CRaVing

4.6
480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
CRāVing is located in the heart of North Buffalo in Hertel’s shopping district, one block from the North Park Theatre. If you are looking for a gratifying lunch, scrumptious brunch, delicious dinner or a family friendly dining experience CRāVing’s eclectically modern, yet comfortable and inviting venue will fulfill your needs. CRāVing’s menu is food forward, where comfort meets style and technique. CRāVing is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and also serves Sunday Brunch.
CRāVing sets out to serve you the food you crave. You know, that dish that you say to yourself, “I’m dying for…” Daily Chef’s CRāVings will take the region's bounty of fresh ingredients and bring them to life, in dishes that you didn't even know you were yet to crave. Our new dinner menu is constantly evolving to showcase the freshest ingredients. The dinner menu you see on this site may be different than the one we are serving tonight.
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JW
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with another couple for dinner; this was our first dinner visit to Craving. From the craft cocktails to dessert, everything was delicious. I had the Caesar salad and the gnocchi, along with a "Deep End" cocktail. We all split the "giant s'more" dessert. The little cups of hot cocoa that came with dessert were decadent. I also had a bite of the meatball appetizer and the figs wrapped in bacon appetizer. We all agreed the figs were one of the best "bites" we had ever tasted. The service was excellent throughout the meal. Several people assisted our server, so we never waited long for anything. We are already talking about when we can go back. My only issue with any place on Hertel is that parking can be tricky. But that is why we are so grateful for Uber.

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RD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The employees were very polite and the food was delicious. I would recommend going in for dinner and drinks. I will be coming back to this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful space for this wonderful restaurant! Excellent food and atmosphere!

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

Always good service here. The food is on the most part good. Smaller portions. Some days it's quiet and some days it is loud. Quaint atmosphere, love the decore.

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Went on a Friday night. Was extremely loud in there and don't know why people were talking so loud. Food was just okay. The pizza was the best thing we had and was the cheapest part to our meal.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great but I think the mains menu could use an overhaul, I ended up with the lamb chop special which was delicious, but left me wanting more. The service was good but I felt there was a bit of a delay at times clearing plates or refilling waters.

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PK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great restaurant! A jewel on Hertel Avenue & another reason why this section of a Buffalo is in the vanguard of excellent, creative dining.

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n
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food everything we ate was delicious. We were a party of three and shared 2 appetizers 1 salad 2 entrees 1 dessert and it was the perfect amount of food. It also allowed us a good variety. Will definitely return for another meal

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LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, Awesome Food and Friendly Staff!!!

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have been better. Excellent service and wonderful food. 1/2 price on wine so a great deal!!! We will be back soon!

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday Brunch, AMAZING! I had booked online for 4, well at least I thought I did, they had us for 2. Table for 4 was not going to be available for a couple hrs or we could sit at the bar. As we were discussing what we all wanted to do, the hostess/server came back and said they could accommodate us in a few min. Talk about GREAT service! Everything to follow was AMAZING!

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RJ
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we were quite pleased that we decided to spend our wedding anniversary at Craving! The hostess recognized us at once and remembered what we drink. The food was delicious! Thank you for another wonderful evening! The Johnsons

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CK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here . Really enjoyed. Great specials .
Tried a new cocktail - cock of the walk based on recommendation from waitress. Loved it .
Will definitely return. Might be my new go to place on Hertel .

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JM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Using mostly locally sourced ingredients, the menu is balanced, interesting and the food items well presented and tasty. Everything is of high quality. The asparagus salad is especially delicious.

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AW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dine here frequently and as usual the food was wonderful

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LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We had eaten here previously and enjoyed our meal very much. This time, however, we found the menu somewhat limited. Offal?? Seriously? And just about every dish had squash in it. My husband I shared the smoked veal brisket, which was tasty, but it had too much squash in it. The mushroom plate appetizer was odd, with some strange orange mushroom on it that had no taste.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

For the price, the food was not as great as we hoped

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This food is outstanding. The menu is ever changing and is farm to table fresh... you can tell too. We had the mushroom plate as an appetizer. Unique, delicious, and a conversation piece. Try it.

