Say what you want about midsize cities, but the perks of being simultaneously big and small show themselves in unusual ways in Buffalo. Take, for example, the city dining parking lot. As a city that has plenty of dining options and enough people to flood street parking, our spread-out, low-rise city can afford a few personal parking lots.
For some, a parking lot is less of a luxury than a necessity when dining out. While there are ample suburban options, don't count the city out.
We've compiled a list of restaurants within the City of Buffalo that have free adjoined parking lots, or parking lot access immediately nearby. If you know of a restaurant that should be added to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 Club, 31 N. Johnson Park. Parking lot is attached.
Almandi Restaurant, 797 Broadway. Parking lot is attached.
Ballyhoo, 211 South Park Ave. Parking lot is to the side.
Chef's, 291 Seneca St. Parking lot is across the street.
Craving, 1472 Hertel Ave. The lot is on the side, in front of the "looking good" mural.
Dobutsu, 500 Seneca St., Suite 119. Parking lot is across the street on Seneca Street.
Gene McCarthy's, 73 Hamburg St. Parking lot is across the street.
Hydraulic Hearth, 716 Swan St. Parking lot is across the street on Emslie Street.
The Left Bank, 511 Rhode Island St. Parking is on the side.
New Jewel of India, 1264 Hertel Ave. Parking lot is on the side.
Niagara Cafe, 525 Niagara St. Parking lot surrounds the cafe.
Pano's, 1081 Elmwood Ave. Parking lot surrounds side, back of restaurant.
The Phoenix at 269, 269 Amherst St. Parking is on the side.
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Pizza Plant Italian Pub at Canalside, 125 Main St. #110. Parking is free across the street in the lot on the corner of Washington Street and Exchange Street, except for on days when there are major downtown events and an attendant is on duty.
Providence Social, 490 Rhode Island St. Parking lot is across the street.
Richie's Soul Food & Lounge 3199 Main St. Parking lot is attached.
Santasiero's, 1329 Niagara St. Parking lot is attached.
Sun Cuisines, 1989 Niagara St. Parking lot is on the side.
Swannie House, 170 Ohio St. Parking lot is attached.
Tappo Pizza, 166 Chandler St. Parking lot is across the street.
Teton Kitchen, 153 Elmwood Ave. Parking lot is in front of the restaurant.
The Place, 229 Lexington Ave. Parking is on the side.
Tempo, 581 Delaware Ave. Parking lot is across the street; free after 6 p.m.
Towne Restaurant, 186 Allen St. Parking lot on the side.