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Ristorante Lombardo
Ristorante Lombardo

Ristorante Lombardo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • 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, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Salvati
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We also use valet on busier nights
A word from Ristorante Lombardo
Rated four stars by Janice Okun 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 the Chef's original creations inspired by authentic Italian preparations. Our kitchen boasts a wood burning oven which is used to prepare several of our menu items and specials such as whole roasted fish and Chicken, as well as wood fired Pizzas. 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 20 fine wines available by the glass or from our extensive wine list. After dinner, sample one of the house made desserts accompanied by espresso, cappuccino a fine port, grappa or dessert wine. Ristorante Lombardo's "3 for $30" special available Monday through Thursday is a hit among customers who appreciate great food on a reasonable budget.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is a dinning experience worth a try. You will enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Coming here for years and love it. This visit service lacked, with long lag times between courses. Good always consistantly great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed Lombardo's for a special birthday celebration. Everything about the experience was positive and the prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had dinner at Lombardo in early August and ate outside. It was great! The food is unique--not the standard Italian food. I had the veal marsala and my wife had the tagliatelle and we shared the ceasar salad. Everything was prepared perfectly. The service was great and dining outside was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Everything was great. The food was very good, we had the veal with to appetizers. The service was a bit stiff but otherwise unremarkable. The outdoor patio is a great place to dine. We also had a beer and a glass of bourbon (neat). When I got the bill I was charged $2.00 for having my drink served neat. This is the second restaurant where I have booked through OpenTable and have been charged $2.00 for liquor. The last time I was charged $2.00 for ice. I guess to avoid this charge you have to swig from the bottle."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Everything about Lombardo's is first rate. The food is outstanding, and the wait staff is excellent. One of Buffalo's best and one of our favorites."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Tough to review service because the hostess, bartender and waitress were wonderful, but the kitchen staff must have dropped the ball. It was a 3 hour experience. I looked around the dining room and no one had their meals. Then all of a sudden plates came out to every table except ours. If it hadn't been for our very nice waitress we would have left. Pasta and one fish dish should never take that long, and then when it does it better be amazing. Unfortunately the food was not great. The dessert was great-thanks to our waitress -our night wasn't completely spoiled. We had friends drive in from Rochester, NY after reading a write up on some of NY's best dining. Lombardo's unfortunately did not live up to expectations."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "For our 3rd anniversary, we were looking for an upscale romantic restaurant, and Ristorante Lombardo was perfect. The staff was very good and friendly, and the food was terrific. They even had 2 complimentary glasses of champagne for us to celebrate our anniversary"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Makes a great dining event. Entire staff works together to give you great food, service, and upscale experience"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had read terrific reviews of this establishment, and all of the kudos are warranted. I dropped the car with the energetic, friendly valet and walked in the front door past a lot full of top end sedans and $500k Ferrari and thought "Am I a fish our of water?". However, the host and our waitress immediately put that to rest. The staff was friendly and helpful, the environment inviting and jovial. The food could get its own excellent review, but 'perfect' is the word that kept coming up. We had figs, scallops, boar, fazzoletti, banoffe pie... the range of the chef is impressive and again everything was perfectly prepared with very balanced flavor. This was our first visit to Ristorante Lombardo, it won't be the last. Cheers!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A great restaurant, outstanding food & service every time we have been to Lombardo's, one of the few restaurants that prepare Ceasar Salad table side. The patio is very comfortable when eating outside, weather permitting of course. A very enjoyable evening every time we have eaten there."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This restaurant always amazes us; when you think they cannot get any better, they do. The owner is right on to of things here as well as the expert staff from the time they make the Caesar salad table side to the deserts. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Ciao, j&j"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I went here for my 30th birthday, it was great! The food was exceptional and the service was great. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Having had dinner reservations, we stopped at the bar for cocktails, Martini's to be exact. We decided to order a small plate choosing the lightly fried calamari. This plate was so amazing it held us captive to another small plate of grill octopus, then several others including the cremini/shiitake mushroom pizza, caesar salad, lobster ravioli, finishing w/an amazing banana fosters cream pie! Ristorante Lombardo is a very intimate, friendly restaurant, w/an amazing unique clean approach to homemade fresh delicious food with beautiful presentation. Experiencing 5 hours w/Mike the bartender, taking extreme pride in his work, accommodating all his guest, and allowing everyone to feel like family, we never took our table, completely amazing!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "You really can't go wrong with dinner at Lombardo's. Cocktails are wonderful, service is fabulous, and the food is consistently delicious with very creative choices. It's our number one restaurant in Buffalo - we enjoy ourselves every time we go there."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday/going away dinner with friends. Lombardo's is top-notch in every respect, one of the finest restaurants in WNy."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "WE were in Buffalo for the first time and this restaurant was recommended by trip advisor. It was our anniversary the night we were there and the restaurant gave us 2 glasses of prosecco when we sat down. We asked for a quiet table but the first table we were seated at was in the main room and there were 2 large groups on either side of us. We asked to move and were seated by the bar...not exactly quiet there but we didn't want to move again. It was fine...not romantic or quiet but we enjoyed the meal. For appetizers, we had pizza(excellent thin crust) and delicious mussels. We shared a main course of swordfish. It was a big portion and cooked well. The dessert was an amazing banana with graham cracker crust pie."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Tom Lombardo Sr. greeted us and remembered me from many years ago. The ambiance was great, food excellent, waitress and others were pleasant and helpful. Overall, a great dinning experience. Can't afford it weekly but you can't beat it for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had not eaten here in a couple years, but the last time we did it was great! This time was good, but I wasn't impressed as my previous visit. Specifically, the table side Cesar salad was memorable the previous time, but sub par this time. Also, the lobster ravioli was good, but waaaay overpriced for me - $24 for 6 small ravioli with only one or two small lumps of lobster and hardly any cheese. My wife had the fish special over risotto and liked it, but not blown away."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The nice terrace is a little noisy. But the food was excellent, not creamy like in many other Italian restaurants. The portions were not vulgar. Short: Italy in the US."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Never ate a meal at Lombardo's that was not cooked to perfection. I have enjoyed dinners & lunches there. Have not participated in a brunch…..…yet!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our group had a wonderful meal and evening at this Restsurant. I grew up in this area of Buffalo and it was fun to return but the meal was world class! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was just the place to pick. Food always good. Service excellent. A special place for a special occasion. Ristorante Lombardo never disappoints. We got just what we wanted. The tableside prepared Caesar salad made to our preferences was a great choice. The banana pepper appetizer was not the usual, but very special and worth remembering. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Everyone and everything was spot on perfect as always. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food was very good but missed some of the old favorites"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dining at Lombardos on many occasions. The food and service are always excellent. We consider it one of our absolute favorites in the neighborhood. We always look forward to going there."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Very good food and extraordinary service. Although it was Mother's Day and the restaurant was crowded, food came in a reasonable time frame and noise (for a crowded room) was moderate. Our server brought more bread without asking, was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. He couldn't have been any better."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place, Great food, service that goes above & beyond. We celebrated Mother's Day here, with the kids (ages 10 & 13). While is might not scream "kid-friendly", restaurant was very accommodating and we all had a great time. Table next to us managed had much younger children & managed just fine. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our family had a wonderful dinner. We can't thank the staff enough. Although busy , everyone went out of their way to make sure our day was special."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Ristorante Lombardo never disappoints you from the greeting to the service. Even on a busy Mother's Day, the guest never feels rushed. The food and service are always excellent. Mr. Lombardo is a very congenial host and that attitude is reflected in the staff. We always look forward to dining ther."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been eating a Ristorante Lombardo every Mother's day for the past 3 to 4 years. We return because the food and service is very good and because my mother is Italian and enjoys good Italian food. We started our dinner with a couple of starter, the grilled octopus and a beet and avocado salad. The octopus was a little chewy but very tasty. The beet and avocado salad was excellent, and very interesting mixture of tastes and textures. For main courses my wife and my mother had the shrimp scampi and they said it was very good. I had their veal chop and it was perfect. Perfectly cooked, tender and moist, and not overwhelmed by any heavy sauces or herbs. All of us were very pleased."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A charming upscale atmosphere where you are greeted by the owner and served by an attentive and courteous waitstaff. The food is excellent and the experience is special. My favorite dish is the Continental, a delicious combination of tender veal and shrimp served over capellini. Their caesar salad skillfully prepared table side is also terrific."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Another great dinner at one of buffalo's best restaurants. The food and service are second to none. It always a great time."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Wonderful treat for our family including my 99 year old Mom. We all enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This is, by far, my favorite restaurant in Buffalo, and consistently in my top five list for food quality, service, presentation, and ambiance. The proprietor (Tom Lombardo) greets his guests warmly and personally when they enter and ushers them to their tables. The wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and attentive. This is Italian cuisine, with elegance, and the range of food and its presentation table-side are not your typical same-old same-old bill of fare. An extensive wine list, heavy on selections from Italy and Sicily (as it should be!), with a range of prices to fit most diners' budgets. I dine at this restaurant fairly regularly; I've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "High quality food paired with superb service makes this a restaurant where romantics and food lovers must dine."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We just had a fantastic romantic dinner at Lombardo's! Food was excellent and service was exceptional! Although the place was packed, we still felt as though we were the only guests in the restaurant. They went out of their way to greet us at the door and made us feel like we were regulars! Would come back again...and become regulars!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went Restaurant week and had a special. Great meal! I will be back. Nice atmosphere and great service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent. One of our favorites. We generally save it for special occasions. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/2/2014