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Aperitivo Bistro

426 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305-2314
+1 518-579-3371
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Ranked #16 of 265 Restaurants in Schenectady
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Tapas, Bistro, Fusion
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Broadway
Description: In the center of downtown Schenectady, situated next to the Historic Proctors Theater, lies Aperitivo Bistro. Italian for "small plates", Aperitivo Bistro serves the ultimate fusion style tapas - from the traditional fried calamari to fresh local salads and tuna tartare. Also serving specialty pizzas, fabulous pasta dishes and larger traditional Italian selections, come and enjoy the variety of flavors Aperitivo Bistro has to offer.
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  • English first
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English first
new york state
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We were attending a show at Proctor's Theater. Restaurant is very convenient We have dined here several times. We always make a reservation when dining out. The food and service is top notch. They have an innovative menu including small plates, pizza, excellent pasta, entrees, desserts. I enjoyed the house-made pappardelle with one of the best bolognese sauces I've ever... More

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Schenectady, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Aperitivo is our typical date spot. Lovely atmosphere. Exposed brick inside. Good sized bar. Large selection at the bar unique menu and always tasty. Pricey. Be prepared if you're eating multiple course to spend over $100 for a couple. Call ahead to find out if it's a "show night". When proctors theatre next door has a big show, the restaurant... More

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My mother and I came for a pre-theater dinner here. We were quickly seated, served water and warm bread with olive oil, balsamic and sundried tomatoes. And they brought butter for Mom. Mom is not used to "small plates" - so we had salads and shared the veal parmesan. The veal was thick and tender and very crispy - served... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I finally decided to try this place out but ended up disappointed. Upon entering the restaurant, we noticed three empty tables by the window--so we asked if we could sit at one of these three tables. We were told no since we didn't have a reservation. Okay--I get it. But how come we ordered our meals and... More

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Brunswick, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great place for a meal before a movie - down the street - or a show at Proctor's - down the street the other way. Food is good, with modern twists you don't find in Schenectady. But it's most fun to go here for a drink or two and small plates. Friendly service, really clean, and a warm atmosphere add... More

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Schenectady, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went hear years ago, and were very disappointed. They seem to have gotten their act together. This place is nothing special, but the food and service were both adequate.

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Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Had an early dinner before dropping off our son at college. Nice service, pretty space. Very solid pizza. The tapas were mixed -- cheese was great, artichokes were great, the bacon was a little odd and too saucy. But you need to try something new. Good place for dinner.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A fresh atmosphere, friendly service and decent food make this place a safe bet. I think the hype from colleagues had me expecting more I am not familiar with many places in Schenectady, but I recall having eaten here within the last two years on a previous visit. The fact that I didn't remember it reinforces my rating of average.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Ate here for dinner mid-week with several business colleagues. Good food and service. Most entrees cost in mid-20's.

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Delmar, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband and I had the Thursday lunch daily special of fried chicken with whipped potato salad. The fried chicken was heavily breaded and overcooked so it looked very dark brown and the chicken was dry. I was hesitant about a dish called whipped potato salad, but it did have some texture, though I would have liked more. The atmosphere... More

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