Black & Blue Steak and Crab - Albany

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854 reviews
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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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Compared to the Black and. Blue in Buffalo I feel the meal in Buffalo is better with regard to presentation and taste.

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B
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Would definitely come back

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PC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was absolutely outstanding. Would love to go again soon.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. We enjoyed a delicious taquila cocktail, and the a very well prepared dinner. We'll be back!

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

Steak no complaints mash potato’s wasn’t a fan of and wasn’t please after telling server I didnt like I was still charged other then that loved it

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GB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Black and Blue to celebrate my son's graduation from UAlbany. Service was excellent. Food was good. Price was on par. Would definitely dine here again.

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F
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond to explain menu and make our special day extra special. We reserved a table a few months prior and we got a quiet secluded table. The food was fabulous and the prices were not as bad as I thought they were going to be. Definitely going to revisit when in the area. :)

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible, the ambience is subtle but refined, and our waiters and waitresses were very cognizant of our anniversary and congratulated us multiple times. Very sweet experience and we have an amazing night.

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EC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. The hostess wait service and bus service were all fantastic. Definitely happy we picked this restaurant to celebrate my daughters college graduation! Thank you for the card and champagne toast from the restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was loud background noise, difficulties with conversation, but not impossible. Service and food was good.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Steak n Service!! Will be back soon never had anything to complain!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding steak house, everything was super.
Need to work on Pittsburgh style steak. Director of operations came and spoke with us on how everything was.

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VB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the tender grass fed steak. Salads were good and large enough to share. Service was excellent. We didn’t have the fish this time but will be back to have it next time.

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BD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first visit, and it certainly will not be our last. The kitchen model works well, as shown by the consistency of what it produces even though B&B has had three executive chefs in barely four years of existence in Guilderland. Service excellent as always (server Catherine is a great balance of professional, friendly, and knowledgeable).

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow service
Average “high end” food, a bit pricey

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful!! However, it is very pricey.

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MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was perfect. The service, the look and the food was excellent. I will definitely be back.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the service was incredible! Very welcoming staff and made great recommendations.

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TK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They go above and beyond to give perso al professional attention to customers.

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EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The restaurant was very good but the noise level was very loud.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The appetizers and meat cuts were very good, but a bit pricey. The sides were mixed; sweet potato dumplings good, onion rings disappointing, mashed potatoes and creamed kale average, but not worth the extra $7. I liked that the restaurant chain claims to buy meat and seafood from environmentally responsible sources and am willing to pay extra for that, but not for the added customer service. I would recommend cutting back on all the fuss. The staff hovered, making it seem like the restaurant was trying too hard to be high-end. The overall experience was good, but certainly not great.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the service was above and beyond

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M
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My $38 steak was cooked well but i ordered sides with the meal for $17 and the brussel sprouts were not even close to cooked while the potato side was overcooked and dry. For the price that I paid, i was very disappointed in the meal. My husband ordered the exact same meal and was equally as disappointed.

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OT
Miami
70 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent food, service, aesthetic. We had fish. Mmmm. Good!!

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IC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual good steaks and sides but the chicken dish on the menu has been changed and is not like the prior item and not as good yet the same price for a much smaller portion.

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V
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I fear the current chefs are not good. The salad had withered. The duck was dry.

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional and accommodating. We were running late due to a prolonged graduation and they were able to push back our reservation. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. Highly recommend if you are in the Albany area.

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JM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We’ve been to this restaurant several times and have enjoyed it. This past visit time wasn’t our best experience. It was a Mother’s Day and graduation celebration. Our server came over with 1 complimentary mimosas for 1 mom and completely ignored the other mom even after we pointed out her mistake. She walked away without an apology and never returned with an additional mimosa! We had steak that wasn’t cooked to our order and one steak was actually tough and over cooked.
Our server was very friendly but wasn’t good at her job.
It was a bad day. Everyone has a bad day but it brought my rating down.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were far too many young child in the dinning area at 945 at night. Please have families with young child esp when they are loud and tired in a separate section. There were four children under the age of two in the immediate area and three were crying.

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JY
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant wonderful service and yummy food. Would definitely come back again.

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RA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. There for Siena graduation

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I took my wife to Black & Blue for her birthday. I made reservations in advance and was seated accordingly. That is where the exceptional service ended. It took 20 minutes for our waiter to come to our table to take our drink order and another 15 minutes to come back. He did give a small card to my wife and asked if it was her birthday. He took our appetizer order and asked if we could order dinner also at that time but would make sure it came out after the 1st course. He was very quick to give the specials take our order and leave. The waitress at the table next to us took her time to explain the specials and discuss with the table. We never saw him again until it was time to have our meal wrapped. Then he made a commotion because my wife only eat a small portion. He then had the manager come over to again find out why she did not eat her meal which was only because she was full. In total the wait time between appetizer and dinner was 50 minutes. We ordered desert from the waiter and thinking that he would bring it out and acknowledge her birthday as they did at the table next to us for another party. Instead he almost threw the desert on the table and was more worried about the table of 8 next to us. After 3.5 hours in the restaurant we paid and left. It may be beneficial to have extra staff on when you have a large party so that other patrons are not waiting and provided with less than adequate service.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my mom, sister and nephew for a Mother's Day meal. The quality of our meals was excellent (steaks cooked as ordered, appetizers were tasty, great proportions for value). But I have to say that service was beyond expectation...every interaction was genuine and they truly aim to please at this restaurant. Looking forward to our next visit!

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R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They keep getting better on all fronts. I had a dry aged Kansas City steak. My wife had fish. We shared vegetables. The wait staff were great and helpful with special requests.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my daugther’s graduation!
Thank you for such great service and for making this event memorable!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server made Graduate feel special. Nice food choices with good healthy options.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place with beautiful service and employees. Everyone was so kind and accommodating and I appreciate all their efforts on making my birthday, which I choose to celebrate there so special.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

2 dozen loud shouting middle aged men ruined the dining experience. Waited forever for check and fled.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only negative was that the restaurant temperature was warm as it was a warm day outside. The food and service were both outstanding.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as always, but I recently had a party whose numbers started exceeding the reservation. The staff were amazing in their patience and handling them.

Kudos to their professionalism and composure. I will definitely be a repeat customer, but not with a party larger than 4; I don’t want to test that patience. :)

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