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The Ripe Tomato (Ballston Spa)?

I will be having dinner at The Ripe Tomato for the first time. I did a search of this Board and nothing came up . . . SO told me it is a good family restaurant.


Anyone been? Suggestions?

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  1. Longstanding roadhouse, friendly service, decent food, moderate prices, always crowded. Shrimp bisque is a signature; decent Italian dishes, ok bar.

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    1. re: PSZaas

      Thanks, PSZaas. I guess I'll start with the shrimp bisque . . .

    2. We had a large group there last summer after a funeral. The food was good, and they handled our large group well. I like the decor, too, very homey. I'm sorry I don't remember more about the food, but I liked it well enough that I would go back.

      1. Nothing to write home about. Mediocre food.

        1. Friendly place. Our server was excellent. Company was great.

          I had the shrimp and scallop bisque with a splash of sherry. For my entree had the cedar salmon - salmon with a balsamic glaze and grilled over scallions served with a side of veggies and rice pilaf. It was actually served over onions (not scallions) which were on top of a thin cedar plank.

          1. Do not agree with earlier posters that it is mediocre. Good food for the prices. As some have commented, the bisque is one of their signature dishes, and should be tried. Ripe Tomato has also put some downsized portions of their signature dishes on the menu, which is a good thing, since some of their regular portions can be quite large. Service for me has always been good. Recommend it highly. But, since this is Travers week in Saratoga, a very busy time through Sunday the 29th, reservations are highly recommended and you may run into some long waits. It's a popular place

            1. The place is very large. We didn't have reservations, went early at 5:30 PM, and were seated immediately. Still lots of tables when we left after 7:30 PM.

              Draws a Crocker Barrel type crowd at that time. Noticed 1 or 2 families.

              Don't know why but The Ripe Tomato reminded me of Augie's. Maybe similar price range and portion size?

              Forgot to mention how good their bread is and it was served with roasted garlic.

              Not in a hurry to return because I'm looking for something we can't make ourselves when we go out.

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              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                Very reliable, good value place for families. Something for everyone, and hugely popular.

                1. re: gerchak198

                  Went there about a month ago for lunch, had the bisque, I ordered a bowl, friend had a cup. I knew I was hungry, but I finished mine before my friend, I looked @ the bowl and the cup and they looked about the same, being amount held. My friend finished, I filled the cup up with a glass of water to the top, then poured it in the bowl, they hold the exact amount. I do not find this to be good practice, I emailed the restaurant that day, explaining what happened and still have not heard from them. You can't tell me that the chef doesn't know that they are ladling in the same amount in the cup and the bowl?

              2. Over the last 25 years of living in the general area, my wife and I stopped at the Ripe Tomato with probably more frequency than at any other spot in that geographic area. Good food well prepared, wide range of choices, very fair (even, rather low) prices. The service was always friendly and competent. Were I still in a dining out category, I would still be stopping in for a lunch or dinner from time to time but dining out alone is not something I relish. The owner or family is always present from my experience and willing to chat if the time span is right. A restaurant that still ranks "up there" in my memory.