Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant
Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ultimaterestaurants.com/bacchus/
  • Phone: 7168549463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Mietus
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Visit our website at www.ultimaterestaurants.com for information on Exquisite Catering, Bacchus' partner company.
  • Entertainment: Our Summer Film Series provides a truly incredible evening......classic films, great food & service, under the stars in the privacy of our newly renovated courtyard.....reservations recommended.....every Wednesday with occasional encore viewing on Thursday's.
  • Special Events: Friend us on Facebook for special event notifications.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet parking 5 nights a week. Additional parking is available either on the street or in the Augsberger parking ramp (validated) behind the restaurant on Franklin St.
A word from Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant
Bacchus wine bar and restaurant is located in the historic Calumet building in the heart of Buffalo's entertainment district. A seasonal menu highlights the best available ingredients from local and regional farms. Together with our Wine Spectator award winning wine list, this elegant yet casual restaurant has continually been ranked as one of Buffalo's best
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)notable wine list (40)romantic (39)fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (19)great for outdoor dining (15)hot spot (11)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always Incredible!
    G1031
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We recently went to Bacchus with another pair for a celebration. They had never been. We had a few cocktails, ordered a few appetizers, then a bottle of wine with our dinner entrees. Everything was timed perfectly and the service was impeccable. The red wine was a little chilled which was the absolute perfect temperature. The night was incredible. Thank you Bacchus and we will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacchus is Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Saturday evening and everything is great. The friendly staff, the quiet ambience and the food were absolutely wonderful; except for the really bad chalky ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    JJ2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Impressed every time I dine here. There is not an item on the menu that you will find disappointing. Appetizers were the Calamari & shrimp, and Ahi Tuna - both large enough portions that the 4 of us were able to enjoy. Eachordered something different - Ribeye - cooked to perfection, the Salmon, the Swordfish, and the Ahi Tuna. Not a single complaint about our meals. Our waiter was attentive, but also recognized that we were "catching up" and didn't hound us for our orders, but allowed us to continue conversations. Waiter made suggestions after we finished our first bottle of wine. The atmospher was perfect for us. We were seated in a corner that had light, and a view, while other tables had a more romantic feel. Perfect spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable experience every time!
    Lynn1014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love Bacchus!y favorite thing about them is how accommodating they are, especially when you have to change your reservations at the last minute! Every employee from valet, to the hostess, bar tender, and to the servers are pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The entire evening was extraordinary from the atmosphere, the service, and the food - and even though our waiter was not directly aware that our dinner was actually for a very special celebration, he made the entire experience absolutely perfect. He never rushed us and he was extremely genuine and knowledgeable about the menu (with special attention to allergies and dietary restrictions within our party). Our food was fresh and plated beautifully. The wine selection is overwhelming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    While not a bargain dining experience, Bacchus was exactly what we were looking for. It was a perfect dining experience for a special occasion and the food could NOT have been any better. I look forward to going there again next time there is a special occasion that warrants lavish celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant offers an interesting menu, nice cocktails, relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere and very good service. The chef absolutely knows what he is doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Autumnreview
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food and fun to be with our friends there. Unfortunately they had a fruit fly problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    pzcarella
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I've had a great time every time I've been there. This place is very underrated- I always pick Bacchus for all special occasions. Such great wine collection and delicious food. We ate our hearts out. The meals were cooked to perfection. Our regards to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had dinner with my husband and 11 year old daughter while in Buffalo for a brief visit, and it is terrific. I wish it was my local spot! The food was great, fairly priced, the service thoughtful and very competent, and the atmosphere sophisticated. The description of attire for the restaurant was casual (which we were since we were traveling), but I have to say I felt under dressed (which doesn't often happen and I have to say how wonderful I found it that people did dress well to go to a nice place). We each had appetizers and entrees, the ribeye my daughter had was huge and delicious, my mussels were great, and my husband loved the halibut. Dessert too was amazing. Also, our wonderful waiter took the time to chat with us about Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent Food - SLOW Service!
    touristdiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went for dinner at 7:15pm. Did not eat until around 9. Also had an incident where server suggested a vegetarian just "pick the meat off" when the kitchen forgot to make her meal without meat. Food was good, but service left something to be desired. The back patio is beautiful on a summer night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine and food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The menu wasn't very bug, but the quality of the food was great. The wine list had a very big selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of My Favs!
