Ristorante Lombardo

4.8
1011 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
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance was great! The service was great! We loved the homemade pasta dishes and the salads! We have eaten at Italian restaurants in different cities and Ristorante Lambardo is one of the best ever!!

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New York Area
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Been coming back here for years! The food and service are amazing!

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D
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

I absolutely love Lombardos. You can’t go wrong here. Everything is of the highest quality and delicious! The staff is outstanding. Mary, Tommy, Mr Lombardo, Amelia, John and Carleen are all awesome and treat everyone like a VIP... or part of the family. Nothing says summer like a lemon drop in their patio!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

My husband and I went to Lombardo’s for our anniversary dinner last Saturday. It was an exceptional evening from start to finish. We were greeted with “Happy Anniversary” and were seated at the time of our reservation after a quick drink at the bar. Our waitress Carleen was so pleasant and attentive and she greeted us with two glasses of Prosecco to toast our anniversary. Our meals were outstanding and all staff are quick to refresh water, bring more bread and clear dishes. Lombardo’s is by far one of the finest restaurants in Buffalo. The entire evening was fabulous and we were treated so well. We can’t wait to return again soon.

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OT
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Wonderful,anniversary dinner! Service and food were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Delicious!

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Choose this resturant for our Anniversary this year and had a very pleasant dining experience ❤️

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Haven’t been here in awhile but it lived up to its reputation!!
The tableside Caesar Salad is the best in town!

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2.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Wow! I still can't believe what people consider to be an "authentic Italian" restaurant. This is definitely not. My dinner (orecchiette) in theory could have been good, given the ingredients, however, the chef was way heavy-handed with LEMON. Ruined it entirely. Our waitress, Susan, who is outstanding, offered to replace it and was way apologetic. I did not want to do that because, really, it wasn't HER fault. I just hoped she relayed this to the chef! My husband had the eggplant (which was good) but it was served with over-pestoed boboli (that's the quality of the crust that was served) Not enough eggplant, way too much boboli. Overall, the atmosphere was quite nice. Very pleasant and attentive staff. I would not go again just because it was apparent that the kitchen staff aren't really versed in Italian cooking. More like "fast-food" Italian. Oh, and the wine prices are just plain crazy (not in a good way!)

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EZ
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

It was a beautiful summer evening and we sat outside. The food and service were excellent and we were not rushed at all. Valet parking makes it very convenient. We enjoyed it very much.

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D
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Went here for a belated birthday celebration for myself with the whole family as I now live outside of Buffalo in Los Angeles. I would compare Lombardo's to any of the "high end" Italian spots I've frequented in LA (maybe better). Starting with the perfect martini poured by knowledgeable Bar Mgr., John Spasiano, I was then introduced to Tom Lombardo (the younger one) who then reviewed their extensive wine list with me and suggested the perfect compliment to our meal. Food was fabulous! A must is the Caesar Salad which is prepared table side. Pasta is home made (lobster ravioli is wonderful) and the veal and steaks were superb! We didn't miss a beat with the deserts either. My only suggestion would be to drop the ciabatta roll as a base for the fresh strawberries over cream (a fresh biscuit would be so much better). Other than that, I'll be back on my next visit back to the home town.

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KM
Miami
4.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Just about the only restaurant in Buffalo with a good balance between price and quality. Virtually all others are very expensive for “ok” food or just simply expensive. This place is well presented and professional. Good tasty food that is well seasoned.

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J
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

This is my favorite upscale place to go for special occasions.
I love the food. BEST CAESAR SALAD, BEST SERVICE and over all GREAT FOOD.
I have never been disappointed when dining here.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

40th Wedding Anniversary - great experience

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DM
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Buffalo has many outstanding restaurants. Prior to this most recent visit, Lombardo's was my favorite area restaurant for years. It continues to be. Amazing food and service, as always.

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JC
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Lombardo's is clearly one of my favourite places in any city! Tom, the bartender, is friendly and remembers your name. Food is outstanding as is the service. I went with a friend to celebrate my birthday and when we got to the table there was a birthday card from everyone on the table. Probably due to my profile but impressive nonetheless. If you are looking for fine dining this is definitely one of the best!

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GB
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

As usual, the dining experience was outstanding! Tom and his staff offer a fine dining experience.

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c
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Always the best of everything, from valet
parking to walking out the door 5 star and more !

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KN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to have dinner. The service is always on point and the food is awesome.

