Black & Blue Steak and Crab - Albany

4.6
1516 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
black & blue Steak and Crab sets the bar for the New American Steakhouse; elegant yet unpretentious, sophisticated yet approachable. b&b offers an inventive design and an unparalleled, vibrant ambiance for you and your guests. Our inspired cuisine coupled with our gracious hospitality is perfect for your refined lunch meeting, special occasion dinner, night out with friends, family gathering or executive business event. black & blue also offers a variety of private rooms and tailor made menus for large groups. We would be happy to help plan your next business meeting or celebratory function.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1516 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TammyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have eaten here before many times and this was by far one of the worst experiences we have ever had. We were seated at 8:20pm and left after 10:20pm. It took forever to get our appetizers and dinner. We didn’t even eat our dinner due to being exhausted. I really wanted dessert but I wasn’t waiting until 11pm to get it. The steak normally comes out sizzling but not this time. We felt like they had forgotten about us. We even had to ask for them to bring our check. When you spend over $230 for a dinner, you should get better service than a chain restaurant. So disappointed.

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GeorgeB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food and service ,recommend black and blue highly

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TimH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! And the steak I had ordered was cooked perfectly. The whiskey selection was wonderful, and the service the service staff executed our dinning experience masterfully and we’re helpful in wine pairing. The staff was also able to laugh with us help a wonderful night end perfectly.

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PatH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Service was s

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DebbieF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Our server Dianne, and Henry were exceptional! From Champagne to start our celebration to the finale of the Red Velvet cake! Definitely will return!

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JohannaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

All of our food was not impressive. Appetizers were just ok and sides for steak (mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts) were edible, definitely not delicious.

The service was wonderful, all staff were wonderful, ambiance was great. The food was a huge disappointment

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DarleneVelaZ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there had a date night, it was amazing the food , our server was so sweet and attentive and Caleb was so nice and very attentive as well making sure our table was well manicured and our waters were always full.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food as usual, the filets we had were outstanding. I added crab topping and a truffle butter sauce- great as expected. Only issue was that the green beans we had as a side were way undercooked and a rock hard disappointment, but you don’t go to this place for green beans! Staff was friendly and attentive.

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vipSpecialPlace
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Ambience is terrific, Food is terrific, and Service is top-notch. Our server was great, as was the person who cleared our table and brought the food.

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Fwil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place for stakes. Sometime I'll try their seafood entries. Service always exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant great food. Could tell it was short staffed. Had 7:30 reservation and didn’t get our food until 9. Luckily we were not in a rush. Would 100% come again- they even gave us a free dessert for our anniversary!

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JohnV
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy the times we have had at Black and Blue- keep it up !!

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Nancythrdv
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neil is an awesome waiter! We had an excellent Birthday dinner. So good to be back without masks!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. Steaks cooked to perfection and loved every bite!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th birthday celebration for my daughter. The service was excellent and our waitress was excellent. She gave us suggestions on our wine and it was delicious. Everyone in the party had a great time and a delicious meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary was amazing as always! Food and drinks were great!

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TraciP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was all top notch!

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JulieH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our reservation was for 8:30. By 9:30 we only had water, and no one had taken our order. We had to ask someone to send our wait staff over. We finally got drinks and salads by 9:45! The restaurant was not full or busy. The food was good. Nothing exceptional. I had the scallops. It was a bit expensive for four scallops, a smear of potatoes and about 4 stalks of asparagus.

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Whitney
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, ambiance, decor and superb food. Will definitely return with clients.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary dinner. It was lovely and food was delicious!

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WillA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow and not good. Waited way too long to be greeted, waited to get drinks, order food and get food. Few touch points, no greeting from a manager, no touch to see if the five steaks were cooked appropriately (one was not). Just very poor when paying almost $100 per person.

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SandraF
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special night with friends. Service excellent, wine great, food wonderful. A little pricey but worth it. Hope to do it again.

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vipMichelleA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s graduation from UAlbany. They all made it really feel like a celebration. The service was amazing, the food delicious and the atmosphere perfect. We had a wonderful dinner.

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PaulE
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , from all staff! Food was amazing as always!

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vipCharles
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We've been to Black & Blue 10 times in the past 7 months and this was the only time that I was disappointed. My (ordered) medium rare bistro steak was quite well done. In fact the fries and green beans accompanying the au poivre were wilted so I suspect the dish was kept under a warmer for 15 minutes. Wife's medium filet was perfect, but we both thought her gorgonzola cream for the steak was Bachamel Sauce because it was missing the cheese that is typically present on earlier visits.

The service was great as usual with Katrina (sorry spelling?) being extremely friendly and the wine expert using their Coravin System to pour some Justin Cab Sav. from an unopened bottle that we could finish the next day at home. I'm sure we will return but this was a memorable dinner for the wrong reasons.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Very slow service, video screens up in the middle of their large dining area was very awkward, busser was very attentive, food was definitely good.

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Encore
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service was excellent, food was excellent. My partner said the only thing he’d add is that he’d prefer for the steak entrees to come with a side but aside from that everything was excellent!

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vipElizabethW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food!!

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Gracie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our son’s graduation and our awesome server, Jacob I think, started us with a champagne toast and ended our meal with a special candlelit dessert! So nice!

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gerard
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The Bearnaise sauce was a mess, obviously, the chef did not even look at the sauce, as it looked and tasted awful; grouper was definitely overcooked, it was saved by the sauce; mushrooms were very good, mashed potatoes were OK as were potatoes au gratin, so only one dish was worthy of telling people.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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vipRoccoMassapequa
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner for 7 for our daughters SUNY grad. Drinks, apps, and enters were all perfect.
Steaks all cooked as requested and delicious!

Service was impeccable

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

My husband and I were kid free for the night, and I am very happy that we chose black and blue for our date night out.

The ambience & atmosphere was exactly what I craved. The service was impeccable. The waitstaff were extremely friendly and thorough while explaining any questions that we had.

I ordered a small oyster sampler which was phenomenal. The toppers paired perfectly with each oyster. The man who brought the oysters over, explained each oyster-which was neat to hear. I highly recommend the oysters.

The bread it was surprisingly scrumptious. I was very excited and really enjoyed the pretzel bread. My husband and I ate two baskets of the bread-so it’s safe to say that we enjoyed that.

I ordered a ribeye with the red wine demi glaze and a side of mashed. The glaze was absolutely delicious. I poured it literally over everything; the steak, the mashed potatoes, and I even stole my husband’s french fries and dipped them into the glaze.

My husband really enjoyed his cowboy ribeye, bone in, with a side of french fries. He ate the entire steak-which should tell you how much he enjoyed it.

We were offered dessert, but we both were very full at that point. I ordered an ‘almost famous’ cocktail to enjoy while we were ending our night. The cocktail was crafted in a way that it was delicious yet beautiful.

Overall I highly recommend this restaurant. My husband and I very much enjoyed ourselves & our meal, and will be back.

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time!
Food was fantastic! Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best red snapper I’ve ever had! I wish there were more moderately priced bottled wine selections.

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SuePer
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Service good with Lisa and Daniel both serving us.

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LindaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a touch expensive, but worth it. Table, wine/water glasses and silverware were impeccably clean. Waitress Alex....friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always consistent. Food was really really good. It is pricey for what you get, which is typical for a steak restaurant.

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vipfredo
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Love going there for a night out!!

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EdwardLNorton
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5