The Standard Restaurant & Lounge
The Standard Restaurant & Lounge

The Standard Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.standardalbany.com/
  • Phone: (518) 452-7007
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am
    Bar Happy Hour 3-6, 10-12 Daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Mauro Lorusso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let our experienced culinary team create your next event. Our options are a perfect for for business luncheons and parties at your home. Select options off our catering menu or sit down with our chef to create a custom menu. Please call us for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: ANY EVENT. ANY OCCASION.
    Whether it's a business meeting, birthday, anniversary, shower,wedding party, or any other social gathering, your event demands the right ingredients; the right environment; a touch of something special; and of course, spectacular
    food.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Morrison 5184527007
  • Entertainment: DJ every Thursday Night 10-?
  • Special Events: Our private dining area is perfect for business meetings, birthdays, showers, rehearsal dinners, and more. We feature a special family style menu perfect for large groups. Speak with a manager for more information.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Walking Distance from the CDTA Crossgates Mall stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Standard Restaurant & Lounge
The Standard is known for its straightforward, classic American cuisine, prepared using home-cooking techniques with fresh, local ingredients purchased daily. The Standard’s menu features over 100 items that will be sure to have something for everyone.
“Our menu revolves around ‘classics’ or ‘standards’ restaurant goers have come to know and love, yet with our own unique twist; upscale comfort food. We have popular & unique appetizers ranging from Macaroni & Cheese to our signature entrees such as Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon and “Forever” Braised Short Ribs. In addition, we offer a variety of fresh chopped salads and gourmet sandwiches.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Standard Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (42)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (38)vibrant bar scene (28)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (24)hot spot (24)romantic (22)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My family loves the Standard and it was what my daughter chose for her 8th birthday. However, even after mentioning her birthday and having it listed as the reason for our visit, the waiter never wished her a happy birthday or gave her extra treatment. We still enjoyed our visit and would always return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect but
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The receptionist left me standing there as she fielded phone calls. She didn't even make eye contact. I stood there for 10 minutes. Other than that the food was great, waitress outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service slipped this visit
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    waiter was Nick, he was behind from the start. We waited a long time to get water, to order, and to get condiments. We spent most of the meal looking for Nick to get things. He never came with everything we need, and didn't seem to anticipate well. Poor service, the chicken on my wife's salad arrived cold; Nick seemed to be concerned with taking the cold chicken? not surewhat that was about
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our family (and many of our friends) are big fans of The Standard. We've tried many menu items and are consistently happy with the food and drinks that we have at this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • open table didn't work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Unfortunately open table kept giving me an error message so I did not get a reservation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We always enjoy standard. The management does a great job.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Elwebby
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    As usual, great dinner at the Standard. Delicious taste sampler. Great mac and cheese, meatloaf and parmesan crusted chicken. Our server was excellent. Very personable yet professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Been several times for dinner w/hubby. Enjoyed food. This time for lunch w/girlfriends. Delicious salads, warm bread, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    Patty
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were seated right away even though there were some people waiting. Service was good and efficient
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Even the most mundane normal foods are done with a flair and twist at the standard. Great drink menu, amazing baked potato soup...great salads very fresh and flavorful without being too heavily dressed. I had one of the best Reubens I've had anywhere and the wife had a nice pasta dish. Dessert was presented beautifully, however the bananas foster was way too sweet...will skip dessert next time around. The atmosphere is 50's chic and will always keep me coming back. Wonderful time as always at The Standard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    TheRev
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    this was our first time at The Standard. The service was excellent, the food delicious and we never felt rushed so we were able to relax. Price is reasonable for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a special treat
    dinnerplusdrinks
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have been to The Standard many times over a few years, including for my birthday dinner and an anniversary. Every now and then, my friends and I just pop in for a non-special occasion, and the food and service are always perfect. The cocktails are delicious! Be sure to try the fried mac and cheese.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, large portions.
    Belle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I always enjoy dining at The Standard. Great location, has a friendly wait staff and each meal I've ordered has been delicious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Experience
    SSFoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We experienced yet another wonderful evening and meal at The Standard.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • will Return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time going to the Standard! We had an excellent dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ladiesnight
    Girlznight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As always The Standard lived up to its name. It was a great experience, the service was exceptional and the food did not disappoint. One of the only places that I can go and know that I will walk away a happy patron.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gold Standard
    TheChompster
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    So happy to have an Open Table reservation at The Standard on a busy Saturday night. We were seated early and our waitress, was extremely attentive and efficient. Food was wonderful - the calamari appetizer and Bang Bang Thai Shrimp entree were perfectly prepared and quite delicious. Love the cool 60's atmosphere including the music. We'll definitely return despite the difficult parking @ the mall. Overall a very good dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Likenewthings
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had a great meal and great time. It was a dinner with my mom and loved the pumpkin expresso martini
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Standard!
    runnerguy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food is consistently delicious, wonderful service, great for dining as couple or group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PARENTS ANNIVERSARY DINNER
    COSTAGIDGEY
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    ANOTHER GREAT DINNER AT THE STANDARD RESTAURANT. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT TIME!! CELEBRATED MY PARENTS 58 YR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND EVERYONE HAD A BLAST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CUPCAKE
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    food was delicious. this was my first time here but wouldn't hesitate to come again OR RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, strange seating policy
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Standard is one of our favorite places to go to dinner; 9 times out of 10 this is where we end up. The food is great, and the martini's are excellent. We arrived for an early dinner, the place was not at all crowded, and for some strange reason, the hostesses decided to seat us in the back, behind the curtain, in the party room. We had a reservation. Not only was it lonely, as we were the only people back there up until the very end of our dinner, but it was also cold. I commented on being cold, and they did not offer to re-seat us. The service was otherwise excellent. This seating issue will not deter us from coming back, as it is still our favorite place, but next time we will insist on being seated near people!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food. Loved the decor. Our waitress was attentive and courteous. If lived in Albany, I would be here all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    cizzle29
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love the standard because their food and drink selection is great. I didn't like how we were seated next to a loud noisy group, i wish there was a more private part of the restaurant, but it was fine. the service was great and food came at the right time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good, but....
    naughtynurse
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The first time dining at The Standard, we enjoyed ourselves, but didn't like being near the kitchen, because there was too much commotion & noise. To rule that out from happening again, when I made the reservation for our recent visit, I asked if we could not be seated by the bathrooms or the kitchen, & they accommodated our request. But, unfortunately we were seated right next to a group of preteen/teenagers celebrating a birthday; as you can imagine; we couldn't even hear ourselves think, not to mention converse with each other !! There is so much to like about the restaurant, but I guess we'd prefer something more relaxing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and seating
    foodzilla
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our waitress Emily S was wonderful. She was friendly and attentive. At the table next to us there was a couple who was obviously on a date. Their waiter was with them more than he was away and on multiple occasions he sat at their table with them. It seemed like the three were friends and the couple seemed fine with their waiter sitting with them but it made me feel very awkward. In terms of seating in the restaurant, all the tables were set up nicely. However, the way they were set up made me feel as if this restaurant was either for couples or large groups. I felt strange being there with just my sister.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service was slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    While we were not in a hurry to order when we started after we ordered the service was slow. Took a long time to get the cake we brought to be served and to pay the check
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Servers blocking the rest room
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    That area is congested and the staff do not move. The area seems to be a meeting place for the staff, but they should move for the customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently a pleasure
    Birthday2014VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, attentive service, nice ambiance. Good vegetarian options too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment
    applestrudel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our party of five were seated promptly, we loved the appearance of the place. One person ordered Prime rib medium rare but was served a medium well Sirloin steak. Another ordered filet mignon med rare but was served med well. the last of the steaks was ordered med rare but was served medium. The sea bass was okay served with rice, baby bok choy and inedible asparagus. My daughter enjoyed her mushroom ravioli. At one point the waitress sent the manager over who offered to replace the steaks but by then we were halfway into our meals and chose not to. We did get free dessert which was quite yummy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daughter's Birthday
    Con140
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very enjoyable; love to take our family and friends to our local favorite.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful!
    MrsR
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is one of our favorites! The menu is varied and everything we have ever had was delicious. The decor is second to none. We have had Steven as our waiter a number of times and he is attentive, friendly and professional. As a matter of fact, all of the staff we have encountered have been, from the reception area to the bar staff to the bus people. We would never have thought that a restaurant at the mall would be this great but this one has been a pleasant exception we recommend often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Eat & Relax
    Cathy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a fun place to be....relaxing and interesting place to people watch and just unwind. Good food, great service and a happy & relaxed atmosphere. The only thing I wish that the restaurant would offer is the "lunch plate" or small plate option after 4pm for those of us that have a smaller appetite for their very generous entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My sisters and I took my Mom there for a Birthday lunch. Decor was beautiful; service was excellent; we all got salads - they were great; for dessert the staff brought out a yummy chocolate cake and sang a show-stopping round of "Happy Birthday" to her. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect ending to our week---
    2peasnapod
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a hectic but productive week with a full weekend off (a rarity) so we celebrated by going to The Standard. The Open Table reservation system has always been easy and we never wait. Kim, our server, was incredibly friendly instantly remembering us from previous visits and me from a previous job at one of her favorite stores. She was knowledgeable about the menu. We don't get out often and when we do we like to relax. We didn't feel rushed to turn the table. Kim even knew the perfect pacing as we ordered appetizers, a salad, entrees and dessert. A great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everything was great except the bugs that kept flying around the table -our food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RatingByMax
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The service was excellent and the food was good. The 2 salmon dinners were excellent. The chicken and ribs dinner was a bit too salty, but still good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the spot
    Shelly4550
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This service is amazing. Made reservations half hour before seating and we walked right in and table was ready. Awesome. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swanky yet casual
    kittylovesfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love the atmosphere here! I ordered the horseradish filet, and while I ordered it "very rare" it was cooked a bit closer to medium rare. Still it was so delicious that I couldn't really complain. We come here for a lot of our special occasions and usually have a larger group which they can almost always accommodate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skimpy Shrimpy
    Busyguy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I ordered the shrimp and bacon wrapped scallops on arugula. Was told "we are out of arugula" so I substituted mixed greens. when our dinners arrived the shrimp had obviously been cooked and left out for a while as it was room temperature and over cooked. The scallops were not much better. Other than that we always like to stop in at the Standard when we're in Albany but may think twice about it next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.