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Ambition Bistro

154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
+1 518-382-9277
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
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154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ambition is a fabulous lunch spot in downtown Schenectady, NY. The menu offers a variety of delicious sandwiches, soups and salads some of which are named for local sites. My favorite is the Ambition sandwich, chicken breast with roasted red pepper on focaccia bread. Prices...More

Thank Shirley D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool vibe, great coffee selection. Loved my waffle, one of my all time favorites, with real maple syrup, to boot. Others really liked their breakfast sandwiches and the pancakes. Will definitely be back if ever up this way again.

Thank BDR0se
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

It's an explosion of color, with a simple menu. But that simple menu is full of flavors. They have brunch till 11. And it is in the quaint walkway of jay. My sandwich was amazing. They have a full coffee bar, and amazing cocktails for...More

Thank Loretta G
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We hit Ambition once or twice a year when we're visiting the area in the summers. We love their unusual sandwiches and fun atmosphere. Definitely try a sandwich on the pretzel bread. Those are the best!

Thank eggbomb
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is a small and interesting coffee shop/restaurant. My husband and I stopped here to have some lunch after going to Celtic Treasures, which is nearby. I had the turkey avocado sandwich. It was delicious, with very generous portions. The coffee was also excellent--and I'm...More

Thank ArtfulSerendipity
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Food is great. A nice selection of food and reasonable prices. Small and comfy. I think ice cream or gelato is also available.

Thank Gloria D
Reviewed 14 March 2017

great menu for light fare, funky decor, and you have a perfect meeting spot for lunch with friends or a date.

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Ambition is typically only open for breakfast and lunch. This year they dove in to dinner during Restaurant Week. All in all, they get a big thumbs up. Food was very good with a nice presentation. Pulled off with minor glitches for my wife and...More

Thank SirVayR
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Interesting place with a unique vibe. Great selection of sandwiches. Great for take away coffee or tea as well.

Thank pattys130
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Ambition is a local restaurant that serves delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. The menu has a lot of options to suit any taste. The sandwiches are named after local interests, so it's fun to order. Servers are always friendly and attentive. It is an intimate...More

Thank Shirley D
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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