Osteria 166

4.5
976 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Situated in the heart of the beautiful downtown City of Buffalo, New York. Osteria 166 offers a wide variety of options For Lunch, Dinner and Catering. Stop in and enjoy the food, the cocktails and the people. Come be part of OUR FAMILY!

Specials

Happy Hour

$1 off well drinks, domestic beer and house wines

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 17, 2019

Ends: April 18, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 2:00PM-6:00PM

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day we do a buffet brunch that is set to satisfy everyone's needs! Mimosa and Bloody Mary Specials ALL DAY! Make your reservation now.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 976 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The bread before the meal was really tasty, but all the meals were not very good...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding. The noise level was way too loud. They had a band playing and still music from the speakers with some other music.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had the Veal Milanese. Veal piece was about a 1/4 think. Over cooked, very dry. Dark brown on one side (of course the side face down on the plate).

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Love the menu and the service is always excellent! Would have given 5 stars except the slamming door in rear of restaurant every time someone entered and the temperature in the restaurant (never took my coat off) detracted from my overall experience. Would not hesitate to go back but would dress warmer and would sit where I could see the people entering and be prepared for the "slam".

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WF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Waitress was very good at explaining menus
Food was very good. Meatballs, veal etc were very good. Portions on large side. Convenient location near hotel we were staying. Would recommend reservations.

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Banana Pepper Risotto Sticks with Red Pepper Cream Sauce were soooooo good!!
We were celebrating a retirement, so we had a piece of the chocolate cake for dessert. It
was excellent and it's made in house.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there(work lunch) and everyone was very happy with their meals. We will all be back again.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Handmade pasta! Chicken Milanese to die for. The olive oil dip for the bread was drinkable. If you appreciate homemade Italian like Nona made, this is a place to try for dinner.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Wish we would have known ahead of time that during restaurant week they serve you half portions! May have changed our decision to go. Also was charged $6 for a meatball. Yikes!!

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

Definitely one of our favorites! Went for restaurant week with another couple and everyone thoroughly enjoyed our meals and left feeling more than satisfied. Great menu, great drinks, generous pours, friendly staff, couldn’t get any better! Looking forward to our next visit.

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

The food and drinks were amazing and the bartenders were absolutely a blast!!! We will definitely be going back again!

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

I would recommend for the appetizers - meatballs and roasted brussel sprouts were delicious.

Was a bit disappointed in the sauce. Knowing that the owner's Mom makes the sauce I expected a true straight out of Italy taste but it just wasn't there, something was missing. She explained that she's had to modify her recipe to appeal to the current tastes. I'd like to have the "old country" sauce that she most likely serves at home.

Service was absolutely wonderful. Very attentive but not annoying. Absolutely no complaints there.

Bar area was crazy loud, I couldn't believe it. Thank God the noise did not spill over to the dining area.

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

Went for restaurant week and the choices were fantastic. Food, bar staff, host staff and alt servers who brought our first, second and third courses to the table were all on point. Unfortunately, our actual server was impatient, dismissive and pretty much unavailable the entire experience. It was obvious she was bothered by being there. I would typically tip closer to 30% during restaurant week as it is difficult to generate sales and volume tends to be high with low cost, which makes wait staff tips suffer....but this time, did not warrant the compensation. If you're thinking of trying Osteria, don't hesitate! The food, atmosphere and almost every staff member are far beyond the value...even during regular menu weeks!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Was for restaurant week thought everything was a little well done

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place especially for restaurant week

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This remains one of our favorite restaurants!! The service is spot on and the food is wonderful!!

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a wonderful experience at Osteria 166. We celebrated my husband's birthday with friends and had a wonderful time and great food.

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

The live performer was a little loud. Had a hard time hearing the waitress but everything was fantastic

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We came before a Sabres game because of the “game day special” of $10 pizzas. Apparently, the deal was only good if we sat at the bar. The ad was extremely deceiving as it said “dine-in/bar only” so to some it may appear that you just can’t get the deal for takeout. We honestly would not have even come if it weren’t for that deal, which we didn’t get after all, as they are pricey, especially for what you get. I’ll stick with my usual places and won’t be back. I suggest they be a bit more clear in their advertising of deals and specials.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The owner was very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation prior to going to Sheas for 5:45. There was a concert the same night Key Bank so it was very busy, and the kitchen must have been backed up. Food hit the table at 7:05, so had to eat and run. I’ll def come back but not probably not before a ticketed event.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It has always been a great place but service
was extremely slow due to a play and concert going on in area. It took almost 1 hour for our entrees to come ! Way too long

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Maybe it was just an off night, we've had good experiences here before... But this past time wasn't that great. I ordered chicken parmesan and the chicken was dry and stringy, so I sent it back and asked for the spinach salad which was very good.
Our server was very nice and accommodating.
My dinner companion offered bucatini which was very tasty.
It was a decent meal, nothing over the top.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely amazing! Rob was our server and he was excellent. I’ve had him in the past and he’s just great. As we were leaving and putting on our coats, two staff members who walked by us said goodbye to us as well. So great to receive that type of treatment!

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l
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, food was delicious and bread was divine.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our second time eating here, food was food but we ordered ravioli and it was cold. Waiter did not say much about it, so kind of disappointing.

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CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun place; great service; good food, though I was disappointed the bread was not served warm and the dipping oil was a little bland even though it was loaded with grated cheese. Pizza was GREAT!!!!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute neighborhood location and delicious food. Our server was wonderful and very attentive. The chocolate cake is to die for!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious !! All people in my party were happy with their food. It was definitely a lot smaller than anticipated so with more than 4 people I would definitely call ahead. friendly waitstaff.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was amazing!! The only concern I have is that the chairs were really uncomfortable I am tall and the back of the chair was cutting into my back.

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GM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for a business lunch. Excellent food and service! My favorite!

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Filet was undercooked and sent it back twice. Other entrees were fair at best. Restaurant was very cold. Very disappointed!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, I started with a great farmers salad and my entree was sausage campenelle. It was a little loud by the front door because there was live music, but the dining room was very comfortable, the decor was really beautiful. I finished with some kind of delicious ricotta donuts. Definitely a great choice when in downtown Buffalo.

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

Love the food at Osteria! And, the waitress was super helpful with helping me choose my food choices ( since I’m on a specific diet)!

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Shared “The Carl” appetizer and enjoyed the Confit Chicken, but the Caesar Salad we had was terrible; $15 for a salad (which would have been worth it if it were edible), but the homemade dressing was dry and grainy, lacked flavor and had zero creamy texture... couldn’t eat more than a few bites. Incredible service, decent ambience (although our seats on the wall behind the door weren’t the best... door kept hitting the wall and it was very cold; maybe refrain from using that entrance during cold weather months?). With so many wonderful restaurants in Buffalo, doubt I’ll ever go back.

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and friendly, efficient service. Our 5:30 reservation wrapped up in time to get to Sheas in time for the 7:30 show. Recommend for pre-theatre or even Sabres games. Lots of menu options!

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

Wonderful family restaurant! Love the familia pictures, food excellent! Only wish we would have made our dinner reservations...due to the weather we missed them but came for lunch the next day!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was excellent and food was solid

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nick is great! Love the atmosphere. Food is reliably delicious. Unique menu choices. Noise level a little loud, making it hard to have dinner conversation with aging parents.

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PM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and a fun experience. We really enjoy this restaurant.

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