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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:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Late Night Menu
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 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 Bruce Miller

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

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4
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Good for a Date (37)
Romantic (34)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Cozy (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Happy Hour (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Live Music (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was very good, service was just ok (not enough help in our section, but i believe there was a large party elsewhere in the restaurant), hostess was great, bartenders not very attentive. Have been there 4 - 5 times in the past that were very enjoyable. Not so much this time and probably wont return.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Been there twice before, and my expectation was set, but certainly not met this visit. Service was far from the class act of prior visits. Beverage service at table was slow. Time between courses was very long and unacceptable. It made for a very disjointed experience. Food presentation was lack luster. Looked slapped on a plate. My steak was lukewarm, dry, and tough and the accompanying shrimp like rubber. I expected so much more from this restaurant.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

What an excellent meal we had! Lobster bisque was amazing! Saltimbocca was the best I ever had. Tender cheesy and the sauce was so flavorful. We even saved room for dessert and was impressed with that course too. Many choices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband and I recently had a wonderful dinner at 31Club. It was a very cozy and romantic feel to the back dining area. Our server answered questions regarding the menu. We were pleasantly satisfied with our choices. I loved the Faroe salmon dish. Unfortunately we were seated next to a 4 top whose conversation was too loud and we could hear everything they had to say. Otherwise we had a great meal and we will be coming back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I was surprised. A year ago I had a bad experience but that clearly was not the case now. Food was excellent! The server Brian a good sport providing excellent service. Very satisfied they are off the naughty list

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Terrific experience in every way. Our waiter, Jeff was great, so was the food, decor, the entire experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic place, service was outstanding. Brian made sure we were well taken care of and provided courteous service. Saturday night they had a live band in the bar area, the booths are really comfortable. The food was good, the wine was even better.

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I had the Filet Mignon and it was very good, while my date had the special prime rib, also was very good. Loved the desert of strawberries, ice cream and dark rum. I overheard the other tables nearby also really enjoyed their food, although I don't know what they ordered. My only negative aspect were the cost of the cocktails: $10.25 for a SoCo Manhattan and it was not made correctly and we had to send it back with instructions.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to 31 Club for Thanksgiving dinner and it was excellent. Great food, service, and ambiance. The Holiday menu was well thought out and offered adequate choices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving. Food was delicious, wonderful seasonal selection with Thanksgiving cocktails and dessert. The courses were fresh and plated perfectly even with it being a preset menu. Beautiful restaurant and cozy, upscale atmosphere. Unfortunately our server was less than attentive and we waited exceptionally long for drink refills and between courses. The price was worth the food and atmosphere but I expect better service from such an upscale restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our waiter was great , food was delish .
Really enjoyed ourselves .
I love it’s quiet , romantic atmosphere , you can hear each other talk .
And people behave with class here . :)
Awesome evening
Thank you

Tags: Fun, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

As always an absolute pleasure! The chef even prepared a special omelette to order. Service impeccable and drinks fantastic. A wonderful celebratory brunch. I'll always be back.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love the 31 Club! The veal scallopini was scrumptious. My partner had the salmon which we had to send back because It was not quite cooked but when it did come back it was perfect. It was a little disappointing to have to send it back. The clams casino are some of the best in Buffalo the bread was great and so was the salad. As usual. One problem of the 31 club in the winter is there is a back door and sometimes if the band is coming in or someone is using it there's a little draft. They need to keep that Curtin shut or turn up the heat temporarily. We had the gelato with espresso and poured it over to make our own affigado . It was excellent. Then we went out to the bar and dance to Speeder Parker and Dolly ...really really fun! Love it when you can have a little dinner and dance and dessert and dance ...it's like an old time supper club!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good food and ambiance. Took my girlfriend for her bday. Pricey but if you want quality and service you are at the right place. One of my favs in buffalo for sure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I've had two great meals at 31 Club in the past three weeks. Unfortunately, our last outing wasn't so good. I'm hoping it was just an off night because the place is usually really nice with good food and great service. This time it took 15 minutes before the host showed up to seat us and only after I had to get the bartender to find him. He couldn't find our reservation, had the wrong number of people and didn't have the booth I'd requested. The waiters were just as confused. One said he was our waiter - then he left never to be seen again. Service was very slow. The food was subpar and cold. One guest returned her's because it was so cold. The waiter said it was supposed to be served room temperature. Veal? I don't think so. Even the salad was bad - brown lettuce and some off putting spice. I had wanted my friends to spread the word about how great this place is - especially in the winter - but it was a total disappointment for them. $300 for 4 people. They're not coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good food and service! We always enjoy 31 Club

