Savor - Niagara Falls

4.3
263 reviews
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Savor, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute's fine dining restaurant, provides a real-world hands-on learning experience for students enrolled in the Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Brewing and Distillery Operations, Viticulture and Hospitality programs. Savor features an open kitchen where chefs and students are on display to showcase their talents to the guests.
Product used in the restaurant are purchased from nearby farmers to help support the local economy and showcase the great home-grown produce of Niagara County. Savor's menu changes with the four seasons to give student chefs opportunities to work with and sell the freshest ingredients.
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1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was the worst dining experience I have ever had. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, the person who seated us was very polite. Our waiter Jon came and asked what drinks we wanted. We said we didnt want any alcohol and he acted shocked and kept asking if we were sure. We then ordered a pizza and two steaks. We waited 20+ minutes and the man who seated us came to apologize that our pizza wasnt out yet and said it would be on the house. We get our pizza and eat a few pieces, expecting our main courses to be out soon... 20+ minutes later our waiter came back and asked if we were ready for our main course. We said yes, waited another 30+ minutes and our steaks finally came. My girlfriends steak was cold and of very poor quality. The whole time, Jon the waiter never gave us drink refills, the man that seated us did. We felt very discriminated against and they ended up giving us a free meal. We were in this restaurant for almost 3 hours just waiting to eat. Our waiter was constantly tending to his other tables. There was a table of 5 and a table of 6 who each came in well after us and recieved their meals way before we did. I'm a food service employee and I understand things happen but there was no excuse for the treatment and service we recieved here besides being discriminated against. We felt as though we were ignored and this restaurant didnt want to serve us. I will NEVER recommend this place to anybody. If you want an awesome meal and friendly service, go to the red coach inn, they have DELICIOUS food and desserts there.

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PC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 6-yr-old son here on our trip to Niagara Falls setting, server Matthew, food selection, & kids' menu. I had the scallops with orzo & it was delicious!

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DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleased with our experience, dinner, drink and service at Savor. Wasn’t sure going in how the 6 of us would like this experience.It was a smash hit! The Ahi tuna was amazing, the chicken and steak menu items were also awesome. We had fugatto and espresso to top of the excellent meal. Would definitely recommend Savor. The students do a fantastic job. Good for larger groups but would suggest reservations. Way to go restaurant professionals!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

When we arrived we ordered our cocktail. Honoring to relax and enjoy it our appetizers was delivered and before we finished that our main course was delivered. We still hadn’t even finished our cocktail. I felt very rushed.

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D
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant, great food, excellent service!! Had scallops and ahi tuna. Was perfectly prepared. Matthew was our serving staff- splendid.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall the restaurant is nice, however, the steak tonight was undercooked, but will try again.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a fabulous dining experience! We were celebrating my parent’s anniversary and couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable atmosphere. Kyle took exceptional care of us and was just outstanding! The menu offered something for everyone, including my three young nephews. I had the scallops; they were delicious and beautifully prepared. We look forward to a return visit soon!

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L
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away, the servers were very attentive and our food came out pretty quickly and very deliciously.
The value is pretty good, and it’s fun to see into the kitchen a bit.
Wish the drink menu had had a few more options and there were more veggies to choose from. Definitely would go back next time we’re in Niagara though.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very professional and excellent! And the food was absolutely delicious ! Very gourmet !

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went of a quiet Saturday. Had the restaurant to ourselves for a while until more customers came in.

Food was nicely prepared with some expected culinary school "twists".

Really liked it. Would come back again.

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CE
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere was very nice and low key. Service was pleasant and accommodating. Menu is somewhat limited, although I had seen it online so was not really surprised, although I had thought there might have been specials offered. The tomato bisque soup was the best I had ever had! Presentation was attractive. I'm not sure if the brick oven pizzas were available on that day, but it was not shown on the menu there although I had seen it online. It was not mentioned to us that it was available, after we ordered my husband mentioned he saw the oven and wondered if it was available. Overall the experience was a very positive one!

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TM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Savor is the best place in Niagara Falls to take out of town guests. Always had good experience there, and always great food!

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GA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The lamb and liguinne was excellent. The bread and seasoned butter was very good.

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MJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Savor 3-4 times now; the food is great and the service excellent. I am always impressed with Savor, and the value. I always recommend it.

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l
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service was of exceptional quality, shrimp cocktail were large and satisfied appetite, as were oysters Rockefeller, 3 cheese, shallots, mushrooms, dried tomato pizzas were outstanding. Our waiter was very pleasant and attentive to us. A+ for him.

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

We have been going to Savor for over 5 years. The food is always outstanding and the service impeccable. It is a hidden gem in the Falls. Our most recent server - Matthew was incredible.

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Savor was a great experience. The service was outstanding even though our server was not a culinary student. The dishes were excellent and came out at a pace where we could enjoy our dinner and some conversation in between (we ordered an appetizer to share, separate entrees, and separate desserts). The wine was made locally where student observed the process and we really enjoyed that as well. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very comforting but very classy. I loved that they had a large table overlooking the kitchen area for families or large groups to enjoy. We will definitely be back!!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very pleasant atmosphere. Excellent Service. A bit on the pricey side.

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PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here. The food is always amazing and the service is impeccable. We're always greeted with a smile. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Kid friendly.

