Yono's Restaurant
Yono's Restaurant

Yono's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.yonos.com/
  • Phone: (518) 436-7747
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: From 5:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Closed July 1-6.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indonesian, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Yono Purnomo
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Yono's offers 3 settings for your private or corporate dining needs. The Broadway Room is our largest room accommodating 30-120 people for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or 180 people for a cocktail reception. The State Room can accommodate 20 people and the Capital Room will seat up to 10.
  • Private Party Contact: Donna Purnomo 5184367747x
  • Entertainment: Hamilton Street, a piano and bass duo, play light jazz & pop standards on Friday & Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheridan Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking in the Hampton Inn & Suites lot for $5 (When Available). Street Park is also available.
A word from Yono's Restaurant
Yono's has been Albany's premiere World Class restaurant for over 25 years. Owned & operated by Chef Yono, Donna & Dominick Purnomo, the intimate, elegant split level dining room is a recreation of the original Yono's on Robinson Square, elegantly appointed with warm colors, bronzed mirrors, large fireplace, crystal chandelier, and floral displays. Chef Yono Purnomo presents an innovative menu of blending French Technique, Asian Influence & American Ingredients. Award Winning Chef Sommelier Dominick Purnomo offers a wine list with some 1000 labels representing every major wine growing region in the world. Let the Yono's 4 star service staff anticipate your needs, while you experience luxury and elegance of a bygone era.

Located adjacent to Yono's, is dp An American Brasserie, a decidedly more casual alternative. www.dpbrasserie.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Yono's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)fit for foodies (47)romantic (42)notable wine list (41)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (11)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • East meets West in Albany
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Yono artfully blends Indonesian and western cuisines to stimulate and surprise the palate. Such culinary innovation, creative presentation and elegant ambiance all justify the higher prices at this formidable Albany restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best by FAR in Albany.
    Buddy
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Best by FAR in Albany. 5 star if not more!. Nothing comes close, great professional wait staff
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best of the best
    xueye
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Yono's was, quite literally, the best dining experience I have ever had in my life. The food was beyond amazing and the service was totally, 100% perfect. I was nervous because I had never been in a restaurant of this caliber, but the staff there made me feel perfectly at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top perfection.....5 star!
    NYCDiner
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My husband enjoy fine restaurants. Yono was a ten. Exquisite setting, attentive service, fine dining with ambience romantic and elegantly designed. The menu offered a nice variety and all four of our dinners were tasty and beautifully presented. They had live music with an ensemble playing soft music...classical or jazz....lovely. The staff were polished, attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    greywind
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great food, my wife said she though it was the best meal she has ever had (lamb with the pork belly to start). My duck was also great and the cauliflower couscous that came with it was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yonos could save Albany
    wyorker
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Yonos is reason alone to go to Albany. Every thing about it is exceptional. Food, service, service, atmosphere. They even have have pleasant live background music. It was a special occasion, they comp'd glasses of champagne. It was our second time there. Only one thing disappointed, the apparently seasonal pumpkin cake swirl. It may have been my guest's tastes. Edison didn't get it on the first try either. We look forward to the next time. The state government, seated in Albany, could learn from Yonos as a standard of excellence
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    Patrick
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Brought a client. They were thoroughly impressed. Service food wine list all outstanding. Cant wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were so impressed
    TatesbugVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I wanted to introduce my husband to Yono's. I'd only been to the 'bistro' part of the restaurant before, and couldn't wait to return. We were seated in the back part of the restaurant and were even MORE astonished than expected. We will travel a few hours to get there, and that's how good it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    2toEat
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We recently ate at Yono's and had a fabulous meal. we choose the 4 taste menu and each course was so good! I didn't want what was offered for the first course and they had no trouble with substituting a parsnip soup which was so good. Servers were pleasant and efficient - no pressure to eat quickly - we could relax and take our time. the room itself is very nice - it's separated from the rest of the tables by thick curtains. Since it was my birthday, they offered a complimentary glass of champagne and a nice taste selection of some of their deserts. Diners should be aware that all this good food and wine is more costly than some other restaurants but it was worth it. What a wonderful meal and great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique dining
    BW23
