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Aperitivo Bistro

426 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305-2314
+1 518-579-3371
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Ranked #13 of 266 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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English first
Brunswick, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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
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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143 reviews 143 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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