7 Ideas for a Superb ‘Dinner and a Show’ Date Night

Pick a seat. Any seat. No matter which audience you find yourself in, you’ll realize that Buffalo’s stage presence is electric. Home to more than 20 professional theatre companies and the Grammy-award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, your options for an evening of live entertainment range from Broadway musicals to avant-garde dramas. Immerse yourself in Buffalo’s theater scene.  It’s worthy of a standing ovation.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center & Marble + Rye
Shea’s: Prepare to be wowed as you step foot inside the grandeur of this Tiffany-designed theater. The best shows of Broadway all make a stop in Buffalo and so should you.
Marble + Rye: Test your bartender’s mixology skills by ordering one of their signature cocktails followed by any of the small or large plate items off of their seasonal, local-focused menu.


Roost – Photo by Onion Studio

Kavinoky Theatre & Roost
Kavinoky: This 250-seat Victorian style theatre has been delighting audiences with its locally-produced performances for almost 40 years.
Roost:  Chef Martin Danilowicz brings his locally-renowned flare to a whole new setting and with an ever-changing menu on Buffalo’s west side. Make a reservation for dinner or Sunday brunch.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Henry’s
BPO: Consider it “music to your ears” to experience the classical sounds of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra inside the acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall.
Henry’s: Why venture far?  Henry’s, located in the beautifully appointed lower level of Kleinhans, serves up palette-pleasing entrees before all pops and classics concerts.

Kleinhans Music Hall

The BPO at Kleinhans Music Hall

MusicalFare Theatre & San Marco
MusicalFare: This intimate playhouse welcomes theater-goers looking for an evening of toe-tapping delight and introduces you to original musicals and new twists on old classics.
San Marco: Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, its carb-centric menu is sure to satisfy your pre-show hunger one bowl of rigatoni alla Bolognese at a time.

Paul Robeson Theatre & SEAR
Paul Robeson: The roots of Buffalo’s African American history run deep. See its proud heritage blossom on stage at the oldest African American theatre in Western New York.
SEAR: Situated on the first floor of the Avant building, this Buffalo steakhouse features a contemporary, chef-driven menu coupled with an extensive wine list and classic high-end service.

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Hydraulic Hearth – Photo courtesy of Hydraulic Hearth

Irish Classical Theatre & Bacchus
Irish Classical Theatre Company at Andrews Theatre: Every seat in the house is the best seat in the house at Buffalo’s only theater-in-the-round featuring productions of dramatic literature and modern plays.
Bacchus: A sophisticated restaurant with a first-class wine list for all budgets. Located just steps away from the heart of the Theatre District, it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite before the show.

Torn Space Theater & Hydraulic Hearth
Torn Space Theater: This innovative company produces imaginative and challenging theater from a space in the historic Adam Mickiewicz Library on the city’s East Side.
Hydraulic Hearth: Just around the corner from Torn Space, Hydraulic Hearth is just the spot for a quick pre-theater pizza and locally-brewed craft beer.