Waxlight bar a' vin


While there will always be walk-in room available, we encourage our guests to book tables in the lounge or dining room.

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James Beard Foundation

We are honored to be recognized as 2024 JBF Awards finalists.

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Our dining room, bar, and patio are available for your next private event. Please email us below and we'll help you create a memorable experience.


About Us

Waxlight Bar à Vin is a modern, wine-focused restaurant in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. We’re led by a team of owner-operator sommeliers and chefs who have dedicated their lives to creating food and drink experiences.

Join us for casual snacks and cocktails, workday dinners, date night, or a blowout meal with beverage pairings selected by our certified wine professionals. We offer a wide selection of spirits, wine, and beer and an ever-changing menu of craveable, technique-driven dishes you won’t find anywhere else. With plenty of walk-in availability at our bar and lounge, tables on reserve in our dining room, and an always-welcoming atmosphere, Waxlight can accommodate any need or dining occasion.

Who We Are

Edward Forster

Edward Forster has been a student of cookery since the age of 16. He trained and worked in London, Philadelphia, Chicago, and his hometown of Buffalo. After leading kitchens of renowned chefs Graham Elliot, Georges Perrier, Paul Kahan, and Mike Andrezejewski, Forster is ecstatic to show you his take on high impact flavor combinations and unique ingredient based dishes. Edward has joined us on the floor, bringing his knowledge of cuisine and fine dining directly to our guests. He very much looks forward to helping you enjoy the pleasures of a table at Waxlight.

Tony Rials

Tony Rials is a certified sommelier and continual student of all things drink and its potential to complement food.  Tony works closely with his partners in the kitchen as he sources new flavor profiles, ingredients, and techniques. He has helped operate multiple restaurants prior to Waxlight, and continues to provide beverage consultation throughout western New York, bringing experience from New York City, Dallas, Rochester, Buffalo, and the Yucutan.

Joseph Fenush

Joseph Fenush is a Buffalo native.  After spending the majority of his formidable years in  the kitchens of the Park Country Club under the mentorship of Toutant owner James Roberts, he has cooked in South Florida, Houston, Tulsa, under Certified Master Chef’s Fritz Gitschner and Jon Moosmiller, and at Frederick, Maryland’s esteemed VOLT, under James Beard nominee Bryan Voltaggio…. He returned to Buffalo in 2014, opening Toutant as chef de cuisine in May of 2015, establishing it as one of the most consistently popular restaurants in the city. In Waxlight, he relishes the opportunity to strengthen his small but uninhibited voice in gastronomy.

Jess Railey-Forster

Jess Railey-Forster is a Certified Sommelier and Advanced Candidate through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She has worked her way through various front-of-house roles over the course of her restaurant career in Buffalo, including general manager and sommelier at Toutant and Dobutsu. Jess loves to extol the virtues of well-made wines from all over the world, especially the classics and everything Champagne. She is excited to share her love of fermented grape juice in all its various forms to all who walk through Waxlight’s doors.

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Wednesday & Thursday kitchen 5pm - 9pm (bar late)
Friday & Saturday kitchen 5pm - 10pm (bar late)
Saturday Cooking Class once per month, date to be announced
Sunday - Tuesday closed
"The creativity and level of execution makes it a unique restaurant - not just in Buffalo, but in the United States of America."

Andrew Z. Galarneau

2023 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist

James Beard Foundation

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Chelsea Bengier

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27 Chandler St Buffalo, NY 14207

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Tasting Menu Thursday

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