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Dinner at Yono's is an experience. The dining room is a small and stylish hide-away. Service is excellent; two different servers handled our table and both were knowledgeable and professional, yet also friendly and conversational enough to keep it from being stuffy or overly formal. I selected a four-course tasting menu, which was nicely sized (small, but satisfying plates) and each dish had interesting flavors that stood out. I would recommend Yono's as a place for a special occasion dinner or an occasional treat for a small group, as it is pricey by Albany standards. Probably would not be an option for children unless they are truly adventurous eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting There
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Was excited to try Yono's given the extensive reviews. Both my wife and I had the chef's tasting with wine pairing. We were initially taken aback by the reservation desk, it was situated in a lively bar area within the brasserie next door, really not fitting for the ambiance in the actual restaurant. We had a reservation for 7:45 and were not seated until 8:10pm. The food overall was above average, but the service, though attentive, needed more training. More than half the dishes presented to us didn't come with an explanation- the whole point of a tasting. Our server could not even pronounce half the wines, let alone explain why it was the chosen pairing. Given what the restaurant is trying to be, the servers need more training.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous for date night
    Foodgirlfriend
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I brought my boyfriend, a fellow foodie, to Yono's on Saturday night. We were greeted immediately upon entering the restaurant, and sat promptly. The service was impeccible. The food even better than expected. It was more expensive than we usually opt for, but every once in a while you really can liven it up with a different location. This added another spark, another level to our relationship as we continued to learn about each other through food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long, good history
    MaureenHVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been going to Yono's since it was in Robinson Square, then Armory Motors (my favorite venue) and now downtown. It has always been consistently wonderful, but this was one of the best experiences I have had there. The combination of local, unique food and beverage sources and more focused menu are great additions. The service is the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keiran's 6th birthday
    Ewan
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    By now, the boys are well-known - so Keiran was greeted with his custom 'cocktail' which was (i) delightful and (ii) the cause for amusing consternation at one adjacent table as they tried to work out why this kid was being welcomed like this :-)). Yono's running on all chambers even in the absence of Dominick, Chef Steve in the kitchen had a great night and after the pre-show crowd cleared, we were the only folks there; Garrett led the service team impeccably. The pork belly was better than it has ever previously been, moister and not as sticky; the lamb was cooked and spiced perfectly, as was the pork (so nice to have pork not be dry). The pumpkin 'risotto' was more like cream of wheat, but a very minor glitch in a great meal - thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This restaurant never fails to deliver. It is definitely a special place to which I wish to go more often. I had the Lamb cooked just the way I ordered...and was wonderful. Husband had the lobster...which he raved over. Only thing I would comment on; it seems every time we go there, there is a salesman customer entertaining clients in a very loud voice. I wish we could have seated him in another room, because all we could hear was him. I guess there will always be rude people who don't know what a restaurant voice is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Paul
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have lived in the Albany area and I have never known about this place. The service was amazing and the food was great. I took my wife for an anniversary dinner there and she really enjoyed herself as well. Highly recommended for special occasions. It is pricey. They sell themselves as a $30-$50 per person restaurant but I would put them more in the $65-$100 range if you want to include a glass of wine plus tip.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first anniversary
    Cmadden28
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Unparalleled in every sense, there was not one speck of food left on our plates! We each got the eight course meal and I got the wine pairings and will be hard pressed to find another restaurant anytime soon that will encompass the level of service and care we received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The best restaurant me and my wife have been to in a long time. The food and service where excellent. We can not wait to go back again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh so very good!!!!
    SueSue
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you like to be totally spoiled by phenomenal service, gorgeous surroundings, wonderful food, lovely surprises such as a bottle of champagne for special events, a free second glass of wine when you ordered just one, beautiful dinnerware and glassware, lovely music...then Yono's is for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Albany Standout
    DumbdudeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Yono's would get high marks in any city. The food and service were impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5*'s
    review
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Five Stars everything!!! What a treat!! Incredible food, really unique dishes, with a flare of Indonesian (although plenty of contemporary American dishes to choose from as well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yonos, Good, but Not Great
    coopken
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Yonos is a special occasion kind of place for us, but the last two times we were there the food was really just OK (I even had to send back on dish because it was cold) and although the service promised to be top notch, we kept getting the wrong plates handed to us...normally minor annoyances, but not at a restaurant of this supposed caliber. We also felt the servings in most instances were rather skimpy especially given the high prices. Would I try it again? Maybe.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Stated - The Best!
