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Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
+1 716-833-1952
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our group of 7 ate here on the way to Niagara Falls, after hearing about this place from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It was also good for the vegan person in our group. I wish I could say we enjoyed our food, but we didn't....More

Thank Blake D
Reviewed 1 week ago

An iconic 50's style diner done right, the Lake Effect Diner serves up comfort dishes in the perfect setting. The homemade jam, the homemade bagel, and the pancakes are some of their must-orders when you get a seat. The service is friendly and relatively quick....More

Thank HashtagAirBuds
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having seen this place featured on the Food Network, we had to give it a try. Quite often the featured places haven't been as good as Guy has made them out to be, but this one certainly lived up to his comments. We went for...More

Thank 60foresthill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We entered the restaurant and were seated right away. We got our drinks and placed our order. It took us 30 minutes to get our food and when we received it, it was not edible. We ordered (2) french toast, cabby patty, and burger and...More

Thank Kelley T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the diner. Food is good. I really like the ham and the shakes are awesome. Service was a bit slow even during a quite time at the diner. Food is a bit more expensive for diner fare. It's worth...More

Thank renrenren
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here for breakfast before which was good. We went for dinner tonight and it was pretty good. Wife got fried chicken, which we both a great was good, not amazing, but definitely tasty and cooked properly(they boasted extra crispy on the menu, but...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in to eat dinner on our way to see the falls, decent food for the price. Service was just ok! Cool little place tho

Thank ShaneOney
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came here after seeing the Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives episode featuring this joint. We were excited for the ham, bacon, and red-eye gravy. However, the ham is ONLY in two dishes- a breakfast meal with hash, eggs, and toast, and a dinner that's...More

Thank fritalianglish
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

The food was incredible! Really a great place to eat. I had the potato pancakes Benedict with eggs and spinach and vegan bacon. WOW! What a party goin on in my mouth! Our son had French toast! He's 10 and said it was the best...More

Thank veggieyoga
Reviewed July 6, 2017

My friend and I like to go to Buffalo for various events and attractions. Our philosophy regarding where to have lunch goes like this: we drive around until we find a neighborhood or street that has lots of places to eat, and when we find...More

Thank JuneNY
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Katrina D
April 4, 2017|
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Response from Mary P | Reviewed this property |
as far as I know, they do not deliver
Katrina D
April 4, 2017|
Response from Bob G | Reviewed this property |
I'm unsure.
February 5, 2016|
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Response from KMcKay1942 | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember a ramp. We had brunch and the burgers are great. The eggs hollandaise was strange served on a sour dough hard roll but the pancakes were scrumptious.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $18
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Buffalo
  • Phone Number: +1 716-833-1952
This diner is a circa 1952 Mountain View Diner Vin. #446. It was saved from demolition and moved from Wayne, Pennsylvania to Buffalo in 2001. Restored and equipped with a modern state of the art kitchen and knowledgeable and passionate staff, the Lake effect continues to humbly serve wholesome and fresh locally procured ingredients prepared the way they should be.....from scratch! From field to fork, our facility makes artisanal fresh, cured and smoked meats. Eggs are delivered from the Kreher Family Farm right up the road. All bread is baked fresh in house daily.
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