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Sam's Italian-American Restaurant

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125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209
(518) 463-3433
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 22
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent!!!

This is a very popular Italian American restaurant and the food is wonderful. Portions are huge, the staff exceptionally friendly and meals arrive quickly and fresh. Can't say enough about the place, it was just marvelous. Prices are very reasonable. Make sure you try the custard style rice pudding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2013
bluebell55
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This is a very popular Italian American restaurant and the food is wonderful. Portions are huge, the staff exceptionally friendly and meals arrive quickly and fresh. Can't say enough about the place, it was just marvelous. Prices are very reasonable. Make sure you try the custard style rice pudding for desert.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

I have been going to Sam's for many years. I have never had a bad meal here. I usually get Veal Blue. It is veal with blue cheese sauce and a side of pasta. Always perfect. I always ask for Karen. She is amazing and always has a big smile no matter how busy she is! Ronnie is always at... More 

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Albany, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We've been going to Sam's about every Friday for better than a year. As stated it's one of the most friendly places you can go. Ron the bartender is the best, Carmela, Paul Sr. Paul Jr. & Peter oversee the operation. The food is consistently excellent, the prices are reasonable & the service is great, the waitstaff- Karen, Nicole, Johnathon,Bree,... More 

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albany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

so me and my wife arrived there saturday at 4:29 they open at 4:30 was greeted by rebbeca as she was unlocking door .. very friendly .. I haven't been at sams in over 10 years ( no particular reason) so we were seated in the back by the kitchen door , what first got our attention was the strong... More 

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Altamont, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

A family-run restaurant with true Italian roots, providing delicious and quality food at reasonable prices, is not to be ignored. Sam's Italian-American Restaurant has been serving discerning patrons for years. The ambiance is a neighborhood eatery, but the cuisine is much more than that. The extensive menu includes all of the usual Italian favorites, as well as a number of... More 

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New York
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110 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

SAMs once was the place to get real homemade Italian food. Everything was fresh and loving made. Even with reservations, one would expect a wait for a table. Last visit must have been an off night. Restaurant was almost empty. Pasta over cooked, Shrimp was over cooked, bread stale. Hope someone has visited after us, and could tell us it... More 

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Delmar, New York, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My husband and I have been coming to Sam's several times a year for the past 21 years. The food is always tasty, the service courteous, and the staff exceptionally warm and friendly, especially Carmela, presumably the owner. Although we're not Italian (unfortuantely!), this cozy restaurant feels like home! Jill Rifkin

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Albany, New York
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78 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

If you are looking for a delicious homemade Italian-American meal in a cozy, 'feels-like-home' atmosphere, you must try Sam's! It's reasonable with huge servings that are consistently fabulous! The menu is highly varied and I haven't yet decided on my favorite dish. Staff is friendly and helpful and Carmella always wants to please. Makes me wish I was Italian!

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massachusetts
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48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

My cousin, who lives in the area, treats my wife and I to a day at the races once a year, and we always have dinner here afterwards. This was probably our 6th or 7th visit, and it's always like going home again. A real family place, generous portions of fresh, well-prepared food. Tables pretty close together, but efficient service... More 

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Rensselaer, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Chicken Parm was huge! and delicious, decent prices, and good deals too. Nice little restaurant, makes you feel like you're at grandmas house.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (518) 463-3433

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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