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The Barnsider Restaurant

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480 Sand Creek Rd, Albany, NY 12205-2540
+1 518-869-2448
16:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, great drinks and a wonderful salad bar! Our drinks, appetizers and entrees were fabulous! I would highly recommend going for dinner or just a night out with friends or family!

Thank Sheila D
Guilderland, New York
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Barnsider is our go-to restaurant. The service is outstanding. The wine list is great. The salad bar is super-fresh. The prime rib is always awesome, and my husband loves the fish. The desserts are also delicious. Please bring back the duck!

1 Thank 935heather
Castleton, Vermont
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 17 January 2017 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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 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 4 January 2017

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 2 January 2017

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 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

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?