Ristorante Lombardo

4.8
1078 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Rated ten out of ten plates by Andrew Galarneau of the Buffalo news is one reason why Ristorante Lombardo, is often referred to as the "Best Italian in Buffalo". Open since 1975 our menus consist of original creations inspired by authentic regional Italian cuisine. Our kitchen boasts a wood burning oven used to prepare thin crust wood fired pizza, whole organic chicken saltimbocca and more. Fresh handmade pastas highlight the menu and change with the seasons. An award winning Caesar Salad is prepared table side and the daily specials are just that - special! Complement your meal with one of the more than 30 fine wines available by the glass or with a bottle from our extensive wine list. After dinner, sample one of the house made desserts accompanied by espresso, cappuccino, amaro, grappa or dessert wine.

Ristorante Lombardo's "3 for $33" special available Monday through Thursday is a hit among customers who appreciate great food on a reasonable budget.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch: Friday's Only - 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(716) 873-4291
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Obarka
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Virgil and Lovering
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Parking details
We also use valet on busier nights
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food. Looking forward to going again.

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D
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food at Ristorante Lombardo is consistently good, but not exciting. Wood fired beets were simply warm beets with salad greens and a teaspoon or so of gorgonzola sprinkled in a couple of places, wood fired figs with gorgonzola were unsurprisingly just warm figs with a little melted gorgonzola. Oysters were small but tasty. The two scallops for appetiser were cooked well and were tasty. 20 oz rump and filet mignon were both nicely done at medium rare, and the filet was delicious. The leek and mushroom side that accompanied the filet was also delicious but quite oily, the rapini that accompanied it was just that, chopped steamed broccoli rabe, with some lemon sprinkled on it. Froufrou cake is a light white sponge cake with a yummy creamy white filling and icing. One of the wine waiters was very helpful and friendly, our main attendant was curiously pretentious and sarcastic.

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C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and incredible food - a nice treat for a birthday/anniversary for sure!

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite local restaurants. There is nothing that needs to be improved upon. The menu, wait staff and atmosphere are all absolutely wonderful!

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B
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Lombardo's for my husband's birthday and enjoyed a wonderful 3-course meal from the extensive prix fixe menu. The service was outstanding and the ambiance lovely. There were even extra special touches like a birthday card addressed to my husband, signed by the Lombardo family and the staff. Our food was delicious, but I'm glad we saved room for the awesome desserts! And don't forget to order one of their hand crafted cocktails too! We can't wait to return to sample more of their delicious food!

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CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Susan, was so
accommodating & pleasant.
We didn’t feel rushed.
She makes an amazing Caesar Salad.
She has a wonderful personality & would request her in the future.
Totally delightful evening!

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

our favorite restaurant in WNY. From the friendly service to the outstanding food. An Excellent dinning experience

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SO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderfulness overall..I would only recommend light Italian music in the background..

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E
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our lunch. The two-course specials are smaller portions but we were advised of that by the excellent staff (Susan). The patio was lovely except for some very persistent bees which kept dive bombing our wine and food. Making it difficult to enjoy thoroughly.

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VN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding, just like homemade style,was done with love and knowledge. Unique courses for European oriented customers. Service could be better, but lovely hosting lady saved the situation.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine service, attentive, valet parking, reasonable prix fixe , very good wine selection

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GP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting Buffalo and found this incredible restaurant! Everything was excellent!

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, spending time at Lombardo's is a wonderful experience. Great food selection and the service was outstanding. We brought our friends who were celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Special thanks to our server who was pleasant and did a terrific job...........Thank You

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar with an amazing, friendly bartender! Enjoyed the pasta dishes and fried octopus.
Delicious !

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

Great meal ! Food is absolutely amazing.
The fish wrapped with prosciutto was outstanding. Susan was a great server. Tom Lombardo is simply the best at making you feel welcome.

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! THE OFFERING OF A THROW TO WARD OFF THE CHILL OF THE EVENING WAS A NICE TOUCH. FOOD WAS GREAT. ONLY HITCH WAS MY RIBEYE, ORDERED MED-RARE AND CAME MED-WELL. DID NOT SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN TOO LONG TO REPLACE.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dining experience was outstanding. Everything from the time we sat down to the time we left was top of the line. Our server was extremely congenial and helpful. He treated us all like we were special. I am gluten free and it was a rare treat to find a restaurant that gives you a gluten free menu that has almost as many items as the regular menu. Also, I haven't stopped drooling over the homemade gluten free pasta, nowhere else to be found. All four of us loved our meals. Thank you so much for giving us the perfect evening we were hoping for.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from appetizers to desert

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AD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was extraordinary. fig app. was out of this world. waitress very professional and attentive. great ambiance too.

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GE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Ristorante Lombardo for our second visit to celebrate my birthday. When we arrived, a hand-written card (signed by all the staff) was waiting on our table. We sat outside on their beautiful patio (though it's on Hertel, it's protected by hedges from noise and exhaust fumes). The waitress was knowledgeable and there when we needed her; we had an appetizer, two entrees, and shared a dessert. Everything was delicious, but you must try the lobster marscapone ravioli at some point, and do not leave without having a slice of the banofee pie! Great service, food, atmosphere, wine list, and site for special occasion celebrations.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always wonderful .

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PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great dining experience. Fig and squash blossom appetizers were delicious and creative.

Our only complaint was the valet ran out of spaces on a Saturday night. Did not offer to park our car on the street. Fortunately we found a space nearby and made our reservation on time.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing
everything!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent evening except it took an hour to receive our food. Way to long of a wait

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TA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I am always impressed with the quality of food at Lombardos. The apps, pasta, meats and desserts are always very high quality. Unfortunately on our most recent visit the service was very slow. Three times the wait staff came over to apologize for the wait before our entrees were served. That said, I would still go back because the food is that good!

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GK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to Lombardos and would definitely return. Our waiter was had very good recommendations for food , wine and cocktails. I think this will be more of a restaurant for us to celebrate a special event. Definitely save room for dessert.

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lombardos never disappoints! Food is always excellent as is the ambiance .

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town! Can’t beat the food and the service. Everyone was so nice also and made my birthday feel extra special!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining on a comfortable outside patio. Great food in a very nice setting. Staff is very attentive and accommodating.

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

Fried cauliflower was one of the best things I've ever tasted!!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding!! Celebrated a birthday! Our dinner was excellent

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T
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Three of us had an early dinner at Lombardo’s on a Saturday night. We arrived early for our 6:30pm reservation and were promptly greeted at the entrance, and seated at a table. We ordered glasses of wine, the gnocchi and calamari for appetizers and 2 lobster ravioli and halibut for entrees. All of the food was good and we enjoyed the wine. I liked the halibut but did not care for the polenta and sauce that accompanied it. The polenta had no flavor and the sauce did not complement the fish. The ravioli was the best of the dinner dishes. But even better was the dessert! The banoffee pie is amazing! It is banana and toffee on a homemade graham cracker crust and it is delicious!! Service was excellent. Our server, Susan, was attentive and helpful. Overall, it was a nice experience, but I was slightly underwhelmed, mostly with my entree. With so many great restaurants in Buffalo, it’s unlikely we will go back. Unless we order the banoffee pie to go.

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b
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and experience was exceptional. The food was excellent, and as described, and our server was just the right amount of friendly and professional. She was knowledgeable about gluten free needs. Eager to return!

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h
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOnderful as always. Hospitality at it's very very best. There's such obvious care and personal attention to everything that's done at Lombardo's. Chef Mike is so incredibly talented, and Tommy and Mary make you feel right at home, anticipating your every culinary wish. Can't wait to go back!!!

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was fantastic , the ambiance was perfect - our waiter was less than attentive, that’s my only complaint

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LG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lombardo’s comes with a great reputation and provides an experience to meet those high expectations. The food and atmosphere are phenomenal and they go the extra mile to make your experience special. From the hostess desk, to the bar, to the table, and even on your way out, they assure you’re taken care of.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Meal and service! Our server was awesome and made the meal!! We had a pizza for appetizer. Caesar Salad for 2 is amazing!! The Bolognese and the Continental delicious. We were too full for dessert and our server gave us a complimentary dessert to take home! Highly recommend!!!

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous - food, service, just everything!

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RT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We specifically went because of reviews of the Caesar salad. Both Caesar fans that I took were disappointed. However all the meals were great and the one desert was fine. A traditional and larger caesar salad was expected. Everything else was very good.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lombardo’s is a Buffalo treasure! The food is always excellent, as is the ambiance of this wonderful restaurant. My husband and I recently had dinner there with friends and had the good fortune of having Aaron as our waiter. I can’t say enough about how enjoyable he made our dining experience! Had the best meal and had the best time! Thank you Aaron and thank you Lombardo’s!

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