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The Gem, Bolton, NY

The Gem

4.6
4.6
67 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Gem is a cozy restaurant and cocktail bar in Bolton Landing on the shores of Lake George. The Gem serves the finest smoked meats, farm fresh sides and craft cocktails of the highest quality. Arrive by car and park locally or arrive by boat.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (518) 240-6083
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Reserve the indoor or outdoor space at The Gem for: Rehearsal dinners, Wedding receptions, Birthday parties, Reunions ect. Family style dinner with a fun inviting atmosphere. Please email info@thegemlittlegem.com for pricing

What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

67 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    142 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They are no longer on open table I booked and when following up on my reservation was told they don’t belong to open table I said..l am looking at my reservation Answer was..we are not on open table and you do not have a reservation with us

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  2. CharlesW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gem is just that….a perfect little gem on the banks of Lake George in beautiful Bolton Landing. This place is awesome- the food, the drink, the hospitality, the music, the vibe — it’s so perfectly retro groovy and cool. The menu is deceitfully delicious in its utter comfort simplicity. Everything we had was mouth watering or meltingly magnificent. The staff rocks and the service is sensational. If you’re going anywhere near Lake George make every effort to get to the Gem!!! You’re welcome :) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  3. RonS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love the Gem! Awesome bar and great food.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They wings were the best I’ve ever had.

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  5. MDPiii

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience for us on our twin sons’ 21st birthday.

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  6. DEB0426

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Read about this wonderful place and it lives up to its name! Truly a GEM- everything was perfect - cocktails - our party had 2of the specials and 2 off the menu -all fantastic! Started with the wings OMG! And the variety of sauces was great! Several had brisket and combo platters I had the shrimp which was so delicious and sooo much - I took home and heated it with its sauce over pasta the next night! Our server - I think Kate… was lovely as well and gave us good suggestions for food and drink snd just added to a perfect evening . Will def return

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  7. KellyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a nice find for us locals who like to dine in the Bolton Landing/Lake George area after the busy tourist season. We loved the smoked wings, brisket and chicken sandwich. The happy hour cocktails were very nice. Service was friendly and efficient. We will definitely be back.

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  8. RogerK

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This could be such a long review, but I’m going to try to stay on point. Great north country/lake atmosphere, very friendly and welcoming staff. It’s best if you’ve got a designated driver so you can try and enjoy the interesting cocktails. My wife had a Don Lockwood ($15) – a mix of bourbon, maple syrup, Islay scotch whisky, and chocolate bitters with a huge twist of orange. With a really nice smokey flavor this may have actually been the highlight of the evening. I had a Common Roots Lager draft ($7) because it was the only draft available of the six listed on the menu. Our server read my mind and opined that they shouldn’t put items on the menu if they don’t have them available. I don’t know why I was not charged the $6 Happy Hour price, unless HH prices are only available at the bar. But that should have been printed on the menu. My wife ordered the Barbequed Peel & Eat Pub Prawns ($22) with “soppin’ toast” that was not toasted. The prawns were perfectly cooked (except for one) in a very flavorful broth. The untoasted potato bread was fresh, delicious, and probably much better at soppin’ than toast would have been. I ordered the Smokehouse Combination Platter ($32) comprised of sliced Texas brisket, pulled pork, two beer brats, and two sides. For sides I chose coleslaw and BBQ yam steak fries. There was plenty of delicious, black-charred bark on both meats. I kept alternating between the four house-made sauces, each of which our server was able to describe in great detail, trying to find a favorite. A tie between the Georgia Mustard and the slightly spicy BBQ sauce narrowly beat out the Alabama White and the Carolina Copper. Those BBQ yam fries were delicious. My personal preference is for slightly more smokey flavored meat. The brats were good as were my two slices of the potato bread. Definitely worth another visit.

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  9. gnov

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very loud, limited menu. The food was ok, great cocktails, slow service. Probably won’t be back.

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  10. DavidB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ex-Texas native here: I left Texas in 2008 and this is the first good barbeque I've found since I moved north. The brisket is tender and flavorful, and the brats are excellent. Also, their mixed drink specials are remarkable, and I feel the need to go back to try them all. Strongly recommended.

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  11. bdrose

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great wings, brats and sauces. Really wanted the ribs, but they had already switched to the "Winter" menu. Nice cocktails

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  12. ReneeF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint little spot with food and drinks that have been well thought out and prepared. Highly recommend.

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  13. KatheM

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor seating where we could bring our dog. Good drinks and good food!

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  14. MichaelF

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent BBQ, the flavors are unique & delicious. The cheesy corn is a side to definitely order.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great staff

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  16. ChrisL

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived early for our reservation and enjoyed a wonderful cocktail on the porch. Was seated promptly and greeted by friendly and knowledgable waitstaff. Party of 4 ordered different items and everything was delicious! Didn't have room for dessert, maybe next time. Can't wait to return!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went to The Gem on Labor Day weekend and Molly was our server. She had great customer service skills and was very friendly. We sat outside and it was a little noisy as there were people playing corn hole and the other games they have outside for guests. The BBQ was outstanding! Best BBQ chicken I have ever tasted. Literally melted in your mouth! Would definitely go back again as the desert was amazing as well!

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  18. KJFnyc

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Fabulous cocktails Friendly service

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  19. Ficecone

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Very good bbq served in metal trays. They promote their fancy cocktails by serving them in a standard highball glass with a huge cube of ice. Looks cool but if you take out the block of ice you're left with a miniature $15.00 cocktail. Great marketing concept but a miserable pour.

