Oliver's Restaurant
Oliver's Restaurant

Oliver's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverscuisine.com/
  • Phone: 7168779662x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Wednesday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Oliver's is the exclusive catering operator at some of Buffalo’s most unique and exciting reception venues- the Buffalo & Erie County History Museum, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Kleinhan's Music Hall. With a rich local history, Oliver's is widely regarded for delivering the highest quality in food and service in the Buffalo Niagara region. Our goal is to produce memorable events taking into consideration client’s individual needs and budget.
    Personal attention to detail will ensure that your reception is a true success.

    716.877.9662
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room can seat up to 50 for a private reception. All-inclusive packages are available for business meetings and presentations. The Chef"s room seats a maximum of 10 guests with a view of the kitchen.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Vorphl 7168779662x
  • Entertainment: Jazz trio performs on Saturday evenings September through June. Pianist all Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Amherst
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service is provided on weekends and all high volume dining nights.
A word from Oliver's Restaurant
Oliver's Restaurant is one of the premier dining locations in Buffalo. Come on in and try our exquisite food, sample from our extensive wine list, and experience our impeccable service. Remember we cater anywhere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Oliver's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)romantic (32)notable wine list (27)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Buffalo Favorite
    mmcmapVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I dined at Oliver's this past weekend. We had not been for a couple years and were impressed with the quality of the good, servers and overall experience. We will be returning and recommend highly Oliver's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife's birthday
    JohnD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I booked a reservation here because when my wife and I lived in Buffalo many years ago we used to go to this restaurant several times a month. She requested to go here for her birthday. While we had not been there for several years they did not disappoint. The food was excellent and the service superb. I had requested a cake be made and presented after dinner and the pastry chef did a wonderful job. All in all a four star experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome wine pairing dinner
    julesterVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had an amazing dining experience; bought the chefs table dining package at Burchfield Gala. Courses were expertly paired with wine selections by Oliver's very knowledgable sommelier. Started our meal with freshly shucked oysters and a variety of salads that we shared. Tuna crudo was outstanding! My filet rivaled any fine steak house -very tender and flavorful. My husbands red snapper (special that evening) had a very mild flavor and the citrus fennel sauce & sticky rice were perfect compliments to the fish. Cherries & berries dessert had just the right sweet & tartness to end our meal on the right note. Service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    zfow14
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've been here a number of times now and it is my preferred place in town to entertain suppliers. Never had a bad meal here and the wine list is excellent with very reasonable pricing for the quality of wine. Louie behind the bar is always entertaining too. Was very surprised to see how loud it was on a Wednesday night this time but that seems to be a rare occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Icook2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Bar service was excellent - Louis is always on his a game - table was nice - service top notch - and Lennon ( exec chef) had a great bunch of specials - especially liked the veal and everyone's seafood was cooked perfectly. Excellent coffee. Overall was a great experience - been there many times and always extremely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our server Fred was outstanding, food not so much. Felt bad for the guy because numerous customers sent plates back while we were there. We would have too but felt bad for the guy so we took our undercooked food home and recooked it ourselves. The place has so much potential but not worth the $205 our dinner for 2 cost.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Susan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have been to Oliver's many times over the years. First time I've felt let down. Server was pleasant but it took over an hour to get appetizers. Dinner was so so. Dessert was plain awful - bruised peaches on a hockey puck. Noise level was so out of character for this establishment. Will not be returning. Goodbye old friend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • wonderful
    kathy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Always a great time and the food and service are the best around. See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diningdevils4ever
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Superb restaurant & one of our favorites for years. This is truly a memorable dining experience and we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the best in dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Buffalo
    DKFLVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    And now open for lunch time dining! There is not much that would qualify as higher-end or fine dining in Buffalo. Oliver's apparently has been around for some time and now is serving lunch which was a great time to explore this establishment. Just lovely. Very convenient for a nice lunch coming from the Albright-Knox Museum area, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner for two
    satisfire
