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Aperitivo Bistro

426 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305-2314
+1 518-579-3371
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Ranked #11 of 264 restaurants in Schenectady
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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92 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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English first
Greenville, South Carolina
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Niskayuna, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The food scene in Schenectady is dominated by Italian restaurants, most of which serve typical Italian-American red-sauce standards. Aperitivio Bistro takes a slightly different approach. The kitchen takes an Italian theme and then gets creative and stretches the boundaries of "Italian" in new and interesting ways. At other restaurants fried calamari is presented with a marinara sauce or sometimes an... More

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Schenectady, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Atmosphere and service are good, too (as are the beers). Celebrated my daughter's (1st) 29th birthday here. The Arugala and Spring mix salad is very good as is the white balsamic dressing. The fresh bacon appetizer was fantastic. Had one of the evening's specials this night, it was a roasted veggie's pizza...had it on whole wheat crust. It was very... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Was there 2 times in 2013. One time was good, the other time so-so. Location is key--excellent atmosphere--great for pre-show drink….however, the food needs a step up.

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I went to Aperitivo twice while in Schenectady and found it delicious both times. My first visit I had the Lobster Roll special- lots of claw meat, not too mayonnaise-y, toasted/buttered roll. Very good. And the accompanying salad was lightly, and flavorfully, dressed. On my second visit, we had several selections from the menu... the Honey Whipped Feta Jar with... More

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Albany, NY
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103 reviews 103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Our friend Tracey had dined here before so when we thought about going somewhere after "Phantom Of The Opera" at Proctor's we decided on trying out Aperitivo. We love Tavolo and other Mazzone properties and expected a nice experience. It was actually better than I thought it would be. It's spacious and fresh with a great atmosphere. The serveres were... More

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Amsterdam NY
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Had 4:30 reservations here after a show at Proctors. Show let out early so we arrived early. I had made my reservation on Open table and requested a table near the front where they have open doors to the street, and we were seated immediately in a perfect spot right where we requested. Waitres appeared promptly to take our drink... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I had dinner at Aperitivo Bistro with three friends before going to a performance at Proctor's Theater. The person taking my reservation was very gracious and helpful. Unfortunately, we were held up in traffic and arrived 1/2 hour after our scheduled reservation. The maitre'd informed us that our reservation had been cancelled but he was able to seat us at... More

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Niskayuna, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Schenectady has many fine restaurants,but Apertivo is a gem,especially in the Mazzone Hospitality crown. The food is unique,entertaining and tasty. We had our New Years Eve dinner here as well as a Retirement get together for me and my mother's 80th birthday party here and we were thrilled each time. The menu selections vary by season and much is locally... More

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