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The Blue Spice Restaurant

1619 Central Avenue, Albany, NY
518-608-6843
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Ranked #178 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Thai
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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67% Recommend
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English first
Albany, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The food was very good. Prepared very well with fresh ingredients. Service was friendly and quick. Again, the food was VERY good! It looks like they are re-doing the Central Avenue location (and changing the name). Looking forward to trying the new place.

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Albany, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I can only describe my recent visit to Blue Spice as disappointing. We had been there before and enjoyed the food so went back with guests. It was not very busy, with many empty tables. We were seated promptly and ordered our food not too long after being seated. It took over 1 hour to receive our meals! We noticed... More

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Albany, NY
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

Food very good, large portions and reasonable prices for lunch. Very attentive service although not busy. Don't use the bathrooms before you eat, you probably won't want to order...dirty, ceilings have water leak problems, no heat...and I mean ice cold toilets. Would go back, all that said to try another dish. We had blue chicken but replaced with tofu. Again... More

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Boston
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Just visited for the second time, enjoying a delicious lunch with my family. Everything from the salad and noodle soup to the pad Thai and steak salad was expertly prepared and tasted as great as it looked! I especially like how both the prices and portions are lunch-appropriate. While the servers were not the most professional, they were very attentive,... More

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Albany, New York
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239 reviews 239 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant itself is quite lovely and the menu prices are slightly high although there are a few items that are a good value. The pad Thai is a standout as is the Tom Ka Gai soup. Service is disproportionately slow. We were seated for a while before even approached. And people who arrived after us ate before us. That's... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The restaurant had a mass appeal but this goes away once they seat you down. After seating us down in a cramp table on top of table area (to make room for the sunken in tables- ONLY available for parties of 6 or more) nobody approached us for a good 15 minutes to offer us drinks. When we finally asked... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Felt like eating some spicy Thai food and went there with a friend: very happy I did! The place is very BLUE (well - getting there I understood why it is called "Blue Spice"). but other than this theme - all the rest is very well executed: EXCELLENT and attentive service! and delicious food! We've been there for lunch and... More

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Albany
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50 reviews 50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Great lunch. The steamed dumpling appetizer is the best I can remember having anywhere. Outstanding tofu noodle soup. Chicken Kai Soi and Pad See Eew were both great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is above what I expect in Upstate NY. This place is excellent.

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Albany, NY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I have been to Blue Spice on 3 occasions for Birthday's or Mother's Day etc. I have never had a good experience. Table service is very slow and the wait staff seems unapologetic. The food is fairly good, but not the best Thai I have ever had, certainly not worth sitting for 3 hours, as we did one Mother's day.... More

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NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Even though we had a reservation at Blue Spice in Colonie we had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. They were very disorganized in finding us a place to sit and then again it took a long time for our order to be taken and delivered. The food was nicely presented but extremely salty. Pad Thai was average... More

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