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was amazing. The service was on point, and the restaurant was somewhat empty which made the atmosphere more directed toward us. I would definitely show up again with a significant other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jrl101027
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent food and drinks. Also enjoyed the piano bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dancer
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food is still quite good and the wine selection is superb. The restaurant was very loud and so it was not our usual pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner out with the Girls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We sat it the front near the windows as requested and it was rather lively at the bar that night! We enjoyed three different salads to start, one friend had the ravioli, the other bucatini and I couldn't resist the oysters! all excellent! plus we love the flatbread, seems light, but really no room for dessert although they all sounded great. Can't wait to return next week for a dinner out with another couple! Would have to say that Oliver's is my favorite restaurant in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm food
    Seasoned
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Every dish was warm except for one entree. Our waiter was not as attentive as he should have been, that is my guess as to why the dishes seemed to be waiting to be served and got cold. We had: Duck, Salmon, chicken and a Rib Eye. The rib eye was hot. All had very good flavor. But were warm. Appetizers too. Grilled octopus the best choice. They have any amazing sommelier who saved the evening. There was a mixup in our wine, I asked to see him, he was gracious and apologetic. He selected the next bottle, and brought over a great port to have with our dessert on the house. I like this restaurant a lot, and have gone there for years. I highly recommend that the waiters take advantage of their sommelier. It enhances the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and very good food
    Eatout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Staff service and care of your dining experience is some of the best I have had. Their specialty stuffed bread is excellent. All appetizers and main course food selected at our table were well flavoured and very filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food!!!
    NaplesdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent food and service. 5 stars! Everything we had tremendous. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Buffalo Gem
    Love2goout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent food and service! The sea scallops were my favorite for the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great evening at Oliver's
    happydiners
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Oliver's food is outstanding, service is exceptionally good, atmosphere is sophisticated. Had a wonderful time and we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    Steyer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very good place to have a very fancy dinner with your spouse, or a good dinner with your family (for the same $$$).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!!
    Perfection
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    From the warm but not intrusive service to the exquisite food, this place was fantastic. Cannot recommend it highly enough. While it is on the pricey side it is worth every penny. And there are several inexpensive items if you want to enjoy the ambiance and service without 'special occasion' prices. Ask for Jake to wait on you. He is great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cindy
    firsttimer
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was outstanding. Drinks were delicious and service was great. The only thing was that I was on a date with my husband and a large group was placed right next to us and they were very loud. There was other options for them. Just would have liked to keep romantic and that kind of changed the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous meal
    bubbsterVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was succulent, the service was very good, the atmosphere was comfortable. Fine dining at its finest.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still has it!
    Dennyflavors
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A new owner has not dampened the spirits in this landmark of North Buffalo, perhaps the finest supper club in New York State. Great ambiance, piano music of all genres, a bar scene with lively professionals tending the patrons, mostly all well groomed, fine personal service , valets and a wine list that rivals the great cellars of NYC or Chicago. But still : ITS ALL ABOUT THE FOOD wow, I had a soft shell crab appetizer followed by magret Duck breast, sticky rice and Rosie had Buratta with crispy eggplant appy and lobster and shrimp entree , which was superb. A couple of fantastic desserts, a pot of French press coffee. I can't ever forget these great evenings that we spend here! Not overly pricy either!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    as always - the oysters were so tasty, we ordered a second plate. I also order the garbage salad and split the lobster/shrimp risotto with my friend. Could not even look at the dessert menu but now that I recall, I did have a caramel sundae then went on a diet for a few days!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Elegant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Everything was fabulous! The only criticism was that we were seated next to a larger table of people who were talking loudly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding value-exemplary service
    Lyublana
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Oliver's continues it winning half-price on wine, Sunday dinners. Even if you don't drink a lot of wine this still saves one a bundle. The wait staff continues to be very competent and professional. The kitchen very accommodating to vegetarians and other special needs. Just a very comfortable, friendly, and delicious place to be. Never disappointed in all the many years I've stopped for dinner in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Oscar
