IL FARO restaurant & bar

4.5
149 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
IL FARO means "The Lighthouse" in Italian. We envisioned being just that: a beacon in the Albany neighborhood, a safe haven from the stresses of everyday life. Strength and serenity. Creating food that please all of the senses. We believe food should look beautiful, smell amazing and taste delicious. We know that dining out is more than just a meal; it's a great new glass of wine, a much needed break from work, a romantic evening with promise, a perfectly mixed cocktail and a memorable meal that you will crave.
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WL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here with 12 people for my nephews college graduation. The service was amazing and the staff was really friendly. Thank you for your hospitality.

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p
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group (11) and everyone was happy with this restaurant. Only compliments were heard, which is hard to get with a large group. A couple in the group were Gluten free and really appreciated having so many options on the menu.

Everyone said the would return. I am not from the area but would not hesitate next time I am in town.

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

Food was great, as usual, services was a little off, as in slow, but otherwise, a great time

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

Food was good but not great and we would have liked more bread
The bread was delicious...the best part of the meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great service. Friendly. Would definitely go again.

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U
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always an amazing 5 star experience at IL Faro. The service is efficient, personal and caring. The food is mouthwatering delicious and inspired. Love that they use local ingredients. And the seasonal cocktail menu never disappoints. Treat yourself and enjoy the wonderful dining experience we all deserve!

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MH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful meal and service!

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CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and excellent service. All staff are courtesy, friendly and you always feel welcome.

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GJ
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IL Faro is the neighboorhood restaurant that everyone loves. The proprietors Cris and Jessica make every guest feel special with the excellent service they provide.
This place is an absolute gem.

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F
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant! The Owners are fantastic and create a fun atmosphere with delicious food. They engaged the community and everyone feels at home.

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C
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Food and service excellent. Had the vodka sauce penne

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful. We were greeted by all the staff as we walked to our table. The food was delivered timely and it was delicious.

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EA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Faro is a wonderful gem. The food is outstanding, the wait staff is efficient, friendly and helpful. The way the tables are spaced allows for easy conversations and you never feel rushed.
Just a great place!

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GB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Faro has the best Italian food I've found around the area. I've had quite a few different dishes here and have never been disappointed. It has a great ambiance, super friendly staff, good beers on tap and awesome food, you can't go wrong here.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As frequent diners at Il Faro, our meals are always delicious and the service is impeccable. The owners want to make sure their patrons are happy. They are attentive and kind. They take pride in not only the quality of the food but the presentation as well. It is rare to have such a gem so close.

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CL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and great service. All staff are very friendly and on top of things.

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S
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

When the only good thing you can say about this meal was that the flash fried kale on the calamari appetizer was good, you know you are in trouble. My Chicken Milanese was passable but presented in such a way that it looked like a plate of arugula with some grape tomatoes thrown over it. The chicken was not visible. Presentation is important. My husband’s Chicken Marsala was very unappetizing and over cooked. The pasta sides were uneven in temperature from lukewarm to cold. The staff did their best to try to convince us to order other things but we had lost our appetites. They comped the meal, but I have to say it was very disappointing after a friend had recommended it to us.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This has to be the worst food and service i have Ever experienced. It was loud the food was over priced and disgusting. I had To leave and go to Wendy’s which was a 20 compared to this hell hole.

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b
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a local gem. I highly recommend you give this place a try if you’ve never been. It has wonderful food energetic atmosphere and accommodating staff. You will not be disappointed.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

IL FARO has improved so much done they first opened. We love their friendliness. A good bar selection and interesting cocktails. Food is well seasoned and we are never disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was greet!

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner was lovely and hard working. Great food and service. Great prices

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pan seared sea scallops, unbelievable, my only complaint is that I could've eaten another order or 4, it was that good

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely night on Valentine’s Day. Friendly, attentive staff, seated right away, held our reservation even though we were running late, accommodated allergies and the food was DELICIOUS. Great live music, cozy atmosphere and we even got roses! Wonderful experience, would definitely recommend.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great people, great atmosphere and Fantastic Italian food

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GJ
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food.

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RS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good meal, all around great experience

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GJ
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Jess & Chris are dedicated to quality service.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been here twice in past three weeks. Tried both appetizers and dinner options as well as dessert.
All the food was excellent. Service was good both nights. One with a group of 10, another with a table of 4. The manager came over both nights and followed up on our satisfaction. The food is thoughtful and unpretentious. Portions are not large but you won’t be hungry when you leave. A bit pricey for a weekly spot but a great date night or special occasion restaurant.

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CL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and serice. Coneenient to my apartment but go for food and the friendly atsmosphere

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KO
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service! Great food! Love sitting at the bar!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food & service here. Jess & Chris, the owners, treat patrons like family

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LY
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Charming little neighborhood restaurant with good, traditional Italian affair. Service was excellent with a very personal touch by one of the owners.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed at Il Faro. The changing seasonal menu is always interesting and delicious. The service is friendly and accommodating. Everyone in our party agreed that Il Faro is a neighborhood gem!!

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was pleasant but both my drink order and salad were not what I ordered. Food was of good quality. It was quite noisy and made it hard to have a conversation without competing with the other parties. The tin ceiling and sparse decor, while attractive, do not make the atmosphere quiet. We might try again before writing this option off our personal list

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b
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we bring new people to this restaurant everyone comments how much they enjoyed the atmosphere food service. If you read reviews and like to trust open table reviews I highly recommend this restaurant. Yes there are more expensive Italian restaurants in the capital District but I love to support a family owned restaurant with genuine people who truly care about their customers and the quality of their ingredients please give this restaurant a try

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Caught in traffic, we arrived late but were warmly and cordially received. Our waitress, although new, was pleasant, thoughtful, and attentive. The drinks were outstanding, both cocktails and wine, the dinner superb, and the desserts "to die for." We will definitely be back again.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service (especially when the owner is serving). They go out of their way to make you have an excellent experience. Service is everything to me so I appreciate it. Mostly have loved the food. Penne Vodka is one of my recommendations. Had one experience I wasn't 100 % liking my entree but it wasn't terrible. Off nights can happen or I picked the wrong dish (it was a special). It's cozy and good for a date night or meeting up with a few friends for dinner. Gem in the area!

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AP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time going and we enjoyed everything from the bread to the desserts. We like that the menu is seasonal so there is good reason to go during each season. We will definitely go back.

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner. Jess and Chris are a wonderful host/chef combo. We will make more frequent visits in the future!

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