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About MezzaNotte Restaurant

Whether you call it Classic Italian with a Modern Twist, or Modern Cuisine with Italian Influences, locally owned MezzaNotte Ristorante is sure to please. Highly rated food, prepared fresh from scratch using seasonal and local products. Whether for an intimate dinner, business meeting or dining with friends and family, MezzaNotte will exceed your expectations. Come try us and see why we are a Trip Advisor Restaurant of Excellence.

2026 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Rte 155

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 689-4433

Website:
http://www.mezzanottealbany.com/

Parking Details:
Off street free and private parking in our lot, or free and private directly across the street.

Public Transit:
Near the corner of routes 155 and 20, convenient to CDTA.

Executive Chef:
Michael Mastrantuono

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

MezzaNotte Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Romantic (7)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Service is outstanding. The owner is always present and she always comes to your table to check in. Food is always top notch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 2 days ago

We have eaten here several times and the food is delicious. They give excellent customer service. The waitstaff are exceptional . Enjoy every visit there and will refer others. An enjoyable dining experience!

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We are only in Albany infrequently but when we are we try to get to MezzaNotte- we are never disappointed and always enjoy a great meal with great service all in a very comfortable setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We waited over an hour and thirty-five minutes for our entrees. We were offered desserts "on the house" and demurred because we do not eat desserts. The explanation was that they were down a cook and very busy. No responsibility and no return for us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Gather with friends for a great Meal! Connie and Val and the full staff know how to make the food right. Great dinner, terrific wine, and over the top service. We Will Be Back! Thank you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was great as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wife and I split a burrata and butternut salad which was excellent. For entrees we had the rigatoni siciliana and scallops, respectively. Both entrees were excellent dishes. We opted not to order dessert because we were pretty full. Service was excellent. Mezzanotte continues to offer a first-rate dining experience in the Capital district.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was exactly the date night my husband and I were looking for! Delightful food, Inviting atmosphere, and top notch service The duck meatballs and rabbit ragu are not to be missed. The homemade pear ginger sorbet was perfect. This is a new firm favorite for date night. Thank you Val and Arion for a fantastic evening!

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

This was our 3rd time at Mezza Norte. The food was incredible. We had the grilled veal chop, caprese salad made with their homegrown heirloom tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, calamari with a sweet chili sauce, mushroom risotto, sauteed artichokes and the list goes on! Jessica was our server. She was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Expensive but worth it. Server was outstanding. Love the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was ok / good; limited menu for entrees. Service was very slow probably due to a party upsatairs. Need to plan accordingly to also accomodate restaurant patrons.

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

It was a unique dining experience this time. We've been there on numerous occasions but never experienced an evening like this. The restaurant did not seem that crowded but it was terribly smoky, almost like the vents weren't working for the grills. The food was very good, as always, but even the MezzaNotte salad was "off". All the ingredients were there but the presentation wasn't the same. Service was great when offered, but there were very long gaps between courses. Either there wasn't enough staff or there was a crowd of people somewhere else dining as well. Lovely presentation of the birthday cake. Overall, only three stars for this dinner, but that would not be true for any other night we have ever eaten there. It is usually great!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very nice restaurant, very clean and very friendly staff. We have eaten here twice and and both times the was a very long wait between the appetizers and the main course. This is not the server's fault. It appears that there is just not enough hands in the kitchen.
The food was fair. There was hardly any cheese in the lasagna, the special home grown heirloom tomato sauce was bland, the chicken saltimboca was overdone, the shrimp and scallops dinner was good, but too small (2 shrimp and 2 scallops), the linguini and clams was good, but also too small.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

As usual MezzaNotte excels in dining experiences! Patricia and I took my Brother and wife for their first time. They were so pleased they said it was the only restaurant they wanted to go to when they visit us again. A must try is the boneless short rib. Thanks again for a wonderful dinner. Bob Martin

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent dinner with Dave Reilly

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

We go to MezzaNotte whenever we want great food and great service. We have never been let down. The staff is very friendly but also very thoughtful. There is a true feeling that the customer is the most important person here. Both my wife and I had the Filet this time, and each was cooked to the exact way we asked. And I know this sounds like a something you hear everywhere, but honestly, you could cut the Filets with the butter knife.
It was another outstanding experience, and another reason we love and recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It took over 5 minutes to even be greeted by anyone who worked there. The appetizer was undercooked, the Filet was supposed to be medium, came out rare. The scallops and shrimp dish was bland. Will not return to this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food was delicious. Mussels in basil pesto appetizer special was the best dish. Kitchen was slow and waited about 45 minutes for them. Scallops and the short rib were very good. Seven layer cake was average. Good food but they can pick up the pace in the kitchen next time. Will go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wow, Connie did it again! Another great night, terrific meal, fabulous wines!!!! 5* Star Evening!!!!!!! Thank you to Samantha and Olechia for adding to the fun!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We are only in the area once a year, for the Saratoga Races, and we always drive to Albany just for dinner at this wonderful restaurant. This year, we happened to be there on our 40th wedding anniversary and, once again, we were not disappointed.

Our server, Jessica, was perfect --- very efficient, professional, courteous, and friendly. She suggested a wine that both my husband and I really liked. Toward the end of the meal, she had a few moments to chat with us and she was delightful.

I had the MezzaNotte salad, which is one of the very best salads I've ever had (and I've had a LOT of salads on 4 continents) --- baby spinach, arugula, figs, thinly-sliced apples, toasted goat cheese, with a light vinaigrette --- and the "Crazy Lasagna," which is basically the ingredients of a lasagna all piled together on a plate and covered with bolognese sauce. The portion was so large that I took half of it back to the hotel and had it for dinner the following evening. My husband had a steak and said it was perfectly cooked and very tender. We were too full for dessert.