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  20. jennyjenjen

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, we didn't know what to expect because many people over rate their experience but this one was on point! The BbQ served here was righteous!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great barbecue and nice selection of dishes well executed. Definitely a Gem.

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  22. Lakegirl

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wow, what an excellent addition to Bolton Landing dining. The place is beautifully designed, the cocktails are lovely, the owners and servers are pros and very welcoming and the food was great value and very fun. This is our new favorite place.

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  23. FredC

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Food was very disappointing, it was dry and looked old, my wife had a stomach ache all night. Over priced!! I will not return or recommend it.

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  24. DanC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Food is absolutely delicious. Love the sauces. Service was fast and attentive. Great vibe on the back yard patio. This was my 2nd visit in 2 weeks. Cocktails are also outstanding. Would encourage them to add another 5 cocktails to their menu to get an even more diverse and deep selection. The bartenders are awesome! The inside space is really nicely decorated too. Great start, Gem team. Keep up the good work.

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  25. LauraH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming outdoor seating, delicious food with generous portions and absolutely outstanding service! Will definitely go back and recommend to family, friends and everyone! It was a lovely anniversary dinner shared with our friends.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best bbq I have had in New York. Drinks are fantastic and fun. BBQ sauces are all excellent. Music harkens back to late 90s early aughts alt rock and southern rock. Ambiance is laid back with Adirondacks and a fire pit in the rear. Fun things for kids to do means some small moments of peace. Staff are friendly and attentive. Food is priced well for the quality.

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  27. JudiH

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    almost hate to write this review as this is truly a new “Gem” near Lake George. I would highly recommend the Gem for cocktails or cocktails and dinner. The craft cocktails are beautifully made and absolutely delicious!! The wait staff are attentive and it’s clear that the owners want to make folks feel welcomed in their comfortably chic setup. The open seating, both indoors and outdoors in addition to a magnificent bar make this place a great choice for dining.

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  28. John

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reasonably priced (not "resort" priced) quality food. Outstanding service, great drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere.

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  29. DonnaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New cute little find in Bolton. Backyard with picnic table seating, fire pit, outdoor games including chalk art for the kids. Great food and attentive service. Nice large bar for casual cocktails. Indoor dining with abundant space between tables. Affordable dining but menu is limited. Worth checking out.

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  30. AmandaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Such a needed addition to Bolton. The Gem is perfect for a date night or a family affair. The food is delicious and a great value. The drinks are wonderful. Try the potato salad it is just like grandma used to make. Must try.

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  31. LizM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great drinks. Outdoor games. Chef is from the south and the mixologist is from NYC.

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  32. JaniceR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious BBQ. Such a nice add to the Bolton Landing restaurant scene.

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  33. LoriG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The remodel looks very nice and the staff is welcoming and professional. That’s where the positives end. We were all set for really good barbecue based on the rave review our local newspaper had printed. We were served our selection in about 5 minutes which seemed to indicate that everything was sitting in the kitchen waiting with a minimum of fresh preparation. And that’s the way it tasted too. Even with the special sauces on the table, the food was bland with little seasonings added for flavor. The ribs were not “fall off the bone” tender, but were especially greasy as were the artichokes. The chicken was mediocre and the pulled pork was merely okay. Any decent cook can produce these dishes better at home with a slow cooker or low oven. The potato salad was especially “Al dente” (really hard). Be prepared for indigestion! Most dinners are well under $30. One other positive: I’m sure the bar is a great success and will draw lots of people in as it was fairly crowded. We really hope this is taken in the spirit in which it’s offered: we’d love to see it improve because we’d love to have a local restaurant with really great barbecue. Right now, The Gem isn’t that restaurant. Our score: 5 out of 10.

    The GemResponded on August 26, 2022

    Hi Lori Glad you liked the service and the ambiance! We do not prepare food to order, we smoke everything for 12 hrs before we open the doors it is true that food comes out quickly. The nature of smoking meat is that we cook slow, serve fast. We dry smoke which means the meat does not have sauce on it, they are rubbed and smoked and all the sauces are made and are served on the side. This is a particular style of BBQ. We apologize if this was not explained. We welcome you back another day.

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  34. GeorgeP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Second time visiting - this time inside. Food and service were outstanding again and one of the few places in Bolton with reasonable prices. Have recommended the agepppGem and will definitely return. Great cocktails as well.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails were fantastic.

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  36. KateS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service, Neat back patio , perfect for summer dinner. Food was delicious

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  37. Jakes

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Need to add corn bread to the great, existing menu.

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  38. IsabelC

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love the vibe of this cool new Bolton spot. Friendly server had to explain the drink of the day over the background noise. Some of the best menu items are the sides. Cheesy corn, yam fries, potato salad. Pulled pork is very tasty but excess fat on slice of brisket made it almost inedible. Chicken was plentiful and good. Mixed reactions to mixed drinks, some better than others. Worth experimenting though. We will definitely be back.

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  39. AndreC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gem is a Gem! Restaurant is very nicely done and the food is excellent! Will definitely be back!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food

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Google Map for The Gem

4981 Lake Shore Dr, Bolton, NY 12814

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Sagamore Dr
  • Neighborhood
    Bolton Landing
  • Hours of operation
    Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Phone number
    (518) 240-6083
  • Private party facilities
    Reserve the indoor or outdoor space at The Gem for: Rehearsal dinners, Wedding receptions, Birthday parties, Reunions ect. Family style dinner with a fun inviting atmosphere. Please email info@thegemlittlegem.com for pricing
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