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R
Tampa
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Ristorante Lombardo once again proves just how magnificant dining can be in Buffalo.....fabulous food, fantastic service and a warm, inviting atmosphere!

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DD
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Went out to celebrate Father's Day and as we are not from the area we relied on internet reviews to choose a restaurant. This place lived up to the reviews. Nice ambience, excellent service, varied menu. We had fried climatic and it was cooked perfectly. Then Caesar salad prepared right at the table. I order Caesar everywhere I go and this dressing was delicious. I ordered lobster ravioli and it was very good. Other choices at my table were a seafood linguine, veal and shrimp scampi(together) and veal marsala. Everyone was full and happy. No room for dessert although there were some tempting choices. Would definitely come here again. On the negative side, the neighborhood isn't the greatest but they do have free valet parking. Buon appetito!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 14, 2018

The food, service, and ambiance were excellent! I will definitely be back.

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L
Philadelphia
3.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

I had high hopes for this restaurant for special occasion. Service was slow, even though there appeared to be several waiters. My meal was good, but half of my ravioli was cold when served. Overall would not recommend with competition in area they were not up to par.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

Quality service, food, ambience. Extraordinary.

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DS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was extraordinary. Service was impeccable. Brought visitors from NYC and they were impressed. Definitely one of the top three dinner venues in western New York. We are repeat customers and, of course, will be back.

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SR
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our first visit to Lombardo’s although we have heard good things about it for a long time. The staff is very friendly and we were introduced to the owners and family members. Service was attentive and efficient not stuffy. We were definitely not rushed. It was so pleasant to enjoy dinner and have a pleasant conversation without having to shout. There are two separate enclosed dining rooms and a seasonal patio separate from a small bar area. I had the beet salad and The Continental, shrimp scampi, veal francaise, and homemade tagliatelle served with asparagus. Excellent. My husband had the caprese appetizer and lobster ravioli. Friends had callamare and tagliatelle bolognese. Also all excellent. Will definitely return. It is not a large restaurant so reservations are a must. Complementary Valet parking is available.

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L
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Great service, great food! Perfect dinner- willbe back again!

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L
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

The service was outstanding. The food was excellent. The waitperson anticipated our every need and any changes to the meal as described on the menu was accommodated immediately. The manager visited our table several times to be sure everything met our expectations.
The restaurant was pricey but the high quality of everything made it well worth the price.

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DA
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

An experience that doesn't disappoint. Food prepared with care and wonderful.

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OT
Toronto
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Terrific food, helpful staff, wonderful waitress, lovely evening.

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J
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner as usual. The fig pizza was outstanding ! Their Caesar Salad is the best we have ever had. All four of us enjoyed our entrees The Continental is my husbands favorite. The charming Tommy and Mary are the perfect hosts !

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V
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

The service and food at Lombardo’s is excellent. They are very attentive without being obtrusive. This restaurant is truly a gem in north Buffalo!

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Everything was great

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GE
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Our first visit to Ristorante Lombardo was noteworthy! The servers were attentive and knowledgeable, the menu had something for everyone, and each dish was fantastic. We had an appetizer, a pasta dish, a dinner plate, and dessert. We split everything and they allow that without charging to split plates. The lobster ravioli was phenomenal, as was the Bannofee pie (banana cream pie with toffee and homemade graham cracker crust). There were many other things we will be excited to come back and try. All first class, from beginning to end. Gorgeous interior and easy parking.

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BL
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Service was fantastic w/Carline as our server. Food was so tasty - can't wait to go back

My friend and I had a wonderful dual birthday celebration lunch.

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JI
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

I had the most delicious pizza & lovely wine. The place is beautiful & free valet parking, I loved it. Yes

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L
Toronto
5.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

Great service. Superb staff, chef, menu and meal.

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NP
Tampa
5.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

The Lombardo family and their exceptional staff always provide a memorable dining experience. It is a beautiful restaurant and my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and to our surprise a congratulations card and two glasses of champagne were brought to our table shortly after being seated. In a nutshell, the meals, deserts and ambiance are outstanding and we highly recommend giving Lombardo's a try for your next evening out or special occasion.

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CJ
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Always a special occasion at Tom's place. The top Italian restaurant in the top 10 of all restaurants in Western New York

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d
New England
5.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

A great place to celebrate any event or just dining with family. Our dinner were wonderful and the staff as well. They have a heated patio,which we often enjoy. One of the best trsturants in Buffalo

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