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Viking introduces its new patio and raw bar

For me and my friends, The Viking Lobster Company is a real treat. There’s no restaurant quite like it in Buffalo, and for the most part it’s still a hidden secret. Those who have gone to eat there rarely tell others, in order to keep it from becoming too popular. If you’re not familiar with The Viking then you’re in for a surprise. I first covered The Viking back in March of  2006 (see here). At the time, the restaurant was even more obscure than it is now. Fortunately, most everything that Viking specialized in back then still appears on the menu. That’s why we continue to head back. The only thing that has changed over the years is that there is more seating, lobster egg rolls appear on the menu and a brand new patio with raw bar has just opened. 

The back patio is tucked away from the din of the restaurant, making for a relaxing dinner. Like the main dining area, the decor is nautical, with all sorts of random odds and ends hung on the walls. On the far wall is a 3-dimensional mural comprised of  miscellaneous castings that were found in an old warehouse on Niagara Street. As far as patios go in Buffalo, this one definitely has loads of character. It also has its own menu. While the main restaurant’s menu boasts a delectable broiled haddock and a giant Viking paella, customers can also find chicken, a NY strip, crab, BBQ ribs, shrimp fry… and of course lobster. The dinners come with enough soups, salads and sides to sink a ship. Be sure to try the creamy clam salad dressing and the Portuguese chowder (two of the options that come free with your meal). 
As much as I love the main menu, served inside, I have already become quite fond of the VLC Patio Menu. Anytime that I can find a rockin’ raw bar, I’m pretty much in heaven. After all, what could be better than sitting on the patio sampling raw oysters and grilled clams? The menu also features corn on the cob, seafood salad, snow crab leg clusters, clams and oyster casino and a few of the entree items from inside. 
Even though Viking has no beer and wine license, customers are allowed to bring their own. We usually stop by The Village Beer Merchant and pick up a couple of growlers of beer. The staff at Viking will put your drinks on ice, or you can even bring a small cooler. It can be a lot of fun to be able to bring your own choices of beers and wines. It just adds to the funky and quirky vibe. 
Viking is one of those hidden treasures that continues to provide for a special dining experience each and every visit. There are restaurants that you hear about that are constantly creating a buzz. Then there are places like Viking that attract a solid following of people who seek out restaurants that might be a little off the beaten path. As I said in my original post back in 2006, “If you can find The Viking, then you have found Valhalla!”
366 Tonawanda Street  
Black Rock, NY 14207
(716) 873-1079 – Reservation are suggested

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  • LouisTully

    “Those who have gone to eat there rarely tell others, in order to keep it from becoming too popular.” That may be one of the sillier things I’ve read in quite a while. Better keep hush about my favorite restaurant, >insert restaurant name here

  • queenseyes

    Silly or not, it’s still a well kept secret. Whenever I even mention The Viking to someone the response is usually “The What?” The place has been around for years and still has an air of mystery about it.

  • yellow ed

    Why would a vegetarian be interested in clams or oysters?

  • ByronBrownsTie

    I used to do that with Cecelia’s all of the time, when they had live jazz. This was long before it became a haven for teenie boppers who think they are Carrie Bradshaw, drinking “martinis”.
    As a point of reference, Black Rock NY isn’t an address. In fact, it isn’t even a postal code.
    To correct the author — 366 Tonawanda Street
    BUFFALO, NY 14207

  • North Park

    That air of mystery is a direct result of no posted / erratic hours. They would do better if they had a schedule.

  • NorthBuf

    See, you miss understand. The flighty hours and “may never be open again” vibe keeps it cool. We wouldn’t want it being played out and mainstream. It’s a cool kids club and you’re not invited.
    But to be honest, I’ve considered eating there but the lack of regular hours and general weirdness about the place have kept me from going. There are plenty of amazing placed to eat in the city, I’m not going to work that hard to get one to take my money and serve me a great meal.
    Is it also possible to get an actual restaurant review here instead of a press release?

  • thisoldcrackhouse

    The Viking is very similar to The Sterling Tavern in the sense that hours and service can both be erratic. That said, both establishments offer quality food and a vibe that is hard to find elsewhere. I like the fact that I can bring my own wine to the Viking. Owners of both establishments are true foodies, and run their places on their terms which I find refreshing.

  • North Park

    Same reason I rarely go to Sterling Place. I have small children, when we go out to eat it needs to be easy. I don’t want to be wondering if the place will be open or thinking about bringing my own drinks. If these places can make it off hipsters and retired folks then good on them, but they could do more business by making it easier for everyone to eat there.

  • informedone

    BYOB? That ROCKS!!!

  • getzvillain

    I have eaten there, but a long time ago.
    It was nice to byo booze (try vasilis greek on kenmore, too) and I remember that the food was good- I had paella- but they had a vintage 1970s stereo with classic rock on, tacky.
    I would try it again for the patio- don’t rule it out based on food.
    It is a unique place like Johnny’s Rendevous Room on Niagara was- better get there while you can.

  • Moxon

    The hours are regular but it is reservation only. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. And it’s definitely not a “cool kids club”…it’s pretty old school actually. Go with a group and make sure you’re not in a hurry because they encourage you to take your time and have fun.

  • Travelrrr

    Love the mural

  • EyeC

    “Those who have gone to eat there rarely tell others, in order to keep it from becoming too popular”
    I’m sure the owner is thrilled to hear this…much better to have empty tables but have an air of mystery, as opposed to being busy.

  • Polonia

    Yeah I like the blatant attempt at being cool by using Black Rock, NY. Has not existed in 160 years.

  • Buffalo All Star

    Prices aren’t bad…I’m dying to know what they Ultimate Viking feast is though….
    If theres one thing wny is lacking its seafood restaurants…I’m looking forard to a Viking feast in the near future.

  • ladyinwhite

    High chairs. Really?

  • EyeC

    The author has mentioned in other posts that he is a pescatarian, meaning he eats seafood.

  • EyeC

    Love the resin chairs

  • grad94

    strange display of snark from someone who uses the name “polonia.” at least black rock was an actual town before being annexed into mere neighborhood status. black rock has had that identity for, oh, 200+ years. no other part of the city gets scorned for having a neighborhood identity (hamlin park, lower west side, allentown, need i go on?)
    “polonia,” on the other hand, was never a widely-used neighborhood designation the way elmwood, old first ward, lovejoy, and, yes, black rock are.
    the area i am guessing that “polonia” refers to (broadway/fillmore?) was predominantly polish for what – 75 years? and wasn’t necessarily that ethnically pure. it also had a jewish population.