Cabaret Restaurant

4.6
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169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual

For casual dining “in the heart of Buffalo’s theater district”, Cabaret is the go-to location. A vibrant bar and relaxing dining ambiance provide guests with a historic and relaxed feel, allowing them to stay as long as their hearts and stomachs desire. A dinner menu includes the heartiest home cooked meats and freshest seafood options available. Guests can also order pasta, salads and sandwiches. Cabaret provides several banquet opportunities, allowing large groups of after-theater partiers to have a relaxing meal full of cheer and excitement.

Cabaret provides a full wine service, selling several delicious wines by the bottle or glass. Choose from a variety of reds, whites, and sparkling wines to best accent your favorite dinner at the end of a busy and entertaining day.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have season tickets for Shea's and always go to Cabaret before the show. Always excellent service and food! Portions are huge!

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic server. Quiet snowy weekday evening in Buffalo. Good draft selection, a lot of options. Very good food.

e
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and Service were excellent. It was a little loud and temperature was cold, other than that very good experience.

AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Not sure if this just wasn't their night but even so, we won't be going back. We had to ask what tonight's specials were. We were informed there was a party tonight so I guess that should have been our first sign. We were there at 4:00 well ahead of any other diners so there really is no benefit of the doubt to give. We ordered the garlic platter which was described as a charcuterie. We were asked if we wanted extra crostini as people always ask for it. Waitress did not tell us it cost extra. The special was described as cajun blackened salmon with a lemon cream sauce, sweet mashed potatoes and vegetables. My husband ordered that and I ordered Steak gorgonzola salad. Waitress said soup du jour was roasted red pepper and their side salad ice berg with cukes tomatoes, etc and that a choice of one or the other with my husband's entree. She forgot to ask until we were almost done with the gross garlic platter if he wanted salad or soup and he said soup. She then informed us that the soup was tomato basil bisque instead. So basically tomato soup. The stuffed roasted garlic was over cooked and bland. The artichokes were marinated in a weird combo of spices. The two herb cream cheeses and olive tapenade were tasty. The peppers and random tomatoes and capers not great. Our entrees arrive and right away I can tell it's blue cheese on my salad and not gorgonzola. My husband has butternut smashed squash, not mashed sweet potatoes. Waitress offers to replace salad but at this point we're over this place. She offers us a canoli or dessert to go, which we accept for the error. Until we receive the check to find a $4 crostini charge which means we basically paid for the canoli. All around a pricey poor experience that we will not repeat.

RI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Well when we got there for dinner she sat us down right away. We ordered dinner & actually took our time. I felt we where being rushed. She kept coming up to us and asking how was our meals. I had ordered the French onion soup & a beet salad with chicken. The french onion soup was really good. When they brought my salad my friend asked are there any beets inside the salad? I kept looking & looking well let me tell you there wasn't any. I couldn't believe it.
When we where ready to pay I said something to the girl and she said let me see what I can do. I did have some of the salad left over to take home. Well she said we put some in for you.

KM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We were there on an off night (Tuesday), so there were few tables. Service was well paced; not rushed and not dragging. Food was good and well portioned (I had the tenderloin. My wife had the daily salmon special). Definitely add it to your rotation of special Buffalo restaurants.

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We’ve been to Cabaret many times for dinner before attending a show at Sheas. The food and service is very good and they always have us out in plenty of time for the show. There are also many good selections to choose from. Our only complaint is the noise level there. It’s very hard to have a conversation there. That said though, , it’s still one of our “go-to” choices before Shea’s given the location, good food, reasonable prices, and prompt service.

NB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Limited menu for dinner. Casual sandwiches and appetizers take up 50% of menu. Pre-theatre entree menu needs to be expanded.

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect pre show spot... service, specialty cocktails and food absolutely top notch!

JO
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a little difficulty hearing the other two at my table at times.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my mom here before the show for her birthday and had an amazing experience. Have been before and will be back!

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

the food was very good as usual however I made my reservation quite a while ago and still ended up with a table very close to the door and near the main walkway. Also, our waitress was just okay. She seemed more occupied with a larger table she was serving. I guess she was more interested in a larger tip from a larger table. Not really happy with that. Will still go back however, unless of course it happens again.

RJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Very, very noisy restaurant. Food is just fair. Will probably not go back for dinner,

DH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress was fantastic (Amanda). She listened to our requests and delivered as promised. Very low noise level - not sure if I answered the earlier part correctly- however the restaurant was not too crowded.

