiana, gnocchi, and spaghetti & meatballs. West Side attractions include Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Buffalo State College. Cash only.
Acqua has spectacular views and in warmer weather, it is a popular place to dine outdoors and enjoy a beautiful Buffalo sunset over the Niagara River. The menu includes nautical-inspired appetizers, like shrimp martinis and crab cakes, along with a crispy duck pancake, reminiscent of Peking Duck. Dinner entrees include New York strip steak, bone-in pork chops, and pan-seared shrimp and scallops, along with beef tenderloin, spiced salmon, lobster pot pie, and yellow fin tuna. Some of the sides available include lobster mac and cheese, garlic spinach, and grilled asparagus. Host your next celebration at Acqua; it is the perfect setting for a wedding or anniversary party. Moreover, you have a variety of options to choose from, including sit-down dinner, food stations, and buffet. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Voted the best pizza, not just in Buffalo but in the entire country by Pizza & Pasta Magazine, this family-owned independent pizzeria has been serving specialty pizzas to Buffalonians since 1957. With in-house dining and delivery service, the parlor attracts locals and out-of-towners curious to taste what makes the pizza so good. Despite the fact they produce over 500 pizzas daily, everything is made from scratch. Regular and specialty pizzas include eggplant parmigiana and Italian garlic chicken. The menu also has 46 different types of subs, wings, calzones and tacos.
First things first, this West Side restaurant doesn't overlook the Seine River—it is not even near water. Nonetheless, this American bistro is quickly becoming one of Buffalo's most popular restaurants thanks to brisk word-of-mouth advertising from happy customers. It is dimly lit, with a small candle atop an intimate table covered in a white tablecloth. Bold fabrics drape the windows, and the walls are cloaked in artwork. Some samples on the ever-changing menu may include delights such as Gorgonzola Fondue for two, pork loin alongside a Grand Marnier cranberry sauce or something simple like Ahi tuna tartar.
At first glance, it seems as if almost every hip place in Buffalo is housed in a building that dates back to last century. This space has history galore, its various incarnations were once mob hangout, diner, brewery and deli until it opened up as a pub in 1986. On the menu diners will find 'sammiches' and 'snackatizers' like wings, Reubens, beef on weck, etc. in addition to much more. Inside guests will find a pool table, jukebox and usually local favorite Flying Bison on tap. Overall a great place to start or finish the night.
This restaurant was once a hardware store and now it has been converted into a well-managed, neighborhood spot that serves American comfort food with a twist. On the menu diners will find sandwiches, burgers, panini and salads, however these are definitely not your mother's homemade meals. For instance, the meatloaf here is inside a panini filled with pesto, Swiss and tomato or the burger made with lamb and served with a schmear of mint pesto. There are other standard choices as well, so don't fret, not everything is so eclectic. On Monday nights, check out their 'Backroom', where guests can hear live jazz, acoustic, open-mic, etc. after dinner.
Templeton Landing is a quaint restaurant that serves decent Steaks and a few drinks as well. The outside patio area is a great venue for entertainment. Templeton Landing hosts live music in the patio area frequently, but only during the warmer months of the year. The menu has small plates, soups and salads as the appetizers, sandwiches and grilled items among others. The restaurant is open to hosting private events. Get in touch with the management for more information.
This cozy, romantic Italian restaurant, which also has a good bar, focuses on Classic Italian foods, not Italian -American foods like other restaurants. Entrees include pappardalle pasta with house made meatballs, prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin, and Cornish game hen, featured gourmet pizzas include pesto with goat cheese topped with roma tomatoes and roasted garlic, fennel and tallegio cheese topped with caramelized onions, toasted hazelnut pecorino romano and even a fig jam and prosciutto pizza with pears and truffle oil. They are well known for their quality cocktails and knowledgeable bartenders, who can create hundreds of classic cocktails, as well as make some of Vera's specialty libations, like the Duke-Vera made with 100 proof rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, amaro, maraschino liqueur and Jerry Thomas bitters.-Christine A. Smyczynski
Located in a restored 19th-century house, this popular restaurant is noted for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. the breakfast menu features inviting selections like breakfast tacos and blueberry pancakes, and they also host Sunday brunches. For lunch, you may want to try a made-from-scratch chicken pot pie, or perhaps one of their exquisite vegetarian dishes. Some of these vegetarian delights include a spinach veggie burger, vegetarian burrito, and vegetarian "yumwich" sandwiches. Service can be slow at times, so plan for a leisurely meal. – Christine A. Smyczynski
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner overlooking the Buffalo lighthouse at the Hatch, which has long been a fixture on the Buffalo waterfront. Breakfast includes typical breakfast fare, like eggs, bacon, and sausage. Lunch and dinner fare is simple: burgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, a grilled chicken sandwich, and one of the best fried bologna sandwiches in Buffalo. Make sure you save room for dessert, as they also have a great selection of ice cream. Of course, the real reason you eat here is to enjoy the view of the Buffalo waterfront and the Erie basin Marina. You can eat indoors if you want, but most folks eat outdoors or under the covered picnic pavilion. Just watch out for the aggressive, hungry seagulls! - Christine A. Smyczynski
Ranked by some connoisseurs as among the best in the city, this Elmwood Strip pizzeria offers authentic pepperoni pizza and hundreds of other flavors, including jerk chicken. The secret? They make their dough fresh daily and use only top-quality vegetables and ingredients. As the name implies, it's pizza all the way here with your choice of toppings. The pizzeria has three other locations in the greater Buffalo area, including one in the Allentown district (199 Allen, +1 716 882 2020).
This unassuming restaurant in Buffalo's Elmwood Strip near Allentown has gone from good and cheap to more upscale cuisine without losing any of its family ambience and cheerful service. Aside from the traditional souvlaki and other Greek delights like moussaka and spanakopita, the restaurant also serves Mediterranean and continental dishes. It was recently picked as one of the Buffalo News food critic's favorite restaurants for the freshness of its cuisine and elegance of the ambience. In the summer, there's an outdoor patio to enjoy.