Ristorante Lombardo

4.9
1202 reviews
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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.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day. The food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend the Calamari, and The Continental for a main dish. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to eat the best Italian food in Buffalo.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you For the amazing meal and great service!

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. You can tell they have been in the restaurant business a long time .

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BP
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Star restaurant!
Designer food
Gracious staff
Most romantic atmosphere
Warm everything!

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RR
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect...from the warm greeting to the attentive service to the outstanding food. And all of this happens in a most relaxed setting...not stiff or overbearing.

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

Always a good place for a cozy dinner date.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! I took my wife there for her birthday and everything was outstanding and wonderful.
Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was delicious, staff very attentive, courteous and had an overall amazing energy. Even the owner went out of his way to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves and he not only greeted us upon arrival but personally wished a happy bday to the lady of honor. A great touch that was well appreciated!

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l
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, fabulous service.
Perfect for birthday celebration

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husbands 70th birthday. The personal acknowledgement of this was great. Perfect table, service was superb! Food was excellent. All in all, great experience! My favorite place for a special evening!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely!!!!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Lombardo is one of our very favorite restaurants! The owners are wonderful; with a very personalized approach, like they have invited you to their home for a delicious dinner. On this occasion ( a celebratory dinner for a couple recently married )a congratulations card was on the table signed by all the staff, and a complimentary glass of Prosecco for 4 was served.Wonderful! The wait staff are knowledgeable without any stuffiness, nor over familiarity.
The food is really wonderful, interesting specials and reliable menu selections. Our guests had a seared tuna entree and a filet of beef entree and both highly complimented their meals. My husband had his "usual" - the "Continental" a veal and shrimp combo plate that he raves about. I had the chicken saltimbocca for the first time and it was juicy and flavorful wth a great faro and mushroom side.
We were also treated to a generous slice of "Foofoo cake" to share; we all enjoyed delicious gelato and sorbets. Great coffees and espressos finished the meal. One thing we loved was the wines by the glass which are available as a regular pour or a "glass and a half option" which was just right for each of us; one glass is never enough!

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We had not been to Lombardo's in a few years.......we were really looking forward to our birthday dinner celebration.
We were all disappointed in our meals. Not one person in our party of four enjoyed their meal.
The service was wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Oysters!

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AJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the most consistently delicious, high-culinary experiences in the Buffalo area. The service is phenomenal, and the staff really goes above and beyond to make you feel like special guests. For example, the entire staff signed a birthday card for my friend tonight—simply because I’d listed it as a birthday on my reservation. Such a thoughtful gesture goes such a long way in my book! 5 out of 5 stars for the food, as always, and for the overall experience.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar far one of the best restaurants in Buffalo. The food is outstanding and extremely generous portions. The bar is fun and energetic especially when Jimmy is behind the bar. My husband forgot his gloves when we were there on a Friday evening. Tommy waited for me on Saturday afternoon during a snow storm so I could pick them up. That is what you call great service. Thank you!!!

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E
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are fabulous! We will go back again.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. We brought our boss who resides in Boston. Everything was great except the calamari lacked a bit of flavor and wasn’t a huge fan of the frou frou . However the tart was EVERYTHING!

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We spent 2 delightful hours enjoying the food and each others company and never felt that they wanted us to leave. Also great spacing of courses.

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EK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Told owner and his son on the night we were there that we loved it.

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E
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first visit to Lombardo's, and it certainly won't be our last. Our greeting was perfect; we were given the option of having a drink at the bar, or to be taken right to our table. We took the latter option. It was our wedding anniversary, and on the table was a nice card wishing us a Happy Anniversary. Then , we were served complimentary glasses of Prosecco. The oysters were delicious - the roasted fig appetizer is one that should not be missed. Our entrees - lobster tail and a 20oz rib-eye were both cooked perfectly. A delightful and delicious experience from beginning to end.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice experience!

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

superb service and delicious meals......... just a fantastic restaurant..

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with two friends for post-holiday dinner. The service was wonderful: Quick, polite, very unobtrusive. Food was very, very good. Beyond expectations. Loved the atmosphere. Quiet, calm, no loud music. Perfect for conversation and enjoyment. Very few restaurant like this still in exist. Perfection!!

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SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every single time. I have been there many times in my life and have never been disappointed.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites however 2 of the halibut dinners were not done well. Our fault for not bringing it to their attention. Will be back when it is just me and my wife.

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MS
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve

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s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there new years eve one of the busiest nights of the year. and it was very smooth from the Valets to the servers. The food was very good . I would highly recommend it

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as usual everything was great. Service was very good,food was tasty,and overall experience very nice. Great place to go for special occassion

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T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Western New York. Food is always of the highest quality. Server was attentive and very friendly.

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MN
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Bar service and table waitstaff were as exceptional as the food.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lombardo Restaurant never disappoints. We went for New Year's Eve. It was quiet at 5pm, but got busy around 5:30. The food was amazing - everything we had was excellent. The caesar for salad for two was extra special with table side service and the chicken saltimbocca is the best chicken dish I have ever had. Service was impeccable from the valet, to the coat check, to our servers.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here on New Years Eve and am so glad we did. The food was delicious and the waitstaff were remarkable all the way from our waiter to the people bussing our table.

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DE
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants...Just awesome from the service... to the food... & the atmosphere is outstanding!! We love this place!!

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but good things to say. The service was top notch. The food was of high quality, prepared to order, with attention to detail. My wife and I had a great time. The cost appropriate to the quality of the experience. I would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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DD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed with the lack of accommodation for a vegan diet, especially when we called ahead. There were two meat eaters, one vegetarian and one vegan in our group. The olive oil and bread were divine. The atmosphere was lovely too. Overall, our meals were good, but I would not classify them as spectacular, so they were not worth the price tag. I ordered the orecchiette and really enjoyed the home made pasta. The dish overall was a bit too sweet for my liking, but that's just me. Service was ok. Our Server seemed busy and not patient with our questions. I think it would have been nice if the Chef had a meal option or two for the vegan in our group. We ended up with a plate of roasted veggies.

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d
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Ristorante Lombards did not disappoint. I love ordering the grilled octopus appetizer, which is always perfect! We also had great entrees including one in our group that needed gluten free (GF printed menu was offered to her with many choices). They also have valet parking to top off the great evening. Highly recommended!!

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Mr. Lombardo and his well-trained, attentive staff made our family's Christmas Eve dinner very enjoyable. We have made Lombardo's part of our Christmas tradition - highly recommended.

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MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Thank you to the Lombardo family for being such good hosts.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Lombardo's. It was an absolutely amazing dining experience. The staffs attention to detail was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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