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About 31 Club

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.

31 North Johnson Park
Buffalo, NY 14201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Late Night Menu
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–11:00 am

Cross Street:
Elmwood

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 332-3131

Website:
http://www.the31club.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. See the Events section of our website for more information.

Catering:
Off-site catering available

Parking Details:
Parking is ample at the 31 Club. We also offer FREE parking and shuttle service to and from Shea's, Kleinhan's, and First Niagara Center when you join us for dinner before your show/event.

Public Transit:
South Elmwood Ave and S. Johnson Park bus stop. Delaware Avenue and N. Johnson Park bus stop.

Executive Chef:
Chef Sam Reda

Private Party Facilities:
Our banquet facilities are well suited for a variety of events to meet the needs of both our private and corporate clients. We can easily accommodate parties of up to 100 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Will Martinez: (716) 332-3131

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 8:00PM - 10:00PM

31 Club Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (45)
Romantic (42)
Special Occasion (40)
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Good for Anniversaries (39)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
Cozy (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Bar Seating (19)
Worth the Drive (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Business Meals (14)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Live Music (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Live entertainment is outstanding. Dolly Dee is a local gem and brings in customers... And keeps them there dancing, drinking, (responsibly), and having fun. The bar crowd continues to grow even after the dinner hour. It hearkens back to the elegance of a fine dinner club.

Service is a problem though. It doesn't match the vibe or the price you'll pay for fine dining. Hostesses and bartenders, and bar help, don't understand the basics of fine dining (or even greasy spoon diner) hospitality and are a rough spot in the otherwise friendly Buffalo scene. It's pervasive. I literally felt uninvited to spend my $150+ on a not-so-inexpensive dinner and drinks. Only our waiter saved the day, once he got there 20 minutes later. Fix the service or the customers won't return.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first time there. Unforgettable. Will be going again...

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server was great. The hostess was very poor. She didn’t know if our table was ready, and then took time on her iPad to do something before seating is.

Wine selection is very good.

Meals were ok.

Not worth the $200 it cost us for our meal

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious and the service excellent!Looking forward to going back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Hadn’t been to the restaurant in a few years. Went with another couple on 2/17/18. Great bar area but dining was a disappointment. My sea bass was over cooked and served with carrots which did not go well. Others ordered filet with bearnaise sauce which was very sour and ruined the $45 steak.

Also the music was terrible. 70’s easy listening all night. Dying flowers on the table. And finally we got a solid waft of cigarette smoke and cold air as smokers came in and out side door. Ugh. Will not be back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

The experience was not what I had expected for a special Valentine’s Day date night. First off, being that this is a high-end restaurant, I would’ve expected my reservation time to be adhered to. We had 8pm reservations, and were not sat until 8:30pm. We were told the table wasn’t clean yet... I work in a restaurant. It doesn’t take 30 minutes to clean a table. Secondly, I asked what the vegetarian options were for the Valentine’s Day menu. I was told they were the beet gnocchi and the Caesar salad. Sounds good, I thought myself. I then look at the menu, and realize there’s “Parma ham” in the beet gnocchi. When my server came over, I questioned why he told me this was vegetarian and there’s ham in it? He had nothing to say besides that’s what the chef told him. Okay, hold the ham, maybe the rest of the night will go okay. My boyfriend and I both ordered Caesar salads. As small of a detail this is, it mattered. His salad was brought with cheese and mine was not. After realizing this, I asked where the cheese was on mine, the server told me they were out. Again, small detail, and I wouldn’t have been mad... but he didn’t even warn me about the cheese? He just brought the salad assuming what? That I wouldn’t notice my salad is missing a main ingredient? Ridiculous. Overall, the experience was not worth the money, and I will not be returning.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine's day dinner reservation for 6:45 pm. Waited in the bar approximately 25 minutes for the table we wanted next to the fireplace. Excellent cocktails at the bar. Excellent table service and food. The filet and porkchop were prepared and served in a very traditional style, and were cooked exactly how we ordered them. Sides and desserts were also really good. Strolling violonist added to the ambience. Overall a very enjoyable Valentine's experience, as we have had here in the past. Have been here several times. Never disappointed. The hostess could have used an assistant, she was seating patrons, checking coats, etc, and it took a few minutes to retrieve our coats. A very minor quibble that did not mar our excellent experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Our server Lyndsay was very attentive. She did a great job.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

