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CHEZ AMI RESTAURANT & LOUNGE - STEAKS, SEAFOOD, ITALIAN & BURGERS
In its rustic and charming eatery, Della Terra in Buffalo serves contemporary American cuisine in its location within the Embassy Suites Hotel. Small plate options, which make excellent appetizers, include the battered artichoke frites with lemon crème fraîche and the steamed clams with chorizo in white wine. Some of Della Terra’s specialty entrées include the filet mignon topped with Tuscan fried shallots, the citrus horseradish-crusted salmon and the spinach-stuffed chicken parmesan with mozzarella.
Della Terra has a full bar that offers a variety of drinks. It features a decadent brunch menu on weekends, with items such as the crab cake benedict with chipotle hollandaise, the Grand Marnier mascarpone-stuffed French toast and the barbecue shrimp and cheddar grits. This restaurant also offers catering for events and provides take-out service.
Lunch was to celebrate an employee's retirement after 25 years. I was hesitant to suggest this restaurant as I had not been there in over a year because of the food and the time it took to get our meal. Steak was cold and the lettuce was brown. Things didn't change in a year. I won't be going back, nor will I recommend to others.
Delicious meal & great attentive service by Chris!
We chose Della Terra again because it has metropolitan flair. We were looking for great food at reasonable pricing on Valentine's Weekend prior to hearing Chris Botti with the BPO at Kleinhan's. The valet parking was especially wonderful on such a cold, wintry night. Our waitress was most attentive and pleasant as were all the staff. We were return customers and we will dine there again.
We decided to try Della Terra recently while we were both off. We were greeted and seated quickly. Pleasant looking restaurant. The wait staff was attentive. The bread sticks were very good, and it went down hill from there. My wife order the beef on wreck. The roll was thin and feel apart wth every bite. The roast beef was sliced with the grain and was very stringy. The flavor was fair. My burger was overcooked and overly compacted which made it hard. The waitress offered to refire but we were short on time. The flavor was a little strange. The fries and onion rings were frozen so you really couldn't get them wrong. While we were eating, it looked like someone was delivering food from Jims Steak Out to the kitchen area.
There are too many good places in Buffalo to eat. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them that day.
Waiters were not readily available
We selected Della Terra because we had heard good things. The night started out well, we were seated promptly and orders taken. The first course was lobster bisque, one of our favorites... This is where the the night got interesting. All 3 bowls were served cold. We had them sent back to be redone and guess what, still cold. We were told by the manager that they found the issue, the bowls were cold, but you would have thought that the prep cook would be sure that a redo was corrected...
Oh well... On to the entrees. The prime rib was served as ordered,but even though a large cut, it was average. The salmon was good. The desert was the best part of the meal, served nicely and tasted good. Our server did a great job making up for the kitchen once she got into the evening. They did take the soups off the bill so I did not have to deal with that.
Would we go back, nope, this is a one and done. I could have accepted some issues as it was New Year's Eve, but we were there at 9:00 and they were nowhere near full, plenty of open tables and staff. This was a miss, diners beware....
Booked reservations for Christmas evening, party of 3. When we pulled into restaurant up to valet parking, attendant just walked away and into restaurant - therefore leaving us to find our own parking (should have been sign #1 to leave). Was seated by our waitress, given water and said she would be right back to get our drink order. After waiting 15 minutes, we asked another waitress to find ours so we could order. She finally came over, apologetic and took our order. 2 caesar salads as appetizers and then our entrees. Shortly after this, a couple of 2 was seated right next to us. There order was taken almost immediately, by a different waitress. That couple was then served their entree before our salads! It was almost 30 minutes from when we placed our order that we got our appetizer. I assumed that our food would be coming any minute since it was almost a half hour, but I was told "no, the kitchen is backed up" When we received our salads, a table of SIX arrived and sat directly behind us. Again, 15-20 minutes elapsed after we finished our appetizers, waitress said just a few more minutes. A few minutes later, the manager and our waitress came up, the manager apologized and said the kitchen was behind. As soon as he walked away the table of six was served their food! At this point, we were ready to leave but we had invested so much time we decided to stay. Although our entrees were good, they weren't even hot! and in fearing how long it would take to get our meals back, we ate what we could and wanted to leave. The staff was apologetic, gave us free drinks, offered a discount and a free dessert, but it was too the point where there was no saving this experience. The kitchen was clearly not backed up if tables were being served around us. Just a shame to be treated as if we were oblivious to the guests around us. May have just been the day, but I would not go back or recommend to anyone I know.
A wonderful place to dine. The Christmas Day specials were great and service was superior!
Excellent food, service and oveall qulaity of the experience. Great place for lunch. Not overly busy.
Went to Della Terra for my wife's birthday... Food was exceptional and the service was fantastic....will definitely return...
