YOLO Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
148 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Yolo offers American cuisine set in a casual lounge setting. We believe in fresh healthy food, whatever your in the mood for we can offer it. If your looking for brunch, we have options every day of the week until 4pm. Join us for lunch, dinner, appetizers or drinks because remember You Only Live Once.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch/Lunch 11:30am-4pm Daily
Dinner 4pm-10pm Daily
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Phone number
(716) 688-4479
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Bernard
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Catering
Small private are for business meetings and private birthdays or family functions
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Close to Clarence Center
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Entertainment
Saturday DJ starts at 9pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 148 People Are Saying
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food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Rom beginning to end our experience in this local restaurant was perfect. The drink recommendation was right on. The food was prepared to our liking, seasoned perfectly. And of course, dessert was worth every calorie.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. This evening we ordered appetizers to sample the chef's creativity. Do not miss the Mediterranean Platter, the Calamari and Meat Lover's Flatbread. Service was attentive and noise level allowed conversation. Highly recommended since we have had entrees in the past.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Our Book Club met at Yolo's for dinner, so you had five hungry ladies with different tastes/orders. We were able to sit outside on a beautiful summer evening. Our server was so attentive and patient; he answered all of our questions and checked in periodically. The food was excellent! We were all very happy with our choices: Cobb Salad, Apricot Orange Chicken Skewers, Stuffed Myshrooms, two different pork plates, and a Salmon special. No one was disappointed; we would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We love YOLOs!!! The food is great and the prices are reasonable. Justin and his stafff are friendly and accommodating! You have to try the specials!!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went there for Father's Day brunch. Hostess was friendly and seated us promptly at the reserved time. The restaurant was NOT crowded. There was one large table with children and maybe three other 4 tops near us. We placed drink orders and they were served promptly and were good. The food, however, took WAY too long. The server apologized and said it was because of the large party in the other room (there were maybe 8-10 people). My Mother and I ordered eggs benedict with crab cakes. The crab cakes weren't edible as they were so salty it was hard to enjoy even a little bite. There was no discernable crab in them which would justify the $4.50 upcharge! When I told the server she said "sorry" and she would tell the chef. I think the appropriate thing to do would be to remove the upcharge since we couldn't eat them. So for over 18$ we had eggs benedict...that were fair at best. My Father enjoyed his steak and eggs and my brother in law enjoyed his steak sandwich.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This is my go-to restaurant for wonderful food, great quality and nice service. Food is always of the highest quality and perfectly prepared. Menu has enough variety for everyone. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Delicious as always! Wonderful service all around Accommodated our gluten free requests easily.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food, great service and delicious chocolate martinis!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

A group of friends who hadn’t seen each other for a few years got together for dinner here. We had a great time! Our waiter was kind and patient with us - we took forever ordering because we couldn’t stop talking. We arrived at 6 and stayed until closing. The staff was very accommodating to us. We will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

First time there and pleasantly surprised by the varied menu. Arancini appetizer was very good and both entrees, scallops over rice or risotto and my pork chop with peaches and walnuts were well prepared. To be real picky the dishes were not real hot when served but not too cool.. I will definitely return

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Sat on the Patio. It was awesome!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food was very good , mine could have been warmer though ! A little loud for 4 people trying to carry on conversation but overall a good experience.There was an additional charge because I did not want potatoes & wanted green beans.Thought that was not necessary .

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great food and excellent service . I have been numerous times and have never had a bad meal.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was outstanding as usual and service was great

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We've been dining here pretty regularly for several years and continue to enjoy it. The owner is usually there and is very personable. The food is always delicious whether for lunch, dinner, or brunch -- salads, banana peppers, salmon, french toast, and even the fries are excellent. (Full disclosure, though, my least favorite dish over the years is the mac 'n cheese). The "Chef's Creation" dessert for Mother's Day was Creamsicle Cake....amazing! Service is very good and prices are reasonable. I definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

YOLO is one of our "go to" places. Love the menu, and the service is so consistent. We will continue to be regulars.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The menu choices were varied. Our food arrived and was presented beautifully. It was delicious and we will go back. Good service.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My friends and I all enjoyed our first visit to YOLO during restaurant week. The coconut shrimp appetizer was not deep fried or overly sweet. They had a light coconut flavor and were perfectly cooked. All 3 entrees (chicken, steak, salmon) were delicious with different, interesting flavor combinations. Our server told us he had been there since the restaurant opened. That is also a good sign when a business retains their great, professional employees.
We all agreed that we would like to go back to try more cocktails and great food.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

My first time there!
Great atmosphere , excellent presentation and food quality ~steak was cooked to perfection. Terrific customer service, nice to see owner presence with the customers as well!
Highly recommend !

