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About Chianti Il Ristorante

Situated in the heart of beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs, Chianti Il Ristorante serves sophisticated, authentic Northern Italian fare in an elegant setting. Combining seasonal food, an award-winning wine selection, a welcoming and knowledgeable staff and a detailed, inviting ambiance Chianti provides every guest with a superb and unforgettable dining experience. Aesthetically inspiring, its rustic walls, hard wood floors and green onyx bar invoke the authenticity of conventional Italian architecture while remaining slightly modern. The culinary philosophy at Chianti is based on a respect for tradition. With artisan breads and pastas, housemade sausage and braised meats it is culinary craftsmanship at its best. Our guests have the chance to savor fresh food, from a selection of expertly-sliced carpaccio, to a variety of wild fish, to risotto that is made only with Vialone Nano rice grown exclusively in Italy's Venetto region. "The hottest restaurant in town." The New York Times

18 Division Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Bar opens daily at 4:30. Happy Hour running until 6pm daily
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 580-0025

Website:
http://www.chiantiristorante.com/

Parking Details:
On-Street and Public Lot Parking is available for Chianti Il Ristorante

Executive Chef:
Fabrizio Bazzani

Additional:
Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Chianti's warm, intimate atmosphere is the perfect setting for your private event. With seating for up to 32 guests our beautifully appointed and private La Porta Santa Room comes fully equipped with a screen and projector. Bordered by our extensive wine collection and featuring a large window that offers a rare viewpoint of Chianti's bustling kitchen area, the La Porta Santa Room provides an ideal venue for small gatherings, celebrations, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and private cooking classes. When you host a private event at Chianti, we will assist you in the selection of a unique menu complemented by wines from our award winning wine list. At Chianti, we are dedicated to creating the perfect setting, distinctive experience and authentic cuisine to best suit your individual taste and that of your guests.

Chianti Il Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

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4.4

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4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (60)
Special Occasion (53)
Notable Wine List (50)
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Creative Cuisine (50)
Authentic (49)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Worth the Drive (38)
Romantic (37)
Good for Groups (35)
Hot Spot (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Fun (32)
Bar Seating (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Local Ingredients (28)
Business Meals (24)
Casual (24)
Happy Hour (20)
People Watching (20)
Cozy (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Healthy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Seasonal (12)
Late-night Find (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Spicy (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The dining experience met our expectation because Eric did such a great job.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I love the food at Chianti and it’s always been a very good deal. But the place is deafeningly loud. Some people want to shout over dinner—I don’t. Wish they could figure out how to balance a sense of fun with attention to how it actually feels to eat there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was very good, the service was excellent! The wine list is extensive! Overall a very enjoyable dinner out!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious! Food was well prepared and great wine list. Restaurant was loud so if your looking for a cozy quiet place, this is not I️t. Went on a Saturday night. Service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was impeccable, food was outstanding, a perfect evening! Very pleased!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing Northern Italian food and amazing service from Trent. He was very attentive and pleasant. Would highly recommend!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Way too noisy. Impossible to have a conversation. Tables too close together. Not much room to “breathe. “ Excellent food and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was terrific, service wonderful. Our waiter let us talk and didn't rush us. When I wanted a small salad he suggested everyone share the large salad which worked out well for us all! (Try the fennel salad - it was delicious!)

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a delicious dinner. The service was excellent... our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I really enjoy this resturant. My family and I have frequented this establishment for the past 3 years. We have family in Italy and this is as close as we can get without driving to NYC.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food was very good but a little loud even with the side table .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a delightful meal on a Sunday evening . The restaurant was not crowded, and I think the service staff might have been light because we did have to wait to give an initial order and between courses. We did not mind this one bit, as we were happy to sip our wine and talk! An appetizer of octopus, a special for the day, was outstanding; the serving size was very generous and the flavor a were terrific. Similarly, an order of penne in vodka sauce was plenty for the two of us to share and was delicious. My wife ordered the "filetto" and it came medium-rare as ordered and was tender and delicious . I had the quail, which also was delicious and with 2 of the birds presented I was able to bring one home to enjoy the following day. Desserts of profiteroles and a creamy ricotta (I forget the name!) capped off a wonderful meal.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was great, Food a little spicy but very good, crowded but got seated quickly
Would recommend and would go back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Spicy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

