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Sitar Indian Restaurant

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1929 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 456-6670
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The best Indian restaurant in Albany

I love the buffet and also ala carte. Everything is well made and the naans are absolutely the best. The ambience is very pleasing and the staff is warm and friendly. My friends and colleagues also took a liking when I introduced this place to them, so don't take just my word for it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Shanti E
via mobile
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Ohio
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother was under the weather, but had a craving for Indian food. I normally greatly enjoy Indian food, too, so I ordered take-out from Sitar: lamb curry, paneer palak, onion kulcha, and mango lassi. It was the most tasteless Indian food I’ve ever eaten. Furthermore, the lamb curry was swimming in oil. The lassi mysteriously was put into a... More 

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Thank EFFor
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8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food is really awfully bad. It's not even close to real indian pakistani food. Waste of money and time. Nothing is to mention for going there.

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Thank Toquir A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

I love the buffet and also ala carte. Everything is well made and the naans are absolutely the best. The ambience is very pleasing and the staff is warm and friendly. My friends and colleagues also took a liking when I introduced this place to them, so don't take just my word for it.

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Thank Shanti E
Syosset, New York
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Quiet night when we went but the service and food was great! I ordered the tandoori sampler medium spicy and it was delicious. My business partner is vegetarian and he enjoyed the vegetarian sampler very much.

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Thank WesWagner
Webb City, Missouri
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We were on a very long road trip from Missouri to Maine. We were very hungry and craving Indian Food near Albany New York. We asked Siri for "Indian Food" and she popped up Sitar Indian Restaurant as number one on the list. I was very nervous about trying Indian food at an "out of state" place, but we were... More 

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Thank KristinalynRN
Upstate, NY
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went for the Sunday lunch buffet. Being relatively new to Indian food, we enjoyed the buffet since it offered many different options to try and stopped us from just eating the one dish we're already familiar with. The buffet has a beef option, a couple of chicken dishes, a few vegetarian dishes, salad, naan, rice, a... More 

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Thank luxadventure
Queensbury, NY
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My husband and I stopped in for dinner last evening and enjoyed a delicious meal. We shared a plate of special nan, chicken curry and aloo bangain. The portions were plentiful and flavors we're perfectly blended. The service was superior, very attentive and polite. We sat for awhile talking and were never rushed or felt as though we were overstaying... More 

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Thank kblkmw
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

It's pathetic. Worse Indian food ever I had. Expensive and tasteless. I was very disappointed and will never visit this place again.

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2 Thank Toquir A
Berne, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I've been going to The Sitar for years and it never lets me down. It is the best Indian restaurant in the area and judging by the often busy dining room, others agree with me about that. The food is tasty, provided in good portions and served promptly. The atmosphere is comfortable - not too formal or too casual. The... More 

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1 Thank Jayne F
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Was the food good. It was ok. If you like Indian food then you will probably like it more than I did. Beer selection = fail. Not a good selection at all. Portion size for the price = fail. It was really expensive for the small amount of lamb I had. The service was very good though. I will give... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1929 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (518) 456-6670

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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