Albany Dining

Albany is ready to serve you. Whether you have a favorite culinary specialty or would like to introduce your taste buds to new worldly flavors, Albany's restaurant selections span the globe. Sample the spices of Indonesia, the delicacies of France, the surprises of the Orient, the aromas of Italy and the charm of the Southwest. Dine by candlelight, al fresco, by a crackling fireplace, aboard a river cruise or in Old World settings. Sink your teeth into Albany's capital flavors. It's worth the trip.

We recommend a wide range of dining places, including affordable restaurants, moderate-priced, family oriented, expensive and fine dining places.

Paolo Lombardi's Ristorante is an upscale Albany area Italian restaurant, one of the areas hottest fine dining spots. The menu features spectacular creations from Italy's northern and southern regions. In addition to that, an extensive international wine list and an elegant setting make Paolo Lombardi's Ristorante a perfect fine dining location.

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant is the only place in Albany that serves traditional mexican food. You can get great food for reasonable prices. The pleasant atmosphere is a combination of delightful rooms postioned at various levels, as well as ouside seating in the summer.

Another interesting option is "La Serre Restaurant". Focusing on a French and Continental fare, this is a fine dining theme restaurant. The restaurant offers an elegant and historic setting, with flowers, plants, and lighting set in quite dim. With seating for up to 300 people, the restaurant is warm and relaxed and attracts a classy clientele. Some say it is by far the nicest restaurant in downtown Albany.

Grandma's Restaurant is a place that focuses on a home-style American cuisine. The average entrée usually costs from $8 to $12. The place is open for lunch and dinner.

Kirker's Steak & Seafood is one of the oldest family owned and operated restaurants in the area. Menu features aged beef, fresh seafood, healthy choices and reduced portions. Also, private dining rooms are available, accommodating up to 50 people.

You can find a unique Spanish-Mediterranean atmosphere at the Barcelona restaurant. Culinary delights incorporating various international cuisines will make your evening. The place is also perfect for graduation parties, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, cocktail parties and other functions.

The Calaway Grill at The Wingate Inn offers a variety of unique appetizers, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees and delectable desserts. Some of the most tempting dishes are the Tour De France Burger (deep fried onion rings and blue cheese compliment this outstanding selection), the Tex-Mex Salad (tortilla strips with chili, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, olives, scallions, sour cream accompanied by a spicy salsa), Cashew Crab Cakes (cashew encrusted back fin crab cakes, baked and served with red peppers and wasabi dipping sauces).