CRaVing
CRaVing

CRaVing

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cravingbuffalo.com/
  • Phone: 7168831675x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adam Goetz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Just as CRāVing strives to reinvent the restaurant experience, we also reinvent our client’s catering experience. CRāVing’s approach to catering is unlike any other caterer in the Buffalo area. Although we do have a banquet menu equipped with different ideas for varying types of events, CRāVing prides itself on customizing every event to meet our clients’ needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sterling and Norwalk
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: CRāVing sits on a large public lot and there is also street parking available.
A word from CRaVing
CRāVing is located in the heart of North Buffalo in Hertel’s shopping district, one block from the North Park Theatre. If you are looking for a gratifying lunch, scrumptious brunch, delicious dinner or a family friendly dining experience CRāVing’s eclectically modern, yet comfortable and inviting venue will fulfill your needs. CRāVing’s menu is food forward, where comfort meets style and technique. CRāVing is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and also serves Sunday Brunch. CRāVing sets out to serve you the food you crave. You know, that dish that you say to yourself, “I’m dying for…” Daily Chef’s CRāVings will take the regions bounty of fresh ingredients and bring them to life, in dishes that you didn"t even know you were yet to crave.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
CRaVing reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (34)great for outdoor dining (17)special occasion (14)romantic (13)great for brunch (9)notable wine list (8)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • BfloPadre
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    On first visit, took advantage of Restaurant Week 2014 special. Excellent chorizo stuffed dates and bacon. Asparagus salad very good with warm mushrooms. Very tasty root-beer beef short rib. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    Dipo71
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went to craving for the first time for dinner and was blown away at how great it was, I highly recommend going there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall pretty good!
    italianeater
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We went for lunch last week and our waiter was very attentive and helpful. I didn't like the Chicken and Onion pizza (his favorite) as the chicken did not taste at all seasoned (it looked boiled-stark white- no grill marks-nothing) and was cut in very thick and large chunks. It looked unappetizing. My Greek salad however was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average experience
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    the restaurant is quite dark at certain tables (we had to use iPhone light to read Menus as candles on table not lit either), we waited 10 Minutes from sitting to server coming over (I had to finally ask for the server to be sent to our table), he never checked back on us after serving meals so went a while without drinks and water refills. Poor service when the servers are standing around chatting with the bartender and host is not acceptable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieJ
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Creative combination of ingredients in several dishes makes the food interesting. More standard fare also available. Service was fine, wine was OK... decent quality and selection. Least positive was the noise level..it's a small dining room and tables are fairly close together. And it was a full night. An outdoor patio would be a good choice in warm weather. Bar in small separate room upon entering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the figs.
    Lauren
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great experience as always. Good was wonderful and service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not overwhelmed
    Lance
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Craving was Ok. It has a good menu. Our meals were only Luke warm when served and that was the biggest disappointment. The food itself was good but not great. So overall, good but not memorable. Our server did a great job.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OneCent
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Really enjoyed our night. We started our night on the patio, was was very nice but the drop in temperature chased us inside. The staff was super accomodating in re-seating us. The food was very good, I had homemade pasta with butternut squash, my husband enjoyed the salmon special. The waitstaff was very attentative. We did share the S'more dessert and hot cocoa - it was excellent. We were very pleased with our meal. We look forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates are terrific
    GE0RGESCH
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I each had a small plate, hers was the fish and mine the flank steak. Both were perfect size and done quite well. Only very small complaint is the lighting, just a bit dim
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local food locally Yum!
    Foodinmybelly
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was here last year for my birthday dinner and this year was spent,the day after, with my step mom for our birthdays. Everything looked so amazing it was hard to decide. Our waitress was fantastic! She gave us information quickly, and also enough time to decide. We ended up with Gnudi and the Flank Steak which were both amazing! The beer selection was great as well! Last year I got the NY strip steak and the blue cheese red wine reduction butter with the perfectly cooked steak was heavenly. I also really enjoy that the entrees have the option of small plate or the entree size. Ive been here for lunch as well, and although good, dinner is my favorite! I really want to try them for brunch as well! Go to CraVing, you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELISH
    err423
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food quality and taste stood out from all of my recent dining experiences. I wish I lived in Buffalo so I could frequent CRaVing more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a gathering of 8 women who can be fussy. Our server was patient and friendly and accommodating. Great experience! Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful experience-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    wonderful experience- we will definitely come again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Extremely accommodating. Food is consistently well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • opentable makes dinning out easy
    JZUB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The reason the noise level is moderate is that we sat outside. Great food and great service. An overall fantastic dining experience in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Bar and outside dining
    Chucky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although my wife's steak was a little tough we had a pleasuable meal. The Bacon Wrapped Dates were a great way to start the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasant surprise
    MotorfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food and people who work there are great! I live the idea of a daily menu that features locally sourced ingredients
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite!