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I scheduled a business dinner at Olivers (not the first time). The bartender was very attentive and friendly. The dining room was very comfortable and the noise level was low enough that you could have a pleasant business conversation. The food was great! Our server was very attentive, friendly and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Oliver's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Timeless Buffalo Classic
    JAMTVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Visiting Buffalo from Washington DC, we found Oliver's equal to many of the best in other major cities. Our experience was keyed by the expert, quietly professional service. Our waiter knew the menu and wine list thoroughly including the origins of the high quality meats and fish. He recommended a superb, but well priced wine that complemented our differing entree selections. Though the menu was ambitious, everything was skillfully prepared and satisfying. The traditional decor of a neighborhood restaurant from decades past is comfortable, but not fussy. Highly recommend this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oldie but Goodie
    lichtblaus
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We really had a fabulous dinner and an old school (but in a good way) waiter. Everything made from scratch. I had very fresh oysters, a tempura soft-shell crab and a risotto that was full of lobster claw meat, My husband had a frisee salad with apple and other delicious stuff that hit all the flavor notes. He then had a whole branzino. This is not a hip young (maybe hip 50-60 somethings) spot though there were tables of younger couples. Oliver's opened in 1936 and has really never lost its popularity. One caveat - quite expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was the star!
    Familytraveler123
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We loved the truly delicious food that flowed in perfect timing from the kitchen for our group of .... 18!! Perfectly prepared and every person raved about their dish. Service was charming and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Two features stand out at Oliver's. The staff is incredibly friendly and genuinely appreciate your patronage. The menu choices are unique and very tasty. It was very hard to select an entree because they all looked so good. Everything was prepared exactly as requested and was delicious. The service was perfectly timed - helpful but not pushy. It's a bit high priced but we found the meals were well worth the cost. If you really like exceptional food, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Kath
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    A truly exceptional dining experience. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Pros: Valet parking, wine menu, Spanish loaf, and desserts. Cons: The food was not good at all. If the Salvatore's can get a score of 90 out of 100, then this restaurant can only get 50. This is a good place for brunch, not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ceoo
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Knowledgeable food and wine staff. Fine wine ,and fine food ,well prepared and served. A Buffalo Tradition.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!!!
    blownaway
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I decided to take my mom out for a late mother's day celebration and I knew we both had never been to Oliver's. So I made my reservation online (which I loved!). We were pleasently surprised at the size of the place and we were even more blown away by our service and our food! This place is the whole package if your looking for a special night out. I will be returning to Oliver's again, as will my mom and we are recommending it to everyone!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time--It was great!
    ElJefe
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Though we've lived in Buffalo for most of our lives, this was both my wife's and my first time at Oliver's. We were looking for a place to celebrate her new job, but also wanted a place in North Buffalo near a fundraiser we attended beforehand. It is easily one of the Top 5 restaurants in Buffalo (and would even match up well with some of the best restaurants in NYC and Boston, where I've also lived). The highlight of the meal was the oysters rockefeller with pork belly--delicious! All of the food tasted fresh and delicious and our server made the experience that much better. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially if they are looking for a place in North Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jsowardman
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The service was excellent from the friendly bar staff to the lovely waitress who anticipated our every need. The food was very good and everyone was happy with the experience. It is not an inexpensive restaurant but worth the $$$ when you want to be spoiled.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask the salad sizes in advance
    hoov752
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went to lunch with some friends. Great atmosphere -- a little contemporary, but also quiet and reserved. The burgers and other salads came out great. The beet salad? Well, it came out as a 2" by 6" crescent along one side of an empty entree dish. It looked like a side or a garnish for a missing meal. It tasted great, but it's smaller than the other salads and is only appetizer-sized. Make sure to ask how large any given salad is before ordering.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Oliver's is a great special occasion restaurant with a menu that ranges from "bar food" selections like steak sandwiches to an exceptional and generous duck breast (my choice) entree. Cannot fault our anniversary dinner in any way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.