    FoodieInTheBuff
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Whether small plates or full entrée, the food is always amazing. The wine list is awesome. The staff is attentive without being annoying. What more can I say?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice for theater night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was beyond excellent paired with incredible service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies First?
    chefgeary
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Was in with a table of 5.. They kept serving the males first which I thought was strange.. The Espresso came cold (was replaced) and the Waitress really knew nothing about the desserts.. I asked about the chocolate cake for details and what she explained was nothing like the item.. I asked if it had frosting..or a ganache.. She said.. a little icing.. This was a flourless chocolate torte that was so dry you had to make sure you had some of the whipped cream with every bite. The main dishes were good to great. I think the sides and desserts could be a little more inventive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful
    adventurousdiner
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was the worst experience we have had at a fine dining restaurant. My wife's steak was burnt to a crisp and was in-edible. They replaced it without question, but the fois gras was also way over cooked and burned on the bottom. We spent a good part of the night shooing fruit flies from our glasses of wine. The cheese menu is very good and others enjoyed their food...but it was hit and miss as to whether they would burn the food or not. We found the neighborhood a little to be desired. It was a constant stream of cop cars and club music the night we were there.. though this was during world cup. They did seem to try very hard and the service was good. We would not return here though and would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CuyahogaJan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What a nice surprise. Bacchus is what I am talking about. The food was excellent and I loved the variety of wines--not the usual suspects. Prices were really good as well. I hope the Buffalo crowd embraces this wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solstice celebration
    eat2much
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Have been there before, still as good years later. Great food, great wine, great way to celebrate the solstice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    Kris
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Come for the food, stay for the outdoor movie (during the summer)! What a great venue for a Girl's night out, or a Date night! The food delivers every time, and the service is the best in Buffalo! The Halibut is my favorite dish, but the selection of cheeses and wine is the best way to start your meal. The new patio in the back is beautiful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After theater meal
    LMB90
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Strolled to Bacchus following an afternoon show at Shea's. Had dinner reservations at 5pm on a Sat. only because that's when our show ended. Arrived at the 'Wine Bar and Restaurant' at 4:50, but couldn't enter as they were having a staff meeting. Found it unusual that on a beautiful summer, late afternoon on a Saturday we couldn't have a drink at the bar while we waited for them to 'open'.... this is Buffalo, not Brooklyn! Anyway, waitress was very friendly, suggested some menu items- the asparagus ravioli were very tasty, the duck a bit chewy and a little gamey. Didn't order salads or dessert. Saved dessert for ' The Chocolate Bar' down the street.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Linda1313
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food and service were very good. Too expensive for me. Drinks were reasonable, but appetizers and soup prices were high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was a great dining experience before a night at Shea's. Everyone at the table had a great meal whether it was a small plate or a regular entree. Definitely will go back again. We also will try the movie on the terrace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could have been better
    Bob01
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My wife and I decided to go back to Bacchus before attending a show at Shea's Buffalo. We normally go to other spots but decided on Bacchus as it had be quite awhile since we were last there. It took over 35 minutes to have our appetizer delivered to our table. The waiter did tell us though after 30 minutes that it would be right out, gee thanks! Our entree finally arrived after an hour and 15 wait. At one point our waiter told us he just spoke to the chef and said our meals were being plated....15 minutes later and luke warm at best it finally arrived. No explanation, no nothing even though it was well after other patrons who were seated after us were already finished dining. We won't be going back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a superb meal!
