The Point Restaurant & Lounge

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169 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
With a full bar, the Point Restaurant & Lounge is serving up some of the best house made cocktails, great wines and delectable Italian cuisine in the Albany area. With a late night menu as well as full dinner service, diners who want an elegant night out or a relaxing place to mingle over shared bites with friends, will be well served at Point Restaurant & Lounge.

With an emphasis on a seasonality , guests can tuck into some shareables like the crab cakes served with an ancho chile remoulade or one of the chef’s seasonal pizza specialties. Of course, the entrées at Point Restaurant & Lounge are not to be missed like the strip steak or a pan roasted salmon with Cajun seasoning.
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Hartfull
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were seated very promptly. There was a delay in our server coming to the table. Restaurant was not crowded, so not sure why. Our server didn’t come back to the table after our meals were delivered until we were almost finished. We had ordered a second round of drinks when our meals were delivered, but apparently the runner doesn’t have the capability to enter that into the system & it wasn’t communicated to our server. These drinks became our after dinner drinks.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines Day dinner with my girlfriend. It was a busy night but everyone was enjoying their time. The ambiance and decor is amazing. Service was great. Will come back da

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Valentine’s dinner. The food was very good and excellent service, as always. This was our second Valentine’s Day here and we would definitely return. The place was quite busy (as expected) but we never felt rushed or like we were crowded amongst other couples.

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SamuelB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food wasn't mind-blowing but certainly good, and it came at a reasonable price and with great service.

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vipVtLove
New England
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

From the looks of the listing, to actually arriving I did not have much expectations for an outstanding experience. The decor leaves a bit to be desired. We were dining for Valentines Day and were placed in a cold room with six high top tables with one other table occupied. It was a bit awkward at first as noise carries quite far inside the room. The menu was a 3 course option. Most of the appetizers were seafood. That section of the menu could use a bit more variety. The main courses had pretty good variety but only one vegetarian option. I was surprised at how great the food actually was! Our server was very friendly and gave us plenty of attention. Overall I was quite surprised at how well I enjoyed the quality of the food.

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vipMarilynnD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were a party of 6 we have all eaten here many times before always enjoyable. Out of 6 5 of us didn’t like our food either over cooked or just bland. App ‘s we’re fine. Drinks good except mine way too much alcohol I couldn’t drink it gave it away

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my birthday dinner and we had an amazing time. The food was hot, steamy and tasty.

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AnnW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything we ate was delicious. The chicken parmigiana was very tender and melted in you’re mouth. The drinks were very creative and delicious.

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vipNanette
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

We brought old friends to see how great The Point is. So we asked to sit away from the bar where we could talk. Unfortunately we were seated in a room with a loud, raucous table. We did speak with the waiter and a manager. They apologized and took off a percentage of the check . We have dined at the Point many times and loved it.
The manager was very apologetic. We will return to the Point again

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vipchrisc
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Good food service very good but busy cause of holidays

We got stuck by the bar even with reservations so be careful
Of that if you don’t like high top seating

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the Cap. Region! The food, drinks, service and management were top notch! The icing on the cake was the live jazz trio (I unfortunately forgot to ask for their name). One of the best burgers I've ever had anywhere! The brussel sprouts were over the top too. Make sure you ask for the trifecta: Laurie (waitress), Darius (chef) and Nicky (GM) and I promise you will not be disappointed. Ps. Great happy hour and drink selections too! Oh and dont forget to order the Big Cake (strawberry shortcake) #ToDieFor
Hubby and I will be adding The Point to our local dining rotation. Only have one complaint, parking is a bit of an issue. But totally worth driving around for 10 min searching for a space.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us ate dinner, first time there for all of us-all food was delicious! Service was great and prices were very reasonable and we will definitely return. Manager was very attentive checking several times with us on how we were doing!

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Emptynesters
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice neighborhood spot! Flies under the radar but reservations recommended! Excellent food, service and ambiance! Can't wait to get back there. Thanks Kate and Nicolo!

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AnneM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another delicious meal at The Point! well point oysters, yum, burrata tomato appetizer was delicious. Also had a dinner special, the halibut over spaghetti squash, spinach & other veggies, very good. Huby had the pork chop and it was also very good.

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LUVTOEATALOT22
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bight and waitress was super.

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BrendaP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent and the waitress was nice. We should not have sat for 20 minutes before having a beverage from the bar. It wasn't busy at all.

