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Rue Franklin

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341 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202 (West Tupper)
(716) 852-4416
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dining out as it should be

We have been going to the Rue Franklin West since 1975 when we moved to Buffalo, and it is the best and only restaurant that offers superb quality of food, excellent service, charming ambiance, and a menu that would delight all taste buds. It has an intimate feel and is quiet enough to carry on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
howellpix2014
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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rue Franklin has been our favorite restaurant for over 20 years. But things change and although the food remains wonderful, there are cracks in the overall performance. The restaurant has changed hands in the last few years and it shows. Recent visit was disappointing on many levels. The service was off -- a full restaurant on a Saturday night, very... More 

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Thank Lynn B
Dulles, Virginia
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149 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We thought we try a new place on our own !! Oh boy! Wish we had asked our hotel what they recommend, because this place is Not on their list !! They call this a French cuisine? There was nothing French about it! I can eat that at any other restaurant. Don't know where they get their servers or how... More 

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3 Thank Sweetie897
Buffalo, New York
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We have been going to the Rue Franklin West since 1975 when we moved to Buffalo, and it is the best and only restaurant that offers superb quality of food, excellent service, charming ambiance, and a menu that would delight all taste buds. It has an intimate feel and is quiet enough to carry on a conversation (something other restaurants... More 

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Thank howellpix2014
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

I had always heard very positive things regarding the restaurant over the years, yet had never had occasion to go there. We finally made a reservation and went with a group of 12 in late November to celebrate an anniversary. Unfortunately, the reviews I had heard over the years did not match our experience. While our server was a very... More 

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5 Thank Tim D
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

This was our second visit. Our first in July was marred by bad service. This visit was totally different. The service was excellent. Both friendly and professional. The food was fantastic. There were 4 of us. We had a variety of main dishes each was wonderful. The wine, recommended by the waiter was perfect and the desert was memorable. We... More 

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1 Thank MPG47
Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

When we feel a splurge is needed or we are celebrating a very special occasion, this is Buffalos best restaurant. It's small enough to have a very intimate feeling yet just big enough that they usually have a table for you. The chef has covered all the bases and the menu, which changes seasonally, is so well thought out.

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1 Thank Sarah N
Buffalo, New York
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27 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Food is quite good, service is poor and prices are over the top. We participated in the tasting menu with wine pairing which was recommended by our server. Having done this before at different restaurants, this time was absolutely disappointing. A tasting menu with wine pairing usually has a little drama and requires special attention by the servers. This was... More 

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1 Thank chrrray
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

OUTSTANDING restaurant, absolutely number one with us. We go to Rue to celebrate special occasions, and even more often just to have a fantastic meal. The food has been superb over the years and continues at the same high level. However, the wait staff is much changed this year. Yes, they do so many things right, from their knowledge about... More 

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4 Thank Patricia M
newyork
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Outstanding food and ambience! A true gem of restaurant in downtown Buffalo. Eclectic menu and friendly, attentive staff. A little steep price-wise but well worth it in my opinion. Although there was no dress code per se, I highly recommend business casual. A sport coat would not be over-doing it and might get you an over long pour at the... More 

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1 Thank peaut13
Cleveland, Ohio
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We recently ate a wonderful dinner in the lovely Garden Room. Our Fixe Prixe dinner (offered Tuesdays through Thursdays) included an excellent cod dish, wonderful capon fricassee, plus good desserts and great service. A terrific restaurant for a special evening.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 341 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202
    (West Tupper)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Buffalo
  • Phone Number: (716) 852-4416

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 45
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?