    Beanie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our server was professional and appropriately attentive. Each in our party of 6 had a delicious meal, attractively plated and of the appropriate size. The wine selection was ample. Since we were headed to the theatre, we were mindful of the time. Our server managed the time and yet we did not feel at all rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return Visit
    DirectorDeb
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We tried Bacchus once before by accident and loved it so we made the return visit. It did not disappoint. As usual the food was amazing and our wait staff was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, friendly staff
    Greenmama
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We went before a theatre show, and the food was delicious! Our server was very pleasant and professional, as well, however the service was a little slow. We arrived 2 hours before the show, and almost didn't make it. Will definitely return, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Fongzilla
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was amazing, cooked to perfection. Every plate was nicely presented and we loved every single bite of it. Small plates were a generous size serving to share. Had we had a bigger appetite we would have sampled more small plates. Our waiter was very nice and polite. We asked about good trucks in the area and he was able to provide the info from kitchen staff. We love this place! Hope to come back some day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    HopBandit19
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food, wine, ambience were all excellent. The staff was exceptional, and knowledgable when it came to ordering wine. 1 small plate, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 1 bottle of wine= $125.00. Not bad. Have paid more for a lot less at other restaurants. Can go cheaper if you eliminate the small plate and dessert....but why? Will definitely be on my list of venues to revisit. Highly recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have returned to Bacchus yet again.
    BacchusFans
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Always have enjoyed the place, food, staff. Have NEVER had a bad experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Joanna
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My family went out to dinner to celebrate and we all had a wonderful time. I will definitely be back and I would definitely recommend the restaurant to others.The hostess was OUTSTANDING! She walked my mother to the bathroom even though she was busy. She asked how our food was when we were leaving and seemed to genuinely care about our opinion! She was absolutely wonderful.Food was delicious! Carpacio (steak and eggs) was yummmmmmmyyyyyy. The Ahi tuna was spectacular! Even my soup was delicious! No complaints about anything! Will be back soon. Free valet parking was awesome also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed!
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Brought some friends and we were very disappointed ! After waiting 30 minutes for our waitress to take our drink order , we then waited an hour and a half before a piece of bread arrived!! We almost walked out- We were constantly looking for our waitress. Following the bread - the meal flowed nicely , but a horrible start!! Food was good, but not great . Will probably not return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent- an overall good experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out at Bacchus
    WhatsIggyEating
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I were in Buffalo for a quick get-away to celebrate our anniversary. Picked Bacchus based on other reviews here and everything was spot on. All staff was very attentive and the food was top notch. Very much appreciated the wine by the glass selection (and that they did not charge ridiculous amounts for these). Would recommend and will go back next time I'm in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Again
    JD68
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent food and service, including valet. Had an enjoyable evening with friends at a table near the windows. Loved people watching almost as much as the fish and the lamb chops. We don't often return to the same place due to teh number of great places in and around Buffalo. Bacchus remains a repeat, especially when attending a nearby show.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrated 1st wedding anniversary
    foodieatheart72
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I Requested an intimate table and it was provided. Food and service were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of mussels
    Buffalodaver1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Saturday eve reservation for 530pm. Table was ready, had a drink at the bar, and we're seated at 6. I wanted a Spanish white wine listed on wine list but was told they were out of it. Waiter took my order for mussels. He returned a few minutes later to tell they were out of mussels. I had scollops and a German Riesling. Both enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, some service issues
    Rich
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    While our meals at Baccus we're quite nice, the tuna tartare was great as was the bouillabaisse, the service left a bit to be desired. All of out table of 5 were troubled repeatedly by cold breezes that blew around our table. We requested that the air cond. be turned off, which it was,but then it was turned on again, at least 3 times. Also, service was a bit slow such that in an hour and a half we couldn't get dessert ordered. We tried, but the wait staff were so slow we couldn't. They lost the profit on at least 4 desserts from this. As I said the food was good, but the service was too slow.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Restaurant
    NewtoBuffalo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We are fairly new to Buffalo and ate at Bacchus prior to attending Sheas theater. Nice bar area while we waited for our friends. Elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Absolutely fantastic food. So tasteful. All 4 of us had superb meals. Our friend who was vegetarian was very impressed with their selection as well. Great way to start the evening! Thank you! One of the best we have tried here in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Buffalo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I discovered this a few years back sand must come here each time I visit the city.. It is the best for dining and service bar none. In will be back and I will make a reservation after our last visit it was packed. Great live music as well. Keep up the great work. B. Mohan and family
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All that Jazz
    winedavid
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We came on a Friday night when a jazz band was playing. The band was loud enough to hear, but you could still carry on a conversation without raising your voice. The food was very good. The wine list is very good with reasonable prices offering wines you do not normally see on the wine menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We will be searching for the next jazz night there.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.