We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ambition Bistro

154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
+1 518-382-9277
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“brie” (5 reviews)
“sandwich” (15 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
Write a Review
Reviews (108)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 108 reviews

Reviewed 15 March 2017

great menu for light fare, funky decor, and you have a perfect meeting spot for lunch with friends or a date.

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Ambition is typically only open for breakfast and lunch. This year they dove in to dinner during Restaurant Week. All in all, they get a big thumbs up. Food was very good with a nice presentation. Pulled off with minor glitches for my wife and...More

Thank SirVayR
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Interesting place with a unique vibe. Great selection of sandwiches. Great for take away coffee or tea as well.

Thank pattys130
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Ambition is a local restaurant that serves delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. The menu has a lot of options to suit any taste. The sandwiches are named after local interests, so it's fun to order. Servers are always friendly and attentive. It is an intimate...More

Thank Shirley D
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

At proctors for future Cities Competition and selected this place given overall trip advisor rating for being near by Proctors. Guess we picked wrong day - cook or owner just married and no soup on menu available or chicken salad. Three of us opted for...More

Thank DenyseAlbany_NY
Reviewed 17 January 2017

For a small kitschy restaurant in downtown Schenectady, Ambition beats them all! I am a local and have been going there for years and love it. sosatm (a recent reviewer) apparently was looking through a spy glass because while the place is old its not...More

Thank T K
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This place is OK, nothing special. I had pancakes and my husband had eggs and home fries. The decor is funky interesting and the service was great. Maybe the sandwiches are better - people next to us ordered those and they looked good.

Thank DonnaUpstateNY
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This was a fun, unique place- a lot to look at inside! Excellent food and the staff was very friendly! Gluten free friendly. I had a sandwich that was HUGE and fresh! I look forward to going again!

Thank MadisonMichaels
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We stopped by for lunch as we passed through town. Even though they were busy we were able to find a seat and were waited on promptly. Those are the pros. The cons are that the restaurant is dirty, the floor are filthy, there are...More

Thank sosatm
Reviewed 13 November 2016

I'm a local and often visit Ambition for breakfast on a Sunday morning. It's cool place with a nice atmosphere and friendly service. I highly recommend the blueberry pancakes. Oh, and the coffee is always great. It can get crowded on Sunday morning so it...More

1  Thank Dave L
Nearby Restaurants
380 reviews
.09 km away
Tara Kitchen
232 reviews
.18 km away
Katie O'Byrnes Restaurant
159 reviews
.24 km away
Nearby Attractions
Proctor's Theater
472 reviews
.19 km away
Schenectady County Public Library
36 reviews
.28 km away
Museum of Innovation and Science
78 reviews
.65 km away
Schenectady Civic Players
26 reviews
.64 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Ambition Bistro staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:30
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 154 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305-1906
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-382-9277
  • E-mail
Ambition is a funky urban bistro. We offer great foods, drinks and desserts in a very unique atmosphere of nostalgia Americana. We at Ambition love food, music and Hollywood and that's who we invite in and we invite you too!
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing