Cabaret Restaurant

4.3
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191 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.

What 191 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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JW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent!!!! Far exceeded our expectations! The service was very friendly and efficient! The atmosphere was cute, quiet, historic!! We will definitely be visiting again! Highly recommend!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I would definitely go back. Our server and the bartender were great. Our group ordered a bunch of apps before our meals. They were all fantastic- wings, clams casino, and roasted garlic platter. Everyone loved their dinner except for me, which is the only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5. I had the eggplant parm and it was disappointing. Not crispy like I hoped for and the spaghetti was a little dry and under sauced. I’ll be back though. Drinks were fantastic too. Good spot.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food- friendly service! Efficient dining, plenty of time to eat, drink and get to our show!

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner for 3 people at 7:30PM. Waitress was personable, but a little pushy and then everything slowed down. Had to ask for bread. Slow getting are drinks served. Appetizers: clam casino was bland and stuffed hot peppers with extremely large amount of cheese and peppers were hot. 2 of us HAD LOBSTER RAVIOLI with 3 shrimps on top with red pepper cream sauce. The shrimps were cooked perfectly. Lobster ravioli with very little lobster, but not short on bread crumbs. No seasoning was noticed. The red pepper sauce sweet no spice in the sauce. Chicken Francais: chicken cooked well but no lemon taste. Pasta was not freshly cooked.

This is a restaurant not worth us going back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

New Year’s Eve menu was different and more expensive which we didn’t expect. Food and service were both great! Dining room was cold.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a first time for our friends. They truly enjoyed the atmosphere and the portion sizes. There was a little mess up with the beet salad. It came without the beets. Quick fix no worries. Will definitely be back.

TC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always! Love the eggplant, my son loved the gnocchi, my husband had the fettuccine Alfredo which they enjoyed. The banana peppers and spinach bread apps were awesome too!

JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Four of us ate here before a performance at a nearby theater. We had excellent service and the food
was very good. The lobster ravioli got top marks while the roast beef sandwich was tender and the fries
crispy and hot. The steak salad was tasty but the person ordering the chicken picata thought the chicken should have been pounded thinner. Coffee was excellent.

The decor of the restaurant is simple, the noise level can get a bit loud if the place is busy.
I did think it was a little chilly, though. Please, turn up the heat!

RB
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good service and atmosphere in the restaurant was great

JB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I ordered the Beef Tenderloin, Wife got the salmon, Daughter got the lobster ravioli. Server was mostly attentive. Food was slow to be delivered. Waited 35 minutes between soup and entree being served. Ordered my beef medium rare, it was served well done and burned. Also, the entire plate was almost cold. However, my wife and daughters plates were hot. Told them about the beef tenderloin and they still charged me for the dinner. Very disappointed.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great, the service was great, the noise level was terrible. We could hardly carry on a conversation at our table. I don’t know what you can do, but soundproof tiles maybe? Everything else was super

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Poor service. Only 4 slices of bread (1 per
Person) without any butter. The seasoning oil was so small that you got one dip per person. The steak was tough. The ravioli was a small portion. Had to raise voice to get attention for more bread and dessert. She only had four tables and it wasn’t that busy. Normally we’ve had
Good experiences in the past but not this last visit.

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We have eaten hee many times. Food and service is always top notch. We have our favorite server(Madeline) who gives top notch service no matter how busy.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

LesMis theatre night. Seated promptly...had 5:30 reservations. Server was attentive and efficient. Orders included roasted red pepper soup which was very good. Entrees of potato gnocchi, chicken francaise and steak tenderloin. All were very tasty. Had plenty of time to enjoy coffee before strolling over to Shea’s.
Only minor complaint when a vodka martini on the rocks with a twist of lemon is ordered the bartender should not arbitrarily toss in olive juice. Isn’t that a dirty martini? Anyway after sip was taken and salty olive taste immediately detected our great server Kate took it back and returned with the proper mix.
We will be back again on theatre night.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Terrible service 25 minute to get drinks after we ordered them. Food was average. I have had good experiences in the past but this time it was awful. Server didn’t ask how our food was or if we want drink refills and threw the ketchup on the table instead of placing it. Roast beef was dry, bread was not fresh. Far from their A game on this night

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Great meal. They need more help.

MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, Excellent drinks, fantastic waitress! Came here before a show at Shea's with my mom and was pleasantly surprised! The service was quick, but not rushed, the food tasted great and was HUGE portions and we will absolutely be coming back and recommending to friends!

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The food was very good, but our server was very slow to take the order (even drinks). It was also very loud and difficult to have a conversation (we were not at the bar).

CG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was excellent ! Great food , great service ! Will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Was a bit chilly in the restaurant. Food was ok, proximity to Sheas is great. All in all I would go back

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Specials were awesome! Perfect for a preshow dinner.

t
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waitress was great. We were surprised at the small menu and how expensive one glass of wine iwas. The food was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
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 on 14 November 2019
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
8 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
5 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
18 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.