Every time we go to MezzaNotte, we are greeted warmly and treated as if our presence (and our dollars) really matters to the owners. This is something rare these days, and so, between that and the excellent food, we will continue to make the effort to get to MezzaNotte when we're in the Albany area. I only wish we lived closer; we'd be there every week of the year.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Val was terrific. All service and food great.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Dined this past Saturday evening as a party of 3 and had an amazing night. Hostess and our waitress were extremely personable and knowledgeable. Menu and wine list fit on one page each but did not disappoint. Started with the Mezza Notte salad (mixed greens, figs, hazel nuts, sliced apples, tomato and fried goat cheese) and highly recommend it. Others had Cesar's ample and fresh. All 3 meals were prepared to order perfectly even with requested item changes. Shrimp/scallop dish, veal saltimbocca & my spaghetti w/escargot were delicious, flavorful and well seasoned. A couple bottles of a fantastic red (#624), good company and a check-in from the owner/manager capped off a superb meal. Look forward to a repeat visit & spreading the good word👍

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Everything we had was too salty. The Calamari was not fried long enough. It wassaturated with oil and the breading was soggy, not crispy. I usually eat my whole meal....not here. Actually, I was sick all night. Don't know why for sure, however, after the Calamari, my stomach hurt, until 1 am, when I finally couldn't hold it down.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Food was good. Very expensive. Not a place i will be going to again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

We were in town for an annual business meeting. Our "go to" place was closed for vacation and we found this in open table.

The place is cute, the food was delicious. Our waiter was very informative and helpful in describing the various food options.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had a great dinner here with family while visiting son at college and on tours for our daughter. Great food and venue. The wait staff was awesome and very attentive. We would absolutely go back when in the area.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 23, 2017

A real hidden gem! Both the food and the service were outstanding. The menu featured items you won't find at other restaurants (we had excellent duck meatballs for an appetizer) and the wine selection was diverse. Our server Anastasia was very pleasant and attentive. If you live in the Capital Region this is a must-visit restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

MezzaNote is our favorite close to home get away. Great for night meals. Very nice wine choices. Fantastic staff.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Very good food - a small selection of options, however, every item tastes FANTASTIC, and a lack of wide selection is made up by having every item on the menu being so yummy, that it leaves you wanting more. You will not find any item on their menu that isn't outstanding.

Additional servers are needed on a Monday. Our server had more than 3 tables, which made it difficult to get our server to check on us often as needed. I believe he had 5 or 6 parties, which is really stretching their attention thin. For example, we asked for more bread and olive and oil at the beginning at dinner, and it was forgotten about. He did apologize once he remembered when we ordered dessert a half hour later. But still disappointing.

Noise can be an issue - hard time hearing your server if there's a lot of people inside and they are chatting.

Overall I will be back because the food/chef is fantastic and made to order. OH - PLEASE ORDER MORE FISH OF THE DAY. I had reservations for 730, and the fish was gone by 745 when we ordered.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Found menu to be very limited in choices and pricing high for portion size with salad as an extra charge.
The menu seems much smaller in options than I remember from previous visits.
Not sure I would recommend to others or return again soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Quiet ambiance abounds here... with friendly and efficient service... delicious and unique dishes, although I agree the sauces are a tiny bit blander than most top notch Italian places.... reasonable prices and worth the experience .... you will not be disappointed here !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Well, I am very disappointed to have to write this review. My wife and I had been to MezzaNotte a number of times and typically had a good experience. It was our favorite restaurant in the area... until Saturday.

We were promptly seated and had a great table. Our server came shortly after and we ordered our drinks, which came out in a normal time. We ordered two appetizers. My wife got the brussel sprout hash. She said is was "fine", but nothing special. I ordered their signature duck meatballs. I was very letdown. The first time I had them they were one of the best things I had ever had. The last two times they have not been great, especially on Saturday. They were very dry and not very flavorful.

After we finish the appetizers we waited for our main course. And waited. And waited. And waited. After a while our server did check in and said they would be right out. They finally came and they were, eh. We split a special, which was stuffed squid...I believe. It could have been stuffed octopus. Honestly, it was not memorable. It was fine, did not have a mind blowing taste. It could have used a sauce to add flavor. It was relatively bland. We also split the rabbit ragu, which was better but nowhere near as good as it had been. The first time I had it, wow! The second time, very good. Saturday, good.

I hate to have to write this because we were such huge fans. Unfortunately, the last two times have been a letdown. We want to go back, but it's not a cheap restaurant and we have other places that have been consistently good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The restaurant was full on a Tuesday! Friendly professional service, wonderful Italian cuisine and a very nice wine list probably explain it all. I am and will remain a regular customer.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Fabulous. By far, my favorite restaurant. I wish I could there more often

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Graduation dinner for my son; cozy atmosphere, authentic Southern Italian fare, attentive server....what else can you ask for. Thank you for a lovely evening....

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Excellent service; loved the option to taste wines before choosing; delightful sorbet

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good friends and family restaurant with a clean and clever pictorial representation of midnight in cities in Italy on the walls. A little chaotic at peak dinner hour 7:30-8:30, but- nothing unusual. If you are 100% Italian, you may be too critical of the food, so other options should be considered. This is not traditional clean Italian food as you would find in central Italy. The Chef is friendly and in open view of the diners. Calamari was soggy and oily, pasta is over cooked, but served hot, salad warm and over-doused with oil. A few tweaks and we would consider returning. Our server was very friendly.

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

Second time there and the food , service and everything else was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2017

The duck appetizer was different and delicious. The best filet I've ever had. Portions were plenty and enough for lunch the next day. We celebrated an anniversary and dessert was on the house. Wait staff was more than excellent. Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Healthy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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