Where to Eat in Albany: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

A rich 300-year history, a thriving arts community and seemingly endless wilderness make this New York capital city on the Hudson River a great weekend getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts come here to ski, hike, canoe and fish; trout and small-mouth bass fishing is among the best in the U.S. Mountains surround the city, and the tapestry of golds and reds on an autumn day is breathtaking. The city is dominated by an elaborate 10-building complex that includes the State Capitol; the New York State Museum, with life-like dioramas such as American Indian life and an Adirondack logging operation; and the oval-shaped Empire State Performing Arts Center, nicknamed "The Egg." History buffs will enjoy the colonial homes, historic churches and museums, and can tour 18th-century mansions, like the Schuyler, a superb example of pre-Revolutionary War architecture. Whether nature or history is your passion, you'll find an abundance of both in this upstate New York gem.
Things to do in Albany

1. Athos Restaurant

1814 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203-4602 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 518-608-6400
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 599 reviews

Athos Restaurant

Athos was voted one of the 100 Best Greek Restaurants in America by The National Herald. Casually elegant, Athos serves only the very freshest seasonal ingredients, lovingly brought together using time-honored recipes and techniques, like clay pot cooking, and whole fresh fish-filleted table-side.

Reviewed By Analia G - Staten Island, New York

When in Albany, it is worth your while to eat here. Close to the Crossgates Mall with ample parking- the service is great, plentiful seating and delicious fare. We made last minute reservations for 5 for Sunday night and were immediately seated around 6:30pm. We shared appetizers and a lamb meal, a fish dinner filleted at the table, and even enjoyed some prix fixe in our selections. We all agreed that we would recommend and return again. Also, kudos to Charlie our server for his suggestions and patience. Well done!!

2. Sri Siam

44 Sherwood Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3321 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner 518-915-1655
Excellent
67%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Sri Siam

Reviewed By pamela655 - Albany, New York

This was my first experience with Thai food and I'll be going back! This is a small restaurant but was able to accommodate our group of 7 comfortably for dinner. The service was fast and everyone had something different. Having a vegan and vegetarian in the group sometimes make going out to restaurant a challenge but this place hit the spot for all. The portions were good sized with most of us bringing home a doggie bag. Prices were very reasonable. Try it!

3. Grappa '72 Ristorante

818 Central Ave, Ste 11, Albany, NY 12206-1543 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 518-482-7200
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Grappa '72 Ristorante

Traditional/Contemporary Italian Cuisine, affordable entrees, great service, and the atmosphere is sure to please.

Reviewed By HokieGal30 - Albany, New York

While the restaurant was a bit on the loud side, the atmosphere was upbeat and bustling. Once we got our food, we knew why...DELICIOUS!! Outstanding calamari and appetizer specials. From seafood to pasta to chicken..no one was disappointed. Best tiramesu I've had! The service was not rushed and friendly. And the prices very fair and they offer a great coupon on LocalFlavor!. Will definitely go back!

4. Casey's Restaurant

77 Washington Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144-1551 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 518-463-3318
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Casey's Restaurant

Reviewed By sicuani - Bridgeport, Connecticut

Went out for dinner with two of my brothers and my sister in law at Casey's a local favorite in Rensselaer, Casey's. I had been there about four years ago and had wanted to go back so we made a reservation for a table of four. The fried calamari was great, crisply fried, and piping hot. Next time I think I will order that as an entrée as it was bountiful and easily served as an appetizer for four of us. I ordered a seafood fra diavolo which was perfect. Great flavor and chock full of clams, large scallops, and calamari. I had half and took half home with me. Two of our group had the hot Turkey sandwich which they said was good. And one of my brothers had the quesadillas which he said were excellent. Casey's has a varied menu and there were two or three things I will try when I return. Dinner for four including a couple of drinks and tip was less than 100 dollars, so in addition to having a very good meal, we had a very reasonably priced one as well. The waitress we had was excellent and given the very crowded dining room service was both quick and very attentive.

