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The Hollow Bar & Kitchen

The Hollow Bar & Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehollowalbany.com
  • Phone: (518) 462-9033
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Late Night, Wine

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  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Hollow Bar & Kitchen
The Hollow Bar & Kitchen offers not only great food but also live music in Albany.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "I ate at the Hollow because I had tickets to a concert there that night. The food was REALLY good, with lots of vegetarian options, and locally raised meat for the carnivores. It was really crowded, but we got right in with our Open Table reservation. It was very loud (the band was still doing sound check) but the ambiance overall was fantastic. The music venue was small, - so get in early if the show is going to be well-attended!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "love this place - excellent food, great atmosphere - crowd not "too young""
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was decent, but the server took a half hour to get out drinks, and overall had us stuck there for two hours on a school night. I was unimpressed with the service. The wine was awful, I got a wine flight and all the selections were terrible. I will onlu return for the music."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. Our server was welcoming and warm. First, I had their pasta fagioli soup which is my favorite soup. It was excellent! One of the best versions of it that I ever had! It was rich and spicy. Next, I had their nightly steak which was a sirloin on top of a bed of cavatelli, mushrooms, and peppers. It was very flavorful. The steak was a little tough that I would have preferred especially since I got it medium rare, but overall the dish was very good. Lastly, I had their chocolate chip cookie cheesecake, which was very good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great night out to dinner and drinks."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Made a reservation a week out for 8. When we arrived they stuck us in a Hallway and when we asked to move they told us they had nothing. So we had to deal with the outside door opening 10 feet from us. As the door opened and closed all night it would let the cold smoke filled air blow on us. Next the Menu choices was limited. Apparently it was restaurant week and when I made the reservation it was not disclosed to me that they had a very limited menu. Food came out slowly. It was cold and the fries where ice cubes. One person in the party orderd salmon which was under cooked, sent back only to come back out under cooked again. It was also cold! Needless to say she did not get to eat that night!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My SO and I decided to go to The Hollow during Albany Restaurant Week in order to give it a try. I booked a reservation and when we got there, it was all tables of two seated along one wall. We were seated at a very unstable and tiny table right near the kitchen. I was very confused as to why I was given an un-serrated butter knife to use on my appetizer. The entree… well, my SO's steak was practically raw and I was very disappointed with the entirely too spicy pasta they shoved underneath it. However, the wait staff was so incredible and someone from the kitchen came out to apologize and make sure it was cooked properly this time. The dessert was a few sad lumps of chocolate and berries or some soggy donuts."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The Hollow served up a delicious meal with attentive and prompt service! I ordered a wine flight--glad I did, because two of them (the white and the malbec) were ok but the other two (the riesling and the cab) were great, and I might have missed out otherwise. Both my fiance and I were greateful that our appetizers were actually appetizer proportions. The gnocchi with calamari in a puttanesca was well prepared--not too spicy, and the calamari was a surprisingly good accompaniment (I took some of the gnocchi home, but gobbled up all the calamari that night!). My dark chocolate chunks with strawberries was the absolute perfect finish."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The restuarant and atmosphere was nice, however there was an extremely loud and rude table sitting approximately 20 feet away and because of their noise I could barely have a conversation with my dinner date, several peopel seemed by be annoyed by them and our server even apologized. I know this is not necessarily in your control, but it ruined the evening for me."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was very good - excellent menu and the specials were superb. The beer selection is top notch, including 95-100 scoring Beer Advocate choices. Due to an event going on at the Palace Theater, the service was a bit slow and the bar and dining areas were crowded, but I don't think that's the norm. Location-wise, Hollow is great - quick walk up N. Pearl to other bars, or to the Palace or other event locations. And Quackenbush Garage is convenient for parking. Aside: I was told upon arrival that once dinner starts, the hostess does not check OpenTable, so even though my reservation was submitted over an hour prior, they did not have it on record. We happened to get lucky and there was a table that opened up."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a terrific place for gourmet quality at reasonable prices, and generous quantity. I loved my gnocchi with spicy mushrooms, and my husband's eggplant stack was delicious. We noted many vegetarian options that our friends would appreciate, and will return with them. Their beer and wine selections are huge, with many local crafted choices. The waitress was very helpful and friendly. You can linger here, or dine before an event, such as live music , or a play."