Cafe Amarcord

4.6
615 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always enjoy dining at Amacord - the staff is wonderful and the food is always well prepared and delicious.

We especially look forward to seeing what “specials” are being offered for dining - always something new to try.

The owner is very cordial and Venessa is always pleasant and makes us feel welcomed.

Please don’t hesitate to make Amacord your “go to restaurant” - especially for celebrating a special occasion.

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vipEliseR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming spot with lovely service and thoughtful food presentation. Flavors were delicious. Light levels were perfect. Highly recommend.

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Motherunit
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dined at Cafe Amicord numerous times over the past several years and it is my "go to" choice in Beacon, perhaps first choice in the entire Hudson Valley. They go the extra mile on all scores. The waiter overheard me toasting my girlfriend's birthday and we were surprised by a birthday treat for her - a scoop of ice cream with a candle. That special touch is in all they do.

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JohnB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything but the service was first-rate. The service was disorganized--we never knew who our waitperson was--and somewhat inattentive. I attribute the latter to staffing problems--not enough servers for the number of diners--and the former to training (or lack thereof) and organization.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice ambiance however kitchen was not flexible nor accommodating to my needs (less/little spice requested)

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vipAdamK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed our first trip here. Wish the octopus was charred as opposed to steamed. Butter shrimp was excellent. Rabbit was tasty although it was covered in Onions, not sure why

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vipluv2eat
Atlanta
76 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone in our party of 6 was very happy with their meals. 3 different pasta & 3 different meat entrees were chosen along with 3 appetizers to share (beet salad, mesclun salad & green bean tempura), and the pistachio cake and cheesecake for dessert. Everything was fresh and tasted delicious! VERY good value. The service was a bit awkward but didn’t really detract from our experience. Will definitely return if we’re in the area again.

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vipVasya
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Beacon over the weekend and booked dinner based on good reviews. Absolutely wonderful experience - exceeded our expectations. Great food, we loved everything - mussels, carbonara pasta, veal and mushroom special were all very good. Extensive wine list. Very pleasant staff and fair prices. Wish we were staying longer and could do a repeat to try other menu items. Highly recommend.

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vipfinefoodie
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent dining in a lovely space. Great service and attention to detail. Authentic Italian cuisine.

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ThierryD
Pinehurst
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice apps and pasta. The menu is interesting but the profiterole are not really profiteroles. Should be called something else. It is misleading

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DianeB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were attentive but we never felt rushed. Menu had a good number of choices but wasn’t overwhelming. Food was delicious. Nice wine selection. Very quiet. And very adult without feeling stodgy. We’ll go back.

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vipDanceshrink
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This was our first time to this Restaurant.
We had lunch that day in Beacon where your vaccination card and license were required even for outdoor dining and the wait staff still wore masks . At Cafe Amarcord none of this was asked nor did any of the staff wear masks. We debated staying but uneasily chose to on a Sunday night. Outdoor area was not inviting in a parking lot with no heat lamps . Room is pleasant our young girl waitress was sweet and accommodating and made the meal more pleasant. Food was good! Unfortunately the no apparent concern with any Covid precautions negatively impacted our experience. I hope staff were vaccinated but didn’t want to get into a debate on our first of two nights in town for a relaxing getaway .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we went there and it was just as good. Food is perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious! The desserts in particular were wonderful, they have an amazing pastry chef. I had a pistachio tart that was light as air.

Service is also exceptional. Our waitress was wonderful and the whole staff very attentive. I highly recommend!

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NicholasC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and drinks were very good. We both got specials on the menu. The pistachio cake was very good for desert. Place was a little pricey in our opinion. 2 appetizer, a desert, 2 main dishes and 4 total drinks for 200.

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vipCharlotte
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and atmosphere.

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Oldguy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to stop In Beacon Great food and setvice

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DonW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Will definitely come back! Great specials and appreciate the waiter’s knowledge of the menu.

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vipArchitectureoffood3
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and food, nice romantic spot.

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SerahK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, Gteat good and great service, I would highly recommend

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vipMichaelP
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent, the only dish that didn't work was the one that we requested be changed to vegetarian, next time we will not tamper.

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vipWest12foodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food nice setting

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Jeckyboy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic and consistent

Our go to upscale dining place

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JAks
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cafe Amarcord is simply the BEST restaurant in Beacon, NY. With many other restaurants to choose from, we always go there. The kitchen consistently produces beautifully prepared, fresh and innovative dishes, served professionally and with respect for the diner. I highly recommend it!

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Wazz
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal I've had in the area, by far. Every dish was excellent, as were the cocktails.

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vipERDobbs
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience for a Saturday night dinner. Top-notch service and interesting, delicious food. Usually we look at a menu and spouse and I find two or three entrees of interest, but here there were about a half dozen. We each had a salad, which were fresh and well prepared. We shared two pasta dishes that were delicious, a cortecce with a duck ragu in a tomato-based sauce, and a fagotini filled with pear and three cheeses in a butter-sage sauce. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and ambience. Service was friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding. I had the ribeye with rosemary and garlic. The mixed berry cheesecake was the best I think I’ve eve had .

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ArleneS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant by far!! I will be a frequent flyer for sure!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktail and wine list. Tomato salad and pork chop were perfect. Great service.

OT
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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JAKM
New York Area
6 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
13 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.

NM
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
Richmond
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!

FAQs

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

Cafe Amarcord is rated 4.6 stars by 615 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.