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Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
+1 716-833-1952
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“pancakes” (44 reviews)
“smoked ham” (17 reviews)
“stuffed potato” (12 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 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my classic stuffed potato pancakes. They were huge and cooked to perfection. Coffee was good. Service friendly. Had to wait a long time to be seated. Very small and very popular. Large parking lot. Counter and booth seating. Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kkm68
Reviewed 16 October 2018

I stopped by for breakfast, great food and a friendly staff. Hidden gem while visiting buffalo. Highly recommend

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Louis S
Reviewed 7 October 2018

The Potato Pancakes were quite burned on my husbands AND on my order. As it was the first time eating here, we hoped it was just the appearance. NO, they WERE burned. and VERY greasy. The filling of eggs and spinach was good. The filling...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank suzytToronto
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Great food, well prepared, fresh fruit, will not disappoint! Omelette, corned beef hash, great easy to drink smooth coffee.. you can’t go wrong...

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Teresa P
Reviewed 21 September 2018

I ate here Monday for brunch. We both didnt want any lunch type food so we settled on breakfast items. The portions are enormous. I had a to go box. I ordered the Blizzard breakfast. SO. Much.. Food! It was really good though. I have...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank K W
Reviewed 17 September 2018

I was in town on a Sunday night and wanted a restaurant with vegan offerings. Very surprised to find this diner which serves general diner food, but also has vegan items. The Meatless Meatloaf was wonderful and the portion size was enough that I took...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank mwilson1827
Reviewed 29 August 2018

There was literally nothing to like about this place, nothing. The service was horrible and slow, the food was completely non-edible (TONS of pepper on EVERYTHING, eggs, fries, burgers, home fries, omelets---EVERYTHING!!)...seriously, the reviews on here are all paid off shills, the locals say to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
2  Thank Michael L
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

The staff, especially the manager was extremely nice. Food was fantastic with large portions. Very impressed, can’t wait to return.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Brandon W
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Our first visit was at breakfast, mid-week, as a family. Bright inside, friendly welcome. Menu had lots of vegan options for my daughter. I ordered their corned beef hash with eggs. Huge portion and absolutely delicious. Wife had a beyond burger and loved it. Daughter...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank joshuaM5
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

I had the burger with Mac n cheese and sirocca mayo. This was one of the best burgers that I had in awhile! The meat was fresh and delicious! The Mac n cheese was to die for! The service was just alright it could have...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank stephanierose12
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Questions & Answers
15 July 2018|
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Response from Lake Effect D | Property representative |
No we do not take reservations, we are a small Diner and cannot take reservations
14 September 2017|
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Response from renrenren | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Right outside the restaurant and the parking is free.
Katrina D
4 April 2017|
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Response from Lake Effect D | Property representative |
We 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, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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