Barnsider Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 480 Sand Creek Rd

    Albany, NY 12205

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  • 518-869-0175

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I have been eating at the Barnsider since it was in Colonie Center, and it served lunch. Each time our meals have been consistently good. Just one meal, I ordered the steak Teriyaki and it had been cut against the grain, and was tough.

3
★★★★★

I have been eating at the Barnsider since it was in Colonie Center, and it served lunch. Each time our meals have been consistently good. Just one meal, I ordered the steak Teriyaki and it had been cut against the grain, and was tough.

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I was really exicited about going to the Barnsider for dinner for the first time. I had been to a retirement party there once (appentizers only) and liked the atmosphere and the appetizers. Whe we got there hubby ordered the prime rib

3
★★★★★

I was really exicited about going to the Barnsider for dinner for the first time. I had been to a retirement party there once (appentizers only) and liked the atmosphere and the appetizers. Whe we got there hubby ordered the prime rib

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first timer.............misserable food...........buffet dinner for a large group.........roast beef tough, basic salad, cold rolls, only a few roasted potatoes.........no side veggies.........dessert that was from a box i think....paid

3
★★★★★

first timer.............misserable food...........buffet dinner for a large group.........roast beef tough, basic salad, cold rolls, only a few roasted potatoes.........no side veggies.........dessert that was from a box i think....paid

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My husband and I have eaten over 500 steaks at this place and it's excellent. You can smell the quality from the moment you pull into the parking lot. \r
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The Barnsider has a full menu with many choices, from chicken and pasta to supreme

3
★★★★★

My husband and I have eaten over 500 steaks at this place and it's excellent. You can smell the quality from the moment you pull into the parking lot. \r
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The Barnsider has a full menu with many choices, from chicken and pasta to supreme

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My wife and I are extensive travelers (having visited all 50 states and many countries overseas) and have eaten at hundreds of high volume restaurants such as the Barnsider in Albany, NY. We did eat at the Barnsider on 10/2/10 and had the WORST food we've ever encountered in such a restaurant. For example: 1. I had flounder stuffed with lobster. The flounder was watery and tasteless and the few 1/2 inch sized pieces of lobster turned to paste when a fork touched them. 2. The french fries were lukewarm and appeared like those poured directly out of a paper bag in a deep fryer. I complained to the waiter, and he brought a lukewarm hard skinned potato as a replacement. 3. The salad bar had an almost empty bowl of mostly iceberg lettuce and the bread counter (slice it yourself) needed replenishing. 4. My wife's prime rib was mediocre (gristly with little flavor). 5. The asparagus wasn't properly trimmed. Etc. Etc. Etc. Almost all of the non-pasta entrees were more than $20 each. What a lousy meal.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I are extensive travelers (having visited all 50 states and many countries overseas) and have eaten at hundreds of high volume restaurants such as the Barnsider in Albany, NY. We did eat at the Barnsider on 10/2/10 and had the WORST food we've ever encountered in such a restaurant. For example: 1. I had flounder stuffed with lobster. The flounder was watery and tasteless and the few 1/2 inch sized pieces of lobster turned to paste when a fork touched them. 2. The french fries were lukewarm and appeared like those poured directly out of a paper bag in a deep fryer. I complained to the waiter, and he brought a lukewarm hard skinned potato as a replacement. 3. The salad bar had an almost empty bowl of mostly iceberg lettuce and the bread counter (slice it yourself) needed replenishing. 4. My wife's prime rib was mediocre (gristly with little flavor). 5. The asparagus wasn't properly trimmed. Etc. Etc. Etc. Almost all of the non-pasta entrees were more than $20 each. What a lousy meal.

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Always busy because the food is so good. Great place for steak and all the fixins. Friendly service.

4
★★★★☆

Always busy because the food is so good. Great place for steak and all the fixins. Friendly service.

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had Ginger scallion marinated swordfish it was cooked perfectly we also had the pork chops I could not believe how big they were . I will be back

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★★★★★

had Ginger scallion marinated swordfish it was cooked perfectly we also had the pork chops I could not believe how big they were . I will be back

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The place was frigid where we were seated. No offer was made to move us to another table, even though the place was empty save for a table of four. Tried to eat with our cumbersome winter coats, which proved to be impossible. Butter didnt even melt on our baked potatoes. Left with a hefty bill for uneaten food. Never again.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place was frigid where we were seated. No offer was made to move us to another table, even though the place was empty save for a table of four. Tried to eat with our cumbersome winter coats, which proved to be impossible. Butter didnt even melt on our baked potatoes. Left with a hefty bill for uneaten food. Never again.