We enjoyed our meal at Della Terra. The filet was superb and the service was excellent from the greeting, seating and throughout the meal. The wine list had some unique choices and the Cabernet from Chile was very good. we like the valet parking also.
As always, a lovely meal. We had a fish we'd not had before and liked it very much
Della Terra changes its menu seasonally. The food quality is good and there are many specials which change frequently. We dine here regularly and find all of the dishes to be high quality and well prepared. Service is above average to excellent. Bartenders are excellent - pour good quality drinks. Wine list is good.
The specials always have some nice surprises. Recently had Blackened Red Snapper with a Chipollte BBQ sauce and cheese grits. It was nails. Salmon dish with fresh risotto was awesome.
Do not let this being a hotel based restaurant deter you. Della Terra delivers - good, seasonal food - well prepared with quality service.
The service was outstanding . For an advertised evening upscale dining it was too noisy, kids running around and screaming at a nearby area, other diners in sweatshirts and jeans it just is not what we expected. Caesar salad made at the table and fish entree special were very good, but my scallops tasted 'old' and 50% of the scallops were undercooked . I did not return my dinner as the sauce and gnocchi were tasty and the server was super. As we are trying several restaurants in the area before our evenings at the theatre, I probably have to say, I will not return to this one.
Food was great. the chef came out to check with us how we enjoyed our meal. Our server was excellent and the dinning room was quiet. A very good night.
Our food was excellent but overall we weren't impressed with the experience. We knew we were dining in a hotel restaurant but had hopes it would be more separated such as not seeing hotel guests as they arrived. Also the hotel bar is part of the restaurant so even though there were only a few tables the bar was packed and loud. Our server had to get our drinks from there where the bartender was presumably busy and we did not get very prompt service. I will say again the food was very good, exactly what we wanted and though it took a long time everything was hot and fresh when it arrived.
My wife & I have eaten here on 4 or 5 occasions. . The menu is very small, but there are always great specials to allow for a good variety.
menu lists fresh pasta of the day and meatballs. asked what the pasta was that day. told it was spaghetti, both husband and I ordered that. when it was put in front of us the waitress said it was not spaghetti but fettucini. Neither of us like the wide noodle, but we let it go. big mistake. did not eat it, basically paid 23.00 for a couple meatballs. would have ordered something else if we were told, and should have been told. before it is served.
will never go back
There was confusion over are dinner being included in are hotel stay.The food was not very good
Loved the relax feel of the place. We were looking for a quiet and relaxing place after a day of touring and we found it here. The food was good for a cool rainy evening. The service was good though our server was inexperienced and seemed a little overwhelmed.
Five stars isn't enough for how decadent our meal was this past Saturday at Della Terra. Let me begin with how friendly, helpful and knowledgable the young women who was helping us was. Our meal and drinks were just was wonderful. We began with a glass of wine and a pineapple upside down martini... mmmm ( and, they were generous on the liquor!). We then enjoyed their surf n turf special( which we were informed the crab was fresh from Alaska that day -It was like no other crab I had ever tasted) and the pork special. The meat was tender, flavorful and cooked to perfection. Upon our first bites, the chef came out to ask us how our food tasted - I wish he could have come out when I finished because I was in my glory!!! It seems that Della Terra has had its bad days and is really trying to turn their food and their reputation around. I recommend that you give it a try for your next special occasion!
Service was excellent at all levels, food was very , well prepared & presented nicely. The only negative was the wine list & the menu even with the specials was somewhat limited. Still enough to choose from.
Dine here do to convenience while staying at Embassy Suites. The staff was excellent, they accommodated our couple of requests when I made reservation on open table, as well as the day of. The food quality was poor, but was not expecting much from this level of hotel dining. Our party of 7 was made up of mostly young children, so there not any disappointed diners. Cannot say enough regarding the excellent staff! They are the only reason I would recommend this property.
I frankly don't expect much from a hotel restaurant, particularly when it is a mid level hotel. The menu is usually the typical fare with a couple of local favorites. Della Terra fulfilled this last requirement. However, I will say the food was excellently and freshly prepared and quite delicious. Drinks were expertly mixed. The wait staff was extremely friendly and bent over backwards to offer substitutions when asked. I would definitely return if staying at the hotel.
If you can get over the fact that Della Terra is a hotel restaraunt then it is a great choice for the average date night. Our waitress was attentive and the dinner entrees were delicious. The wine list was decent but we would have preferred more variety.
Food was excellent, staff (Chris F & Jack) were friendly, pleasant & very helpful. Thank you, We had a wonderful time.
Della Tera is a place visited for dinner a few times before but had never been for brunch. It was good food, didn't care for the home fries, look and tasted basically like potato chips. Also when I ordered the shrimp and grits the small amount of shrimp were a turnoff. Besides that we really enjoyed ourselves. Especially the complimentary mimosas.
food and presentation were great. Not cheap but well worth it for a nice dinner out. Good variety in wine list at all price levels.
