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The Tavern - Albany

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195 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Indoor dining is available in our beautiful indoor courtyard while our bar area undergoes renovations. Our delicious menu features burgers, sandwiches, and dinner entrees plus a full bar with bottled craft and domestic beers, wines and seasonal cocktails.

The Prime Rib Friday special from Simpson's is currently not available, thank you for your understanding.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 195 people are saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRick
New York Area
6 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!!!

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Coreyofvt
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.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Restaurant staff needs refresher training; on how to create a sense of urgency to cycle patrons through on high reservation evening. Some servers need the friendly ness factor built in more. Tables and chairs need adjustment on the floor to accommodate party’s of 2 & 4. Just obtaining an appetizer (wedge salad and rice balls took an hour), seems the patrons just sitting and not leaving had control of the restaurant. Why not a friendly reminder signage before entry... ‘Do to a high volume of reservations this evening kindly be mindful of other patrons who like to enjoy this dinner experience also’...My wife and I need to give credit as the delay in reservation put us the Tavern for a half an hour for an appetizer and 2 free drinks.. thank you..

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was delicious but there was a long wait to place our order and get our meal. The waitress did not check to see if we needed anything else. My husband asked another waiter to refill his drink. Our meal took about 3.5 hours.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were greeted promptly. She did not have our reservation through OpenTable but was able to seat us. Their appeared to be only two servers for the while restaurant. Our server seemed a little abrupt. We both ordered the lobster bisque as our appetizer . For our meal my wife ordered a salad and I ordered the filet.

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Buddylee
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

When string at Simpson’s, hostess said we did not have a reservation. Said there was no communication from open table and suggested next time we call her directly.
Although not an extravagant decor, the waitress was 5 star plus as was the meal. The only negative was the hostess!!

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vipKathrynM
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was very slow. A single diner, and a couple sat down after my husband and I did. They had coffee and drinks even before our server came to get us coffee. Then they were waited on before we had coffee. It took 15 minutes for the server to even come to see us. The single man had eaten his breakfast and was done before she even took our order.

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TonyT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service- food fresh, quick and tasty. Portions small for the price. A little pricey. Overall a great meal with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We received our entrees 2hours & 20 mins after sitting down. Just about everyone was pleased with their entrees, but we were all very dissatisfied with the service. We all were without a drink for close to an hour after finishing our first.
Only saw two waitresses & a busser working. We were there just under 3 hours on a night that was far from busy!

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MayonnaiseJane
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic. I had the Grouper Special and my Husband had the regular Grouper. He had the Apple Soup and I had the Lobster Bisque. I could have died the bisque was so good. The Lemon Drop I had to drink was really good too! It was quite quiet and not very busy at all on a Friday night! In our early 30s I think we were the youngest people there. Will tell our friends not to sleep on this place! Definitely a special-events kind of place, however, with the price. Perfect choice for our Wedding Anniversary!

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gary
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent experience at Simpsons. We are long time customers and appreciated the great wait staff that has been there for many years. An added bonus was that we were there for the Friday night prime rib special. We will be back.

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KristinW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here prior and we love the food and we love the atmosphere and everybody is always very kind and accommodating.

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Spock6868
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't tell you how impressed I was with everything. Started with a drink in the Tavern. Friday happy hour has nice music. Me not being a big drinker opted for my Saranc Root Beer which came with a nicely frosted glass. Then to Simpson's. Wait staff was excellent, very attentive. Menu selection is great. I had the Friday Prime Rib special, absolutely delicious. Just nice little touches with warm rolls, pretty butter pats and chocolates at end. Also the chairs are VERY comfortable. Another thing I notices was how clean the hotel looked. I think it is a diamond in the rough for lunch also.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to a union convention and after a long day we relaxed and enjoyed the food here. I would highly recommend this place to everyone.

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ReezBeez
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great specials!
Needs more waitstaff.
Staff seemed overwhelmed.

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DeborahL
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was great and pricing was good. This was the Easter dinner we went to and everything was fresh and for a large party everything was hot

BR
vipBarbaraR
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The wait staff is always welcoming. The food was delicious and at the right temperature. The value is always great and the ambiance and noise were quite acceptable. We go to Simpson's at least once a month and have enjoyed dining there for 35 years.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

93 birthday for Neighbor

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PaigeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a wonderful experience at Simpson’s. Food was delicious, staff was attentive. Great for large group dinners. Highly recommend.

