Cugino's Italian Restaurant

4.3
174 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cugino’s Italian Restaurant in Williamsville, New York offers contemporary Northern Italian cuisine. We offer lunch and dinner along with daily specials. Cugino’s Italian Restaurant offer an elegant, dining atmosphere along with a wine bar. Stop in today or make a reservation!
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MFT63
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and great evening at Cugino’s chef came out to greet us and guide us through the specials. We shared appetizer order stuffed banana peppers,fried calamari and fresh mozzarella all very good and as advertised
The chef recommended that we all choose different entrees so we could split them and get a feel for restaurant. All good suggestions and quite enjoyable for all involved
Entrees were chicken parm, gnocchi,shrimp scampi,lobster ravioli and spaghetti bolognese
Homemade pastas were very good along with very good service. Highly recommend a visit and evening at this solid restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, beginning to end!

JM
JoniM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Extremely slow service. The Bolognese and pork osso buco were very good. Not impressed with the beet salad or artisan cheese board.

DG
vipDavidG
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. Service was great as well. It was Mother's day and they did a great job on a busy day.

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soccergrace
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The service was good, but the food just wasn't good. I felt like I was at Olive Garden, where everything is processed and from the freezer.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I had the sea bass and it was prepared excellent it was delicious! Others at the table had bolognese said it was very very good there were six of us all meals were very good. However we were seated in outdoor type chairs with cushions very uncomfortable!!!

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GamalierM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great service, delicious food in fact one of the best steaks I’ve had. The chef comes out, greets you and ask you how was the food which I think it’s pretty nice. Very romantic ambiance perfect for anniversaries.

FJ
vipFoodieJK
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our experience was not good. I went here less than a year ago and had a wonderful experience- attentive server, delicious food, did not feel rushed, and owner/cook even came out to say hello and make sure everything was good. When we went this time (my husbands first visit) it was the total opposite. The server was quite brash, rushy, non existence for long periods of time, and she’d constantly come out from the kitchen and forget to put her mask up. She just didn’t seem put together at all. We waited 20 minutes for the check and the server blamed it on the bar being busy with customers (when we left the bar had 2 small groups of 2 there). The food came out quickly, too quickly, and the food wasn’t nearly as good as my first visit. Oh, and their menu on open table features prices that are less than the menu in the restaurant, and that’s misleading. Unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend this place to neighbors and friends and I probably will not come back for quite a long time.

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Professionaleater
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and service. Frank the owner and chef personally makes every meal and dining experience great.

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iggy
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I do not like Italian food, but family voted and I lost. I wanted so hard to get some objections here... I couldn't. Good food excellent service - all great. A tad too pricey.
5 out of 5

JD
vipJohnD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This was not a great experience. We made a reservation for 8:30pm and it was obvious the hostess didn’t want to seat us because she checked three times to confirm the reservation. This was odd because the restaurant was empty.

After being seated, the server came to the table to ask if we were ready to order. My wife asked for a few minutes to review the menu and the server told us “the kitchen closes in 30 minutes”.

We started with a Cesar salad and the beet salad with goat cheese. My Cesar was nothing fancy. The goat cheese salad did not contain any goat cheese. We asked the server if we could get some goat cheese and she brought us 3-4 crumbles. Literally 3-4 tiny crumbles. She should’ve been embarrassed to bring that to the table.

My wife ordered the shrimp pasta which was supposed to come with spaghetti and it was served with fettuccini. I ordered the $40 seafood combo pasta which came with three shrimp, three scallops, and a small portion of severely over cooked pasta. I wish I I could underline the word “severely” because it was painfully over cooked.

I’m sorry to be negative but if they’re going to charge those prices, we shouldn’t be rushed, the goat cheese salad should actually contain goat cheese, and the $40 pasta dish should be al dente.

KK
vipKaraK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

HK
HeidiK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. The owner came out and checked on us and was very personable. Can’t wait until it’s warm to dine on the patio.

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vipWilliamP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. The creme brule was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistently good.

TD
vipTaraD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Great specials in addition to all the options on the regular menu. Many homemade items such as the pasta and sauces as well as desserts. The staff was great! Our waitress was so friendly and the owner/chef came out to welcome us in addition to telling us the specials. He came back out to check on us at the end of our meal as well. Highly recommend this gem.

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JeanneH
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful and our meal was delicious

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Renee
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuginos's Italian restaurant is well worth a visit. It is a hidden gem within the heart of Williamsville. The service was excellent along with the food. We had a party of 6 and we all enjoyed our meals. The chef/owner comes out to check on the tables which we appreciated. I would recommend Cuginos to anyone. We will definitely be going back.

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EdwardS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend without any hesitation or reservation. We were not rushed. Service was polite. Food quality was awesome as was the quantity of each dish. This was on a Saturday night.

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Krista
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cugino's Italian Restaurant was outstanding. The food was delicious, ambiance was lovely and service impeccable.

NJ
NJDW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We 4 had dinner on Valentine’s Day. None of us had ever been here before. The weather was awful; we also heard that two servers were out sick, and the bartender just never showed up.

That said, our server Linda was charming, funny, and terrific even if a bit overwrought. The very Italian chef himself (Frank!) came to us, chatted and took our orders, plus checked on us and everyone else later. Very sweet guy.