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Restaurant week options were very good. Good food and good value.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Excellent food, service and interior. Owner always makes a point to come over to make sure you are happy. He runs a great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This week is restaurant week, and even though their are alot if good deals out there. I really feel restaurants focus more on getting people into their restaurants, than preparing a great meal. YOLO does restaurant week right.
The prosciutto salad was very good..it's always good to have a salad with fresh ingredients.
The cilantro salmon was good as well. Loved the seasonings of the fish, but I feel the chili lime rice did not match with it well. The rice tasted to much like a jambalaya rice.
The encrusted Sirloin filet, was a very well presented and tasting dish.
As for cocktails, the St Patrick's was very good. They were so good I had 3 of them.
I will be bringing my wife back here again and again.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Service was immaculate and the originally of the appetizers and entress as well as their flavor was magnificent

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Yolo always has wonderful food -great recipes using the finest ingredients. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely Easter dinner choice! Excellent food, service and ambiance. Drinks were excellent too!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Awesome place ! Great atmosphere and delicious food , wonderful service. Had a delicious raspberry martini at the bar before dinner. Feel like you are in NYC.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was good. Service was great. Interior environment and ambiance left a lot to be desired.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

One of the best eats I’ve had in Buffalo. It’s a must try. Seems a little pricey until you taste the food and experience the place. Then it’s a must go back. Great little find

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner. Ample drink and food options on the menu. Food was very good, the service was great. Casual, yet fancy. Will return.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The decor is beautiful, the menu had a very good amount of variety and options and the drinks were good. The waitress was fine but not superb, we had to ask for refills and had to get her attention a few times. The food was good and everyone in my party was ultimately satisfied

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Not bad - not great. Food was good, ambience good, prices were moderate. Nothing stood out as great however. It was not too noisy, so it was easy to carry on conversation, but the room was only about 60% full (on a Saturday night). The lower noise level was helped by the bar being separate of the dining area.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Loved the service and the wine. The food was quite good. Partner had the Sesame Ahi Tuna, she loved it. I had the Peach Walnut Pork Chop - the glaze was far too sweet and they put too much of the glaze on the plate - but the pork chop itself was delicious. I would eat it again but would ask for about 1/3 of the glaze. I would happily recommend Yolo to friends looking for good food and great service.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Dinner was delicious. Love the fresh baked bread and new menu items.
Best vodka martini - always.
Friendly and cordial staff - always.
Our ‘go to’ spot!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great Smoked Manhattan! They take the time to handcraft this wonderful cocktail and its smokey flavor lingers throughout the restaurant long after you've finished the drink.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The experience was very nice. I had booked my reservation on open table but when I got to the restaurant they did not have it. I also had a reminder of my reservation that morning and was a bit surprised they did not have the reservation. We did not have to wait but a couple of minutes and the restaurant did accommodate us however the table was right near the kitchen and not ideal.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

That was our First time there & we were impressed, Ashly our server was efficient, bubbly, very friendly. Both my Husband I enjoyed our meal very much. The only thing is you should update the prices on you web site, wasn't a big deal, we just like to see if the prices are reasonable.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Loved the ambience, the service, the food AND the cocktails!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I have been to YOLO on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed by the food.
Although , I do feel their prices are getting a little high.Example. $33.25 for a pork chop.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We have never been disappointed with YOLO.
The food is always fresh and delicious as well as the service. It’s a great little neighborhood gem.
It’s one of our go to spots when we start talking about where to go tonight or any night.
Great Sunday brunch as well.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Two high school friends and I ate at YOLOs recently. The food was excellent. One person in our group is definitely a "foodie" and she was very pleased with her meal. Because our main reason for getting together was to talk and catch up with each other, we especially appreciated the willingness of our server (Matt) to let us talk but be available for our needs when they arose. It was a very good experience and we would all recommend the restaurant!

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