The Ward - Buffalo Riverworks

4.3
355 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo’s biggest entertainment destination. The Ward @ Riverworks features contemporary American cuisine served in an industrial rustic setting. Our snow-globe inspired architecture boasts a menu of handcrafted beers and Buffalo originals, including the Riverworks Spicy Buffalo Clam Chowder, the Bacon Jam Burger, and the Trainwreck beer braised Pot Roast Stack.
We are proudly part of the Pearl Street Family of Companies, and committed to Buffalo’s renaissance, “Rebuilding Buffalo, one pint at a time!” Our fully functioning brewery, retrofitted into the former Wheeler-GLF grain elevator, is what we believe to be the first brewery inside a silo in the world! With three expansive bars inside our main facility, the fourth bar is located within the silo, adjacent to the Riverworks Beergarden. More information in the PRIVATE EVENTS section of OpenTable. Visit https://ticketpeak.com/res/psgtix for BrewYears Eve! WE ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND - See VIEW MORE
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Syracuse
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We asked to be reseated in the shade. Our request was met easily and we were seated down below along the river-outside. As a customer I struggled to sit in this area, especially to eat because of all the spider webs under our table, on/under our chairs and also all over the railing behind the table. I feel the tables/chairs and railings should be cleaned/wiped down every morning before restaurant opens. Customers should not need to see or sit in cobwebs and spider webs. This was not what we expected to see or sit in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The host was rude and the didn’t inform us that they were out of food till we were ready to order. They were out of burgers on Friday afternoon

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JackieB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience ! Relaxing atmosphere but energetic at the same time, not sure how they do that! We had great service from our server and really enjoyed this into the-acoustic guitar music. Definitely would come back command!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the service! Food was good and we all had food to take home too!

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amys
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time sitting on the deck with good food and drinks.

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eess
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Two burgers and fries for $60. The room echoes with voices; the loud music didn't cover it up as much as added to the noise. Don't bother.

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LizzieM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

My reservation was for 6pm and we didn’t get our food until 8pm! Just horrible and our waiter barely checked up on us until the very end when he noticed we we’re all annoyed.

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AH123
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the vibe. Loved the food but the Mac and cheese was underwhelming.

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CherylH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greattime as always

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grammy
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The Ward is starting to look rundown. The outside is under construction and will look better when finished. Overall not as good as in past years. Still a nice summer experience.

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JanetC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BroUght friends who were visiting from Florida and they were impressed with the whole restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Celebrated my birthday. Was wonderful!

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MaryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Table was ready on time. Bartender was excellent. Food came out fast. No complaints. Will definitely be back. Band was also good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time!! Savannah was our server and she was awesome!!

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a family friendly venue with many different activities in one place. Check their online calendar for events. Definitely worn checking out. Been there twice already and planning to go back.

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AmberB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Our experience at the Buffalo Riverworks was great! Our kids were embarrassingly wild, and not a single person seemed to care! The kids meals were perfect quality and even better quality for our 7 and 3 year olds. The chicken sandwich that I ordered was good, but the pizza that my husband ordered was significantly better.
It was a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to return when I don’t have children distracting me from the large better and cocktail list!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

Way too loud. The band should not be playing I. The open area with another band playing upstairs. You go there for dinner with friends to talk and you have to yell to each other and leave with a horses voice and headache.

If they are to have a band they should do it after 9 when most are done eating dinner.

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DeborahS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica the hostess was very accommodating to us and our out of town family. She made sure we were comfortable with the seating arrangement. Our server Terry was very attentive to our table and the food was delicious with a great variety.

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WIlliamB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my friends and I's first visit to Riverworks, the food was delicious and the location was great. Will absolutely come again.

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Douglas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere! Great food! Lots of fun things to do on the property! View of the river was very nice!

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CodyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Music outside could be louder and better

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vipMaryK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food and service were great!

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Troy
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

The waitress was amazing food is horrible and the menu is very small

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was disappointing- I was with a group of 8. Most of the food was not hit by the time we got it. Price wouldn’t be bad if food was better- too expensive for what you get.

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AngeloB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were able to be seated on time and at an outside table. Perfect as it was a beautiful day. Food portions were as expected and the pot roast sandwich was excellent. I would highly recommend.

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KValentine
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Our food was cold. Our server took our order by saying, “Whatta got?” And lastly none of the events advertised were happening or available.

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PhyllisK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Looked like not enough servers. Food took forever to come out.

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CaitlinH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Bathrooms were disgusting. Service was slow. Hosting staff was extremely rude. Good was overpriced.

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DaleJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Nice atmosphere and service but the food tasted horrible.

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MaryP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent & the service was great. The poutine & the mac/cheese were delicious.

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vipJaneH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A little disappointed that we could not sit outside. They told us they could not seat a party larger than 6 outside and we had 7. There was another party of 7 outside, so I don't know what the problem was.
The view is beautiful (but better outside). There really wasn't any music playing, which was a little disappointing, as they usually have some kind of music. Food was just ok.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great summer afternoon venue at Canalside! Service was great, food was good! Excellent place to bring your kids - lots to see & do!!

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ChristaZ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I definitely recommend the pot roast in anyway the serve it. So good!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Nice lunch - we did get both our appetizer and entree at the same time . Ordered 2 4 packs of new new beer release - charge ) $ 56 for 2 4 packs - ridiculous

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NelsonM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food, service, place is absolutely amazing. I brought people for the first time and they loved everything. I’m a regular customer, you can see me probably every weekend, and all the time is great. Yesterday I was a little sad because my wife called earlier in the day to add more people to our reservation but it was denied after she asked management. We said ok it’s Father’s Day and it’s understandable the place is probably booked. But the place was almost empty and the entire time we were there, there were a lot of empty tables. We really wanted to have our friends there. That was the only downfall about our experience there. But food and our waitress and the place is wonderful.
Thanks.

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BriannaC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for fathers day, great service from kelly, great energy and great food and drinks

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vipJerrylyn
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok, your basic bar fare. A couple hiccups during service, but we know that places are understaffed. Could've done w/o the music...hard for conversation on a Sunday afternoon. Couldn't really engage with my dining partners. I'll come back for drinks since the place is very spacious and nice.

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SOKraut
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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Brittany
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall this place was okay... we were there on a Saturday night at 5pm. I ordered the pasta dish (note there are only 4 entree choices) and they were out of it. How are you out of pasta at 5pm on a Saturday? Not sure. Our server was nice, but was very jittery the whole visit, kind of odd. The tables are permanently sticky (some kind of varnish or finish on the wood). We are from out of town so I figured something on the River would be a little nicer. Definitely an extremely casual place, more warehouse like. Positive notes were the live music and drinks were delicious.

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chelsieh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was amazing! Brandy is awesome!

FAQs

The Ward - Buffalo Riverworks offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (716) 342-2292.

The Ward - Buffalo Riverworks is rated 4.3 stars by 355 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.