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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

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for a Date (55)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
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Romantic (48)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Notable Wine List (40)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Worth the Drive (33)
Cozy (31)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Authentic (30)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Business Meals (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Local Ingredients (12)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for date night with my wife, after 1st attempt delayed because of sickness. Arrived just before reservation time, promptly valeted, seated and coat check offered. Wife's salad was fantastic, her meal was terrific. My steak was not cooked to my request. A new steak was prepared. The waiter offered a free dessert and free after dinner drink. Which was nice to be pro active with customers, I would have preferred to have it removed from bill. Overall a fantastic dining experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was great, food was amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

As alway, the food and service were exceptional and the assistance to find a great wine was tremendous

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and location. Lobster tail was fantastic, and the side of melted butter on a candle was a nice touch. Def a special occasion kind of spot.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

It's a North Buffalo Gem , we have been going there for as long as I remember. Service is the best they treat you like family , the food is just wonderful always . I tell people that never knew about this place to go for the experience of a life time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Consistently excellent. Our go to place for fine dining.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Had the filet and my friend had the sca

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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined 6 days ago

Best restaurant in Buffalo. Amazing food, atmosphere and waitstaff. Simply the best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

It was a lovely Valentine’s Day Dinner❤️

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Lombardo's never dissapoints ! My family has been dining here for years, and I'm always happy to continue the tradition. Food, service, and experience are impeccable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food is excellent. It doesn't matter your craving, they have something to satisfy it. The wine and cocktail list are expansive. Many different types of delicious and rare wines. The pricing is reasonable for the quality of the food, service, and ambiance. The only negetive part of my experience (and this is not at all a dig against Ristorante Lombardo) is that the refined level of dining attracts some quite rude and arrogant customers. My fiance and I sat next to a man and a woman enjoying a 6 course meal. The woman made comments (to her dining partner, not directly to us but audible enough to hear) on our wine selection, our choice to have a single entree and dessert. I heard her say people who were not willing to spend the money and time on a 6 course meal and rare wine do not deserve to eat at such an establishment. We should apparently be segregated from the more affluent diners. She also spoke somewhat rudely to her server. I don't care what level of society you come from, that is no way to treat wait staff as lovely as those from this restaurant and especially not other patrons.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Still the BEST in Western New York. Worth the drive from East Aurora!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

They do a great job

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Old school fine dining with super service and well prepared food with freshest of ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful menu, beautifully prepared food and presentation, very attentive service. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Erin is an exceptional waiter. He has creative suggestions and knows how to recommend the best wines.

The restaurant is conducive to conversation.

Try the Figs and the Grilled Octopus

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is always of the highest quality and the service second to none. We were there this time for my birthday, a card greeted us at the table and all of the staff were attentive and thanked us of choosing Ristorante Lombardo for our celebration. We had the wood roasted figs and scallops as appetizers followed by the Osso Buco and Veal Marsala. All were excellent. The bar is also very good, cocktails very well made.
All in all, the experience just reinforces why we love this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Pricey but enjoyed what I ordered. Needed an interpreter to decipher the menu. Luckily our waitress obliged.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, ambience and service. A bit costly but very much worth the expense. One of the best dining out experiences my bride and I have in quite some time. We will return.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great experience! It was date night for us and we really had a wonderful evening all around - waiter recommended some cocktails which were fantastic, food was delectable and overall true highly quality evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was perfect. Service was excellent. The fig, prosciutto and Gorgonzola appetizer may be the best in Buffalo. So too was the chocolate creme brûlée.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

i had the roasted beet salad and one of the pizzas for dinner. The meal was exquisite, as was the service. I look forward to experiencing Lombardo's again sometime.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Awesome! We loved our evening. Josh was amazing to us! We can’t wait to come back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our waitress was very pleasant, knowledgeable and very attentive. The atmosphere was very warm and cozy and I can't say enough about the delicious food. We drove for 30 minutes to come to this restaurant and it was very much worth the drive. I would highly recommend .

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

As always Lombardo met our expectations. The special event dinner was met by a Happy Birthday wish card. The Caesar salad prepared at the side was exceptional as well as the main courses. Very professional staff and attentive owner. Highly recommended!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Enjoyed dinner with another couple. Tom & Mary were most gracious hosts. Dinners were excellent. Non-rushed, relaxing and delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dined at Lombardo's for NYE with friends. As usual, limited menu with higher prices and smaller portions. Great service and good food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Stunning service and immaculate preparation. We were so impressed with the food and the whole vibe.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Go to Lombardo if you want the best food and best service in Buffalo!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Outstanding ambiance & service. This is the special place to go to in Buffalo.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was impeccable! Food was delicious. Gluten free options were amazing. Gluten free ice cream was delicious but more gf desserts would be preferred

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This place is a true gem, simply outstanding in every way. It's been in the hands of the Lombardo family since it opened over forty years ago, and their love of the restaurant they created and attention to detail is obvious from the moment you enter. When the Rolling Stones played Buffalo a couple years ago, Mick Jagger, having sought out the best Italian restaurant in the city, was directed here. Be aware that it's not your standard red sauce fare. With that caveat, highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

As always it is such a pleasure to dine at Lombardo. Valet parking is a plus, staff wonderful, place is so pretty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great meal and service at Lombardo’s my wife and my favorite restaurant in Buffalo

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Buffalo. Consistently delicious and the service is outstanding. Wonderful all around experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Another fantastic meal at Lombardo’s ! The special two course lunch for $22 was delicious. Also I highly recommend their Affogato dessert !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing as always!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Lombards is my favorite restaurant in Buffalo. Best food, best service, fantastic owners. They make you feel so welcome. I adore the ambience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Disabled Access, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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