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Viking Lobster Company

€€ - €€€American, Seafood
366 Tonawanda St, Corner of Austin Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-2732
+1 716-873-1079
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good22%
  • Average12%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
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American, Seafood
€€ - €€€
366 Tonawanda St, Corner of Austin Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-2732
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few things to know if you are interested in eating at this restaurant - 1) Having a reservation is nearly a must. Seating is very limited. If you are sure you want to dine here, make a reservation. 2) Bring cash. The restaurant does...More

Thank whitrock1812
Reviewed 12 January 2018

I do not even know where to begin with this review. I have scanned threw the last couple and any review that is negative... I promise you that person just hates life! I would recommend this place 10 out of 10 times. Especially for being...More

Thank Jordan E
carmbray, Manager at Viking Lobster Company, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to express your love of our restaurant. We also enjoy the fact that people "unplug" and therefore seem to enjoy more with less distractions. We love that people can come here and bond not only with their...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

This was a our second visit this year and we enjoyed ourselves both times. It's true you have to bring your own wine and it is cash only but those are very minor issues, The ambience is somewhat hard to describe; definitely not one of...More

Thank richBuffalo
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Each of us gets to choose the restaurant on their birthday, and this is an annual pick of one of our party. There is always more food than you can eat, so you can take some home, and you can bring your own wine/beer!

Thank Diane M
jeff b, Manager at Viking Lobster Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

That person in your party has very good taste :) Thank you for celebrating with us. See you next year!

Reviewed 1 August 2017

CAUTION: menu prices in the restaurant are 60% higher than the menu posted on their Viking Lobster website (see photo). This restaurant requires reservations, accepts cash only, and you have to bring your own libations. Please note that the majority of photos previously submitted on...More

14  Thank NickelCityNomad
jeff b, Manager at Viking Lobster Company, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

There are too many inaccuracies too address all , but more glaring and easy to document (car wash buckets, no air conditioning, only one ceiling fan , Viking Feast for two inaccurate price quoted, only previous frozen products are shrimp and crab and can't be...More

Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

It's about the seafood! Fresh and delicious and very generous. Not a glamour place or location, but well worth the experience. It is byob. We had a great time experiencing the dinner and time we shared at the Viking Lobster.

Thank davealbers
jeff b, Manager at Viking Lobster Company, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We love what we do and are glad that it shows. Look forward to your next visit with us!

Reviewed 11 May 2017

First time at this restaurant that has been around in some form since 1979. Fabulous seafood, organically-grown veggies, best salad dressing ever! It's BYOB so the focus is definitely on the food. The owner shared his story with us - all seafood is wild caught...More

1  Thank Debra H
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a hidden gem in Buffalo. Don't let its look from the outside or inside turn you away. This is a must do experience for both those who live here and those who visit. The food is fantastic and the restaurant's BYOB (or...More

1  Thank mwp2930
Reviewed 22 April 2017

not what you would expect - not the greatest neighborhood - it is soooo quaint -excellent food- but a little overpriced for the amounts you are served - but the owners and staff are great--homemade soups n deserts.

Thank heracr
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Viking Lobster Co was an absolute delight! The atmosphere was cozy and unique as it's a old bar which keeps with the "best kept secret" motif. All of the servers were friendly and funny! The food was fantastic! We ordered the Viking feast for two...More

Thank Bradleyr09
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Questions & Answers
25 September 2016|
Response from Coachbaby48 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can bring children, I don't see any reason why not, however, the menu is not really child friendly it's really grown up food. And the atmosphere is maybe adult minded not kid fun. I would consider the age of the... More
4 September 2016|
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Response from Coachbaby48 | Reviewed this property |
No fees were charged to open the bottles and I don't recall any restrictions, the upstairs was not really utilized when I had dinner there, we factually sat upstairs because we had a larger party and there was some confusion... More
Donna K
11 August 2015|
Response from carmbray | Property representative |
I'm doing well thank you. Hope the best for the Viking as I pursue different ventures.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$59
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 366 Tonawanda St, Corner of Austin Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-2732
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Buffalo
  • Phone Number: +1 716-873-1079
  • E-mail
We are a VERY unique establishment Located in Black Rock, Buffalo. We specialize in fresh seafood (nothing frozen) Live lobsters , as well as Prime cuts .We are a Reservation & Cash ONLY establishment:No credit cards or checks are accepted) . We also have a unique Byob policy : No alcohol is served but feel free to bring a libation of choice (ID's are checked to ensure legal consumption of the alcohol.) When it comes to booking larger groups (8-15) there is a specific menu as well as limited space to accommodate these types of groups : A deposit is required to ensure responsibility for that table as well as ordering the proper amount of live product as well as scheduling staff accordingly. Because we are a cash only establishment the deposit ($100) needs to be dropped off at least 1 week to the reservation date.The deposit is taken off the bill at the end of your experience The Only reasons the deposit would not be returned : ~ Damage to our property as a result of rowdy behavior ~ The amount of guest that were initially reserved do not show up and there is no prior notice upon arrival OR there is an extended period of time between full arrival and time of reservation ( more than 45min.) We take great pride in what we serve as well as the customers experience , these policies are to ensure that everyone has a delicious meal and a great experience .
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