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The Barnsider Restaurant

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480 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 869-2448
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4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Never a dissapointment

I have been having business dinners here for many years. I always look forward to my trips to Albany because I know I will have a great meal. They offer a menu which would appeal to anyone. The cocktails are well made and generous. The food always arrives hot and cooked perfectly. The service is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mark N
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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been having business dinners here for many years. I always look forward to my trips to Albany because I know I will have a great meal. They offer a menu which would appeal to anyone. The cocktails are well made and generous. The food always arrives hot and cooked perfectly. The service is unhurried. They always seem to... More 

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Thank Mark N
New York
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a business dinner at the Barnsider last week. We had 14 people and we were seated promptly at a table that was already set for us. The restaurant and bar were very busy but I was pleasantly surprised to receive extremely prompt service. We were offered drinks quickly, they came promptly and then a different waiter told us... More 

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Thank Jeff56
Cleveland, Ohio
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading some of the reviews I was leary about the visit as my company was hosting a business dinner there. We had the banquet area and the servers were great. Steak was good but nothing special for a steakhouse. Based on the meal itself and the service it was slightly above the average chain restaurant.

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Thank TeniWalls
Vermont
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Was in town, and friends took us to the Barnsider for my wife's birthday. Great place. Top notch service, great pace of service, not rushed at all. Excellent salad bar, good fresh bread. Whether it was beef or seafood, all of our meals were great. Can't say enough good things about this place.

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Thank garyww
Palm Coast, Florida
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204 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

This is by far my favorite restaurant. I love the fresh bread they have in the salad bar. Delicious! Their portions have s good size and the food is made fresh. This restaurant is huge and can hold a big crowd or big group of people. I would say that to be safe call and make reservations in advance. I... More 

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Thank MariaCFC
Watertown, New York
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

came upon this place by accident while looking for a place to eat. Great salad buffet with various homemade breads and cheeses. YUM! The service was excellent and friendly. The food we ordered was done to perfection.

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Thank kellyfh
Fishkill, New York
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is one fantastic steakhouse. While there is a large menu which should appeal to any palette, the steaks/beef are sensational - right up there with Ruth Chris or Mortons. I make it a point of going here every time I am in Albany, and have never been disappointed. The wait-staff is prompt, cordial, and friendly.

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Thank Edward B
Southern Shores, North Carolina
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130 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a large restaurant, and it was packed. Needless to say, you need a reservation. Even the bar area, was standing room only. If you want meat, this is the place, large portions, cooked to order. Unfortunately, my filet was under cooked, and was sent back twice. I don't like rare meat, and it seemed they could not get... More 

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Thank john b
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Nothing has changed at the Barnsider - and that's a GOOD thing! My husband has been ordering the sliced sirloin for decades (yes- decades) and I love the baked scallops. It's the only place my husband wants to go EVERY year on his birthday in November. Don't change a thing, Barnsider !

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Thank markav99
Albany, New York
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

The Barnsider is one of my favorite restaurants in Albany, NY. I think the offerings are excellent, even if folks think it might be pricey. The have the best and freshest salad bar in the area. This is biggest reason why I frequent this place. Plus, they set it up so there can be two lines - very clever and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 480 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY 12205
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (518) 869-2448

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?