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Sam's Italian-American Restaurant

) #47 of 533 Restaurants in Albany €€ - €€€ Italian
125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209-2026
+1 518-463-3433
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“veal” (8 reviews)
“cannoli” (5 reviews)
“clams” (6 reviews)
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125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209-2026
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A nice homey place located in a house setting with an extensive menu with reasonable prices. The food quality was great and fresh and made to order. The parking could be a little tough. The wait staff was very pleasant and attentive.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Nice to know that there's a place you can count on for wonderful food, cozy atmosphere and great service! Sam's has been around for 50 years serving Albany some of the best Italian comfort food around. A good solid pour on the wine, lovely fresh...More

Thank yogajudi
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We met friends for dinner at Sam’s Restaurant. It had been 10 or 15 years since we last ate there, but time seemed to have stood still. Nothing had changed. We had soup and shrimp cocktail as starters followed by the scrod, veal, and eggplant...More

Thank Bourlingueur60
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Been over 15 years since I have been there. Wonderful dinner with attentive service and friendly faces. Like past reviews, the Clams aka SAMs in red sauce was to die for. If I am ever am offered a last meal in prison, this would be...More

Thank meltze
Reviewed 28 March 2017

If your into chain restaurant, this is NOT the place for you. It is a classic small Italian restaurant. It has used the same recipes for years and the food is delicious every time. Wait staff is great, bartender is great. Owner is always running...More

Thank Kayla L
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I was visiting Albany and a friend took me to Sam's to give me a taste of traditional Albany fare. Fortunately, I don't think this is a fair representation. The restaurant was packed and cramped. I could hold hands with the people at the table...More

Thank HappyDonor
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Simply put - other than the 'neighborhood limited parking' the place was off the chain - phenomenal service, food, quantity, price and loved the old Italian - hasn't been renovated for a charming reason - atmosphere.

Thank DenyseAlbany_NY
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We love to come here, sit at the bar, & chat with the bartender while we enjoy wonderful Italian cuisine. It is cozy, lit just right, & warm. Come, have a bowl of pasta e fagioli, dip your bread in the broth, have some clams...More

Thank PVH76
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I have not been to Sam's in over twenty years. Happy to report nothing has changed. It's a classic Italian restaurant where the staff treat you as family. My husband and daughters are still talking about it and can't wait to go back.

Thank svansleet
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Today, my husband and I made a reservation for 4:30, at table 21 (our favorite table). When we arrived, on time, Karen advised us that ther was a 6:30 reservation for the same table. We offered to take another table, in order to have a...More

Thank jeanielucier
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209-2026
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-463-3433
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