Ristorante Lombardo

4.9
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1500 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.9
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4.9
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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exceptional service and even better tasting food!

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Buffalo. From the moment you enter the restaurant, the service, and overall quality is top notch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent staff. Great experience!

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the one place in town where you can get all the essentials needed to be a truly great Italian restaurant. Those items include: espresso, gelato, and biscotti. Even more important is good veal, and a deep wine list. Restaurants that do not have these things are called pizzarias. On this occasion, we went for lunch on Friday. Wonderfully varied menu, and excellent service.

FC
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best of the best.

B
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The food,service, and wine. My dad was turning 91 and really enjoyed everything he was served. Wine choice was excellent.

JC
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite places from sitting at the bar having a drink to a delicious meal in the elegant dining area. I was a kittke disapointed the other night with the young woman they had working as a hostess...not very personable and quite frankly borderline rude. Hope it was an anomoly and not a regular behavior.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ceasar salad in Buffalo served tableside with a server with personality.

MM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service could not have been better from the moment we walked in and recognized our wedding anniversary and nice card on our table from the staff to our server Julia. Truly welcoming, professional and sincere. The food was very good, served at the right temperature. Wish there were a few more traditional Italian dishes on the menu however.

LI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit was excellent - looking forward to dining again soon

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was exceptional! Highly recommend

AC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reserved a private room for a special occasion. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we were treated like royalty. The food was absolutely fantastic and was presented in a timely manner (considering we had 12 diners - quite a feat). The service was beyond compare and the value was very reasonable. The personal touches that the employees provided throughout the evening including a hand written card was very special and appreciated a great deal. We plan on returning for future celebrations in the years to come. Thanks once again to Tommy Lombardo and his extraordinary staff for a memorable evening.

E
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The figs are delicious, and be sure to order any pasta. Ciao!

KM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so delicious and the service was amazing! They made me feel so special on my birthday. Will be back for special occasions.

GT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. If you are looking for an Iron Chef experience at a great value, look no further. Exceptional food, attentive and knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere. Perfect for special occasions or just because. We will be back.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Ristorante Lombardo was a perfect dining experience. Everyone from the valet to the chef strive to make your experience memorable. Thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. This is now our favorite restaurant!! Thank you for helping me celebrate Rich’s birthday!

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the premier restaurant in Buffalo, NY. We are never disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Don’t ever accept being seated at table #1 unless you want a view of everyone using the facilities, watching the wait staff chat and catch a draft from the door opening and closing.

An attempt was made to request a seating change but was dismissed and not considered. One is left with the feeling that if your not a regular customer you should just feel lucky you were allowed to make a reservation.

It seemed to be an inconvenience to consider after dinner drinks and dessert even though no one was waiting for our table and it was still early(8:30).

We expected a dining experience we got an expensive dinner.

BF
Caribbean
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot to have nice upscale Italian fare. They also offer really good Gluten Free pasta!! Some of the best I have had. The pizza was nothing to write home about (not worth getting) and my shrimp scampi would be better described as lemon pasta with shrimp. I loved it, but if you are expecting scampi, you might be surprised. Lemon was predominant in several dishes, actually, which got to be a little too one-note for me. The stand outs overall were the appetizers--hot peppers stuffed with gorgonzola were DELICIOUS; scallop appetizer with grapefruit and arugula salad were all really tasty and well seasoned.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife. We get to many restaurants as we enjoy Buffalo and it’s wide variety of food and cocktail options. Lombardo was absolutely fantastic. Great atmosphere, great service and wonderful food. All tucked into a great North Buffalo location.

S
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, always the BEST. Variety of choices. Tastes and aromas superb. Excellent presentation. Superior service. Can’t say enough!

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service staff was very hospitable and fast. They always made sure we had everything we needed.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was top notch. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Sarah our server was outstanding . The banoffee desert was out of this world!!!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Great food, great service and so accommodating if you have dietary issues. Many gluten free options.

RF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

While food and service were excellent, the decor feels old and outdated.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, amazing food, professional service. We will be back!!

HF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our best food today we could not say anything bad everything was superb staff we're very delightful and entertaining. Coming back to do a lunch with my grandson leader in the month. I've just received about your restaurant when I got back to Ontario Canada. My husband was impressed on all staff signing the birthday card. Thank you so much.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & ambiance. People were dressed the way they used to for going to dinner, not like they just came out of the yard from doing gardening.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

MO
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a wonderful celebration of my sister's birthday; of hers and my completion of treatment for breast cancer ; and of a special visit from my 87 year old brother-in- law- probably his last visit to his home town of Buffalo. He and his son,my nephew, amen from Southern California.
Thank you for making it so memorable.

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went yet again for Dining out for life WNY as they graciously donate 50% of their sales. Not only did I feel good about helping donate money I always know the experience will be beyond amazing. The food only gets better every time I eat there. I cannot express how beautifully prepared every dish was, even items I would never eat were exquisite. I will recommend this restaurant to anyone that will listen for the rest of their existence or mine...whichever comes first. Top notch service is literally the icing on the cake.

MP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end...outstanding service and outstanding food. All for a reasonable price.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic

SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lombardo’s is consistently perfect.
Always good to be there.

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It has a great ambiance to bring your love there for her birthday.

TW
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, service and ambiance. We stayed after dinner for a drink at the cozy bar.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lombardo's and San Marco have been our go to fine dining Italian establishments for years and continue to be the one's. The sharing of small plates at Lombardo's is a great way to expand your food .

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The restaurant was great, service and food was amazing. The problem I have is that my boyfriend has Celiac and so is Gluten Free, I chose this restaurant due to their gluten free menu and great amount of options. The food tasted amazing, however he was sick all night after our dinner. :/ Not sure if it was a cross contamination thing but it definitely dampened the romantic night.

KJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked into the door, the service was exquisite! We were greeted by the maitre d who had a lovely smile and seemed very happy to be there. He asked us who's birthday it was and when we responded with "both", his reaction was "well then thank you BOTH got working your day with us!" We were sat in a corner looking into the dining room, which I loved. There was a card on the table that said "Happy Birthday", which the staff signed. Our waiter was over within seconds to get us water and let us look at the drink menu. The drinks were delicious and the cheese was the best! I love cheese and the two we picked, we're DELICIOUS! My husband got the pasta with the mussels and shrimp and I got the gluten free pasta with capers and cauliflower. Both meals were delicious. We shared a order of the vanilla gelato and our bellies were full! The wait made sure our glasses were never empty and that everything tasted perfectly. On the way out we were again thanked for spending our birthday with them and we're wished a great night. The service alone is worth 5 stars, add in the food and I wish I could give it more!! Highly recommend and not I understand why they were so busy for a Tuesday night!