LZ
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We took family there that has someone in Roswell. We all had a really great meal and our server was so sweet. We will definitely return. Thank you.

MK
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

The bar tender was great. So welcoming and enjoyable. Two of us had steak. It was not good. If you go there, choose something else from the menu. Other than that, it was a nice place.

KA
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved our first visit to Cabaret! We went with another couple who we always go to dinner with and we all agreed that it was a great choice. Everyone was so nice and the food was delicious!! I have already recommended Cabaret to others.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was delightful food was wonderful .We go often.

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

cabaret is the perfect place to dine before a show. the food is excellent an the price are moderate. the hostess and servers are friendly and efficient. the menu always has something new to enjoy along with standard favorites. will dine there many more times.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

We had our usual good service and well priced food.

BM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service all around. Accommodating when we ran late. Upbeat staff and fun atmosphere. Food was excellent as always. Will return many times.

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place!! So convenient when leaving Shea's, gorgonzola salad my favorite, but every thing on menu is delicious!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was adorable with yummy drinks and great food. We had the roasted garlic platter to start and it was amazing. Would definitely go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server was attentive and made sure we enjoyed our dining experience.

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This is my girlfriend and I favorite downtown Buffalo restaurant. We here there on 8/24 for her birthday. The overall experience was great however one of our favorite appetizers was a bit disappointing. We come to cabaret for their clams casino. Something was different about them this time. They were watery and seemed loose. We still ate the entire dozen however there was a noticeable difference in their consistency and texture.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu and generous portions, with a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s tastes. Conveniently located in the theatre district, so make for a great pre-theatre meal or post-theatre drink or nosh. Would definitely go back again!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I luv this place in the city with fantastic drinks and food! A must when seeing a show or enjoy the theatre in general!

BW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first time at Cabaret before catching a show at the Alleyway. It was a slow night, with various outdoor festivals happening, and the experience couldn't have been better. The restaurant is attractive (lots of hardwood, vintage musical posters), the food was delicious (I got the special--chicken caprese with homemade rice pilaf--everything was fresh and I cleaned my plate) and the service was great. There was only one waitress on, also doubling as bartender, and she was on it (Stacy--you were great!). I will absolutely go back again and again (and it's so conveniently located to Shea's, etc.). Highly recommend!

AN
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The chicken Caesar salad was only fair. Chicken pieces appeared to be "boiled," not roasted or broiled. Taste was bland. Could have used a larger variety of ingredients.

KP
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and good service. I have down here many times and it is consistently good. Food is of the utmost of the quality.

y
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We went there before a show at the Shea theater. We were served very quickly. The server knew we along with everyone else in the restaurant were going to a show, there were three shows that night in downtown Buffalo. The service was excellent. The food was very good and a good value. They serve big portions. Highly recommend reservations! Casual atmosphere. After dinner the walk to the theater took two minutes. We would eat there again.

KA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Our server was very accommodating in making sure special requests were taken care of. Food was beautifully presented, delicious and hot! Always come away more than satisfied.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived and almost didnt stay because it was very slow business wise. I had read reviews prior to going that were great. We were very glad we decided to stay and eat. We both had the chicken francais. My wife due to diet restrictions ordered hers grilled not sauteed. Food came out as ordered and was delish. Service was good, place was clean . No regrets.

PB
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful place to grab a bite before a show. Food is fantastic, but a bit over priced. Waitstaff is attentive. Nicely decorated and very clean. A bit noisy, but overall, excellent!

OT
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! They knew we were going to a show. The food came very quickly!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere. Very good service, delicious food.

BS
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Go all the time before Shea’s and usually order same thing. The chicken Gorgonzola tasted like it was heated in a microwave with the rice pilaf as it was steaming hot but rubbery. Not like usual tenderness. It was a bit petrified

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I can't believe I haven't been to this underrated gem till now! Was looking for a last-minute spot to get dinner before a show at the Sheas 710 Theatre. Everything was booked up, thankfully there was an open spot at Cabaret. Service was impeccable, very friendly waitress. Loved the theatre-themed decor. The only issue is that it was loud. The menu was filled with options for everyone. They were very cognizant of the showtimes, and made sure to get us finished up with ample time to get the show. The dishes we got were spaghetti and meatballs, pasta with broccoli, and an out of this world dip and garlic crostini platter. This is a new favorite!

MC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and a charming waitress! Highly recommend it to others!!

KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great good and great ambience. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time if heading here before a show. It was quite noisy where it wasn’t always easy to hear the conversation at the table, but we all still really enjoyed the restaurant and will be back again.