Getting the "Cole's" shoulder.
Went to Cole's today for a quick meal with my wife. After ordering and getting our beer, didn't see our server again for 30 minutes, and this was only after I asked the host to find her for us. The food took another 20 minutes to arrive, and this was not a complicated meal: a burger and a chicken salad. I asked the manager why we'd had to wait so long and he immediately became upset with me, saying people usually wait and do not get "fussy". He also said that the chicken for the salad takes 18min to prepare. When I asked him why it took more than twice as long to get our food, he got annoyed and said " Is there anything else I can do for you?" (read: Stop bothering me). He did not offer an apology nor did he seem the least bit concerned. Arrogance and hostility do not help the atmosphere, especially at a restaurant.
I will miss the beer selection, but will certainly not be back. Plenty of other choices in the neighborhood.
Rude Hostess, Broken Thermostat & Poor Service. If you plan on going on the weekend, plan on eating late after a long wait (60-90 minutes). The hostess was rude, constantly making us feel like we were in the way and never excusing herself. We ordered the spinach dip.. it was more of a cheese dip.. and the french dip was undercooked, tough and stringy. Not to mention that I had on a sweater, scarf and coat all through dinner because it got so cold during our appetizer. The bar experience I can imagine is better if you're a drinker... but if you're not, head out the door. Never going back.
The bar is better than the restaurant.
Bar: Ask for the sampler! You can try 4 different 4 oz. glasses of beer for $5 from anything on tap (there are a lot of choices and you can choose even the most expensive beer!)
Food: Some of the dishes at Coles are DELICIOUS, but here's the thing: around lunch time you have to be prepared for rather slow service. A few of the sandwiches are just so-so but the entrees are great!
The hours are wrong on here: Coles is open until 4 a.m. at least on the weekends but I think also on some weekdays.
top notch service, ordered stuffed peppers to go( worst i've ever had,vry dry not fully cooked bland unedibal). items on menu should be removed, until they learn how to prepare them. had to throw some items out they served (just really bad) and i'm not usually picky.
great food and value. been there several times - never a bad meal. The service and atmohphere is symbolic of Elmwood Ave. You won't be sorry to try this experience. Cudos to the Mike and his staff.
Excellent wraps. Been here several occasions and always had great speedy service and never a bad meal. The wraps are delicious and their special selections had different choices each visit. Sitting outside in the summer is the best. Lots of people and very fun.
My Favorite Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Like your favorite pair of jeans, you can count on Cole's for kickin' back comfort and relaxation on a Friday night. Whether it's a cold brewskie from one of the many draft handles at the bar (which, by the way, has a great jukebox), or a satisfying, good old Buffalo portion-sized meal (french onion soup, Dr. Paint's chicken sandwich and the 1104 Elmwood are my favorite, though I'd happily eat any selection from the very large menu), Cole's offers a great time at a great price, and is a signature just-around-the-corner place that makes life great in Buffalo! And for all those Irish to the core (at least once a year), Cole's offers exceptional Irish fare and the absolute best after-St. Patrick's Day parade party in the city.
Filled to capacity most Friday nights, this restaurant and bar pleases college kids and Old Buffalonians..
Cole's thrives as both a restaurant with a sense of history and a bar that caters to the college crowd. Despite its proximity to other college-oriented establishments, Cole's is especially popular due to its mixed crowd and "Old Buffalo" ambiance.
The best way to cure the hangover from a night at Cole's is to keep drinking. The brunch tastes even better when accompanied by a mimosa or Bloody Mary.
While You're There
Eat. Lots. Cole's is open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch on weekends. Enjoy the pictures and artifacts from bygone Buffalo days hanging on the walls.
The bar dearest to my heart. Coles is one of my favorite bars anywhere. Bar service is great, prices are reasonable -- good quality and large portions. The only drawback of the menu -- it's nearly impossible to settle on just one thing -- how can you pick between classic wings, beef on weck, and the juiciest burgers in Buffalo? It's a great spot for all sorts of people -- good for families, dates, friends, whatever. It's also a good place for sports -- it is standing room only at the bar during most games, and while it can get a little crowded, it's a fun crowd of enthusiastic fans. Coles also does events in their private room, good for anniversaries or other celebrations. The decor is one-of-a-kind, with lots of local and sports memoribilia -- this is the look that so many chain places like TGIFs attempt to imitate, but Coles is the real thing.
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