We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Table Service
Reviews (54)
Filter reviews
53 results
Traveler rating
22
22
6
2
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
22
22
6
2
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews dinner specials vegetarian options downtown buffalo cheese tender medium
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed January 18, 2020

Hardware Cafe has been our favorite neighborhood dinner spot for many years... during our frequent visits we could always depend on great service, a fun "West Village" vibe, and yummy, reasonably priced (and often creative) dishes from their tiny kitchen. But recent changes have us...concerned. On a visit earlier this week, we found what can only be described as glaring cost cutting measures... cloth dinner napkins were replaced by cheesy paper luncheon napkins... the selection of four dinner specials was whittled down to two... and VERY skimpy drinks (the cocktail glass was not much bigger than a shot glass and contained no more than a half ounce of bourbon.) Fortunately, Tracy's friendly, terrific service hasn't changed. Hoping the ownership will correct the problems SOON. Otherwise I'm afraid we'll need to find a new "favorite" Allentown dinner spot.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed October 20, 2019

It was our pleasure to attend a wedding reception in the dining hall in the former hardware store that offers casual dining with a heaping side of friendly hospitality. We were early, but the staff let us in the side door and still seated us,...even though they were not yet fully set up, and promptly served us drinks. The buffet had outstanding vegetarian options, as well as fruits, cold meats, cheeses, and some of the best "sliders" around. We will look forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed June 1, 2019 via mobile

We had dinner here, family of four with two preteens. The food and service were great. With quite a few vegetarian options, this is a cool neighbourhoody type place with some good local taps available. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: June 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

After enjoying live music at Nietche’s, we decided to go to Hardware for some great food. Well their CRAWFISH CHOWDER WAS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING. And the service of course was great. But the chowder?!! To die for.

Date of visit: September 2018
Helpful?
Reviewed April 6, 2019

Love downtown Buffalo restaurants with casual dress, inviting atmospheres and friendly staff. Stopped in for the first time because of their menu during restaurant week. Small and cozy seating however, very loud patrons at the bar. Hostess and waitress were super friendly and attentive. Our...meal started with a field greens salad, tomatoes, red onion, blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic vinaigrette. No complaints here. My husband and I both ordered the 8 ounce sirloin fillet, medium. The fillet was delicious, tender and well seasoned. Accompanied with roasted red potatoes and grilled asparagus. Our meals were delicious! Front room tables have windows to people watch. Always interesting. I recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed March 16, 2019

Yes, it's a bar/restaurant, not a hardware store, despite what Google might tell you. Very good and broad menu, more than healthy portions, attentive wait staff. Great place for burgers.

Date of visit: March 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Nice dive bar atmosphere, old building, lively clientele, good service. Wanted the buttermilk fried chicken, but tried the Catfish Poboy sandwich. OK, but slightly bland. The bread was similar to a baguette and the sauce was good, just wish it was a little spicier. But...the best deal was the drink, a Double Chocolate Stout from England was only $5. Good deal. Divebar gastropub divine.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Helpful?
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

The Elk burger with just cheese is the best burger I have ever had anywhere in the world .A must for anyone that appreciates a great burger !

Date of visit: June 2018
Helpful?
Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in before a concert at Klienhans. The ambiance is great. The food was spectacular. My husband had the special- Lamb tenderloin. I had the burger. We were both in heaven

Date of visit: March 2018
Helpful?
Reviewed December 19, 2017

I went to Allen Street Hardware Store Cafe for a work function. I loved the ambiance and decor. The staff was very friendly. We ordered appetizers including dips, cheese and meat board, and bruschetta. The food was yummy and well presented. I would like to...go back for dinner.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Helpful?
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Airport
825 reviews
7.44 miles away
Courtyard Buffalo Amherst/University
214 reviews
7.41 miles away
Homewood Suites by Hilton Buffalo-Amherst
773 reviews
7.17 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lackawanna
303 reviews
5.92 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Betty's
373 reviews
.21 miles away
Allen Burger Venture
169 reviews
.14 miles away
Gabriel's Gate Restaurant
370 reviews
.19 miles away
Cantina Loco
163 reviews
.10 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
492 reviews
.36 miles away
Allentown
124 reviews
.33 miles away
Trinity Episcopal Church
19 reviews
.41 miles away
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
12 reviews
.28 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Allen St Hardware Store Cafe staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing