Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Ristorante Lombardo

  • Online Reservations

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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Excellent selction of eclectic Italian dishes. There is something for everyone, from grilled octopus to brick oven pizzas to high quality pasta. I enjoyed their wine selections by the glass."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was of high quality in general but 1/3rd of our steak was fat and gristle. We pointed this out to our (otherwise excellent and courteous) waiter who simply took the dish away. No one from the staff came back to our table to apologize or to make any sort of comment. Both food and service were in this way marred."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "A great place to have dinner especially if you are going to North Park Theater. Food, service, ambience were all great. A bonus: valet service. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Kudos to Ristorante Lombardo for making my Dad's birthday very special. The service was top-notch, the selections were plentiful and unique, and the food was out of this world. We were seated next to the windows overlooking the terrace with lovely trees decorated in white lights. It was cold outside, but there was a heater next to the windows, and we didn't feel any chill at all. Timing was very good, we didn't have to wait very long for anything, yet felt the ability to relax and chat and not be rushed. We had an early seating, so the restaurant was very quiet at the time. We appreciate the wonderful service and fantastic meal, we will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "First time for us dining at Lombardo's. Everyone loved the food. Service was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is consistently wonderful at this restaurant, and our recent dinner here was no different. Everything is made in house. Service was well paced. Loved the seared boat scallops for an appetizer, and my favorite entrée is the Continental (shrimp scampi and veal francaise). You also can't go wrong with any of their pasta dishes. Yum!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place is hidden away and not on the "beaten" path. I enjoy the ambiance and the food which is good quality. I would recommend it if your are looking for someplace out of the ordinary. The tableside ceasar salad is fabulous and one of the few restaurants that make it the way a ceasar salad should be made. The wait staff seems well trained and efficient. Nice wine selection."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The perfect place for an up-scale Friday lunch. A welcoming owner (Tom) and a great waiter (Jim) add to the perfection of the experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great menu. Fantastic service. Lovely bar area. Always an excellent meal!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "we had a fabulous time. the only bad thing was that we were seated about 40 minutes after our reservation time. however, the manager came to where we were standing at the bar -- apologized and ordered us a flatbread pizza on the house to make up for it. Pizza was very good and we really did not mind the wait. would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014