Torches

Torches

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.torches1141.com/
  • Phone: 7164477915
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Hours Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm - CLOSED SUNDAY/MONDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colvin
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Torches
Committed to excellence in both service and cuisine, Torches restaurant is owned and operated by brothers, Chefs JJ and Kevin Richert. After attending the Culinary Institute of America and cooking in the kitchens of some of Buffalo’s finest restaurants, the Richerts– along with JJ’s wife Cindy, a talented pastry chef in her own right–opened Torches as a way to showcase their own eclectic take on contemporary cuisine. Inspired by popular flavors from all over the world, challenged by modern techniques and applications, and grounded by an appreciation for traditional methods, Torches offers guests a fine dining experience unlike anything else in Western New York.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Torches reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)special occasion (24)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (7)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Always the best!
    Pamela
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I feel the chef at Torches is very innovative, turning out imaginative, delicious food. The concord grape pie is outstanding and always a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor impression
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I can't believe a restaurant would not offer their regular menu items during restaurant week saying that it's because most people come in for the specials and then have the nerve to up charge for a salad, the only appealing entrée (which was a poor quality prime rib ) and for the desert . Adding a 5.00 up charge for a small at best apple crisp is ridiculous .
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  • Fantastic Restaurant Week menu
    Mike
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My girlfriend and I were extremely impressed with the menu and all three courses that were offered at Torches. The sausage wrapped in meatloaf wrapped in bacon was amazing. Will be going back to see their full menu when it is not restaurant week. Highly recommend Torches to anyone wanting food prepared with thought and passion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience
    Trex
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I love Torches. Don't get me started on their insanely delicious food because I could talk for hours. Easily, my favorite restaurant in buffalo which is a huge compliment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    CyberDiner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Three of us dined at Torches during restaurant week. The menu options presented to us were very good. The portion size and quality of the food was excellent. I know you cannot do anything about it, but the parking was a little difficult, especially getting out of my spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upsetting
    Kimmywu
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This restaurant has been on my list of restaurants to dine at. It took over 15 minutes for a server to come to our table after we were seated. The food was ok. Salad was amazing but the meatloaf entree was way too sweet. Also, the entire time my sister and I were freezing. We were not the only table that complained about the temperature. We did advise the water boy and server. Overall we were disappointed in our experience.
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  • AS ALWAYS, IMPRESSIVE!
    Pamela
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Torches is my favorite restaurant in the ever growing list of Buffalo noteworthy eateries. Always imaginative, never disappointing. I am always inspired by the creativity and quality of the food at Torches
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must go
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and service .... Must go and experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    InBuffaloVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Torches is becoming a habit. The menu is a mix of adventurous dishes and great takes on classic comfort food. There's usually an amuse bouche. The service is consistently excellent, and the pace of the meal is just right. It's romantic enough for just the two of us, but Torches handles larger tables well, too. We love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We go to torches for most special occasions and we are never disappointed. The service is always outstanding and the food is top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant
    dferg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Menu had some new and interesting choices since my last visit. The Mediiterranean Salmon was an innovative dish; it was excellent. As always the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best chefs in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Anytime we come here the food is outstanding!! It's inventive ... You won't leave one drop of food on your plate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Absolutely wonderful. Service and food both were fantastic
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    HungryFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was amazing! Everything we ordered surpassed our expectations! The amuse bouche was fantastic, and we both keeping talking about it. I actually replicated the dipping oil/pesto for a dinner party later that week. The cowboy steak was absolutely perfect, I would have chewed on the bone if it was acceptable! The restaurant could use some cleaning and sprucing up, but when your serving food like that who really cares!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lived up to the hype
    Frankielibsnt
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Ive heard so many good things about torches over the years, so I decided to finally give it a try. Now the place doesn't look like much from the outside, but when you go in the doors it's like a whole different world. It was beautifully updated with a very chic decor. Every staff member we encountered was very friendly and equally attentive. But the food stole the show and was very much as advertised. It's also worth mentioning, that the price is pretty reasonable for that type of restaurant. 2 drinks, an app, 2 dinners and 2 desserts came to a total of $91 with tax, which in my humble opinion is not too bad at all...especially considering downtown you'd pay closer to $150. I'd recommend it to anyone and will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    happycustomer
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We love this restaurant. It has always been a great dining experience, whether you share appetizers and drinks, or have a full dining outing. I proposed to my wife here but also feel like we can pop in on a Wednesday. Two thumbs up.....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Deb2157
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were there for my birthday celebration. We were treated just like we were the only customers in the restaurant.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 384 reviews are from the Torches reviews archive.
  • Best food with surprises each visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This is a great restaurant with great food and surprises from the chef each visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JoJoB
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was delicious and interesting. The gnocchi were melt-in-your-mouth. Great place for foodies. My only complaint would be it's an abundance of riches- a lot of food for the cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!!!
