My husband and I had an excellent dinner at the Rue Franklin. The service was prompt, friendly and professional. From appetizers to dessert, everything was outstanding. My dish (sole with scallops) was light and flavorful. Husband's filet mignon was perfectly prepared and in his words "seemed to get better with each bite". I have wanted to try this restaurant for years and was not disappointed. We will be back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Rue Franklin for our anniversary, as we often do. We sat in the beautiful garden on what turned out to be a perfect night. I had smoked duck breast salad for an appetizer and soft-shell crab in a lemon sauce with vegetables for a main course, with a molten chocolate cake with mint ice cream for dessert. All were lovely, as was the bread that accompanied the meal. The portions were the perfect size to allow me to have all three courses plus the bread without feeling overwhelmed. (I'm so grateful to get a meal where the food isn't heaped up in gigantic piles that seem calculated to keep the average weight of Buffalonians well over 250 lb. More is NOT better!)
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A trip to France without the Jetlag
We had been to several of the top recommended restaurants in Buffalo as part of a long weekend celebration of my wife's birthday. We saved Rue Franklin for last since it was recommended by a friend who really knows good food. It was spectacular! Everything about the restaurant invited you to relax and enjoy your evening. No rushing, no kids, a tranquil garden terrace and food that surprised with every mouthful. Our waiter was experienced, took time to make sure we understood all that was available and made lovely recommendations once he knew what we liked. The wine list was impressive and reasonable. A lovely way to end a gastronomic tour of Buffalo.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best places to eat in western New York. Good for occasions or just for a consistantly wonderful meal. The chef bought it from the original owners about a year ago. Been going there for 36 years and it stays new and fresh.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ultimate Dining Experience
We just returned from Paris, Germany, and Lake Como in Italy. We have been to Europe about 40 times and travelled elsewhere extensively. The dinner at Rue Franklin on their garden patio was the best dining experience that we have had in years - and I mean years, any where in the world. This was one outstanding experience and I mean experience. It was a perfect evening. Everything was perfect. We have been to Paris many times and we never had a dining experience like this. You have to be crazy to not take advantage of their prix fixe menu during the week.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The change in ownership has made it even better. He recently purchased new Riedel glassware for wine service. The ambiance is romantic and the service is excellent. The chef has traveled to Europe to keep the cuisine up to date. One of Buffalo's best restaurants.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Keep Getting Better
Already one of the best restaurants (if not THE best) in Buffalo, the new ownership (Cory and Cheryl Kley) has made a good thing even better.
Departing from the very traditional French-American and, sometimes, Moroccan cuisine, Classically trained chef-owner Cory Kley has begun to experiment with dishes of his own creation. New and exciting combinations of flavors and textures have started to appear on the seasonal menus and on the prix-fixe offerings. All Rue Franklin dishes are carefully prepared, beautifully plated and absolutely delicious.
From the warm welcome to the cozy bar to the dining room, Rue Franklin rates with the fine restaurants of new York and Paris.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
French dinning in Buffalo
I was in Buffalo for meetings and several of us went to Rue Franklin. It was a very nice experience. I had a correctly dressed salad, with grilled swordfish, and a lemon dessert. The wine was excellent. I would highly recommend this to anybody visiting Buffalo. I will return if I am in Buffalo again.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic French Gem
This is an exceptional place! The hospitality was terrific, the garden beautiful , the wine selection fantastic and the food perfect
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classy and unpretentious
This is an elegant little French restaurant without an attitude. We sat in the back garden, which was perfect (except for a rather loud, pompous man at the next table). I had the octopus, which was good but a little tough, and the halibut with smoked shrimp, unique and very tasty. My friend had the crab and avocado timbale and the salmon, both of which he said were too good to share a taste. The wine list is impressive, well edited, and well priced. Our waiter was fabulous and knew the menu inside and out. (He saved me, a duck lover, from the magret de canard. I didn't realize magret was from a duck raised for fois gras and I take issue with the cruelty associated with producing it.) We had a very enjoyable evening here.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful dining experience.
Had a wonderful dining experience. Although always very good this was the best meal I've had at the Rue.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very tasty food, but portions
Very tasty food, but portions were a bit small. Service and ambience were very good.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Filet was cooked perfectly. My wife had lobster and scallops, they were perfect and tasted outstanding. Great place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday or just enjoy an evening out. We will be back!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful meal with my wife. We are from out of town and were in search of a nice restaurant in Buffalo to celebrate my wife's birthday. Great menu - difficult to decide what to order as everything looked interesting. All elements of our dining experience were amazing and I highly recommend this restaurant. We have been to Paris several times and this restaurant made us feel like we were there again.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Rue Franklin has been one of the outstanding restaurants in the area for decades. I'ts great to know that the new owners are keeping up the food quality and traditional great service. The seasonal menus present a a dining expeience like no other. The innovative dishes will keep you coming back. Although this visit was celebrating a special occasion, we come here throughout the year and are always delighted with the variations in the menu. It is a special place!!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our 10th anniversary at the 'Rue' and while it
Isn't the same owner, the food was just as good.
The staff is professional, knowledgable and friendly
Without being overbearing. Wonderful wine list.
The big misconception is that the 'Rue' has an uptight
Tie wearing, clientele . Couldn't be farther from the truth.There many different styles of dress, but most importantly
People were having a good time.
Like all good restaurants it isn't cheap but YOU make it
As expensive as it can be.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I decided to try Rue Franklin when we were unable to get a reservation at any of our other favorites (Tempo, Leftbank, Hutch's). When we arrived we were told the garden was open for seating therefore more table available otherwise we would have not gotten a table here either! We are so glad we did... We sat in the garden room and have an amazing meal. We had simply delicious food, great service, and a great experience overall. Portions are very reasonable making it easy to save room for dessert. You will not be disappointed! It would be a special occasion place for us but definitely worth it. Dinner for 2 including wine, entrees, dessert, and coffee was about $200 with tax and tip.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I dined with my daughter and it was love at first bite. The food was remarkable in terms of seasonings and preparation and left us wanting more. Unfortunately we are from Phoenix, so there won't be any more. It was a memorable evening we will talk about for years to come, and we are privileged to have had such a delightful experience.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
exquisite fine dining
We have been fans of Rue Franklin for over 10 years. With every dining experience we seems to be always more than satisfied and never once have we been disappointed.
Definitely would recommend.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time in a long time
We hadn't been here in a couple years, and wondered what took us so long. It's always been a favorite for a special occasion. This was our first visit since it changed ownership, and we were pleased to see that the tradition continues - excellent food and service. Definitely on the pricey side for our usual dining out, but worth it!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent cuisine and service.We
Excellent cuisine and service.We had a most pleasurable evening in envy aspect.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
French in Western New York
Wallet friendly wine list pairs with excellent french fare. Service is most professional in the city of Buffalo. Wonderful special occasion, reminds me of a country restaurant in Loire.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Viva la Rue
Always a special occasion eating at the Rue even if it's a prix fixe Tuesday for no special occasion. Everything is delicious and not only prepared with great care but plated and served beautifully without pretension. Have loved this place for 36 years of consistent perfection. And good to see a younger vibe here as well.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's been too long
At my wife's suggestion, I booked a table at the Rue Franklin for dinner before a concert at Shea's. We thoroughly enjoyed our Prix Fixe meal at a comfortable leisurely pace; having apprised the server of our plans, we were able to relax and enjoy dinner without thinking about the time, as she took care of that perfectly. We hadn't been to the restaurant in some time, and were delighted to find that everything is still of top quality, and even more reasonably priced than we had remembered. It won't be long before we're back.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM