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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Amherst

Updated: July 27, 2022

Looking for the best American restaurants in Amherst? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues Amherst has to offer.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Sal & Al's Diner

American, $$, AmherstAmerican, $$Amherst
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

The Brew Kettle Amherst

American, $$, AmherstAmerican, $$Amherst
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Dawg House Bar And Grill

American, ElyriaAmericanElyria
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 5.0

Diso's Bistro

French, $$, LorainFrench, $$Lorain
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Bubbas

American, $$, LorainAmerican, $$Lorain
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Foundry Kitchen and Bar

American, $$, ElyriaAmerican, $$Elyria
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Mutt and Jeffs

American, $, LorainAmerican, $Lorain
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Amherst Diner

American, $, South AmherstAmerican, $South Amherst
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Lenny's Chicken

American, $$, ElyriaAmerican, $$Elyria
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Black River Tavern

American, $$, ElyriaAmerican, $$Elyria
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

1833

American, $$, OberlinAmerican, $$Oberlin
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Chris' Restaurant

American, $, LorainAmerican, $Lorain
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Rubin's Deli & Restaurant

American, $, ElyriaAmerican, $Elyria
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Erie Steak & Seafood

American, $$, LorainAmerican, $$Lorain
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

Scorchers Casual Eatery & Draft House

American, $, LorainAmerican, $Lorain
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate this list?

Picking the right American restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 5547 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 209 lists and articles from and others were carefully reviewed by boam. For example, we considered as we sourced this ultimate list. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Frequently asked questions

Quarry Cafe, Sal & Al's Diner, and Blue Sky Restaurant are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Amherst.

Quarry Cafe, Sal & Al's Diner, and Blue Sky Restaurant are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Amherst.

Quarry Cafe, Sal & Al's Diner, and Blue Sky Restaurant are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Amherst.

Quarry Cafe, Sal & Al's Diner, and Blue Sky Restaurant are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Amherst.

There are 14 American restaurants in Amherst.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair fried chicken with Kentucky 75

    To elevate your fried chicken experience, we recommend some Kentucky 75 to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.

  • Pair Margarita with grilled burger

    When considering what goes best with grilled burger, we recommend a glass of Margarita, it truly complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • The perfect complement to barbecue


    Experts recommend pairing a barbecue with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • A long-held tradition

    If you love of hamburger runs deep, why not plan a visit to The United States, the home of the original hamburger? The locals are so proud of their hamburger that it is widely recognized as one of the national dishes.

  • Who made the first cheesesteak?

    We can thank 1930s in The United States for the much beloved cheesesteak.

  • The fastest eater

    At the Rock the Tot National Championship, Dave Brunelli ate the most hashbrown in modern history, finishing no less than 3 pounds.

Parking tips

Parking can be tough around Amherst To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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