They excel at making you think you’re in for something special. From the pretentious maître d’, kissing the cheek of every debutante who walks in the door to the uninspired service, my choice for an anniversary dinner WONT be Chianti again. We waited in a crowded vestibule at 8pm for a dinner table that was 20 minutes late amongst their bar clientele.
When our olive oil was delivered I think they put our pre-meal bread in to bake. It came in the hand opposite to my antipasto. When I go out for dinner, I expect the chef to create something more then I can create in my own kitchen. My bride and I both ordered a pasta dinner and we’re never offered freshly grated cheese, or even cheese on the table. From the salad to the soup to the antipasto and the entrées the only thing that I would recommend is the coffee. Full disclosure, the profiteroles were pretty good. Bye Bye Chianti.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. It was a little bit noisy at times but it was a Friday evening and the place was jumping with energy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Started rocky. Even with a reservation and open tables, the hostess sat us in a hallway behind a server station. There were tables available in traditional dining area. Two couples who cane in right before us without reservations received a nice table in main dining area. We complained and were accommodated at another table in main area by the other, younger hostess. Our treatment seemed mean spirited to us and spoiled a nice evening. Meal was great and our waitress was excellent but initial seating was disappointing to say the least.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We have been eating here for 10 plus years. Recently have been noticing a decline on quality & service. I am also tired of being asked quietly if I’d like to have saratoga sparking or flat water and then in a louder tone or the TAP water. How about putting tap water on the table as in NYS it’s a law to have water on a table for choking purposes and if I want to order saratoga sparking I will ask for it. When my husband and I dine out we most likely order a bottle of wine however we had our daughter and knew we weren’t going to be drinking that much . When asked what we like to drink we both ordered a glass of wine each and the waiter then asked if we would like to share a bottle, after we relied no , we felt he was annoyed from then on.
Now the food....my hubby had the risotto which was very good and my daughter had the penne ala vodka which is very good. I had their new salad dolce e amaro ,it came basically without any dressing and was flavorless , I asked for olive oil and I had to salt it , awful. For my dinner I ordered the escarole and beans....I was actually shocked a chef would send it out looking as unappetizing as it was. It looked dried out and I can tell you there was maybe a leaf of escarole, again not flavor barely any oil ...it was awful. Populate spot and again been dining there many many years. Not sure if we will be back too many other spots to go .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Horrific service. Took 20 minutes to get refills and shredded cheese. And I had to ask for those things. But the food was awesome.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Chianti never disappoints! Once again another fine meal. It was nice to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere with flavorful appetizers, stellar entrees and delicious desserts. The staff at Chianti never disappoints with their knowledge of food, wine and offering up their favorites from the menu. If you are looking for fine dining in a beautiful atmosphere with one of the best proprietors (he goes from table to table saying hello) then Chianti is where you need to be.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were in Saratoga Springs for two nights, and Chianti was the highlight of our trip. While we had a dinner reservation, we decided to sit at the bar with our server Brittany (who was wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable) and watch the NY Yankees/Astros playoff game. The food and drinks were amazing, especially the fennel salad (and I normally do not like fennel). Risotto with filet mignon was excellent, as were the salmon special and capellini entree. Fried calamari could have been more crisp, but that was the only small disappointment. Desserts were also great - I had Spuma de Ricotta for the first time and it was like eating cannoli cream without the shell - right up my alley. All this lessened the disastrous outcome of the game for us - thank you Brittany and Chianti!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

