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Velvet Buffalo, Beloit, WI

Velvet Buffalo

4.6
4.6
562 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Modern in experience. Timeless in taste.

Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian delivers fresh ingredients with a side of rustic charm. Our rotating seasonal menu features thoughtfully crafted dishes made from scratch that are inspired by the many regions of Italy–from house-made pasta and artisan-style bread to sustainably sourced seafood and our own spin on traditional desserts.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 312-2991

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jonna Froelich

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room with seating for up to 10 people, and a separate rooftop dining area that can accommodate up 48 people.

  • Neighborhood

    Beloit

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 562 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Italian

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Best Overall

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Best Food

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Best Service

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Best Ambiance

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Best Value

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Fit for Foodies

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Romantic

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Special Occasion

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Southern Wisconsin

    Most Booked

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  1. P

    Pancho

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    For $200 the food (we had pasta and swordfish, nothing fancy) was regular, frozen fish(?!), over salted. The waitperson was stressed by being understaffed. The wine was served without being offered to be tasted. It wasn’t an unpleasant experience, but for the price it didn’t cut it. We probably won’t be taking our out of town guests there in the future…
  2. SK

    SuzanneK

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here is extraordinary. Wonderful and very creative flavors.
  3. TS

    TracyS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is AMAZING! A VERY talented chef who changes up the menu. Delicious vegan and meat entrees - something for everyone here.
  4. F

    Famdamily

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was our first time at The Velvet Buffalo. It was a party of six with a one year old. We had our own room so that was wonderful! The wait staff was great! Did not have to wait for anything. The appetizers were phenomenal the entrees were ok. Would come back and try some more things.
  5. NL

    NichL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location in Beloit. Within walking distance to a lot of great spots. Excellent food and fantastic service.
  6. F

    Foodie

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Southern Wisconsin. The food is terrific w/ a nice wine list. Atmosphere is pleasant (Californiaish), but pleasant. Large groups can be noisy probably because of the restaurants acoustics. I’d give it 9.5 stars out of ten. BTW the staff is Apparently well trained.
  7. MH

    MichaelH

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, quality of food, and ambiance were excellent. Highly recommend.
  8. K

    Kristopher

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and exciting. The ravioli was exquisite, while the concord grape and rosemary sorbet was enthralling. Haven't been this excited by a meal in a long time.
  9. GL

    GregL

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our first visit here and we will be back! Both the ravioli and the saffron risotto were excellent. Tables were not too close and the high ceilings gave a nice feeling of openness. Restaurant was clean and inviting. Service was a little perfunctory but was efficient. Very pleasant experience overall.
  10. GD

    GregD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and quality of the food and drinks were outstanding — better than expected.
  11. FJ

    FJCNM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal through and through. Best restaurant in the area!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The filet mignon was amazing! Definitely recommend.
  13. JB

    JamesB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They are always a solid choice. The food is excellent and the menu changes.
  14. F

    Foodlover

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I’ve been dining here for years and this time was quite different. The staff was all over the place and the management was so rude and unfriendly. The host even gave us the wrong special occasion card that was quite awkward. Thank god we had the sweetest server Marlee, she was so kind and attentive! Another server didn’t realize we already had a server and started taking our drink and app order, and got so offended when we said we already had a server take our order she rolled her eyes and stormed off. Saw a manager come out of the kitchen and say “f*** my life”. So unprofessional for a fine dining restaurant. Our food was poor quality compared to other months we’ve eaten there. Just disappointed in where this restaurant is heading.
  15. L

    Leigh

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice environment, just causal enough for us but also nice. Good service.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food.
  18. KC

    KathyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and our waitress made the night.
  19. CK

    CarolK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef’s creations are worthy of a Michelin star. Superb! Ambiance and service are impeccable. We have eaten at the finest restaurants around the world and The Velvet Buffalo is on par with the best.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It looked like they were having staff shortages as they were reluctant to set us at a table in the main restaurant. We got very slow service and my dinner arrived looking like it had spent half an hour under a heat lamp (dried out). I was going to give only one star but when we complained about the slow service our waitress apologized and gave us a small free dessert, hence two stars.
  21. BF

