There’s no need to skimp on a restaurant choice just because your plans are spontaneous! If you’re looking for a spot for your next impromptu dinner date or are just too busy to call ahead for a table, have no fear. You can still enjoy a delicious meal at one of these 11 mouthwatering restaurants in Buffalo where you’ll never* need reservations.
1. Allen Burger Venture (175 Allen Street)
Nothing beats burgers and beers, and you can grab both at Allen Burger Venture. This restaurant is typically walk-in friendly, so you can grab a table and place an order of tots right away!
2. Acropolis OPA (708 Elmwood Avenue)
It's all Greek to us, and Acropolis OPA does it better than most in Buffalo! We're not really sure why there's rarely a wait at this delicious dining establishment, but we're certainly not complaining – and you won't be either after you take a look at their menu!
3. Deep South Taco (291 Ellicott Street)
Think you're in deep you-know-what for forgetting to book your reservations for the night? Think again! Deep South Taco almost always has room for more, thanks mainly in part to their two patios and spacious indoor seating options. Order the nachos, and thank us later for the tip.
4. 716 Food and Sport (716 Scott Street)
716 is another hugely popular Buffalo restaurant with a huge amount of seating space, which is mainly why there's never much of a problem finding a table (unless you come on game night). If there happens to be a wait, don't fret. Just pull up a seat at the bar and kill some time watching sports on one of their many big-screen TVs!
5. Expo Market (617 Main Street)
Expo Market isn't exactly a restaurant, but it's so good, we'll count it! This cafeteria-style joint is a great place to grab a meal after work or a drink during happy hour, and with several restaurants to choose from, we're certain you'll be able to find one without much of a line!
6. Lloyd Taco Factory (1503 Hertel Avenue)
Oh, Lloyd. How we love thee. The famous food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant is one of our favorites in the city, and tons of other Buffalonians will agree with our sentiment. So why is there no need for reservations? Lloyd's ordering and seating style is genius, with family-style tables and cafeteria-style ordering to keep things moving right along!
7. Saigon Cafe (520 Elmwood Avenue)
Saigon Cafe serves up Vietnamese and Thai food on Elmwood Ave. While interior is low-key, their food is top-notch. Eating here is like discovering one of Buffalo's best-kept dining secrets!
8. Joe's Deli (534 Elmwood Avenue)
Joe's Deli is arguably the best deli in the city, and it's also a popular spot to grab a bite in Buffalo. Their Elmwood location has classic menu items, plenty of seating, and a great bar area – AKA everything you could ever need in a restaurant without the frills (or need for calling ahead)!
9. West Size Bazaar (25 Grant Street)
West Side Bazaar is another not-so-ordinary restaurant option, but a great option nonetheless. No need for reservations in the literal sense, and you can also leave your picky-eating reservations at the door here as you have the opportunity to sample dishes from all over the globe at this local establishment.
10. Gabriel's Gate (145 Allen Street)
Forget to make reservations but craving classic Buffalo foods? Get to the 'gate (Gabriel's Gate, that is) for some of the best wings in the city and plenty of other 716 favorites. We promise you won't be disappointed!
11. Kaydara Noodle Bar (777 Main Street)
If you like to see where your food is coming from, head to Kaydara Noodle Bar on Main Street. This ultra-modern restaurant features an open kitchen and plenty of dining space, not to mention a menu chock full of delicious noodle dishes for your slurping pleasure, sans reservations!
Where is your go-to restaurant in Buffalo for a last minute meal? Share your favorite places that don’t require reservations in the comments below!