Oliver's Restaurant

4.7
639 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Exquisite cuisine, award winning wine list, and exceptional service. Oliver's has been serving the fine dining community of W.N.Y for 80 years. In addition to interior renovations in 2016, we have brought in some of the best young talent in the culinary scene in Buffalo: Chef Ross Warhol. Whether you're dining in our restaurant or we're catering your special event, one thing always remains constant: Our commitment to deliver the absolute best dining experience for every guest.
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Denver
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

On a positive note, the service was excellent. Wait staff was very attentive.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed in half the food. The scallops were under-seasoned and only seated properly on one side. The cornmeal crust on the soft shelled crab was thick, and overpowered the taste of the crab. It was also very dry. On the other hand, the duck was outstanding, as were the “eggs” on the small bites menu.

I was most disappointed that when I mentioned the issue with the scallops, nothing was offered in compensation.

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p
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious 3 course meal at Oliver's. The shared cheese plate to start was very good, our entree's were cooked to perfection ( Flank Steak & Duck Breast) and our server was attentive , even though the restaurant was busy with 2 large parties . We topped off our meal with a shared Pavlova dessert which was very good too. The wine list and cocktails available were quite complete and we both enjoyed our selections. On a return trip to Buffalo, we would eminently dine at Oliver's again. The prices are high, but this is a first class restaurant, and worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was absolutely amazing. They had a valet service but we did not use it so we had to park on the street and walk a little. Only issue was that they don’t take Discover Credit Cards which caused a bit of stress but the staff was very considerate.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful Mother’s Day Dinner!!!

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was poorly prepared and cold. Halibut was dry and without flavor. Soft shell crab cold and also poorly prepared Very poor value

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took out of towners and they loved it!

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JS
Stuttgart Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not as good as I remember. Back in Buffalo for a monthlong visit and brought 2 friends from DC here. The food was not as good as previous visits to Oliver’s. I think the chef is being too creative with the ingredients. The braised short ribs with kimchi fried rice and pea purée were almost like two separate dishes on one plate. The ribs and purée were excellent but the kimchi fried rice didn’t compliment the meal. The dessert was a little too busy, meringue filled with ice cream, with a delicious lavender macaron, and then lemon curd. The macaron was amazing and I would have loved to have more of those. The rest of the dessert was good too but it didn’t really come together as one dish. The decadence of egg was delightful and better than I expected! Overall it was a good meal but just didn’t live up to my expectations from my previous visits.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went after 10 PM on a Saturday. very noisy bar crowd. Jazz band was incredible as expected. Foddering and service were excellent. Just wish it had a lower human volume to enjoy conversation and the music.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service . Amazing food and incredible wine list. Most classy restaurant in Buffalo!

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

Perfect for a high end dinner. Food was late but service was good

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb!! Halibut and short ribs were perfectly prepared. Service was impeccable. Can’t wait to go back!!

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

Our wait staff was excellent and courteous. The food was excellent. I wish it was a bit quieter in there though. The Kentucky derby was on and there was some loud people in the bar area.

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BP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver's is ideal for everything. When I forgot my reading glasses, I was offered a pair by my server. Now that's class!
Food, ambiance and service is the best!

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N
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always good here. Food is always prepared with an attention to detail, creativity, quality ingredients, and the service is impeccable. Write down to the George Jones piano playing, perfect

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place service was great the only complaint was my wife’s steak was undercooked to her likeing. She ordered it well done and received it at a medium.

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ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for our Easter dinner. We were not disappointed. The service was great. Our waiter, and the back busser were friendly and knew a lot about the menu. The ambiance was quiet with great Sintara music in the background. I would come back here any time!

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m
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My wife’s leftovers were boxed up and in the bag, mine were not. Did not realize until we were home. Food was excellent.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, I would recommend this as one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. I love the pavlova for dessert- so beautiful and delicious!

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r
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for an upscale meal or special occasion. Our meals and appetizers were perfectly prepared. Started out with their spinach bread and oysters Rockefeller. Both were delicious. Next came the decadence of egg, which is egg yolk custard, crispy pancetta truffle and hot potato foam served in a egg shell with the top 1/2 inch or so removed. This is a delicious and remarkable little appetizer. My wife had a fillet that was cooked exactly as she ordered it. Lately when ordering fillets at other restaurants medium rare is either raw or way overdone. I had a lobster tail which had neatly been removed from its shell. This made it quite easy to eat the perfectly cooked tail. Our waiter, Fred, was a delight. Polite and attentive but not intrusive. Always available when needed but never interrupting our conversations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.

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

Perfect for after the BPO. Even though the concert ran late, they were very accommodating. Louie served up perfect cocktails. The wedge salad was excellent. The pasta bolognese and rib eye were wonderful (and served as dinner the next night also. Thank you to everyone.

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

Very good experience! I will return.

Good food, people, service & location.

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver's never disappoints. Exceptional everything, as always!

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MU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience service and food. One of our go tos. Excellent

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent environment

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

every great chef makes his/her way through olivers at some point. there is one there now.

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver’s remains, without exception, one of THE premier dining destinations in Buffalo. Our waiter, Carl, and his accompanying servers, made us feel like we were dining at the Royal Palace. It’s the absolute pristine balance of upscale casual with the service akin to our service when staying at a Ritz Carlton resort. I would not only recommend, but insist that my friends and colleagues dine at Oliver’s with regularity. The new Spring 2019 menu is divine. The egg on the small bites menu is truly sublime. So are the wagyu “corn dogs” and pastrami smoked tomato with mascarpone cheese. For dessert, we had the choco taco and pavlova. I enjoyed pavlova often as a child and it brought back fond memories.

We cannot wait to be back. Thank you to Dave Schutte and his entire staff for glorious impromptu Friday night dining experience. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Dining at Oliver’s IS a special occasion. Thanks again.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone had a delicious meal. The staff was friendly and didn’t rush us to leave when we wanted to stay and talk. There were five in our group.

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P
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wedge salad, which they graciously chopped upon request. Pasta bolognese was excellent (and I’m very fussy). Wonderful ambience for after theatre dinner.

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BO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING as usual!!! We had the best service and the food was UNBELIEVABLE!!!! You forever have a customer with me!!!!!

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BP
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver's exceeds expectations.
George Jones trio completes the overall picture of excellence1
Off the charts in everything!
Seriously we love this place.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been Oliver customers for years but it had been awhile. Karen’s Birthday prompted us to return to the site of our first date some 29 years ago. The food was exquisite as was the service. The overall ambiance of gracious hospitality made us resolve to return soon. A wonderful evening.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was sensational from the service to the food. Everything was well worth the price. I had never been before but I would definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a special birthday and we were seated in the closed room... had a wonderful time! Service was excellent as usual !

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an absolutely wonderful experience! Everything about our dinner, from the food quality to the ambiance to the wait staff was 1st class, excellent quality!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner.

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F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You might find different in Buffalo, but not better.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olivers is fine dining without the pretentiousness you might find in a similar quality establishment in other cities. The food was well prepared, the wine list extensive, and the waiter a pleasure. With that said it's definitely on the high end for the cost of a night out in Buffalo, even for a nice establishment. If you are on a budget, save Oliver's for a special occasion.

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BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All food & beverages were perfect. Our table enjoyed scallops, rib-eye and pasta bolognese. A top notch experience, will go again for another celebration event

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