Had the smore for dessert. It’s a permanent on their menu and ridiculous good. Too big for three people so we brought some home.

We live nearby and dine out frequently. This our favorite spot for a really nice meal in the Hertel area.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was super knowledgeable and helpful. Amazing meal and great date night

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MI
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall I liked it alot. Food and service was good. The only issues are that the tables were tight and space was small and loud. Wouldn't deter me from coming back though.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first stop in a series of stops for my boyfriend’s birthday! Such a good time and such a good meal! We both loved our food and took the leftovers for later! Thanks for the food dine!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buffalo atmosphere and food to die for

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NP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shared the mushroom pizza and squash salad for a light meal . Both very good.

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and will definitely return, especially for the brunch.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to try a Saturday night for an impromptu dinner out, we were not disappointed. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The food and cocktails are outstanding.

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S
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Beet appetizer nice but white beets not very tasty. The pasta dish was excellent. Service a little slow. Not many seafood options but a creative nice menu.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will admit, the farm to table is what they offer, the food was really great. I Made a reservationthe day prior. Honestly spending Shy of 80.00 USD I took my wife to a new place and had a nice, intimate, romantic dinner. We both had adult beverages an appitizer and 2 dinners. It was really great food, atmosphere by candlelight was great, it was nice to have an intimate romantic dinner. There was a younger, maybe 2 year old that came with her parents towards the end of our meal she began to get a little loud. I have twin boys I understand sometimes you can't get away from leaving them behind. I would recommend to the owner, dinner time no young children (under the age of 5) allowed. Simply put, it's doubtful food at this place would be appealing to children of a certain age, It is a higher end restaurant and it unfortunately did break us away from the idea of ordering desert, however, I don't blame the child whatsoever and again think it's an area for improvement. All in all I will use this place in the future. Only complaint my wife had was her kale was burnt beyond recognition, you touched it it turned to dust. Her pork chop was outstanding, beet salad we shared was amazing and my gnocchi was just awesome. Honestly I planned on spending 120.00 USD, you get what you pay for and every aspect was spot on! Keep up the great work and thank you for treating us as individuals and not a hard of cattle rushing for dinner.

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NP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For the restaurant being unusually crowded for an early brunch, the service and food were amazing. the servers are all friendly and accommodating. This is a place we frequent often due to the stellar service and unique and tasty menu offerings.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service is very good as are the drinks. There were 4 in our party. One ordered the pork chops and stated they were the best he had ever had! Two of our party ordered the lamb. There was no meat, only fat and it was not edible. I ordered the veal which was very good however was only luke warm. It may have been because it was Saturday night and it was busy.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food with interesting choices. We arrived early (before opening) & the owner actually sent us a couple of doors up the Avenue for cocktails to Tavola (also great!). How "city of good neighbors" is that!?!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The prices are higher than merited. Good cocktails and wine-- but cocktail and wine pourings minimal.

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p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You need a reservation which is normal especially for a Friday night! Too noisy for my taste. We were just two and our table was placed in an awkward location: In the middle of everything! Waitresses and patrons were waltzing around us. I had made my reservation several weeks ahead and when I saw where we were sitting I asked to be moved and I was told "sorry, we are full tonight". The meals were very good and very well prepared, reasonably priced except the chicken which, I thought, was overpriced ($ 29).

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I am a regular and can say, craving is one of my Buffalo favorites!

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J
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service and food. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CraVing met & exceeded our expections in every way. Excellent service, menu, appetizers, salads, and main courses.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The food was amazing. My friends and I can’t wait to go back again.

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is on our short, short list of favorite restaurants! Every meal is outstanding and we love eating local farm to table.

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l
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place exceeded my expectations. Great imaginative food, super service, great bar, great atmosphere, and more. The only downside is it is hotter than hell to find a spot to park your car, but it is well worth the hassle

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RP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food, good service, good wine. We enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely be returning.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh from the local area. Great menu full with diverse dishes. The Manager was friendly and greeted each diner at the door. The Wait staff was friendly, skilled and efficient. We really enjoyed our experience at this restaurant.

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