    Foodielady
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We are not from the area and went on open table and found this gem!!!! Omg!! The food was absolutely amazing!! Husband and I got drinks, appetizer, main entrees and dessert all under $100. Def come back if we come back up this way!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated and Comfortable
    nytoca
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Torches was amazing. I went with a party of six and everything we tried (both food and wine) were delicious. Our waitress was friendly and attentive; she offered some excellent recommendations as well. They have an ipad that allows you to see some of the meals/appetizers before you order. Unfortunately, rather than making it easier to decide, it just made you want half the stuff on the menu. The atmosphere was both sophisticated and comfortable. I would definitely return next time I am in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Excellent food, as always. The menu seemed smaller to me. Could just be that I have not been there in over a year. I think the iPad is actually kind of fun. Especially for a place with such an eclectic menu.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TORCHES
    SATISFIEDPATRON
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The staff and ambience was great! The food was awesome! We plan to frequent torches in the future.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, friendly people
    joanart11
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Comfort food with hip twists! Creative cookery at its best. I'll eat anything this man puts in front of me. The staff is knowledgeable, attentive and friendly but not intrusive. If you haven't been here, you're missing a real treat.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Excellent food always and an attentive knowledgeable staff. Excellent wine list and plenty of options for everyone. Aust try or go again !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience!
    foodrus
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was the first time at Torches. The menu was very unique; dishes very creative. The service was impeccable. The presentation of the meals were beautiful...the food itself...memorable! Will definitely go back as often as possible.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Restaurant Weekexperience
    BuffaloGal
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had never been to Torches before but will definitely be back. All the food was of top quality - beginning with bread with a parsley dipping sauce and seasalt butter, then beer cheese soup with a Reuben crouton (so cute!) and a delicious baby spinach salad. Main dishes were chicken cutlets with arugula and beef tenderloin with gorgonzola smashed potatoes. Dessert were fabulous - homemade coffee gelato with bittersweet chocolate and candied pecans and a trifle soaked in bourbon. Service was prompt and excellent. A great bargain for $20.14 but I would be happy to pay full fare.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great dinner
    BuffaloDiner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We came during restaurant week, on a Friday night. They were very busy but the service was still great and the food was excellent. The only down side was that we were seated at an overflow type table that was set up behind the bar so we were about 5 feet from the front door and didn't really get to experience the full ambience of the restaurant. They did extend a 'thank you' for the seating arrangement by sending complimentary chocolate wine out with our dessert, which was definitely appreciated. Overall, was very happy with our dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was our choice for restaurant week in Buffalo. The menu was an amazing value,and the food was outstanding. It was a wonderful night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Andais
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We tried Torches for restaurant week. The food was amazing. Everything was prepared perfectly and the restaurant week choices were fabulous. The staff was attentive and friendly. The dining room is pretty small so the tables are pretty close together, but that didn't affect our dining experience much. The silverware was kind of odd, a little hard to hold because of the shape, but no reason to miss out on the food here.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate night
    luvTorches2
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Took boyfriend for Restaurant Week. The pros: The food is outstanding. Not one complaint from the salad, gumbo, to the main entree, to the desserts. The bread that came with dinner was unique. Although we sat for quite a while (over 15 minutes) before a server greeted us - our service was good from that point on. The cons: Table next to us was WAY too loud. Couldn't hear my boyfriend talk. Drink was too sweet - waitress took it away without even asking if I didn't like it (since there was one sip taken out). No asking if I'd like a different drink or more water. Boo. Also, she brought us the check before we were even done with the dessert. Felt rushed out for 'restaurant week'.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining experience ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The wait staff was very kind and thoughtfull, my family and I had such a great time sitting around a table with fire shooting out of it!! We had a glass of wine, some great ambiance and the cam the food! The favors were exquisite! I have never had such an incredible dining experience, I can't wait to go back. My family and I highly recommend torches to anyone looking for a great evening and great food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent
    Pistachio
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The service was a bit slow, but it was Restaurant Week, and they were very busy on a Monday night. So, understandable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First experience
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We would definitely recommend Torches. We had a great experience. The food was awesome!!! Would come here over Tempo anyday!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    If that was my first experience I would not return, however it was not my first time But it was disappointing, server was slow and not attentive.
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    romantic
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  • Fell short
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    After reading reviews and looking at the menu I was pretty excited to have dinner at torches, however my expectations fell well short of the experience. The atmosphere was nice, well lit, nice decor, but they can't really control the company at the tables around you. Very over priced food, extremely over priced actually. The seafood in the lobster pappardelle taste like it had been frozen for some time and the cowboy steak was another let down. For the price I certainly expected more. Waitress might have been new, but she couldn't remember any of the order, which don't get me wrong I am impressed when they do but with the image torches is trying to achieve I expected more professional staff. Needless to say I won't be going back.
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  • Definitely would return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Presentation of food is wonderful. Great foods with a twist. You feel like family when you go. Love the iPad menu. They are also fantastic for catering.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    maryme
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Torches offered a quiet intimate setting. Loved the salads and bread and amuse bouche but the filet mignon was overwhelmed by the demi glaze and the pasta with lobster was overwhelmed by the sundried tomatoes. Overall, excellent meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Contender for best in Buffalo
    Yeti
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Inventive menu combined with a tremendous wine list and terrific ambiance. The equal of Hutch's, in my opinion.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Saana
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was very excited to dine at Torches after so many years. For valentine's day, they had rose petals from the entrance to where the host was waiting near the bar (they also placed some petals on each table)which was a nice touch. The ambiance was good and the bread with their house dip was amazing. However the appetizers and entrées were average. My lamb was not as tender as I had expected nor was was my husband's steak. It is very unfortunate because I remember a Torches with flavourful and well prepared dishes. Don't think we will be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate