Imagine a place so seasonal that it doesn't even bother with a phonebook listing. And then--even when you learn of its existence via repeated recommendations--you have the darndest time even finding the place. But it's well worth the effort: the casual riverside ambiance is a breezy delight and for a place that's open only about four months each year, the food is surprisingly good.
Clientele seems to break down into those who arrive by boat at the adjacent marina, those who pull up in vintage convertibles or vintage Harleys, plus a smattering of cyclists off the nearby trail. All are united in a fierce determination to make the most of Buffalo's all-too-brief summer. There's even a tiny Tiki bar if you're too sunstruck to go inside to the main bar and during peak season, live music later on almost every evening. Most of the tables sit outside on a canopied deck; the bar and the few inside tables are for those folks who enjoy their music extra loud. If you prefer coming to the river for a bit of peace and quiet, with just the seagulls as background, best come for lunch or early dinner.
Apparently the River Grill is run by the same folks that operate a place called Eddie's down in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park. If the food and service at Eddie's is as excellent as at River Grill, it would be worth trying once the weather starts closing in and River Grill shuts down for another year.
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