Cafe Amarcord

4.5
587 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Whether it’s a day at the Dia Museum, or shopping the unique shops in Beacon, or hiking in the Highlands, or maybe you're visiting Beacon's Second Saturday, or perhaps a day spent at the Beacon waterfront - enjoy fine Hudson Valley dining at Café Amarcord in the Dutchess County revival City of Beacon. Off street parking and an outdoor patio for warm weather dining. Café Amarcord's warm comfortable decor and delightful food awaits your discovery. We serve late, till 11pm Friday and Saturday, so pull up to the glow of our Onyx topped bar and make yourselves at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and attentiveness!

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vipGaryD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time there, second time outside. Food is nothing short of outstanding! Chef knows his stuff! Perfect after an outdoor day!

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Janm
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, and was not disappointed. The first step in we were greeted and seated by a lovely hostess, wait staff well attentive to our needs. Food excellent, from the pastas to the fish entrees, loved the octopus salad, so refreshing. We will be back and highly recommend you pay a visit.

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Magatonia
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious light lunch, tasteful decor, choice of inside or out, pleasant service, interesting menu. A tad pricey for lunch, but quality food, so worth it.

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NancyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting Beacon from Long Island. We looked on line and decided to try it. Everything about it was great. If we are in Beacon again we will be sure to eat there!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal. Amarcord has become our go-to destination when we want an elegant meal out of our home. We think it’s the best restaurant in a 25 mile radius.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

To celebrate my wife and I’s 5th year wedding anniversary, we decided to go to Cafe Amarcord. After being seated and give a drink menu, decided on two drinks, the paper plane and a Negroni. Sad to say, I believe the whiskey had to be cured before serving, took about 15 minutes to receive these drinks. The waiter stated it was “on its way” several times. Maybe it was shipped from Italy? Not sure but my wife and I were not happy, and it didn’t change moving forward.
Upon starters we ordered the straccatella?? (Creamy cheese) and the grilled calamari, both specials. The calamari was more of a poach, rather than grilled. The sauce left a slightly sour aftertaste in our mouths. After a few bites, we put it aside for collections. The cheese came with a few tomatoes on the side. The issue with the cheese is it’s a spread. My wife and I looked at each other perplexed as this usually comes with some sort of bread. We asked for some more bread and upon receiving, we did think this was the best dish we had here at Cafe Amarcord.
Moving to the main course, I ordered one of the specials of the night, pheasant with pasta and a sauce. I took a bite after receiving freshly ground pepper on it, and the bland taste was unforgiven. I mixed this “soup” around, as the broth was light and stumbled upon a couple of bay leaves. My wife ordered the the chicken dish off the regular menu. The chicken was slightly on the dryer side. The crust was seasoned with a “very heavy hand” and was boarderline not edible. Luckily I can tolerate more spice so we switched dishes. As my wife was gathering another bite from the pasta dish, she found a piece of skin from the pheasant in the bowl that was served. To say we are disappointed is an understatement. I did message Cafe Amarcord prior to arrival when I made the reservation on Opentable saying it was our 5th year wedding anniversary and we expect a great meal with an exceptional experience. That was very far from the reality.

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vipnancychan
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some of the dishes were spectacular; others very good. It was our second visit. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to come here when my wife and I lived in Beacon. We came back to visit and everything was just as good if not better. Love Cafe Amacord!

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AnnB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food with wonderful specials and very helpful wait staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The appetizers were delicious, 2/3 of the entrees were poor. The rabbit entree was covered with leeks , could not find the rabbit, there was polenta on the plate that was mushy, the carbonara was gummy and not made with an authentic recipe, the bronzino was nicely done , tender and well flavored.
Service was friendly and efficient. Based on food, will not return

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vipJaysh11790
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is my go-to place in Beacon for consistently great food and service! I have eaten there close to a dozen times and have not had 1 bad meal -- order the specials, they do not disappoint!

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davide
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice spot. The dishes we chose were all good. Prices were fair.
Recommended

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vipeli12
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been enjoying Amarcord for a few years now, and the food seems to only get better, So if you are anywhere near beacon I cannot recommend it enough.

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Caitlin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an incredible meal at Cafe Amarcord! The mussels are excellent, and the roast chicken is scrumptious. We will definitely be back!

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vipDave
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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RobertB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Full menu with interesting specials
Good wine selections
Fine service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Selling house

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with a great, professional service staff.

