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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%
Travelers talk about
“pancakes” (40 reviews)
“smoked ham” (17 reviews)
“home fries” (18 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
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Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the Frank Lloyd Wright house from our hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario. We had breakfast and everyone enjoyed it. I bought some orange marmalade to take home. A bit pricey but nothing compared to Niagara Falls, Ontario. Food...More

Thank LocalLadyLewes_DE
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

So Sergio was not warm or friendly when we asked to wait for a booth, which we did at the counter. But the big chill resolved after we asked him for coffee and then he brought menus. We had a great breakfast, perfectly poached eggs,...More

Thank cbc1234567
Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

Six of us sought shelter from a hail storm AND lunch at this restaurant. We knew the food would be excellent based on the reputation of the owner. What we didn't expect was the charming manager. If you're after delicious, quality casual type food, visit...More

Thank Lynne R
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

I was in the area and I wanted to go somewhere that had been reviewed by guy on diners drivins and dives. I found this place. I asked what they did best - they said they smoked their own meats and baked their own breads....More

Thank Steven P
Reviewed August 13, 2017

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 907blaked
Reviewed August 9, 2017

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 August 8, 2017

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 July 31, 2017

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 July 27, 2017

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 July 22, 2017 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
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September 13, 2017|
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Response from renrenren | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Right outside the restaurant and the parking is free.
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.
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
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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