Papaya - Buffalo
Papaya - Buffalo

Papaya - Buffalo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.papayarestaurant.biz/
  • Phone: (716) 856-2444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Friday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Sun: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southeast Asian, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Intersection of Delaware and Chippewa.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Papaya - Buffalo
Papaya restaurant is a sophisticated, casual yet elegant destination for exquistely prepared Southeast Asian cuisine. Whether you are looking for a relaxing evening in the restaurant or perhaps a casual date at the bar, Papaya is the place to be.
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Papaya - Buffalo reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (6)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always Amazing
    Lady6ugz24
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Once again, our service was amazing, the atmosphere was great, our food was AWESOME and everything was perfect!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Butter Fish
    sms010164
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I can't desciribe how delectible the Miso something, something Butter Fish was - pure heaven! Portion size could be larger, but just order a couple wonderful rolls for starters or try some of the best Pad Thai and you won't leave wanting. The service was spot on and I can't say enough about how pleasurable the food was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable!
    4goodfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and service! Great for party or a a quiet dinner for two!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I have been here several times and the food has always been ok but really we've always liked the service, atmosphere, and some of the signature cocktails. This is the first horrible experience we ever had. Bottom line - sushi rolls were bland even with soy sauce. My husband ordered a Coke during the appetizer and I ordered a drink. She brought them after we were done eating and we had already asked the busser to wrap up our food. Yes, that's right, AFTER. So.... 20 minutes later. Then she had the audacity to charge us. Honestly, I couldn't believe it. The drink, fine, but the coke, no way.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Buffalo
    niagara
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went to Papaya for an early supper before attending the nearby Irish Classical Theatre. The food was good is not outstanding and the service was excellent. The place was only half full due to the day and time so things were quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Wonderful
    Fiegs12VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I am a frequent customer of Papaya as I work and live downtown. They have the best Pad Thai I have ever had. The restaurant itself is impeccably clean and the servers are always friendly, knowledgable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected great!
    Liubanka
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I would definatly recommend this restaurant to everyone. We were family of five with kids. I didn t expect much, because their rolls are better than in Toronto ( do not remember name, but I always ask in restaurants what they recommend), duck was fantastic,and rice with shrimps blow me away. 5 main dishes with 5 drinks - usd 100. Couldn't be better) definatly will com back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NiftyKnitter
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Papaya was located close to our hotel downtown and seems in a good location for downtown for visitors. I tried the unami roll, which was light and clean tasting. I also got the butterfish, which I highly recommend. The eggroll that came with the meal combined shrimp with mozzerella, which was a combination I was not expecting, but was surprisingly delicious with a little bit of heat. I got to try the Korean Short Ribs as well, which I feel was the best thing I tried there, the meat was flavorful and juicy, and seemed to just melt into your mouth. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 10 reviews are from the Papaya - Buffalo reviews archive.
  • Good food but slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Butterfish dish was very good, crab rolls were just OK. The restaurant was not busy at all and the food took FOREVER to come out. About 30 minutes for the apps (a couple sushi rolls and a bowl of soup). Then about another 15 for the entrees. I might expect this if the restaurant was slammed, but there was only about 4 other tables dining.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurant!
    Foodiegirl
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Papaya is a fabulous place to go out and have a good time. Whether it's with family, friends, your spouse, it's perfect for all occasions. The staff is great and knows their menu. They recommend the best dishes. I love coming here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Katya
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were on a quick trip to Buffalo - romantic evening without the kids, and looking for unique eats. Papaya was exactly what we were looking for. The food was delicious - the soup wasn't exceptional, but solid, the Calamari outstanding, cooked to perfection and divine sauce. The Basil Shrimp entree was recommended when I was waffling between two entrees, and had an incredible depth of flavors. The Bento box is good for people who want to sample. Service was exceptional. Although the restaurant wasn't packed, the waiter asked us whether we had theater tickets (which we did) and made sure that we had plenty of time without being the least bit rushed. Whether you already like Asian cuisine or are new to the food, great place, reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We love Papaya... Great service and food. You can't go wrong for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & Great Prices
    NaplesdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Some of the best food we have ever had. Prices are really good also. Food is simply outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Matt
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife and I had Valentine's Day dinner here. It was fantastic. They had a 4 course special for Valentine's Day for $75 a couple including a bottle of wine! Every course we had was great. It was Asian cuisine mixed with American cuisine. I would recommend Papaya to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    Dandi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a table of 4 for Valentines Day Dinner. I used OpenTable to reserve about 3 days prior. When we checked in at the host stand, the hostess told me that I had only made the reservation for 2 but that they could accommodate us, it would just be a few minutes. (I did check my email confirmation after this discussion, only to verify that I did in fact make the reservation for 4 people....) We waited by the bar for maybe 15 minutes or so then our table was ready. We ordered from the special Valentines day menu. No one at the table really like the soup (it had a strong odor, but the taste was not bad) but the sushi and entrees were both delicious! Our server was incredible and overall we had an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Short and sweet
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Great food, very nice items on the menu to choose from.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    mavfan
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Went there for my wife's birthday. Two drinks, sushi, dumplings, two main courses and a dessert. With tip we were just over $100. TremenTremendous food. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve
    Shareln
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A group of us did New Year's Eve dinner (late night) for a change of scene. It was a great idea. Everyone enjoyed it. Papaya has always been a favorite of mine. We were seated right away, the food was great as always. The restaurant was almost at full capacity from what I could tell, and we had such a good time the New Year crept in on us before we had a chance to leave and head to our next destination. So we brought the New Year in at the restaurant. We plan on coming back NYE 2014.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic