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Newly renovated restaurant and bar. - Mr. D's, Albany, NY

Mr. D's

4.3
4.3
212 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Located at the Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel, Mr.D's serves a modern American menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Executive Chef Michael St. John and his award-winning culinary team.

Guest favorites include our Skillet breakfasts, Drunken Goat Cheese Salad, Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp and Desmond Bread Pudding. Social Hour is 4:30-6:30PM daily with small plate specials and $2 off beers, wines by the glass and cocktails. Weekend Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday featuring delicious specials such as Filet Eggs Benedict and Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes.

The recently renovated restaurant includes a large bar in a contemporary setting with complimentary WiFi and a seasonal fireplace. Mr. D's is conveniently located off Exit 3 of the Northway, half a mile from the Albany Airport and adjacent to the busy Wolf Road business district.

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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:30 am Brunch Sat 7:00 am–12:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:30 pm–6:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (518) 869-8100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael St. John

  • Neighborhood

    Albany

  • Cross street

    Intersection of Old Wolf Road and Albany Shaker Road

  • Parking details

    Complimentary

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Great for Brunch

  • Upstate New York

    Good for Groups

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  1. G

    Gary

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service!

  2. AD

    AimeeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a Sunday night and I was there on a 2nd date, so there was no food involved, just a couple of drinks. April was our bartender, and she was very sweet, and personable. The atmosphere was quiet, super modern, and comfortable. We sat in the back of the bar on a very comfy gray couch and talked for a couple of hours. It is a very nice environment for a couple of good drinks, laughs, and conversation. I really like the updates. Will definitely be going back to try the food!

  3. g

    geo1

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Mr. D earned a C. Value just wasn’t there and didn’t impress. For example: the Drunken Goat salad was served without the goat cheese. That’s kinda the key ingredient. Some bland mozzarella shavings were sprinkled on to try to hide the fact. The waitress had no idea what gluten was and the chef had no idea how to prepare food without it. Since GF Chicken Francaise was out of the question, we ordered the filet mignon instead. The filet was just over an inch thick. In a lame attempt to make it appear thicker than it was they served it on top of a slightly smaller piece of bread. The food tasted fine and was ok overall - just not worth the mid/higher prices. Mr. D’s just didn’t have its act together and is certainly not the level of dining experience they are trying to portray themselves as. You’ll get better food with better service and better value at any number of restaurants along Wolf Road.

    Mr. D'sResponded on June 9, 2022

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we appreciate hearing from all of our guests and always strive to improve our performance. Our Drunken Goat Salad features a spanish-style goat cheese that is soaked in red wine, which is a hard goat cheese that is shredded and not a traditional soft cheese. Our Filet Mignon is served classically on top of a crostini with your choice of preparation and sauces. We are very sorry to hear that you did not find these dishes up to our usual standards.

  4. DW

    DoreenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our luncheon at Mr D’s was lovely. The food was great! The renovations were so appealing to the eyes and to our comfort. Our group had a lot to catch up on so we appreciated the thoughtfulness of the staff to let us stay on and on to do so. All and all the experience couldn’t have been better!

  5. B

    Backa

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    There was no hostess to seat us, so had to choose between bar area and restaurant side on our own. There was only a table near the fireplace which was hidden from the rest of the room. Very few servers. There was a conference and wedding at the hotel, which compounded the lack of servers. When a server did find us, he was very attentive. The place has been redone and is very nice. Energetic crowd. Food was good although small menu.

  6. RM

    RMWW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very tasty food and presentation. Excellent service. Nice place to gather and chat.

  7. DI

    DIANEf

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN TOTALLY RENOVATED SINCE LAST WE WERE THERE. THE DECOR IS MODERN AND PLEASANT. THE WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU WAS AWESOME WITH BASICS AND UNIQUE PREPARATION. EVERYTHING WE ORDERED WAS DELICIOUS. WE WILL DEFINITELY RETURN.

  8. C

    Carole

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    It was our first time at the renovated Desmond. We were very impressed with what we saw. Our meal was truly delicious. We will recommend the food to others. The noise level was a challenge. The lounge crowd was very noisy, affecting the noise level in the dining room. It was the Kentucky Derby though. Also right next to us was a table of 11 older women. They were very noisy, and it did affect our experience. Perhaps spacing seating would help. The biggest challenge was the service. Robert was the only server in a large area. The large table was very demanding and demanded a lot of his time. We did not fault Robert, but he clearly had too many guests to care for. We had to wait for water. We had to ask for bread. Once the big table left, things improved. We even were able to chat with him. His recommendation of the Adirondack skillet cookie was a good one. It was an expensive meal. We hope our experience next time will be quieter and that there will be adequate serving staff.

  9. DB

    DougB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service and a newly renovated and comfortable setting.

  10. MW

    MaryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been coming to the Desmond hotel for nearly 40 years and did not expect to like the renovation of the restaurants. But the modern appearance of Mr. D’s is just as warm and cozy as the Scrimshaw was with the added benefit of being trendy and bright. The waitress was friendly and helpful. The salad choices all looked good, but I could not resist the salmon. It was perfectly prepared with a crusty exterior and moist inside. The salad vegetables were fresh and made eating healthy very easy. I will continue to dine here often.

  11. f

    fredo

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Went with no actual expectations. New place, wanted to try it out. Love when expectations are exceeded; which is exactly what happened at Mr. D's. The ambience, the food and the service were second to none. Everything was wonderful. Go, you won't be disappointed.

  12. PK

    PamK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    I thought the food was delicious. I was very surprised by the affordability of it, the Desmond in the past has a reputation for being overpriced. I do think the servers could have been a little friendlier.

  13. AG

    AmyG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The food was good, Lobster Bisque was delicious. Prices were moderate, but a bit high. Hotel prices, and quality.

  14. JB

    JulitaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    food was delicious and the waitress very friendly! the place was so beautiful!! highly recommended to everyone~

  15. MB

    MichelleB

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Everything was good. Just limited in terms of dietary choices, e.g., gluten-free. The drinks and entrees were enjoyable, i.e., swordfish paella and drunken goat salad. The apps were also good, drunken clams and pancetta wrapped shrimp. Overall, it's a nice place that has been nicely renovated. Just wasn't outstanding.

  16. HF

    HughF

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    We made reservations for a Saturday after vigil Mass. Although we were early, we were seated immediately, and we were provided with an excellent server. Our food was served as ordered and was properly prepared with the exception of the chicken sandwich which was of poor quality, and contained a lot of muscle.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ronna was our waitress Above and beyond Personality kind funny inviting A GEM My dads 85 th bd and she celebrated w us The staff sang to him w cake and candle and this was ALL RONNA I did not even think to do the singing w cake but she did I visit my Dad from n j and I will ALWAYS STAY W THE DESMOND BC OF RONNA I hope Ronna receives the appropriate credit for her Service she deserves it Pls feel free to contact me for any further praise 732 492-3087 SUE ELLEN MCCONVILLE

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely perfect from start to finish

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    Lisas

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    All three of us enjoyed the food...two salmons and one chicken .

  20. SB

    ShelbyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Food was good, service was excellent and was a nice setting considering attached to a hotel

  21. C

    Charmagne

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The drunken clams were delicious but a bit oversalted (for me) - otherwise a lovely meal in a lovely place with a fine staff

  22. VE

    VictoriaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Terrific brunch, great filet eggs benedict, delicious strawberry soup, bottomless coffee and tea included, our wait staff Deanna was SOOOOO nice!

  23. M

    Martha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Small menu, but excellent food. The bar area was very loud. When we complained, we were escorted to a lovely quiet room. We were there during the 4:30-6:30 hour and the appetizer prices were reduced. The grouper was delicious. We ordered the goat cheese salad without the Chicken. Strangely, it was the same price without the chicken.