Pros: there were none

Cons: cold cold cold

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I had two bad experiences at the Barnsider. A couple of summers ago, I was served a completely un-chewable prime rib. I paid but came back the next day to talk to the manager. She said she thought she had comp'ed everybody who ordered rib. The cut of meat was so bad, she took the item off the menu by 8:00.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had two bad experiences at the Barnsider. A couple of summers ago, I was served a completely un-chewable prime rib. I paid but came back the next day to talk to the manager. She said she thought she had comp'ed everybody who ordered rib. The cut of meat was so bad, she took the item off the menu by 8:00.

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I was in Albany to attend my family reunion, on July 18-21-2008, On Friday night we deceide to have a get together a night out before the reunion festivities began, and we chose the Barnsider Resturant, Actually, I talked every one into going to the Barnside, as it has been my favorite place to eat for many years. I was so disappointed I could have cried. After we were shown to our table, ( a couple of the family members were late) the hostess came over and asked is this all you have in your party? If so we are going to move you to a smaller table. I advised others were on the way. Before we ordered, separate checks were asked for the waiter(Ryan)acted as if he had never been so insulted in his life. After that it was all down hill. the shrimp was over cooked, the prime ribs not cooked enough, we were never asked if we wanted dessert or coffee, we had to ask for water, all in all not up to the Barnside standards I was used to. I don't think I will be visiting again, when ever I get back to Albany. Nor will I be recommending the Barnsider like I use to. This is the first time I have felt so disappointed about a resturant to leave a complaint.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was in Albany to attend my family reunion, on July 18-21-2008, On Friday night we deceide to have a get together a night out before the reunion festivities began, and we chose the Barnsider Resturant, Actually, I talked every one into going to the Barnside, as it has been my favorite place to eat for many years. I was so disappointed I could have cried. After we were shown to our table, ( a couple of the family members were late) the hostess came over and asked is this all you have in your party? If so we are going to move you to a smaller table. I advised others were on the way. Before we ordered, separate checks were asked for the waiter(Ryan)acted as if he had never been so insulted in his life. After that it was all down hill. the shrimp was over cooked, the prime ribs not cooked enough, we were never asked if we wanted dessert or coffee, we had to ask for water, all in all not up to the Barnside standards I was used to. I don't think I will be visiting again, when ever I get back to Albany. Nor will I be recommending the Barnsider like I use to. This is the first time I have felt so disappointed about a resturant to leave a complaint.

Pros: Ambience as usual,

Cons: don't ask for separate checks or have part of your party be late

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I went to the Barnsider with my husband on a Friday night without reservations, and expected quite a wait. While we did wait around 20 minutes for a table, we did so in their comfy bar area, and had some free popcorn, cheese and crackers along with our drinks while we waited. Once seated, it took less than 20 seconds for them to be filling our water glasses, informing us about the specials, and offering to refresh our bar drinks. We were then left to look over the menu. We took some time making selections, but as soon as we closed the menus our waiter appeared to take our orders- twin lobstertails and steak for me, chicken florentine for him, with escargot to start.
The salad bar was typical, but did have rather nice fresh baked bread selections and delicious flavored olive oil selections (as well as balsamic vinegar or tabletop butter, if that's what you wanted.) The escargot came just as we were finishing the salads. Delicious snails in butter, and surprisingly not in garlic as is typical, but topped with lots of cheese and baked into almost a puff like texture. Yummy!
Dinner was perfectly cooked- my steak was the perfect temperature and the lobster wasn't overcooked and chewy, as typically occurs with broiled lobster tails. My hubby's chicken was THE BEST florentine he (and I) had had. LOTS of creamy sauce/cheese inside with the spinach. HUGE portions too. Desert was very tasty too- we had the peanut butter cup cheesecake to split.
I cannot comment enough about the superior service we received (3 waiters for our table!) While we did not have to wait at all for one course to be cleared away and the next presented, we also did not feel rushed. It seemed as if they were waiting around the corner for us to finish and put down the silverware, then they could get it out of the way and bring the next round.
2 glasses of wine/beer, appetizer, 2 dinners, and dessert/coffee cost only $83 (and that's with lobster and steak!) CAN'T BEAT IT!!!! We'll be back regularly.

