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“Thanksgiving dinner, it was just fine.”

Oliver's Restaurant
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Ranked #39 of 1,052 Restaurants in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Amherst
Description: From the time Frank Oliver built the restaurant in 1936, the diners and food-lovers of Buffalo have returned time and time again for exceptional quality and service. The decades in-between saw ownership changes, new traditions and renovations to expand our landmark space on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving dinner, it was just fine.”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My Mother chose this place for Thanksgiving Dinner. We had a reservation for early in the day. We used the prompt valet parking and were seated by the window immediately. I was glad were were under the window as the tables were so close together, people seated further out were constantly bumped into by servers and guests (including me going to the rest room). We each ordered their Thanksgiving plate. First to arrive was a basket of bread, which was fresh and varied, but would have been so much better had it been hot, or even warm. Sigh. The turkey was tender and juicy, the broccoli was al dante, the potatoes were rich, but the dressing was strange. More like a dressing loaf, sliced but still quite tasty. Strangely, we had to ask for cranberry sauce, which came in a tiny portion. We did enjoy our dinner and both had more than half left over which we asked to take home. I asked for additional cranberry sauce, and was sad to find the next day that they added barely a teaspoon to my to go container. Sigh. I did very much enjoy the Pinot Blanc from Alsace and the families all dresses up dining nearby. We ordered apple and pumpkin pie and were surprised it was served with out ice cream or whipped cream. It was fine, but unremarkable. Patrick was a great server and helped us to find a pepper grinder that worked. All in all it was pleasant, but I can't find a reason to rush back.

  • Visited November 2012
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“From service to food quality!”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Not kidding! From the moment the greet to the moment the food is place on the table, is just astonishing! Sincerely: Aramis Joel Ramírez

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Amherst, New York
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Consistently Excellent”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Consistency in the restaurant business is very difficult. How this restaurant does it is amazing. The high quality of food and service is always excellent. They do change their menu but never sacrifice quality and service.

  • Visited October 2012
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Western New York
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fine Dining at its Best”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This restaurant has a long-standing tradition of excellence in both ingredients and preparation with true devotion to seasonal materials. It readily handles groups of eight (our attendance) with proficient timing and attention.

Visited October 2012
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Thank HistoryS
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Buffalo, New York
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Never a disappointment”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The service and food quality are always what you would expect in one of the area's fine dining establishments.

Visited May 2012
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Thank donsmy
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