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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)romantic (43)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (39)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (24)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    dinner was very good the service was excellent! very nice overall!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nightout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful service, especially the hostess and young man working the valet parking. The food was a bit rich, but was presented well. The tables for two seem too long to promote a more intimate conversation, but overall we really enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal and great service!
    Southtownsfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took some out of town friends there for dinner and I have to admit... Bacchus wasn't my first choice.... To my surprise... Every thing... I mean everything was wonderful. Our waiter was wonderful and not overbearing, ravioli dish and filets prepared perfectly! The free valet parking is great as parking in that area is always a challenge. Thank you Bacchae for a great night! We will definitely be back great job Bacchus... Wouldn't change a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner before the theater
    noroomfordessert
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed an outstanding dinner before Shea's. My Ahi Tuna was without equal and ranks as one of the best meals I have ever had. This was not an exception at Bacchus however, because each time we dine there we are always extremely pleased. I great place before the theater with complimentary valet parking and a friendly waitstaff that is aware of the opening curtin. I look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    IlsaYankeeFan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Took a friend before going to Shea's. Had several small plates. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, fair service
    Jonathan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    When we walked it, hostess was warm and inviting. Grabbed a drink at the bar, good drinks, bartender was friendly and on-point. Server was slow to arrive at our table and from there on out she just wasn't attentive to us. It was a Wednesday night, 10/8/14, and the restaurant was hardly busy. Our appetizer was delicious but the server timed out meal wrong and we waited fifteen minutes after eating our app for our dinner to arrive. I asked for dessert menu and again, 15 minutes later she comes back to ask if I want dessert. Again, too long. I didn't order because who knows how long it would take her to get it to me. The server can make or break the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful!
    Robin
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had dinner at Bacchus before the opening night at Shea's, and it was a perfect experience. From the valet, to the hostess, to the waiter - all were attentive but not over-bearing. The food is always of very high-quality, and the waiter took his time to explain how particular cuts of meat are usually prepared and if we were accepting. My husband and I had the ahi tuna, which was perfectly prepared. We were able to keep our car parked with the restaurant while we attended the show, and we retrieved it without any wait. It's always pleasant to be asked when we leave how our experience was, and we have always said, "perfect"!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    John
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I decided to try Bacchus as we celebrated our anniversary. Complementary valet parking was great, especially on a rainy night. Warm feeling as soon as you enter the restaurant. Wait staff is very attentive. Food was outstanding. Would not hesitate to go back. Great evening!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply elegant
    Elegantmeals
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was brought out on time and was essentially the best thing my tastebuds have ever encountered. The service was even better and the atmosphere was electric. Best meal of the year by far.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent from Start to Finish
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Buffalo has a lot of great restaurants, and Bacchus is at the top. Our "small plates" consisted of very fresh and perfectly cooked scallops from the specials menu, and the Berry Salad. For "large plates," we chose the chicken and a special sweet potato ravioli. Both were amazing, although we agreed the chicken was a bit better than the ravioli (since both were great, that's saying a lot about the chicken)! The chicken was moist and had a seasoning reminiscent of a grown-up version of KFC, without all the grease. The caramelized onion mashed potatoes were decadent. Dessert did not disappoint either--the sticky toffee pudding cake was served warm with a generous amount of homemade caramel sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Quiet Pre-Theatre Dinner
    Jshavnfun
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I had a pre-theatre dinner on Saturday October 4. Service was excellent, as we had several different people waiting on us for drinks, bread and food. We never felt neglected, but nor did we feel intruded upon. The olive bread is delicious - very soft and fresh - and served with an oil/balsamic dip. I had the fig salad appetizer, and I have to say that the lightly breaded and flash fried gorgonzola balls in the salad were unexpected and exquisite (I have to have these again!). I had the small plate of scallops, served with bacon jam on a bed of turnip mash. My husband had the calamari which was just ok, and the ribeye main which looked very good, although he thought there was just too much of it. Overall very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary Spot
    RegularGuy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I ate here for our first anniversary. The service was good, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was awesome. I loved the decor and ambiance in the restaurant. The wine list is HUGE, but for us that wasn't a major factor (we like just about any wine). I would recommend this to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    No negative comments, however the draftiness of the table closest to the front window was distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacchus
    deadsfriend
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    from the time we entered the restaurant to the time we left the service was excellent. our waiter was courteous and attentive, and explained the specials perfectly. they allowed us to intermix sides from other entrees to make my girlfriends dining experience perfect. the wine list was expensive and the wine we selected was extremely good. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE
    JUSTSAYIN
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    INNOVATIVE MENU - LOTS OF CHOICES - CORNER TABLE AT FRONT WINDOW WITH A VIEW OF CHIPPEWA WAS GREAT. EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Issues with service and food
    PickyFoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is place marketed as a wine bar...? there was a very limited selection and as a lover of chardonnay, there was only one (!) option offered! The service was slow and not informative. Had to specifically ask for the cheese menu - WTH? And two of the only ten cheeses were not available. Disappointing. The server did not have much knowledge of the cheese that was on the menu, kept reading me the choices and descriptions (I could have done that myself!) Server would say this or that was popular, very disappointed. This is supposed to be an upscale place? The server had to be called over for service! No timely check backs! When a 2nd glass of wine was requested, server poured wine over existing glass even tho there was some left (no extra)!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    KatChef
    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
  • CuyahogaJanVIP
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 754 reviews are from the Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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