31 Club

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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. 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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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We chose this restaurant because it was noted in our local entertainment paper, that it was featuring live music that evening. We asked the hostess who sat us, where would the music be playing. She said there was no music that evening. I informed her that it was advertised. She said the music was scheduled for 2 weeks later. Also, mentioned this to our waitress who did acknowledge she heard it was advertised, but did not know what happened. At the end of our meal, I again stated my disappointment that we purposely chose this restaurant for the music. She checked with the owner, who stated he was meeting with the entertainers on Monday and I could call Monday to check the schedule. The food was nothing exceptional. My dish was lobster fettuccine with Chile’s, spinach, and marinara. The spinach was not there. My husband had veal Frances’s. It was oily and the egg batter fell off.

K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice meal. Service was great. Not crowded so very comfortable for conversation

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite venues in Buffalo. Ambience and service are excellent, as were their drink and wine selections. One of my favorite bars, especially pre-theatre. However, the food needs improvement. The chopped salad was excellent, and a single order was more than adequate for the two of us to share.

My companion ordered the King Crab legs, and while of excellent quality, they were cold, and the piece I tasted felt and tasted recently thawed. I ordered the Cioppino, which was hot and very good. However it was lacking both the broth in which it is traditionally served, as well as the baguette, or other toast/bread normally served as an accompaniment.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time here, server was on point with everything food was delicious as always, friendly wait staff.

SC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Steak was perfectly prepared and delicious. Staff was pleasant and accommodating. Very efficient. Will be back again soon.

TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience and service, accommodating and willing to go the extra mile

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Been many times...the food is generally excellent, but the quality of the wait staff is not always consistent. If you have a show downtown, use the shuttle service!

CG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Love the patio ,great service.1/2 price appetizers 4_7 try the banana peppers they were great

NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservation for brunch and it was wonderful. It was our 51 anniversary and the waitress was very good!!!

TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Drinks were amazing. Food was delicious. Extremely
Pleasant experience. So much more than expected.

p
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Enjoyed a beautiful evening outside.

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way...such a Buffalo Gem!
Would recommend for a
Great night out

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was one of our favorites , We went before a Shea's shows and there was only one or two other customer's and the server was very slow. they advertised a shuttle to Shea's ( did not have it ) the calamari on the menu they did not have , NO daft beer at all ? I ordered pasta Bolognese which was not very good heavy with the lamb and over cooked pasta , I was asked if I wanted graded cheese and the server forgot ? plus we ended paying our bill at the bar because the server must of forgot about us . I will not return to many good places with a better value downtown , what a shame !

BA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been here many times for dinner but never brunch. The surroundings are very nice and the noise level wasn't bad for the hour. Food choices were nice and prices comparable for the area. The cuisine was tasty, and 2 for 1 Bellinis were a nice touch. Would recommend.

GL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I was so disappointed in 31 Club. On a Saturday night at 7:30 we were one of only 3 tables in the place. We were greeted promptly and seated on the patio as requested. The beautifully appointed bar had one person seated at it with a bartender. Our drinks took too long. When I ordered a Shrimp Cocktail and a salad for before my entree, the waitress announced that she would be serving those items at the same time. Why? An appetizer comes first. There was certainly no need to hurry us to get a turn-over on the table. The shrimp was freshly thawed and saturated with water. When we received our entrees, the waitress asked if we would like another round of drinks and we said yes. When we were nearly finished with our dinner I went to see where our drinks were. The bar was now empty and the bartender gone, but our drinks were sitting there ready. Just then the waitress walked in to the bar and asked if I was looking for the men's room and I told her no, I was looking for our drinks. She said, "oh they are right here , I'm sorry". Food was mediocre, service poor, I really don't expect this place to be around long. With all of the wonderful restaurants in Buffalo, I won't return to 31 Club.

P
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. A couple of minor complaints - the Caprese salad was very generous, except for the basil - it needed more basil. And the Facebook page showed extra Fixed Prix entrees, that were not available.

GA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always our dining experience was superb. The food, the ambience, and the people make 31 Club one of the finest restaurants in Buffalo.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, except my wife and I didnt care so much for the background music. Just a personal thing. Others may like it.

PT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with great food & great service. We will return. Also a special Thank You to the manager who gave us a tour of the remodeled facility as our previous visit to this location was a long time ago.

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and everything was perfect. Our server Ashley was outstanding, very attentive, friendly and knew the menu well. The ambiance reminds you of those old fashionable dinner clubs of the 1960's with modern updates. The half-moon booths are cozy and comfortable. I had the cioppino which was chocked full of seafood. One of the best I've had. Husband had the salmon dish which was one of the daily specials and we shared the stuffed banana peppers. All were perfect. Don't forget to try the creme brûlée, it's silky and wonderful. I can't believe it's taken us this long to try 31 Club. We will be returning.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch on the patio was fantastic! Ronnie was our server and she was informative and helpful. Very attentive....and outstanding recall. The Bloody Mary’s and Bellinis were buy one, get one!! ....and delicious. My group ordered the French toast, the waffle and the lobster omelette. DELICIOUS!

