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1475 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
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Creo Restaurant Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday : 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from Creo Restaurant
Creo’ is Latin for “to create”. Our menu offers an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and American styles of food served in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.
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Best Restaurants in Albany
The wife and I only get to the
capital district 3 days a year, for The Old Songs Folk Festival. Sunday night, after the fest is over, we "dine". This year it was Creo, and we couldn't be happier. The chef has a way with seafood. The tuna appetizer was as artful as it was delicious, and the ravioli topped with shrimp and lobster was superb. Though we were a party of 2, the hostess seated us at a four-top, which was much appreciated. Since the wife doesn't drink alcohol, I usually order wine by the glass. I found the wines by the glass list quite complete and the prices reasonable. The Creo coffee topped the evening off just fine. Prices? I can only say the wife and I "dine' -- a lot -- and we've often paid more and enjoyed it less."
Dined on 6/29/2014
Overall the food was very good.
The sockeye salmon however was cooked to long and was dry."
Dined on 6/19/2014
We have appreciated the approach
that Creo' has taken since opening, with their environmentally friendly mentality. The kitchen is great, with a superb regular menu (naturally) and enticing specials. Recently we hit on both for some excellent seafood options, including lobster bisque and sockeye salmon. Marie was our darling waitress, and she kept an eye on us replenishing drinks when needed, but never hovering. Summer solstice diners were competing for attention, but the staff is plentiful and managers deliver plates when necessary. Easy parking, with stores nearby if you feel a need to accomplish something else before or after eating. Highly recommended. Crisp and professional. Compliments to the chef!"
Dined on 6/20/2014
Everything was just fine. Been
there several times. I travelled 60 miles to meet friends at Creo who also travelled from other directions many miles to have brunch together."
Dined on 6/18/2014
we had a beautiful brunch with
lovely atmosphere. The restaurant was fairly empty on Sunday brunch but everything was served beautifully and tasted wonderful."
Dined on 6/8/2014
I travel to the Albany area often
and had dined at Creo before and have always enjoyed it here so perhaps they were just having an off night but my lobster risotto was so salty I could not eat it. Also our waiter seemed to be distracted - he forgot to advise of the specials, I overheard him arguing (quite loudly) with another server right on the dining room floor and he kept apologizing all night saying he wasn't feeling well which quite frankly after the third time was just annoying. "
Dined on 5/24/2014
I chose Creo because it was
Mediterranean. While the restaurant did not serve the kind of Mediterranean dished I am accustomed to, I did find the food flavorful and truly interesting. I started with the Chick Peas Frito. They were tasty but after a few spoonfuls, the spices became a bit overwhelming. I had the Lobster risotto for my entree. It was very tasty but in a few spots, it was too salty. From the greeter to the busboys, everyone was professional, smiling and really made me feel welcome. The server came by jusst often enough and I never saw the bottom of my glass or had to wait for anything. "
Dined on 5/20/2014
Consistently excellent food. We
have gone several times and have not been disappointed."
Dined on 5/17/2014
We had a fine English waiter. One
member of our party was quite rude to him. He kept his composure and continued to serve us well. The food was great."
Dined on 4/26/2014
We found the staff to be very
friendly and the service was outstanding. Great atmosphere, very clean. Service was quick. We were a bit surprised by the prices on the menu considering the $$ rating. We thought perhaps the "small plate" options are what give this restaurant a lower $ rating. The food was good, but in our opinion a tad bit overpriced, and menu selections were limited. We would go back, but would be for a special occasion. "
Dined on 4/26/2014
Letting restaurant know via open
table reservation that it was our anniversary, we were greeted with welcome Happy Anniversary upon check in and our server also greeted us the same way. I asked for a chocolate dessert with a candle and they were great about that. Creo is a very good place to go to. Give them a try or go back as we did after management shake up. Very good place. "
Dined on 4/23/2014
I went in with low expectations,
but they were totally confounded! We had a wonderful lunch at Creo, and we were surprised again at the reasonable prices. The lobster roll was delicious, and I'm told the chop salad and crab cake BLT were also great! The only not-so-awesome dish was the duck confit poutine, which was heavy and awkward. The service was good, and the ambiance was very nice - quiet at lunchtime on a Saturday. We will definitely go back!"
Dined on 1/11/2014
Tried cevice for the first time,
this is the only place I would be willing to try it, it was awesome. This has become my special occasion go to place."
Dined on 3/28/2014
Creo reduced the menu, and the
quality. We have been coming here for years and this is the first time we had lack luster food. Our chopped salad was just plain chopped iceberg lettuce on a plate. I've hd better salads at McDonald's. Not happy and not sure if we will go back."
Dined on 3/21/2014
We've been here several times in
the past and have never had a bad meal. The food is fairly innovative for this town and well prepared and presented. The ambience is casual chic. It's a pleasant place to share a leisurely meal. We shared their signature lobster and avocado over an onion tart appetizer. Enough for a main course for one person. They should never take that off the menu. It's a winner. We also had fresh halibut and a Pasta Bolognese dish. While the food was just fine, the service was superb. Our server was extremely helpful with our wine selection and very knowledgeable about the menu. She was just attentive enough to fulfill all our needs without being intrusive. We have always found the service at Creo to be excellent."
Dined on 3/20/2014
I took two friends there, the food
was good and the service was prompt, but the waitperson appeared stressed and distracted. Maybe having a bad night. I was under the impression he did not expect a good tip and treated us according. I 'very eaten here several times, though, and will continue to recommend this restaurant as a good choice for Albany."
Dined on 3/7/2014
If you're looking for a great
place to take your significant other or have lunch with the girls, Creo is the place. The Ambiance is so modern and elegant. The food was not all that enjoyable but the drinks were wonderful. I would go again because the overall package was great but if you're looking for a place with delicious food I would reconsider."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We dined here on Valentine's Day
2014. The food was good, dessert was excellent, and went early (4:30) and liked that we were not crowded until the table next to us was sat. Luckily they didn't sit down until halfway through the meal. At that point we felt like we were eating dinner with them because they were part of our conversation and we were a part of theirs. There was no way to avoid it. We were close enough to eat off of their plates. Overall high marks but the table (that we sat at) were to close to another table."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Creo delivers a consistent delight
and the gluten-free options make it a top choice for the Albany area"
Dined on 2/14/2014
Food was just ok. Service was slow
- training, not attentive. Music too loud for lunchtime - business lunch. Even heard some of the waitstaff saying to make it lower when we arrived."
Dined on 1/27/2014
Service was very good and the menu
had many selections including specials, the portions are large. Can't wait to return."
Dined on 1/17/2014
Moderate prices, food was
excellent and the service was great. Nice atmosphere, definitely coming back!"
Dined on 1/11/2014
Was looking for a nice place to go
and enjoy an evening with my husband on his birthday! It was everything we wanted! Great food! Our server was exceptional! & the place is beautiful!"
Dined on 1/7/2014
Creo rates superlatives across
numerous categories. The food is delectable, the service fantastic, and a great ambiance in the restaurant which never seems to get too loud for conversation (unlike many restaurants). This restaurant is a find!"
Dined on 1/4/2014
When we arrived had a cocktail at
the bar, great service and.ambience Table was ready on time and sevice and food was excellent Regular menu and a special menu for New Year was available"
Dined on 12/31/2013
Food - excellent! The featured
appetizers and flatbread pizza we ordered were all delicious. We had to remind ourselves to leave room for dinner. Much appreciated the various vegetable selections that are not typically offered, healthily made and wonderful to taste. Service - excellent! In addition to the sit-down, we asked for a takeout and if we could look at the lunch menu for this takeout. Because this was after the lunch menu was closed, the waiter asked to check with the chef. An affirmative response with an apology that it may take a few extra moments (no apology necessary). Waitstaff continued to check on us without interfering with our conversation and meal."
Dined on 12/24/2013
Having started the meal with the
delicious brussel spouts appetizer...we knew that we were in for a treat for the other dishes that we ordered. The halibut on the regular menu was delicious as well as the flat bread pizza....and the pasta with bolognese sauce. The apple pie with vanilla ice cream a wonderful topper to the meal. The only bummer....the restaurant wasn't able to provide the cappucino's we ordered....they apologized...as the person who makes the cappucino had an accident and there wasn't anyone available to take care of the request. oh well.....next time.....and there will be a next time!"
Dined on 12/8/2013
Have eaten here several times
before John O Leary wasn't present but Jay the server was. I didn't sit at Jays seating and John was absent. Food wasn't as good as it's been. Lobster bisque was not good at all may have been old, calamari was the worst I've ever had from there and that's our favorite app. Lobster Mac was good and halibut was cooked very well. But for the $100 bucks for that dinner I was not happy. I've been there before and have had great dishes but lastnight dining there and the pricing just doesn't sit well. I dine at 677 prime on a regular basis and live a mile down the road from Creo. I just feel it's very overpriced in certain aspects mainly appetizers. Dinners are good but apps are too overpriced."
Dined on 11/30/2013
Never liked Brussel Sprouts as a
kid. I blame that on the way my mother cooked them. The roasted Brussel sprout appetizer that they have is amazing!"
Dined on 11/2/2013
Had a wonderful meal, good
service, a definite return to place for a special occasion."
Dined on 10/19/2013
OUR SON IS A UALBANY STUDENT AND
WE DISCOVERED THIS RESTAURANT ON OUR FIRST TRIP...SO GLAD WE DID! WE HAVE BROUGHT SEVERAL FAMILIES WITH US ON OUR THREE VISITS SO FAR...LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT FOUR YEARS OF VISITS! WE CAN'T SAY ENOUGH FROM THE MOMENT YOU WALK IN WITH THE FRIENDLY STAFF AND TRENDY BUT VERY COMFY BAR TO THE BEAUTIFUL DECOR INSIDE THE RESTAURANT. THEY DON'T STOP THERE...THE FOOD IS FANTASTIC FOR ALL! MY KIDS WHO RANGE IN AGE FROM 11-18 ALL LOVE IT!!!I OUR GUESTS THIS WEEKEND COULD NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!!!"
Dined on 10/18/2013
Bar Scene is great, Dining room
atmosphere is perfect. Service is fair at best, the waiter wasn't engaged in our table, it was like we were putting him out"
Dined on 10/18/2013
I was at UAlbany for parents
weekend and we ate at Creo. Nice place with a great menu. The bar service was VERY spotty. We waited a while for our glass of wine. In fact, we were ignored for quite a while. The waiter at the table, however was excellent. We started with then Lobster Mac and Cheese - AMAZING. My wife had a Cipollini. It was was a huge dish and tasty. My son and I had the strip steak. I wasn't impressed with then quality of the steak but it was cooked perfectly. The sides that came with then steak, a squash and a bread pudding were great. Given the limited options in uptown Albany I would go back but it didn't exactly knock my socks off."
Dined on 10/19/2013
All of the food we ordered was
great, especially the appetizers fried calimari and brussel sprouts. The only issue was the portion size on the salads."
Dined on 10/19/2013
I met a friend here for lunch. We
decided to splurge this time. I have been to Creo many times. I ordered the lobster tail with farro and mache. The lobster tail was fine, the farro too salty and spicy for me, and the mache was not particularly fresh. We both ordered tea afterwards, and instead of getting a pot of hot water, we were brought mugs of hot water with nothing to put our tea bags on after steeping, a small but important part of serving tea. Service was acceptable, but the waitress was also trying to serve a large table nearby with about 18 people. So, she was understandably rushed. Overall my experiences are uneven at Creo because the components of a really good restaurant don't come together well here at times."
Dined on 10/10/2013
Although a bit pricey, the food
and service is very good at Creo. Worth a visit!"
Dined on 10/10/2013
my friend and I had a hard time
coming up with a menu choice. The menu needs to be changed and so does the individual wine list."
Dined on 9/30/2013
This restaurant gets better each
time I go. It's a little pricey, but the presentation and quality of the food is always spot on. The filet is to die for."
Dined on 9/28/2013
7 pm reservation with my
girlfriend and my first impressions were that the . The noise level was surprisingly high and that that carried out throughout the evening. Crowd was prob older, would guess mid 40's and up (im 27) I appreciated the seating near the kitchen away from the main dining area. More of a large bench with seats on the opposite side and probably enough tables for roughly 5-6 couples but luckily it was there were only 2 more otherwise it would have been way to tight. Appetizer was great and set the bar pretty high, entrees were good but nothing special, my girlfriends pork was cooked to order, but very dry and cool to the touch and my lobster risotto seemed slightly over salted. Service was poor"
Dined on 9/13/2013
Special occasion dinner planned
with the wife and that's what it was. A little busy/noisy as we were seated near the open kitchen bar, but not unacceptably. And it ensured great service; we could not have asked for better. The food was simply excellent, well prepared and beautifully presented. Not the most extensive menu, but eclectic with many good, unusual choices that made dinner a joyful culinary expedition. Probably not the place to take the younger kids, but a very good choice for adults."
Dined on 9/7/2013
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