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The Wine Bar and Bistro On Lark

200-202 Lark St., Albany, NY 12210
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Ranked #4 of 591 restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Laguna Beach, CA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was staying in Albany on business and wanted a nice glass of wine with a decent meal. The nearby inn that I had stayed, had recommended the Bistro that I could walk to. It is in the basement of a building so you have to look for the sign. They have an outdoor dining patio that I recommend on... More

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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83 reviews 83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had dinner here while visiting in Albany the week of the birthday. The weather was great and we were able to get a table in the garden. We were seated promptly. Our server Kyle and all the staff were personable, looked fashionably professional and had a good knowledge of the food and wine. We shared the crab cake starter,... More

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I brought my husband here for his birthday dinner and we had a fabulous meal. It was early on a Tuesday so we had the place almost to ourselves. Our table was great...a secluded little "cave" for two. Atmosphere is quiet and romantic. Dinner was fantastic...I have a gluten allergy and everything they prepared was delicious. I had the clams... More

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NYC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great spot worth the wait! We sat outside at the patio which was glorious. Food was awesome, decent prices and fantastic selections. I felt the staff could have been more welcoming, they seemed almost annoyed by having us there.

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Schodack, NY
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132 reviews 132 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We dined at Wire bar and Bistro on Lark last night - Its in the basement of an older Lark Street building - great little funky place - loved the decor. Also a great outside eating area. Service was good -seated quickly. Bottle of wine arrived promptly. We waiting quite some time for someone to take our order. We didn't... More

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Saratoga
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I wish the Wine Bar were closer to me - I would definitely go there once a week! It is so charming - a series of small brick walled rooms, each with a welcoming fireplace. Kevin the owner is wonderful and welcomed us with a complimentary aperitif. The menu was small enough to know that everything was going to be... More

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Boston, MA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Having grown up in New York, I honestly wasn't expecting much in terms of culture and cuisine from Albany. But it was the logical stop along a road trip, and the meal we thoroughly enjoyed at The Wine Bar and Bistro and Lark may lead us to make Albany a new destination rather than just a stop-over. The atmosphere is... More

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Addison, Vermont
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

For an overnight in Albany just before Thanksgiving, this was a great surprise. As noted by others, the place is very unassuming from the outside, as you walk down into what is basically a basement. The place is small, only ten tables in three separate rooms and the atmosphere is intimate and very well done. The menu is small but... More

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Albany, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you want a delicious meal, fairly priced delivered by some of the best servers in Albany, come here. Lovely selections on to regular menu are accompanied by daily specials. Great wine selection and cozy ambiance. Be sure to check out the patio when the weather permits!

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Crestwood, Kentucky, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We were seated outside at the only 2 person table left available, which unfortunately was right under a hanging plant. I understand not wanting to use up larger tables, but there was plenty of other seating available. The drinks were good, but rather pricey. The food was good, but again - a bit overpriced. Overall, it was a good meal,... More

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