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439 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York, USA, 14202

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant and bar featuring organic and local ingredients with many vegetarian and vegan food options. On the menu are choices like tostada with vegan cheese, bbq seitan wings, vegan mac n cheese, vegan gnocci and ravioli, and even raw entrees; vegan mousse and cakes for dessert. Serves direct trade coffee, wheatgrass, fresh juices, and bar beverages. Casual and artsy atmosphere. Open Tue-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 11:30am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Italian, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican, Fusion, Non-veg

26 Reviews

First Review by Amy99

incredibly tasty vegan dishes - Edit

Merge has done an excellent job at establishing themselves as a vegan restaurant in the Buffalo area. This was the very first "vegan" restaurant I ever tried once I made the lifestyle switch over a year ago and my husband and I continue to come over and over again! The menus Merge creates are always getting better and better, with new menu choices offered quite regularly. The space is perfect for date night or to meet up with a bunch of friends. It boasts intimacy while still having room for larger groups. The bar at the back serves delicious cocktails and every so often they have live music to entertain you while you dine. Merge, by far, is one of my favorite restaurants in Buffalo.

Pros: Vegan, great location , live music, occasionally

Cons: closed on Sundays and Mondays

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Elevated food - Edit

I love merge! The food is so much more creative than any other vegetarian restaurant I've been to. They make their own pastas and their desserts are out of this world! I especially love their vegan peanut butter cheesecake! I know they've struggled with consistency in the past, but their new chef is amazing and her passion for vegan cuisine is extraordinary.

Pros: Healthy portions, Elevated foods, Local ingredients

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Loved The Tostada - Edit

Merge Buffalo was great and has a pretty atmosphere inside. They are not completely meat-free but have a large vegan selection.They clearly label which items on the menu are vegan. There are also fruit/vegetable juices and wheatgrass juice. The appetizers run about $6-12 each, entres around $19-23 each Try the Tostada with vegan cheese, it's really good, it comes with two layers of tortilla over beans and rice, piled with more food.

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Delicious! - Edit

Great food in a cozy atmosphere. Excellent service as well. We had the black bean cakes and green curry - both were fantastic!

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has options for vegans - Edit

You enter Merge feeling optimistic. The setting is warm and comfortable. The menu has a wide range of vegan options. There are even marked vegan wines. And our starters mainly lived up to expectations. The buffalo/hot seitan was great. Crispy on the outside, soft but chewy on the inside, and a delicious flavour. The vegan cheese platter had good variety. It was the entrees that really failed to deliver. The ravioli (one of the specials) and the gnocchi were very tough in parts. It was as if they’d been kept too long in the oven. The redeeming feature was some crispy, oily (delicious) kale that topped the ravioli. There was no “clarity” in the flavours though - it was as if there was too much going on. Our omni friend also found her non-veg meal overdone.

Pros: multiple options for vegans, buffalo seitan , atmosphere

Cons: entrées

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The Wings! The Mousse! - Edit

Probably my favorite restaurant in Buffalo, I'd give it 5 stars if HC would allow it. It's a fancier spot, but the food is well worth the price. I love that they partner with local farms, and tolerate that their musical genre of choice is jazz.
For the cash-strapped, the 5-7 happy hour with $5 appetizers is a great option (Tues-Fri I believe). If you're going that route, the wings are great, as is the Mediterranean plate.
For your main dish, get the vegan ravioli if it's being served when you go, and be sure to save room for vegan chocolate mousse.
Portion sizes aren't massive, but that's the norm in more upscale dining situations.

Pros: Wings, Dessert, Happy Hour

Cons: Jazz, but I'll deal

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amazing vegan mac - Edit

Vegan Mac and cheese, seitan wings and bean curd tostada are always on point.. sweet potato gnocchi was bland.. if they have a vegan ravioli special, get it, it's always amazing. Honestly, the vegan Mac alone is worth a trip.

Pros: vegan options , nice atmosphere

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get the pancakes - Edit

Have only been here for breakfast and the pancakes are to die for... they have seasonal flavors and in the fall they had pumpkin cinnamon roll with apple pie drizzle ARE YOU KIDDING ME. I would eat them 10 times a day. Also got a live filtered wheatgrass shot and caramel pie for dessert, all vegan. Highly recommend! Double check open hours though they are a bit scattered.

