Ristorante Lombardo

4.9
1216 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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TB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I truly love this restaurant and the service that they provide. I chose to take my wife here for her birthday because I wanted a “Sure thing”. Unfortunately the food was not fantastic this trip. Poorly executed menu items and incorrect descriptions led to a slightly dissatisfying experience. I won’t get into details of some of the mishaps out of respect for the management, we know the management will correct things that can be corrected. I have really high standards for this place, and the awesome service/ management really makes up for one lack luster food experience.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful staff, fabulous food!

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PK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant - in every aspect: polite, knowledgeable staff, great ambiance, amazing food & superb wine list! Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Buffalo & would hold up against comparisons of similar restaurants in cities like NYC, Chicago, LA etc. No wonder Mick Jagger ate here twice the last time The Rolling Stones came through town in 2015. Cant wait to go back - very soon!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect evening!
Greeted at the door warmly by Tommy Lombardo— friendly and professional bar tenders, excellent service by Carleen and exceptional food . Always a favorite dining experience.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had the most wonderful dinner and service. They make you feel like every guest is special. I had a moment to speak with Tommy and it was a lovely conversation!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing as well as the food.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fig appetizer, lobster ravioli, and the cavatelli were all outstanding!!! First time there and we'll certainly be returning!

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PJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening, with excellent food, and attentive servers. Never disappointed.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was out of this world the ambience was just amazing all the workers there were very hospitable the food was a bit pricey but absolutely delicious Definitely would highly recommend you coming and checking this place out

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

1.5 hour wait for entrees, steak was dry, and the lamb was too far undercooked! Great ambiance, and great service, but the kitchen need work, ASAP.

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SC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone is so friendly. They treat you like family when you dine here. Food is consistently great and service is right on! Staff spaces your meal so you can thoroughly enjoy it all..rare when dining out these days. Still our favorite local restaurant. Will return soon

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J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Lombardo's was excellent in all respects. We stopped in after a BPO concert and had a wonderful lunch. The 2 for $24 luncheon specials are a great value. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went here for Valentines Day. Firsly, opentable made it very easy to book our reservation, and Lombardos has no problem finding it. It was my first tome at the restauraunt, which itself was very well appointed (beautiful)! The staff were both numerous and great with taking care of us and all of the other guests. Our meals came out fairly quickly, especially considering they were very busy, and were both excellent. The wine selection was prodigious, and the reccomendation our waiter made was perfect. At the end of the night our waiter brought out a rose for my girlfriend, which was a fantastic touch. I couldn't imagine a better experience.

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were both incredible, and the service will keep you coming back. They’re doing EVERYTHING RIGHT.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you For the amazing meal and great service!

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
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 on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RR
Toronto
20 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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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 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good place for a cozy dinner date.

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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
8 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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