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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Upstate New York

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Upstate New York? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Wildflowers at Turning Stone restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1092)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Verona
About the restaurant
Immerse your senses at Wildflowers, where every bite is a celebration of flavor and innovation in an ambiance of timeless elegance and comfort. Standout signature dishes include our filet mignon, halibut and salmon — each masterfully crafted with the freshest seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Wildflowers sets the standard for both atmosphere and culinary excellence. The experts agree: our fine-dining experience has been recognized with the AAA Four Diamond Award, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award, the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Casino Player Magazine’s Best Outdoor Dining in New York Award.

Ease into the evening knowing complimentary valet parking will ensure a hassle-free visit. Explore our wine list, meticulously curated to enhance your meal. And for groups up to 30, private dining is available.
Top review
JeffE
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
My wife and I had dinner for our 30th wedding anniversary. The service was 10/10 starting with our bartender who was so pleasant and did a great job explaining their many cocktail options. The dinner service was just as good. Our meals were delicious, from the Beet Salad to the Rib Eye Main, everything was prepared perfectly. We ate on the patio which is a perfect setting among the trees. Highly recommend.
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4.6
4.6 (553)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lake George
About the restaurant
Contemporary American restaurant with live jazz, bourbon and electric fun menu. Located in the heart of quaint Bolton Landing. We pride ourselves in the quality of our ingredients and the dining experience that we deliver.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Matt was an excellent server and the food was fabulous. Thank you!!
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4.8
4.8 (233)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Glens Falls
About the restaurant
Park & Elm is a multi-concept eatery featuring a gourmet food market, delicatessen and fine dining restaurant located in downtown Glens Falls.

Enjoy an elevated experience in our dining room, featuring a modern take on classic dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The dining room and bar also showcase a highly curated beverage program, with innovative twists on classic cocktails, plus a hand-picked selection of wines from across the globe.

Don't forget to check out our nightly happy hour, featuring a seasonal selection of small plates and drink specials.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Phenomenal food, wonderful waitress, and an overall fantastic experience!
A photo of Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2718)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Buffalo
About the restaurant
Bacchus wine bar and restaurant is located in the historic Calumet building in the heart of Buffalo's entertainment district. A seasonal menu highlights the best available ingredients from local and regional farms. Together with our Wine Spectator award winning wine list, this elegant yet casual restaurant has continually been ranked as one of Buffalo's best.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The crusted Salmon was delicious and the service was great. My husband loved the steak. No complaints at all.
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4.8
4.8 (288)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rochester
About the restaurant
Let Max of Eastman Place be your choice for sophisticated dining in Rochester, NY. A combination of attentive service, innovative cuisine, stylish decor and stunning views you can be ensured that Max is a hit with both travelers and locals alike. Dine in our newly updated dining room or al fresco in our intimate courtyard.

The menu features an ever-evolving French/Mediterranean Bistro inspired selection of the freshest seafood, organic chicken, locally sourced vegetables, angus beef burgers and prime/angus steaks . Our wine list includes numerous new world and old world selections by our knowledgeable wine team.

From the creative cuisine, thoughtfully selected wines, to the warm hospitality, Max of Eastman Place continues to set the standard for dining in Rochester.
Top review
BroadwayJvip
Dined on May 30, 2024
Tasty food and professional service made for an outstanding dining experience.
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4.8
4.8 (1086)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Albany
About the restaurant
Yono's, a two time Top 100 restaurants winner, has been Albany's premiere World Class restaurant for almost years. Owned and operated by second generation renowned restaurateur, Dominick Purnomo, the intimate, elegant split level dining room is has recently gone through a renovation modernizing the dining room now elegantly appointed with neutral colors, bronzed mirrors, a large fireplace, crystal chandelier, and floral displays. An innovative menu of blending French Technique, Asian Influence & American Ingredients pays homage to the rich culinary history of founding Chef Yono Purnomo. Managing partner & sommelier Josh Turo offers a wine list with some 1000 labels representing every major wine growing region in the world. Let the Yono's 4 star service staff anticipate your needs, while you experience the luxury and elegance of a bygone era.


