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Scrimshaw Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.desmondhotelsalbany.com/wine-and-dine/scrimshaw-restaurant.html
  • Phone: (518) 640-6095
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, French American
  • Executive Chef: Michael St. John
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Rayshaun Haggray (518) 640-6092
  • Entertainment: Every Friday and Saturday, enjoy the melodies of our pianist playing a hand painted one hundred year old Steinway. Celebrating an occasion? Advance arrangements can be made for musical requests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolf Road Extension
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking in our hotel lot
A word from Scrimshaw
Executive Chef Michael St. John and Chef Steve Fratianni present an innovative menu of New American Cuisine, featuring imaginative seafood dishes and traditional Scrimshaw favorites.
Scrimshaw is the proud recipient of the Achievement of Excellence award from The American Culinary Federation in the category of fine dining and recently honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "we loved the décor. the pianist was excellent and added to the ambiance. there isn't any place in Rochester that has the wonderful menue you have. the staff was very attentive and helpful. we have already sang your praise to our friends. I just wish you were closer to where we live."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to Scrimshaw for a special birthday dinner with a friend of ours. It's quiet ambience was welcomed over many louder plate clashing, utensil clanging, voice inhibiting venues. With plenty of space and beautiful colonial atmosphere, it was a setting perfect for an intimate gathering for 3 or 4. With a varied menu that should please most anyone, it's broken into courses... this is not a place to go if you are looking for a quick cheap dinner, fair warning. We opted out of the courses and ordered dinner. Oddly enough the three of us decided on fish, unfortunately the "birthday boy" got the wrong 'sole' dish, but did not speak up until one of us noticed. Everything was wonderful, desserts, well we couldn't finish. We'd go back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner of Prime Rib. Excellent service and relaxing atmosphere"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was there with a group of 12. We waited too long for our meals. Our reservation was at 8pm. Food was good, but there was a problem with the tax and gratuity that wasn't resolved."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As always, the food, service and atmosphere were second to none. I have never had a meal there that wasn't amazing. The wide array of appetizer, meal and wine choices provides options to please everyone. Not many restaurants offer the oysters and escargots. Scrimshaw is the gem of the capital district."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience, thank you! Professional servers, great atmosphere, food cooked to perfection"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The experience for My granddaughter and I even exceeded our high expections. The Oysters Rockefeller set the high water mark in quality, better, I'm my estimation than Gallatoirs, in New Orleans, their reputed birthplace. Air travelers looking for just the right place for that evening before the trip, you will have found that spot"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "In general one of the best in area for special ocasions and for business dinner"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was a 5 diamond restaurant according to Mobil and for one of the few times I agree. The food exceptional, the service flawless, the ambience wonderful. It is would be one I would go again a great place if you want to have a conversation that doesn't include a cell phone."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Everything was very professional."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The only disappointment was the scarcity of other patrons."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Best fine dining restaurant we have found in Albany in over 2 years of living here!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Beautiful setting with outstanding food & service. Piano player added a very special touch to the special evening."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We ate here in August on our way home from vacation. We were so impressed with the food and ambiance, that we made reservations months in advance for our wedding anniversary celebration. We had to drive two and a half hours to get here, but we were certainly, not disappointed. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I especially loved the chilled strawberry soup and my lobster tail was wonderful. Our server was very attentive and gave me a lovely long stem rose with a container of cookies when we finished our meal. We stayed the night in your beautiful hotel. We hope to make this a yearly event."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "It was disappointing for the reputation of the restaurant. Highly rated by AAA, but the food did not live up the standard set by this fine book."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Six of us dined at Scrimshaw and had a very nice meal. We had not dined there in many years. The service was outstanding and the room is very nice. The food was quite good but I would hesitate to call it great.............nothing to complain about but it just did not meet our idea of a truly great dining experience."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We wanted to try this place known for fine dining in our area. The prices weren't too high considering it also included a salad with your meal. I enjoyed our meal, but expected more intense flavors."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The service and the food was top notch but the piano was too loud to have a confortable conversation and the table for two was too long making it hard to have an intimate conversation."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Very enjoyable dining experience, great food, great atmosphere and great staff."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This was a beautful restaurant. We had dinner on a Saturday evening in which there was nice piano music. The food was delicious and there was room enough between tables to enjoy conversation with those we were dining out with."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Solid meal. No complaints. Compliments to the chef. Patrons are not rushed; you can talk without yelling; atmosphere is formal but not overbearing! Service is very good. We'll return in the future."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food was great. Service was wonderful, very attentive."