The restaurant is lovely , but there were not too many people there on a summer saturday night.
We asked our waitress if there were any specials this evening and she said no. Because there were three weddings there, the kitchen couldn't do specials. Ok, we ordered from the menu and certainly found things to eat. About 15 minutes later the table that was seated next to us was given a beautiful special list, printed up and placed in a fancy holder. We asked our waitress why we didn't get that and she said they just came up with it. Our order had already been placed. I do not fault the waitress, but definitely the chef. It is his responsibility to aquaint his wait staff with the evening specials, that's what a restaurant is all about. If you cannot communicate with your staff then you are not the kind of chef a restaurant needs.
I was hopeful for my experience at Della Terra, but the experience was dismal at best. The menu was very limited and the quality of food was poor. When we asked the waitress about the banana peppers she told us they were out! FYI- there are only about 5-6 appetizers and 5-6 entress on the whole menu - No Joke!! I had the fried calamari - pretty sure it was frozen and rubbery & had the scallops bacon gnocchi dish. the Scallop dish was a soup from so much sauce that was very buttery and rich. I did not even eat 1/2 of it. To top it off the prices were very expensive. The best part of my dinner was the wine, company I was with and the Free valet parking!!
We went to Della Terra to celebrate the purchase of our new home, and we are so happy we did, it was a memorable occasion. First of all it was wonderful to be greeted with friendly valet service, we went to the restaurant in the hotel and it was beautiful inside, we were greeted by a bubbly greeter and we were shown to our table. Chris was our waiter and he was not only attentive but knowledgable, the food was served promptly, to start was delicious bread!!! We ordered the lobster mac and cheese and it was the best we had in the area, it was so delicious and a perfect amount for an appetizer. I had the filet mignon and my boyfriend has the scallop dish..... they were both absolutely delicious and would highly recommend to anyone!!!
Our dinner was interesting and well-prepared; and we were able to talk easily. Ashley, our server was capable and attentive.
I was quite surprised by the lack of customers here. I surmise that it is because it is located in a hotel and many do not think of dining here. More really should give it a try. They have free valet parking. Most other places downtown will charge for parking or not offer parking. The food was very good and the menu was varied. The service was very good. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive. The only thing odd was the lack of customers. I would return and recommend dining here to others.
Dinner for two was a very nice experience. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We enjoyed the quite atmosphere; you can actually carry-on a conversation without raising your voice.
Valet parking, friendly service. Filet mignon was excellent. Very pleasantly surprised by the experience, will definately return.
Our only disappointment was that the patio wasn't open the day we were there (a Sunday, and it had been chilly). We mentioned that we had a plane to catch and received very prompt but not rushed-seeming service. Both our waitress and the hostess were very accommodating and sweet. We're vegetarians, and found a number of options -- the artichoke frites were fantastic.
We started with the mussels and they were very good. It was a good portion and very flavorful. Then we had the lobster mac and cheese. It was probably the best I've ever tasted and I've had it at many different places. Next was the Caesar salad that the waitress made from scratch in front of us in a big bowl. She did a great job and the salad was perfect. For the main course my date had the grilled mahi mahi. She was very happy with her selection. I had the swordfish. It came with a red sauce that I didn't care for, but was able to set off to the side. The swordfish was great. The sides of asparagus and rice that came with it could've been a bit bigger. In the end I was happy and full and everything was reasonably priced. I hope to go back there again sometime soon.
Went before Kinky Boots glad we made reservations for 6pm. Staff was attentive but not overbearing. Recommend the pork tenderloin. The shrimp scampi was a little bit watery but the shrimp was just right. Nice selection of wine. Didn't get dessert but had some that sounded great
Went twice in one week. First visit was on a very quiet wednesday. There were only two tables (including my table) that night. It took about 50 minutes for our entrees to come out. Our waiter was nice enough but I couldn't help but wonder why there was such a long wait. I then ordered cheesecake for dessert, that's already prepared. It should've been no more than a 5 minute Wait. 15 minutes later our waiter came out with cheesecake. I just thought, maybe they're having an off night. I went back again on a Saturday, it was like déjà vu. The wait was an hour and ten minutes this time for our entrees. Just terrible service. I wouldn't recommend this place. By the time the food came i couldn't tell if it was good or not because I was practically starving. There are nicer places in buffalo, do yourself a favor and save yourself some time, go elsewhere for a nice dinner 👍
I will not go back, and would not recommend it -- especially in a city like this that has so many terrific Italian restaurants.
Service was poor -- server was unable to answer basic questions about the menu items, or make recommendations, was less than professional overall, and basically ignored us while we waited about 1-1/2 hours for our dinners to be served. When our meals finally arrived, one of the plates was cold and dried out and had obviously been kept "on hold" for some time. The other dish served was warm but of mediocre quality. Not at all what one would expect at this price point.