    AJH12065
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    You will not find a better dining experience in the Capital Region. Everything is top notch - service, food, wine list - it just doesn't matter. There are other popular restaurants that put on a good show and are packed every night with expense account diners and well heeled politicos, but Yono's is the place for true hospitality and world class food. Book your next dinner here and you will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Supersitz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Yono's never disappoints us.We had the 8 course grand tasting menu with wine pairings.Every single plate was outstanding.The wine paring was perfect with each course.The wait staff again was very attentive.We highly recommend Yono's for just a night out or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent, as always. The tasting menu was superior and the wine list was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • twodiners
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As I indicated above everything was top notch. You should add to the web something about the fact that its not truly Valet (around the corner) & that there's a charge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food. Service and overall experience was excellent
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for a chef
    ChefP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    When a chef wants to go out for dinner, where does he go? Yono's of course. The food is beautiful and tastes fabulous. The unique ethnic combinations make it fun to explore new dishes. The service makes you feel like royalty but is still warm and approachable. This is the best fine dining experience in the area for us. We will continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our meal.
    Bucketlistman
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was well prepared and presented. Wait staff were excellent with recommendations and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • albanyfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Yono's is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the Capital Region. You can never go wrong dining at Yono's. I've never had a bad meal or bad service there. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Really enjoyed the experience. Ideal for a special occasion. The service was outstanding!
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  • Great food.
    elusivebite
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Yono's lived up to all the good reviews we read before we got there. The food was fresh, creative and delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    shirley
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The staff and owner went literally out of their way to make this special occasion (31st anniversary) a very special night for us. A champagne toast was on the house as was a "Happy Anniversary" chocolate mini-dessert. The staff is very friendly, food is very good and ambiance very enjoyable. Would definitively recommend!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 405 reviews are from the Yono's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • EXcellent cuisine and service
    alkifoodie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The latest incarnation of Yono's is definitely the best--a varied menu of foods that are all excellently prepared. And amazing service in an elegant setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yono's is great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is the big draw at Yono's (in the fine dining section in the back). Everything is very well prepared and the presentation is lovely. The combinations of fresh, locally sourced foods are imaginative and tasty. Seasonings have a hint of the Orient. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steak? Not at this place!!!!!!
    luvsteak
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was told by the management that they serve a variety of steaks. When we arrived and started ordering, their steaks consisted of rib eye, and NY strip. I ordered the NY strip: Wanted it medium, with garlic mashed potatoes and corn. What arrived was a dried out steak with no juices, asparagus, mushrooms, and a little amount of potatoes. My sister had been served her fifth course, while they started all over with my order. I told them not to serve me another steak because my sister finish her meal and I wanted to leave so I could have dinner. As my wife always says: Don't order a steak from a diner. So true about this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth every penny
    Workplacefoodie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Special occasions or just quiet dining with a friend. Fantastic food. Maybe just a tad too much attention from wait staff. A stool for my purse and reading glasses provided for fine print on the menu. (Never seen that before!) pricey, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yono's defines fine dining!
    Alicea
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    For a quintessential fine dining experience, choose Yono's eight course tasting menu with wine pairings. Imaginative ingredients purposefully and delicately balanced to surprise your every sense. Wines chosen with knowledge, paired to bring out the most secretive nuances of flavor. High standards of service from a wait staff that one rarely sees in any contemporary restaurant all round out the perfect experience. Decor is reminiscent of days gone by when going to a restaurant was an adventure! I live in Rochester, NY but visit Albany at least twice a year to intrigue my palate at Yono's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My dining experience
    FancyNightOut
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dinner on Saturday, June 28th exceeded our expectations in every way. The service was perfect, our waiter Josh, was wonderful. He engaged in small talk here and there but left us, my girlfriend and myself, to enjoy ourselves. Which we did, it was wonderful. We didn't plan on having an appetizer but Josh suggested the alligator because we hadn't had it before. It was cooked perfectly! My friend had alligator once and was very displeased (not at Yono's) because it was very tough and not flavorful at all. I think he used the term "rubber" to describe it. The peppers were a great touch to the meal. I've worked in the restaurant industry for 7 years, I know true genuine service and this was it. We couldn't have asked for a better evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    Donna
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had never dined at Yono's before and we found it remarkable. The staff was very attentive and helpful with wine and food choices. Janelle chose a chardonnay for us that was fabulous. Our server was Gigi and she was delightful. The food is imaginative and delicious......my husband had the short ribs and I chose scallops for our entrées. It was an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.