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The Barnsider Restaurant

480 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 869-2448
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Ranked #114 of 592 Restaurants in Albany
Price range: $1 - $30
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Niagara Falls, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a few friends. My server was too concerned with wanting to up sell me on every choice and no focus on service. It was beyond annoying. The salad bar had good variety with fresh and cold vegetables. Kitchen staff needs to learn to cut the vegetables into appropriate size pieces. Cucumbers a 1/2... More

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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We went on a Saturday night, around 6:30 PM, without reservations. 20 minute wait was not so bad considering we tried the Texas Roadhouse earlier and were given 45-55 minutes hold. Got a nice table, and had the appetizer special, a spicy calamari - very well done, moist and soft with just a little bit of tang. The house wine,... More

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Loudonville, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been eating at the Barnsider for over 40 years....never had a bad meal or service! Cocktails and wines are above and beyond! Great place, great food, great service!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I called ahead for a Reservation, on a Weds (8/27), for a party of 3-4 (kid decided not to go) and it was my sister's birthday so the woman on the phone mentioned the free dessert with candle to boot and I said yes, bring one of those out after our meal, as a surprise. We arrived at 7pm, and... More

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Latham
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Celebrated our anniversary today, meal was fantastic, especially the seafood sampler for two! Prime rib was done perfect and tasted great. Special mention to the wait staff, outstanding job!

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New York
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I've eaten here a few times and it is underwhelming. While I have had good meals here chances are you'll leave feeling that you didn't get what you paid for. The menu isn't very exciting and the decor is average. The salad bar is fine. Service has been consistent and we have never had problems in that area. Now on... More

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Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went based on locals' enthusiastic recommendations; nearly left when we went in (Dan O's right - smells like a bathroom); should have trusted our instincts and other reviewers and went elsewhere. But... it was close to our hotel and we were tired. Two of us had the Hawkeye - they liked it (not *wowed*); one had a different steak and... More

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Chesterland, Ohio, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Walk in the front door and you are greeted with the smell of urinal cakes. mmmm! Why did we stay? Out of town on business and too tired to look at options, so we forged on. We sat by the bar in an area that seems to have so much wind from the ceiling fans, that it felt like a... More

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Liverpool, New York
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Hawkeye steak sandwich is our favorite. Perfect slices of premium sirloin served on garlic toast, accompanied with a square of corn bread and choice of baked potato, rice pilaf, French fries or cole slaw. Yummy.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I returned to the area for a class reunion and was looking forward to a nice dinner. Ate in the grill room, had the Iowa Hawkeye sandwich, ordered it medium rare. It arrived well done, and just did not live up to the restaurant of my memories from ten years ago.

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