The Ward - Buffalo Riverworks

4.3
240 reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo’s biggest entertainment destination. The Ward @ Riverworks features contemporary American cuisine served in an industrial rustic setting. Our snow-globe inspired architecture boasts a menu of handcrafted beers and Buffalo originals, including the Riverworks Spicy Buffalo Clam Chowder, the Bacon Jam Burger, and the Trainwreck beer braised Pot Roast Stack.
We are proudly part of the Pearl Street Family of Companies, and committed to Buffalo’s renaissance, “Rebuilding Buffalo, one pint at a time!” Our fully functioning brewery, retrofitted into the former Wheeler-GLF grain elevator, is what we believe to be the first brewery inside a silo in the world! With three expansive bars inside our main facility, the fourth bar is located within the silo, adjacent to the Riverworks Beergarden. More information in the PRIVATE EVENTS section of OpenTable. Visit https://ticketpeak.com/res/psgtix for BrewYears Eve! WE ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND - See VIEW MORE
What 240 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaN
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was awesome !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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JordynR
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here before for drinks to catch up with friends, lunch with a date, dinner to celebrate graduation, and for drinks after a wedding. Each time there was great service and food! Never dissapoints!

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Brittany
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was terrible. There was barely anyone there and it took almost 30minutes before someone even took our drink order. The food was okay, but I ordered a meat lovers pizza and got something completely different. Then there wasn't even enough time to get what I actually ordered because of "last call". They didn't even take it off my bill. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It was just meh.... Covid regualtions have made a huge place just ok

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DrHack
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love coming to Riverworks & eating at the Ward. End of season & with Covid .... was limited menu but the pot roast sandwich is always great & I tried fish fry for first time - would get again!

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BradfordK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun time and amazing server.. only 1 issue.. forgot an item when we ordered it

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jillm
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

This didnt River work for me at all. The service was sub par and the food was awful. The pizzas were undercooked and worse than a frozen pizza. Actually, frozen pizza would have been better. The chicken sandwich was over buttered and the mustard sauce was more like a mustard drizzle. The only good part was the fries. The service, for being pretty quiet at 7:15 pm on a Friday, was slow and he kept forgetting to bring a cup for my husbands beer. But brought him another beer he didn’t ask for. The price for the pizzas were not equal to their quality. Don’t waste your time going here for food. It’s gross. And we had spiders and an ant on our table.

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Sunshine
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We’re here visiting from NYC and this place was recommended by the hotel we’re staying at. It’s located by the water in the industrial district. The food was amazing! We ordered Tater tot poutine and brisket melt sandwiches with their home made chips. 5 out of 5 stars. Going to try to go back before we leave.

Highly recommend going there.

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was really good!! The service was slow considering that the place was pretty dead. It was nice they had a band and football on the giant TV.

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vipYvonneD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. They had live music tonight by Skyline Duo who were great! Beautiful night by the water.

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TimothyP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Liked at menu on open table chose restaurant based on available selection. Got to location to find only a few items were available. Food was mediocre at best. Wings under cooked and soggy. Pizza not fully cooked in middle.

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GARYZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place for entertainment and fun. Awesome view of the water and exciting things to do outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was incredible, never waited a second for anything. Great pizza

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome. First time going and we will go back for sure.

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Laurie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 9 in our party and initially we were going to eat outside, but the weather was colder than expected so we asked if we could sit inside. The host was amazing and arranged a big table for us inside. Tyler was our waiter and was very polite and attentive. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

MB
MaryB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst experience we have ever had. You can’t easily get there because roads are closed. Then the bridge on the river was up so that took another 20 minutes. A total mess. When we finally got there friends had arrived.
They sat the 6 of us at 2 high bistro tables in the bar area.
We couldn’t possibly eat there and enjoy each other’s company. We asked to be moved to another table that was empty and they said that was for reservations. We said we had a reservation and they didn’t care. We left and went to the Swannie house which was fabulous. Never again will we go there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nothing special about the food but venue and views were nice.

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vipCannoninDallas
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Conservative crowd, but otherwise, a good experience.

