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The Merry Monk

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
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90 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12210
+1 518-463-6665
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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54 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We came here because of the ratings & the food is pretty disappointing - don't get the Brussels sprouts or the cod. But the Leffe Blonde on draft is fantastic. Mussels are good though and free on your bday!

Thank TXCottageMama
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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748 reviews
425 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The menu was great but not everything was served as expected. Pomme frites should be crisp and they weren't. There was also a lot of oil on the Brussels sprouts and they were not caramelized but desperately needed to be. The fried duck drums were very good and the endive was perfectly caramelized yet still firm.

1 Thank SeatOfMyPntsTravelr
southwest Michigan
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The sandwiches we had were delicious! Duck confit Reuben? Who knew this would be so yummy? Our waiter could not have been more attentive. The frites were fun as you can pick your dipping sauce. This is not haute cuisine but it s a great place for creative sandwiches and Belgian beer where you can talk and enjoy a good... More 

Thank mjcrooksmomof3
Glenville, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I love this place. The beer selection is awesome and the food is delicious. I have gone here a number of times for business and personal enjoyment.

1 Thank scottvb
Hudson, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Absolutely delicious tacos, great atmosphere and a delightful waitress. Stopped in briefly as we were passing through. We'll have to stay for beers next time!

Thank Arlene C
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Service was great. Menu very ambitious. Very creative and interesting. (Menus weren't very clean though) However what is advertised is misleading. We have dined in many Thai restaurants and we make Thai food ourselves.The curry powder used in Indian and Jamaican dishes is not what is used in Thai dishes. We have never heard of Mussels Muniere involving a cream... More 

1 Thank Irish eyes are ... I
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Wide range of American and European beer selections. Fabulous food, especially any of the fish dishes.

Thank Deborah H
Upstate NY
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Went to Merry Monk with my book club (9 of us) before a movie. The place is small but they were able to accommodate us. The mussels were GREAT! Clean, juicy, perfectly prepared in a delicious sauce that was great for bread dipping. Burgers were perfectly prepared and service was excellent. The only reason I didn't give them a perfect... More 

Thank Foxtripper
Long Lake
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My husband and I love mussels... we tried the blue cheese and bacon sauce and loved it. Next time we will try the Thai Curry- yum sounds good. We also had the frites- very nice- tasty sauces- garlic herb and spicy ketchup. Beer was excellent- Also had the cheese platter as an appetizer- great for two. Nice cheeses. Pleasant wait... More 

Thank oldtimertraveler
Albany, New York
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232 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This restaurant was so NOISY that at times I actually had to lean forward to hear my dinner companion, who was sitting across from me, speak. I really was looking forward to tasting their mussels, a restaurant specialty. They were tasty but we had to wait about an HOUR to get our order! A couple, who left when we did,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12210
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-463-6665

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