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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Capital District

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Capital District? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant - Clifton Park restaurant
4.9
4.9 (149)
$30 and under
Mexican
Clifton Park
About the restaurant
If you're looking for high quality and personal service, you've come to the right place. At La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in CLIFTON PARK we'll give you the attention and personal service you'll come to expect and enjoy!!
Top review
NeilAvip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
I was surprised when I see any restaurant with a perfect 5 Star Rating but now I know!!! What a great experience from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. Appetizers, Drinks and food were all beyond AMAZING. What a gem and easy to find in Clifton Park, with outdoor dining available and a great selection of options to satisfy any appetite, large portions and a large variety excellently prepared will keep you coming back for more.
A photo of Sushi by Bou - Albany NY @ City Beer Hall restaurant
4.9
4.9 (92)
$50 and over
Sushi
Albany
About the restaurant
Step into Sushi By Bou Albany, where every bite whispers secrets of a bygone era. Our curated Omakase, meaning "Chef's Choice,"' promises an exquisite journey through culinary artistry in a speakeasy setting. Opt for our signature 12-course offering at $60 or immerse in the lavish 'Bougie' Omakase, $100 for 17 pieces, seated hourly, Bou Albany experience transports you to the prohibition era with its mysterious allure. Nestled on the lower level of City Beer Hall, our Albany hideaway boasts live music and classic cocktails. Explore our full Prohibition-style libations, featuring exotic cocktails and premium sake. Date Nights, Birthdays, or intimate private seatings, let us whisk you away on a journey of mystique. Visit all of our unique locations, each with its own culture-inspired vibe! Reserve now to secure a coveted seat at Sushi By Bou.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
This was easily the best sushi I have had in New York. The experience was also very fun. I highly recommend trying this place!
A photo of The Mouzon House Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (363)
$31 to $50
Creole
Saratoga Springs
About the restaurant
Providing both an intimate an elegant dining experience, the Mouzon House Restaurant serves dinner daily. In keeping with its farm-to-table philosophy, it uses only fresh and locally grown ingredients in all of its recipes. A diverse menu, the Mouzon House Restaurant serves everything from fried chicken to crawfish beignets.

Formerly a Victorian home, the décor at the Mouzon House Restaurant features lots of period furniture and beautiful artwork. It further provides an outdoor porch space for dining with a view of High Rock Park. Private dining rooms are also available for special occasions such as bridal showers, engagement parties or holiday dinners.

Top review
chriswvip
Dined 1 day ago
Mia was awesome and super professional and helpful.
A photo of Ama Cocina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (286)
$30 and under
Mexican
Albany
About the restaurant
Located in Downtown Albany, ama cocina delivers a fresh and funky twist on
modern mexican street food.

Our mission is to encompass the three most important elements of life -food•laughter•love

Let's get back to the days when we bond over a good meal and tasty beverage. Discuss our dreams, plan our next adventure, and remember the feeling you get when a thoughtfully prepared meal hits you. Don't forget to relax and laugh while you’re here - we will do the rest.
 Welcome to our kitchen - and know that there is a lot of thought, fun & love here at ama.

Top review
IishaFvip
Dined 2 days ago
Recommendation and service from the staff was excellent.
A photo of Las Margaritas Mexican Cantina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (35)
$30 and under
Mexican
Slingerlands
About the restaurant
Step into the vibrant and lively world of our Mexican restaurant with a bar. From sizzling fajitas, mouthwatering enchiladas to Mexican Brunch, each dish is a celebration of the rich and diverse cuisine.

As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the energetic rhythms of Latin music and the warm smiles of our friendly staff. Our skilled bartenders will prepare signature margaritas and cocktails that will transport your taste buds to the sun-kissed shores of Mexico.

Whether you're looking for an intimate dinner for two or a gathering with friends and family, our restaurant offers a variety of seating options to suit your mood - make your reservation today and let us transport you to a world of culinary delight.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
This was our first time to this restaurant, and all of our entrées were fantastic. We also ordered the guacamole as an appetizer, and it was outstanding. The staff were pleasant and accommodating. This is definitely going to be a regular now.
A photo of Innovo Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2196)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Latham
About the restaurant
Chef John LaPosta has had a long and exciting career path which has landed him in the restaurant of his dreams. Along with his partner, Tina Kruger, he has created a wonderful American Gastropub full of great energy, fine hospitality, and of course, outstanding food.

It is his passion for excellence, beaming hospitality and tireless work that have been the hallmarks of John's 30+ years as one of the Capital Region’s most popular chefs. He is known for his outstanding food that he serves to "real" people in a fun and unassuming style. His simple philosophy has always been "put the love on plate." In doing this, people feel comfortable when reading his menus and do not feel as if they need to be a chef themselves to understand it. Inspired food and service in an unassuming manner with outstanding hospitality!

Top review
Beccavip
Dined 2 days ago
Love the option to make a reservation outside. Staff was super friendly and accommodated friend who had gluten allergy.
A photo of Wm. Farmer and Sons restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1170)
$31 to $50
American
Hudson
About the restaurant
Our barroom and restaurant is currently open Friday through Tuesday for dinner and features craft cocktails, light bites and a wide range of seasonal culinary offerings inspired by the bounties of local Hudson Valley farms. Not just farmers in name, we believe in supporting farmers and producers who share in our passion of growing and preparing the finest products imaginable.
*You will be allowed to cancel your reservation at any time but please keep in mind that no shows and reservations canceled within 3 hours of your reservation time will be charged $25 per person. Due to the high number of restaurant reservation cancellations and no shows, our cancellation policy is not flexible, and the fee cannot be waived.
*Pavilion seating is fully covered and sat rain or shine- In the event of inclement weather we cannot guarantee alternative indoor seating


Top review
GaryL
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent happy hour oyster’s and sparkling wine. Dinner was exceptional by pricey. A great bar cocktail place also. Food was made with nice flavors temperature and freshness. A good to place if in neighborhood.
A photo of Tatu Tacos & Tequila restaurant
4.6
4.6 (357)
$30 and under
Mexican
Troy
About the restaurant
Chef/Owner Kareem NeJame brings inspired cuisine from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, featuring the most extensive library of Tequila & Mezcal in the region, all wrapped in an elegantly funky tattoo art gallery! Thoughtful dishes, exciting cocktails, fun vibes, private and patio dining all come together to bring you Tatu, voted Best New Restaurant and Best Chef in the region for 2021.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
This was my second visit to Tatu Taco and it has not disappointed. Our server was great, the bar was so accommodating when I inquired about additional mocktails, the food was phenomenal. We were seated in a nook that allowed us to feel almost like we had a private space. I’ve been recommending this place to so many people!
A photo of The Standard Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1482)
$30 and under
American
Albany
About the restaurant
The Standard is known for its straightforward, classic American cuisine, prepared using home-cooking techniques with fresh, local ingredients purchased daily. The Standard’s menu features over 100 items that will be sure to have something for everyone.
“Our menu revolves around ‘classics’ or ‘standards’ restaurant goers have come to know and love, yet with our own unique twist; upscale comfort food. We have popular & unique appetizers ranging from Macaroni & Cheese to our signature entrees such as Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon and “Forever” Braised Short Ribs. In addition, we offer a variety of fresh chopped salads and gourmet sandwiches.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Service was good, staff was great! Cocktails were delicious! My daughter ordered the mac & cheese and liked it very much, my husband ordered the Cobb salad and liked that as well. I ordered the cranberry pecan salad, and it was good overall; however, the chicken was overcooked and tough. The pears and pecans really brought out the flavor. More tender chicken would have made the salad excellent!
A photo of The City Beer Hall restaurant
4.4
4.4 (247)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Albany
About the restaurant
The City Beer Hall is an American beer hall & housed within downtown Albany’s historic & beautiful old telephone company. Inventive menus focus on locally sourced, seasonal, from-scratch cuisine. Indoor/outdoor seating for dinner, brunch, & late night.
Featuring some of the best craft beverages in the area; we have 20 rotating beer/cider taps, an extensive can/bottle list, & full bar. If you’re looking for a special brew that’s available in the area, chances are we’re pouring it. Not to mention, guests receive a FREE personal pizza with each beer/cocktail purchased! If you’re not looking to stay long, we offer beer to-go in cans.
Our Main Hall is a great location to host a lively group dinner, enjoy a cozy first date by the fireplace, or simply meet some friends for happy hour & a free pizza. Our huge outdoor patio is perfect for a sunny brunch or late night cocktail under the stars. Friday & Saturday late night our second level turns into a dance flo

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Lovely place with delicious food and placenta atmosphere
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