  24. I

    Izzy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was very friendly and professional. The food was well prepared with quality ingredients. The beer selection and cocktails were excellent and we enjoyed the decor and environment. A terrific restaurant with something to offer for everyone.

  25. SK

    SueK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We enjoyed an excellent lunch at Mr. D's. The food and service were both great!

  26. H

    Happydiner

    New York Area

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The selection was great and the food we picked was wonderful. We’ll be back!

  27. RW

    RonaldW

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    It was closed!

    Mr. D'sResponded on November 30, 2021

    Hi Ronald, Mr. D's is open every day and we open at 7AM on Sundays. Perhaps this review was made in error for another location? We are located next to the Crowne Plaza Albany.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Fantastic food.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the Mr. D salad, pancetta wrapped shrimp and the salmon blt with sweet potato fries...everything was great and came out fresh and hot. Will be back for sure. Heather was super. Great space for a lunch stop or dinner. Love the renovations.

  30. NL

    NiceLunch

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very quiet Sunday at the restaurant. Post-Covid they are doing a good job of spacing tables, etc. Food was good and we had a nice time.

  31. SS

    ShelleyS

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    We had a nice time. Kim our server was excellent. The food was excellent. The table was to small. We were crammed, the chairs are so tight together you are sitting shoulder to shoulder. There was not enough room on the table for coffee cups, tea pot, coffee pot, water glasses and condiments. The renovation came out beautiful, however someone missed the size of the tables for an enjoyable dining experience.

  32. CL

    CarolL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience1

    The ambiance was nice,but it was so cool in there, my friend and I were freezing. It didn’t make for a comfortable dining experience. We had our coats on. The grouper was a weird texture and not tasty.

  33. CT

    CatarinaT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Never made it past the hostess stand. We showed up on time for a brunch reservation with my 87 year old mother in law. Were told they needed a “few minutes” to set up. After 15 minutes of no further interaction with the hostess (she disappeared) we walked out. Looking around I saw that none of the empty tables had been cleared and standing any longer was too much for my mother in law (nowhere to sit while waiting). Seems they are short of help. Suggest they remove themselves from OpenTable until they can accommodate expectations of customers making reservations.

  34. M

    Marie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a very nice, quiet lunch. Very few people in the restaurant. We sat in the pit in front of the tv which was on silent mode (good). The couple we were meeting for lunch was late and the waitress seated us and checked on us occasionally to see if we wanted anything while we waited. Would definitely return.

  35. p

    pswider

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    The food was pretty terrible, we couldn't finish our breakfast.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Lovely brunch

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Mother’s Day

  38. G

    Giovanni

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    Atmosphere was exceptional, seating was well spaced out and comfortable, food was good. I modified my reservations through Open Table to add another person and push back the time 15 minutes. They were not aware of the modification but said they would accommodate us anyway? Delay in a couple of items served to our table. Would have been fine but felt like asking the server for anything was an imposition. I didn't say anything because it was Mother's day but after breakfast my wife said something to me about it. Beautiful place, nice atmosphere, excellent spacing, all you need is the right server and you should be fine going here.

  39. R

    Rick

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food5service1ambience2

    Staff was overworked and was totally inadequate to properly handle the volume of Valetine's Day patrons; management dropped the ball!!!

  40. C

    Coreyofvt

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    We waited 35 minutes before waitress took our drink orders. The Filet mignon was so tuff it was inedible. The cheese cake tower was a round cake with a dollop of whip in the side. Waitresses were fighting. And it was an expensive valentines dinner special.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Mr. D's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 869-8100.

Mr. D's is rated 4.3 stars by 212 OpenTable diners.

Mr. D's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Mr. D's

660 Albany Shaker Road Albany, NY 12211

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Intersection of Old Wolf Road and Albany Shaker Road

  • Neighborhood

    Albany

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:30 am Brunch Sat 7:00 am–12:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:30 pm–6:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael St. John

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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