Located adjacent to Yono's, is dp An American Brasserie, a decidedly more casual alternative. www.dpbrasserie.com
Top review
DennisM
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and efficient, friendly servers. A very enjoyable evening!
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4.8
4.8 (1560)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hamburg
About the restaurant
The Carte Blanche Team is passionate about combining fresh ingredients to create a local cuisine for the Hamburg NY area. We are dedicated to creating an atmosphere that is both friendly and inviting for our local residents and visitors.
During this time we must follow all CDC guidelines regarding masks.
Guests must arrive promptly for their reservation wearing a mask. When moving throughout our space we require you to be wearing face covering correctly. Guests who arrive without masks will not be allowed to enter. Please understand that we are trying to keep our staff, their families and you safe during this time.
Reservations are given a 15 minute grace period. We ask that if you are going to arrive late or if you have to cancel your reservation please alert us as soon as possible. Given our smaller capacity all tables are given a 90 minute time limit to ensure proper sanitation and so that we can seat future reservations in a timely manner.
Top review
Susanvip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent! Food and service! Mia does an excellent job as well!
A photo of Shepard's at Erlowest restaurant
4.5
4.5 (452)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Lake George
About the restaurant
Experience a truly exceptional dining opportunity at Shepard's at Erlowest, situated overlooking the picturesque Lake George.

Nestled within a historic stone mansion crafted in 1898, Shepards offers a serene ambiance for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Immerse yourself in the captivating history of our Queen Anne mansion, where you can savor your meal in the cozy fireplace dining room or on the veranda which offers outstanding lake views.

Chef Scott Dewar, our talented culinary maestro, consistently delights diners with an array of daily specials, showcasing his culinary expertise and diverse menu offerings.

Please note the bar is open for lighter fare at 3pm daily. The restaurant serves dinner from Wednesday to Monday.

Reservations subject to $25/person cancellation fee within 48 hours.
Top review
stella
Dined on May 25, 2024
This is THE best restaurant in Lake George. Excellent service. Outstanding food. Great wine list. Interiors gorgeous. Outdoor dining with lake views.
A photo of Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (539)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Syracuse
About the restaurant
Originally known as Phoebe's Garden Café, the restaurant has a long and colorful history in Syracuse. Local lore claims that the building was originally a brothel, and Phoebe was its madam.
In the summer of 2004, Phoebe's experienced a refreshing makeover with a bright new look in the atrium dining room with fresh paint, new upholstery, and artwork. The coffee lounge also opened that year, and it became an instant hit with the surrounding university and business crowd. Those changes also warranted a new name to reflect the updated attitude and ambiance: Phoebe's Restaurant and Coffee Lounge. Classic elements of Phoebe's remain untouched—the French onion soup and enticing crème brulee, for example, but other menu items change seasonally.
The Lounge also has its own seating area and free wireless internet capabilities. Phoebe's old world charm is right at home in a revitalized area of the city.
Top review
PaulB
Dined 4 days ago
The food was outstanding. My wife had the Greek pasta, said it was the best she ever had. (And she’s Italian!) I had the beef short ribs. Wonderful! We received a free dessert, because we ordered 2 meals. The coconut cake was delicious. Service was excellent and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. We will be back.
A photo of The Roycroft Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3057)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
East Aurora
About the restaurant
Dine amongst Arts and Crafts history at the beautifully restored Roycroft Inn, a national historic landmark. The Roycroft Inn features an artisan inspired menu highlighting regional and seasonal foods. Our Chef uses many locally produced ingredients in the preparation of this contemporary menu with daily special creations. The Sunday brunch was voted the best in the area by Buffalo Spree magazine and Zagat Survey has named the Roycroft Inn “best bang for your buck.” . In addition The Roycroft Inn's Sunday brunch has been rated in the top 100 brunches in the United States for the last two years by Open Table diners. There is fireside dining during the winter months and outdoor dining on the peristyle in the summer. Ambiance is casual elegance. Located within 30 minutes of the Buffalo/Niagara Airport and steps away from local ski resorts.
Dinner entrees range from $22-$59. Sunday buffet brunch: $36.00 adults, $20 children, under 3 free.
Top review
KellyH
Dined 3 days ago
They have one of the best brunches in WNY. Food is always fresh and delicious and even though some items never change, most change from week to week and they will plan meals around holiday themes depending on the time of year. They offer bottomless mimosas, poinsettias, and bloody mary's, along with soda and coffee. Service is always top notch and, in the summer, the patio is a great place to sit and enjoy the views.
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