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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 - 22:30
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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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Albany, New York
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Barnsider has been a favorite for years. Steak and Potatoes says it all. If that is that you are looking for, Barnsider will fit the bill. Enjoy a cocktail while waiting for your table in the rustic dining room. Once seated, the friendly staff is very happy to accommodate small and large parties. The salad bar is numero uno and... More 

Thank HungryHippo7525
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Questionable service and then charged almost $4. for a small side of orange butter to go with my salmon. Really??? The waiter never mentioned the extra charge. Serious customer service training in order here. . . so many good restaurants going out of business and these kinds of silly things still happen. The food was good, but not sure I'll... More 

Thank Laurie N
Albany, New York
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

from salad bar to the main course with drinks in between....one of the few places you can't go wrong in capitial district. steak au pove is excellent!...beef wellington or the pork chops tough choice but can't go wrong. does get busy, always wait, not the fastest service...but food is worth it!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank dotdoctor2002
Syracuse, New York
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It has been almost 20 years since I lived in the Albany area so when we stopped in Albany for a quick overnight trip on our way back from New England we decided to look for a steak restaurant. I thought of the Barnsider because it was a place I went to for my birthday several years that I lived... More 

Thank moon026
Schoharie, New York
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barnsider is a lovely place to eat. We love the salad bar! Fresh tossed salad greens, beets, carrots, olives, peppers, cucumber, onions,chic peas, 3 bean salad, etc. Very fresh and crisp..Nice breads and a huge block of fresh NY sharp cheddar cheese. Dinners are reasonable and you get a discount if you come on your birthday! The waiters are... More 

Thank BJgates
Somers, Connecticut
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154 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Multiple servers waited on (a total of 4) our table... invoice was stored in slot under table. Some communication issues with this setup. Drinks, salad bar, and dinner. I ordered a ny strip medium rare and it came well done. Apart from this, everything was very good.

Thank DonMacL
Albany, New York
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305 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We met friends for dinner at the Barnsider. We ordered a top sirloin and a salmon entrée. The sirloin was ordered medium rare, but served medium. The food was good. The salad bar was included and it was good. The wait staff was very nice, but they do a team model and it was confusing. Although it was not full,... More 

Thank Bourlingueur60
Hannacroix, New York
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443 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a busy restaurant, but sometimes it just seemed like we were being ignored. We were seated pretty quick as we had a reservation for 6 people. We were in the "way" back room, near the salad bar. The floor was littered with but none of the food on my plate was hot. The other 5 stated varying from... More 

Thank Jeannene A
albany new york
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A vast improvement over the last time I was here, about two years ago. My NY strip sirloin and wife's filet mignon were cooked to order, perfectly charred and great tasting. Great salad bar included in price, deserts over the top. Also top quality service. We will return.

Thank golfeagle
On the road again
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1,120 reviews
600 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner on a business trip and ordered the Sirloin which for 40 years was 10 ounces as advertised on the menu. Well what I got was not even 6 ounces so I told the young lady manager well it was not a gram more than 6 ounces. She said her cook said it was though for many years... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
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?