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375 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-1908
+1 716-693-5558
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

The place has a great feel, good service and a hometown feel . Too bad it's closing for the season. See you next year. Thank you

Thank Timtruk
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Old man river is a cool hot dog stand combined with a great seafood shack located with one of the prettiest views in Buffalo, the mighty Niagara River. We have never had a bad meal here, and they have the most authentic Chicago dog in this area. Of course the sides are great too. Fresh corn on the cob, the... More 

Thank Gerald Y
Getzville, New York, United States
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Went to enjoy an old fashion summer treat with the family (takes me back each time to when my dad would do so with the family on summer Sundays). Never disappointed, Tom, the owner was there (great guy), and to our surprise, live music with the old members of Talas. Great summer evening. We will always go back.

Thank Victor P
Buffalo, New York
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

I HIGHLY recommend OMR! Where else can you go for anything from burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches and hot dogs to scallops, lobster, steamed clams, ribs, ice cream and beer? Not to mention a beautiful view of the river! This place is about 40 min. from me and I CRAVE summertime meals here. The BBQ chicken is always so tender, the... More 

Thank fancyflash
Buffalo, New York
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

The place with the whale on the roof! Atmosphere, ambiance, and yes, fun summer fare to eat. A local classic institution, it's a wonderful place for an enjoyable riverside meal. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, ribs, fried baloney, chicken fingers, seafood, poutine, ice cream, and more will tempt you. Prices are reasonable. Free refills on soft drinks. Clean environment. Very family... More 

Thank Ron_Sipos
Fredonia, New York
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Been going to this place for over 30 years ! Cute eatery near the Niagara River.Many folks take their food across the street to the river edge park, but there is plenty of outdoor and indoor seating available.Many kinds of hot dogs and hamburgers available.Also bunny dogs-cooked whole carrot on a hot dog roll.Grilled chicken and pulled pork also.Ice cream... More 

Thank Ann S
Saratoga Springs, New York
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107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Tonight I truly believe I had the best rack of ribs I have had in many years. We went to this very cool rib shack a cross the river from our hotel. The place was recommended by a friend who stopped there the night before. Everyone in our party was happy with the bbq chicken-ribs and pulled pork sliders. When... More 

Thank Rebels3941
Clarence, United States
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177 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

On our recent visit to Isle View County Park, we took a rather long walk and decided to have lunch at one of the convenient casual eateries located directly across Niagara Street from the Park. Old Man River with its signature really hard-to- miss gigantic blue whale laying graciously on the roof line is a quite interesting and eclectic place... More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Old Man River is our annual Summer tradition. My kids love the kids meal served in a frisbee and my husband and I like the seafood shack and beer selection. Clams are pricey tho, but the ambiance is fun on nights with live music so it's worth it. We always get ice cream and take a walk in the park... More 

Thank Sarahbetripin
Howes Cave, NY
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124 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Went to get ice cream. The girl working at the county was very unfriendly and acted like we were bothering her. We were the only people there. Asked for a Sundae which comes with Walnuts. She hands me a melted mess. When asked about walnuts she said, I guess we don't have any. So rude.

Thank micheleemtp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 375 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-1908
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Tonawanda
  • Phone Number: +1 716-693-5558

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