Blue Monk | Buffalo, New York
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Blue Monk
World Class based on 54 ratings
Type: Restaurant

727 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
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Blue Monk

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Community Beer Works Singularity (Rakau) , Founders Mosaic Promise 98, Glazen Toren Saison díErpe-Mere 96, Grimm Pulse Wave 95, Smuttynose Smuttlabs Oktoberfest 81, Galaxy Hop Something Huell Melon IPA , Galaxy Galactic Nova IIPA , Mikkeller Hop On And Drinkíin Berliner 88, Community Beer Works Summer Jam 2015 , Community Beer Works Singularity: Equinox , Community Beer Works / Great Lakes Francois , Grimm Super Symmetry 93, Grimm Afterimage 98, Schuppenboer Tripel 81, KoekeDam 85, Dogfish Head Choc Lobster 84, Schneider Weisse Tap X Mathilda Soleil 97, Cantillon Zwanze (2015) 98, Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden - Pomegranate 84, Almanac Pumpkin Sour (2015) 96
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54 reviews for Blue Monk
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  84%
 Selection  88%
 Food  84%
 Value  75%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (611) Toronto, Ontario | December 5, 2010| Updated August 18, 2014
The Blue Monk s a convenient place for locals, a tiny bit harder to get to for Canadian visitors. It is to me a small version of Monkís in Phildalephia, perhaps better because of a dedicated menu and better lighting, but certainly smaller in all respects. A must go place for people moving up the beer sophistication curve from the area, and a few really good bottles. I like the draft selection on a good day at Coleís better, but maybe I am on a dry day. a younger crowd, but also a more noticeable pretentious pre-Yuppie crowd. I had a hard-to-get Jolly Pumpkin wild ale, and there was no other beer I hadnít tried. As Mike told me today, he needs twice to three times the room as Buffalo is eating up the place in terms of demand. It took a while to get a beer, the bottle was served way too cold. Bottom line: a place to watch for potential.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis  (608) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012| Updated November 19, 2013
This place is the real deal. Bar atmosphere, with two levels, tables and standard bar seating. Pretty good food. Pretty helpful and friendly staff. And then the taplist. Beers from all over NY, the USA and the world, including a ton I had not tried before. Prices are reasonable, and they do four-beer flights, but they choose the beers, not you, which is a bit of a bummer. Didnt even get a chance to look at the bottle list, but I spied some interesting selections in the coolers. All in all a great place that is worth the hype.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee  (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 3, 2011| Updated July 6, 2011
Great looking spot in the Elmwood Village area of Buffalo. Bright, high-ceilinged interior with a large open bar space up front and a similarly-sized raised dining area toward the back of the restaurant. Menu focuses on charcuterie, sandwiches and mussels with a few other things as well. Absolutely killer duck-fat cooked french fries. The outsides were perfectly crispy and the insides were soft and creamy. I had a duck-confit rueben that was awesome and my wife and my sister enjoyed their mussels as well. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and the patio seating is a nice bonus. Add in 30 great taps and youíve got a top notch spot that would be tough to beat for a casual lunch while in Buffalo. The fact that Coles is a short 10 minute walk up the street is an added bonus. I donít see a whole lot to complain about here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs  (433) Toronto, Ontario | December 16, 2010
Visit 1: Bartowel bus trip. Saturday afternoon it would not have been that busy otherwise, but dumping 50 people in there at once overwhelmed the waitstaff who were quite friendly, and doing their best to keep up. Tried a couple of new to me drafts, an old favorite, and an awesome bottle of Ithaca Brute. Burger was pretty solid, the duck frites are better than the just okay house made chips, though most of the entrees are big enough that you wonít necessarily need the extra bulk of the frites. Grilled cheese was good but if you are averse to blue cheese like me you may want to ask them to go easy on it. Poutine was pretty tasty, Iíd personally prefer it without the creamy sauce but it is pretty good as it is. Downstairs table was bloody cold with the side door opening frequently. Visit 2: Busy Saturday night we had to wait 45 minutes to an hour for a table at prime dinner time, but grabbed a corner downstairs an enjoyed a couple of lovely pints while we waited. Waitress was fantastic, and knew her beer