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Old Man River

American, Bar
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375 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-1908
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Buffalo, New York
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Lori T
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

The worst experience - ever. Ladies room Had vomit in it. Hotdogs were boiled and reheated. Fries were done in dirty oil.

1 Thank Martha K
Snyderville, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Great food and location. The view of Niagara river is beautiful. I like the music also. The meals are a little expensive. Other than that , very good. People are friendly and professional.

Thank caruansl
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385 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

They have a nice raw bar and the location is ideal if you're around the river. I recommend stopping here.

Thank Sean B
Buffalo, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Arrived at 11:30. My husband ordered a chili cheese dog, myself a fish sandwich, and our grandson chicken fingers.Also order fries to share. The hot dog and fries were placed on our tray promptly. We then waited 10-15 minutes for the fish and fries, leaving us with a cold hot dog and fries. Even though they had just opened at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children
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: 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?