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Apr 11, 2013 04:26 PM

Buffalo weekday lunch? Family occasion

Hello from Toronto, American neighbours!

I'm hoping you can help me find a venue for a family lunch in central Buffalo -- we'll be coming from Forest Lawn Cemetery. Many seemingly suitable places (e.g., Hutch's) seem to be closed weekdays.

It will be a group of around 8 people, average age 70, so a quiet room would be good. Patio a bonus (it'll be end of May). Any cuisine is fine, but not super-casual or bar food.

Thank you in advance for any tips!

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  1. Hi, neighbors: Most restaurants of the "Hutch's" type in Buffalo are indeed closed for weekday lunch.
    Here's what I can recommend, all in central/downtown Buffalo:

    Trattoria Aroma, 307 Bryant Street in Elmwood Village. Fine Italian food; quiet and comfortable.

    Bistro Europa on Elmwood. Creative Continental cuisine; may not be the most comfortable or quiet place since it is small and can get crowded.

    Seabar, 475 Ellicott Street. Buffalo's best sushi.

    I hope that you all enjoy the tour and lunch.

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    1. re: Nadala

      Thanks, Nadala!

      I have seen Bistro Europa and Seabar recommended on several blogs, too, but Trattoria Aroma is a new possibility. I will check them all out.

      Do you (or any other Chowhounds) have any opinion on Mike A at the Hotel Lafayette?

      1. re: accordion

        I've been to the Hotel Lafayette lounge/bar and it was poorly run, sad to say. I haven't been to Mike A's Steakhouse, but people seem to like it on Yelp.

    2. Trattoria is a great choice for a large party looking for a quiet space. Quality, innovative Italian with good service. They also have a parking lot right next door for those who can't walk far. Bistro is close by also and a phenomenal choice also. Cannot go wrong with either, but by the sounds of your crowd Aroma may be a more reliable choice (size of restaurant, quiet, easy to park). Oh, and the patio may be open then, too. Enjoy!

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      1. re: rwalley211

        Thanks for the info, that's very helpful. Hard to imagine patio weather this week but it has to arrive eventually!