quite well. (I believe one of the girls referred to her as "adorable"...) My braised short rib sandwich with au jus on the side was a revelation. WOW! Unbelievably tender meat. Delicious. Blue Balls were pretty good. Highly enjoyable dinner. Overall I really like the place. I like the dťcor which balances a bit of eclectic kitsch with a bit of class, and succeeds imho. Staff is friendly. Service is a bit slow when there is a crowd (not surprising) but is well within tolerances. The environment is warm, even if the temperature is not. Highly recommended. It gets crowded but thatís because people realize its a pretty nice place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber  (270) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | August 24, 2011
Very nice pleasant place on "main beer avenue of Elmwood". Service was prompt , food was solid. When not busy quiet nice ambinet feel. Clean , fresh and relaxing. Great tap list with Belgian bend to it....nice to see good beer events ir Mikkeler line up...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011| Updated February 10, 2014
A world class beer bar in Elmwood Village. The place was packed when we first came here on a Saturday night, but we still managed to snag a two-person table and received excellent, attentive service from a bubbly young lady with black hair. Had the Charcuterie Plate and Stuffed Quail special for dinner, both dishes were phenomenal. Over two nights I sampled Goose Island Sofie, Great Divide Titan IPA, Beer Here Dark Hops, Mikkeller Green Gold, Stone IPA and Ruination. Almost 35 draughts and maybe 75 bottles with a major emphasis on Belgian offerings. Many of the bottled imports that we have access to in Canada - like St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Maredsous 8 - are on tap here. All of the staff are friendly, helpful, and readily able to describe any beer on the menu. The Sunday night bartender was particularly chatty, which we appreciated. Although Blue Monk is a beer geek haven, you could easily bring your non-beer-drinking friends here, as the bar has an approachable party atmosphere on weekends, and my girlfriend had no problem finding good wines and cocktails. Just an all-around great spot - for dinner and conversation (upstairs), a beer tasting, or getting cut at the bar. I will be returning many more times in the future.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (243) Washington D.C., Washington DC | October 22, 2012| Updated May 24, 2013
Wow! Great place in a desolate city. Went here for my birthday and was amazed at the tap list of 32 - nearly half Belgian - that apparently rotates all the time. Good bottle list with a couple of cheap finds even. The ambiance was super busy - this after the cab driver tried to tell me not to go there because it was small. Big props for the Fela Kuti music. Food was also amazing. Had some pork to die for, and a great burger between me and the lady. Top notch place that makes it worth going to Buffalo for.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
mabel  (230) Toronto, Ontario | July 26, 2011
2010-11. Visited on a busy Saturday last November after travelling on a bus with a bunch of fellow Torontonians. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience at this bar and would heartily recommend it to anyone in the city for the day. An extensive blackboard list of beers on tap greets you behind the bar and you can go upstairs to sit for dinner. (We returned in December and enjoyed dinner here in just such a manner with friends.) The menu looks delicious and is well-suited to the brews available. The owner is extremely friendly and fun to enjoy a pint with, whenever heís around. Would happily return again, if not already taken with itís sister bar down the road, Coleís. (5/10/13/10/9/18) 92%
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut  (207) Between JAX and SGJ, Florida | July 2, 2012| Updated December 1, 2012
I can see why this rates so high. Cool space with padio seating and small bar. I bet it fills up at peak times. Beer selection was excellent and trended toward belgian styles but you could find most beer cultures represented. I enjoyed some lovely beer from stillwater. Food was excellent. My wife got a mussel bowl, i got the ultimate grilled cheese. Both were excellent. Marinated olives too. Excellent. Service was attentive except for the 10 minutes waiting for the hostess to seat us in a virtually empty resturant. Overall enjoyable and certainly seems like the best thing in town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
rejtable  (203) Ontario | April 16, 2012
Hard to find much bad to say about this place. Lovely place for a pint or 6. Great decor. I didnít look much at the bottle list, but it seemed extensive. Tap list was great. Went late on a Friday evening, and the crowd was very young.

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