SS
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was the first time I was ever disappointed in the 31 Club. We order the Veal Francaise and were told it came with vegetables. When it was served, there was asparagus (which was fine), but it also had a saffron risotto (which was awful). I would much rather have had mashed potatoes with it. The risotto tasted like soap.

I had indicated on the reservation it was my birthday, and they did absolutely nothing to note it. When we first arrived, a dessert (possibly a cupcake) with a candle on it was delivered to another table. I even mentioned "no candle?" to the waitress when my dessert arrived. She said she'd check on it, but that was the last we heard.

S
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I had a fantastic event at The 31 Club restaurant. We were celebrating her 50th birthday, and it could not have gone any better. The building is beautiful and the renovations are a great blend of contemporary and traditional. The food was delicious from appetizer through dessert. I have already recommended The 31 Club to friends and family with total confidence. Great experience.

M
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service, tasty meal and upscale atmosphere. Overall, a nice dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an early dinner date and the food was great! The seared scallop was incredible!

SC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and experience each and every time we go! Always a real treat and attentive staff!

DB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, but service was bit slow, so we ran out of time for dessert. If you go before heading to the theater, I'd say give yourself at least 1.5 hours, maybe 2 if you do appetizers and desserts.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful treat to come here and drink and eat. Very delicious and worth the price!

M
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I say I wouldn’t because of the slow service. Very. Slow. Service. Also, the chicken I ordered was very dry, and vegetables were almost not cooked. I found it to be mediocre at best. I don’t think we will be returning. I can see why they are using Groupon, an attempt to draw business. The place was almost empty.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We have bee to the 31 club many times and that’s why we kept coming back. Our experience was not as expected Our food was cold and overdone and no flavor. Was very disappointed as We raved to our senior guest of quality of food and did not deliver. We will not be returning to your restaurant as there are many more fine restaurants in the area. Truely disappointed

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was wonderful they made accommodations for us to combine another party’s reservation with us. And we took the shuttle to Kleinhans and worked out perfectly

B
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Shawn was our server he was great. The music was excellent. Good food, will be back.

CH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning place to enjoy and beautiful meal. The waiter was fantastic and made me enjoy the wonderful food even more. If you want to eat somewhere high class and quiet this is the place I recommend.

CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our way to Shea’s. The dinner was absolutely heavenly. My friend ordered a pork chop that was excellently prepared. She was afraid it would be dry but it was not.
I ordered the lobster raviolis — terrific!!
The server was excellent and I love the ambiance.
We will go again very soon.
(It is on the expensive side but well worth it!)

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fast and accurate service. Pleasant staff. Ample parking.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Lamb sliders were terrible.
French fries with lamb sliders were so hard I could not eat them.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. Our server was excellent. Overall everyone enjoyed their meals. One diner said his steak was slightly over cooked.
We stopped for drinks at the bar both before and after dinner. The bartender kept disappearing.

JC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent. We were able to have a round table for 7 people and it worked out fine. However the service was TERRIBLE. Our Waiter was very slow and inattentive at times. Fortunately another waiter stepped in on occasion and took care of us as best as she could. The man who was our waiter was late in bringing wine, bread and the main course. Never got dessert because dinner took 3 hours and we decided to leave. This was a special occasion, a birthday dinner for a friend. The lateness and inattention took away from the celebration. Not Happy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had only been here for drinks previously so we were looking forward to trying their food. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar while waiting for friends. When we went to get seated, the hostess was nowhere to be found for about 10 minutes. As soon as we were seated, we were given menus and water and told someone would be right with us. At that point we heard a very loud noise and profanity coming from the kitchen. We waited at the table for over 30 minutes, not one person even looked at us. The tables on either side weren’t faring much better but they did have waiters. The one table said it took 45 minutes to get their drinks. Apparently there was some staff issues but it only would’ve taken a drink order and some bread to keep us there. We wound up leaving and having a very nice dinner elsewhere.

IK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Let me start out by writing that we had a later reservation and called to ask ahead of time if we could come earlier. The restaurant was able to accommodate us and we did arrive at 630 rather than 745. However, we didn’t get our appetizers until almost 730 even though we ordered almost right away when we sat down because we were hungry. Even our wine tools about 30 minutes to arrive. The waitress was very nice but clearly overwhelmed. She explained they were a little short staffed and very busy. That was a busy weekend in Buffalo with graduation, etc. When the food finally arrived it wasn’t particularly good nor was it that warm. At this point we just shut our mouth and ate it. The waitress apologized for the long delay. A nice touch might have been to give us our second glass of wine on the house given how long everything took. The ambiance itself is pleasant but a little too loud in the bar area. We were sitting at high tops near the bar. I’m not sure that I will come back. Certainly the food is nothing to rave about. The lamb sliders were ok and the flatbread pretty good. But the chicken marinera was dry, the lobster linguine not good and the veal not worth ordering.

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