The food ranged from pretty good to really excellent. We’re definitely going back... Linda and Frank charmed all of us. 💙

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vipLuluD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A busy Valentine's Day led to stressful vibes. After a bit of a wait things improved. Our server was as attentive as possible under the circumstances and thanked us heartily for a very good tip.

We finally tried the burrata, fig & prosciutto which was delicious! Same for my sea bass on risotto & my husband's filet mignon on polenta. Both chardonnays were apprecicated and reasonably priced. Go at a less busy time or day for a relaxing treat & a few words with Franco.

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Cariche
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went the Saturday before Valentine's day. Food was great. Felt very rushed though. We ordered drinks and 3 courses each from the kitchen. First course came right out. Second course came out while we were still eating our first course. Again, third course came out while we were still eating our second course. The staff had no time to resilver before the next course came out.... also, I wanted to order another drink but we were not asked, nor would we have time to enjoy it. We were an 8 o'clock reservation, the last seating. So there was no rush to squeeze another table in before the 10pm closing time. We were out of there in an hour. Our bill of $160 included 2 of the specials that were suggessted. The restaurant was nicely decorated, staff was nice and food was good. I am not sure if it was the timing of the server or kitchen staff, however we if ever go back I would make sure to mention we would like time between courses.

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TeresaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was extremely friendly and everyone in our party loved their entrees. Some of our selections were Chilean Sea Bass, Stuffed Chicken special, Pork Osso Buco, Lobster Ravioli and a Filet Mignon special. Everything was delicious. Loved the large selection on the menu and the restaurant had a nice, relaxing but elegant atmosphere.

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SL716
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Tha ambiance was nice, food was delicious and staff were friendly. The banana peppers were hot (wished it had more stuffing inside and not just at the opening of pepper). We were celebrating a birthday and the waitress brought over Tiramusi with a candle and told us it was on the house yet charged us?! Although the food was delicious, we didn't want to stay any longer because their music was too repetitive.
It was nice italian music including a number the nutcracker yet the songs were not played in its entirety and was on a loop the entire time! It became unbearable. I suggest they add more music to their playlist.

GD
GretaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a very nice place and the food was excellent. Our service was a tad slow, but it was NOT our server's fault. She appeared to be the only one working all of the tables by herself. We understood she was busy, but it would have been nice to have some help for her. The food was good, but the overall bill was on the expensive side. They had less expensive wines on their list that they didn't have in house... Then they suggested a more expensive bottle (by $15 more) instead. We will return for special occasions as the food was delicious and it appeared that they weren't expecting to be short handed.

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vipFredC
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Buffalo

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice but just a few suggestions, homemade bread delicious but not warm. If you serve homemade bread warm it up. Dipping sauce for bread to spicy. Serve oil too so if someone doesn’t like spice they have oil as a choice. Homemade pasta was very good.

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boatwhistle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our food was excellent....we both had the Filet and Scallop special. The filet was huge and tender. We asked for medium rare and it came medium - we believe this was the server's error as she was a bit harried, they clearly had more business that evening than they anticipated. Fig and Burrata appetizer is always enjoyable.

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Amber
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food! First visit, will return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner here! We started with an appetizer of stuffed peppers. They were spicy and scrumptious ! The bread came with a slightly spicy dipping sauce. Next we had salads (which were non descript, yet tasty enough. We ordered chef specials for entrees. I had a stuffed chicken breast, while my husband had a steak filet. Both were amazing, good sized portions. Dessert for us was just a drink of home made lemoncilo! We will be back soon!!

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vipTonyP
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent! The owner/chef came to our table to see how everything was which is a nice touch. It was the first time but not the last time for us!

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SteveS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. All home made and great specials. Everything wonderful

FC
vipFredC
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best of the best. Service is outstanding, food is fresh and tasty, drinks are made perfectly. I highly recommend Cugino. I’ll be back again and again.

Thank you

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vipfortheloveofbuffalo
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted warmly- tables nicely spaced apart. Our server was kind and helpful. All the food we ordered was delicious. Extensive wine list. Desserts were yummy. Chef/owner came to table to check on our satisfaction and bought us after dinner drinks. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Food was amazing! Drinks were nice as well

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Professionaleater
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food.
As usual

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Nelson our server was awesome helping us celebrate our anniversary. This place is a true 💎 💎 💎!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lee fantastic love the meal love the experience great restaurant

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Laura
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was the second time I’ve eaten here. Food was pretty good but honestly not as good as I remember from when I was there last (maybe about 3-4 years ago), or maybe I just got a poor choice of dish for my own personal taste. Prices were much higher than I’m used to, but for a special occasion it was a nice splurge. We got a bottle of wine for the table that they make themselves and that was very good. We went there early to avoid the crowd and I’m glad we did. Amazing dining room and we basically had the place to ourselves. Very peaceful environment. Waitress was okay but a little pushy and seemed disappointed when we didn’t get salads or appetizers to keep the cost reasonable. Hostess was funny and very friendly. Overall I’m glad we went but not something for all the time unless you’ve got it like that.

FAQs

Cugino's Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (716) 633-8432.

Cugino's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.