Ristorante Lombardo

4.8
1118 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tommy Lombardo is the best. Keep up the good work. Enjoyed the meal.

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B
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful way to spend part of our 28th Anniversary. The food and service was outstanding. Lombardi’s is always special. Great wine selections. Dessert was over the top. The Banofee Pie is crazy great!

The Caesar salad prepared table side is just too awesome. So few do this anymore and Lombardi’s does it so well

This is a can’t miss Restaurant. Pasta choices are great, but don’t miss out on the specials and other dishes.

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OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal I had on my recent business trip to Niagara & Buffalo. From the service, recommendations & selection... will definitely be back!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

First the good things. The ambiance in the bar area is very romantic and great for a date. The dining area is very cozy as well, dim lighting is a bonus. The bartender and our waitress were very attentive and accommodating.
We started by ordering the wood fired figs which were excellent. Followed by the antipasto for two, which was not very impressive, everyone at the table thought the selection of cheeses and meats were not that good, and we all agreed we would never order that starter again partially due to the $22 price tag and what was given.
Next we ordered the caesar salad which they prepare table side, a very nice touch. The salad was very good and watching the dressing made from scratch was very nice. Our only small suggestion regarding the salad was we felt that it should be served with fresh shredded Parmesan cheese instead of the grated cheese it was served with. Would have made the salads just perfect.
Now for the bad things. My brother and I ordered the veal marsala. Both of us agreed that the veal was very dried out and over cooked, the prosciutto was also pretty tough. We have had this many times before so we are well aware of what it should taste like. I wanted to sample their regular house sauce(red) so I ordered a side of linguine. The sauce was a huge disappointment. I have been to all the "famous" and dozens of not so famous Italian restaurants in the Buffalo area and this was by far one of the most disappointing. Very bland, no depth or complexity to the sauce whatsoever.
My wife ordered the yellow fin tuna from the nightly special menu, which came with roasted potatoes. She said the potatoes were excellent but unfortunately a quarter of the tuna was so under cooked it was stringy, she could only eat a little over half of it.
My sister-in-law ordered the tagliatelle bolognese, her comment was, "it's just ok" It was pretty bland, she said she was expecting more taste.
Just not what we expected for a $525 night.
We did enjoy the wine!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Probably the best I've had in Buffalo.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a dinning experience. We loved everything from the moment we walked in the door.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over all experience was impressive with a wait staff that made the experience memorable and food cooked to perfection. Would of liked a few more entrées to choose from that were moderately priced.

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff is very friendly. The food is great. Good restaurant for a date night.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Lombardo's for years. It never disappoints.

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j
New England
71 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars here for good reason- they are consistent with delicious cuisine and attentive service! Best outdoor patio for summertime dining & comfortable indoor dining as well.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pleasant evening- great food-great service would go back again to celebrate special occasions. Recommend to others any time.

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D
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful first visit. Service, food and friendliness outstanding. We’ll be back

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and excellent food. They asked on reservation if we were celebrating and had a card at the table for the honoree. Did not rush our celebration even though some guests were late and we stayed longer than normal seating time (4+ hours).

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the caesar salad and the continental entree of veal and shrimp.
We loved it and order it frequently.
We were not as enthusiastic about our desserts however.
I enjoyed cocktail before dinner.
We always say we should come to Lombardo's more often.

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AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience and service is always outstanding. Tom does a wonderful job making sure everyone is accommodated and well served.It’s simply never disappoints

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PH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My #1 restaurant in Buffalo including suburbs. Cannot beat the food, wine list, service, atmosphere.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Our waiter was crazy polite and checked on us regularly. The food was delicious. Authentic, homemade pasta- as good as being in Italy- and I've been! I had the mushroom pasta and fig pizza. 100% would go again.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was cooked perfectly. Atmosphere was beautiful and service was outstanding.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Mr Lombardo for making our evening so special. Food service and ambiance were 5 stars.
Please don’t change anything because everything was perfect.

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F
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely evening. Very tasty food. But rib steak that two of us ordered was well seasoned and cooked rare as ordered but very tough. Not prime as described.
Wish server had ben more willing to make suggestions.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here and I must say that I was impressed. The food was absolutely delicious and the drinks were great. Our waiter was pleasant and very helpful with food suggestions. I will be back!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the wait staff was amazing, answered all our questions and had great suggestions, nothing to complain about! Great anniversary dinner!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and a beautiful patio to celebrate an anniversary.

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CA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my niece out to treat her after her interview with University of Buffalo medical school. The restaurant was very accommodating since I had the reservation on a wrong date. Service was top notch, food was good and ambiance was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night for my husband's birthday. Everything was exceptional!!

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lombardo's is a perennial favorite. Beautiful atmosphere, great service and consistently great food year after year. Try the half roasted chicken.

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BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What can I say. This is one of the finest restaurants on Hertel and perhaps in the city. Wife and I had gift certificates and the prix fixe weekday specials were a perfect oppotunity for a special night out for no special reason. Our three course dinner was tasty and of good quality but the place is so much more than just great food. The service, attention to detail, the ambience all added up to make the evening a night to remember. We had been there on numerous previous occassions and everytime the experience has been positive and noteworthy. The Manager and Owner both checked on us to make sure we were satisfied. Perfect for a date night, romantic evening, anniversary, birthday or just someplace to go when you want to go out. Dress up, put on the special cologne and treat yourself to a night out. It's the prefect place.

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R
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As first time visitors to Buffalo we were looking for an authentic Italian restaurant...We found that in Lombardo's. The food was delicious and well prepared The wine was spectacular: Verdicchio...and the service was fabulous. Conner was great.

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many great restaurants in WNY, but this is the best of the best!!!!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding at all levels, can’t wait to go back!

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet parking the car to Mr. Lombardo wishing us a good evening, Lombardo's is exquisite. Food, service, ambience - all were above reproach, an excellent meal and excellent evening.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! From the valet service to our last bite...impeccable! Thank you for a wonderful night!

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JB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great meal for everyone in our group.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time for our anniversary this weekend and had a wonderful meal. Had many people around us doing the same, but we didn’t announce ours to anyone. I saw a nice card on one of the couples tables. What a nice touch! The pizzas are much larger than I expected. We got one as an appetizer (Fig and Gorgonzola) and had to take most of it home. Just as great for lunch the next day reheated in the toaster oven 👌. We both had wonderful entrees, wine, dessert and service. Complimentary Valet service was a huge plus, given the location. Can’t wait to enjoy again!

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Great service. Friendly staff. Very personalized service

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RY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. As they always do, the Lombardo's team went out of their way to ensure it was a great experience. That is what sets them apart, they treat you like it is a special occasion whether it is or not. Yes the food and cocktails were fabulous but that is a given. Buffalo's finest restaurant IMO.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our daughter for her birthday. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. She loved the happy birthday card on our table and the candle on her dessert; they made her feel special. Thanks for a great evening.

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MM
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service. Beautiful patio and dining toom

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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