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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 - 22:00
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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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On the road again
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1,106 reviews
592 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank DoctorVonCueBall
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place use to be a popular choice for good beef and seafood. Recent years the quality of our visits has been sporadic. The most recent will likely be our last. Prices are now above the level of quality you expect. Recently I've had tastier sirloin home cooked from Hannaford market. The waiter who took our orders was replaced by... More 

Thank MGH_7
Schenectady, New York
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had been wanting to get back here for awhile. I hadn't been in probably 15 years; I wanted to try a steakhouse and this one was close by. While the escargot appetizer and shrimp cocktail were excellent, it seemed to go downhill from there. I ordered the 16 oz sirloin medium rare. It came out well done...I mentioned this... More 

Thank Inharmony72
Worcester, Massachusetts
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78 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Original location was in a local mall, moved to present location at least 30 years ago. Always a great dining experience. Food, especially steaks are EXCELLENT! Very fresh, cooked perfectly, I had Prime Rib which was DELISH!!! Others in our party of 6 had top sirloin, teriyacki steak, sirloin for 2 , and steak au poivre. Everyone left very full... More 

Thank memlo
Albany, New York
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like steaks, this place is for you. Some of the best in Capital region, but they are pricey. I was a little disappointed with their salads, but everything else was good. I was there when it was packed and still got good service from wait staff.

Thank Milt S
East Greenbush, New York
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband's 50th birthday we didn't have reservations because I was told they didn't take reservations. Obviously I was wrong there were 10 of us and I couldn't get us a table. They weren't very accommodating they were actually a little snippy when they realized I didn't have a reservation yet wanted a table for 10. Should I have said... More 

Thank Tammy I
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Barnsider is an excellent restaurant in Colonie, NY. It's near Wolf Rd., a huge shopping and dining area. Barnsider offers a nice variety of American dishes, a good salad bar, extensive drink selections, and generous portions. There is plenty of parking and plenty of room for any size party. Prices are in the mid to high range, but food is... More 

Thank Shirley D
Albany, New York
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Top-notch steak house, easy location just west of Wolf Road, selection of cuts, all great meat, cooked to perfection.

Thank David S
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stumbled upon this spot from our hotel's in-room info binder. So glad we went. Tired of all the restaurant chains. This place had a great, old-fashioned salad bar. Delicious bread. Great service. And the best steak I have had outside of Manhattan! Cooked to perfection with a whole head of roasted garlic that I spread on the steak! WOW!!! My... More 

Thank Joe R
Las Vegas, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Well our meals were very disappointing. The food was overcooked and had zero flavor. The service was good but the decor of the restaurant was circa 1965! This is one restaurant I will never go to again. Unless you are taking grandma to dinner do yourself a favor and skip this place!

Thank Alden H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene
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?