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Aperitivo Bistro
Aperitivo Bistro

Aperitivo Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aperitivobistro.com
  • Email: info@aperitivobistro.com
  • Phone: (518) 579-3371
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Courtney Withey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: In addition to the main dining room, there is a private event room for up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Boughton (518) 579-3371

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street parking and a public parking garage on Broadway.
A word from Aperitivo Bistro
Piattini comes to downtown Schenectady. Italian for "small plates", Aperitivo Bistro serves the ultimate Piattini selections - from the traditional fried calamari to stuffed artichoke hearts and sushi. Other selections include specialty pizzas, fabulous pasta dishes and larger plate selections called “Piatti”. Piattini are meant to be shared along with a glass of wine or cup of espresso. The decor is chic metropolitan, with exposed brick and creative use of metals.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "After some initial neglect beginning our experience, all was well."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "On a snowy April night in the northeast we enjoyed a a lovely family night enjoying a wide variety of eclectic foods. We enjoyed foods that we never dined on before and were delicious to the palate and to the human eye."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We would like to see more separation of the tables as we almost felt like we were part of the conversation with the people next to us. Service was also very good. Our waiter Moe was right there whenever we needed anything. We never had to wait for him. Overall it was a very enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had dinner at Aperitivo Bistro long time ago, once. Although we were not impressed at that time, we decided to give it another try this last Saturday, having tickets for a concert at 8:00 PM (Union College) and this restaurant at a short distance from the college. We have tickets for another concert t on April 19th and when I made the reservations for Aperitivo Bistro and made them for the 2 dinners on the 2 different dates. Yesterday I cancelled the one for the concert in April, because this restaurant has a very attractive name and looks OK but the food is horrible and the prices astronomical. We pay high prices gladly to have a well made dinner, but not to pay at the rate of upscale restaurants, not fast food heated in a microwave."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I were attending a play Saturday evening and wanted to grab a bite to eat beforehand. I looked up restaurants online and found Aperetivo. I was able to make a reservation online. We arrived at 6:30 PM and were promptly shown to a lovely table for two. Our waiter, Tim, was very knowledgeable about both the food and wine selections. Tim was nice enough to ask if we were familiar with the menu, and when we said no, he kindly walked us through the appetizers and dinners, suggesting we try two appetizers, a salad and a specialty pizza. The combination was perfect! Each course was timed perfectly and our drinks were never empty, as our server was very in-tune without needs. . Thanks for a great night! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Visited Apertivo prior to show at Proctor's. We were seated promptly and Tim our server came shortly after and took our order for cocktails. Time's service was the beat part of our visit. The food this time was good. It did not have the wow factor as in the three other occasions. My pizza (buffalo chix) was a tad dry, my sangria was alright."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It was the perfect night out! We loved every course and made it to the theater on time!!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Always a favorite that never disappoints before a show at Proctors"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "one problem, kitchen closes to early on play nights at Proctors, should be open later for dessert and coffee.... give it an 1/2 hour after Proctors lets out...."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for our weekly date night outing. Our server was amazing, very attentive and extremely friendly. We order two bottles of wine, in which our server was able to give us great insight on what to get. The food was also amazing. I had the linguini with brussel sprouts and butternit squash and I would strongly suggest it to anyone. The restaurant was not to loud and allowed for an intimate experience. We will definitely will be coming back again very soon."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We made a reservation and when we arrived at the reservation time they did not have a table saved for us. There was a table available but they would not seat us there so we had to wait approx. 15 minutes."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We visited during restaurant week and found the food to be outstanding, and the portions were perfect! Flavorful, unique and beautiful plate presentations. The place was packed and the service was exceptional. Highly recommend Aperitivo."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went with a group of 4 (including myself). The food was great, the waiter was fantastic and the coconut pie...wow! The only thing I didn't like and I'm not sure what anyone could have done is, that I don't like the seating along the wall to the right when you walk in. It's just too close to strangers - especially when eating in a group. We were seated next to two ladies and one was sobbing the entire time about a break-up. My table could barely carry on a conversation because hers was so disturbing. Who can enjoy a meal with a stranger crying and speaking in a very emotional voice. We were taken to that table and I was going to say something but the hostess seemed rushed and not open to a request."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was spot on."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We would prefer a full dinner menu before going to a performance."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food and great overall experience any time of day! Always enjoy going there."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I brought my girlfriend there for our anniversary. It costs like 7x more than chipotle but it was absolutely worth it. The food was amazing and crazy fancy. You needed a dictionary just to even figure out whats in the bread that they give you beforehand. The service was incredible, and the food came out at perfectly spaced integrals. My girlfriend is allergic to gluten, and not only did they have numerous gluten free options, but they have everything clearly marked out on the menu and the waiter was extremely accommodating to her needs. Overall amazing ambience and terrific food, an I would highly recommend this for special events and romantic dinners."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have been to Aperitivo many times, and this was by far the best experience I have had. The food was excellent, and our server was very attentive. I had the artichoke appetizer and the salmon entrée on the prix fix menu and I was very impressed. Also, the waiter had difficulty with our wine cork and said he thought it was too dry so he brought a new bottle. I liked that because it meant he wasn't going to serve us something he didn't think was worth drinking."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Good food. 8 bucks for a beer is kinda beat for downtown schenectady. .."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Came before a show with a friend. Waiter was friendly, food was pretty tasty, live music was great. Unfortunately I found a piece of metal in my food. Almost swallowed it. Manager and waiter promised to comp offending dish and main dish, but didn't. Had to ask them to remove offending dish from my bill. Finding metal in your food is very serious and can cause significant damage. I was very dissapointed on how they followed through and would not eat there again as I feel the food prep was not up to standard and the management did not seem adequately concerned with the severity of the situation."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were a party of 6 and everyone was happy with their dinner. We each enjoyed a "wine by the glass" to accommodate our different tastes. We sat in the back room so there was no problem talking or hearing around the table. Our friends said they would definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The building is very attractive. Many nice decorative touches. It has a big city energy in a small one. There are always several selections that make it hard to decide what to have. My husband loves the chicken parm. It has a different twist with fresh tomatoes on it. Potions are good size. You can have small plates, and even pizza. A great location before a show at Proctors."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Seemed to either be short staffed or maybe confusion. Slow to be initially greeted at the table, and slow for the sever to follow back up after the meal was served to see if we needed anything else. Also never asked about more drinks. A little disappointing for the money that was spent. I expect better service and have honestly had better service at a chain. Disappointing experience. Tuna Tartar was outstanding but that was the only 5-star I would give for that night."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Even if we weren't visiting our son at Union College...we'd still make the 3 hour ride to eat at Aperitivo! It's that kind of good!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were seated quickly in an area as described on my reservation. Our first server told us his name and brought us water. Then a different server came and said our waiter was done. Weird! She was nice and informative. We had the creamed spinach soup-delicious, a bit heavy on the garlic. My husband ordered the spinach goat cheese pizza. When it arrived he thought it was the wrong pizza since it had slivers of fresh spinach on it. He expected the spinach to be cooked. He said the crust was over cooked and the balsamic reduction sauce (I think) was too much. I had the scallops. I thought there were too many flavors in this dish. The scallops were delicious and cooked perfectly. The creamed corn tasted sweet but I didn't like the combination."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My.Husband and I have been regulars for about 2 years. I've yet to try a lot of the menu. I have my favorites and I don't stray very often. Although, just the other night I tried a pasta dish and now that has become one of my favorites as well. So, I guess I'll have to start trying different dishes."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Excellent choice to go to before a show at Proctors. This was our first time here and we went for lunch before the matinee. I am glad I made the reservation as it was crowded. Our table was ready when we arrived and we even ended up knowing our waitress Tracey from her previous employment. Felt very comfortable here, will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My friends and I find Aperitivo to be a great lunch place. When we go to Proctors, we choose this restaurant not only for its proximity, but also the food quality and the service."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Everything was great. Only negative was a little drafty but it's the winter!!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was great. Music was nice not too loud! Waitress was delightful!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Restaurant was a little noisy but kind of a fun atmosphere. Service very prompt and attentive. Food very reliable as always. Wine list by the glass not up to earlier standards. Getting rid of small plates, especially for before the theatre is disappointing."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I had a great food experience but my waitress seemed uninterested in our table. Her demeanor with the table of adults next to us was much different. She paid more attention to them while I had a table for 4 which 3 were children. ..my last experience with my waiter was much more comfortable. She seemed uninterested although I paid almost $300 for our meal. I still left her a 20% tip because it was the right thing to do but I wanted to leave her a penny with a cup of water over it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food is wonderful both in presentation and taste with a varied menu that would please anyone. It was noisy in the main dining room, but if you want a quieter experience ask for the back room."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went with my husband, son and his wife, as well as our three year old grandson. Very comfortable setting, wait staff attentive, yet not over bearing. Many of the menu options were unique and interesting and they also offered traditional choices for those less brave individuals. Food was of a higher quality, prepared and served in a delightful fashion. Would reccomend this restaurant based on quality of food, and service. It can abe a bit pricey, depending on what you order."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and service were great. The only drawback was the table. We were right by the front door which would be nice in the summer for drinks and an appetizer, but it is too small a table for two to comfortably share appetizers. It is also cold in the winter as there is a strong draft every time someone new enters."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My date and I loved the food. The cello and piano playing was just right to set the mood for the night. Very pleased."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The name is so appropriate! Aperitivo Bistro located in Schenectady right next to Proctors Theater! You must come in before the show and enjoy an appertizer or two...love the caramelized sweet potatoes and the honey butter spaghetti squash!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "It was our first time at this restaurant and we will definitely return. Service was impeccable and the food was very good. Overall, a lovely experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great experience from start to finish. Expansive but intimate, knowledgable staff and great dinner. Best meat I've eaten, cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Seeing we had theater tickets we opted to stay close and dine. The meal was ok - for what we paid I thought the food could have been better. In other restaurants we could have paid a lot less and had a better meal. So I guess you do end up paying for the name rather than the food."
    Dined on 2/13/2014