CRaVing

4.6
508 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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PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We have been to Craving before. We like the menu and the fact that it is local farm to table. My husband ordered the pastrami short rib. Our server( very pleasant and helpful) said that she needed to go check and came back and said there was one left, We each ordered a starter- each very good. When my husband got his short rib it was a piece of fat! He told our server and she sent over the manager. The manager explained that some fat is expected but she said that was a lot of fat. She offered another entree but ended up taking it off the bill - it was a $30 entree. We were happy with the resolution but the point here is why would the chef even send something out to the table that was inedible. The chef here is award winning- I guess it was the last serving for a reason.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Craving because it was close to the Canisius campus and had great reviews. I would highly recommended Craving. From my phone call to make the reservation, the service and food we had an excellent experience. The staff was kind and considerate of our time crunch. The next time we go back to Buffalo we will go back to eat.

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AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Have been to Craving approximately four-five times and without fail every time continues to out due the last. Great food, great drinks, the Paloma is excellent. Quaint environment, great date spot or small group of friends.

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LK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh local food so beautifully prepared served with care and thought. This place is a gem

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Menu was very interesting. Everything looked delicious. We chose a starter and salad to split. My dinner companion chose the short rib for dinner which she said was excellent. I had another starter, the lamb ragout, for my dinner. It was excellent. Our starter was the pork croquettes on sweet potato purée. Again, excellent. The salad greens were fresh and the dressing light and very tasty. My only complaint was that in three out of four dishes there were sweet potatoes included in the preparation. It was a little overkill. Other than that, we will definitely return.

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PD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The ambience is nice. Our complaints - the bar tender had no personalty, very indifferent if you're going to be a bar tender, you had better have a good personality. The food server was fantastic - she was very attentive. The food was OK - had the tart filled with corned beef. very dry, cold inside almost like it was frozen. Pasta with Pesto was good, but missing something like some graded cheese. Meatballs were good with side of greens - the greens were very stringy and tough. We were disappointed - glad we tried it out but probably will not be back. Too many choices in Buffalo to try out.

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g
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I met a good friend of our there on Saturday night. We were greeted at the door and properly seated to our table. Our waitress was kind, prompt and quite professional. Our food was a good quality and we will be back soon.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was beyond my expectations. I had a meat platter appetizer with fried oysters, salmon belly and kielbasa. Such bright flavors. And where else in Buffalo can you get fried oysters! Ample in size to be an entree or to share with a couple of friends.

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R
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Yes because I want them to stay in business, but my asparagus salad was pretty bad. many pieces of asparagus were too tough to chew and other than the mushrooms, there was very little creativity in this salad. Also, very stemmy greens!

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DT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good farm to table restaurant with an ever changing menu. Quiet with very good service.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful! Our server took excellent care of us. We will definitely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to CraVing for years. It’s our “Go-To” restaurant. Every meal is a winner. Chef’s really know what they are doing and our attention to details. Service is always great as are the bartenders.

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place, nice ambiance, will go again for sure!

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the arugula salad and it was delicious. My sister had the Caesar salad and said it was the best she ever had. For dinner we had the short ribs and chicken respectively. The entrees were great. Service was excellent. The owner stopped by the table several times to see how we were doing. There is really nothing to complain about + I'm running out of adjectives.

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LD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited CRaVing a few times and I'm NEVER disappointed! Everyone is always very happy with their selection no matter what was ordered!

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

It was our first time there and it happened to be restaurant week. Our hostess was extremely nice, especially since the other couple in our party had to cancel last minute due to illness; so we were two people instead of four. It was very busy and I actually felt bad taking up a table for 4, the Hostess couldn't have been nicer. The food was very good and portions more than we expected for Restaurant Week. We will definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If a friend didn't mind a loud environment, I'd recommend it. I really don't enjoy sitting so close to other diners because everyone can hear each others' conversations. The food was presented nicely but we wouldn't order salmon or gnocchi again.

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SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The short rib dish was good but the fettucine sausage dish was too salty for my taste. The salads were big portions and the taste was wonderful. The best part of the meal. The value of the dishes for the local restaurant week was good. The server and hostess were friendly and helpful. I would return again on a night when they are not so busy.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The main course--short ribs--was to die for, and the surrounding veggies perfectly done. The salad, with asparagus and mushrooms atop greens, was interesting, though I would have preferred something at room temperature to the warm mushrooms. Nice glass of wine and attentive servers. I dined alone in the little table at the window. With my back to the light, I was able to read my newspaper while enjoying my meal.

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KK
Mobile
67 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love farm-to-table dining! The gnocchi special was so delicious and fresh. The salmon was perfectly cooked, and the homemade s'mores was SUCH a treat. Paired with wonderful and friendly service, we will be back!

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MG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of 2 went during restaurant week. We ordered off the restaurant week menu although the traditional menu was available. The selections were outstanding. Fresh, artful, fabulous, the flavors were refined and amazing! We were overwhelmed with the quality and experience. Having previously dined at CRaVing last year we wondered what took us so long to return. Hope to venture back soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Waitress appeared unhappy to be at work,,,slow service, limited drink menu that was incredibly pricy and also VERY limited choices for food unless you like leg o'lamb or some other exotic food or want to pay $25.00 for a chicken breast...Small portions, bland taste,,,won't be back,,,,

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get a healthy, satisfying and delicious meal. Living on a farm myself I appreciate that Craving chooses to provide locally sourced food that not only benefits it’s customers but partners and supports local farms. Bravo!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Cute little place. Not much in the way of decor, but very quaint. Table seating is a bit tight, but we came early and I enjoyed the booth side. Our server, Nicole, was wonderful. Very personable, very knowledgeable of the food and its presentation. The hostess/manager/seemed to do literally a bit of everything was also tremendous. She checked on us frequently, even as they started getting very busy, came over and poured my husband’s beer, and had the bartender make me a most delicious mocktail with their homemade honey lavender and ginger syrups. Divine! The bone marrow and oyster tartine were outstanding. The outdoor seating looks like it would be wonderful to have another delicious meal and Hertel people watch as it gets warmer. Will definitely be back. Thank you.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food is mediocre. Lacked in flavor and was just ok.
Our server was wonderful.
The highlight of the meal was the Smore for dessert.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic meal all around. The fresh pasta was perfect, the bone marrow delicious and the salads were perfectly dressed. We will definitely be coming back!

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JW
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 26, 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 15, 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 12, 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 7, 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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R
New Orleans
6 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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