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The Barnsider Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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480 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY 12205-2540
+1 518-869-2448
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Castleton, Vermont
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We wouldn't eat at this establishment again with someone else's money. Our steak was ordered rare and came to us as a leather sole. When we asked to speak with the manager, we were totally brushed off. NEVER AGAIN. I wrote to the establishment stating my dissatisfaction and they NEVER responded. Do yourself a favor and AVOID this place!!!!

Thank RockDoc08
Niskayuna, New York
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Barnsider has been our favorite place to go for a consistently excellent meal and great service for years. There is an issue that has arisen that management needs to be made aware of. As we were walking down the back wooden stairs to the parking lot the 4 of us were discussing the stairs were dangerous. There are railings... More 

Thank mbrogers55
Albany, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was okay. Prime Rib ordered medium. Came out rare. The sirloin was good. The chicken dish not so good. Both salmon dishes were good. The salad bar was good. The service was very good. An open floor plan. Not a particularly cozy ambiance.

Thank Pete1815
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reservations accepted! We were seated immediately. Wonderful salad bar, three breads, cheese and olive oil with seasonings included, butter on the table. Prime rib is their specialty, but their menu included seafood offerings. The food was yummy and the service wonderful. Everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating.

Thank mamaroro
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favorite restaurant and there are many in Colonie to choose from. I have been numerous times and the place is always busy and everyone enjoying their meal. All of the employees here are terrific! You have a choice of eating in the dining room or the Tavern. We eat in the dining room on special occasions but... More 

Thank Liza D
N. Ferrisburgh
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a birthday dinner here for my son. We found all four of our meals to be average tasting and nothing special. My steak was quite dry with very little flavor. The salad bar had just the basic items, nothing special and the service was slow. I was quite surprised after reading many positive reviews, but we will not be... More 

Thank Susan S
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal and excellent service. Really enjoyed the staff. I would really enjoy another trip there.

Thank Matt P
Albany, New York, Usa
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't go wrong here. The food and service are always top notch !! Whether it's scallops or steak, our experience is always positive.

Thank Michael F
Albany, New York
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Absolutely anytime of day and any day of the week The Barnsider is spot on! EVERYTHING is cooked to perfection! The salad bar is excellent well stocked, great variety, best bleu cheese dressing around. Breads and cheese you could make a meal out of them alone! From the hostesses, the cooks, and servers everyone is friendly and kind. They love... More 

Thank CheleTea
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Does everyone go here for their birthday? We haven't been here since we were first married 20 years ago... we loved it then and it is still just as good. Fast, pleasant service, delicious salad bar complete with bread and cheese. Then a succulent piece of prime rib. Perfect! Highly recommend this local iconic restaurant!

Thank rosetucci

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 480 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY 12205-2540
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-869-2448

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?