The Joe’s Deli Story:

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, owner and operator, Joe Lyons began his culinary work in San Diego and soon thereafter attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Following his schooling, Joe worked in Manhattan and Atlanta, where he was involved in the opening of new restaurant venues. However, Joe’s heart was always in Buffalo, so after several years, he returned to his hometown.

Cooking in the kitchen of the historic Park Lane Restaurant, Joe’s developed his managing and catering skills. He brought this experience to the companion Statler Towers facility, where Joe was Banquet Manager, overseeing the renovation and re-opening of the Terrace Room, to much acclaim.

When the opportunity arose to open his own place, Joe chose the corner of Hertel & Colvin Avenues, the same spot that was once was home to Mastman’s Delicatessen, a legendary Buffalo, NY deli. In the heart of North Buffalo’s Hertel Avenue strip, Joe’s Deli launched with a menu offering traditional deli favorites, as well as unique, eclectic choices for the more adventurous appetite. Joe’s Deli had additional locations on Elmwood Avenue from 2013-2018 and on Maple Road from 2017-2021.

The newest addition to the Joe’s Deli family opened November 11th, 2017 at the new Oishei Children’s Hospital in Downtown Buffalo. Located on the second floor, this new location offers fan favorites from Joe’s other locations as well as made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, a soup station featuring four choices daily, ready-made hot entrées and sides, a salad bar, kid’s menu and a grab-and-go-cooler for people on the move. All menu items are made fresh daily with seasonal, locally-sourced fresh ingredients.

About Our Deli:

Our sandwiches, wraps and salads are made fresh for you! Moist, succulent corned beef and juicy, slow-cooked roast beef are prepared daily in our kitchen along with marinated, sliced pork loin and BBQ pulled pork. Fresh vegetables on our sandwiches and wraps are Joe’s Deli staples. We mix traditional deli favorites with our own unique twists on sandwiches, daily specials, fresh wraps and homemade soups, which are available daily. Our featured seasonal soups include Pumpkin Cider Bisque, Carrot Ginger Puree, Potato Leek and the crowd favorite, Reuben Soup. We round out our cold and hot sandwich menus and soups with a Create Your Own Salad menu, craft beer and refreshing beverages.

Joe’s Deli’s Food Comes to You:

Joe’s Deli offers superior catering services for events of all sizes; opening the Buffalo Catering Company in 2009 after much demand. Let us deliver a business lunch or for a private party – our catering staff can help make your event easy, stress-free and enjoyable.

Joe’s Deli is Award Winning

Buffalo Spree

  • Best Sandwich / Deli, 2014
  • Best Deli, 2011
  • Best Sandwich / Deli, 2008

Buffalo Soupfest

  • Award Winner – 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011


  • Best Deli – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Taste of Buffalo

  • Best Healthy Choice Option, 2009
  • Chairman’s Choice Award, 2008
We Cater

The same great Joe’s Deli food is available for events & parties

The Buffalo Catering Company provides full-service custom catering for any corporate, individual, or university related event within Western NY.

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    Joe’s Deli – Hertel

    1322 Hertel Ave.
    Buffalo NY 14216
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    Joe’s Deli – Oishei Children’s Hospital

    818 Ellicott St.
    Buffalo, NY 14203

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    Buffalo Catering Company


    325 Tacoma Ave.
    Buffalo, NY 14216
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