VERY NICE STOP. STAYED OVERNIGHT IN SARATOGA. HAD SPENT SIX DAYS IN MAINE. NO MORE SEAFOOD! DELICIOUS FILET MIGNON WITH GORGONZOLA... GREAT SALAD WITH PANCETTA... ENJOYED THE HIGH ENERGY AND "NOISE" ...WE LIKE LIVELY RESTAURANTS...WOULD DEFINITELY RETURN.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food and service were excellent - in an attractive, stylish atmosphere. Because so much of the interior surfaces are glass or metal the noise level is high. We stopped by earlier in the day upon recommendation from our B&B hosts, and asked that we not sit near the bar and in as quiet a place as possible. They graciously accommodated us. We were there for a 7pm Monday reservation and the noise was moderate but I can see how it could be very loud when all tables are filled. If you don't mind a noisy atmosphere, don't miss the great food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Chianti Il Ristorante is not a cheap dinner, but it is delicious and the service and atmosphere are great! Our waiter Trent was fantastic and took his time making sure we understood the large list of specials and appetizers. We all split the grilled octopus appetizer and it was FANTASTIC! Don't listen to Trent though that you should buy two of them for four people unless you're a big eater. We all had a decent sized piece of the octopus and there was some left over to take home which I made a delicious salad with. Our meals were all delicious (I tried some of everyones). That's worth a few extra bucks to me. The only negative was that I noticed there was some extra dust building up on the decorative tree in the corner, so if you read your reviews Chianti Il Ristorante, please have someone clean the tree :) Other than that, everything was close to perfect. This was my father's first time there and he can't stop raving about it..... Enough said. Great place to eat with family or friends!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Took a while to get waited on, waiter missed mentioning some enticing specials, waiter did not come back! We ended up getting a different waiter but the experience was already dulled. He was better, more attentive but would have loved to start the dinner on a better note. Our meals came out quickly which was great because our appetites were off the walls. Food was fantastic, ambiance was super romantic.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was excellent, but the place is loud. Not great for a romantic dinner unless you have been married for awhile and no longer converse.
We were also seated next to 10 celebrating young "ladies" which added to the volume level.
We requested to be re-located but it wasn't possible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Simply put , this is our favorite restaurant for a specilal occasion, in this case our 37th wedding anniversary. We traveled 30 miles gladly. This is just a great place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server was quite helpful choosing a wine for my wife and that was a nice way to start our dining experience although there was a little confusion as to who our server would be. We shared fried calamari for an appetizer and it was very chewy, almost rubbery-not at all happy with it and couldn't finish it. Our entrees were good. My wife got a pasta a la Norma and I ordered spaghetti Bolognese. The dessert menu was not too enticing therefore didn't order any. My main gripe with Chianti is that despite having a table for two in what seemed like a quiet spot, the place was overwhelmingly noisy to the point where we couldn't wait to get outside to some peace and quiet. This was the first time we were in Saratoga and I am sure we will return but I must say that unless I was with a large noisy group I wouldn't return to Chianti. It has a lot of curb appeal but it's not the place for a quiet dinner,or even a dinner at a normal noise level. There are so many other restaurants to choose from.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Well if you like being in a loud factory that pushes people out as fast as they can then you will like Chianti's. From the minute we sat down the pressure to order drinks and food was so intense that I had to tell the waiter to ease up. I did not want to be rushed. He agreed and then kept pushing. Food was "ok". Noise level outrageous! Wines were incredibly overpriced. I don't mind paying for a great bottle of wine but the same wine three blocks away was $20. less.

Truly over rated.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We loved Chianti! Every staff member we met was warm and knowledgeable! The food was absolutely delicious... lots of great choices on both the food and wine menus. I would recommend without hesitation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We like this place. Have been there before. All was well until out entrees came out. Pork chop dinner special sounded amazing. Served to us under cooked. Figlet Mignon was listed on the menu as hand cut. Was fatty and undercooked. Even the presentation wasn't good. Good Figlet Mignon would be good rare (under cooked) if it was a good cut of meat. Totally disappointed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food. Great Service.
A nice night.
Our server Kevin did a great Job

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our food took forever to come out to the point where they comped us for the appetizer-which was nice. It wasn’t by far my best meal there. It was incredibly loud

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was very good and many creative options. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had an 8:45 reservation, Waited at the bar for 30 minutes, once seated at our table the service was still slow. My husband spoke with the manager and we were comped two glasses of wine. Once the food arrived it was delicious. The crowd began to thin out and the service improved. It seemed as if they were understaffed for the crowd they were serving.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great restaurant, great food and service but way too noisy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always an exceptional experience at Chianti!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very slow service, 20 minutes after sitting down, we had to ask the manager for a server. Waiter was slow and didn’t want to waste his time telling us the specials like he had done for his other tables. We had to ask, never discussed specials pricing like you had done for the other tables. Ordered the steak....steak was $70 !!! and not cooked like I asked....lost my business. Waste of money.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Waiter was nice , but had an entire room to service. The busboy was terrific. The food was delicious though it took forever to come out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Another excellent dining experience at Chianti II. I love it when it all comes together as has happened at this restaurant on all of our visits. Our server, Amanda, was terrific. One of our favorite Saratoga restaurants, a very tall compliment when you consider all the great Saratoga restaurants.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Our dinner at Chiantii ll was fantastic. The dinner was delicious and so nicely prepared and presented. Service was excellent. Our server Trent was fantastic. He was there when you wanted him and gone at the appropriate times. He made our evening special. And to have the mgr come by just to insure all was going well was a real nice touch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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