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Viking Lobster Co

) #203 of 811 Restaurants in Buffalo ££ - £££ American, Seafood, Soups
366 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207-2732
+1 716-873-1079
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good20%
  • Average13%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
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“lobster” (24 reviews)
“soup” (15 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
££ - £££
366 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207-2732
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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
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We ordered the viking feast for two- more food to eat than humanly possible! It also came with soup and salad which were both outstanding as were the scallops, fish and shrimp. Service was very slow, perhaps due to the fact that our server was...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 31 August 2016

When you drive by this restaurant, you would not likely want to go in, but don't let the outside deceive you. If you like live Maine lobster, clams, and oysters, this is absolutely the best place in Western New York to satisfy your appetite. Go...More

Thank gdomuuse
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Took my parents there they love it. Also you B.Y.O.B. cause they don't sale alcohol but they have liquor license

Thank Caesar C
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

My Budapest buddies are connected through our study abroad in Budapest. We met to discuss the latest conflicts in Europe w/Brixit and Hungary immigration. The restaurant was the choice of a friend. I had the paella and my other friends shared the lobster and crab...More

1  Thank Coachbaby48
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

A group of friends tried Viking Lobster for restaurant week. The specials were good but we ended up ordering a "feast". It was excellent and more than enough food. Lobster, crab legs, haddock, shrimp, and the biggest scallops I've ever seen. With salads and two...More

1  Thank Ann14223
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

I booked reservations for my mothers birthday that included a party of 7! The atmosphere I for one did not expect, the food was awful!! Everyone in the dinner party had to send there 99.00 dinners back because the seafood was spoiled and undercooked! Very...More

1  Thank nerverevaagain
jeff b, Manager at Viking Lobster Co, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

We're always sorry to get a bad review, and make every effort to rectify any problems or complaints at the time of incidence. With that said, the only dinner costing anywhere near $99.00 dollars are the Five Pound Lobsters, so the Bill should have been...More

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Can you bring children to the restaurant
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
I am considering this establishment for a birthday dinner for 2 couples. I see that it is BYOB. Is there a fee for them to open a bottle (or 2) of wine? Are wine glasses provided? Is any liquor or beer served here?
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
What happened to Carmen?
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, Cash Only, Parking Available
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 366 Tonawanda St, 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 (10-20) 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 atleast 2 business days prior to the reservation.The deposit is given back upon arrival or taken off the bill at the end of your experience (whichever is more convenient )

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 evening .
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