Water Buffalo is located on the southwest corner of Water and Buffalo Street in the Historic Third Ward. Immediately upon entering this restaurant diners are greeted with an open concept dining room that allows natural lighting to fill the bar area. Cream city brick is located throughout the building and tall ceilings give the restaurant a modern warehouse feel. The layout of the restaurant is unique in that it is two stories with the main entrance being on the upper level of the dining area. The restaurant is located on the river and offers outdoor dining during the summer months. However, with large windows facing west, there is always a good view at Water Buffalo.
As mentioned, the main entrance on the upper level has a very nice bar area that is exposed to the natural lighting and is a great spot to have a before dinner drink or a cocktail prior to heading out for a night on the town. The bar is a fun spot to have some appetizers. We were a big fan of the Chicken Rolls ($8.50) and Louisiana Crab Cakes ($9.25). Both were good sized appetizers and were enough for a couple people looking for a “small plate” type meal.
The dinner menu is more extensive and prices range from the $10 range for sandwiches to the $20 range for larger entrees. The Three Cheese Ravioli ($14.50) and Roasted Pork Belly ($18.00) were popular plates among our group. Everything was cooked to perfection and we found ourselves sharing most of our meals with everyone at the table. During the most recent visit, we ordered sandwiches. The Turkey and Brie sandwich($9.50) was very tasty. Also, the Build Your Own Burger, which consists of a 1/3 lb organic and grass fed burger and almost any topping you could think of was fantastic.
Despite its size Water Buffalo can get crowded during the dinner rush, especially on weekends. We recommend reservations for the weekend. We have really enjoyed our dining experiences at Water Buffalo and highly recommend stopping by for a bite.