This was our first visit to 31 Club. We went for Valentines Day (but on 2/13, since 2/14 was Ash Wednesday this year). We truly enjoyed the ambience, and there were several quiet, cozy rooms with tables, and several huge booths, to sit in for a romantic evening. The Cajun Spring Rolls we had for an appetizer were incredible, even for those like us, who do not do well with spicy foods - these had just the right amount of "kick" without leaving a "heated" aftertaste. The prix fixe 3-course meal was a nice option, with a special dessert that the new chef came up with -- a chocolate mousse with shaved chocolate folded in for a slight "crunchy" texture (AWESOME FLAVOR! And yet, a VERY LIGHT dessert!). I had the pork loin chop, which was probably the most tender, flavorful pork I had ever enjoyed at a restaurant. My wife also loved the chicken milanese she ordered. We had a friendly, patient waitress who fielded all our many questions about the menu and gave us several spot-on recommendations for us first-timers. Well worth the price. Be ready, however, for about a 2-hour meal (but well worth the wait!) We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went there after a Shea’s matinee on Sunday. Had a 530 reservation. Got there @ 520 & was asked to go to the bar where there was no bartender. Several minutes later a bartender/server arrived and took the order of the couple next to us. The gentleman ordered a Sidecar to which the bartender/server responded “I’m sorry. I don’t know how to make that and I don’t have time to look it up”. The gentleman then ordered another drink which the bar did not have. Third try he got his drink. At 540 we asked if our table was ready & was advised it would be a moment. Meanwhile, a family of 5 that had been waiting at the bar before we’d arrived was also getting antsy & went to ask when they would be sat. We finally got a table & had to wait again for the server. Side note: There was a relatively busy restaurant being handled by 1 host, 1 bartender/server, and 1 server. When the server arrived he stated that the specials card in the menu was wrong & that only 1 entree was featured. Additional side note: Brian, our server, who was singlehandedly handling many/all of the tables, was fantastic & absolutely did his best. If not for his level of service, we’d have walked out. The food was bland & mediocre (veal saltimbocca was over cooked and the chicken Milanese was a fried chicken breast with arugula & capers sprinkled over top). Thankfully we had a Groupon which lessened the pain considerably. Had we had to pay full price we would’ve requested the manager, however none appeared to be on staff so who knows what would’ve happened. Will not be visiting this restaurant again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a wonderful meal. Second time dining at 31 Club. Very pleased again. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was great. Not sure if the server was new but he left out a few things and didn’t give me the correct vegetables.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dining room was quite cold. Food was good and service good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were attending a Sheas show and our server made sure we were out on time. Food was delicious but at times, the noise level was too loud. Would definately go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our first time here and we loved it! Will say I was a bit disappointed in how small the gnocchi portion was (very large plate, very small portion) but other than that we 100% loved this place. Ambiance, service, and food were all wonderful!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Four of us went for my friend's birthday. The waiter was very friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 9, 2018

One of the best dinners we have had in while. Carefuly prepared. High quality fresh seafood. We dine out every Friday and Saturday. We have tried most high restaurants in Buffalo. Tempo, Oliver’s, Patina 250........ if you know anything about good food, 31 Club is the place to go!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We are always very happy with our dining experiences at The 31 Club!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

always enjoy the 31 Club. Food is aways good and the ambiance is wonderful. I particularly enjoy the free shuttle that is offered for events at Shea's, BPO and the arena - -especially in the winter!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

My experience at the 31 club was amazing. My server Brandon was attentive without hovering over my table. The food was absolutely delicious and the drinks were excellent. An awesome restaurant that I will be going to again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, atmosphere was great! Server was great. Enjoyed a very special evening and will be back for sure.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always, the 31 Club is the best place to celebrate our anniversay. The food, ambiance and service is always perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We always have a great time here and the food is delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Brandon was a great waiter; food and wine were excellent.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Dined here for the first time for a Friday night date night. The food was DIVINE! We love the ambiance and atmosphere. Service was very good. The live music was a treat. I think we’ve found a favorite spot for special evenings! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Mashed potatoes were cold. My risotta was sticky and lobster in it was fishy. Server was fantastic. Lobster bisque was good only few pieces of lobster in it which was ok since it was fishy

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Charming, well run restaurant. Delicious food. Appetizers were fantastic. Presentation was excellent. Bar tender was attentive. Wait staff made great recommendations that exceeded our expectations.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great experience, good food, good service, very friendly and attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Brunch was delish

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Dinner was great however I am a vegetarian and some of the pasta entrees did not disclose there was meat in the dish other than that it was great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My and my wife's experience at 31 Club was great! The lighting was great, the service was awesome, the music was at just the right volume, and the food was incredible. No one recommended the restaurant to me, I just ran across it on Google and took a chance. And the risk paid off. My wife loved it and we can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Husband and I took my parents out to dinner and we wanted to try a new place. We decided on the 31 club. Our main courses we're good, but the calamari and stuffed peppers appetizers were just ok. We went on a Thursday evening and by 7:00, it was dead. We eat out often, and compared to other similar restaurants downtown, 31 club was quite expensive. I don't think we would return again for dinner, since there are so many other great restaurants in the area that are much more reasonably priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food my fiance loved the chicken masala very quiet more expensive but really good

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This was a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday! The food is outstanding and the ambiance makes a special occasion truly special.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We ended up sitting at the bar to eat because we arrived earlier than our reservation and even though our high top table was ready, we were told that we wouldn't be able to get service until our reservation time. The bartender, Mike, was very nice. We ordered 4 appetizers and they were all delicious! We had a gift card and unfortunately couldn't use it for the tip, which seemed odd to me.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Brought my mom to celebrate her 82nd birthday. Lovely, classy ambiance. Started with drink in bar and they did not rush us to seating. Initial glitch with food - had special chef from Tuscany that night and regular menu was not available. But this was not on website and we had not been informed. Special menu, while certainly appealing to many, was not for us. Fortunately, we were accommodated and ordered from the regular menu. Absolutely wonderful. Onion soup, banana peppers, salmon. All hot and fresh. Crusty bread with olive oil was excellent as well. Lovely place. Great service and exceptional food. Definitely will dine there again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Enjoyed the bar before dinner and the food at dinner. Great service and comfortable surroundings. Our only negative was we sat by a window on a very cold night and it was a bit chilly there. It was busy so we couldn’t move to another table. No blame on the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

31 club is always a great selection, great food and for brunch an upscale experience at very reasonable prices. Good Bloody Marys !

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

If you are looking for solid quality food at a nice price point in a very nice, quiet supper club atmosphere, then the 31 Club would be an excellent choice. A good selection of well-prepared food, nice wine list and efficient, friendly staff makes the dining experience a real job. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wonderful experience. Brandon was great. Very attentive and accommodating. Loved the shuttle service to Sheas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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