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Ambition Bistro

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154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
+1 518-382-9277
09:00 - 15:00
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Sun 09:00 - 13:30
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 15:00
Sat 09:00 - 15:00
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped by for lunch as we passed through town. Even though they were busy we were able to find a seat and were waited on promptly. Those are the pros. The cons are that the restaurant is dirty, the floor are filthy, there are cobwebs hanging from the ceiling and the decor is old and dingy. Our lunch sandwiches... More 

Thank sosatm
Schenectady, New York
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a local and often visit Ambition for breakfast on a Sunday morning. It's cool place with a nice atmosphere and friendly service. I highly recommend the blueberry pancakes. Oh, and the coffee is always great. It can get crowded on Sunday morning so it might be best to get there by 10:30. If not, you might have to wait... More 

1 Thank Dave L
Niskayuna, New York
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by early evening dinner. Great black bean burger and unique salad with quinoa and hummus on top. Service was friendly and quick. Attentive to those going to a show.

Thank DJC0606
Albany, New York
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marc has a gem of a small intimate cafe and the vibe is very low key and comfortable. nestled on pedestrian Jay Street just across the street from Proctors Theatre, it is a great place to nosh before a concert, play, etc @ Proctor's. The brunches on Sunday are well balanced for meat eaters and vegetarians and vegans as well.... More 

1 Thank john k
Brooklyn, New York
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589 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice stop for quick breakfast, friendly staff very decent prices. On a nice strip with shops. Convenient location.

Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We struggled to find Ambition - my GPS didn't correctly place it, and Jay St seems to have changed shape over the past few years. When we arrived, we found a table at the back and soaked in the mixture of aged American building and Hollywood nostalgia. We were amused as patron after patron struggled to find the restrooms located... More 

Thank MattYOW
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Ambition is a great little place to grab lunch or coffee. The decor is eclectic with a lot to look at. The menu is mostly sandwiches and salads, many unique food combos and fun names. Service is friendly and the food is always good, as is the coffee. I've been there for lunch and coffee many times, sometimes with friends... More 

Thank Payqueen5
Rexford, New York
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is a grewat place to grab a bite before Proctors performance , movie or other downtown Schenectady events. Friendly place with good food and drinks and coffee. You might run into an actor or two from Proctors!

Thank Susan S
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Loved the funky retro-80s cafe vibe, but were expecting something a little more substantive for dinner. Soup, sandwhiches and salads only. Food was good enough, but I expect brunch, lunch and coffee is where they excel, as well as a unique and wonderful atmosphere.

Thank Lucy F
Schenectady, New York
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We wander on Sunday mornings, often to the Farmers Market, in downtown Schenectady and while walking down an alley which connects to Broadway spotted an eclectic Bistro.The atmosphere reminds me of Hippie hangouts from 1960.The staff are competent young persons and keep very busy with the constant flow of customers looking for coffee to go or sit down service with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:30
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-382-9277
Ambition is a funky urban bistro. We offer great foods, drinks and desserts in a very unique atmosphere of nostalgia Americana. We at Ambition love food, music and Hollywood and that's who we invite in and we invite you too!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?