About Ristorante Lombardo

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.

1198 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY 14216
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch: Friday's Only - 11:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Virgil and Lovering

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 873-4291

Website:
http://ristorantelombardo.com/

Parking Details:
We also use valet on busier nights

Executive Chef:
Michael Obarka

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

Ristorante Lombardo Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (44)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
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Romantic (37)
Notable Wine List (34)
Authentic (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Cozy (22)
Business Meals (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (7)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

my wifes steak was mostly fat.we didnt notice it until the next day since she took home the leftovers.the ambience was very romantic.i did enjoy the anchovies on my ceasar salad.the service was very good but for the money i would go to russels.the desswert was very good

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Fairly empty when we arrived but we were nonetheless seated right next to a couple whose every word we could hear. (i.e. loud) Once other diners arrived it wasn't so noticeable, but it did seem odd when there were plenty of seating options for the four of us. Food is always great as is the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Staff extremely welcoming. Food very good . Classy place. Too Pricy. Server Did not mention no free tea refills which is lame in todays world.

I can see how people would like the restaurant. I dont appreciate the cost/benefit compared to other options around town.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

The service, food, atmosphere is outstanding at Lombardo's. I always feel welcome and at home when I'm there. Excellent!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Always superb!..The food and service can not be beat...

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Lombardo's very much and will definitely be back. The only thing we would change is that we felt very rushed by our server. We ordered pre-dinner drinks, and had barely had a sip when our appetizers arrived. This is partially our own fault, as we had not stipulated that we did not want any food until we had enjoyed our drinks. We would have preferred to have a glass of wine with the appetizer, and then a second different wine with the main course, but as it was, our drink with the appetizer was our pre-dinner drink, and then we chose a glass of wine for the main course. On that note, the wines we both enjoyed by the glass were excellent.
Being in the hospitality business ourselves, we offer this criticism only as constructive to correct a small detail. Otherwise, we completely enjoyed everything about Lombardo's.
Thank you, Tommy and Chris!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love, Love, Love Lombardo's, everything from service to food to the relaxing ambience, I am never disappointed, it's always the same. Family owned & operated...you always feel special!
Great wine list!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

From the to me we walked in to the time we left, great experience! Great food! Will come again!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic food and service. We all loved the meal from beginning through dessert. We will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Have really stepped up the food quality and the wine list. Could use some better art work ... but who cares if the food and the wine are great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ristorante Lombardo was excellent. We have been there before and it is always special.
I love the oysters and the different pastas. Always a treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were celebrating my birthday. The entire staff from Hostess to Bartenders to our Waiter were super friendly and attentive. The whole dinning experience made us all feel Special! We had reservations for four people but at the last minute we had another couple join us. They were able to accommodate us with no problems. We had delicious cocktails at the bar for a few minutes and then were seated right away. Octopus appetizer is amazing. The Veal Chop I ordered was the Biggest one I have ever seen and it was cooked perfect and delicious. They then brought us all out Fru Fru Cake for everyone as I had asked!! My Favorite Cake!!! We will return very soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love Lombardo's...it is our spot for our anniversary! They always treat us so well! Started with champagne and oysters...amazing! The waitstaff is superb, food delicious...it is our favorite!

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was amazing. Our server was very helpful and accommodating to one of our guests extensive dietary restrictions. And while I enjoy a leisurely dinner with friends we sat down at 7:45 and didn’t leave until 10:15. We had people that we were supposed to meet out after but they ended up cancelling because dinner ran ridiculously late. It was my birthday dinner and the staff had signed and left a card for me at the table. A very thoughtful touch.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall I like Lombardo's. Went back for the third time on my wife's birthday and it seems like nothing last forever. I ordered the continental along with my daughter and it seems like they took one dinner and split into two. I would have preferred they tell me there was only enough for one. Other than that everybody appeared pleased.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing customer experience. Convenient, efficient valet. Very tasty food, but small portions, and quite expensive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The service at Lombardos is impeccable!!! It really makes the experience when you feel that the staff is trying their best to make your dinner memorable. Food was excellent as always. Lombardos is a buffalo gem!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

