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Reviewed April 18, 2022 via mobile

After many years of wanting to come to this restaurant, I finally made it there this past weekend. From the moment I walked into the restaurant, seeing all the photos and memorabilia on every wall and partition, I was moved to tears of joy!! As...a child, my father, my uncle (both have since passed in the last decade) and my cousin went to Maple Leaf Gardens often (starting in the mid-1960s) to watch some of the greatest matches between the top wrestlers of that era. The name Ilio DiPaolo has been in my memory for over 55 years. It’s been so long I don’t remember if I actually met him. But one thing is for sure, being Italian immigrants, my father and uncle were drawn to Ilio, their fellow countryman. Suffice it to say, the entire experience immediately brought me back to my childhood. I was simply overcome by fond and irreplaceable memories. Then I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Dennis, Ilio’s son. It was like I instantly became a family member. I was not just enjoying a dinner on the town, I was breaking bread with the DiPaolo family and the community. My wife and I felt very welcomed! As for dinner, we enjoyed every dish from start to finish. Our waitress was very helpful in helping choose from many of the delicious choices. We especially loved the onion soup and the cold cut platter. By the time our main dishes arrived, we were almost full already. The lasagna, as well as, the tortellini, rigatoni and fillet dishes were absolutely delectable. I have no hesitation saying that my dining at Ilio’s was like a religious pilgrimage. I wish I had come here with my father, uncle and cousin at a time when Ilio could have hosted us. Be that as it may, I look forward to returning to dine at Ilio’s soon, because the fond memories of my childhood are still vivid and deep. Thanks to the DiPaolo family and my dining experience at Ilio DiPaolo’s restaurant, I can re-live my father’s, uncle’s and cousin’s love for wrestling during a time when the wrestlers were truly great athletes and such unforgettable icons!!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 21, 2022

We get as often as possible as I enjoy it very much. Usually great service and food is always excellent. Wide array of choices from authentic Italia to seafood. The Masson Rose’ I highly recommend as we always get a carafe’. Had a taste for...lobster and didn’t disappoint as I’ve never had a bad meal here. Wife had the chicken parm and it was very tasty, too. Only disappointment was being billed for upgrade. Both got baked version and wife was charged $1.99 which was understandably correct but I was charged $3.99 like ordering ala carte. Also didn’t like different people bringing entrees and asking who gets what? Guess Katie had more tables than she could handle. Will return despite those few glitches and highly recommend. Although I didn’t get one, their cannolis are the best around. Owner is very expedient about asking guests personally how the experience is, nice touch!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 3, 2022

We celebrated New Year's Eve at the DiPaolo buffet, and it was amazing! Not only was the food excellent, but the service was first class, even on such a busy night with a national staffing shortage. The restaurant and banquet hall were filled to capacity,...but organization made everything seamless. Buffet stations were well spaced and nobody was stuck in an endless line. It was a fantastic start to a new year and our resolution is to return...many times! Great place!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2022

Thank you for your kind review. We love celebrating holidays with everyone, glad you chose us to spend NYE with.

Reviewed October 18, 2021

I had been wanting to try dinner here ever since my niece had her wedding reception in the banquet room on Halloween. I made reservations a few months ago and something came up and I unfortunately had to cancel. I found an evening we were...free so I booked again on a Saturday evening. We arrived a few minutes early and we were going to sit and have a drink at the bar, however they sat us right away even though we were early. I opted to have a glass of wine and the filet dinner, my husband had the Sriracha Bourbon Pork chops. I asked for my filet with no red and it did have red when it came, I should have asked for it to be butterflied so it was the way I like it, I have learned not to send food back. My husband said his pork chops were nice and juicy but really had no sriracha bourbon flavor but more of a BBQ taste, so nothing special as he loves hot spicy foods so he was a bit disappointed. The other thing I kinda thought was weird was they brought dipping sauce for rolls but you were given one roll per person usually they leave a basket of rolls for the table unless with covid still around they are trying to lower their waste factor then I get it. Dinners were ok not exceptional. Next time for sure I will order a pasta dish as that's what they are known for. I should have done that in the first place, I will definately try here again and order an Italian dish as I love pasta. I will say the prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was very upbeat and cozy. Our server was Morgan she was very nice and friendly. I had hoped to have dessert but after my salad and dinner I was full..........next time. Make reservations before you go they don't open till like 3 and I believe they are closed 1 night a week. It's worth a try if in the area, but order the pasta !!!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. You are correct about our rolls. Due to the covid concerns, we offer one roll at a time, but happy to give as many as you wish. We value ourselves on making everyones experience a great one, please next time...More

Reviewed October 16, 2021

The Restaurant is our favorite Restaurant when we stay in Buffalo, It has far the best Italien food in Buffalo, The Staff is friendly and the Wine is exqusite. The only Restaurant I know where you still can get Tripe.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2021

Thank you Peter for your review. We are glad you continue to enjoy our traditional Italian options. We hope to have you back again soon.

Reviewed August 25, 2021 via mobile

Great dinner. Delicious eggplant parm. Fantastic service, from the hostess, wait staff and bus Boys. COVID precautions in place. Always a hit.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2021

Thank you for your kind response. We hope to have you back again soon.

