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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” (43 reviews)
“smoked ham” (15 reviews)
“stuffed potato” (11 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank Louis S
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank suzytToronto
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...

Thank Teresa P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank K W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank mwilson1827
Reviewed August 29, 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

2  Thank Michael L
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Brandon W
Reviewed August 27, 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

Thank joshuaM5
Reviewed August 27, 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

Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

There may be many other good reasons to come by, but for me it's THE CARROT CAKE......end of story. It's delicious and served warm with a glaze poured over the top. The owner may even. One by and and schmooze for a.bit...great spot

Thank K M
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July 15, 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
September 13, 2017|
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Response from renrenren | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Right outside the restaurant and the parking is free.
Katrina D
April 4, 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, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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