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“Cocktails and Dining at the Bar”

Oliver's Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 1,043 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.
Youngstown, New York
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cocktails and Dining at the Bar”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

I love eating at the bar, especially at a nice restaurant because you can often sort of "sneak the line" without reservations.

The bar area was very busy when we were there, holiday celebrations gathering before their tables were ready so we were happy to get a seat.

The wine by the glass menu is not very long so don't be married to a particular type before ordering.

Each time I've visited I have gotten soup off of the "specials" menu. Their soup is always great and the portion is quite large so keep that in mind.

We shared a Fresh Ricotta Ravioli with mint oil and garlic chips. It was a pretty dish, looking like Christmas with the rich red of the tomato and bright green of the mint oil. The garlic chips were shavings of garlic they must have cooked in the oven. I am going to do that, too.

Eat at the bar and enjoy one of the best restaurants in Buffalo.

Have a yummy day!

JudeTheFoodie.com

  • Visited December 2013
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Buffalo
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“old Buffalo at its best”
Reviewed December 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Like stepping back in time, Like an old friend. Wonderful service,great food.

If you wanna spend a leisurely lunch this is the place.notice the restauraunt only serves lunch Wednesday thru Friday.

Visited December 2013
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Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good Food, good service”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

Food is pretty good and so is the service. However, it is a bit expensive. We had Tuna appetizer and there was very little tuna for the price charged. Good selection of wine. They could improve on the food by making it less sweet and making it a little more savoury. Both of us ordered fish - olive oil poached halibut and the branzino, overall both dishes could use some stronger flavours that are not sweet. Good desserts, bacon tart filling is good, too much crust, flour less chocolate cake is very good and satisfying. Overall, it was a pleasant evening.

  • Visited November 2013
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Buffalo, New York
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“New owner, but same great food and service”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is a great Buffalo restaurant of long standing that changed owners a few months ago. This was our first visit since the change. Both the food and service were outstanding. The regular menu and the specials range from the expected to the unexpected and all are executed beautifully. From appetizer to dessert everything we selected was wonderful. Even the bread was outstanding offering several kinds of bread and all very fresh. Whether you are local or just visiting Buffalo, Oliver's is as good as it gets.

  • Visited November 2013
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Naples, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Doesn't get any better!”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of the truly great restaurants in a town loaded with them. If your in Buffalo this place is a must!

Visited October 2013
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