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The Hollow Bar & Kitchen

77 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies (83)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (82)
  • Good for Groups (71)

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The Hollow Bar + Kitchen is Albany’s premier spot for contemporary American cuisine highlighting local ingredients. It is a laid-back and charming eatery. Inventive starter plates, such as the heirloom carrot plate with avocado and oranges and the olive plate with whole wheat baguette, are excellent and sharable appetizers. Some of The Hollow Bar + Kitchen signature entrees include the eggplant stack with tomato sauce, pesto and a trio of cheeses, the blackened ahi tuna with bourbon cream sauce and the ribeye with avocado-chili compound butter. Fantastic sandwiches, such as the vegan French dip made of roasted mushrooms and sautéed onions and the Hollow burger, topped with fried egg and habanero ketchup, speak to The Hollow Bar + Kitchen ability to feed all diners well.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen also has live music on the weekends, nightly happy hour specials and hosts private events for diners’ special occasions.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Gastro Pub, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Monday: 4pm til late
Tuesday to Friday: 4pm til late
Saturday: 4pm til late
Sunday closed (unless major show/concert is playing at The Palace or the Times Union Center)
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Phone number
(518) 426-8550
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anna Weisheit
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Please contact Dora Philip for catering needs at or 917-279-8817.
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Cross street
Columbia Street
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Parking details
Please click on the link provided by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District in regards to parking options:

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Public transit
CDTA Bus: Route 116
Mount Hope / Albany South End

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Please click on the following link to review our Live Music Calendar:

Please check our Facebook or website home page for Public Special Events including Craft Beer dinners and events, Parties open to the Public i.e., Annual NYE Bash.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Dora Philip for catering needs at or 917-279-8817.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

The hollow is one of our favorites. Had our wedding reception there and returned for our one year anniversary. Never disappointed by the food or the service. Everything is consistently amazing.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

Our waitor Curtis waa awesome. The burger was alright but my Fiances steak was great. Really good experience all in all.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Cool ambiance, awesome food fit for all styles, overall a favorite. You can order a burger or a gourmet homemade hummus served on a board. And the best thing they offer is a flight of draft beers. AMAZING EXPERIENCE

lolawater (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

Had the eggplant stack, delicious! Eggplant with a tasty tomato sauce, pesto over asparagus. Nice vegetarian and beer menu too!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

It was a good experience overall..arrived early for was more than willing to seat us right then and there....we elected to sit at the bar for a drink...Host notified us at 7:30 that table was ready...Waiter was good...forgot a few minor things..not bad for being was very good...even the items that I was iffy on.....price may have been a bit steep but it was new years and I knew it going surprises...looked at regular menu as seems very reasonable.

Tiki (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

The Hollow has a modern, old vibe with exposed brick walls, and light fixtures out of the 50s. Lunch is always quite good and service is on point. We enjoy going here for team building.

CidMc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

Just celebrated my Birthday at the Hollow invited several friends it was really good better than expected. Will definitely go back.

AlbanyGrad (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

My boyfriend and I went for dinner on a Friday night around 530. The live band was just starting and the dining area was about half full. We both ordered burgers and beers and were very happy with the dinner. One of the best burgers I've ever had, and the beer selection was very large. We would recommend to friends and will definitely return!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2015

Exceptional as always!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

While the menu seemed delicious, and the atmosphere was great, we were quickly disappointed by the quality of service. After 30 minutes of waiting we finally flagged a server and asked to order drinks. She then sent a waitress over who took our order, but we were never given a drink menu and had to go on their website to see what was offered. Granted it was her second day on the job, but on a busy night, when the restaurant is full, don't send an inexperienced server who is unfamiliar with the drink menu and pretty much everything, out on the floor. The burgers were not cooked as ordered and on top of all that, we were late to our performance we had been trying to get to on time. It shouldn't take 2 hours to get burgers and drinks, sadly I was disappointed.

AlbanyFoodie (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

As a former waitress I hate to complain at a restaurant but we had a pretty lousy experience here. From not getting acknowledged by a waitress for the first 25 minutes of being seated (we had to go up to the server booth and let them know they had forgotten us) to the lukewarm soup, undercooked fish that was sent back to the kitchen, and the lack of attention which we could see was a result of being so understaffed on a night that they had to know ahead of time that the times union had a show going on, it was a rough visit. I had been there when the restaurant first opened and the food was wonderful, eccentric, and the chef visited every table that was there before they departed. I was really routing for them but after experiencing the bad serice and some expensive and yet very tasteless entrées that lacked any sort of the artisanry that the chef had used to put into them, I will not be back and won't be recommending them left and right like I used to. They are a young establishment still and I hope they will grow past these shortcomings.

Disappointed (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 6, 2015

Really enjoyed the food [salmon was great!], service and decor. However, a friend and I went to dinner before a Capital Rep play and the noise from the band practicing two rooms away made it impossible to talk to each other.

Disappointed (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

Good food, good location, reasonably priced, but poor service. Mistake on check noted when first brought by waiter not corrected when brought back for signature. Corrected when I asked again but delayed our departure by 5+ minutes and we had a show to get to.

Casey (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2015

Our food was outstanding, came in a timely manner (we were going to a concert) without being rushed, out server was excellent....a great place!

FuzzyD (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

Hostess told us Chef/Owner failed to download Open Table reservations. They would try to accommodate us as quickly as possible. We sat at the bar and had a drink. When a table became available we thought we would be seated but were told by the hostess that the kitchen had a 45 minute backup for food. At this point it was 8 PM so we left. Very disappointed!

vipBobby (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2015

Even on a night that Chef Henry was laid up, the kitchen was on fire, so to speak. The menu is just so nice, with unusual combinations and imaginative presentation. Curtis was our friendly and swift server. We did not hurry through dinner, but we had a play at Capital Rep to attend, and we even lingered over dessert beforehand and made it to the performance easily (of course it's only next door). I always enjoy the wild salmon over herbed quinoa. My wife had the signature gnocchi. If we had not been on the way to the theatre, we might have also stayed for another drink and to hear the band. The Hollow is a fun destination in downtown Albany, with upbeat staff and the right mix of food, drink, and entertainment.

apmom (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

yummy menu, good choices. great pre-venue. very competent wait staff.

vipStargazer (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

Went for lunch, very busy! Service a bit slow but table of 4 all with different entrees each thought their food was great.

Anne (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 13, 2015

Trivia started while we were dining in the adjoining room and the microphone was turned up so loud it was impossible to hear or talk over it. They did turn it down - somewhat- but it ruined the dining experience and turned it into a bar experience.

Our entrees came out before our salads. The servers were very apologetic and took the entrees back to the kitchen. When we were ready for the entrees, they brought them back after spending 20 minutes under the heat lamp.

We did have a very pleasant server who did the best he could to make us happy and overcome the shortcomings of the kitchen and bar scene.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Menu was upscale and food was delicious but place couldn't decide if it wanted to be a bar or nice restaurant. Paper napkins but wine pairings? Bar area was loud and divy but restaurant area was cute with good ambiance. They should class it up not down!