You can’t go wrong. From the food to the service, everything is wonderful.
Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Exceptional food; superior service; fine dining in Buffalo at its best!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I had spaghetti squash small plate. It had an amazing tomato sauce on it that was so delicious! I added Parmesan cheese and felt like I was eating a plate of pasta! Always consistently great food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

AS always Lombardo's was excellent. Food , drinks, service was impeccable. For a special occasion or really for any reason this restaurant is your best bet.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent octopus appetizer and black and white linguini. Service is always great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Over many years we have enjoyed Lombardos and always return. It's my number one restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The overall experience was amazing. Everything was fresh with a lot of flavor. Service was excellent as well.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

What a wonderful dining experience! We dined at Lombardo’s to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We were seated on the outside patio. It was a beautiful, private setting. Our server was nothing but professional and the timing of our meal was perfectly paced! Our food was absolutely delicious! We can’t recommend Lombardo’s enough and can’t wait to return!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We went to Lombardo for an anniversary dinner. The staff was outstanding from the hostess to the waiter to the woman clearing the table and refilling water. The food was excellent, the wine list was extensive and the dessert was delicious! We will be back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always womderful and special! One of our favorites. Absolutely delicious every time

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food and service was spectacular. We dined here before a show and thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience. Definitely added to the "must dine again" list.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My expectations with Ristorante Lombardo were not only met but the service, ambiance and cuisine went above and beyond what I expected to experience!
We started our evening of culinary delights with a mouthwatering pan seared scallop dish, followed by eggplant parm that was accompanied by a colorful pizza described as bianco pizza (which in my opinion its name is very misleading). We also shared a dinner that consisted of delectable veal, shrimp scampi and hand made Tagliatelle noodles.
We could have walked away from our dining experience fulfilled and delighted at that point, but we did not stop there. We shared their dessert special, which was well worth the calories.
To top off this memorable evening, we dined outside on their romantic and charming patio that created the perfect ambiance for a perfect summer night.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that the perfect evening would have been impossible without the attentiveness and caring of the outstanding staff from parking valet, servers, and maître d'.
I cannot wait until my next dining experience at Ristorante Lombardo, which I assure you, will be soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 22, 2017

A fabulous "must go to" restaurant. Great service, attention to detail and personal approach towards the customer.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

What a find! I will return here every time I am in Buffalo!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We have enjoyed this sensational restaurant through three generations of ownership.
They have maintained and updated the beauty of the establishment adding a superb outdoor dining experience in recent years. The quality of the food is outstanding, authentic and surpassed by no one in western New York. Small, intermediate and large plates are equally imaginative and delicious. We enthusiastically return with regularity.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Our first visit, went for our anniversary,hope to give it another try. Food portion for eggplant was HUGE, came with pizza that was all awesomely delicious. Did not care for the fig appetizer, but my husband enjoyed it. His veal was a bit chewy. Dessert, banana cream pie was good. They through in a free piece of flourless chocolate that my husband enjoyed tremendously. Enjoyed it overall, just maybe not as much as Hutch's or Daniel's. Hope to go back again. Some of the flavors were superb.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The menu and the attentive service make this the best restaurant in town!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

The food is very well prepared and the menu has something for everyone. I love the complementary valet parking and the patio seating in the good weather. Will definitely go back for more!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very nice and frankly, nicer than the online pictures indicate. We really enjoyed the food and service.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Lombardos is such an amazing restaurant...from the delicious food to the quality service. The whole experience is phenomenal! Such a memorable meal celebrating our anniversary. Chef Obarka's food, and presentation is fantastic. The glasses of champagne on the house was such a nice touch! Thank you Lombardo's!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Waiter seemed to habe a bit of an attitude . He was not attentive. Not familiar with credit card operation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

A fabulous meal only ruined by a very loud intoxicated table next to us. Hopefully better luck next time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

My sons second wedding anniversary. On the table was an anniversary card to them signed by, I think, the whole staff. As we were seated 3 glasses of champagne appeared ! What a terrific touch ! Made them feel quite special. Food & service was the usual over the top.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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