Ristorante Lombardo

4.8
1143 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.
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
What 1143 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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

Our favorite restaurant for almost 30 years!

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AH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a Christmas lunch with a friend comfortable and enjoyable and not rushed

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine. Never disappoints! Love the Christmas trees on the patio!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Undoubtedly the best dining experience in Buffalo. Exquisite pasta dishes, perfectly grilled steaks and fish and an incomparable customer oriented staff. It always exceeds my expectations.

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RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening. We plan on adding this restaurant to our list of favorites.

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TD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and cozy restaurant. Owner’s presence speaks volumes about their attention to detail.

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SC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy having dinner here. Food is delicious and staff very friendly. They make you feel very welcome and always go out of way to make sure everything is to your liking. This place remains my favorite place to dine! Will be returning again soon

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TI
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time at Lombardo's and we enjoyed the service, the food and the ambiance. We were treated very well and will definitely be going back soon.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends. Great food, ambience and service. A little pricey.

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T
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in from out of town, and sat with John at the bar again, and another amazing dinner great experience! Can’t say enough about this incredible restaurant

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R
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lombardo's is always superb. The entire dining experience is exceptional. I recently brought friends from out of town who can't wait to return to Buffalo so they can return to Lombardo's!

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CF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is top notch. Had the beat veal France ever!

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Lombardo is one of the best restaurants in Buffalo! The food and service is second to none. I go at least once a month and I am never disappointed. If you haven't gone yet, GO NOW :)

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sustained excellence over many years. Of course, the food is great! The first thing I noticed when seated was the place setting, elegant and flawless. The bartenders mix a proper cocktail. Attention to detail prevails.

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening! The service is always top notch and the the staff is extremely accommodating! Food was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was disappointing. Noise level very high.

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b
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THIS RESTAURANT IS ALWAYS SUCH A NICE PLACE TO GO.MY WIFE'S SISTER WAS UP FROM THE SOUTH AND SHE WAS SUPER IMPRESSED.WE ESPECIALLY LIKE THE PRE FIX WEEKDAY MENU.THE PIZZA WAS GREAT AS WELL

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as was the food. Well poured cocktails and pleasant ambiance.

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BE
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Use to be our special place for special occasions, not any more.

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z
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Lombardo is an excellent dining experience every time! The service is flawless and professional yet still friendly and warm. If you have a special request regarding a specific dish (an addition, substitute , etc.) they are very accommodating and flexible. The menu is quite comprehensive and varied, with something for everyone. Desserts are outstanding. We decided not to order dessert because we were really full, but they still brought us a lovely one to share anyway! Bar area is also fabulous, elegant and welcoming and comfortable for dining. Definitely one of the best in Buffalo.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved spending an evening with my husband at Lombardo’s. We are never disappointed ...the service and food is exceptional:) one of our favorite spots!

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AT
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent.

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DG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lombardo‘s never fails to impress Our server Connor did a great job.....attentive without being intrusive. As usual it was a Wonderful experience all around

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, service and ambiance. Wonderful evening!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tommy Lombardo is the best. Keep up the good work. Enjoyed the meal.

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B
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful way to spend part of our 28th Anniversary. The food and service was outstanding. Lombardi’s is always special. Great wine selections. Dessert was over the top. The Banofee Pie is crazy great!

The Caesar salad prepared table side is just too awesome. So few do this anymore and Lombardi’s does it so well

This is a can’t miss Restaurant. Pasta choices are great, but don’t miss out on the specials and other dishes.

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal I had on my recent business trip to Niagara & Buffalo. From the service, recommendations & selection... will definitely be back!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

First the good things. The ambiance in the bar area is very romantic and great for a date. The dining area is very cozy as well, dim lighting is a bonus. The bartender and our waitress were very attentive and accommodating.
We started by ordering the wood fired figs which were excellent. Followed by the antipasto for two, which was not very impressive, everyone at the table thought the selection of cheeses and meats were not that good, and we all agreed we would never order that starter again partially due to the $22 price tag and what was given.
Next we ordered the caesar salad which they prepare table side, a very nice touch. The salad was very good and watching the dressing made from scratch was very nice. Our only small suggestion regarding the salad was we felt that it should be served with fresh shredded Parmesan cheese instead of the grated cheese it was served with. Would have made the salads just perfect.
Now for the bad things. My brother and I ordered the veal marsala. Both of us agreed that the veal was very dried out and over cooked, the prosciutto was also pretty tough. We have had this many times before so we are well aware of what it should taste like. I wanted to sample their regular house sauce(red) so I ordered a side of linguine. The sauce was a huge disappointment. I have been to all the "famous" and dozens of not so famous Italian restaurants in the Buffalo area and this was by far one of the most disappointing. Very bland, no depth or complexity to the sauce whatsoever.
My wife ordered the yellow fin tuna from the nightly special menu, which came with roasted potatoes. She said the potatoes were excellent but unfortunately a quarter of the tuna was so under cooked it was stringy, she could only eat a little over half of it.
My sister-in-law ordered the tagliatelle bolognese, her comment was, "it's just ok" It was pretty bland, she said she was expecting more taste.
Just not what we expected for a $525 night.
We did enjoy the wine!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Probably the best I've had in Buffalo.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a dinning experience. We loved everything from the moment we walked in the door.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over all experience was impressive with a wait staff that made the experience memorable and food cooked to perfection. Would of liked a few more entrées to choose from that were moderately priced.

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff is very friendly. The food is great. Good restaurant for a date night.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Lombardo's for years. It never disappoints.

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j
Naples
74 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars here for good reason- they are consistent with delicious cuisine and attentive service! Best outdoor patio for summertime dining & comfortable indoor dining as well.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pleasant evening- great food-great service would go back again to celebrate special occasions. Recommend to others any time.

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D
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful first visit. Service, food and friendliness outstanding. We’ll be back

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and excellent food. They asked on reservation if we were celebrating and had a card at the table for the honoree. Did not rush our celebration even though some guests were late and we stayed longer than normal seating time (4+ hours).

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the caesar salad and the continental entree of veal and shrimp.
We loved it and order it frequently.
We were not as enthusiastic about our desserts however.
I enjoyed cocktail before dinner.
We always say we should come to Lombardo's more often.

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