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JeffE
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

I have been to Riverworks plenty of times over the years for concerts 97 rock around Halloween parties hi took my mother and father the river works in August and my girlfriend to ever works in July I have never had a bad experience until this particular day-First I want to complement our way to Matt and there was a girl behind the bar with pink hair who is excellent-I made reservations a week in advance for two tables of four as we had eight people originally coming-I went out that day we were going to have nine I also want to complement the person at the desk who changed our reservations from two tables of four to accommodate our party of nine I don’t know her name but she was very nice and accommodating-One of the reasons we came besides having dinner and drinks was to listen to some live music-and that’s where the problem started we were told by a few different people different things about watching the live music-after dinner we all stood at the railing in front of the barge to listen to the music the manager came running over like we were some kind of criminals unprofessionally telling us that we had to sit at a table(we were just told by someone else before I wanted to make sure that we were following the Covid rules and regulations as I obviously understand the pandemic and one customers and employees to be safe-we were told by staff member to hang onto our dinner receipt so that we can be served drinks while watching the band-getting the manager came running over and I mean literally running over telling us we had to move without being professional or give us a clear explanation-i’m 58 years old I have been in retail leadership throughout my career I’ve never been treated the way we were treated by the manager we also asked for his name then he told us it was none of our business? After some words were exchanged he told us we could sit at a table with drinks and we would be served-we were never served! I spent over $300-very disappointing

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TracyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,drinks. Service was Top Notch Waitress was right on point. Will be going again!

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Darrinjc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

we were seated, and after a half hour had to seek out to find a server. Three servers just kept walking past us. Outside of this is was fine. Not even crowded, we were there early. Disappointing, it's not like we just sat down, we had a reservation and were seated by the hostess.

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adam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The worst meal I've had in a long time. The venue is so incredibly unique with all sorts of activities, unfortunately the food doesn't match the rest of the facility. I don't think we will ever eat there again. I'm not sure if perhaps they are cutting corners due to COVID but the pizza, wings, salad, burger, tater tots and fries were all bad. Really unfortunate.

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food and service was really good. I wish we could have been warned there was a Trump Rally on the river prior to sitting. The Trump supporters were absolutely horrible and loud and just not fun to be around. They really made our experience pretty stressful and scared for our lives. They were very rude and horrible people to be around.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a special event and it was just fantastic. The view of the water was just incredible. We will be back.

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LizR
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Our first time. Reserved out door table, given outdoor high top. Food was mediocre. Liquor was watered down. Out of Southern Comfort. Sat under a stairwell. Was my birthday celebration & total let down. Son begged me to never go back.

JM
vipJaneM
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took awhile for someone to come wait on our table. She took our drink and appetizer order. When she returned with drinks she took our dinner order. We received our appetizer in about 15 minutes which was fine. 2 minutes later we had our dinners placed on the table. We just gotten plates to start our appetizers . It was just alittle to quick for the main course to come out. We would have liked to enjoy that appetizer first. Food was of good quality. Social distancing is maintained.

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NelsonM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, food and service was above average

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a great place with a great ambiance.

MA
MicheleA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice place to enjoy a small birthday celebration on a beautiful day during the pandemic. Excellent service. Good food but small menu. The large group nearby that was extremely loud was a distraction for half of our visit. Being the place was not very full due to gov't guidelines this group more than made up for lack of people. We do enjoy coming here a few times per year

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to watch the XOXO band play and had a great meal by the river. Drinks reasonably priced. Recommended.

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AmberP
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a wonderful summer experience . Everyone needs to stop down to Riverside and enjoy the patio and atmosphere .

LA
LisaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was good. I’d go back again.

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Cherylynn9
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!! Last time quite a few years ago the food was not as good...this time the food was outstanding and so was the service...going back!!

KK
KathyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful, relaxing, spectacular view with good food and drinks special., love this place

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gthomas98
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was out first visit in 6 months since we have all been working from home. Beside the food and service being great (as always) we felt very safe with the COVID-19 safety measures they have in place.

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dlaniger731
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THE VENU FROOT LOOP BEER IS THE TRUTH SERVER MIKE WAS AWESOME I TIPPED GOOD WILL DEF COME BACK SOON THANK YOU FOR HVING ME

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MarieL730
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was really good but a little disappointed with the reduced menu. Although with Covid I understand. Service was a little slow. Biggest disappointed was with the mixed drinks and the fact they must use generic soda.

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Eileen
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was nice to get to eat on the water but we were seated directly on the lower deck by the boats. People were partying and drinking on the boats. They Were very noisy. Also the wall our high top Was against was filthy with webs and debris. They should be wiped off before putting tables there. Just check it out. Not too appetizing.

FAQs

The Ward - Buffalo Riverworks offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (716) 342-2292.

The Ward - Buffalo Riverworks is rated 4.3 stars by 240 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.