Pros: vegan pancakes!, dessert , fresh juice and shots

Cons: odd hours

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Great wings, good food - Edit

I ordered the seitan wings and the barbecue bean curd. Both dishes were really delicious. The wings were a great alternative and the barbecue bean curd was a nice pulled "pork" style dish. Girlfriend ordered the stuff acorn squash which I ended up eating half of.

Cons: Bit on the pricier side. $80 for a couple

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One of our favorites! - Edit

We have been to Merge many times in the last few years. If just my wife and I, or the family, are looking for a nice dinner out this is our first choice! Great for dinner or a weekend brunch. They also mix the menu up fairly often to make it seasonal, which is great. We've been a couple times when they had a N'Orleans style band playing and had a vegan Jambalaya on special. Lot of fun for the whole family. Still, my favorite so far is the Moroccan Chickpea Cakes. Fantastic! Would definitely recommend if you're looking for a nice night out.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Great food, Good music

Cons: A little pricey

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Glad we got the hot wings! - Edit

We ordered a few dishes and everything was weirdly sweet, kind of made our stomachs turn. We were glad we got the seitan hot wings to cut through the oddly sweet mac n cheese. Staff were sour only one staff member seemed chirpy.
Overall an average experience but it is a funky place.

Pros: plenty of vegan options, good atmosphere , fast service

Cons: weirdly sweet food

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Expensive - Edit

The atmosphere is nice and the service was fine. We each had a cup of tuscan white bean soup which was delicious but a pretty small portion for 5 dollars (not even a full cup). We split the vegan stuffed potato skins and an order of the vegan wings. The wings were just ok, and we couldn't stop laughing at the portion of the potato skins. It was five tiny scooped out MINI potato halves that were literally smaller than a half dollar. For TEN bucks! All in all our bill came to about 50 dollars (we also each had a cup of tea) and we had to stop somewhere else because we were still hungry.

Pros: atmosphere, tuscan white been soup

Cons: small portions

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Merge May Have Best Vegan Food In Buffalo, NY!! - Edit

First time eating at Merge today with my fiance and her sister and her boyfriend. They take reservations, I suggest you make one. Its a smaller place and when we got there at opening it filled up pretty quickly. Good choice of Alcohol. Food menu isn't the largest I have ever seen but I'ts pretty good. This restaurant shines at making delicious vegan food. We ordered two plates of their vegan wings, one bbg and one hot. They were absolutely delicious. The vegan soup of the day was some sort of vegetable with little pieces of "chicken" and apples in it and of course... it was delicious. Seriously one of the best vegan soups I have ever had. I ordered the vegan alfredo, my fiance ordered the eggplant Parmesan and her sister ordered the quesadilla lasagna, which i think was a special for that day. Her boyfriend got chicken. We didn't pay attention to how long it took for the entrees to come out because we were all to busy fighting over the vegan wings, but I know it didnt take very long. My fiance and my own food tasted absolutely great and the portions were large. My fiance's sisters quesadilla lasagna though. That thing was the size of a small dog and probably weighed as much as one also. She said that it tasted great. Finally for desert we ordered the vegan cheesecake and the apple cranberry cobbler with vegan ice cream. Of course, like everything else at this amazing restaurant the desert was delicious. The lady who served us our food seriously could not have been any nicer. I would give this restaurant 5 stars if I could.

Pros: Excellent Vegan/Vegetarian Food, Friendly Staff, Great Younger Atmosphere

Cons: Slightly Small Menu Options

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Really good food and service! - Edit

I'm so glad I went here! In town for a few days and I thought I'd try a different place each night. After tonight, I know I'm going back to Merge tomorrow night again!
Very pleasant atmosphere. Very good service and... Super food! From the tea to the dessert it was all great.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Nothing

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great atmosphere - Edit

The restaurant had an inviting atmosphere with earth toned and brick walls.
The seitan barbecue wings were very good. They were crispy with a cooling vegan ranch dressing.
My son had the Mac and cheese and rated it good.