    IlsaYankeeFan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great find for us. Think it'll be our new go to place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dinner
    WengVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Been meaning to dine here for awhile, glad we finally did. Salads, food and service were all excellent. We be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy
    NOTHAPPYANNIV
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice little eatery....kind of pricey. Need to encourage sharing dishes more
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, better for winter
    Andi415
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was very good. Check the specials list and go for items off that if appealing. The main menu has heavy foods. Being there on an early August night made me wish it was January so that I could fully enjoy the heavier dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Never disappointed, one of our favorite places to eat out
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, ok food
    Peterlito
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Justin was our server and her was great--attentive without being fawning. The food was just ok. I had the small plate of NY strip steak and it was too fatty. It was just a normal size strip cut in half the short way. Not a great cut of meat to start with, I can only surmise. My girlfriend had the flank steak and she wasn't thrilled with it. Nothing was wrong with the meat itself, she just didn't like the flavor. That was probably our fault--we should have read the description more closely. The fries that came with my steak, however, were awesome. I just don't think the side should be the highlight of the meal. The house salads were good too but had too much dressing on them. Tasty s'more dessert is highly recommended.
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  • Great food!
    buffalocityline
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    All was delicious...love the small plates! Great fresh tomato salad was my favorite; six dined together and we shared everything! Had a great table at the front window, and Hertel was hopping! Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet potatoe fries
    Irishgirl96
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Best I've ever had!! I would go back just to have a side of fries!! Everything else was outstanding as well and I can't wait to take my boyfriend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FirstTimerVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I frequent this restaurant often because of the food but the wait staff could use a major attitude adjustment. I don't know if it was because it was a Sunday morning or what but the water was very short and unfriendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the CRaVing reviews archive.
  • pjfm
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The 2013 restaurant is a new venture from owners of (since closed) Allentown's 'Sample'. CraVing's menu includes small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, & full plates. We've visited 3 times. On a warm summer night, dinner on the patio mixed attentive service & delicious food/beverages with fun of people watching (Hertel has a lot of foot traffic); we shared a bottle of wine, salad, pasta, pizza, and salmon choices. Sunday brunch experiences - Mother's Day & Father's Day - were indoors. Both occasions included cocktails (inventive uses of sake), wine, & various menu choices: BLT on house-made foccacia, wild mushroom & fontina omelet, roasted red pepper scramble, eggs benedict, & cheddar grits w/chicken, egg, &greens. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RaVes for CRaVing
    BarbiO
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Even though they were suddenly and unexpectedly short-staffed for Father's Day Brunch, we had a remarkably delicious meal! All five of us, including a voracious one year old! We loved the lighting, the ceiling tiles and the overall décor. The server was very attentive, although frazzled, and offered us a free round of drinks because the kitchen was backed up. Everything ordered was fantastic, subtly-flavored and beautifully presented. No frou-frou and no faux chique! Just great food and perfectly-sized portions! We are SO happy to have found that we now CRaVe a return to CRaVing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bread Basket
    BuffaLo
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The brunch breadbasket they bring out is to die for. Chocolate chip muffin, cinnamon roll and a coffee cake. The food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    dine4dinner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great addition to the hertel ave. Definitely one of my favorites. Friendly and good service and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll definitely go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I went to Craze for Brunch because I heard about the great food. I wasn't disappointed. I had the Chorizo Scramble and it was flavorful, nicely portioned, and piping hot. Service was good, (and they were very busy). I also thought the prices were reasonable. I want to go back to try some of the other brunch items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I thought it was hard to find a good restaurant that had lunch on a Saturday afternoon. I have been here for dinner here twice and was pleased so when a group of women wanted to meet for lunch I thought I would try it. It was great! Everyone loved their meal. Which is unusual with this bunch. Everyone's looked great, hard to decide who made the best choice. We talked a lot and the server was patient with us. Sad their was no desert with lunch, wanted to splurge w the calories, but glad I guess their wasn't. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wow
    NorthBuffaloJoe
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    First time there. Party of 8. Wee are all going back. Has to be one of Hertel's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Perfect Pasta Experience
    Buffaloeats
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This marks the fifth time I have ordered the same pasta dish and it gets better every time! The Arugala Salad is my favorite salad yet. I can't wait to go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food is ok
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service and atmosphere were great but the food was lacking...the mussels were dry and pastas were bland
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  • Service was great, food not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The staff was helpful and very kind. I ordered the pork which was overcooked. My husband had the steak which came well-done (ordered medium). Overall, not bad but we likely won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive to needs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is one of the few restaurants we've been to that detailed all ingredients and substituted vegan for non-vegan items.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • savorynews
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Meal was excellent. Salads were delicious but large! We will split next time. The duck was beautifully done. Only complaint was sitting next to the kitchen but that faded with the excellence of the meal.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, And fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great food. Beyond fresh! Good beer selection for us craft beer lovers. The room was put together in a nice way. Dark paint, And vintage lights. Bar was a nice set up as well. This is now on my top places to eat in Buffalo. The caliber of food is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to come back.
    King
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Food was very good and the service was outstanding. I look forward to coming back for dinner or brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.