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DouglasG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We've been going to the point for a few years now. The food has always been mediocre at best. We kept going back because we wanted to give them the business and hoped for better. After our last visit we will not be going back. We ordered 3 sandwiches. The blackened salmon sandwich was over seasoned (way too salty). The bread for the chicken sandwich was hard as a rock. And the eggplant sandwich was tasteless. The only good thing we had was the brussel sprouts app.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic, and the fact that The Point has GF pasta makes for a very enjoyable evening being able to enjoy just like everyone else!!

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WardH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

REAL Italian. The food is terrific. Plan on splitting an entre, the portions are huge.

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KelliF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Jon was excellent

Our reservation on open table did not seem to get us anything better than if we had just walked in

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AnneC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really great. It was plentiful. Everyone was very pleased with their choices. It was my daughter's birthday. The provided a dessert for her.
We can't wait for our next visit there.

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RaeE
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I would only recommend this place for appetizers and cocktails. My girlfriend got the linguine and clams for dinner and it was a bowl of salt water, oil, noodles, and clams. There was no sauce or spices. It was unbearable except for the clams.

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GinaB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend & I sat on the patio on a warm summer night for happy hour. We had Tequila Mockingbirds ( loved the name) & the board of food to pick on. The drinks were delicious, food good, waiter super cute & attentive:)
It was fun. Not cheap, but that’s ok.
They had a magician and his tricks were cool!

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KiaraB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love this place! Elaine is awesome and always treats us like family.

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upstater
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome margherita pizza, gluten free! Pasta and clams had more clams than pasta. Usually reversed. Great drink options.

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vipNanette
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

For anyone over 50, on a Saturday night after 7:30, this is a loud, noisy spot if you want a dinner with good service and atmosphere for good conversation. Music and noise is too much. Dine before 6:30 or sit outside

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Point is a pleasant dining experience. There was minor confusion with the wait staff though we were doubly waiting on rather than ignored. One entree was served on a burnt roll. That was sent back and it did take a few minutes for the replacement roll. The chicken parm was a disappointment. My rule of thumb- don’t order Italian food in a non-Italian restaurant.

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Neil
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have enjoyed The Point for several years. The menu changes periodically and they almost always have specials. Their bar, run by Elaine, is always a treat!

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RobA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at The Point. Everything was wonderful!

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CharlesH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

No friendly greeting from the hostess, a delivery was being made next to our table, no offer of lemon in our water, French fries and raw slices of jalapeños on top of my mussels appetizer ( very strange for me), fried chicken dinner special that was a plate of sadness. I got bottled beer because I didn’t want little bits of gunk in my draft. Our waitress was very nice and I still tipped 20 percent so she didn’t have to suffer too. My wife liked her plate, I can’t remember the name of it (salad bass). I eat out often and I rarely complain, so whe I pan a place they probably deserve it. I know that I didn’t want to go back, but my wife wants to try again

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MichaelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I took my daughter and girlfriend there for a celebratory dinner following my daughter's graduation. Excellent service, great food. The truffle burger was superb! As was the s'mores bread pudding.

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MarthaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous service from Nick and the staff!! Attentive and friendly without being overbearing - just the right tone. Nick's wine recommendations paired exceptionally well with our entrees. The risotto fritters were some of the very best we've ever had and we lived in Italy for four years and have dined at exceptional restaurants in California, NYC, Europe, Asia, etc...wonderful appetizer. The steak with gorgonzola gnocchi was superb and was even exceptional when reheated for lunch the next day. What a wonderful find!!!!! Will be a "go to" choice for all our trip to the Albany area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a large group and they were very accommodating.

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MerrillT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server Max was outstanding! Loved the ambiance, our lunch was great! Highly recommend it!

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vipMichelleA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was great. Service and food was enjoyable

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goodbar
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were a large party, but seated right next to live music and could barely hear each other. Specials sounded interesting, but were no longer available when server took the order.The food, once correct, was good. Service was spotty and slow. Incorrect temperatures on the steaks ordered, the round of drinks removed for the inconvenience was appreciated. Drink list was extensive, but quality of cocktails was inconsistent; I assume the recipes were not followed by all of the bar staff. There are a lot of positives (good menu items, creative cocktails, friendly staff), but each was marred by execution errors.

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere (weeknight low crowd level). Excellent food and great service.

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Drew
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Wait staff pleasant. Food was mediocre. Don't go out of your way

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Mcb54
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We consider The Point as our neighborhood special occasion place. Birthdays, out of town company, holidays, anything to celebrate, we go there. They always have a great cocktail list, wine and beer selections. The menu standards sandwiches , pizzas and salad are excellent for a light dinner. A full menu is also excellent. I recently had their version of surf and turf, streak with lobster mac and cheese. It came with roasted asparagus. I took the mac and cheese home it was very good the next day. They have a big cake dessert which is wonderful to share with a group.