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Crissy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would definitely recommend Cafe Amarcord. The sausage and broccoli rabe appetizer was amazing and is enough that it could be shared. The Berkshire pork chop was a large, very tender chop paired with baked apple and radicchio slices. The pasta with clams in the shell was a large portion and a nice light meal. The squid ink pasta special was thoroughly enjoyed and had a little heat. All of this was paired with a bottle each of the two Malbec wines offered on the menu and a Hennepin beer.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very disappointing, especially the two seafood dishes we ordered. Shrimp were way over cooked, halibut wasn’t prepared properly, accompaniments were lackluster. Overall very expensive for quality.

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Chris
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was an early reservation and the waitress sat us at the first table next to the front door. Outside of that door was either a regular or employee that kept taking smoke breaks right outside the door and would waft the smoke back into the area when he came back in. She could have sat us anywhere else. Literally 3 other tables had customers. My mistake for not asking for a different location. Service was good. Food was ok, wanted the pork chop but was out. Went for the ribeye which for medium was cooked too fast and a bit tough. Raviolis were delicious which this restaurant is more of an Italian influence than the expected contemporary American.

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DonnaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious except for Halibut that was slightly overcooked. It took quite awhile to get our first cocktail. Overall it was a great meal and they did not rush in the least.

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Catherine
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great and the service and staff were friendly. The branzino was absolutely delicious, as was the ahi tuna. The pasta with duck ragu was very good but my husband would have liked a little more of it! The veal meatballs al tono starter sounded like an interesting combination but would have liked to taste more tuna in it. Beet salad was great. Picky, I know...but have to say it was very enjoyable and delicious and a lovely evening!

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vipBigdaddy
Denver
135 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a really good meal here. Great arugula salad. Tasty brussel sprout salad. Great pasta with vegetables/tomato sauce, excellent tuna. Nice inside, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice corner table for two. Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant with friendly professional staff. Best restaurant we experienced in Beacon!!

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vipBobby
New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a delightful find this was, as we took a Sunday drive down to Beacon from Albany. Dinner here was comforting. We had the pleasure of Alexis serving us. She was patient as we considered the main menu along with the intriguing specials. We started with an apple-and-smoked-trout salad that was oh so delicious. I opted for a black tagliatelle with lump crab entrée ... nicely spicy without being too hot. My wife went with an oh so tender pork chop. And then we finished with profiteroles. The dining room is still socially-spaced and clean. The bar is inviting, also with seating. Refined and unpretentious, the menu is priced right with a very nice variety, and service is top-notch. Highly recommended!

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vipJeffreyU
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience perfection in food, service and ambience. Yes, Fellini reigns again with a perfect production at Cafe Amacord!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service were great as always, but I was uncomfortable with the lack of social distancing and Covid protocols. Tables seemed as close as they were before Covid, there were no plexi barriers, people were standing at the bar and they used re-usable menus. I love the food and service was great, but it just felt like there was never a pandemic.

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vipnancychan
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The servers were very attentive and the food and ambiance were both great. The only issue we had was that we had been allowed to ask for some alterations in the way one of the dishes was to be served: one condiment eliminated and 2 of the sauces on the side while keeping one sauce on the item as advertised. It unfortunately took us three different requests before the 2 sauces were brought and until the sauce that should have been on the item all along was brought. Had this not happened we would have given the restaurant 5 stars for sure!

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Jkpn
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. The host was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We look forward to dinner at Amarcord whenever we are in the HRV, which is not often as we live on the West Coast. It never disappoints.

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eileenm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for HVRW and enjoyed every bite of a fantastic 3 course meal. Staff were friendly and helpful and recommended a great wine paring with my meal!

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MichaelS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been twice, and it was great both times. Food is great, and the service was attentive and prompt.

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ariz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. I highly recommend this restaurant. I will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cafe Amacord does not disappoint! The staff is friendly, the ambience is warm and welcoming, and the good is fantastic. It was good to be back.

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Shan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful and interesting menu. Will definitely return in the future.

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Friend
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waitress put the check on the table without asking if we need something else I’m always love to have a decaf cappuccino with my dessert, also clear the table between courses.
Other than that everything was EXCELLENT!!! Thanks !

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DennisP
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here in a while because of covid restriction. Was as outstanding as ever.
Cocktails were generous and well made.
We went with mostly specials, but my wife had the salmon off the regular menus. It was exceptional.
We split the veal meatballs and 4 cheese pasta purses. Both we outstanding. I had the sea bass special. As fresh and well prepared fish as I have ever had.
Desserts are outrageously good.
Forgot how good this place is, a gem and not overly priced for the quality and service.

FAQs

Cafe Amarcord offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (845) 440-0050.

Cafe Amarcord is rated 4.5 stars by 587 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.