Local Kitchen & Beer Bar

4.5
300 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
Great Beer
We strive to live up to our name each day. Our philosophy here at Local Kitchen is to use all the resources we can from our hometown. Like our vendors from the Broadway Market who provide us with fresh produce. See the wood covering the bar and walls? We repurposed this wood from a barn we purchased in Clarence, NY that was built in the 1800s. We also love our traditions here in Buffalo! That’s why we are offering a weekly fish fry to bring this Buffalo tradition back to life. Come bring your friends and family each Friday to enjoy our twist on the famous Casey’s Tavern Beer Battered Cod. We love Buffalo and it is our priority to keep our restaurant as local as possible. We hope you will enjoy this ride with us!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 300 people are saying
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vipMaryK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service were great!!!

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DebbieS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu, lots of options. Service was prompt. Great place for dinner before Shea’s—will definitely return!

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JackieEats
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

PEOPLE. I would come back for the fries alone. They are SO GOOD. They also have a great selection of local draft beers and a very chill atmosphere.

MM
MariaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good service. Pleasant surroundings. Nice bar menu. Food satisfactory. Made it to the theater with time to spare. Always important.

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SeamusDad
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Relaxed, bright-lit Pub atmosphere, all high tables with bar stool/chairs. Wide-open, long room, but not noisy. Saturday night and had live music (guitar player doing covers). Food was yummy, bar food+ (unique chicken fingers + awesome NY Strip Steak). Awesome service with many smiles. Awesome selection of local beers and no hesitation to give tasting samples so you pick what you will love!

JM
vipJaneM
Las Vegas
42 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a nice place to go for dinner before heading over to The Shea’s Theater.
Love their French fries

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TerriY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were a party of 5 eating before going to the theater. service was great! everyone loved their dinner and we will eat there again this season!

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vipPatrickS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The food took over an hour from the time it was ordered to get to our table, I do not fault the server…. The kitchen seemed to be unable to keep pace with the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great option. Great food & staff.

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ErinC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Had 2 entrees and 5 beers for about $70 (including tip) - can’t beat it. It’s a louder bar atmosphere , so not ideal for a date night where you want to talk without shouting. Otherwise everything else was flawless

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh, hot and delicious! Our server was pleasant and attentive! The location is perfect when going to shows at Shea’s. Family friendly! Reasonable prices! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience. Fantastic staff and Food.

JM
vipJaneM
Las Vegas
42 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is a nice place to go before the theater
Love their French fries

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has something for everyone. The selection of local beers was great. Friendly and accommodating staff. Fun place to gather. Looking forward to stopping back in!

JB
vipJonathanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We saw the great reviews and decided to check this place out, but it was a mistake. We were the only group there for about the first 30 minutes, but the service was slow.
The beer selection was great, so that was a big plus, but they were also out of the red blend that we wanted to try.
After we ordered food, we played darts to pass the time for our food to finally arrive; it was not worth the wait at all. Three of us got the almond chicken strips, but the breading tasted like burnt popcorn. Even worse, the few strips we got were dry, overcooked, and seriously lacking meat; I'd say they were 80% breading. We let our server know, and she apologized and had regular chicken strips made. Those also took quite some time, and we were nearly finished eating by the time they arrived.
It was overall not an awful experience, but the food certainly did not live up to the other positive reviews.
We will not be returning to dine here, but perhaps would drink in the future.

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DebraS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was impeccable! Enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and drinks. Played some darts too. Just wish they didn't close so early.

JF
JamieF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. I had requested a special seating request for one of our guests and the manager called me personally to ensure my guest would be comfortable in the seating arrangements that the restaurant had available. Everyone was super friendly and inviting. The food was good too!

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Kevin
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food and and fair prices.

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WilliamG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, service was excellent, food was excellent.

DH
DonnaH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Ignored by wait staff for 20 mins went to the bar to be fed

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WilliamG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

About three tables for seating out on the patio, but it's nice to sit outside and see what's going on on Chippeawa Street. Food, excellent, Service, excellent.

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AnthonyH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome little gem. Go!

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WilliamG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience. Great food. Great beer selection. Constantly changing specialty cocktails. Awesome service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the drinks were great! I don’t think we’d return for dinner though.

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SandyK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good pub style food. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and prepared in a timely manner, the atmosphere was fun and relaxing, and the bartenders/servers were friendly, attentive, and provided excellent service. Overall a fantastic experience!

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MikeP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Severely understaffed.
2 people serving entire restaurant.
Ridiculous on a Friday night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The only thing I was disappointed in was that the menu on open table didn’t match the menu they’re using so our options were limited. The food was good though and our server was nice.

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becky
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for Jan 23rd for my bday. Received email confirmation and reminder. Showed up for the reservation, and the place is completely dark and locked up. What the hell? Nice way to do business. If you’re going to close down, stop taking reservations. And cancel existing reservations.

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FeDave
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

OpenTable held us a reservation for 7 PM, and after we drove half an hour to get there, we found the restaurant was closed (for Covid?). How does OpenTable confirm a reservation for a restaurant that’s not open? How do we get reimbursed for our time and travel costs?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff has great attitude and service is great. The menu is very limited and not the best tasting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great vibe

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vipTB71
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great experience and the food was amazing! Would definitely go again!

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Jillz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Kitchen and Beer did a great job of social distancing and still making the experience feel totally normal and comfortable. It was a great experience, friendly staff and bartenders. The food was delicious. I love it there, good experience every time! I highly recommend!

Local Kitchen & Beer Bar
Responded on July 18, 2020

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DebraM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go there before Bandits games and the Theater. Always have great food and good service. The owner is there each time making sure everything is good. We have taken a number of people who have never been and they return now.

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NancyK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went here for a late dinner on a Saturday night. We were happy to be seated right away. For a bar, it had lighting more like a restaurant, so not overly dark. The staff was very nice and helped us make a few menu choices. I enjoyed a great pale ale off of their extensive draft menu and my husband enjoyed a specialty drink. We ended up just eating appetizers, which more then filled our hungry appetite. We've had other beef on wick themed appetizers at other restaurants, and these were excellent. I can see someone not familiar with our local taste really enjoy these. We also had the poutine here, and again excellent. There was so much pork and the gravy was rich, flavorful and thick. I'd go back just for that. Next time we go, we have to make it past the appetizers!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very dissatisfied with our experience. Staff was unable to handle a full house of customers. Reservation allowed us a quick table, but that waa really the only positive. Several of the items on the menu were unavailable, items on the website menu were not listed in house, waited over 90 minutes for meal and had to leave before it was received due to event tickets. Noise level of kitchen dishes was disruptive to atmosphere. Waitress apologized every time she spoke to us and thanked us for being patient Really ruined a rare family night out for us- had nothing to eat before our show.

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TrevorM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great! Really good value and the food was delicious. Freshly made.
Show up early and leave extra time. It wasn’t speedy, it wasn’t slow. But worth the wait. We waited 45 minutes for the chicken sandwich and the hamburger. They were both great, just leave extra time.

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JoeG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Made reservation for our 5:00 dinner for 3 table a week in advance because we knew that there was a Sabre’s vs Toronto game that night and we had tickets to the final show of Jesus Christ Superstar at Shea’s Theater. We arrived timely, but had to wait about ten minutes past reservation time to be seated, another 5 minutes passed before the waitress came to take order for drinks only. Waited about 5 minutes for the drinks to be served but then another 5 minutes to take our meal order (it was now about 5:25). We let it be known that we had tickets for 7pm show (with about a 10 minute walk to the theater). We asked when our meal might be out at 5:55 and were advised the were “backed up in the kitchen” (note that now the Resturant was about half empty as most patrons had left for the hockey game or show), and we were told it would be out within 10 minutes. This was also the first time the waitress checked to see if we would like a Econ’s round of drinks. Well we waited not ten, but rather 25 more minutes for our meal to be served (it was now 6:20pm), at which time we requested our check be brought as soon as possible, again since we needed to now eat fast to get to the show before they would block our entrance due to the how starting. Fortunately our meals were not large and we were able to quickly eat them! We did however have to hurry out to get to the show in time.
Thankfully the food was very good and much enjoyed by all of us.
We will likely return again some time when we do not have to hurry our earl to get somewhere else, but never again prior to a show or a sports event. With all of the options available to us, we will fully explore those other options for the remainder of the theater season. Also note, we had patronized Local for all other Theater events previously, each time the delays got longer, so it is now time to look elsewhere.
Please Local, remember, timely service matters, we would love to return when you figure it out!

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JayIndy
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neat place with great and tasty menu items

FAQs

Local Kitchen & Beer Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (716) 849-1000.

Local Kitchen & Beer Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 300 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.