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 Lyons and family opened their second Joeʼs Deli location at 534 Elmwood in the summer of 2013. Located in the city of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, this Joe’s Deli restaurant features the same menu as our 1322 Hertel Ave location, but with our own daily specials and a cozy bar.

Joe’s deli has a new addition to the family on Maple Road in Williamsville. Scheduled to open in May 2017 it is located at a prime spot in a plaza at Maple and North Forest. This new convenient location for Northtowners will feature many of the same specialty sandwiches and delicious homemade soups as the other two locations on Hertel and Elmwood. In addition to many of its award-winning sandwiches and soups, Joe’s Deli on Maple will offer daily specials for that location. We look forward to serving you with the same professionalism and care that Joe’s Deli is known for.

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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SUNDAY: Closed

Joe’s Deli – Elmwood

534 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo NY 14222

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Joe’s Deli – Hertel

1322 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo NY 14216
Go to Hertel site

Joe’s Deli – Maple Road

714 Maple Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Go to Maple Site

Joe’s Deli – Oishei Children’s Hospital

818 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Go to Oishei Site

Buffalo Catering Company


325 Tacoma Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14216
Go to Catering site