Local Kitchen & Beer Bar

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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!
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Good bar, but below average food.
Carved turkey was deli meat.
Good service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great drinks! Will definitely come again.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good selection of food.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hubby and I enjoyed a weekday lunch. We had a reservation but it wasn’t too busy. The food came out REALLY fast and was hot. Fries were good, sandwiches had fresh ingredients and were grilled to buttery perfection, and the beer list was robust. Great service, too!

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Kitchen had wonderful service with great food! Loved our waitress and the owner was fabulous! He was courteous and very attentive!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good selection of beer and the food was great. The pretzel with beer cheese is a must get!

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Typical Buffalo food but not the best I have ever had. Chicken wings were not my style.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh food with a local emphasis. Service was very good. Quality of food and taste was very good. We all enjoyed our meals.

KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved the local flair in the restaurant and ingredients. We enjoyed our food and will be back for sure!

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good and the food was fantastic. We will definitely go back again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great beer list, great food, service is typically pretty attentive. Parking is.. well it's downtown parking. All good stuff!

BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner at the Local Kitchen and Beer Bar before heading over to see Mean Girls at Shea's. Loved the almond crusted chicken strips over sweet potatoes, and would definitely order again!

OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had a few specialty cocktails along with the ultimate chicken and beef on weck. Drinks were good, I think the drink menu mat have changed since last time bc I rem licking many more of the selections. Still not bad.though. food was good, service was ok despite being a slow night

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have gone a couple times. The menu is just enough - different...fancified bar food if you will. So far, we have enjoyed everything we have gotten except the mac n cheese. It's really not good at all - tastes like noodles with the powder from Kraft mac n cheese. Everything else though - the complete opposite. The roast beef on weck, burgers, sandwiches, poutine fries, fried pickles, Bavarian pretzels, pierogi dish, steak, wings - all really good! Family friendly for kids also.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere and great owner; as always

OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Local this past week and everything from food to drinks to service was top notch. 👍

CM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a table of 9 for a post-concert celebration. Took a chance and really scored - this place was great! Service was excellent - just the right amount of attention. Innovative cocktails were enjoyed by all, and every meal was thoroughly enjoyed as well. Loved the decor with the re-purposed barn wood. Not too busy on a Sunday evening, so the sound level allowed all 9 of us to converse without shouting. All-in-all - a delightful discovery!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-Sheas dinner with my daughter who has Celiac. Lots of GF options. Love the ambiance and local WNY decor. GREAT SERVICE by Tom our waiter. Chicken Bacon avocado salad was huge and very fresh.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mother's day brunch! Reasonable priced for the variety offered. Beer was a little expensive but overall a great value.

NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so impressed with Local Kitchen and Beer Bar! We were looking for a new place for our Mother’s Day brunch and this place popped up as a suggestion. I had hesitant at first because I’ve never heard of it, and it’s on Chippewa. I’ve only thought of Chippewa as a place where people bar hop, but I was completely wrong!! This restaurant is absolutely beautiful with a rustic feel to it. It completely changed my opinion of the area. The owner even came out and talked to us which I thought was extremely unique. He told us a story of one of the old vintage signs he has hanging in the restaurant and wished all the mothers at our table a happy Mother’s Day. I highly suggest this restaurant. They also do catering as well. I took a catering menu to suggest to a friend for their wedding. Great addition to Buffalo, and I wish I heard of it sooner!

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food has been great every time we’ve been there! We will definitely go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wonderful before Shea's.

CK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there before our play at Sheas. Excellent food, drinks and service!!

TO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, but not great. Cocktails were very good and the beer list is extensive, with a mix of craft and standards. Menu is fairly diverse and our party all found something to appeal, but none of us were wowed. Deserts (pistachio layer cake and chocolate layer cake) were the best part of the meal. Our server was very personable and did an excellent job of making sure we had what we needed without being intrusive. The place is warm and casual inside but wasn’t busy at all, rather surprising for a Friday evening, especially since other places on the block were. It’s a nice spot for drinks and snacks with friends, but not a special occasion.

KM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went with another couple. Place wasn't crowded so they let us take our time ordering drinks and food. Quality was very good as always

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was friendly and efficient, the food was really good. Two in our party had the beef on weck platter with wings; both said it was very good. One had the beer and pepper soup along with the pulled pork poutine. Even though the poutine was an app, the serving size was ginormous. I had the chicken stripes which were drizzled with a unique and tasty cranberry butter sauce which I really enjoyed. The only downside was that the only available seating is bar-height tables and stools. Since we are an older group, this was not as comfortable for us. Overall, it was a delicious and fun evening in a busy restaurant with super-friendly servers, so the seating was only a minor setback for us.

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and it was excellent, from the food to the service, will definitely be back

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here before a concert on Saturday. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We were in and out pretty quickly without being rushed. The only complaint was it was a little warm inside. Definitely recommend though!

DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrive at 8:30 on a Wednesday. Several tables were occupied. We were greeted and waited on in good time. The waitress was friendly & knowledgeable - she made a beer recommendation that was just great. My wife had the chicken and I the Ahi Tuna. Both were generous servings and very good. My wife ordered the house salad that include a good variety of veggies. We enjoyed our experience and would go back.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here! Great service, excellent food and oh those drinks! This place has the formula down, terrific menu, waitstaff that is attentive knowledgeable and not in your face every two minutes. Food comes quickly and presentation is awesome. Cannot say enough about this place. Thank you for an enjoyable dinner before our show at Babeville.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turkey sandwich with candied bacon is awesome! Also enjoyed the winter bourbon smash cocktail. Service very good.

AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a table of 8...

Solid decision to order wings as a table appetizer- they were very good, above average (which is very hard to do in Buffalo... everyone liked them)

We also liked the choices for beer,

Food was good, definitely would visit again.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before Sheas. Great service/food.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Tom was an EXCELLENT waiter! Lenten Fridays in Buffalo and fish fries were sold out! What we did end up ordering was good though. Nice place for pub fare in Downtown Buffalo!

PA
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was exceptional (nice job Savanah). She provided helpful recommendations, was friendly and obviously enjoyed her role.

Food was plentiful and prepared well. Buffalo combo (wings with beef on weck) and burger were worth going back for.

Décor and casual feel make this a great lunch choice, quiet and easy to have a conversation

OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Qe.arrived early and decided to sit at the bar for some cocktails. Good variety of specialty drinks, long beer list and good wine list too. The bartender was prompt and courteous. Eventually we went to our table and ordered. The menu listed on open table is not accurate to what's on the current menu. We had the beef on weck rolls, they were good. I had the Delaware park chicken sandwich and the wife had the berry BLT. Everything was good and fairly priced. We will come.back for sure.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to catch dinner before a game great drink and food selection and excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, our waiter was great! It was a little food Smokey smelly in there but the overall experience was great!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a group of 8 and the service was on point. The waitress very friendly and helpful.

m
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before a concert , great service , out within 1 hour . Great food, great service !