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Nov 27, 2007 12:46 PM

Saratoga Springs- what's good for dinner?

We are traveling to Saratoga next weekend for a wedding and will arrive in town probably around 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Where is good for my husband and I to go for dinner? We'll have a car.

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  1. Too many choices to list, depending on what you're interested in eating and how much you want to spend. Hattie's for fried chicken and Southern stuff, Sperry's or One Caroline for Old Saratoga (One Caroline probably has jazz on Friday nights). Beekman Street Bistro for upscale market cuisine; Chianti for N. Italian; Wine Bar for small plates. Lots more choices, too, depending on what you want to eat.

    Beekman Street Bistro
    62 Beekman St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    Wine Bar
    417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    Chianti Il Ristorante
    208 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    45 Phila St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    Sperry's Restaurant
    30 1 2 Caroline St, Saratoga Springs, NY

    One Caroline Street Bistro
    1 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    9 Replies
    1. re: PSZaas

      Thanks! Those sound like great options.

      1. re: PSZaas

        If the wait is too long at Chianti, my first choice, try their bistro on the other end of Broadway, Forno. I always like the Wine Bar and the Beekman St Bistro is a lot of fun. I know a lot of people like One Caroline but I am not a fan. People forget about Scallions down on Lake Ave a bit but I like the new atmosphere there.....

        1. re: jspear

          Don't forget the Springwater Bistro on Union Ave across from the track, unique entre selection and great service.....

          1. re: jspear

            Springwater is among the best in Saratoga!

        2. re: PSZaas

          We went to Hattie's over the weekend. They served some very delicious biscuits and cornbread in the beginning. We then shared the crabcakes to start. Not the best thing -- pretty much all filler. Then we had the fried chicken and mac and cheese. They were both excellent renditions. The fried chicken platter (huge -- 4 pieces) was crispy, juicy and flavorful. It came with two sides -- we picked the smashed potatoes and collard greens, both very well prepared. The mac and cheese was very good as well, with a crispy coating. We shared the pecan pie which was good as it wasn't too sweet, topped with fresh whipped cream. We had tons of leftovers. Overall, a very delightful experience.

          Chez Sophie has had some love on this board, but we had such a disappointing experience the last time we were there (in September).

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Chez Sophie has really gone to pot lately, we had a birthday celebration from hell there a few years back. Resting on their reputation but that was long ago and long gone. Hattie's has changed hands in recent years but you can't beat the basics there....

            1. re: jspear

              Hmmm... I actually had a pretty positive experience last year but was so disappointed this year. It was such a dramatic difference that we thought we had the B team this year.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                We've been there several times since they moved to Saratoga and find the food better than in their prior location. Of course, I get the impression that the chef is becoming a bit more creative with the recipes, which we love, but which is not for everyone. We generally get the chef's tasting menu when we go, as we like the surprise.

                Incidentally, I heard that their former sous chef took over the diner building; unfortunately, I haven't been and can't remember the new name, but have heard good things.

                We also really love Beekman Street.

                1. re: meg944

                  It's called Bloomer's and is pretty good.

        3. I like Lanci's also, I think it's on Putnam St/Ave. It's small but it's good!!

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          1. re: GIOny

            I've been meaning to try it, what do you recommend off the menu?

            1. re: jspear

              It' s really small, so you talk to the Mrs., who tells you what her husband is cooking tonight. Take her recommendation.

          2. my vote is for the Wine Bar or Beekman street bistro...both use exceptional ingredients, have innovative cooking styles and menus, and decent prices. Here's the link to my review of Beekman Street Bistro.


            I second the earlier poster about One Caroline...I just don't get what all the hubub is about...

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            1. re: sixelagogo

              Food at One Caroline is nothing to rave about, but it's worth it to go in on a Friday night if their daughter, Sarah Pedinotti is singing with her group.

              1. re: sixelagogo

                I have been both thrilled and horrified with the food, presentation and service at One Caroline. We have been ignored for an hour and rushed on other trips, especially on special occaison nights like New Years.

                1. re: sixelagogo

                  We had dinner at The Wine Bar last night. Delicious. I'll post a report of our experience.

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    Beekman Street- the ingredients are fresh, local, sustainable, and the chef put dishes together beautifully. The braised lamb is delicious, as are all the pastas (esp. when they have truffle!). Here's a link to all of Saratoga's restaurants

                    1. re: LeighFFoster

                      Thanks, LeighFFoster. Haven't been yet, read good things on this Board. Really enjoyed Bloomers.

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        The Wine Bar in Saratoga is wonderful. I had a delicious dinner there over the holidays and recommend it if you are in the area.

                        Check out my review: