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Pufferbelly on French

#32 of 323 Restaurants in Erie
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414 French St, Erie, PA 16507
814-454-1557
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 53
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  • 68
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 12
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
"Overall...an excellent experience!"

My fiance' and I were in the mood to try something new. I have heard of the Pufferbelly for a long while now, but never actually eaten there. It is a little hard to find if you haven't ever been there. But, boy, we sure were happy that we took the time to find it:) Just heading into the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Scott G
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My fiance' and I were in the mood to try something new. I have heard of the Pufferbelly for a long while now, but never actually eaten there. It is a little hard to find if you haven't ever been there. But, boy, we sure were happy that we took the time to find it:) Just heading into the building... More 

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Centerville, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was a nice place to have a champagne brunch. The food was fresh and there was a nice assortment (especially of desserts). The omelette station was good. I'd have liked to have seen at least one seafood item offered. In an old firehouse, the surroundings were interesting, with old equipment adorning the walls.

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Erie, PA
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71 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We chose Pufferbelly's because of it's close location to the Warner theater where our daughter's school was holding their Graduation program. Four of us all ordered something different. My son ordered a simple roast beef sandwich. Looked sloppy and it was small, so he was hungry when he finished his meal. My daughter ordered the half rack of ribs. She... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The building is a converted firehouse -- interesting decor, excellent food, service, and value. We had no trouble getting a table at about 6pm on a Saturday without a reservation.

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Port Colborne, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Our first impression of the location was positive: old and charming brick building (old 19th center fire house) that had been well maintained along with a firefighter-themed interior that paid tribute to the fire fighting history in Erie. That's where the 'positive’ ended... Our waitress was uninformed and useless and was not the least bit helpful. She didn't know what... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We celebrated our daughter's college graduation at Pufferbelly. The food is terrific and wait staff is pleasant. They were very busy the night we were there (local graduation and prom), so service was slow. But, we weren't in a hurry and the staff kept us hydrated. The history and unique aspects of the building are worth a visit, too.

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Saint Albans, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I recently went with my daughter who goes to Gannon University on recommendation of a staff member and we were very pleased with the convenience to be able to walk there and the decor was great as my husbands family were all firefighters so the atmosphere was great. The food was delicious and I highly recommend the peanut butter pie.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I recently ate @ Pufferbellys with a dear friend as we prepared to go to a near by show in the Erie Insurance Arena. I used a dining card to save a bit of money- the waitress was very helpful, she magically appeared every time our drinks were 3/4 gone. advised us on selections, explained portions and was just so... More 

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place was a little treasure chest of a find. What a great old building with so much character and the decor inside had the kids occupied for quite sometime. It gave us a chance to enjoy our chat after dinner with relative peace! Food was very good. Waitress could use some refining. We don't answer with "What"...just poor manners.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I usually went here for Sunday brunch with my family, sometimes even with a group of 15-20 and they have always been accommodating. Always fresh flowers, fresh tower of fruit, omelette station, dessert station, really great options and always a great Sunday afternoon! Not to mention the history in every single inch of the area.

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Additional Information about Pufferbelly on French

Address: 414 French St, Erie, PA 16507
Phone Number: 814-454-1557
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Erie
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: French, American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 414 French St, Erie, PA 16507
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Erie
  • Phone Number: 814-454-1557

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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