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Hill Street Cafe

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, American
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180 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12202-1708
+1 518-462-3544
11:30 - 04:00
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Albany, New York
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151 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

On our way to a show at the "Egg" a performance venue in the Albany Capital Buildings, we stopped at the Hill Street cafe for a couple of drinks and some dinner. It was a Sunday night and the place was busy but not overwhelmed. We easliy found a seat and settled in for, what turned out to be, a... More 

Thank jelmwood
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I need to explore more options, but sandwiches and burgers I've gotten there for takeout have tasted frozen and dry and over cooked. Next time I will try the pizza

Thank Jen B
Albany, New York
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Friendly neighborhood bar & restaurant less than five minute walk to or from the Times-Union Center in Albany, NY. So you only need to park one time. Good pub grub and drink selection. Good value place before or after hockey games or concerts.

Thank napngs
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Used to live near here and was a quick option of something to eat. Burgers were burned and dry. Apps over cooked. Low quality frozen junk poorly cooked.

Thank Jen B
Albany, New York
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Went there for lunch last Saturday after a jaunt to the NYSL. Wanted something close by. Went here with a friend. Cool place, nice atmosphere. I got the Chipotle burger...it was awesome!! I will definitely go there again. Service was good, too!

Thank KathyG769
Wayne, Maine
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

My husband and I had supper there before a reception at the Museum a block up the hill. The chopped salad I ordered even had artichokes and the french fries my husband had were not covered in salt or grease. Delicious meal. Draft beer was fresh and tasty. Don't be tricked, you have to walk through the bar first, but... More 

Thank lou t
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

Just went to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Times Union Center and hit this pub prior. Great inexpensive food and a nice list of craft and on -tap beers. The wait staff and bar tenders are super friendly and fun! We will be going there again!

Thank Larry D
Albany, New York
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96 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Been there a few times since it is an easy walk from my office. They have great pub style food and great service. Wait staff is always fast and very friendly. The food is great and reasonably priced. One of our office's favorite lunch spots!

Thank 68mbl5
South Dakota
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Great bar in a sketchy dive type area. Parking and walking to and from the Hill Street Cafe was interesting with the street people out. The area is about a block from the governor's mansion and is well patrolled and reasonably safe. We had really good beer and pizza there. For a local color, not a chain experience , we... More 

Thank BROmaha
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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670 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

We were looking for someplace to eat close to the New York State Museum, and the Hill Street Cafe semmed like th right place. Really a corner bar with a nice menu. My wife had the salad, and I had the honey mustard chicken sandwich. Both were delicious and in perfect lunch size portions.

Thank Tom B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, American
Lunch, Dinner
Open Hours
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
11:30 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12202-1708
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-462-3544

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