31 Club
31 Club

31 Club

  • 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: Todd Serotte
  • 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
    Maya 716 332-3131 OR email maya@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 seat up to 36 people. The Wine & Dine is a smaller dining room with a fireplace that can seat up to 18.

    State-of-the-art audio/visual available in all three rooms.

    For more information please contact maya@the31club.com
  • Private Party Contact: Maya Amir 7163323131x
  • Entertainment: Free Live Music every Friday and Saturday at 10pm

  • Special Events: Three private banquet spaces and off-site catering available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elmwood
  • Public Transit: South Elmwood Ave and S. Johnson Park bus stop. Delaware Avenue and N. 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.
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31 Club reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (33)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (15)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Would not return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The appetizers were excellent. The entrees themselves were not. Service was so-so. Nice guy, but far too much time between drinks -> bread delivery and had to walk up and ask for the check. Restaurant was empty at the time too.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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  • Service was atrocious
    connoisseur01VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had to ask for a waiter after 20 minutes of waiting. We were given the incorrect bottle of wine because they did not have the year we ordered but failed to tell us that until my husband noticed it. All the other tables got bread and we had to ask for it. My daughter ordered lobster risotto which was very watery compared to the last two times we had it at the same restarrant and it was returned because it had too much salt. The hostess asked me whilst we were waiting for our jackets, about our experience at the restsurant and I told her that I was highly disappointed. Her reply was, " sorry".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4th Time Visitor and Impressed
    niceplace
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Enjoyed our visit to 31 Club. Great apps and drinks. From the friendly welcome from the hostess to the attentive, but not too friendly, waiter. Expertly chilled martini. Enjoyed the spicy egg rolls and the favorable crab crabcake. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the risotto seafood dish was as great tasting as the waiter claimed. Normally not a dessert eater and this is the area where they seem to have missed to mark. No depth of flavor in the bread putting and the cappuccino was lukewarm, but the second cup was warmer. The 4th visit was a still great and I'm still impressed with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Filet great! Risotto too salty.
    Reet
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our waiter was very funny and nice and made it extra fun!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place for Restauarant Week.
    mikim
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had a great Strip Steak, went during restaurant week to keep the cost down. Pretty Expensive, probably wouldn't have gone without the discount.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    the inside looks very classy. enjoyed the food very much. the wine list was impressive and affordable. the service very responsive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • drtmet
    Gambinous
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    31 Club hits it on all categories. Food, ambiance, service and price were all excellent. Could very well be new favorite spot for any type of occasion and that would be amazing to move me from my present favorite - Oliver's. We'll see!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • J'adore!
    manolomultipass
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I asked online for a nice table in cozy and a bit isolated place of the restaurant. I got exactly what I wanted. The building look nice and the decoration is very good (cozy). Service was excellent. Food excellent. Wine excellent. I'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely pot
    Tobrob
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very attentive service, well paced presentation, good sized portions, and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lousy atmosphere
    KevinM
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was above average to excellent in both choices and quality. Atmosphere was not very good. We were in the north room, sat right next to a large table which was very loud. But other diners were just as noisy, so the acoustics must be poor. The biggest problem was the speed of service. We ordered an appetizer, salad, and soup that we told the server we'd share. They all came out at once. Given the small table there wasn't really room for it. Salad got soggy as we left it for last, and the appetizer and soup wasn't really hot depending on which one you chose first. Entrees came out quickly as well. We were finished eating within an hour of being seated. Just too rushed for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Though it is within walking distance it offers a shuttle to Shea's Theatre. Very convenient. Food was excellent! Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Night Out
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food, the wine, the service: fantastic. If you want a few drinks at the bar, though, it is most difficult to have a conversation; the bar is too small for a band that loud. And we LOVE jazz! We also like to hear ourselves. We left early. Too bad; everything else was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food!
    nice
