Ristorante Lombardo
Ristorante Lombardo

Ristorante Lombardo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://ristorantelombardo.com/
  • Phone: (716) 873-4291
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Lunch: Friday's Only - 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Obarka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Virgil and Lovering
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We also use valet on busier nights
A word from Ristorante Lombardo
Rated ten out of ten plates by Andrew Galarneau of the Buffalo news is one reason why Ristorante Lombardo, is often referred to as the "Best Italian in Buffalo". Open since 1975 our menus consist of original creations inspired by authentic regional Italian cuisine. Our kitchen boasts a wood burning oven used to prepare thin crust wood fired pizza, whole organic chicken saltimbocca and more. Fresh handmade pastas highlight the menu and change with the seasons. An award winning Caesar Salad is prepared table side and the daily specials are just that - special! Complement your meal with one of the more than 30 fine wines available by the glass or with a bottle from our extensive wine list. After dinner, sample one of the house made desserts accompanied by espresso, cappuccino, amaro, grappa or dessert wine.

Ristorante Lombardo's "3 for $33" special available Monday through Thursday is a hit among customers who appreciate great food on a reasonable budget.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ristorante Lombardo reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)romantic (61)neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (57)notable wine list (52)great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (20)hot spot (14)great for lunch (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • would recommend to anyone.
    TomR
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Service from the time we enter to the time we left was friendly, efficient and attentive. Nice to see a business with well trained staff, thank you to the people who work there that made my first visit memorable. I will be bringing my family back for dinner, but more importantly the fro fro cake!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the best
    DukemomVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Ristorante Lombardo is simply the best restaurant in Buffalo. The food is fresh and fabulous. You can make a meal out of small plates or go for a full on feast. The bartenders make the best drinks in town. But what really sets this place apart is the Lombardo family. They are so gracious and treat all guests like long lost friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and great staff!
    NickyG
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We absolutely loved our time at Ristorante Lombardo! We got a little carried away and got a pizza and two small pasta dishes to start and then each got a full meal! It was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly Impressed!
    Foodiesareus
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Our 19th anniversary at Lombardo's was extra special because of the amazing food and the outstanding service! From the moment we arrived to the time we left the people at Lombardo's made us feel special. Our waitress offered us several good suggestions and took great care of us. And the banana cream pie with toffee filling at the end of the evening was truly to die for! We will be back! That's for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Dinner and service were excellent only complaint was my shrimp was not cooked enough I should have said something I know they would have fixed it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lombardos still excellent.
    CBOut
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    It had been many years since last visit. Still excellent and would definitely dine at Lombardos again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    Melster625
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Made a late night reservation for 9:15. Service was awesome, from being greeted at the door by the hostess to our bar waiter and our table server. Portions were perfect. Food was great. I had the bolognese, my husband and daughter had the swordfish. She never finishes anything and it was gone in the blink of an eye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    LoveToDineOut
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I came here on date night as part of restaurant week. We had never been before and wanted to try something new. Everything about it was impressive! It was a busy Saturday night due to it being restaurant week, but we were seated at the exact time of our reservation. The food, ambiance and service were all outstanding!! My husband kept remarking it is his new favorite restaurant and is already making plans to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Celebration
    Grengle
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was our first visit to Ristorante Lombardo. Upon arrival (15 minutes early) we were greeted at the door and wished a happy anniversary by the maître d'. Our corner table was ready and 2 glasses of Champaign came our way compliments of the house! The appetizers were extremely flavorful and the main course included an order of Chicken Saltimbocca and Osso Buco cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was lively yet quiet even with a full house. Our waiter Josh was on top of everything and I'm looking forward to bringing my wife back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Lombardo's is as good as it gets, not just in Buffalo, but anywhere. It excels in all catagories from quality and ingenunity of food to service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    yummy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    it was a great restaurant, it was our first time there and we will definitely be back. the only bad thing was parking and when we went to the door we realized there was complimentary valet...now next time we know
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A special night
    dinerfromCanada
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I really enjoyed the experience of dining there. The staff had an eye for detail and they were very attentive. The only thing my wife would have liked would be a lasagna, however the feature meal was very good. I don't drink wine but their wine list was impressive. A very good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Nice First Time There
    JeffG
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had never been to Lombardo's. It was outstanding. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Francisco79VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Best food I've had in Buffalo since I moved here a year ago. Great service.
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2skiVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great italian neighborhood gem. Love the pasta half portion size option!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Delishfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were looking for a place for dinner not far from Niagara Falls as we were going to the Santana concert. Trip Advisor had this highly rated and we were so happy we picked it. Food was awesome and the service was fantastic. We will definitely go back if we are in the area. Veal Marsala and Caesar salad were fabulous as well as short rib ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 10/10 great evening
    mimi
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fabulous dinner lobster tail,veal Marsala,veal chop and the night's special raviolini all were delicious. Started our meal with exceptional Caesar salad and grilled octopus for our more adventurous eater along with distinct sides of brussel sprouts and wild mushroom brocolini. Frou frou cake,flourless chocolate cake and dark chocolate gelato completed a fabulous meal. Wine selection was also very good! Our son and his wife in from DC were so pleased to see Buffalo and Lombardo's still knows how to do it! Carleen made us feel so comfortable with her warm,professional and Buffalo friendly personality. Thank you for a special evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty...with exceptional service
    Andrew
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I'd eat at Lambardo just for the service! The duck Ragu with gnocchi was very good, the gnocchi themselves tasted a bit of flour. Carleen was one of the best servers I have ever seen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Terry
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I've been going to Lombardo's for years. It's amazing how they consistantly have fresh and delicious items on their menu. From the oysters, ceasar salad, to the ricotta gnocchi with duck ragu, excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST dinner in Buffalo
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best restaurant. Best service. Best food! Everyone is so kind. Go to Lombardo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great first impression !!!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great mixologists behind the bar!! Delicious House made specialties including pastas and caesar salad. Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night perhaps?