2
★★★★★

I went to the Barnsider with my husband on a Friday night without reservations, and expected quite a wait. While we did wait around 20 minutes for a table, we did so in their comfy bar area, and had some free popcorn, cheese and crackers along with our drinks while we waited. Once seated, it took less than 20 seconds for them to be filling our water glasses, informing us about the specials, and offering to refresh our bar drinks. We were then left to look over the menu. We took some time making selections, but as soon as we closed the menus our waiter appeared to take our orders- twin lobstertails and steak for me, chicken florentine for him, with escargot to start.
The salad bar was typical, but did have rather nice fresh baked bread selections and delicious flavored olive oil selections (as well as balsamic vinegar or tabletop butter, if that's what you wanted.) The escargot came just as we were finishing the salads. Delicious snails in butter, and surprisingly not in garlic as is typical, but topped with lots of cheese and baked into almost a puff like texture. Yummy!
Dinner was perfectly cooked- my steak was the perfect temperature and the lobster wasn't overcooked and chewy, as typically occurs with broiled lobster tails. My hubby's chicken was THE BEST florentine he (and I) had had. LOTS of creamy sauce/cheese inside with the spinach. HUGE portions too. Desert was very tasty too- we had the peanut butter cup cheesecake to split.
I cannot comment enough about the superior service we received (3 waiters for our table!) While we did not have to wait at all for one course to be cleared away and the next presented, we also did not feel rushed. It seemed as if they were waiting around the corner for us to finish and put down the silverware, then they could get it out of the way and bring the next round.
2 glasses of wine/beer, appetizer, 2 dinners, and dessert/coffee cost only $83 (and that's with lobster and steak!) CAN'T BEAT IT!!!! We'll be back regularly.

Pros: SERVICE!!! Price, and taste of food.

Cons: Somewhat limited (although free) salad bar

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This is one of the best restaurants in the uptown Albany area. Their steaks are delicious and so is the pasta. They also have an awesome beer and wine selection to choose from. The atmosphere helps pull the place together. The restaurant looks like a barn and I believe it may even have been built from an old barn. I recommend this place highly.

5
★★★★★

This is one of the best restaurants in the uptown Albany area. Their steaks are delicious and so is the pasta. They also have an awesome beer and wine selection to choose from. The atmosphere helps pull the place together. The restaurant looks like a barn and I believe it may even have been built from an old barn. I recommend this place highly.

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The Barnsider is one of the nicest restaurants in the Capital District. The food is mouthwatering, may I recommend the cabernet medallions and the desserts scrumptious. Every meal comes with a full fresh salad bar. If you are in the mood for lighter fare, check out their bar area.

A little pricey... but oh so worth it!

5
★★★★★

The Barnsider is one of the nicest restaurants in the Capital District. The food is mouthwatering, may I recommend the cabernet medallions and the desserts scrumptious. Every meal comes with a full fresh salad bar. If you are in the mood for lighter fare, check out their bar area.

A little pricey... but oh so worth it!

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The Barnsider restaurant is my favorite place to eat. The food is awsome and so is the service. The steak is the best. It melts right in your mouth and tastes great. I would highly recomend.

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★★★★★

The Barnsider restaurant is my favorite place to eat. The food is awsome and so is the service. The steak is the best. It melts right in your mouth and tastes great. I would highly recomend.

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I can say that I enjoyed my dinner at The Barnsider but was swept off my feet when I had a prime rib dinner at the Old 499 House in Troy! There is no comparison (Better than Ruths Chris). Old 499 ages their beef for 52 days, which is why it is CONSISTANTLY so tender and great tasting. Atmosphere is quiet and romatic (very interesting history), service is awesome & prices are similar to Barnsider. Neighborhood may defer some people.