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The meals were well-prepared as you would expect for entrees that are $27-$33 range but not 5-star. It did take a little while to get us our drinks so we ordered drinks and our entrees together. I prefer to sip on a beverage while reading the menu. the potato side was rather unflavorful, seemed more for presentation. All in all a nice dining experience and the piano player was a nice touch, as was the rose for the ladies. I was surprised for a Friday night how empty the Scrimshaw was. Pricey?"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Entering the dining room we were the only people there at 5:30. They sat us right by the piano and by 6:00 piano player was playing and we could not have a conversation.The service level of the restaurant was very good with more attention from the wait staff than the waitress as she was servicing maybe 4-5 tables by dinner's end. Clam casinos left lot to be desired as they were not chopped or diced and actually the clam was not separated from the shell. Main course was overdone. My salmon had very little if any flavoring and my wife's steak was overdone. The potato the only starch offered was a Scrimshaw potato which had the taste of being left over mashed potatoes that were recooked. Vegetable serving was a mini carrot and mini zucchini."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We enjoyed our recent dinner. The presentation of all the dishes and the team service was exceptional. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "The quantity of the food seemed less compared to the price being paid. Service was good. Ambience was nice and quite apt for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Enjoyed a terrific dinner for our anniversary. Scrimshaw has the very best fish menu in the area and the service and ambiance is wonderul. Very very pleased."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "I hadn't been to Scrimshaw in many years, but it was great to see that the food and service is as great as ever. Scrimshaw is more than a cut above the rest. A large variety of dishes and things you can't get other places. The ambiance is priceless."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "I was staying at the Desmond for a conference. I went to dinner at the Scrimshaw on a Wednesday night. The service was appropriately attentive. I ordered an appetizer, entree and dessert with coffee. All three were delicious. The seasoning was perfect; I didn't need to touch the salt/pepper shakers once. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "We went here after a long drive home to Albany from New jersey. The service was very attentive. The food was delicious. A nice perk was when we were handed a canvas bag filled with the Times Union Sunday Paper and bagels with cream cheese for our morning after! We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "This restaurant was no better than any other good restaurant in the area. My husband had veal Oscar ( which was made correctly) but the white asparagus was so tough he couldn't cut it. My swordfish was overlooked to the point of mushiness. Appetizers (escargot and oysters ) were very good; house salads had some interesting components and were good, and the strawberry Napoleon was excellent. If you want ambience and better than average service and so- so food this is your place. Bill without drinks, but with coffee about $110 not including tip."
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "My wife and I visited on Friday evening for a special birthday celebration. She ordered a featured trout dish that arrived with wonderful presentation. The trout, however, had a very strong "fishy" odor and taste. So strong, in fact, that she was barely able to swallow the first bite. The staff was great and removed the dish and offered to replace the item with another selection. However, with my dinner having already been served, the romantic ambiance of the meal was lost and she opted not to reorder! To their credit, the manager removed the charge for her dinner from our bill. Overall, the setting was beautiful and staff was very professional, but it just wasn't meant to be our night at this location."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "We had a wonderful Easter Dinner. Couldd not have asked for more. I'll be back again and soon"
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "My wife and I made reservations at Scrimshaw as part of an overnight trip to the region. Needless to say we were rather disappointed in our experience given the accolades the venue has received. We sat down at our table and waited almost 15 minutes before anyone stopped by to present the wine list. Then another 15 minutes for our menus. Considering there were only three other tables, the service should have been more attentive. My wife had the lobster bisque, which was essentailly void of lobster, and her entree was oversalted. My food was decent, although I expected more from a "fine dining" establishment. The restuarant is nice in terms of decor and the piano was nice to listen to. We'll find someplace else next time."
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "We had a business dinner for the three on a Wednesday evening. The menu selections were impressive but the prime rib I wanted was not available that evening. Everything else was very good. The food, wine, service, charm of the restaurant impressed us."
    Dined on 3/13/2013
  • "We sat in the front area of the restaurant with piano played in the background. Following appetizers we both had the Seafood Platter - a combination of shrimp, scallops, sole, and lobster tail - which was cooked perfectly, done but still moist. A fantastic evening."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "The chef came out and had a conversation with us. I had requested a round table and it was provided. It was a birthday celebration and the staff made much of the birthday person including a candle on her dessert."
    Dined on 2/21/2013
  • "We had our valentines day celebration here and we picked the Scrimshaw because is has been a place we often visit for special occasions. The culinary staff created a wonderful meal and the desserts are delicious. The wait staff are amazing and very attentive to our dinner details. Anyone would love the classy and enjoyable meal at the Scrimshaw."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Outstanding service, warm, friendly and attentive. Quiet, pretty room, great place to bring family or special someone. Menu from 1980s still has a place as traditional American, with boatloads of seafood. New changing menu items were excellent, eg Roasted Black Cod was delicious, delicate and rich. Accompaniments were flavorful but in general, too heavy-handedly oily. Add salads, please, we need greens, we like greens."
    Dined on 2/8/2013