Everything was very good. We may have rated things higher had we not tried similar items elsewhere. The raw lasagna was good but the raw lasagna that I ate at Simon's coffee house in Sarasota Fl. was the best on the planet. The raw pizza was very good but once again it wasn't as outstanding as the raw pizza from Belle Verte in Gatineau Quebec. They were just a bit too bland. The best dish was the vegan tostada. Entrees ranged from $11-15

Pros: nice decor , lots of vegan choices

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Coming back for lunch tomorrow! - Edit

I was so excited to come here after reading the reviews, especially, the one, where someone drove through a snowstorm to get here. I usually hate seitan, but I was hoping to try the buffalo wings. Unfortunately, the kitchen was backed with orders, so I was only able to get dessert and a lime-ade to go. The lime-ade was okay. But, the almond tart was fantastic! I got some cookies to take home too. Haven't had any yet, but I'm sure they'll be great. Super excited to find such a vegan friendly place with a nice atmosphere for dining out. I'll be back tomorrow for lunch. Cheers!

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Best veg place in town! - Edit

I've been to Merge many times. I am never disappointed. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is great! And the food? Creative, delicious and reasonably priced. Their cocktails are a reason to go all on their own too! They also offer chicken and seafood options for the non-veg friend or family member who isn't feeling adventurous.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff

Cons: A tad pricey

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Great Food - worth battling through a massive snow - Edit

We actually drove through a massive snow storm to get to Merge and it was well worth it.We were travelling with non vegan friends which is always a challenge but Merge has a very varied menu.
I had the Udon Miso Bowl but they gladly substituted quinoa to make it gluten free which made it quite deliciuos - the serving was so generous I had a good portion for breakfast the next morning.My husband had the Tomato Fennel soup with gluten free toast on the side which was delicious and then the vegan Coconut Lemongrass quinoa with Tofu which was also exceptionally tasty.Our non vegan friends had a custom pizza and the pesto pasta with organic chicken and they loved it.
As a treat my husband took home the cranberry and apply cobbler with soy ice cream and had it later in the evening and raved about it.
Our server was very friendly and knowledgable and eager to please.The pricing was very good value for money.We would highly recommend Merge for a wonderful meal and we will return when we're in the area.

Pros: Good Selection, vegan and gluten free, friendly service

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A wonderful experience! - Edit

Our vegan family had a wonderful dining experience at Merge. The menu, while not vegan, had clearly marked vegan and gluten-free items (perfect for vegans with celiac like us). We were delighted at the number of choices. Usually even at vegan restaurants, our choices are severely limited because of gluten-free needs, and the experience is made worse by staff members who really don't know what contains gluten and what doesn't. This was not the case at Merge, and we even had amazing, gluten-free vegan desserts! In fact, their chocolate chip cookies is the best I've ever had - vegan, gluten-free, or not! The restaurant is somewhat upscale, so it wasn't exactly kid friendly, but we managed with our almost 3 and 8 year olds. They thoroughly enjoyed their vegan meals, too. With gluten-free vegan potato skins, vegan pizza, and refreshing entrees like Korean BBQ portabella, you have to love this place! This place deserves five stars, but the max rating for a non-vegan restaurant is four. ***** Sorry, but if a non-vegan restaurant gives me more vegan items (and items that are this amazing) I can eat than a vegan place, it deserves five stars.

Pros: amazing food, clearly marked selections, lots of gluten-free vegan items

Cons: not kid-friendly

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always good - Edit

We are 2 hours from Buffalo but go there now and then. We've eaten at Merge twice and both times the menu offered many interesting choices. Our food was wonderful and fairly priced. Nice service. Plan to go again.

Pros: variety in menu, good food, fair prices

Cons: far from my home

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went my first week here - Edit

I moved out here from Phoenix, AZ where there is only one vegan place (Green in Tempe) but it is THE best in the whole country (imho). I felt there was hope for Buffalo as soon as I heard about Merge. I went my first week here and...ehhh. We tried the 'wings', the lentil cheese sweet potato fries and the Elvis shake and the fried pickles.

Pros: good atmosphere, food

Cons: no parking except at nights, I think?