    passion4food
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    No strangers to the fine dining experiences WNY has to offer - including past visits to lombardo's which were always exceptional - we were sadly disappointed with the execution of the food on our most recent visit. The service as always was warm and attentive. But food basics were shockingly missing (proper seasoning, searing of scallops - huh? Undressed pasta etc. ) Certainly not 'bad' - but 'eh' and definately not memorable. Given our past experiences here which were memorable - I will reserve overall judgement. Not sure we will return soon given the amazing choices available - but I wouldn't necessarily discourage anyone from trying either. Perhaps just an off night - but our party enjoyed ourselves anyway.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable dining experience.
    JSItalia
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our first time dining here and we can't wait to go back. The wait staff were all prompt and accommodating. The food was exceptional. There were so many selections on the menu that we wanted to try - they all sounded so good. All ingredients were fresh and cooked and prepared to perfection. Great place for a special date night or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow but high quality food/service
    JenCBVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was amazing as expected. Service was great, but food came far too slowly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10 Plates was no mistake
    WNYSunbeam67
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I am always skeptical about an outstanding review by a restaurant reviewer...were they recognized?...perhaps a little too much vino..whatever!! In the case of Lombardo's they were spot on. We visited the restaurant with friends on Saturday night and were treated to a fabulous meal..including a Ceasar salad prepared tableside.... the service was impeccable, efficient and unobtrusive. A very reasonably priced meal and a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always 5 stars
    fourcorks
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    An excellent dinner was enjoyed by all. We decided to introduce some very good friends to Lombardo's, they will be back. My dinner with clams, linguine and poblano peppers was so delicious, the clams so tender and fresh. The squid appetizer was thoroughly enjoyed by both men and Cindy and I enjoyed the figs with arugula salad. I had also mentioned some food allergies our one friend has, our waitress was aware of this and assisted with his food selections. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a 10
    dissapointed
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Squash soup was bland, the prosciutto topping was crisp, but had no flavor. The rest of the meal was unremarkable. Won't be in a hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Owner/host Tom Lombardo and his entire staff made this a most wonderful dining experience for us. The wait staff was attentive without hovering around the table. The bartenders were friendly and taught us a few things. The food was over the top in quality and the way it was prepared. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gets Better All the Time
    RoadiniersVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great Italian in Buffalo; veal marsala was outstanding; friendly wait staff; great variety of Italian wine - enjoyable evening out
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Italian
    LuvGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was a second trip for us. It did not disappoint. Great service, great food! Do not miss the Banoffee Dessert - unique and delicious! Fruitti Di Mare was amazing - tender calamari, shrimp, and scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    CT2013l
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best service we have ever had at a restaurant, ever! Amazing food very welcoming atmosphere for tourists, amazing wine list, can't wait to go back ! Valet service also included
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST!
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lombardo is hands down the best restaurant in Buffalo. Good is outstanding. Service is wonderful. Would definitely recommend. The bill does add up fast, but it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old and popular gem
    whzrd
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everything you hear about this restaurant is true. Food Ambience Service what you can expect and it always delivers. Memorable experience the staff makes everyone feel welcome. It is one of the best and one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benne in Buffalo!
    LeChat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant, hands down, in Buffalo. Consistently great food, great service, and a wonderful, warm ambiance. They treat you like family, or honored guest. Unlike a lot of places in Buffalo, where the noise level is so loud you can hardly hear the person next to you speak, this restaurant has a fairly modest noise level, conducive to conversation. Although the restaurant was nearly full the night I went, it didn't have a crowded feeling. I recommend the stuffed/broiled figs, any of the pasta dishes (pasta made on premises); the entrees are all good. Try the "3 for $33" menu during the week.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended
    Rachacha
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I took my 89 year old mother to Lombardo's to celebrate her birthday. She had gone to this fine restaurant 35 years ago with my father. The evening was wonderful. Service was superb, the meal was even better. I'm not from Buffalo - If I was, Lombardo's would be on my 'go-to-often' list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of best
    DPOE
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Buffalo area has more good restaurants than most cities twice the size. Lombardo is hands down one of the best. Great white tablecloth gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    Rick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice dinner with friends. Food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    TomCamherst
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Overall, we had a great dining experience. Over the years, we keep on going back to Lombardo's. The owner and his staff, cannot do enough to please you. The food and varied menu, provides you with a wonderful selection. The reason that Lombardo's Ristorante has been around for so many years, is because they do it right! This restaurant is never a disappointment. What a gem of a place.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place!
    Buffalove
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    No complaints at all, I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome experience
    bunislaw
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Classic restaurant. Knowledgeable wait staff and bartenders. The Caesar salad prepared table side is a rare find. Fresh homemade pastas. Great bolognaise. For of us had different dishes. Each was superb. Try the vanilla gelato with a shot of hot espresso for dessert. Definitely worth tthe 65 mile drive from rochester to buffalo. Can't wait to return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.