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Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery

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1801 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304 (Formerly Blue Ribbon Restaurant)
518 393 2600
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Vast menu, offering the best in traditional American fare, Italian, and...
Vast menu, offering the best in traditional American fare, Italian, and Mediterranean dishes. Also well known for our Broiled Seafood selections, Hand-Breaded Fish w/ Macaroni and Cheese, Hand Breaded Fried Clam Strips, and signature Greek Dishes. A variety of specials are also made by our Chef daily. All soups, sauces, gravies, are made on premises daily. Full bakery also on premises featuring cakes, pies, flavored cheesecakes and other pastries. Winner of several first place awards for our Cheesecake, hence the name "Blue Ribbon"! Newly renovated state of the art kitchen. Recently remodeled exterior, including spacious lobby with automatic doorways for easy handicap accessibility. Ample parking. Four entryways provide easy access to premises. Total restaurant capacity 220. We can accomodate large parties. Reserveration not required but recommended for parties of 6 or more. Fast and friendly service is our forte, please come and see for yourself!
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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
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  • 0
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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
Very Good Souvlaki

We were going to Schenectady today and decided to have lunch at the Blue Ribbon Restaurant on State Street. We both had the Souvlaki Pita. It was very good. Our server was very nice and efficient. The portion was very generous for the price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bourlinguer60
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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186 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were going to Schenectady today and decided to have lunch at the Blue Ribbon Restaurant on State Street. We both had the Souvlaki Pita. It was very good. Our server was very nice and efficient. The portion was very generous for the price.

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1 Thank Bourlinguer60
Johnstown, New York
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful capital district staple. Traditional Greek diner with a huge dessert case. There were six of us on a busy Friday night. They had our table ready when we arrived an the server was great. Everyone picked off their dinner special menu and it was delicious. My SIL called ahead for a rum and buttercream frosting cake. Very nice presentation,... More 

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Thank Rachel W
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only positive thing about this visit was our server she was great but everything else was terrible. Came for lunch and won't be going back. Soup was bland and the fish and chips were inedible. My company was good but he was unhappy with his meal also. This is the first 2 star rating I've ever given would of been... More 

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Thank Bigstromboli
Phil M, Manager at Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear of your experience, but surprised as well. Our fish and chips is hand breaded on premises daily and it is our number one seller. We sell hundreds of orders per week and people keep coming back for more. If there was something wrong with the way your meal was served, which is possible, your server... More 

Schenectady, New York
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Blue Ribbon Diner is more than just your typical diner. It also has its own bakery which produces fabulous deserts (cheesecakes and fruit pies of many varieties, cookies and cakes). Like many diners, breakfast is served all day for those who want a good omelet or stack of pancakes for dinner. In addition, lunch fare consists of a variety of... More 

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Thank Karen R
Niskayuna, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Im always amazed when i see a full parking lot @ Blue Ribbon, the food is SO BLAND! Esp breakfast, it luke warn AT BEST most of the time. My family quit going last year. The waitstaff is ok, most of the girls look tired, and tend to complain to their table about things! very unprofessional.... Every time I have... More 

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Thank solace99
Phil M, Manager at Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery, responded to this review

"I have been to The Blue Ribbon at least a dozen times and every time it's the same...a fantastic meal! I'm sure most foodies would snub their nose at this place because it's not fancy, no surprise marriage of flavors and no secret menu. It is however a must try for people looking for classic dishes made from scratch that... More 

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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to The Blue Ribbon at least a dozen times and every time it's the same...a fantastic meal! I'm sure most foodies would snub their nose at this place because it's not fancy, no surprise marriage of flavors and no secret menu. It is however a must try for people looking for classic dishes made from scratch that... More 

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Thank dmh1781
Glenville, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place for almost any kind of food. Great for your money and friendly service. One of the best diners in th area.

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Thank Dinerforyears
Schenectady, New York
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food at Blue Ribbon is always good, especially the sandwiches, soup, and breakfast. And you can't beat the desserts

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Thank KEVIN C
Oswego, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fast, friendly service - GREAT, home cooked food, and plenty of it. Our waitress was terrific, and the lunch we had was even better. Give yourself plenty of time to look through the substantial menu selections.

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Thank PortCityBone
Phil M, General Manager at Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy you had a great experience. We appreciate all types of feedback we receive from customers because it allows us to determine how we are doing and if there's any area we need to improve on. As we approach our 40th year in Schenectady, we'd like to... More 

Gloversville, New York
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Had dinner here after a show at Proctor's. Called ahead since we had a party of 9 and we were seated only a couple of minutes after we got there. The server was fantastic and the food was delicious. Real home cooked quality. I got a NY strip steak that was humongous and it came with soup, salad, choice of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1801 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304 (Formerly Blue Ribbon Restaurant)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: 518 393 2600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Vast menu, offering the best in traditional American fare, Italian, and Mediterranean dishes. Also well known for our Broiled Seafood selections, Hand-Breaded Fish w/ Macaroni and Cheese, Hand Breaded Fried Clam Strips, and signature Greek Dishes. A variety of specials are also made by our Chef daily. All soups, sauces, gravies, are made on premises daily. Full bakery also on premises featuring cakes, pies, flavored cheesecakes and other pastries. Winner of several first place awards for our Cheesecake, hence the name "Blue Ribbon"! Newly renovated state of the art kitchen. Recently remodeled exterior, including spacious lobby with automatic doorways for easy handicap accessibility. Ample parking. Four entryways provide easy access to premises. Total restaurant capacity 220. We can accomodate large parties. Reserveration not required but recommended for parties of 6 or more. Fast and friendly service is our forte, please come and see for yourself!
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?