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Top Places to Eat in Buffalo and Niagara

Ever find yourself in one of Buffalo and Niagara’s iconic neighborhoods hungry and not knowing where to go? Look no further. We’re celebrating the diversity and resilience of our dining scene by releasing the Top Places to Eat in Buffalo and Niagara. Our data scientists broke up our region into the Northtowns, Southtowns, City Proper and Niagara County and segmented the Top 10 Places to Eat in each category. Look for the big reveal below!

To our community of Yelpers — thank you for continuing to champion local businesses after a tough year. And to the strong and resilient restaurant owners of our region — thank you for continuing to serve the community and fill our bellies and hearts.

Follow the bookmark collection to have all 40 restaurants handy on the app, and check their individual business pages for Covid-19 updates. Don’t forget to share your photos and reviews on Yelp, and tag #YelpBufTop40 and @yelpbuffalo on social to let us know what you loved or what we missed.

*Methodology: This is a list of the best places to eat in the Buffalo and Niagara area according to Yelp. We considered both the rating and the volume of the reviews, while accounting for the overall volume of reviews in each business’s area so as not to disadvantage businesses in areas with relatively low review volume.  Businesses must be primarily a restaurant or place to eat a meal to be included on the list. If a business with multiple locations appears more than once on the list, we keep the highest ranked location. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of 4/12/21. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of 4/12/21.

Note: With COVID-19 related changes occurring, we suggest confirming the most up-to-date offerings directly with the businesses listed.

  1. La Verdad Cafe (Lovejoy)
  2. The Dapper Goose (Black Rock)
  3. West Side Bazaar (West Side)
  4. Inizio (Elmwood Village)
  5. Pho Lantern (West Side)
  6. Lin Restaurant (Riverside)
  7. Daniela (West Side)
  8. Mon Ami (Downtown)
  9. Ballyhoo (Downtown)
  10. Fresh Catch Poke – The Galley Lounge (Downtown)
  1. Wingnutz (Kenmore)
  2. Taqueria Los Mayas (Cheektowaga)
  3. Depew Deli (Depew)
  4. J-J’s Cafe (University Heights)
  5. La Divina Mexican Store (Kenmore)
  6. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs (Kenmore)
  7. Poppa Pete’s – A Lebanese Joint (University Heights)
  8. Cipollina (Akron)
  9. Jay’s Artisan Wood Fired Pizza (Kenmore)
  10. Bistro 93 (Akron)

  1. Winfield’s Pub (Lackawanna)
  2. The Grange Community Kitchen (Hamburg)
  3. Cozy Thai (Hamburg)
  4. The Deli (East Aurora)
  5. Elm Street Bakery (East Aurora)
  6. Mulberry Italian Ristorante (Lackawanna)
  7. Left Coast Taco (East Aurora)
  8. Carte Blanche (Hamburg)
  9. Bar Bill Tavern (East Aurora)
  10. Butera’s Craft Beer and Craft Pizza (Hamburg)

  1. Third Street Retreat (Niagara Falls)
  2. Zambistro Restaurant (Medina)
  3. Power City Eatery (Niagara Falls)
  4. Scripts Cafe (Lockport)
  5. Donatello’s Restaurant (Niagara Falls)
  6. Rock Burger (Niagara Falls)
  7. Griffon House (Lewiston)
  8. Shamus Restaurant (Lockport)
  9. Good Guys Pizza (North Tonawanda)
  10. Sullivan’s Hot Dogs (Niagara Falls)