31 Club

4.2
970 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seated at the corner of South Elmwood and North Johnson Park, the 31 Club is one of Buffalo's finest restaurants located right in the downtown area. From the swanky bar, to the spacious dining and private banquet rooms, a classic name made famous in the 1940s returns to its original, rightful home with a fresh, fashionable face. With a historic background that pre-dates the 1900's 31 Club was the first mayor of Buffalo's home, Ebenezer Johnson served as mayor from May 1832 - March 1833 and then again from 1834 - 1835. His home was known as Johnson Cottage and was a well known place for socializing. Today 31 Club carries on the tradition as a hot spot for who's who in the city and is one of the best places to eat, drink and be seen.
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Went for brunch. Not a very inventive menu and they were out of three or four items. Service was a bit slow. Food was mostly bland. At least it wasn’t overly expensive. Including alcohol and tip it worked out to about $28/person.

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Portugal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food, atmosphere and service were typical Sunday Brunch affair. BOGO Bloody Marys worst in town, the fist had at least an inch of pepper settled at the bottom, the second tasted like celery salt.

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It's a beautiful restaurant. Most of the staff goes out of their way to be pleasant and helpful. Our apps and salads were good but our entrees not so much.

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RD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely perfect.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

only saw our waiter 3 times bus boy did most of the work my friend had a meal that was not up too standards for this place I had veal marcela was chewey not a good experience

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was extremely nice. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The owner or head cook was yelling at his staff the entire time and it could be heard throughout the restaurant. I DO NOT recommend this establishment. What’s a way to ruin Valentine’s Day.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated Valentines at 31 Club and enjoyed it very much! The quality of the food was very good.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service a little slow but the best meal I have ever had in buffalo and I’ve been to every restaurant!

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PM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for a romantic night. Great food and great service. Quiet and romantic ask to sit by the fireplace.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious and decently priced. I will definitely be back.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just celebrated my 60th Birthday with a few friends and what a great time I had! The Food was great and the Service was as well! The crowd and the entertainment was just awesome!! Dolly and Denzel made the night even more special! Highly recommended for a special occasion or just a fun night out.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was wonderful! Great food - very happy with the experience!

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the restaurant and the food; service was good too. The only issue we had was our table was near the bar and right by a main walkway. We felt like the entire restaurant had walked by at one time or another.
Should we go back I will definitely request a table in the back.

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DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, the staff was awesome and the entertainment later was also great!!!

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KW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The menu seems to be more limited than I remembered. It would’ve been nice to have some specials for the night. But it Was excellent

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Enjoyed the ambience and the service was putstanding.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobster Bisque, Veal Marsala excellent.

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L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall wonderful experience. Our waitress was great. Very nice. I had a Cesar salad and meatballs. Both were wonderful. The Lodi Pinot noir was the perfect compliment. We took the complimentary shuttle they offer to sheas. It was perfect. I’ll definitely be coming back soon.

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SR
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere are very good, the service was excellent

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GO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place. Having the shuttle service is super convenient. Only complaint is they use WAY too much garlic, even asking to go very light on the garlic. Won't stop me from going back. Next time I'll know to say no garlic. BTW, everyone at our table agreed as did the party at the next table that overheard our conversation. Good Italian food has a hint of garlic. That's it. A hint.

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DM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. I like the way the Motown oldies gave it an urban and nostalgic feel. We felt that the price was substantially higher than for equal quality at one of our usual suburban restaurants. But ignoring the price it was a totally excellent experience for us, before a show at the New Phoenix Theatre.

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant visit for dinner. Excellent 31 CLUB Limo transportation to Shea's. Well appreciated Professional & friendly driver. Thanks,

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l
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation early in the week for a standard table at 7:30 ... we waited almost thirty minutes and then were told we had to sit at a high table in the bar area or wait at least another 20 minutes. Service was was extremely slow... it took a long time to even get our water let alone wine. Salads were served before appetizers... appetizers served before we had silverware ... dinners and appetizers were liukwwarm at best. We have been here before and had a nice meal. This time we were very disappointed!!

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HG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good but over priced. The service was a bit slow and although every other table received bread, we didn’t.

I had the ribeye, which was delicious; however the potatoes that came with it, were awful. So bad in fact, that it seemed like they had gone bad or something.

Although the rest of the meal was good, this review is mostly negative because one would expect a lot better for the price.

