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Richardson's Canal House

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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$20 - $30
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

The service is always attentive!! Atmosphere along the Erie Canal is so relaxing. Linger after dinner by the fire pits and sit along the Canal and watch the boats go by and the stars come out. Excellent food-Richardson's Canal House never disappoints!

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

34 years ago, my future wife and I arrived at RCH via Limo, and enjoyed a romantic dinner for two in one of their ‘Sin Bins’ (small two person room). A year later we were married, and moved away. Yesterday was our 33 year anniversary,...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

Way too little food for way too high price. Waitress did not explain that the appetizer tomato mozzarella was literally three cherry tomatoes and three mini mozzarella balls. A couple of us ordered this as entree. Disappointing service, had to find refill drinks and water....More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Great setting for lunch. Amazing menu and love sitting outside enjoying the weather and the canal view

Date of visit: September 2018
Laurie A, Guest Relations Manager at Richardson's Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thank you for your nice comments, glad you enjoyed everything.

Reviewed June 30, 2019

Consider making a reservation prior! We waited, happily through two rounds of drinks to get our table. They have a waitress that came to our canal side chairs as we waited. We had drinks and a olive/meat plate to keep us satisfied. Our wait was...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 18, 2019

We ordered the steak and salmon. Food was ready quickly, and very good. Wine was superb. Great little place, very historic.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 17, 2019

Went here for dinner with friends on a recent Friday night. If you are looking for a great meal and a terrific outdoor setting (along the Erie Canal) this is the spot. Probably the nicest waterfront dining option in the area. Great menu, delicious cocktails,...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 10, 2019

Stopped in Saturday night, place was mobbed, got a bottle of The Paring and sat on the canal drinking wine, when a table opened up they slipped us in. Got the bone in strip steak special. Steak was cooked perfectly. Service is always great. They...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Food is always exceptional and the site is an important piece of Upstate New York history being a part of the Erie Canal. Atmosphere is warm and inviting. The staff is very friendly.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 7, 2019

Food and service is always beyond comparison. Pleasant knowledgeable servers. Owner on premises. Friendly. Whether for romance, business, family gatherings or just a friendly meeting place, Richardson's is always the best. Historical site along the Erie Canal with all the stories of previous occupants/uses of...More

Date of visit: March 2019
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July 3, 2019|
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. I did not order that item. I believe we had steak. It was New Years Eve. A salad was part of the order.
November 6, 2018|
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Response from Laurie A | Property representative |
Yes, but not on line.
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Response from matt h | Property representative |
Yes we are wheel chair accessible.
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