The Wishing Well
The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wishingwellrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (518) 584-7640
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Longton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Menus tailored for your event and budget. Four dining areas, all with stone fireplaces, provide the perfect background for any special occasion. Private areas are available for groups of 20 to 120.
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Lee 5185847640
  • Entertainment: Weekend piano entertainment. Nightly during the Saratoga thoroughbred racing season.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Worth Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On site parking area able to accommodate 100 vehicles. There is room for several motor coaches.
A word from The Wishing Well
Saratoga's finest selection of premium steaks and chops, live Maine lobsters, an array of fresh seafood and award winning wines. An inviting 1823 Victorian farmhouse, with four Adirondack fieldstone fireplaces, provides the ideal setting for an intimate dinner for two or larger social event.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Wishing Well reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)romantic (39)neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (38)good for groups (33)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (22)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Frankster
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    It was out anniversary and I was accomodated with my request to have a table by the fireplace. Thank you. The food was very good, and I had the Skillet Chocolate Chip cookie with Butter Pecan Ice Cream for dessert, which was a meal in itself. We have been here many times before and will continue coming back as we had always had good meals.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful special night for the family
    TabO
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We had a party of 7--3 kids (14, 11,9), parents and visiting grandparents from Atlanta. We asked for a cozy spot near a fireplace when we made the reservation and we got it! And it was much needed to remove the November chill from our southern visitors. Kids menu was refreshingly diverse! Prix fixe menu was terrific. Staff was really friendly (even though we were a bit late because the busy mom put reservation in iPhone for 7 pm instead of 6:30 --sorry again!). Off the beaten path restaurant that has a charming ambiance that's nice for a special night out. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was it a dining experience or simply eating out??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I was surprised to be seated next to a large table and outside an area that had a wedding party. We looked forward to a quiet social evening with friends but alas that was not the case. We ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter poured. When he came to my wife she told him to hold the pouring until she finished her glass. He proceeded to empty the bottle among the four other guests, my wife and I drank from the same glass. Da. We may return and see what the bar is like for a social drink in the future
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very attentive service. Our meals were delicious. Never disappointed here!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stevo
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was great. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neighbor
    ntckg2nite
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Always a nice dining experience. Good food, good service, friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Connecticutdiner1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food lobster bisque best I have ever had. Prime Rib, New york strip all fantastic. The whole atmosphere brought me back in time the way restaurants used to be . Highly recommend thw wishing well . Can't wait to go there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Evening
    aet2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were staying in the Saratoga area, and wanted to meet old friends for dinner. Our B&B recommended The Wishing Well. It was a delightful evening. The atmosphere in the dining area was conducive to conversation. The service was outstanding - very supportive while not being intrusive. We felt no pressure to hurry as we caught up with our friends. And the food was excellent - well prepared and well presented. We were totally satisfied with our experience, and will likely return when we visit that area again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My food was cold
    Wally
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I ordered the Short Ribs. They were cold in the center. I had to over 5 minutes before I could get the attention of the waitress. She took the plate and gave me a brand new serving, which was what she should have done. After that, the dinner was great! The food was excellent! I had a small salad and the lemon vinaigrette dressing was terrific. The service was slow, though. It wasn't crowded either. The people are nice. I'd recommend it if you aren't in a hurry. We weren't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wishing Well
    DrE53
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love the Wishing Well ! Our dinner this past Sat. night was a bit disappointing. The haddock was dry and tasteless and the "house" salad looked & tasted like it was from a bag and not of fresh greens. Everything else was great as usual.We eat there often and continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    onsite
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    All the food was cooked properly and served hot! My prime rib was the best I ever had and I ate it for days.Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic supper club
    Ferrando
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    No molecular gastronomy here. Old-school supper club experience, done very well. Cheese and crackers at the bar. Complimentary fresh garden tomato with olive oil and balsamic served at the table. yum. We had the baked stuffed lobster, done perfectly. The service was excellent. Attentive and friendly, but not overbearing. Also, the wine list is quite notable for its emphasis on Napa and Sonoma. The owner is clearly a fan of those regions, with some hard-to-find gems on the list. Set in a refurbed 1800's farmhouse. Very cozy vibe. No fusion or foams, but classic food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    brettpack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary and had a fantastic meal. My wife had the prime rib and I had the salmon. My wife also had the house Chardonney and thought it was excellent. This was our first visit here but it will not be our last because of the quality of the food and the wonderful service we received from the moment we walked in. The staff were very helpful with the description of some of the entrees and were very patient as we decided what to order. This was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Step back
    StBarnabas
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Top notch food. Piano singer in bar plays standards...washrooms could be upgraded moly problem I would mention
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Tony
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our first time at The Wishing Well. What a wonderful experience we had. The food was just delicious and the dinning room was cozy and full of interesting pictures and antiques. This restaurant became a favorite in one visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!
    jevqVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We go to Saratoga every year and have to eat at Wishing Well at least once maybe twice if we can get a reservation. The food and service are always fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wishing well
    gracie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    the wishing well is always a great evening. We go every year while in saratoga for the races. The large prime rib is outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major Weakness!
