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The Wishing Well
The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well Details

  • 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 (518) 584-7640
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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.."
    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"
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The fresh local tomatoes and corn on the cob are always delicious in August after a day at the Track."
    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!!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The decor, energy and hospitality made this a memorable occasion for our well-travelled group"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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 -"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here recently celebrating our anniversary. We love their crab cakes and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. The waitstaff is friendly and very attentive."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The Wishing Well is a fine dining experience in a setting of rustic elegance. The owners are always there and are "hands on". The food is very, very good but both the appetizers and meals are quite pricey. Drinks are reasonably priced with a martini costing $8 or $9. The food is consistently good even though one of the members of our party was disappointed in his selection - a whole lobster. All dinners come with a plate of huge sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, veggie of the day, and potato. Dining at the Wishing Well will be a costly experience, but one you will enjoy. We have sent many people there and they were all ecstatic about it. Since it is quite costly to dine there, it's probably best to go for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We Had dinner at The Wishing Well on our last visit to Saratoga Springs and loved it. It was a must for this trip. Will visit again on our next trip."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had very good attended server and the food was exceptional. All in our party were very well satisfied,"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Always a good time."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Received Entre right after last bite of appetizer. Wait staff asked do you need change from bill while I was still counting my money to place on bill. Wine glasses being removed from table as we were getting up to leave. Should you go to this restaurant ask not to be rushed."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was good, but the most enjoyable part was sitting in the tavern listening to the live music. Very busy post track location, pricey, but a nice place for a night out."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were passing through and were enchanted by the description of this place. We're sure it lives up to it...any other time than Saratoga Race Weekends is what we'd strongly recommend, unless a very noisy environment doesn't phase you. The restaurant is quite charming and the menu and food are outstanding. Hopefully, we'll be traveling through once again when the post-track crowd is not around."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Outstanding, one of the best meals I have had in years. Just a great place"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We go once a year during race season and nothing has changed in ten years. The senior crowd with money likes it this way. Everything we've had has been well prepared and without too many frills. Nice wine list and good service. Will keep going as long as I have the health and wealth to get to Saratoga."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I HAVE VISITED THE WISHING MANY TIMES AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Excellent presentation. seafood was steamed and chilled to perfection. Serving size was perfect. My son had a veal chop which was also done to perfection. Seating was prompt, service was excellent. Atmosphere very nice."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This was my second trip to the Wishing Well. It was just as good as my first visit. I love the tomatoes and corn they bring to the table as an extra treat. They were very busy, but we were still seated within a few minutes of our reservation time, which is a sign of a well-run restaurant. I can't wait for my next visit to Saratoga so I can eat there again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I was told the Wishing Well was an "institution" I had to go to while in Saratoga. I was a bit worried it would be too stuffy, but it was a blast! We went after Whitney Race Day, and thank goodness we made a reservation. The place was packed and hopping. The piano player/singer was a lot of fun. Very energetic and fun vibe, but not too loud. Really pretty ambiance. Was most excited that the "Queen of Saratoga" Mrs. Whitney herself walked in just as we were seated for dinner. Made our night. They provided tomatoes and corn on the cob that were both delicious. I loved my lobster, my husband loved his steak. Our friends asked to split the prime rib and they just brought them each a whole piece, as to not ruin the cut of the meat. how nice!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We love it. It is "0ld Saratoga,". Music is upbeat, has a melody,and makes you want to dance. Anyone over 40 knows the lyrics. The bar is an active place and they pour a good drink. The noise does not spill into the dining rooms. There are no baseball caps in sight. Diners are dressed t0 go out to dine. The food does not disappoint. We wish the Wishing Well could be cloned."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is a special restaurant for so many reasons. We love the tourist season, but it is nice to get a little distance some of the time. The food here is wonderful and we have never been disappointed in any way. Also understanding of gluten free."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I was clearly evident that there is great pride taken in the service the staff provide to the patrons. The staff was friendly and welcoming while always maintaining a perfect balance of class and decorum. Thank you for a fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything from the wait in the bar to the closing after dinner coffee was first class. Supports my feeling that older is better, that is, those establishments that are still in business and personally run (not a franchise) can give you a warm fuzzy feeling which can not be put on a menu for any price."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
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