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About CRaVing

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.

1472 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY 14216
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Sterling and Norwalk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 883-1675

Website:
http://www.cravingbuffalo.com/

Catering:
Just as CRāVing strives to reinvent the restaurant experience, we also reinvent our client’s catering experience. CRāVing’s approach to catering is unlike any other caterer in the Buffalo area. Although we do have a banquet menu equipped with different ideas for varying types of events, CRāVing prides itself on customizing every event to meet our clients’ needs.
For details and menus, please contact Katelyn Kowal- 716.418.4299

Parking Details:
CRāVing sits on a large public lot and there is also street parking available.

Executive Chef:
Adam Goetz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

CRaVing Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fun (6)
Romantic (6)
Casual (5)
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Good for Groups (4)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was mixed. I ordered eggs benedict that were delicious. Eggs perfectly poached. Delicious peameal bacon and tender hashbrowns. Two of our party ordered french toast. ONe plain, one caramel apple. hugely disappointing. the 'brioche' was dry and stale, and the eggs had not soaked into the break so they formed kind of an omelette coating on the outside. Coffee was fresh and the waitress kindly brought us a basket of house-baked foccaccia that was a treat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Last minute decision for dinner before heading to the North Park. Wonderful!! Fantastic food from local farms. Cocktails also excellent. Stellar service....We will definitely be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Both my husband and I ordered the homemade pasta. He had the gnocchi, and I had the handkerchief pesto pasta. My pesto pasta was delicious with a strong garlic flavor, which I love. My husband felt that his gnocchi was a bit bland. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our salads, which were quit large and delicious! There was not music playing, which was a bit odd, but we overall enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We ran a little late and out part of our party ran very late - but they were very accommodating. They were also ready for the wheelchair we had informed them of which we greatly appreciate and the chef adjusted things for dietary needs - fantastic!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was excellent and the service superb. This was my first visit—-it won’t be my last

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

One of the hidden gems of Buffalo

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

it was restaurant week and had never been here, although recommended by friends and I live in the area. Caesar salad was outstanding, and short rib was tender and tasty.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very creative menu! Love the ambiance, quaint & cozy. The waitstaff really works as a team, it very noticeable. 7 of us for dinner and EVERYONE loved their meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Organic, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My $42 steak was terrible. It was full of fat and gristle and impossible to chew. Moreover I was led to believe that this was part of the restaurant week special by our waitress, so I was willing to let a tough piece of meat go. However when I was presented with a $42 price for the steak I was very disappointed. Also, the wine, while good, was woefully stingy. It’s seven dollars a pop, definitely not worth it here in north Buffalo.
Our waitress, was dismissive of our comments and we will not be returning Or recommending. A bright spot, was the bone marrow. Very different and delicious

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

Quite lovely. Mindful of our time constraints as we were seeing a movie. Excellent meal. We will return for sure!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

the short ribs are terrific . great menu for restaurant week

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Job well done for Restaurant Week. Creative menu and high quality food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Wonderful Restaurant Week experience! Food was awesome - asparagus mushroom salad is one of the best dishes ever. Caesar salad and shortribs were also excellent as was the merlot (1/2 price on Monday when we went). Service was exceptionally good - responsive, knowledgeable and friendly but not intrusive. Highly recommend even when you don't get the value of Restaurant week. And it's right next to North Park theatre where we headed after our early dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the overall dining experience. We enjoyed the wonderful crafted cocktails, entrees, and the dessert. Our server was very attentive. We'll be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I loved this place! Had the small plates only which was plenty of food. The salads were large, fresh and deliciously dressed. The polenta croutons were delicious. The table favorite was the bacon wrapped dates. All food was of good quality though

