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Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
+1 716-833-1952
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pancakes” (41 reviews)
“smoked ham” (17 reviews)
“home fries” (18 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214-1310
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here because it was featured on DDD. The food wasn’t bad but took far too long to be received - about 35 minutes from the time we ordered until we got it, after we had asked where it was. The servers were all...More

Thank Stacy Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I and my niece ordered breakfast that neither of us could really eat. Basically, we had eggs and toast with orange juice for almost $40! The home fries were very spicy and not edible. The bacon my niece had was thick cut and not very...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My bestie and I headed to Lake Effect for dinner and were told the shake machine was down on Tuesday 2-4-1 shake night! Boo hiss! Nope the manager came in on his night off and boom, shakes! Food was delish and service ourstanding! We ordered...More

Thank MommaCHae
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Stop in with fiancé while running errands. Excellent breakfast, corned beef hash is authentic, egg white omelet was very flavorful. Recommend for a great meal.

Thank ccp6908
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Date of Visit: Saturday, March 31st, 2018 Dinner Are you a fan of the show "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives"? This place was featured on the show. The diner is located in Main St in Downtown Buffalo. It is in an old retro steel diner, and...More

Thank RogueTrippers
Reviewed 11 February 2018

It's hard to impress me when it comes to breakfast but this place did it! Eggs Benedict had real hollandaise with that tangy lemony taste that I love! Bacon was delicious and crisp, potatoes were well seasoned and tasted great! The place is small and...More

Thank Coasttocoast1234
Reviewed 31 January 2018

We saw this place on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and had to check it out! We ate outside at a patio table and the weather and food were amazing. The honey bees did bother us a little and there was some wind, but other than...More

Thank Tammykwarren
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Great location. Cool 50's diner setting. Easy to get to. Ample parking. Prices are reasonable and porion are good. We stop there several times each year. Busy place at breakfast time so there may be a lineup when you get there but they move them...More

Thank Cujo3131
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Stpped around 9:30am for b'fast. Based on some poor reviews, this wasn't a rush hour. Gentleman met me at the entrance, guided me to seat and took care of my order. The Chesapeake Benedict was plentiful, and delicious. Potatoes done a little differently, good as...More

Thank alcarp
Reviewed 4 January 2018

They were actively smoking meat outside in 17 degrees while it was snowing. I enjoyed the Corn Beef hash and bought a pound of sliced ham for the road. Some of the best ham I have every had.

Thank Tom L
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Questions & Answers
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 Mary P | Reviewed this property |
as far as I know, they do not deliver
Katrina D
4 April 2017|
Response from Bob G | Reviewed this property |
I'm unsure.
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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, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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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