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31 Club
31 Club

31 Club Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.the31club.com
  • Phone: (716) 332-3131
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Eric Kloss
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private off-site event catering available. Please call for more information
    Tricia 716 332-3131 OR email tricia@the31club.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Beautiful banquet room that can accommodate up to 70 for a sit-down dinner, and up to 100 for a cocktail party.
    Main dining room is available for events and can seta up to 36 people.
    We also have a smaller dining room with a fireplace that can seat up to 18.
    State-of-the art AV available in all three rooms.

    For more information please contact tricia@the31club.com
  • Private Party Contact: Tricia Constable (716) 332-3131
  • Entertainment: Free Live Music every Friday and Saturday at 10pm

  • Special Events & Promotions: 3 - private banquet spaces and off-site catering available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elmwood
  • Public Transit: South Elmwood and Johnson Park bus stop. Delaware Avenue and Johnson Park bus stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is ample at the 31 Club. We also offer FREE parking for the theatre and events when you join us for dinner before a show/event
A word from 31 Club
Seated at the corner of South Elmwood and North Johnson Park, the 31 Club is one of Buffalo's finest restaurants located right in the downtown area. From the swanky bar, to the spacious dining and private banquet rooms, a classic name made famous in the 1940s returns to its original, rightful home with a fresh, fashionable face. With a historic background that pre-dates the 1900's 31 Club was the first mayor of Buffalo's home, Ebenezer Johnson served as mayor from May 1832 - March 1833 and then again from 1834 - 1835. His home was known as Johnson Cottage and was a well known place for socializing. Today 31 Club carries on the tradition as a hot spot for who's who in the city and is one of the best places to eat, drink and be seen.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "First time at 31 Club. Celebrating our 27 anniversary. They gave us 2 glasses complimentary sparkling wine to celebrate. We order Lobster Mac N' Cheese as a starter. So good! The steaks were grilled to perfections. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. The service was great. Will return."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We got the tasting menu because it seemed like a good value and it was our first time there.. Everything was decent, but nothing very exciting or original. Given the price we were surprised to find several old "yellow" pieces of kale in our salad and grapes on the cheese plate that looked about 2 weeks old. Service was good, but they seemed understaffed so it was a bit slow."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is my second visit to 31 CLUB and was even better than my first. It was a Monday night, which should be an "off" night, but the food and service were wonderful. This is certainly one of Buffalo's finer restaurants and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal with excellent service and a class, "no t-shirt and jeans" environment."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Traveling to the airport and never a fan of chain restaurants, 31 Club is only about 8 miles away and well worth the trip! We started with lobster bisque and beet salad, both were perfect. The lobster bisque was a bit more tomatoe based than I've eaten but perfect for a hot summer night. Next we sampled the lobster mac & cheese and stuffed banana peppers. Again, both dishes were cheesy, well seasoned and delicious. Lobster was plentiful and tender in both the bisque and the bac and cheese! The wine list can not be left out if this review. Being a Napa snob, the Franciscan Chardonnay was chilled and a bargain compared to other venues that charge significantly more."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have been to 31 club before and enjoyed my experience. This time around the experience was far from enjoyable. Our food was cold, the service was very slow and inattentive. We also were charged twice on our credit card. I am very upset and extremely unsatisfied and discouraged. I wish I had another chance to try 31 club, but I am very hesitant to try again and paying for something I did not enjoy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The restaurant has great ambience and character. The service was wonderful. The prices are a bit high for the quality. Both of our dishes, chicken and a pork chop , were over cooked. The place had only a handful of customers so it was not as if the chef was busy. The menu is not very creative with limited and ordinary dishes to choose from."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Love the look of this place, the super friendly servers, the food is delicious and so many options so all budgets can afford it. Plenty of parking, a wonderful shuttle to various Buffalo events and open on Mondays!!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Higher end prices for Buffalo; still, a good NYC style restaurant. Would refer someone to the 31 if they were celebrating a special occasion. Would suggest requesting a table on the side, not in the middle of the room."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy 31 Club and this visit was no different, however service was disappointing this time. We opted to dine outside and glad we did, however our server was inattentive and disappeared for long periods. Red Snapper special was delicious and prepared perfectly. The beet salad special had very little beets! 31 Club is a favorite and we will certainly return. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was good, but the wait staff need more training and supervision. I overheard my server trying to explain to another table what risotto was, and clearly had no idea. Also, each time the table was cleared, plates and cutlery almost slid off onto guests' laps - in my case, a steak knife pointy end first. This place has the menu and decor of a sophisticated establishment, but the amateurish wait staff kill whatever ambiance the owner is trying to establish."