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The selection was interesting and creative, the service quite good, and the preparation/presentation was outstanding. The price was also very reasonable -- especially given the quality. This was my first time at CRaVing, but will most certainly not be my last. It was a delightful and pleasant surprise.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a lively birthday dinner Our server encouraged us to enjoy the locally sourced ingredients on the menu. The date with bacon appetizer was delicious and full of flavor. The fresh veggies made the Farmer's Market salad a great choice The gnocchi and handkerchief pasta dishes were the perfect size. Nice to the option of half portions. The s'mores dessert was fun to split.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We booked this place last minute and it was a good decision. We may have been the last couple seated, but our waitress never rushed us. Had some yummy drinks. For dinner we had the Cannelloni and Short Rib, both excellent dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our meal was outstanding and the service was superb for a Saturday night. We enjoyed the variations that we presented to us. The veal was outstanding and the amount of chicken for the price could have been a little more generous. Staff were very attentive. Overall a wonderful experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent food and service, will do dinner again this week!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Phenomenal brunch, ok/good dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We met another couple for brunch on Sunday for brunch on the patio. What an amazing time from start to finish!We started with cocktails from their incredible brunch cocktail list, then enjoyed a basket of their wonderful homemade breads. Our meals were excellent after that. Inventive and creative twists on the normal brunch fare. Wonderfully executed and deliciously prepared. I honestly think this restaurant is an undiscovered gem of north Buffalo! One of my favorites that I will continue to frequent as much as I can!

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Good food, slow service. Wanted to have dessert, but ran out of time.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

I love this place. I have been many times and everyone I introduce Crāv to falls in love too. It is my go-to place location wise when a bunch of people are coming from every direction. DO NOT TRUST OPENTABLE's BOOKING! If I would have gone by the blocks of unaavailability I wouldn't have gone. I called and was told not only did I not need reservations for lunch, when I got there the restaurant had plenty of tables.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Hidden gem on Hertel! We had the restaurant to ourselves for dinner tonight. The food was amazing. The service was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Met a friend for an early dinner and had a drink at the bar before moving to the patio. Tom, I believe, was a really great server. Professional and playful. We split the dates and a salad--really enjoyed the pickled ramps on the salad--and then split the handkerchief pasta (full) for dinner. Would certainly recommend this spot on Hertel.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Really good food! My chicken was a tad overdone, but it was still pretty tasty. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Fun, Organic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Craving never fails to deliver the goods as an outstanding restaurant with excellent food and great service. Lots of locally sourced options and creative work by the chef makes for an always good meal. One of our favorite restaurants in WNY. The casual neighberhood vibe is relaxing. Don't be fooled by the unpretentious look on the outside. The meals are gourmet quality. (I'm a big fan of the salmon fwiw).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Another great meal at CRAVing. My friend and I enjoyed the outdoor patio and everything from our service to the food was lovely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had a great experience at Craving. The restaurant was not busy. The service was rather slow; but we were not in a hurry. The salads and mains were delicious.
My daughter had a queasy stomach from something she had at lunch earlier; and the staff was accommodating to bring her a glass of bitters and ginger, which really helped.
We would definitely come again.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Had to ask for water glasses to be refilled and for plates to be removed when finished eating salads. Our server was talking to bartender. Restaurant was not busy.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Fried chicken dish delicious, not crazy about the grits in general. Penne dish great flavors, pasta a bit too thick for me. Overall great visit, server was great. Thanks look forward to our next visit. Doreen G.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Very unique

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

Great for brunch! Excellent selection of food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Best Honey Lavender Martini brings me back over and over again! The food is pretty tasty and creative too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Stopped for lunch after touring an old historic site in Buffalo nearby. We had a great time, the food was excellent, the service spot on! The location on Hertel is fitting because of how unique the neighborhood shops are along the street. CraVing is one of our favorites.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Our waiter was Scott and he was great. The food was awesome and had a good range of choices. Not a ton, but just enough. I liked the small plate option as well.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The staff was great ! Food was amazing! Great prices ! And awesome ambiance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Very comfortable restaurant with fantastic specials . Can see myself coming back regularly to check out the new specials . Impressive bar selection as well

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

I have had dinner at CRaVing & loved it! I chose it for a special lunch with my girlfriends to celebrate birthdays & was very disappointed. The lunch menu was very casual (e.g. Sandwiches, salads, pizza - no real entrees) but very expensive ($14 for a turkey sandwich). The restaurant was almost empty & cold & dark on a rainy afternoon - it lacked the glow I saw at night. The aforementioned turkey was described as free range & lavender scented - it was so tough I could barely chew it & I could not taste the lavender! The drinks & wine list were the same as what are offered at night - excellent! However, I could not believe that there was no 1/2&1/2 or cream for coffee! I do not recommend CRaVing for lunch!

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