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BN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was overpriced, we were seated right at a tiny table in the middle of a room with like five parties of 6 surrounding us. We were basically ignored the whole time, then someone knocked over my water with her purse. I waited for a bit for a refill and a new glass, yet we were still being ignored. Definitely wouldn’t recommend, overpriced and uncomfortable. Oh and the shrimp scampi wasn’t satisfying at all, I could make a better shrimp scampi at home. 8x the amount for 1/2 the price it was there.

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WN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our dinner was delicious and service was very good at first. We had informed our waiter that we had a theatre deadline and 90 minutes to eat. Our main course came promptly leading us to think that our dinner time restraints would be fine. Then the waiter forgot us, leaving finished empty plates on the table for 20 minutes. When we finally caught his attention, we no longer had time for dessert or coffee. Anxiety about poor service ruined an otherworldly lovely experience.

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SO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This is now my 5th or 6th time dining at the 31 Club. Usually it is a great experience. However this last time wasn’t a pleasure at all. We had a reservation for 7:45. We spoke to a girl about our table and she said sure just a moment as she walked away. We waited in the front lobby for 15 min before confronting the same girl who then asked who we were again? She then seated people who came in after us without a reservation and then came to seat us in a room with at least 4 empty tables. What was the wait? Regardless, we sat and ordered some wine. 20 min later they came over with bread and still no wine. We asked the waiter and he said remind me again what you wanted. Food was terrible. We had the veal Marsala and the scallop special. Both terrible. Bread was good. It’s a shame but I don’t think we will be going back again.

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JI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Reservation was made specifically requesting preferred seating, in a booth or table with a veiw since this was a special occasion. 1st table offered was in the pass thru between bar area and back dining room which was unacceptable. 2nd table offered was banket seating in back dining room. Kitchen glass wall was behind our seating and was very noisy. 4 people seated next to us didn't allow for an intimate dinner experience. Food was heavly salted, lamb lollipops were disapointing. Shawn our server didn't offer coffee or dessert at end of our meal, just brought our check. When leaving hostess couldn't find our coats because they had fallen on the floor when someone was taking equipment out of the coat room. This was to be a special occasion anniversary dinner and the evening was incredibly disapointing. I will not recommend Club 31 to anyone. There are so many fine dining restaurants to choose from in Buffalo NY, will not go back to Club 31.

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JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was lovely. Noise level was average. The drinks were outstanding. The appetizer (egg roles) were served barely warm, but my french onion soup was wonderful were my Gnocchi. The canoli's were outstanding. Tiramisu was okay (needed more cake and less marscarpone).

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food presentation, quality & quantity was very good. The room behind the bar was very noisy where we had to repeat & raise our voice towards the other side of the table. Probably just because of just a FEW dining having some fun. No big deal. Overall, we will be back soon and recommend to others. GOOD JOB!

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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate prior to going to the theatre. Used their complimentary shuttle service. Great evening all around.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner and shuttle service to Shea’s... perfect!

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KM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all the employees were great. Friendly, energetic and well versed in what they do. The ambiance was great and the seating was well though out and very comfortable. The food exceeded our expectations and I would highly recommend the short ribs!

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was VERY slow, especially for a Sunday evening. Our lovely server did her best considering she seemed to be handling the hostess station, coat check, tables in other rooms and us! It didn’t seem that busy, but they were clearly understaffed. Food was delicious (scallops, veal piccata, pasta and wonderful salads) and we enjoyed the cozy Wine & Dine Room.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good. Our eggs and home fries were a little over done but other than that our family loved it and had a wonderful time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food,good service,a little pricey, great ambiance.
Would return a good evening in Buffalo.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Usually the food is very good but this night we opted for the ricotta gnocchis. Usually these are fluffy pillows, whether in cream or tomato sauce and much better than the standard potato gnocchi found at most restaurants. Not so much with these. In fact they were inedible. They were dense, with no flavor except that imparted by the tinny tasting madeira sauce. There was no way the sauce here or that of the veal Marsala, another disappointment that night, was homemade. If it was, someone needs a cooking lesson. Our server was gracious enough to take the dish off our bill when it was returned uneaten so all was not lost.
This will not deter us from returning as the service and atmosphere is always enjoyable. We will simply stick with dishes that we have enjoyed in the past like the lobster ravioli or cioppino.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! Beautiful restaurant, great service and food. We will return whenever possible. Atmosphere is sophisticated yet comfortable. It is a pleasure to be able to dress well and have a special time. Thank you very much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went here for a Sunday brunch, and it was perfect! The atmosphere was modern and cool, food and drinks were great, and service was wonderful!

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