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RD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Impressive quality of food for the price

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PA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I would not recommend savor at all ...food was overpriced and mediocre at best . What kind of culinary institute uses frozen french fries ? At home I even use fresh cut fries ....there were 4 of us none of us liked the food....service was very good but crappy food

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BL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a good novalty find. It was quiet without pretentious airs. The menu items we ordered were very good & well put together. I wish we were offered or able to sit where we could view the kitchen & watch them prepare. I love the idea of what Savor stays for but I feel like it could be more interactive for foodie without much effort. In all, we would definitely return.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jared was a great waiter. He added to the overall experience to make it pretty darn great!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter (Matt) was very attentive. This is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only trouble was finding Savor. It’s actually located within the Culinary school. Once we got in, we were greeted promptly, seated immediately, and then served completely. The food was amazing and the portions were generous.

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a former restaurant owner and current business owner. I try never to leave a bad review and thankfully I don't have to. Beyond my expectations! Food wasn't just good, but excellent. We were so impressed. There was not a bad bite. Food was prepared fabulously and was just delicious. Our waiter, Gustov was what every server should aspire to be. This place should be mobbed with a waiting line to get in. I understand Niagara Falls can be pretty dead in the winter, but you must go and often. The prices are so reasonable for the quality of the food. I have paid twice the amount for a dinner and it wasn't this good. My only critique, is I wish the lights could be a little dimmer. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Everyone at our table agreed that we can't wait to come back.

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PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

we were there at lunchtime with two other tables. the service was slow and not conducive to a lunch time schedule.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even better the second time. Everything has subtle flavors. Loved it!

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

While the service was excellent, the food was not worth the money.

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RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Servers were attentive; food presentation was very good; the dishes served were substandard, but somewhat understandable given the student involvement. We wish the best success to all the students!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food took an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the table after bread was served. Yikes! The food was ok to pretty good depending on the dish. There wasn’t very many people in the restaurant so it was apparent the team was still learning which is ok. We just wished there were comment cards so we could leave notes on room for improvement.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were seated quickly and our server came over promptly for our drink order. We liked the menu selection which gave us plenty of options. I ordered the steak and it was cooked to perfection. My wife ordered the lamb shank and while she enjoyed it, thought it could have more seasoning. A nice touch was a birthdate cake for my wife. We typically don't order dessert, but this was delicious.
Overall we would go back again, we thought the prices are quite reasonable for the quality. Plus we are happy to support the students.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a date here. The service was very good. Not too intrusive. They were timely with the service. Nothing was wanting. The duck was very good. My date had the ratatouille. Pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. It wasn't too pricey, and you can't beat the location for a nice walk by the Falls, before or after dinner.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I have been to student run culinary restaurants before and loved them. My expectations were high coming in. I can't say that my experience was all bad but some of it needed improvement. The restaurant itself is very nice and well appointed. The people we very pleasant and accommodating. The menu was somewhat limited but there was enough variety to explore something new. Drink service was good and prices of everything were reasonable. Our waiter was nice enough but I later found he clearly did not know his menu. My wife ordered the steak au poivre meduim, I the lamb after quizzing the waiter about the size of the medallions and if they were served in the rack or cut with bone in. He assured me they were good sized and cut with the bone in place.
Both meals came out smothered in brown gravy (not on menu) and were hard to tell apart. The steak had little to no pepper on it (au poivre) and the lamb was a leg shank, not a rib, that looked like a Turkey leg. I didn't know why they would serve such a thing. Dark greasy meat instead of a tender fillet. The gravy made it worse since you could not see where to cut the meat / fat / bone apart and could not hold it in the bowl. To top it off, the vegetable was a Brusselsprout served lightly grilled (almost raw) with no less than 35 of them... in a deep bowl with purple mashed potatoes (served ice cold) , lamb shanks and brown gravy over everything. I am not a fan of greasy lamb, cold potatoes, Brusselsprouts or bowls for dinner so this was a massive miss for me.
We both picked at my wife's steak which came out close to tar-tar... another big miss. By this time, the waiter could sense we were not happy and avoided our table rather than checking in with us. Another strike.
We left to find dinner elsewhere 100 bucks lighter and frustrated that such a nice venue had such little direction. This was a failure on the teaching and menu planing level, not the kids that came to cook and learn.

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

Excellent and unique; the NFCI staff is terrific. The menu is great and always different featuring local seasonal food varieties. Always a new and exciting dining experience!

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

This place is AMAZING! I would highly recommend eating here. Service was wonderful. Considering it is a culinary school and the food is prepared by the students, we didn’t know what to expect. We thought the food would be pretty good, but turns out it was absolutely delicious!!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Savor is a diamond in the rough"...nestled in a small updated area of downtown Niagara Falls, you get the feeling you've left the city and are in upscale restaurant in another city. I can't say enough about the menu that offers choices to tantalize anyone's palate and servers that make dining experience truly enjoble. This is my second visit and I look forward to going back to try one of other entrees (they update menu frequently).
Surrounding this restaurant there are renovated/restored buildings/storefronts. However, drive one or two blocks away and there are abandoned/boarded up buildings that give a very unsafe view of the city that houses the "seventh wonder of the world"...very poor impression !! Where does all the tax money go ...certainly hasn't been spent on improvements to the LOOK of Niagara Falls !

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

We went to Savor to celebrate my daughter-in-law's birthday. The restaurant was warm and inviting and the food was delicious! I have been there several times. The service and quality are always above average!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My expectations were that we would have creative choices, the menu offered basic entrees ( found elsewhere) but prices were pretty high.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 5 star service and hospitality. The food was all amazing and served up as though you were at an expensive downtown restaurant. Highly recommended to anyone looking to have a nice sit down dinner without the big bill

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