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Bistro Europa

484 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222-2014
716-884-1100
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Ranked #15 of 897 restaurants in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: European, Ukrainian, Eclectic, Sandwiches
Dining options: Reservations
Description: A small, quaint farm-to-table bistro focusing on preparing the majority of the food on premise. We make everything from our butter to our bread. We work diligently with local farmers and other food producers to attain the best quality ingredients available to us. We butcher the majority of our meat in-house utilizing every edible part of the whole animal when it is available. We procure a whole Heritage Breed hog every two weeks from T-Meadow Farm in Lockport, NY. It is butchered in-house, by hand and processed into various products such as prosciutto, lardo, cappocolo, sausages, bacon, roasted pig heads, pates, and country hams. We also regularly acquire all of our poultry, rabbit, whole lambs, and a variety of bird eggs from Painted Meadow Farm in Franklinville, NY. This enables us to work closely with the farmer to ensure that the animals had a happy, healthy life and were not mistreated in any way prior to slaughter. We are adamant about using every part of these animals as a sign of respect for the life they have given up in order to nourish our guests and ourselves. The majority of our produce is also procured locally and in season. You will not see asparagus on our menu until late May or early June. Local, fresh picked veggies are much more nutritious than their mega mart counterparts. This approach also ensures a minimal environmental impact for the simple fact that they do not require a long journey from thousands of miles away, thus burning valuable fossil fuels. The effect of keeping our money in the hands of small local farmers is one that can be felt throughout the region. There is a lot to be said about doing business face to face with the people who produce your food. They are very proud of what they do and will hold themselves accountable for delivering sub-par products. That fact is a very refreshing change from ordering from a stranger over the phone and hoping that the cello packed veggies from who knows where. Our farmers who supply us have become our friends over time, and it is great knowing personally everyone who touched what goes on a plate and out to our guests.We are also fortunate to be acquainted with one of the country's premier fishmongers located in Boston. They are located right on the Old Fish Pier in South Boston, a very prestigious and vital location for fresh seafood. This company supplies some of the best Chefs in the US. They will also custom cut or process the fish any way that is desired which is usually not the case. The quality, freshness and variety available to Europa due to them is very apparent on each plate we produce. You will be hard pressed to find better anywhere in the region.Reservations are highly recommended for all parties who plan on dining with us. Due to our small size, we fill up quickly. Out of out 28 seats, 10 are at the bar. If you are travelling, don't leave it to chance to get a seat. We will do all we can to accomodate anyone. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or have a food allergy, please do not hesitate to call us and let us know a few days prior to your visit. Doing so will ensure that you will get what you want and not have to worry about what you will be able to eat. We are more than happy to make you whatever your heart desires within reason. We are in the Service Industry after all, and at the end of the day our pride rests on your fulfillment. We hope to see you very soon. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We are nothing without you.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Description: A small, quaint farm-to-table bistro focusing on preparing the majority of the food on premise. We make everything from our butter to our bread. We work diligently with local farmers and other food producers to attain the best quality ingredients available to us. We butcher the majority of our meat in-house utilizing every edible part of the whole animal when it is available. We procure a whole Heritage Breed hog every two weeks from T-Meadow Farm in Lockport, NY. It is butchered in-house, by hand and processed into various products such as prosciutto, lardo, cappocolo, sausages, bacon, roasted pig heads, pates, and country hams. We also regularly acquire all of our poultry, rabbit, whole lambs, and a variety of bird eggs from Painted Meadow Farm in Franklinville, NY. This enables us to work closely with the farmer to ensure that the animals had a happy, healthy life and were not mistreated in any way prior to slaughter. We are adamant about using every part of these animals as a sign of respect for the life they have given up in order to nourish our guests and ourselves. The majority of our produce is also procured locally and in season. You will not see asparagus on our menu until late May or early June. Local, fresh picked veggies are much more nutritious than their mega mart counterparts. This approach also ensures a minimal environmental impact for the simple fact that they do not require a long journey from thousands of miles away, thus burning valuable fossil fuels. The effect of keeping our money in the hands of small local farmers is one that can be felt throughout the region. There is a lot to be said about doing business face to face with the people who produce your food. They are very proud of what they do and will hold themselves accountable for delivering sub-par products. That fact is a very refreshing change from ordering from a stranger over the phone and hoping that the cello packed veggies from who knows where. Our farmers who supply us have become our friends over time, and it is great knowing personally everyone who touched what goes on a plate and out to our guests.We are also fortunate to be acquainted with one of the country's premier fishmongers located in Boston. They are located right on the Old Fish Pier in South Boston, a very prestigious and vital location for fresh seafood. This company supplies some of the best Chefs in the US. They will also custom cut or process the fish any way that is desired which is usually not the case. The quality, freshness and variety available to Europa due to them is very apparent on each plate we produce. You will be hard pressed to find better anywhere in the region.Reservations are highly recommended for all parties who plan on dining with us. Due to our small size, we fill up quickly. Out of out 28 seats, 10 are at the bar. If you are travelling, don't leave it to chance to get a seat. We will do all we can to accomodate anyone. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or have a food allergy, please do not hesitate to call us and let us know a few days prior to your visit. Doing so will ensure that you will get what you want and not have to worry about what you will be able to eat. We are more than happy to make you whatever your heart desires within reason. We are in the Service Industry after all, and at the end of the day our pride rests on your fulfillment. We hope to see you very soon. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We are nothing without you.
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English first
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is a VERY small restaurant on the Elmwood strip. We sat at the bar which seated 10. Very happy to order Hungarian wine and Polish beer. Had the bread basket (great assortment which came with olive oil and lardus), a Beets 5-Way platter (my favorite veggie), a platter with duck comfit, liver pate, olives, cabbage and some sort of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It's an interesting atmosphere, certainly not formal but it's comfortable. It's a bit crowded actually with tables real close but diners seem to get along nicely. The menu is very creative and the server well versed in describing the dishes. Every thing that was presented to our table was delicious and beautifully presented. The wine list was good and the... More

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Buffalo, New York, USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Bistro Europa was one of the biggest surprises I've had in Buffalo. The first time I went was over lunch one day and splurged bc everything sounded so amazing. I'm a big fan of farm to table restaurants so this was a pleasant surprise. I've had the basil lemonade, a fresh pasta with squash and the sticky toffee pudding -... More

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Buffalo, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Thinking about Bistro Europa's move to Connecticut street prompted me to pay them another visit on Elmwood. You never know what changes are in store when a great place relocates, and I guess I just wanted to create another memory - just as it is today. I made a reservation and, thankfully, got one of the last tables available. They... More

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Boston, MA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I was visiting friends in Buffalo, and I have to say that my pasta dish at Bistro Europa was one of the tastiest dinners I have ever had! The combination of ingredients, the sublime sauce, the textures, and the rich taste made it absolutely delicious. This small place is a big winner!

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somewhere deep in Ohio
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Visited here on a Friday night with friends who made reservations far in advance. A very small dining room. Maybe 8 tables. Good wine and beer list. Began with a local greens salad with local pears topped with a gorgonzola dressing with Marcona almonds. Two of us had it and thought it was one of the best salads we had... More

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Lady Lake, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The title says it all. We stopped in for a quick bite this week and were blown AWAY by the pierogis! Now I know what they are supposed to taste like. Wow. Soup was fabulous as well. Don't miss this experience. I have been reading pierogi recipes ever since and am going to try to replicate. Will dream of these!... More

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Buffalo, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My first visit to Bistro Europa was a revelation. It’s a tiny, unobtrusive restaurant in the Elmwood Village section on the West Side of Buffalo. It bills itself as offering “Pan-European” cuisine. Its menu is small but diversified, and it’s changed regularly (the current web page offers “Tonight’s Specials.”) Constants are its charcuterie and cheese plates, ‘though the offerings on... More

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krakow
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My most recent visit to Bistro Europa was Saturday lunch, fabulous sandwiches, sloppy Joe (a special) for me, Reuben for companion. The chef here is endlessly creative and is to be given very much credit for using local meats and veggies. Dessert was also a special, creative take on apple crisp. The beer selection is very interesting, and goes well... More

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Ewing NJ
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Truly an exciting dining experience. Each dish had its own character, and taste. The potato pancakes were top notch as others have reported. It very tight inside, a bit loud, kinda like grandma's house on the holidays. But only if grandma was cool enough to have a bar in the living room. Wish I lived closer!!

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