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Looooooove Merge!! - Edit

I look forward to eating here every time I am in Buffalo. I've eaten here 5 times and each time the food is phenomenal, the staff are super-friendly and helpful and I love the art featured on the walls! Their vegan buffalo wings are incredible - ALWAYS have to have them every time I'm there! I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for really good vegetarian and vegan food!

Pros: amazing food, friendly service, cool atmosphere

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Merge = Heaven on Earth - Edit

My boyfriend and I planned a weekend getaway in Niagara Falls but were concerned about eating vegan for a long weekend. Thanks to Happy Cow, we were able to find a plethora of dining options in the Niagara and Buffalo area. However, after we went to Merge, we never made it to any other restaurant! Yes - Merge was so delicious that we went back for dinner EVERY night of our trip. We were estatic to find a restruant with an amazing, healthy menu that satisfies both vegan, vegetarian and raw eaters (with even a few meat options, I believe).

We loaded up on appetizers - including their incredible "hummus of the day" (served with loads of fresh veggies and pita), the "Chicago Meets Buffalo Wings" (seitan wings) and the "Tofu Dragon Balls" (which were THE MOST DELICIOUS mouthful of heaven I have ever experienced- deep fried tofu served with peanut sauce). The entrees were incredible also - I loved the "Tofu Mango Curry," the Raw Pizza and the Thai Wrap. If I lived closer, I would be coming back to try other items! There was a long list of juices, teas and drinks available, vegan, raw and vegetarian pizza options, the ability to make non-veg meals vegan, salads, sides apps and soups... MMMM...

Merge had a great atmosphere - dim lit dining area with walls adorned with beautiful artwork, a small stage where live music played on Friday night and a bar area where they served a variety of alcoholic beverages and outside dining. Both of our waitresses were very nice and friendly and the service was very fast. Additionally, the food was well-priced and affordable.

I also loved that Merge's philosophy includes using fresh, organic and local produce, unbleached flour/sugar, and promote nutritious, balanced meals.

Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend Merge to anyone even remotely near Buffalo. The drive from Niagara was worth it (only about 30 minutes) because this food was INCREDIBLE. My boyfriend and I fell in love with Merge - food, philosophy and atmosphere. As a long-time vegan, I could not have found a more perfect restaurant to eat at three nights in a row on vacation. Thank you Merge!!!

Pros: Excellent Nutritious Food, Friendly Staff, Great Atmosphere

Cons: Not 100% Vegetarian (a few meat dishes)

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Vegan Gourmet! - Edit

I saw the reviews for Merge on this website and decided to check it out. I was not disappointed! I had the squash bisque and the tease (vegan grilled cheese) panini with kale salad from the lunch menu. It was one of the best meals I've had since I went vegan. Absolutely amazing! The restaurant itself is newly renovated and very nice. The service was friendly and fast. My new favorite restaurant!

Pros: Amesome Food, Amesome Food, Awesome Food

Cons: None

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Finally - Vegan options on the menu! - Edit

Merge is a much needed and welcomed addition to the Buffalo restaurant scene. They have many vegan menu items, and many more dishes can be made vegan by substituting tofu, seitan, or tempeh protein. The red sauce is amazing! I've had the vegan lasagna and the vegan polenta, both were delicious They also have an incredibly rich vegan chocolate mouse dessert. They did accidently bring my vegan pizza with cow cheese, so just double check with your server before jumping right in. The atmosphere is pleasant, warm and welcoming. I would definitely recommend Merge to vegetarians, vegans and omnivores (they do have some animal protein options on their menu.) The vegetarian food is prepared separately from the chicken and fish dishes, according to their menu. They also have entertainment - open mic, movies, art for sale on the walls. I hope this restaurant stays around for a long time!

Pros: Excellent Vegan dishes, Nice atmosphere, Good prices

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Welcome addition - Edit

Merge is a cool restaurant and I'm really glad it opened up. More than 50% of the menu options are vegetarian, and many are vegan. The place has a really cool atmosphere--especially for the artistically-leaning crowd. I'd have to describe the food as good, but not great. I've been there three times, and only once have I been really excited about my meal. The tex-mex wrap and sweet potato fries are highly recommended. The sweet potato and peanut soup is only so-so. The ratatoile is fine, but nothing to get excited about. I'll definitely go back, though.

Pros: lots of choices, good value, clear labels

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