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Restaurant is very nice with an incredible bar and impressive seating. We needed to return our meals due to temperature issues with both. Management quickly addressed the issue and we had an outstanding meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had very slow service: waited for our table, despite reservations. They suggested we wait at the bar. We ordered two drinks at the bar and 15 minutes later we still didn’t have them. When our table finally was ready it was located in a high traffic area with a cold draft from a side door that was open from time to time. Overall we were very disappointed with the experience ( despite the good food)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dinner before a show. Only drawback was we felt the waiter could have timed things better as we sat down at 6 and told him we needed to be done at 730 to catch the shuttle they provided. The food was excellent. The waiter and staff provided good service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Prices were too high for mediocre food and service .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food, extensive variety, quiet competent service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was great and the food was great as well

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

6:45 reservation and we didn't leave until 9:15. We were told the kitchen was backed up and offered dessert. It was not busy. We ordered an appetizer and an entree each. The table next to us arrived at 6:30 and didn't receive their entrees until 8:30. They were quite unhappy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was a much needed date night with my husband before a concert. We were immediately seated and Cindy our waitress took very good care of us. Our meal and appetizers were excellent and the price wonderful for fine dining. One of my favorite restaurants hands down.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food and service was excellent - will be back soon

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a really great and delicious dinner, but if you book through Open Table and want the shuttle to Shea's, be sure to call there ahead because they did not have the shuttle running-they needed a minimum of 6 to run it. They did however call in the driver because another group also booked through Open Table and assumed the shuttle was running. The food was delicious and the wine list was very good! Will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was amazing. One of the best meals of my life. On top of the great food there was a free shuttle service to Shea's for the play that night. This a hidden gem.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was our first time here. The good was INCREDIBLE! We were very pleasantly surprised. We were there before a Shea’s show and the shuttle even squeezed us on last minute. The only thing , which TO ME is a big thing, is that people, and a lot of employees, go out a door right near the main dining room to smoke. The WHOLE dining area wreaks of cigarettes! It’s gross! All the tables around us kept commenting on it. That door kept opening and closing and filling the eating area with cigarette smell. They need a solution.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I thought our food was good but nothing exceptional. I've dinned there several times over the years but felt this experience was average.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Sea bass was great....
Cosmos
Service
Would return

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We came from Niagara, Ontario to enjoy the meal at Club 31 and we have a wonderful meal and evening. We loved the music of Motown and enjoyed the dancing. We felt very welcomed from the moment we arrived and we would highly recommend this spot!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Sadly disappointed
We arrived at 545
Said we wanted to take the shuttle to Shea's for 730 show
Waitress put our order right in
We were served our salads
By 7:00 we still did not have our dinners.. told them we wanted them wrapped because there wasn't enough time to eat

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

After wanting to go here for more than a year, we finally made it, out celebrating with friends. The food was excellent, the service impeccable! Perfectly cooked filet, prime rib that was half a plate in size, and an alfredo sauce that didn't look like soup -perfectly clingy to the linguini noodles! One of our friends asked for a chocolate martini and though it was not on the drink menu the bartender happily made it for her - so well, in fact, she had a second one! In all honesty, the restaurant is a bit pricey - but if you're looking for a special place to celebrate with friends, romantic evening out, or even to bring a business client for that hard-to-forget meal, the 31 Club is it! Small parking lot in the back of the building helps, too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My husband and I went with our 2 friends for a 7 o clock reservation. We were seated around 715 which was perfectly fine. We were having a great time so when it took a little longer for food at first it was okay but when our salads didn't come out until about 8 o clock we were getting quite hungry. The restaurant was busy but not packed and it was restaurant week which is why we decided to try something new. The salad was quite good and The server brought out a few servings of bread as he knew the food was taking awhile. I've been in the industry for over 12 years and have managed a restaurant for about most of them so we are understanding of things taking longer and kitchens being overwhelmed but at about 8:45 we were extremely hungry. The manager came over and said our food was being plated however our friends had to leave for a rec hockey league so we said ok well eat it quick and go but 3 of the entrees came out and it was another at least 5 minutes before mine came out. The food was okay and I told the server it's not his fault as it wasn't but it just was quite an underwhelming experience especially watching a couple be sat after and finish their meals before ours even came out, and it just won't be a place we go back to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It was restaurant week so the place was very busy. We had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation before being seated and than waited for service for 15 minutes before I questioned the host as to when we might get waited on. After my request the waiter showed up and took our orders. The food was terrific once we got it but slow coming out of the kitchen.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food and ambiance excellent definitely will go back

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We were here for restaurant week. Exceptional value. Choices were great, as was service, and, of course the meals. I will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great entertainment too

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Awesome food and sevice

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