    BrittF

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the unique spin on their pasta dishes and they never disappoint. My husband and I shared the mussels, Cesar salad-which was spot on with that slight taste of salty anchovies, and the gnocchi with charred radicchio, bacon and a creamy blue cheese sauce. So good!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a fantastic experience. The bruschetta was out of this world. Every element was so thoughtful and delicious. We tried the poached pear frangipane cake - and it was outstanding. The little issue we had was handled so quickly and the service was outstanding.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We picked this spot for date night since neither one of us had been there before. The service was great the atmosphere nice and the food was amazing! This is not a place for a quick meal. But the food is worth the wait and the atmosphere inviting for a great conversation. We both would highly recommend the velvet buffalo!
  24. DX

    DashX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. The garganelli and gnocchi were perfect. Nice, casual cafe-style atmosphere was pleasant. Recommended!
  25. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place! The food and service as always was excellent!
  26. GS

    GeorgeS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, welcoming staff. Excellent service at both the bar and table side. Nice menu selection, with each dish being impeccably presented and served, making for a delicious meal and fine dining experience.
  27. SV

    SteveV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The wait time was exceptionally long even for a fine restaurant with fine food. The chairs at the tables look great, but are not comfortable at all and feel like they could give way and break at any time. They are much undersized for the average sized person. The chairs would be my biggest critical comment.
  28. MP

    MollyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good. Service was OK, a little slow, distracted.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We’ve been here before and have had a good experience. However, this time was different. Our server was pretty inattentive. Took quite a while to get our initial drink order. I saw our drink order sitting at the bar for a good 5 minutes. I could understand the delay if the restaurant was busy, but it was not. My wife ordered the halibut. It was incredibly salty and over cooked. We were expecting A LOT more for a $50 small piece of fish. The service was not great. After our server delivered the food, she didn’t come back until we were nearly done. When my wife said that she didn’t enjoy the meal, the server just said “oh sorry”. I don’t mind paying for quality food and service, but this was not a good experience and felt like it was a waste of $130.
  30. BG

    BarbG

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    If you are able before or after dinner check out the Rooftop!
  31. JO

    JOHNC

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was above average, price was way high for dinner and cocktails/wine
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  33. K

    Kylie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love velvet! Come here once a week and I am always so happy with the service and food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food at Velvet Buffalo was delicious. We started with a shared Cesar salad which was very good. No pepper was offered or available but I was too busy eating to care. The second course was the ravioli and it was so wonderful that I had to take a picture and would order this again. It was fresh and light with a delicious blending of flavors. We ordered the halibut and the lamb for our entrees. We shared these dishes and found them both to be beyond expectation. Whoever is in the kitchen knows how to cook!! Our server was efficient and helpful. I ordered a French Martini and it was very good but mini sized. We will definitely return
  35. AP

    AnneP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The ravioli were underdone; the flavor was wonderful but could have been better if the pasta had been cooked properly.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and food. We will return. Perfect for a birthday dinner!!
  37. J

    Jennifer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Made a reservation at 7 for our anniversary, we’ve never been. Told it was very busy and to head to the rooftop for drinks until our table was ready. I then called the hostess stand at 7:47 asking if there was any tables yet and was told to come back down. Sat down a little before 8, food was average. The prices were decent like a chicago pricing but food was not worth the money. Unfortunately we will not be back. Wanted to try some where different, bad idea.
  38. RP

    ReneeP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was wonderful
  39. FM

    FayM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable experience. Food was excellent and service was great. Will eat there again.
  40. BA

    BrianA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food was unnecessarily over-complicated. I understand the goal was fine dining, but they took a simple thing like spaghetti with meatballs and turned it into something I didn't recognize. It may have been some version of authentic Italian cuisine, but it was wasted on me from both a taste and cost perspective. The drinks we enjoyed were fantastic, although a bit pricey for downtown Beloit. There are other

FAQs

Velvet Buffalo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 312-2991.

Velvet Buffalo is rated 4.6 stars by 562 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Velvet Buffalo

500 Public Ave, Beloit, WI 53511-6339

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Beloit

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonna Froelich

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (608) 312-2991

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room with seating for up to 10 people, and a separate rooftop dining area that can accommodate up 48 people.

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