Permanently Closed - William K's

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$31 to $50
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American

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Feast on creatively prepared American fare and more at William K's. Owner Molly Koessler provides guests with a relaxing place to dine, converse and enjoy the scenic views of the waterfront. William K's Executive Chef Todd Lesakowski creates flavorful dishes using fresh, quality ingredients. An appetizer of grilled Spanish octopus with chickpea stew, roasted bone marrow or a greens salad with herbs and a lime vinaigrette will please the palate. Guests can try an entrée of house-made linguini with Italian sausage or a New York strip steak with potato purée. Wood-oven pizza with a choice of toppings will also satisfy the appetite.



William K's has a full bar that offers various drinks, including cocktails and wine. It offers brunch on Sundays and provides outdoor seating for guests. This restaurant welcomes reservations.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
March 16th - 16 April 16th
Thursday-Sunday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

April 16th - September 4th
Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Brunch starts April 9th
Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Phone number
(716) 852-0500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Todd Lesakowski
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was closed. Apparently restaurant forgot to inform Open Table.

MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was CLOSED for the season!!! But Open Table still took a reservation!!! Waste of a night!!!

JU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location....excellent drinks & menu

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The bathroom is nasty

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We didn't order food. We only stayed for drinks. Just get us drinks was 20minutes.

KK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been here it a while and decided to try it again.
Now we have been here twice in eight days.
Food was excellent! Tried their french onion soup and it is one of the best in
the area!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the French onion, the caprese salad and the Billy K’s pizza. All were excellent. We will definitely be back.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, had to wait a bit for our table (patio), hostess and manager were so gracious, treated us like very valued customers. Food and sunset were terrific, best patio in Buffalo.

AT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was nice, but we were there at 5pm. The sun was really bright. It was warm and hard to see the river.

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was phenomenal!!
Beautiful sunny day on the water!!
Unfortunately, they were not prepared for a crowd, one waiter to cover both indoors and outdoors,
He was clearly overworked, but maintained a positive attitude, shame on management for leaving him alone.

j
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Over all great food and service with the best patio in Buffalo

JO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

William Ks is one of our favorite places to dine in Buffalo. The view and the seating on the lake is fantastic! The best place to catch a sunset over Lake Erie and the food is always spectacular!

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience, the food was all excellent, the service was great and the entire staff was pleasant and accommodating. Took my parents for their anniversary and everything was exceptional.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good location and excellent service. The food was average at best and the environment loud from activities at the bar.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate my two son in laws birthdays!!
My only suggestion would be to butter and grill the lobster roll!

I
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Has become one of our favorites. Best view in Buffalo. Friendly service; The Menu is now creative and more extensive than 1-2 yrs ago. The kitchen can get overwhelmed (slow) at busy weekend hours.
My wife and I enjoy it almost weekly including the friendly bar (Matt is a master)

AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was beautiful. Food was blah. Our appetizer came out in a few minutes, before our drinks. It was the coconut shrimp. It was way over cooked and has no coconut taste. I’m betting they were sitting from another table? We sent them back. The salads were ok. Food was just overall blah with no real flavorful punch. It was a pricey dinner for not much to be impressed with.

FC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good and the view was excellent. The only downside was parking is not easy.

TH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Server was very inattentive from the get go-magnified by the fact that I could see her hanging out with other servers inside, looking at their phones. Water took 25 minutes to get to table, food was finally ordered after that. Calamari and fries were both under done and under seasoned. I was physically tired from sawing at my tough NY strip steak; special instructions for another dish ignored; Cobb salad was saddest I’ve ever seen-brown lettuce and anemic vegetables in the height of summer. There are waaay too many good restaurants in Buffalo to put up with this sub par of an experience-water views or not.

G
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we would return. Having mapped out our menu choices in advance, we stuck with our plan and had 1/2 dozen fresh oysters, beet salad and mushroom pizza along with a bottle of red wine recommended by the waitress. Everything was very good and not too expensive. And the view of the sunset over Lake Erie was beautiful. Service was also very good.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and view of the sunset were awesome. service was not very good. Very slow, frazzled and inattentive. We had to ask to have our server come over to take our order, we had to ask for bread and for more water and for the check. Our server and her helpers seemed overwhelmed. The hostess was very nice. Food 10/10. Service 5/10. We’ve been several times before and we’ll be back - for the food and sunset.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Max was an awesome waiter, very attentive. It was a little loud outside because the table next to us had a large party, but we made the most of it. My only complaint was there was only one bathroom for all. For such a classy place this was a turn off.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for daughter

LL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation for 7:30pm, when we arrived we were told it would be a 15-20 min wait, which we were ok with. Sat at the bar to grab a drink, we did not get sat at our table until 8:30 pm. We ordered 2 more drinks and an appetizer as soon as we sat down. We then ordered 1 meal for the 2 of us that took 45 min to come out. Very disappointed for our first visit to the restaurant

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My first visit to William K’s. They had an interesting menu selection but unfortunately the food did not live up to our expectations. My friend had pasta carbonara which was bland. I had a very nice tomato gazpacho (daily special) which came with a hot breaded deep fried piece of mozzarella. The cheese was good, but a little heavy to accompany a chilled soup. A smaller piece would have been more than sufficient. The margarita pizza from their wood fired oven was good, but non-descript. We really enjoyed the view while dining on the waterfront patio but the food was a bit of a letdown. I would recommend this as a good place to come for a drink by the water.

SK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The view was amazing, the service by Max was attentive and excellent and the food was fantastic. Thank you Max for letting us enjoy the evening at our own pace. Thanks to the chef for such great food and everyone else that made thins evening fantastic

HF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will be honest I was worried reading previous reviews but decided to try it out for myself. Everything from the view, the drinks the food and even the service was great. The servers made sure everyone sitting outside was comfortable and the view was perfect. I enjoyed a whiskey sour with surf and turf and then another whiskey sour. I will be going back for sure!

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great view, food was good. Our servers was very friendly and prompt

DG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

What a disappointment. Our server was horrible and a shame that he was actually training another server! The food was just okay. Such a beautiful view. Unfortunately that is the only nice thing we can say about our experience

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience. Don’t order the lobster roll unless you like heavy mayonnaise.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Don’t risk the food on Monday evening! First attempt on our entree served us a well done and tasteless steak ordered medium rare. The drums accompanying the lobster Mac were bloody. We sent the steak back and the second try was excellent, however, the waitress replaced the drums with a chicken breast that came out raw in the middle and required a third try.

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Went for breakfast and food was burnt, and sever was more worried about cell phone then the one table he had. Need to try for dinner. To be fair they only do breakfast once a week.

DK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Limited special menu, no prices - food was good but not for the price.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. However the OpenTable system would not allow a reservation for 5 or more, No Tables Available.
I selected party of 4 and got any time I wanted. Must be a an OpenTable problem because the place was empty.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, craft cocktails were unique and very tasty. We were blown away by the food. The special pasta dish and fish were out of this world. Highly recommend a visit.

j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with my wife son & grandson. Great place best view in all buffalo. Great food great drinks great atmosphere. If in buffalo again I would go again

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful sunsets!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal with great service! Arguably the best view in Buffalo.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and inventive. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family, especially for a sunset!

KK
Mobile
79 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner for Restaurant Week. DJ our server was a delight. Mushroom pizza delish! The mesclun salad was so tasty, the grapes made it perfect!