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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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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (49)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
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Romantic (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Notable Wine List (37)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Authentic (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Cozy (26)
Business Meals (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Good for Groups (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Casual (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Business meal with a Customer. The apps were pretty good, two of the entrees were very disappointing, I had the tagliatelle with rabbit and it was all sauce, had a hard time finding any rabbit. Our guest ordered the Bone in Ribeye, medium rare and came rare/seared with tons of strings in it which made it tough to cut and chew. We sent it back and I’m return for the $59 Steak, they offered 1 free dessert for the table and three shots of italian liquor. Will not go back, BTW dinner for 3 was $424.00.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The only complaint I had was the noise. I mean I had a hard time hearing.
We had an amazing service experience which overall trumped the noise. The food was fantastic. Honestly I haven’t had food that good since I lived in Connecticut and what tipped that was the pricing. Phenominal prices for such amazing food and service.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Our meals were as delicious as ever. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating every time we've been there. This is our special place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Ristorante Lombardo has been a staple in the Buffalo cuisine arena for years. The service has never been anything besides wonderful. From the moment you walk in you are greeted with a smile and the staff is genuinely happy to be there. The food is remarkable and the experience overall is second to none in the City. Would instantly be anyone's favorite after dining there.
A++

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Lombardo’s is a great restaurant with superior service. The food is magical - the wood roasted beets an avocado salad was amazing. Veal Marsala was tender and incredible. The sauce was nicely seasoned. The Bolognese sauce was rich and creamy. Full of meat flavor, just a tad under salted. Great bourbon and wine list. Desserts are superb - no bad choices.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Always amazing food, service and ambience!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Lombardo's is a "destination" restaurant. Consistently in the top 5 for the Western New York region. We have been many times and always leave raving about the food and service. Unfortunately, this time the food was not as good and the service a bit on the inattentive side. First, I must comment on the wine prices. While the wine selections are excellent, Most are on the higher end and the prices have gotten out of control, making it difficult to find moderately priced options, either by glass or bottle. On the service side, the waiter forgot our wine order and did not prepare the Caesar salad table-side (but rather behind the backs of the two who ordered it and made no presentation of it at all). Not what we pay for. Also, our table was not visited by management as is usually our experience. On the food side, the "special" pasta was ordered by 2 in our party and when it arrived at the table it looked like it was dumped on the plates from one bowl. Mine had a ton of scallops but little pasta, hers the opposite. Others indicated that their pastas were "good"; no one was raving about the pastas. This is what Italian restaurants' reputations are made of! It is the busy holiday season but I have never found Lombardo's to be susceptible to the food/service dips during typically high volume times but this time they may have. On the bright side, there was a card on the table when we arrived for the birthday girl, signed by the entire staff. They also brought her a nice slice of birthday cake that had not been pre-arranged by anyone in our party. Nice touches. Nevertheless, for the prices, the experience needs to be better than Good. Still room for improvement Lombardo's!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Xmas meeting

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

What a wonderful Christmas celebration with friends! Carlene &John are the BEST❤️

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A very special place

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

As usual, Tom Lombardo and his staff did an outstanding job. Great food, great service, great wait staff and great ambiance

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was wonderful, very polite and attentive staff. Cozy cool night ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was perfect, they really take care of you. The food was amazing. We had figs and table side Cesar salad for two. Both of these dishes were shared and devoured. We each got our own pasta and they were great! Loved everything about our experience. I highly recommend Lombardo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had a wonderful meal as always. The chocolate creme brulee was outstanding, the best I have ever had!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Waitress was excellent. Restaurant was noisey. Food was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Such an awesome night. From the valet to serving of dessert was excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

just a great restaurant with wonderful food and a great wine list.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Ristorante Lombardos is a great place to celebrate special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, as well as romantic evenings for fine food and excellent service. We celebrated my wife's 65th birthday recently and are already planning our next visit.
The restaurant had a birthday card at our table when we arrived and our server, Sarah was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive. She made our dinner special. The food was outstanding and all four of us loved the appetizers and entrees selected. Desserts were also incredible. It was a perfect selection for my wife's special birthday and is highly recommended for any special dining in your plans.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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