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“One of the best meals”
Review of Sybaris

Ranked #1 of 154 Restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed October 29, 2013

One of the best meals we have ever had! My husband read about Sybaris in one of the tourism brochures he picked up at PDX and we decided to make reservations and try it out during our honeymoon.
Service was excellent from the beginning - we arrived early and they were able to seat us right away. Our server was very detailed in describing the specials - everything sounded like a delicious must try dish. We started with romaine salad with chili dressing for 2. They mix the salad and plate it in front of you - it is 2 generous servings of salad. We both had pepper sprinkled on our salad. It was a tasty salad with a mild kick so there's flavor but it doesn't take over your taste buds - letting the main dish do that.
For the main dish, I ordered the halibut served over a white bean cake with a red pepper sauce drizzled around it served with roasted vegetables. It was incredible - I loved taking a bite of the halibut with a piece of the white bean cake and dipping it in the red pepper sauce - it tasted more and more delicious with every bite and though it filled me up, it didn't take me over the edge - so I could save room for dessert. The wine pairing that was recommended with the halibut was an Albariño by Abacela in the Umpqua Valley - it was a treat to have a Spanish style wine like this from a winery in Oregon - it was slightly sweet like a Sauvignon Blanc and tasted great with the fish.
My husband got both appetizer specials as his main dish. He started with the halibut fish tacos in corn tortillas - the fish was grilled and there was a light cream sauce - it was refreshing because there was a little bit of lime in it. The second appetizer he had was the wild game cooked in a mole like sauce, wrapped in phyllo dough with a Gorgonzola cream on the side. He said the wild game appetizer was the best thing he has ever put into his mouth. He didn't want to eat the last piece because he wanted to savor it for as long as possible. Of course he eventually ate the last piece and then we moved on to dessert.
My husband got the dessert special - a peach pie with autumn spices so that it tastes more like a pumpkin pie. I had the huckleberry creme brûlée. We loved both desserts - they were comforting without being heavy.
It is a quiet restaurant ideal for a special occasion, catching up with old friends, and experiencing local ingredients cooked and presented in a way that you will savor for a long time. Their menu does change often and they use as many local ingredients that they can.

1  Thank Noa N
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

the food is amazing, they do a thing with kale that is out of this world and i don't like kale. it is a little pricey and sometimes a little busy reservations are best but even if you stop in and don't mind waiting a little the food and service is worth it

4  Thank Marianne M
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The food is very season oriented and locally produced. A tasting menu is in order because it rocks in so many ways. He has produced meals for the Beard Foundation that blew their minds. Great staff well versed and worth the effort to book and enjoy. Bon Appetite

3  Thank Daveinsweethome
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

I have had the pleasure of eating at Sybaris a number of times. Every time has been a great dining experience. The wait staff and owners are so friendly and responsive. The owner often wanders out to see how the meal is going. And the food has never disappointed. Sybaris always seems to have a great mix of repeat typical items (like the flat iron steak), and always a selection of new, unusual but delicious items. Sybaris uses lots of great local ingredients. It’s a little out of the way, but not really that hard to get to or to find, and definitely worth it if you are looking for a high-quality dining experience.

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2  Thank Paul G
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

It was a surprise to find this lovely restaurant in Albany. The ambiance is welcoming and intimate, the service was excellent, and the food was near perfect. Sybaris presents a Pacific Northwest fusion menu with very fresh fish. The appetizers include interesting fare like salmon "cheeks" and "belly" served with an asian twist. Great place!

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2  Thank artsy57
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