Osteria 166

4.5
985 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

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I got the Bolognaise for $29 and the portion was tiny. The sauce was super super super salty. I didn’t complain because I didn’t want to wait for another meal. I just couldn’t eat it and left it.

We told the waiter at the end it was way to salty and he said he’ll tell the cook.

We’ve been there a bunch of times but the prices are getting out of control. Two people eating pasta dishes and one glass of wine and app was $90.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, amazing food from pizza to steak and seafood. The owner is committed to customer satisfaction. If I had to pick, the scallops are my favorite appetizer, and the chicken milanese has a delicate cream sauce that is to die for. Then the side of homemade pasta and a spicy and tangy arugula salad rounds out the dish. My son always goes for their white sauce pizza, and I find myself stealing several pieces throughout the meal. So bring friends so you share tastes! I would take my Nonnie here for sure.

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FI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service staff was personable and attentive. The food was phenomenal. We ordered the scallops for appetizers, pork tomahawk with black garlic risotto, the bolognese with pappardelle and the zeppole for dessert. Everything tasted fantastic and the presentation was on point.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent! Recommending wine and food pairings and very engaging without being annoying. Everyone enjoyed their dinners very much and the portion sizes were plenty - I took half of my veal parmigiana home with me. I would definitely go here again! Try it! You'll love it!

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C
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Salads are a must , Seldom seen on menus Burrata was exceptional as was the Bucatini Carbonara
Fresh ingedience with good use of cheese and spices

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we had was great! Different dishes to pick from.

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RR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

No we did not like the food. The pasta sauce was thick and pasty. Very nosy and we were next to the door and very cold when someone entered. We went when they had music, but you could not hear the music from the dining room

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We always have a nice meal at Osteria. Noise is almost always an issue but well worth the visit.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Servings are always large, ends up being 2-3 meals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
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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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
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 on April 18, 2019
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
7 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
2 reviews
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
3 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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