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We found everything from the staff, the bar and the food to be wonderful. Will certainly go back. The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere very nice."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "While not much to look at on the outside, Club 31 is a throw back in time to Swanky dining of the past. Lovely, lively but not obnoxious music, especially if you are over 35. We went for mother's day brunch. While not that impressed with the food; it was good but not noteworthy, I'm thinking that the regular menu is better. I will definitely try it again the next time I am in Buffalo. It is very easy to find even if you're not from the area. We received exceptional service. The manager moved us when my mother was unhappy with the table, even though mother's day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. Our server was also very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were seated in a small room with about 5 tables and one waiter. Excellent service, quiet and intimate. The brunch food was of very good quality. i would return to try the dinner."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Would appreciate more entrée choices, to include veal, more chicken, another pasta dish, a shrimp only entrée. Dining room was classy for an anniversary dinner. Wanted to have the antipasto appetizer, which I had on a previous visit, but saved appetite for soup, salad and entrée."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The portions here were very generous! We didn't order an app or dessert and we were STUFFED to the brim when we left. I can't wait to go back :-)"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had reservations on Saturday 4/26 for 8:15pm. We arrived at 8 to have a drink at the bar prior to dinner. We had checked in with the hostess who said our table was being set up. We waited and checked with the hostess twice about our table which still wasn't ready. It was now 9pm. The manager came over and offered us a round of drinks because of the long wait. We finished those drinks, and another round before finally being seated at 9:50pm. Server was fantastic , however we didn't get our meals until 11pm and they weren't impressive. The ambiance there and the wait staff were great, however our party was compensated for our wait. In the end they were left unimpressed. Thus, we will not be returning. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everything was good, if you like taking 3 hours to finish dinner for two. Staff was very apologetic that there was a banquet holding everything up. That's not my problem. Hire more people then, don't take as many reservations, do something, but 3 hours to eat?! And order more steak knives!!!! Had the filet and the server says he'll be right back with a steak knife, comes back to tell me they don't have any clean ones!!! I just can't recommend anybody to this place and it's sad, because it was very nice, food was good and the server was doing his best."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The restaurants food was delicious the service was fantastic. Our party was seated almost immediately. Great all around experience. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "31 Club is attempting to offer the fine-dining experience, and the presentation of the restaurant does accomplish this, but presentation means nothing if the food is bad. The appetizer (banana peppers) were greasy, salty and seemed to be comprised of cheap Gorgonzola cheese bound together with bread crumbs. The flavor of the cheese was so overwhelming it was inedible. Next came the entrees of Atlantic salmon and strip steak. The Atlantic salmon was so overcooked that is resembled canned tuna fish; at least canned tuna fish has some flavor. The mashed potatoes tasted like a stick of butter rolled in burnt, bitter garlic salt. The steak was ordered medium and was received well-done. Terrible meal, we will never dine there again. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant; right outside of downtown since my friend and I both work downtown; I thought it would be very convenient; and it was. We had reservations for 6:30pm; we got there around 6pm; found space at the bar to have a cocktail. We were seated promptly at 6:30pm. The restaurant was not very crowded (it was a weeknight.) Our waiter was great, gave us plenty of time to relax and talk (we hadn't seen each other in a couple years.) We ordered the filet and salmon. Both dishes were done to our specifications perfectly. I would definitely go back there again!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great place for excellent food and good location to downtown Buffalo. Food was outstanding and the service was matching."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The service was impeccable. With every course we received fresh silverware and our water glasses were never empty! Our sever Laura was absolutely perfect and we tipped her that way!! The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. I suggest you leave your jeans at home and wear something nice, you'll be glad you did."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We arrived at 8:30pm for 8:45 reservations. While at the bar we had one drink and sat with empty glasses for 15 minutes without being asked if my wife and I wanted another drink. Now 9:05 not seated for dinner yet! I approached the front desk and they suddenly said our table just opened up. We got to our table and their were 3 other tables that were opened as well. I think we might have been forgotten about just like at the bar. We didn't leave the restaurant until 11:00pm because our service was that SLOW. We will NEVER recommend or go to 31 club again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food at 31 Club is mostly very good to excellent. I enjoyed the vegetable offerings (side dishes and appetizers) a bit more than my cider-brined pork chop. The Roman artichoke appetizer was really tasty and just right -- it's stuffed with prosciutto, bread crumbs and maybe some cheese. The side of a sweet potato mash was delicious, but not warm. The brussel sprouts were great! The pork chop was not as tender or cider-y as I would have expected. My companions enjoyed their pasta and fish very much. The restaurant is beautiful inside, with more than one dining area and a lovely large bar at which many people seemed to be having a wonderful time. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My date and I each had the salmon and a salad with a glass of wine. Everything was as you'd expect in a nice restaurant. Service and food were excellent, we were given some time to talk and got full attention from the staff when ready to order."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Not sure why it's taken so long to try here, we always end up at our tried and true favorites. However, we were not disappointed. Loved the atmosphere. Upscale and well designed interior - modern elements and finishes in an otherwise traditionally structured space, which fits well into the district. Eclectic menu with a variety of options but not too many. The service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive but not invasive. Food was incredible. Had heard this place draws an "older", more senior crowd. We left close to midnight on a sat night and there was still quite a mix of an audience and some great live music playing in the bar. I guess age is in the eye of the beholder :)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great service and food, really nice ambience. Will definitely go back. Pleasant surprise, 1/2 off bottles of wine!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I love the Brunch menu, this was my second time here for brunch and both times were equally great. There were several large parties going on and our server seemed a little distracted but everything was still good and will definitly be coming back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "First time at 31 Club and it was really good. Had the Chef Selection, every course was superb. Will enjoy going there again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had a great business dinner at 31 Club. Everyone raved about the food, I had the Clams Chorizo appetizer, delicious and the NY Strip, perfectly cooked. We had two vegetarians in our group, they loved their dinners. Nice wine list, great service. Highly recommend. Will come back there next time I'm in Buffalo."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Love this restaurant for any special occasion but especially for pre-theatre dinners. They know you're on a time schedule so they ensure your food is ready without rushing you. Love that they offer a free shuttle (and free parking) to the local area events."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I had the chef's menu with wine pairing. The food was delicious and the pairings were very complimentary with the food."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Upon arrival we were greeted by a pleasant host who took us to our table. We had dinner reservations and they called to confirm them a few hour before. The restaurant was really nice, candles on each table in a nice dimly lit room. The waitress was very nice and did a good job of telling us about the menu and offering a suggestion on wine. (Tuesday 1/2 bottles). The food took a little long to arrive, but it was very good. Overall the experience was very nice. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was amazing, we were the only people there but everything was very well put together. However, it may have been the fact that it was late on a Sunday night, but our waitress was noticeably unprofessional. She had poor etiquette, but wasn't overtly rude. I don't expect service like that when paying $200 for a meal, but it wasn't enough to keep me from going back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Reservations for valentines day, very romantic atmosphere, violin player, good food, but limited menu for special occasion, very pricey, service was outstanding"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's day, and ordered off a special abbreviated menu. Food was great. We very much enjoyed our entrees of duck breast and coffee-encrusted steak. Service was leisurely paced but attentive, allowing us time to fully enjoy our conversation and bottle of wine. The strolling violinist was a nice touch. Easy parking in the lot across the street. A very enjoyable meal. Prices put this in the "special occasion" category for us."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was my first time here. Would definitely go back. The service was amazing. The food was delicious. If I had to complain about anything would be the parking. But hey its downtown Buffalo, so you expect that."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "31 Club will impress your special guest with it's decor and service, the food was good not spectacular, like a high end hotel."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Went on the spur of the moment to use a gift certificate we got for Christmas. Both my wife and I got the chefs tasting experience. It was awesome! Huge portions for a tasting and the price was very affordable."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Every aspect was superior. My telephone calls were handled professionally and with a welcoming friendliness. The host, server, and ancillary staff were also great. We sat in a smaller room on a cold night made cozy and warm by the flickering fireplace. Our food was delicious and creatively plated. The timing of our meal was perfect as we made our way to the Philharmonic on their courtesy shuttle. I peaked around the corner to view the bar and it too was a very inviting room that I could see myself stopping in for a drink on any given night. An overall lovely experience and judging by the number of patrons that night, it appears that I might have been in the minority - by being a first timer to this great night spot."
    Dined on 1/18/2014