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Mary
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Prime Rib special which was excellent. The beef was very tender and done exactly how I liked it. Vegetable tasted like fresh picked. The house salad was very good and the bread pudding for desert was the best ever! All in all my diet may have suffered but I left very happy. Simpsons is a great place for a nice quiet dinner.

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janetp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tracy our server was awesome. The food was fabulous. We will be back to see her soon.

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PaigeH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've gone to Simpson's for many of our special occasions with large groups as well as Sunday brunch and family dinners. The waitstaff is always friendly and attentive and the food is always spot on. The menu is excellent and we've never been disappointed with the chef specials. Their ability impaired access is excellent too, easy to drop off at the front entrance under cover and not far from the main entrance. Would highly recommend!

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Girlznight
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was great!! Our waitress seemed more bothered like us being there was problematic. That was the only part that was not enjoyable.

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DawnH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we arrived we were seated at a table for four in the middle of the room. Myself, my mom and my sister are all, shall we say, "vertically challenged", and the chairs were so low that we all felt we were sitting in a hole. When we asked the hostess if we could move to a booth, which would be more comfortable for us, we were basically told no and that they would get pillows for us. We thought they would be regular chair pads.... no, they were bed pillows! Yes, actual big, white bed pillows. My mom was so embarrassed that she was ready to walk out. We have spent the last few years spending our New Years eve at Simpson's and have never been treated that way. Also the lobster bisque was too salty and the lobster chewy and tough. While the main meal was okay, after the "pillow incident" it just put a damper on the rest of the evening. I'm afraid we'll be going someplace else next New Years eve......

MJ
MomJ0105
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Christmas Eve, prix fixe, seemed like a nice option, but I couldn't tell by the taste that my lamb was really lamb

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AlbanyJack
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Simpson' s in the Desmond. The food is great, the seating is comfortable and the service has always been excellent. It's a great place for a special occasion or just a night when you want to have a great dinner experience.

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delishous and huge amount of food. Service was fabulous... mimosas was the perfect touch with our brunch. Prices were wonderful.Very festively decorated for Christmas !
We will be back more often!

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vipCindyW
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Quaint place. Food delicious

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TheresaP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent and the service was OK but they did not have the reservation when we got there. So it took them some time to set up a table for 10. But we will go back

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vipBarbaraR
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the "welcome" by the hostess, wait staff and the manager. Food was good as usual and the service was great. Thanks for another wonderful meal. :)

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vipanthonyf
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Need to focus on food and service . Did not enjoy it and would not recommend having dinner there

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vipSatisfied
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had the grilled swordfish which was excellent. Perfectly cooked. Moose and flavorful. Being from NYC I was skeptical of the kind of meal I could expect but was happily surprised at the quality of the food. Excellent.

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gary
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great dinner at Simpson’s. It was a Friday night so I took advantage of the prime rib special. It was delicious. The service by Deb was outstanding. I will be back.

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kennethl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We est here often & it is always consistent.

Good for a nice quiet & good dinner.

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DavidS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best prime rib dinner I have had in years.
Will be back soon.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Guest and myself had not seen each other in many years and decided Simpson's would be a perfect fit to meet and enjoy a quiet lunch with lots of reminiscing. Everyone was pleasant and efficient and we enjoyed a lovely salad with fruit, which was delightful. We were well taken care of and left to visit for two hours.
Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

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Zagfan
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food at Simpson's was good, though I thought the menu was somewhat limited. I had a fish dish topped with crab, which was nicely prepared. If you're looking for an extensive wine list, you'll have to go elsewhere.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Simpsons never disappoints! (Other than a group of semi well behaved soft ball players, very entertaining) went for the prime rib special on Friday night,

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vipJemmy
Atlanta
261 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently superb! The best service and out if this world, not to be missed prime rib!

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vipsawint
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food not up to past experiences. Ribs and baked beans were both much too dry. Service was good

FAQs

The Tavern - Albany offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 869-8100.

The Tavern - Albany is rated 4.1 stars by 195 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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