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Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
+1 716-833-1952
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“pancakes” (43 reviews)
“smoked ham” (15 reviews)
“stuffed potato” (11 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My boyfriend and I were in town for a wedding and stopped in for breakfast since it had been on triple D. We’re from Philadelphia, so some of the items on the menu were unfamiliar in particular something called hash. I guessed that it was...More

Thank Domenica M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place gets reeeeeeally crowded. It's not too bad when the college is on break. I can tell you, it is worth the wait. Everything is made from scratch. The meats are smoked on site. They make their own hot sauce. The OJ is fresh...More

Thank Diana L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Follow the Diner trail, this one was in Pennsylvania at once then brought to Buffalo Probably a great place to be after a snow event of 7 ft or more , try the fresh squeezed 🍊 juice from counter top machine ( you’ll probably never...More

Thank Joseph M K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This throwback to the 50s diner serves up good food, and plenty of it. Portions are generous and food was served at the right Temp (i.e. not cold!) You can sit on round stools at the counter, in a booth, or limited outside seating under...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were staying in Buffalo and looking for a breakfast place. I always like to try something more local. Not a chain. This place ended up way exceeding my expectations. The food was fantastic! Come to find out, Guy Fieri, from the...More

Thank Cured4ever
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner after a hockey tournament. I order the pulled pork poutine special it was amazing. The staff was attentive. The decor is classic diner. It’s a great place to eat.

Thank ManateeCathy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first stop from the Airport in Buffalo. Guy from Diners Drive-Ins, & Dives did not disappoint. You may order any meal all day long. The outside of the diner is a throwback from the 50s. Patio seating with umbrellas to keep you...More

Reviewed 6 July 2018

Hey if Guy Fieri (Food Network) was here - you need to be here as well. Place is small and the surprise was the food. It was early on a Thursday morning after our 8 hour drive up to the falls. Restaurant was very quite...More

Thank degrawm
Reviewed 25 June 2018

The food here is always great!! I've never had a bad meal here. I love that it's a 50's theme restaurant, but its disappointing that the staff dresses like their going to the gym. Black leggings in my opinion isn't professional for any restaurant uniform....More

Thank Maureen R
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This place has got to be one of the best breakfast places I've ever been to! The homemade jam is awesome and the fact that you can get anything all day is great! No one in our party was disappointed. Our server (owner?),was great!! Very...More

Thank acmlit
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15 July 2018|
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Response from DBKJC | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. You can make your reservation thru the website, or call (905) 354-3632. I used the Open Table App. The app allows you to make special request. I requested a table by the window. Mesmerizing... More
14 September 2017|
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Response from renrenren | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Right outside the restaurant and the parking is free.
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4 April 2017|
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Response from Mary P | Reviewed this property |
as far as I know, they do not deliver
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 18
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Buffalo
  • Phone Number: +1 716-833-1952
This diner is a circa 1952 Mountain View Diner Vin. #446. It was saved from demolition and moved from Wayne, Pennsylvania to Buffalo in 2001. Restored and equipped with a modern state of the art kitchen and knowledgeable and passionate staff, the Lake effect continues to humbly serve wholesome and fresh locally procured ingredients prepared the way they should be.....from scratch! From field to fork, our facility makes artisanal fresh, cured and smoked meats. Eggs are delivered from the Kreher Family Farm right up the road. All bread is baked fresh in house daily.
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