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I can say that I enjoyed my dinner at The Barnsider but was swept off my feet when I had a prime rib dinner at the Old 499 House in Troy! There is no comparison (Better than Ruths Chris). Old 499 ages their beef for 52 days, which is why it is CONSISTANTLY so tender and great tasting. Atmosphere is quiet and romatic (very interesting history), service is awesome & prices are similar to Barnsider. Neighborhood may defer some people.

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The last time I was at the Barnsider, my steak was cold and within minutes it was returned to me and I could tell it was microwaved to warm it. It took a long time to get the waiters attention and it was a complete disappointment to me. I think it is overpriced for what you get. The food tastes like it has been prepared ahead of time and is not always consistenly cooked. In the past three times I was there, my food was cooked differently each time. That's when I gave up ont he barnsider. Not good.

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★☆☆☆☆

The last time I was at the Barnsider, my steak was cold and within minutes it was returned to me and I could tell it was microwaved to warm it. It took a long time to get the waiters attention and it was a complete disappointment to me. I think it is overpriced for what you get. The food tastes like it has been prepared ahead of time and is not always consistenly cooked. In the past three times I was there, my food was cooked differently each time. That's when I gave up ont he barnsider. Not good.

Pros: salad bar, bread

Cons: food tastes pkg'd, food microwaved, chos burned on edg

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I enjoy going to the Barnsider- it has great ambience , good value and service- but disagree that it is a great steakhouse. The steaks offered are only sirloins and filets and, while decent, are really ordinary and not as good as you can get elsewhere. No T-bone, porterhouse or ribeye on the menu and the sirloins are not particularly tasty or tender. While The Bears is very good, it's quite a drive. Albany needs, but does not have, a good steakhouse. Jack's has better steaks but is a seafood restaurant, not a steakhouse.

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★★★★☆

I enjoy going to the Barnsider- it has great ambience , good value and service- but disagree that it is a great steakhouse. The steaks offered are only sirloins and filets and, while decent, are really ordinary and not as good as you can get elsewhere. No T-bone, porterhouse or ribeye on the menu and the sirloins are not particularly tasty or tender. While The Bears is very good, it's quite a drive. Albany needs, but does not have, a good steakhouse. Jack's has better steaks but is a seafood restaurant, not a steakhouse.

Pros: ambience, good salad bar

Cons: crowded, long waits

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The atmosphere was very cozy especially the fire place. The food was very good, especailly the aplle crisp for dessert. Only problem we had to wait a while for our food to come out because it was very busy.

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★★★★★

The atmosphere was very cozy especially the fire place. The food was very good, especailly the aplle crisp for dessert. Only problem we had to wait a while for our food to come out because it was very busy.

Pros: fire place, very big place

Cons: crowded

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I used to travel to Albany on business and always
went to The Barnsider for dinner. Although I no longer get to Albany like I used to, whenever I get within striking distance of this restaurant I always stop. The food is excellent and the service is even better. I live in Rochester and have actually driven the 4 hours to go the The Barnsider and made a weekend of it, I cannot say enough.
Whoever owns and operates this restaurant believes strongly in training and good, long term employees and it shows. This owner should be very proud.

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★★★★★

I used to travel to Albany on business and always
went to The Barnsider for dinner. Although I no longer get to Albany like I used to, whenever I get within striking distance of this restaurant I always stop. The food is excellent and the service is even better. I live in Rochester and have actually driven the 4 hours to go the The Barnsider and made a weekend of it, I cannot say enough.
Whoever owns and operates this restaurant believes strongly in training and good, long term employees and it shows. This owner should be very proud.

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

Cons: cannot, think, of one

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I'm an executive for a small NYC internet firm. I usually visit Albany 2-3 times/yr and have tried several steak houses in the area. I've eaten at the barnsider several times, each time hoping that the reviews I've read are correct. I have alway enjoyed the appetizers, but the entrees left me disappointed. My vote for top steak in Albany area goes to The Bears in Duanesburg!

2
★★★★☆

I'm an executive for a small NYC internet firm. I usually visit Albany 2-3 times/yr and have tried several steak houses in the area. I've eaten at the barnsider several times, each time hoping that the reviews I've read are correct. I have alway enjoyed the appetizers, but the entrees left me disappointed. My vote for top steak in Albany area goes to The Bears in Duanesburg!

 

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