Velvet Buffalo

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian
Modern in experience and 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. At Velvet Buffalo, we do classics really well.
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ScottH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were on a budget so ordered the pizzeretas, appetizers and drinks. Everything was great.
It was a quiet Sunday evening and there was plenty of social distancing that made us feel really comfortable.
Definitely plan to visit again.

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WendiA
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality of fresh foods grown local. Our experience was nothing but five stars. Would highly recommend.

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EboniP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The service was GREAT!! Food was ok!! I really liked the ambiance of the inside. We really wanted to go on the rooftop but it was too cold!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service! They remembered us from our last visit!

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Hoping
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food is quite unusual. The bread is great. My husband’s lasagna bolagneese had a strange taste. 2 drinks, 2 small plates $80. The atmosphere is terrific. Might give it another chance when menu updates

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KathyH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During Covid it has been hard to find a dining experience you would like to repeat, but based on our wonderful meal at Velvet Buffalo this week I will be planning another visit. The atmosphere was spacious and tables spaced apart, but yet not feeling like out in open. All servers had on masks, and with the low noise level, we could hear what they were saying. We had the lobster pasta, beef tenderloin and pork shoulder as our main courses. All were good, but our favorite was the pork shoulder. They did not rush our meal and we enjoyed a tasty espresso dessert to finish off our evening.

I like the new italian menu and format. Nice work!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, atmosphere and wine. The outside rooftop bar was lots of fun

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great server. Too expensive for Italian in this region.

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VictorA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The overall experience was very good, but after 2 visits, we have decided that the seating is the most uncomfortable of any restaurant we have been to. The chairs need to be upgraded for us to return.

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CodyM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

waitress was pleasant and attentive, they wrote my wife a card for her bday, food great as always! :)

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vipMamacita3
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

There was hardly anyone at the restaurant- we were seated at 7:15 ( our reservation was for 7) but that was ok because we were had a drink at the bar. We had to wait for our waiter to even acknowledge us. He told our order and 50 minutes later he came with the food.
Not impressed at all with this place.

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, our waitress was excellent and the drinks were fabulous! We were a little disappointed that the rooftop had a private event that night, but maybe next time!

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RitaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We absolutely loved Velvet Buffalo! The atmosphere is beautiful. The food was fantastic with interesting, local and homemade ingredients. The service was just a bit slow but we didn’t care. It was so pleasant sitting there and our server really did try. They were super busy that night. We would definitely go back.

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MarlaM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very helpful in choosing our menu selections as we had several questions. The support wait staff was also very prompt in clearing our table as needed. The ambiance was perfect and noise level was just right👍🏻

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a date night. Food was fantastic. Environment was friendly. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The marinara sauce had too much salt. Swordfish was an A+. Overall, very good experience. I think the chef was not working so hard to knock them for the marinara or Bolognese....

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AZILKat
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's a beautiful restaurant. Our waiter was exceptional! On the noisy side because of all the hard services. Very uncomfortable seating in dining and bar. Prices are a little high and portions are small.

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AndrewW
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a new favorite place to eat in Beloit! Service was awesome!

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vipRenee
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Awful. Just awful

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Anniversary
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals were fabulous! We love enjoying an evening out there and then going up to the rooftop bar for an after dinner drink.

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DenaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I previously dined at Velvet Buffalo when the menu was focused on small plates. The food was excellent. Now that it has changed its menu to Italian, the food is still very good. My biggest negative is the value. My husband had a steak which was $48 and I had a pizza and salad. Our bill, with tip, was $110. Our favorite restaurant in Beloit is Merrill & Houston's. When you compare the two, there really is no comparison. We both could get a steak, choice of side, salad/soup, and dinner rolls and it would be less expensive at Merrill & Houston's and better food. At Velvet Buffalo, the only thing that came with our meals was a half a piece of bread (each) and olive oil for dipping. Very small portions and very high prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building fantastic service fantastic food we love it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta and pizzeta

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food and service! Love the wine selection and food was delicious! Can’t wait to be back!!!!

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vipKarenW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is wonderful. I love the new italian cuisine an homemade pasta. Excellent service and a great wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine. Bar service was ok, took a little while to get service. Waitress for dinner was fantastic.

Reservation was at 7, but couldn’t be seated until 7:30. It was worth the wait though. Calamari was exceptional and we enjoyed everything. Will definitely return.

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sabrinac
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my grandmother for her 78th birthday! It was amazing! We took her there on Sunday and she still hasn't stopped talking about how much she loved the lobster gnocchi! Thank you so much for such a great experience!

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AubreyH
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We waited awhile for our server to talk to us about the wine list but otherwise we had great service. The food was good other than putting a bit too much Parmesan on every dish we had. Being from Wisco, we love cheese but a little less parm would have been good.

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Leigh
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful new menu! We love the rooftop also, but sometimes it gets too busy up there for the help that is available.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish. We loved sitting outside on a beautiful summer night. My wife and I can’t wait to go back!

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! I would highly recommend.

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Wait time for food from ordered to received should not take over 45 minutes with an apology from our waitress. I booked a table reservation week in advanced and still waited twenty minutes for a table to open up.

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PattiD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch experience. Beautiful renovated building. We had cheese board as appetizer and the chicken and filets as entrees. The food was outstanding and the service by Amanda was excellent. They are following all the protocols for safety. We can’t wait to come back and dine and stay. Definitely worth the half hour drive.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Jonna blew our minds! It was incredible!

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SandraH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fun, upscale venue. Service was a bit slow. Our party of 5 waited a rather long time for our drink order but in their defense we had a couple unusual drinks. When ordering dinner we asked if anything came with the entree and were told no so we ordered Caesar salads which were very good. When we finished eating my son noticed a nearby table being served bread and found out our server forgot to bring our bread. She offered to get us some bread to take home but we declined. Two in our party ordered dessert and they didn’t charge us due to the bread mistake. Enjoyable evening and interesting menu.

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DNfromMA
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We weren't aware that the menu had changed from small-plates to italian, but luckily the food is just as good as or even better than before. All our dishes and drinks were excellent, although a couple of them could have used a bit less salt.

Restaurant did a very good job at covid-safety practices.

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JamesT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside at properly distanced tables. Service by masked staff was friendly and attentive. Food was imaginative and absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The safety measures taken by staff were great. All staff had masks on. Bread for the table was served on individual plates. The food was good, but a bit pricey. We enjoyed the rooftop bar for after dinner drinks, although it did become a bit crowded after a while. Overall, a good experience.

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elizabethc
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was excellent. My only somewhat negative comment is on regards to the noice level. I know with the industrial style ceilings it’s hard to have a quieter atmosphere. We will definitely be back. Food was excellent!

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vipDawg
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, inviting decor in a relaxing setting.

FAQs

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

Velvet Buffalo is rated 4.5 stars by 262 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.