Reviewed May 30, 2021 via mobile

Daughters wedding reception at the Woodlawn lodge was fantastic from start to finish. The interior lodge clean huge wooded ceiling. Restrooms clean and water fountains. Bar area big clean all bar staff excellent great customer service. Wedding planning girls excellent Heather & Maryellen top notch....All staff excellent. Busboy filled water glasses. Huge dance floor. Appetizers excellent meat balls fresh moist excellent. Olives fruit fresh & tasty. All Buffet food served hot fresh and tasty. Top notch food cooked to perfection. Dennis DIPAOLO owner at serving station working with all staff. Talking to guests and family members. Owner takes time to watch over and fasten up outside huge tents with outside tables. Huge parking lot for parking. Outside ceremony area for pictures and ring ceremony. Walking boardwalk to beach huge beach clean . Outside lodge area was spotless and clean . Inside restrooms both clean huge and big. Water fountains available. Entire wedding was excellent to start to finish. Was a top notch wedding reception by the entire staff at Woodlawn beach Lodge . Would highly recommend to all friends & Family & WNY !!! Yours truly, Jeffrey King Pres. MSS. INCMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 28, 2020 via mobile

Because of the pandemic instead of cooking our dinner we ordered an entire dinner from Illio DiPaolo's. It came with all the fixings including a pumpkin pie for dessert. It was as good as any meal we could have made at home. Thank you to...the staff and cooks at the restaurant, you did a wonderful job.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 22, 2020

We went to a wine dinner which is periodically offered at this restaurant. We tasted twelve very nice wines and had the privilege of talking to the wine expert, Michael, who was entertaining and knowledgeable. The small group in attendance (about 40) made this casual...night a great deal of fun. The food stations offered a diverse selection of both hot and cold food, all of which was well prepared and appetizing. Diners were encouraged to make multiple trips to the food stations while enjoying the variety of wines. The owner, Dennis DiPaolo, frequently visited tables just to chat as well as to check on everyone's satisfaction. This is the first wine dinner we have attended but it will most definitely not be our last. It was just fantastic!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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dennisd511, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Wine Tasting experience with us! Stay tuned for more Wine Tastings in the future!

Reviewed May 2, 2020

Awsome prime rib,2 massive 32oz wreasler cuts, with all the fixings. All cooked to perfection,never know it was takeout.dinning in has always been a treat but the staff has out done themselves

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020

nice restaurant and always very busy. good food, nice dinner options, pizza and fish fry. a little on the higher price but worth it.

Date of visit: October 2019
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dennisd511, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Dear r2d2me2257, Thank you for the 5 star review! So happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to serving you again soon.

Reviewed January 23, 2020 via mobile

Recently attended a banquet dinner. Haven’t been to Ilio’s in many years so I was looking forward to this. Overall, Ilio’s is very organized & obviously accustomed to serving large groups (ours was 70+). Nice bar choices & reasonably priced compared to other restaurants. I...enjoyed a $5 glass of Montelpuciano wine (red) perfect with my filet mignon. 3 menu choices of filet 6, a scallops & shrimp and a chicken artichoke dinner were enjoyed by myself & companions. Green & yellow beans, roasted seasoned baby potatoes good although potatoes were over roasted. Salad fresh but vinaigrette dressing not the dressing Ilio’s is known for. Penne pasta with marinara hot & tasty. Rolls fresh & warm. Wait staff impeccable! Pleasant, efficient, accurate & unobtrusive. Lead server/bartender circulated among guests inquiring about food quality, service, etc.. Other than the overdone potatoes, my only concern was a very compacted banquet room for the number of guests. I will say parking is good, most is off street. Handicap access ok. I will return for a more personalized experience!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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dennisd511, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Dear Vineyardchick, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review! We wouldn't be in business over 55 years if we didn't have great friends like you. Thank you for letting us know about the potatoes and we'll definitely look into that. We're...More

Reviewed December 14, 2019

this was a banquet but the table setting were formal .the place was well decorated very clean. the staff was very good even though a large group. the food arrived hot and savory at our table . the staff was constantly moving and very busy...yet still professional and cheerfully answering question and giving almost attentive service despite the large group. there menu with prices is onlineMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2019

Dear Retirednold, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. We appreciate your comments and we're so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and the service. We hope to see you again soon either for a banquet or in the...More

Reviewed November 12, 2019

Had the broiled fish on a Friday, wonderful. Also had the pizza, which is incredible. Well worth the drive into Lackawanna.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2019

Dear D1184VJdavidz, Thank you for the 5 star review! So happy to hear you enjoyed your broiled fish and pizza. We look forward to serving you again the next time you're in town!

Reviewed November 9, 2019

The service was excellent! And the staff was super friendly! The food was amazing and I would recommend this restaurant!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Dennis D, Owner at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Dear Allison, Thank you for the 5 star review! So happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Hello, We feature a good amount of small Wedding Receptions here at the restaurant and also at our Woodlawn Beach location! Feel free to give our Banquet Department a call to discuss details, set a date and even take a... More
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Hello, I would first like to apologize for not responding in a more timely fashion. We do have an entire menu designated to gluten free items. Please stop in and ask your server for that menu! Thank you for considering... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5