1520 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040434.020807 -118.478933
Neighborhoods: West LA, Pico
Hidden Gem – I look forward to the opening of the inside dining room. Santa Monica needs a new gourmet, fine-dining
location! We enjoyed sitting outside, as
it’s one of the best places for outdoor dining in Santa Monica. We weren’t expecting the small plates, and had wanted to be seated inside initially. But in the end, we really
8:15 Reservation, Never Seated – My husband & I decided to try the Buffalo Club for our 2nd wedding anniversary. Booked our rez on opentable 3 days in advance & mentioned the reason we were dining that evening. We arrived on time (evening of 10/9/09) & told to asked to have a cocktail... I should have known. For the next HOUR & A HALF the maitre'd checked on us 3 times, even asking if we were HUNGRY YET and then said 5 more minutes. At 9:30, we had spent $58 on cocktails, 2 for each of us, and we STILL weren't seated, although a bunch of douchebags who'd wandered in were being seated. Needless to say, we left & enjoyed a great meal at one of our fav's, the Library Ale House. Thanks for a memorable anniversary, Buffalo Club!
Taste of the Good Life – I finally had the opportunity to visit The Buffalo Club after hearing so much about it, the food, atmosphere and all the classic sophistication. I finally made reservations with some friends to finally visit the Club, and with our luck we went on the right day. Wednesdays they have wine tasting night. During the summer the Garden Courtyard becomes very popular as guests where enjoying drinks by the outdoor bar, which is beautiful and it reminded me of an old club from chicago or new york. Or something out of a movie. There are lounge sofas, arm chairs, so people can relax. It was so much fun!!! I was very excited about finally trying the food. I love bread, and i was really excited when we were given hot bread for once. We ordered their famous mac-and-cheese, and it was one the most amazing dishes I have ever had. It was perfect!! We wanted to try everything so we where all sharing from each others plate, but I ordered the potroast, my friend ordered the chicken pie. Not only was the presentation It was so filling, and tasty, I think I can live off that dish forever. We had such a great time, the staff was great and responsive. They took care of us without really bothering us when we were eating. As soon as we would look around to request more water or wine, right away our waiter would be there.
For once, while dining at The Buffalo Club I felt like I was apart of an elite group of people, and it was nice to feel like I was apart something exclusive. The atmosphere and the service together made you feel like a celebrity. They treat you very special. We found out on Friday's and Saturday's there is a live Dj playing music in the Garden Courtyard. The Idea of enjoying a meal, like the amazing mac and cheese, at a place that feels like a hideaway, and afterward meeting and hanging out with friends for drinks and music, is the perfect way to enjoy a night out in LA.
I am definitely going back there, probably on Saturday. I had such a great time just because of the atmosphere, the food was amazing, and to top it all off the service was great. I would of never known this place existed because from outside it does not look any special, you would never know it was there. But once you enter the dining room or the Garden Courtyard, its like you have been transported to another decade. Its nice to remember older times.
Smart Decor, fun place – I must say I really enjoyed the decor on the inside dining room. I am a huge fan of literature, and sat in a booth for a really great dinner. I noticed above me a tribute to some writers in some really neat frames - the whole place is classic, I must say, and the tribute to classic lit is a great touch.
The food was great - I highly recommend it if you haven't been.
I hear they have a great night on Saturdays - especially in summer. Unfortunately I had to catch a flight so I couldn't stay - but it was getting to be quite the scene out on the courtyard.
Highly recommended! I had a really nice time, good wine, good food, simply lovely.
Presently surprised! – I was hesitant about booking here after reading the negative reviews but it was husband's birthday and he'd been wanting to go for a while since it's in our 'hood (we live 5 blocks away!). I made early reservations (6:30 pm 10/17/08) to avoid the go-go dancing thing & just wanted a quiet dinner. Our waiter Ian was very gracious & extremely attentive, as was the sommelier, helpful, friendly & informative without being overbearing. The outdoor patio is gorgeous though I would have been just as happy inside in one of the sumptuous looking booths (maybe next time). The portions were generous & the dishes though not innovative, were very good! For dessert, we requested a cheese plate (there wasn't one on the menu) and they put a lovely and generous one together on the spot, no questions asked. The prices were typically high end Santa Monica (Melisse, Michael's)...what do people expect?? My advice, go early, but go!
BEST MAC & CHEESE! – Buffalo Club is a great spot for romantic date out on the patio or in a cozy booth. The food is good old fashioned, cooked to perfection and if you like fried chicken, it's to die for!
Great place if you like the Hollywood type of doorman – This is another Santa Monica spot that tries to be too Hollywood by having a doorman that only allows a certain people in. I was there for a private party but the doorman still gave me and my friends a hard time simply to get in. Once I got into the place it wasn't crowded. at all. The highlight was the music. The dj spun a good mix of house music. I would not recommend this place at all. If you like the all the hollywood places where you have to wait outside and deal with a rude doorman, this is the place for you. There are many other better places in Santa Monica without the hassle. Don't go to the Buffalo Club. This will be one of those places in the near future that will be called another name because the concept now does not work.
Great place in Santa Monica – Great place on weekend nights for drinks and some dancing. The summer time is particularly fun since most of the place its outdoors. This might not be your hang out if you want to sport a hat and Tevas.
Dress Code Issue – Well, I wouldn't know how to rate this place since I haven't BEEN IN! I had enough of an experience with the door guys to sign up on citysearch and write my first review. I'm sorry it has to be a bad one, but...
I was looking so forward to checking out Buffalo Club for a friend's birthday on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the cheap suit-clad doormen decided my friend's 'sneakers' were not up to par with the dress code. His John Varvatos chuck taylors were far more fashionable than the tacky leather square-toed shoes they were sporting. And, really? I'm not sure they've checked, but their club is located in a BEACH city, where tennis shoes are pretty much all most guys have in their closets - aside from their flip flops. So, while I can't rate the club itself, I can say the door guys are incredibly rude, and the management needs to re-visit their unreasonable dress code. Needless to say, I will not be returning.
Inappropriate Behavior by staff – I was there for a private party that's regularly held there by a fitness instructor. The bouncer at the door insulted both my friend and me when we went to enter the club. I've never seen this person before, when he saw my reaction after he insulted my friend, he told me I looked constipated. We entered anyway. Once the private party was over, there were only a few (drunk) people left on the dance floor. Before we left, I asked to speak to a manager, Patrick, where I explained the inappropriate behavior of the bouncer. I was told that the bouncer has been there a long time, and he didn't have any problems with him, but that he would "talk with him" about my interaction. When we were leaving both Patrick and the bouncer were at the door we exited. My friend turned to the bouncer and said, "I don't appreciate what you said..." The manager Patrick looked at me and replied, "you know, there's medication for that" as he and the bouncer laughed. What I do know is, there's an attorney for that when being harassed in that manner. It's not the last they, and the owners will be hearing from these two ladies.
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