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went for our wedding anniversary. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was great. We would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • themap
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent food and beverages, martini, perfect manhatten and red wine. Delicious food, cooked just right and very nice presentation. Courteous and attentive and knowledgeable waiter. Pleasant conversation with maitre d. Will return another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always!
    willtravel4food
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    With so many great dining options in Western NY now, we had not been to the 31 Club in a few years. Our waitress indicated a new chef was in place and the menu is changing, but the food continued to be excellent. I enjoyed the lobster and shrimp risotto, and my husband the rack of lamb. His was easily the MOST succulent and tasty lamb I have ever eaten, and we have lamb often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Our night out....
    drsdenton
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For starters club 31 was a recommendation from a friend so when people say word of mouth is good advertising it is true. It was a fabulous evening as my wife called it. Our server was Doug and he was a very special part of making our evening grand. We made reservation and showed up early and they took us in right away. We had a bottle of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and shared a dessert all which were wonderful on the palate. The steaks needed nothing add, tender and prepared exactly as request. Our experience reminded us of exactly why they call it fine dining. Thank you to the staff at 31 Club for making our night wonderful!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Pre Concert Dinner
    Micki
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Club 31 is a great place to have a dinner if you're going to the BPO or other events downtown. We enjoyed a delicious meal and then took the shuttle to Kleinhan's. The dinner and door to door service made for a great night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Gkerm
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and live jazz on Friday nigths. We ordered off the bar menu so we could order a few set dishes to share. We shared the Mac n cheese (amazing!), the South Elmwood burger (also amazing!), and the ribeye sandwich. My half of the sandwich was almost all fat and unedible. I told the waitress when she came to check on us and she told the manager. Both were extremely apologetic and offered us a free dessert. We chose the chocolate peanut butter banana cake and it was by far one of the best desserts I've ever had. Overall a great experience! Music, food, and staff were all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2entertain
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lovely elegant place that is warm and friendly. The staff was great and the food was delicious. The stuffed peppers were amazing and so was the filet mignon. We were a party of 3 and my 2 guests really enjoyed their dinner and they are French foodies. We tried the assortment of desserts and the crème Brule was delicious. However the Brownies were not so great. Definitely a place I would return to next time I visit Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Second Visit
    RogM
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not as good as our first visit several weeks ago; entre was good not exceptional; long wait for our food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Sunny
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners at 31 Club. I had the BKB salad (I think that was the name) and it was fantastic. We ordered the salmon and steak dinners and were very happy with our meals. We thought the service was very good too. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A consistently great experience
    Bobby
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is one of the better restaurants in the Western NY area, and believe me there are many. The food and service is always great and the ambiance is upsacale. The restaurant was very busy on the night we dined there, but they did everything to accomodate us and were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Piglet
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was excellent - but more importantly the service was first rate - ask for Debbie! Used a Groupon and it was very worthwhile and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service!
    NOTJaniceOken
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    1. Hostess tipped over the vase on our table when handing us the menus and did not apologize, gave us a napkin to place over the wet area, and did not offer to change the tablecloth or seat us elsewhere. 2. I ordered the special soup of the day, server comes back to say they sold out of it. No problem. Somehow the soup ended up on the bill! No apology given there either. 3. Partner ordered the salad which was supposed to have bacon in it. No bacon. No apology either. 4. The person who we were most impressed with was the "water boy" who kindly lit the candle on the table. Apparently they have a new chef. But this shouldn't have anything to do with the service. Maybe the place is simply going downhill. Never had a problem on previous visits
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  • New Chef Still Looking for Niche
    ETatBMP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have dined at 31 Club in the past and enjoyed the great food. On this visit, we were informed that there was a new Executive Chef and a new menu. We loved the previous Chef's Special 5 course meal and loved the salmon and hoped that things weren't too different. We found that it's hit and miss right now. The salmon didn't have the sauce that made the old dish our favorite, but it was moist, flavorful, and very good. The Chicken with Lobster was okay, but the chicken flavor didn't go well with the Lobster Bisque sauce that the lobster was served in. There were too many spices in the lobster bisque, all fighting for your attention. Sometimes, simpler is better. With that said, it's still a nice place for a pre-show or romantic dinner.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Culinary Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We've been to 31 Club before and enjoyed it, but recently retried it as we had gotten a Groupon. Learned they have a new executive chef and new menu. The food was literally fantastic. Full of flavor, fresh, and cooked to perfection. Try "Jill's Spring Rolls" appetizer with chicken and chorizo sausage. Loved it. The Veal Napolean entree was delicious. All ingredients were fresh and/or homemade. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her Chicken Milanese. I travel to many cities on business and eat in many restaurants, and this is one of the best meals I've had in a while, hands down. If you like fine, flavorful food, you can't go wrong. Only complaint was the service, while good, was a bit slow the night we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was very good however service was exceptional and would recommend you request Doug as your server.
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  • New chef, new cuisine, new favorite
    Persnickety1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We found 31 Club on the internet. The rating was not great, but we figured it would do in a pinch. The building passes the eye test. The server was helpful, friendly but discrete. The food is American cuisine at its best: brash, daring and utterly dependent on good ingredients. The salmon was naked: its only chance was if the fish was good (it was great). The fresh fig tart was discrete--edible flowers and rosewater complimented black mission figs at their ripest rather than drowning them in syrup. The new chef--who had just redone the menu--turns out to be friendly and adaptive to restricted diets. Do not be put off by mediocre reviews of the old cuisine. This was not a "nothing wrong with it," meal: everything was right with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    rfmllm
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time to dine at 31 club; we came on a recommendation from friends and was not disappointed. We dine on one of the patios it was a pleasant evening, great food well presented with a very pleasant wait staff. Would definitely return will at 31 Club to fine restaurants in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My ladies pork chop was excellent. Wine choices were excellent. App/tuna tartar was wonderful. Service was superior!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 311 reviews are from the 31 Club reviews archive.
  • Off Night for them
    Tree46
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went to dinner on a Sunday and the place had little business when we were there. Only 2 other tables were being served, so it was quiet and cozy, that night. It was our first time there so we were disappointed that the head chef was not there because he had hurt himself earlier in the day. Of course, not his fault. The food was above average but not necessarily impressive. My husband had the Lobster and shrimp risotto and it was good, nothing to write home about; and I love all those ingredients. I had a dish that I don't see on the website menu - Eggplant Parmesan. That was very good. The ricotta cheese was delicate and light but rich at the same time. The presentation was lovely. Decor was beautiful. Service was fine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our appetizers were excellent. The $44 filet mignon was very disappointing. Perhaps one of the worst filets I have ever had. The accompanying fried potatoes had no flavor.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Meal!
    SSBurmaste
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had another fine meal at the 31 Club on Sunday evening. The service was attentive and impeccable. The food was excellent as we have come to expect from them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable!
    CMaryF
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We all had the tasting menu with the wine pairings...it was wonderful. Strongly recommend I; it delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    KRISTEN
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went for our first anniversary and was wonderful! Food was incredible, along with the service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS!
    Foodie5
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything about 31 Club made me want to return! The food was absolutely delicious! I had the Shrimp and Lobster Risotto which was simply amazing! My mom had the steak, which I had the pleasure of stealing a bite of, and it was one of the most flavorful steaks I have ever tasted! I would definitely recommend 31 Club! If you are looking for an upscale restaurant with a nice atmosphere, and gourmet food, this is without a doubt the restaurant for you!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great nite out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great dinner for my daughters birthday. We will return soon! Loved every minute, with outstanding food and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey
    Loral
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was "good" but I expected better for the price.
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  • Unimpressed
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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  • Good restaurant for special
    ME2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    occasions. Wait staff can be 'iffy' with service. Sometimes we get a great server, sometimes not.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic