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Rue Franklin Restaurant

Rue Franklin Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://ruefranklin.com
  • Email: ruefranklinrestaurant@gmail.com
  • Phone: (716) 852-4416
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Corey Kley
  • Dress Code: Formal Attire
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We do offer private dinning in our Garden Room for up to thirty guests and in our Main Dining Room up to sixty guests
  • Private Party Contact: Corey Kley (716) 852-4416

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Tupper
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Rue Franklin Restaurant
Buffalo"s only contemporary French restaurant. Conveniently located in the theater district. We offer a seasonal menu, prix fixe menu Tuesday thru Thursday and post theater menu Friday and Saturday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had dinner on a Saturday night and we could not have been more pleased. We found the restaurant on Open Table and the reviews brought us here. The menu, food, service and ambiance could not have been better. We were never rushed and completely enjoyed our experience. Rue Franklin certainly can be used for a special occasion but even better it can be used as a great dining experience any time of year. We will return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had not been to the Rue Franklin for a while, so decided to take advantage of Restaurant Week to visit again. The special tasting menu was excellent, four courses with wine paring, showing off creativity, presentation, and preparation. The crispy lamb belly was a nice surprise, and the seafood 'stew' was a perfect blend of shellfish. The tarte tatin was deconstructed, a slightly tired gimmick these days, but certainly tasted fine. I always remember the service at Rue Franklin to be exceptional, and it was again. All in all a very nice dinner. And once again, in my early 60s, I'm one of the younger diners; I hope a younger crowd discovers this excellent and (now apparently) innovative restaurant. It deserves to continue its long run."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Entire experience was excellent. We were a group of four. The waiter was very nice and went out of his way to make out experience enjoyable. He took the time to write down the name of a liquor that one of my guests liked (it had been added to her wine to make it sweet). We were not rushed out of the place, which I liked! The food tasted good, prices were reasonable since it was restaurant week. The inside of the restaurant is lovely. It is well taken care of, it truly is a hidden gem. We could enjoy our conversation, it was quiet inside. We were not sitting on top of other guests. It was nice to park in your own lot and not have to pay for parking or walk far. The staff in the front helped put mine and my guests coats on at the door."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Expected the prefix menu to have a little more on it. Chose the filet - it was good - not overly wowed by it. Atmosphere was nice - Dessert and coffee were the best part of the meal. Not sure for the price if I would ever go back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Romantic when you sit in the larger room and the doors are open to the garden area. For those who are looking for "doggy bag" take portions don not bother with this restaurant. If you want fine dining in respectable portions served elegantly, this is a place to seek out. Menu allowed for a wide variety of choices we had a great meal and great experience at a pace we enjoyed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Service always terrific, food always top notch if you enjoy different things other than the typical fare"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Have been there numerous times over the past year and witnessed constant high quality. Not a trendy place, luckily. Keep it that way."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It was my first time at the Rue and it won't be my last. Food was excellent, the service was outstanding and the ambience was perfect. It's a great place to try different things that you normally wouldn't. I can't imagine anything on the menu that wouldn't come out tasting wonderful. And don't hesitate to ask for assistance in understanding the items on the menu. The maitre de was very kind and explained every appetizer and dinner item on the menu. Can't wait to go back and experience the Spring/Summer menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Rue Franklin has been in existence for many years. Change of ownership has maintained the high quality of food, service & ambience. Not many restaurants left that are like this. Would rate this the #1 fine dinning establishment in the Buffalo region & not that pricey for the quality of food as compared to others in the area. Also, during the warmer months, you can experience their beautiful patio which also may rank#1."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food this time was just average. The service was off-- my waiter brought my glass of wine about 5 minutes AFTER my entree arrived. The wine list offers a reasonably good selection, but they have very few wines by the glass (my waiter offered me a choice of a syrah and a pinot noir as their reds by the glass-- pathetic by any good French restaurant standards). It's pricey by Buffalo standards, and the food portions are modest, but for the most part adequate (salads are a bit skimpy, however-- especially when you're paying $10 for 50 cents' worth of veggies). The ambiance, however, is very elegant/romantic. This place has lost some of its charm for us compared to prior years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "New to Buffalo, this was a perfect choice for ou Valentine's Day dinner! Food was great, in the traditional French style. My wife can't wait until Spring and Summer to see the beautiful garden side dining area."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "What a lovely dinner we had at the Rue Franklin, a restaurant I've been going to for 30 years. The bartender mixed a great drink, the waiter was friendly and funny, the service was good, and the food was delicious. The ambiance is romantic which is one of the best things about the Rue. I tried the tasting menu which was very good. The seviche was outstanding as well as the lamb chops. I also had the wine to accompany the tasting which I thought was spot on. Dessert was ok. It reminded me of a breakfast dish, not dessert, and the spinach souffle was very salty but those small details did not change the great meal. Overall we had a lovely time in a beautiful and very busy restaurant."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "An absolutely wonderful dining experience always !!!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The service, ambiance and food quality were superb. The entrees were portioned as appetizers. We are not "volume" diners but the amount of food we were served left us hungry. We continued to order a number of sides and appetizers until we were comfortable. One side was a cheese plate that was priced at $15.00. It contained five pieces of cheese that were each less than a square inch in size. Beverage costs were standard for this type of establishment except the venifera port which was $10.00 for 1 inch of wine in the glass. Two mixed drinks, 3 glasses of wine, 4 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 1 herbal tea came to over $230.00. With the tip, over $270.00. A memorable dining experience relative to the fare and also to the wallet."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I went out for his birthday. He had been told that the Rue Franklin would be a great fit to our tastes. We decided to give it a try. It was very quiet, the service was great. We wanted for nothing. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu (that had only started the previous day) and helped me make a scrumptious choice. We sat in the terrace right at a window where we could look at the courtyard covered in snow and holiday lights. The meal pairings were spot on and had my boyfriend stealing my brussel sprouts (which he doesn't normally like). We would go back no questions asked."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "My wife & I are foodies....the food here is outstanding, similar or better than France. Don't expect massive portions of good food. The food here is perfectly proportioned and exquisite. A must for serious diners ."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This was my second time here in a few years. Everything about Rue Franklin pleases. The space, the service (from the maitr'd down to the bread/water service) and ambience are quite pleasing. The food is really off the chart excellent, including dessert."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Excellent cuisine and service.We had a most pleasurable evening in envy aspect."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2013