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food at the Hollow. Bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. We dined at the bar with a view of the kitchen. The chef came out and asked about our meals and brought us a some extra shrimp for our meal. Everything was great until I used the bathroom which for a late night dive would have been acceptable, but for a place that I was dining out was bad, really bad. Pay attention to the bathroom and you got yourself a regular"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had high expectations and made reservations a week ahead for my Birthday, arrived 15 minutes early for my 7pm reservation. I was shown a table next to the Electronic Dart Machine and was told " all the tables were reserved" so this is all they had. No kidding, I made a reservation so I could have a table not sit next to loud people yelling playing darts and drinking. I was very disappointed at the "restaurant", because it was confused, it's not a resturant at all....it's a pub, at best, trying to be a restaurant. The over all decor was very unfinished ( like they just said ...it's done enough to get this place open so they just didn't finish anything, with all the electrical wires hanging and mediocre lighting and strangely placed TV."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We , party of 6, all agree this was an overly enjoyable experience. Haven't been there in a good while. Since it was the bayou. The food and beverages were all excellent. They had a band in the other room. We paired them together. Which made our time that much better. It's was a bit expensive, but you got what you paid for. Will definitely try it again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went to The Hollow for the first time and enjoyed our meal. You can see that they are trying very hard to make the place successful. when we came in we couldn't find the welcome stand to check in. we ended up walking through the restaurant to do so. the place is a lot of smaller rooms with different purposes, so it's a little disjointed, but it has lots of charm with its brick walls and unique lighting in the dining room.the service was attentive and the food was good. it's a limited menu but the food we had was flavorful and delivered as expected. Overall we give it a "good." with lots of potential. we'll go again and see if they keep improving. they also need to decide if they're a pub or a nice dining place."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "They are making an effort to separate the place from it's past, but there are some issues yet. The server seemed overwhelmed and inattentively busy. We waited for her for too long several times. The food came out, my Wife's was delicious, but I got the wrong dish. It was mahi-mahi instead of chicken. Luckily I just don't like seafood, because if I was allergic, I'd have been in trouble. The kitchen staff that delivered the plates apologized, but I watched my Wife eat and she watched me because mine took another 15 minutes. All we got out of that huge mistake was the wrong dish to take home. We had to remind the server of that also. The food is good, but not good enough to return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I've only been to the Hollow a few times but can say I had the best time, great food, excellent service, terrific shows - only positives to report. I will definitely find my way there again!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Here is an example of a helpful review: "I love the ambiance. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The apple bread pudding dessert was delicious. The service was well-timed and friendly."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This was a very average dinner. The two bars are very different. I would not go back. Nothing great on the menu; not worth going out of your way for."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by the Hollow. The Hollow burger is a must try! They have a great beer selection also."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "There was a small dining area sandwiched between two bars and no obvious way to check in to let them know we were there! After asking the bartender (in the smaller of the two bar areas) he directed me to the middle room where I stood waiting for someone who looked like waitstaff to show up. Very informal, minimal conversation about the menu even though we said we had never been to the Hollow. I was excited to eat here, but the ambiance it did not meet expectations. Nothing glaring, just not the warm welcome I expected. I will try it again."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "There is a great gastropub menu a nice beer menu as well. The service is top notch, the food is high quality, and the prices are more than reasonable. Additionally every time I have been here the Chef takes time to come out and chat for a few minutes."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Great food and nice atmosphere. It was a very warm and inviting atmosphere. Service staff were excellent. I chose a board selection and it was the perfect amount of food and blend of flavors. My husband had the ma-hi ma-hi .and said it was excellent. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "A very good dining experience on South Pearl Street. Beer selection is great. Enjoyed the beer flight. Prices reasonable and food prep. was excellent."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I had a lovely time here. The music selection was awesome! Food was good, although the quinoa and salmon seemed a bit dry. Overall I would come back here again!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Signature jar drinks excellent...fresh and not sweet. Loved the ginger minx and lemon-thyme Many craft beers to choose Baked Spring Onion Soup - excellent...meal on its own My S.O. loved the Hollow burger (w/ a fried egg?)"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The on-line reservation was great, Beer selection was awesome! Server was extremly helpful and kind. Food very good. All-in-all I had a good night out at The Hallow"
    Dined on 10/18/2013