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Jun 21, 2011 12:43 PM

Albany, NY - best outdoor dining

Summer is for outside dining! Please recommend your favorite restaurants with dinner service that offer open air dining in the Capital Region. A little drive is OK especially on a hot summer night. Thanks.

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  1. The Wine Bar and Bistro on lark (Albany) has a nice quiet patio%3

    Taste. Haven't been since Dale Miller became Taste, so can't comment on the food%3

    If you want to drive a little, Harvest and Hearth's (Saratoga Springs) deck overlooking the water%3

    I can't get into outdoor dining if it's on Broadway in SS with all those cars going by . . .

      1. New World Bistro Bar has a nice looking patio. I've never been there in warm enough weather to actually get to sit out there, though. Also, Reel Seafood has a lovely patio.

        New World Bistro Bar
        300 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY

        1. Since posting this request I have discovered several interesting places with patios in addition to the following old favorites:

          DeJohns on Lark (patio In back; off street)
          Browns Brewing in Troy ( patio faces riverfront; view of color changing smokestack is a riot.)
          El Mariachi on Hamilton and Swan (patio festive)

          Lakeview Inn on Crystal Lake in Avril Park is a short drive from downtown Albany. Very unpretentious, great service and offers a glance at some water . Menu and hours are online and the menu feature standard "supper club" fare. The specials offered in house were another story. Adventurous and delicious.

          BFS Mediterranian Restaurant is at 1736 Western Ave. I recommend checking out their website. Their deck overlooks "scenic" Western Avenue but is well protected by shrubs and at sunset after rush hour you can imagine the traffic is just water lapping on an ocean shore....well, maybe not but it was fine. The food and service were thoughtfully delivered. Fun. Well worth the journey.

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          1. re: GlutenFreeSeeker

            And there's this:
            Angelo’s Tavolo at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia will host Tavolo al fresco, featuring a light menu served on the mansion’s patio and terrace overlooking the Mohawk River, on Tuesday and Wednesday evening from July 5 through Aug. 31. Hours are 5 to 9:30 pm. There will be a Tuscan table with antipasti specials, Italian cheeses and rotating seafood and vegetable dishes ($12) and select entrées such as Mazzone favorites fresco chicken parmigiano and Tavolo fries ($6-$12). The restaurant is located at the Scotia end of the Western Gateway Bridge

            Glen Sanders Mansion
            1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302

            1. re: AmyH

              AmyH, how is the food at Tavolo these days? Last time we went it was just okay. I love the patio overlooking the river at the Mansion.

              I didn't even know Creo' had outdoor dining. Provence, also in Stuyvesant Plaza has outdoor seating.