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Scrimshaw

4.4
107 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Scrimshaw @ The Desmond Hotel has been serving award winning culinary delights to diners across the Albany area for more than 40 years. It shows no signs of letting up any time soon with such dishes as shrimp scampi and bacon wrapped filet mignon dotting the pages of the menu. The seafood at Scrimshaw @ The Desmond Hotel is always fresh and grilled to perfection in a nice garlic butter sauce.

To keep the conversation flowing, come early to enjoy drinks and cocktails with your dining party. Scrimshaw @ The Desmond Hotel has a full in house bar with a range of beers and spirits to offer its adult patrons.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, French American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(518) 640-6095
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael St. John
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wolf Road Extension
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Parking details
Free parking in our hotel lot
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Entertainment
Every Friday and Saturday, enjoy the melodies of our pianist playing a hand painted one hundred year old Steinway. Celebrating an occasion? Advance arrangements can be made for musical requests.
Additional
Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2015

We've been to Scrimshaw several times for our anniversary. The food is fantastic, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner.

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AwaJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

Our greeting by the Hostess was pleasant and professional as she prepared us for a wonderful
dinner. The atmosphere was quiet and warm. Our server was very pleasant, displayed a good sense of humor and was very attentive. Our cocktails were delicious and we were given a relaxing amount of time to enjoy them. Now the food --- first the presentations were exciting and artistic and secondly
each course was very tastefully and professionally prepared and thirdly our intimate dinner was served timely in a professional manner. We truly enjoyed every aspect of our dinner at Scrimshaw.

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vipImpressed (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2015

The food was delicious. Salmon Wellington is one of my favorites.The service was excellent especially by Pat who always takes good care of us when she is our server.

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FRED (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2015

We enjoyed our dinners although the seafood was a bit overcooked and dry. Piano music, service, seating and hostess were great. We'll plan to return sometime in the future.

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TD2015 (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

My wife and I have eaten at Scrimshaw many times over the years and always had wonderful meals.
That was not the case at our last visit. We ordered the Chateaubriand for two. What a disappointment! Although the meat was cooked beautifully, there was very little in each portion. The fingerling potatoes seemed to be fried. They looked like three short, fat french fries and they were very greasy. The vegetables were tiny carrot balls in a cucumber cup. Looked cute but was not tasty. For $75 for this dinner for two, I expected more.
The other two couples who dined with us like their meals well enough but agreed that the quality was
not what it was on previous visits.

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vipBCNY (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2014

We had Christmas Dinner here with my father as there were limited choices of resturants open. Everyone was very friendly, service was good and food was good. Over all a good experience.

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ChrisLatham (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on December 19, 2014

The food was as good as years past, but the service was exceedingly slow. I don't know if it was the fault of the server or the kitchen. I ordered oysters on the half shell right away. The server returned about 15 minutes later and told me they did not have oysters on the half shell. I asked if they had the Oysters Rockefeller. He went to check and returned sometime later to tell me they did...waiting, waiting, waiting...Oysters Rockefeller arrived. So were the Oysters Rockefeller frozen, or maybe the kitchen staff initially didn't want to open the oysters for my half shell order? The Oysters Rockefeller were amazing though. The Filet Mignon was done to perfection and as tender as could be. It took 2.5 hours from start to finish, with no dessert, and there were only about 6 tables occupied.

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BobO (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 3, 2014

The dining experience was excellent overall and the food was outstanding. The booking website, however needs work. The earliest on-line reservation was 7pm which considering our 4:30 wake-up call was a bit late. After our arrival we had a cocktail in the bar and inquired with the bartender the possibility of getting a 5:30 reservation. After some checking she told me there were NO reservations for 5:30 and booked us that time slot.

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kateanddan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

My significant other and I celebrated his new job on November 21st. My, what a wonderful night we had. We were greeted by the friendly hostess/manager who made sure we were comfortable and sat us in the Panel Room. We got to listen to the beautiful pianist while we were taken care of by a wonderful server. We began with a champagne toast, and selected a couple wines off of the extensive wine menu. The food was beyond exceptional. I was especially blown away by the Chateaubriand for Two. At the end, the hostess/manager gave me a beautiful rose, and a little gift bag with Saratoga waters and a 15% off coupon for our next visit! This was our first, but certainly not our last, experience at the Scrimshaw Restaurant at the Desmond in Albany. Highly, highly recommended.

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Specialdiet (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

Wait staff always pros, great atmosphere, mother loves the rose she gets at end of dinner,

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

The food and service was amazing but the piano was very loud and we had a tough time talking to each other.
there was also a large table of people who were a little noisy.

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vipJP67 (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

Enjoyed a leisurely dinner for two on a rainy Thursday night. Attentive service , appealing menu of apps and entrees prepared in a classic manor. The wine list offerred a variety of choices and pricepoints. Tableside Caesar Salad is always a treat.

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Avideh (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

We enjoying dining at the Scrimshaw whenever we have the opportunity to do so.

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vipdedw (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

The Scrimshaw continues to deliver very good food in a beautiful room. Although the food is always consistently very good, the star here is the service. I think it is the best in the area.

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Granda (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2014

Dinner for 4 + a 5 yr old! From the host (Michele) to our server (Pat) and her assistant (Molly), everything was done to make us & particularly the Little Princess feel very, very comfortable. She had her own menu in a "grown-up" menu cover; Pat surprised her with applesauce (all eaten!) prior to her entree and she was asked to pick a rose for herself as we left. Was leery about bringing her, but she behaved well & I want to get her used to dining out in style...and that's the very definition of Scrimshaw! Grandma & I have dined there often before, and never had anything approaching a bad meal OR less- than- perfect service.

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fireball7 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2014

Food, service, wine list, piano player..........everything made our dinner special

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Egghead (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2014

We wanted to have a special dinner for a special occasion and choosing Scrimshaw was the correct decision. The Service is such an important part of the meal to us and Scrimshaw provided the level of service that is lacking at many other restaurants today.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely dinner on a Wednesday night, with only one other table of diners in the entire restaurant. Food is always excellent,
as is the service.

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elegent (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

we loved the décor. the pianist was excellent and added to the ambiance. there isn't any place in Rochester that has the wonderful menue you have. the staff was very attentive and helpful. we have already sang your praise to our friends. I just wish you were closer to where we live.

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Troyboys2 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

We went to Scrimshaw for a special birthday dinner with a friend of ours. It's quiet ambience was welcomed over many louder plate clashing, utensil clanging, voice inhibiting venues. With plenty of space and beautiful colonial atmosphere, it was a setting perfect for an intimate gathering for 3 or 4.

With a varied menu that should please most anyone, it's broken into courses... this is not a place to go if you are looking for a quick cheap dinner, fair warning. We opted out of the courses and ordered dinner. Oddly enough the three of us decided on fish, unfortunately the "birthday boy" got the wrong 'sole' dish, but did not speak up until one of us noticed. Everything was wonderful, desserts, well we couldn't finish.

We'd go back!

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Nightoutlvr (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Had a wonderful dinner of Prime Rib. Excellent service and relaxing atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

I was there with a group of 12. We waited too long for our meals. Our reservation was at 8pm. Food was good, but there was a problem with the tax and gratuity that wasn't resolved.

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Acuraluvr (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

As always, the food, service and atmosphere were second to none. I have never had a meal there that wasn't amazing. The wide array of appetizer, meal and wine choices provides options to please everyone. Not many restaurants offer the oysters and escargots. Scrimshaw is the gem of the capital district.

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Specialdiet (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

Always a wonderful experience, thank you! Professional servers, great atmosphere, food cooked to perfection

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2014

The experience for My granddaughter and I even exceeded our high expections. The Oysters Rockefeller set the high water mark in quality, better, I'm my estimation than Gallatoirs, in New Orleans, their reputed birthplace. Air travelers looking for just the right place for that evening before the trip, you will have found that spot

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 6, 2014

In general one of the best in area for special ocasions and for business dinner

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JimF (Miami)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2014

This was a 5 diamond restaurant according to Mobil and for one of the few times I agree. The food exceptional, the service flawless, the ambience wonderful. It is would be one I would go again a great place if you want to have a conversation that doesn't include a cell phone.

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Rene (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on May 23, 2014

Excellent food and service. Everything was very professional.

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krw88 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2014

The only disappointment was the scarcity of other patrons.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2014

Best fine dining restaurant we have found in Albany in over 2 years of living here!

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