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Although friends recommended this restaurant, we were disappointed in the entrees. Lobster "Shepherd's Pie" was lacking in quantity of lobster. Mostly peas and other. Haddock entree was overlooked and dry. We will find it difficult to return to the substantial prices for average food. We would expect entrees priced at close to $30 to be excellent. We were pleased with service and all other aspects of dinner. When we told the waiter about our dissatisfaction, there should have been an adjustment to the bill, such as no charge for dessert and coffee. We did not return entrees, but usually do when unhappy. This was our 49th Anniversary dinner. Didn't want to have a negative element to the evening.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • laker
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my first diner at this restaurant. I was told to expect a good or better experience and that was certainly the case. I doubt if anyone will be knocked out of their socks at this restaurant but I would be very surprised if anyone would be disappointed by the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graustark
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything from the wine list, the service and of course the food was outstanding. It is worth every effort to take the short ride from town to this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's about the noise
    notanovice
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everyone is laughing and talking and having a great time, that's a good noise. Every table gets sliced tomatoes and bread with the best balsamic and olive oil. The food is good and well presented and the dessert should not be missed. The Peach Sorbet is presented in a hollowed out frozen peach and is wonderful. Get the truffles to go and enjoy them for days to come.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeds Our Expectations!
    Secondtimeacharm
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Outstanding! Outstanding! Outstanding! A great dining experience from the fresh homegrown tomatoes on our table, the basket of fresh rolls and corn sticks to the homegrown corn with our entrees! The creative soup and appetizers were a great start before our entrees were served! I might add that the drinks from the bar were not skimpy. Entrees included fresh turkey, a veal chop Parmesan that poured over the plate that did not leave anyone hungry. Make sure you save room for dessert. A variety of desserts that were not a disappointment to end a great dining evening. Service was excellent and our server made sure we were well taken care if. Add this restaurant to your list of great dining experiences and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summitmoon1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food and service all good. The wait staff was very friendly, and the owners also came over to our table. The food was served hot and delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Restaurant
    luv2dine06
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had two nights of wonderful dining at The Wishing Well. Serivce great, food was very good. Fresh Tomatoes, and fresh corn to die for! Prime Rib is excellent, so was the duck. Nothing bad to say..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HRYC
    HRYC
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As always, Great dinner. Prefer the other dining room, atmosphere, but since we were eight, seated in a comfortable corner. Service on the money
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice night out
    semi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Loved the setting. Come to Saratoga every summer this is an experience we have looked forward to. Worth the wait. Food great, staff and service very nice. Was recommended to me and I will pass on the recommendation
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming setting
    VTdiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Sliced tomato & baskets of bread & cornbread nice treat to sit down to. Crab and lobster cocktail, oysters Rockefeller very good appetizers. Steaks expertly prepared. The $57 stuffed lobster tails were broiled too much and the stuffing was charred. Disappointing for the price. Mud pie & special rice pudding dessert are winners! Blue cheese cheesecake not so good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ONE OF THE BEST;IF NOT THE BEST
    Zbest
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Have dined there three times over a four year period. Each time the food was outstanding. I mean all the food and wine selections just the best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Winner
    JOanielb
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The fresh local tomatoes and corn on the cob are always delicious in August after a day at the Track.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful experience
    Toripine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service and food are always perfection. This is a wonderful restaurant that is not stuffy but classy. Celebrated my mom's birthday and everything was perfect!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoopla not justified
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were very disappointed with The Wishing Well after the recommendations we received to spend one of our weekend dinners there. The steaks were overcooked, the mashed potatoes mediocre and the service was very regimented. We told our server that we would like to finish our bottle of wine before considering dessert for which the response was a dessert menu and a recital of the special desserts available. Very rushed for the money we were spending.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went here for a bridal party/bachelorette dinner...could not have been more perfect! We had Anne as our lovely server and she just made the night even more memorable! The food was amazing and worth every cent! Wish I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unknown gem.
    AVJJ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We know the Capital Region well and often visit Saratoga. Since this place is not in the young, noisy, and more popular bar district of Saratoga, it was never an option. But we wanted to try it out for a special occasion and fell in love with the character of the place and really good food. It has Adirondack written all over. We were so enchanted and satisfied with our experience that we canceled our next night's Chianti ll Ristorante reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!!
    ToughCookie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've been going Saratoga for years & for some reason hadn't gotten to THE Wishing Well our loss! Fabulous lot's of fun atmosphere & great food & service. The bar with the piano player/singer just great & the right touch people congregating & having a great time. Dinner what a treat they start you off with really good bread & slip in some corn bread & then the Tomato fresh & red outstanding. We had the Steak Diane cooked perfectly & delicious Scallops the treat was the corn on the cab as sweet & frsh as it could be. We really enjoyed the Wishin Well & will be back. If you're in Saratoga please do not miss the opportunity to dine there & enjoy yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique experience
    NJUnited
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The decor, energy and hospitality made this a memorable occasion for our well-travelled group
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place - busy after track!
    RonCheshire
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Piano player and enthusiastic 45+ crowd keep this hoping till about 10 It's very good food with solid service at a reasonable value Very enjoyable -
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    LinSim
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Manhattan clam chowder was excellent. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his duck entree. The steak Diane was good but under cooked on the first try. The complimentary sliced beefsteak tomato was delicious and a nice touch as a starter and the corn on the cob was yummy. Service was also very good!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eating Well at Wishing Well
    BuntzVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a fine meal in this popular spot about 4 miles north of Saratoga Springs on a busy Wednesday evening. Breads to start with included some slices of corn bread, always welcome, and their clam chowder soup was chock full of clams. My veal chop was one of the best I have had anywhere and my wife enjoyed her crab cakes. A nice slice of raspberry pie topped off a nice evening. Service was prompt, despite the number of people dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saratoga Landmark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Been going to this place for 25 years. This family owned and operated restaurant is a great spot to dine while in Saratoga. Summer tomatoes and fresh corn are superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good corn
    ChefJRP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Only thing good was the corn and tomatoes. Crab cakes had no crab, full of stove top stuffing. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate