Buffalo >Restaurants > Chef's Restaurant
291 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY | Directions 1420442.878721 -78.865690
Take me home, Chef's Spaghetti Parm – In all my travels, this is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to --- from the service to the consistent quality of food, it never disappoints. Favorites are the fresh bread, stuffed pepper appetizer, spaghetti parm (you will never forget this dish) and the cassata cake -- It is just fantastic!
A good standby... – The food is good but not great. I've been there many times and they are consistent.
You either love it or hate it – It seems like people either love Chef's or hate it, there is no in between. Although it is not authentic Italian, I think the food at Chef's tastes great. I love the sauce (it is much better than the sauce Chef's sells in jars). The eggplant parm is my favorite. It is very casual, and they just recently put a bar in the restaurant. I recommend making a reservation, because it is always busy. My only complaint about Chef's is for what you are getting, the food is overpriced.
My Favorite Restaurant by a mile – Chef's is special to me, it's about the atmosphere and memories and great food. Their food is unique, which is what I love. They don't cater to a huge spread of palates like chains like Olive Garden do, but any true food lover knows that the smaller, unique, and family-operated restaurants far supersede all else. I live in Arizona and I can't wait until I'm back in Buffalo to eat here again. People who appreciate good dining know Chef's is good. There's just no comparison in WNY. Chef's remains to be one of the busiest dining establishments in the area, and regardless what a few online critiques might say (see above), there is a reason for that. In fact good food is not the only thing that WNY has plenty of, there are also lots of naysayers (hence i now live in AZ). Check it out if you are interested in a new experience, but don't bother holding up a table from other people if you really would rather eat at an Olive Garden or are fussy...
What's the Hype? – I have always heard wonderful things about Chef's so we tried it and they must be doing soemthing right because it took a while to get in the place as it was so very crowded. However I don't understand why...Everything is a la carte and not very good for the overly high prices. I haven't gone back.
Hot and heavenly Southern Italian cuisine has drawn judges, police and politicos to the busy dining rooms for decades. – In Short
One of Buffalo's best-known Italian restaurants since 1923, Chef's is a favorite meeting place for local politicos, judges, lawyers and police officers. An ideal place for group or family parties, the two large dining rooms are always full. Posted on wooden boards, Chef's menu includes many traditional Southern Italian dishes like spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, veal and chicken cacciatore. Each day of the week has its own special: eggplant parmesan on Monday, tripe and braciola on Wednesday, and chicken livers on Saturday. Desserts range from traditional tortoni, spumoni and cannoli, to tiramisu and New York-style cheesecake dripping with cherries.
Not exactly Italian – After so many rave reviews and recommendations (including being voted best Italian in buffalo) a friend and myself decided to go to chef's. What a disappointment. This restaurant should more clearly label itself Italian American, none of the dishes are authentic or imaginative, as aforementioned the sauce is nothing special and comparable to ragu or prego, the pasta is garbage, and desserts were the only palateable items on the menu. If your idea of Italian is Macaroni and cheese then this is the place for you. If you know and have savored authentic italian cuisine this restaurant is nothing but a huge culinary disappointment.
OVERHYPED!@! YUCK! – The spaghetti was way overcooked, the sauce was worse than some store bought brands.
Yuck. – How people think this is good Italian food, I don't know. Coming from an Italian, people who are enjoying this food obviously grew up eating Prego out of the jar. Quite possible the worst restaurant in Buffalo.
stilll the best inspite of all the cry babies – ALL cry babies need to make their own sauce from ragu and prego
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