Although Amherst is a small town, it has all kinds of food options, including a variety of local restaurants, all with amazing menus that you’re sure to love. From Natalie’s Mediterranean Eatery to Leonardi’s Pizzeria to Duff’s Famous Wings, these family establishments are some of the best local restaurants in Amherst, New York.

Duff’s Famous Wings

3651 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226

Warning — medium is hot! Medium hot is very hot! Hot is very, very hot!

Imagine Louise Duffney in 1946 Amherst, NY walking out of the brand-new Duff’s on Sheridan Drive. Back then, it was just a small tavern. Over 20 years later, that local tavern served its first batch of chicken wings, which soon became a huge hit. Duff’s now serves those same traditional chicken wings in 10 different locations across the United States and Canada. Duff’s continues to serve quality wings with their famous sauce recipe. Check this place out and try the best wings in Amherst!

Sheridan Family Restaurant

3901 Sheridan Dr., Buffalo, NY 14226

If you’re looking for a family-friendly atmosphere, this is the best place in Amherst. Featuring quality food at great prices, breakfast and brunch are this restaurant’s most popular hours. Sheridan’s is a classic diner with the perfect diner experience. Try their most popular dish — the Chicken Souvlaki — which has shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, feta, and a pickle served on grilled pita bread.

Natalie’s Mediterranean Eatery

807 Millersport Hwy., Amherst, NY 14226

Family owned and operated since 1994, Natalie’s serves award-winning soups, falafel, and veggie wraps. Natalie’s also won the Buffalo Spree Newspaper’s 2010 Spree award for Best Beef-free Burger.

If you’re headed into Buffalo, you can also check out Natalie’s new location in the Genesee Gateway building, which opened in late 2015.

Leonardi’s Pizzeria

614 Grover Cleveland Hwy., Amherst, NY 14226

Where quality is NEVER compromised!

With the best reviews on this list, Leonardi’s is a must among local Amherst restaurants. With pizza, wings, and submarines, you can order exactly what you want. Family owned and operated, the Leonardi family started Leonardi’s Pizzeria in 1972.

Their pizza has won several local awards, including:

  • Best Traditional Pizza — Pro-Am Pizza Competition, July 2004
  • Best Gourmet Pizza — Pro-Am Pizza Competition, July 2004
  • Best Northtowns Pizza — Buffalo Pizza Fest, April 2010
  • Best White Pizza — Andrew Galaneau’s 10 Pizzas to Pine for, Buffalo News, January 2015

BlueFire Bar & Grill

1340 Millersport Hwy., Amherst, NY 14221

No WIMPY sandwiches served here.

The BlueFire Bar & Grill has a fun atmosphere to enjoy a night out with friends. Located inside the Buffalo Marriott hotel, BlueFire offers two fireplaces and several flat-screen TVs. Their menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a plethora of drinks to try.

Whether you’re looking for a quick place to stop in for lunch or want to sit down and impress friends who come to town, there are some great places in Amherst that you just have to try. Make sure you give these local spots a try next time you’re in need of a good idea for any meal!