5. Angelo's 677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207-2998 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 111 +1 518-427-7463
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 369 reviews

Angelo's 677 Prime

A fine dining steakhouse restaurant with upscale ambiance perfect for everything from a romantic dinner to a business luncheon, and a second floor set of three banquet rooms perfect for business meetings or an intimate wedding, Angelo's 677 Prime is a premier destination for all of your dining occasions.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

The food and service was amazing. The best dining experience in the capital region! Hands down. I have never been disappointed. The prices are on the expensive side, but worth it. We has appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert. Every course was better than the previous...MoreYES! So glad you and your date went all out and had the experience we love delivering. Thank you!

6. Caffe Italia

662 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-1645 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 39 +1 518-459-8029
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Caffe Italia

Reviewed By Louis59 - Charlotte, North Carolina

Our group of four colleagues headed to Caffe Italia for dinner and what a treat! This is a classic Italian neighborhood restaurant, small but nicely appointed and very comfortable.

We were promptly seated, offered beverages, and the pace of service through our entire dinner was perfect. Our waitresses detailed the specials and made recommendations as we ordered, and were helpful, but not overbearing.

The wine list is varied in terms of types and price range, and a full bar is available.

Our appetizers (Utica greens, mussels, and artichoke appetizers) were all well-prepared and tasty. Our entrees were more than ample in size, all served hot and perfectly prepared. The pumpkin cake was a perfect dessert for us to split after dinner.

Super restaurant, and one that I'd absolutely visit again on my next trip to Albany!

7. New World Bistro Bar

300 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209-1627 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 518-694-0520
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 611 reviews

New World Bistro Bar

A farm-to table Bistro serving global comfort food at 300 Delaware Ave in the city of Albany, NY. Offering farm raised meats, sustainable seafood, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Reviewed By wildwolfen - Albany, New York

Great food, great service, great menu with a constantly changing set of options. Ric Orlando strikes again. This is not a huge place so reservations would be a good idea. You would not want to show up and find out you can't get in. Likewise, check the menu online since it's always changing and what you had last month may not be available this month. Surely though it will have been replaced by something just as excellent. Honestly, I have never had a bad meal here. The food has always been excellent and the service as well.

8. Yono's Restaurant

25 Chapel St, Albany, NY 12210-2733 Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Indonesian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 21 - SGD 56 +1 518-436-7747
Excellent
74%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

Yono's Restaurant

Yono's has been Albany's premiere World Class restaurant for almost 30 years. Owned & operated by Chef Yono, Donna & Dominick Purnomo, the intimate, elegant split level dining room has recently been updated and is elegantly appointed with neutral colors, bronzed mirrors, a large fireplace, crystal chandelier, and stunning floral displays. Chef Yono Purnomo presents an innovative menu of blending French Technique, Asian Influence & American Ingredients. Award Winning Chef Sommelier Dominick Purnomo offers a wine list with some 1000 labels representing every major wine growing region in the world. Let the Yono's 4 star service staff anticipate your needs, while you experience luxury and elegance of a bygone era. Located adjacent to Yono's, is dp An American Brasserie, a decidedly more casual alternative.

Reviewed By SCL432013 - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Pleasant and attentive service. Excellent wine flight. But small portions? The opposite. Far too much. I turned down desert even though included. Quantity rather than quality. Hints of Indonesia but basically American. And to come round offering Hershey bars at the end? Not in the fine dining category.

9. Iron Gate Cafe

182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2304 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 518-445-3555
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Iron Gate Cafe

Reviewed By sheilal921 - Albany, New York

Although this isn't a new place, we had brunch at Iron Gate for the first time today with a large group of friends. Although we were unable to make reservations, the manager was most accommodating to us. The restaurant is quaint and quirky, with a beautiful entrance from Washington Ave. The menu offers something for everyone, including the vegans in the group. I cannot really recommend one thing - the pancakes were yummy (add blueberries or chocolate chips if you want) and the omelets were beautiful. This is an Albany treasure. Plan a trip to this charming eatery.

10. Druthers Brewing Company

1053 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204-2505 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 518-650-7996
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

Druthers Brewing Company

Reviewed By ScarlettO39 - Albany, New York

If it were legal to marry mac and cheese, I'd march down to Druthers and propose. It is out of this world delicious! Homemade pasta, loads of cheese and all the extras make a simple dish divine. All the other food that I've tried there is also good, but it's impossible for me not to order the mac and cheese. Oh, and this place serves good beer. ;-)

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