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About Simpson's

Serving traditional American fare, Simpson’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our classic menu highlights Desmond favorites such as skillet breakfasts, our award-winning New England clam chowder – and our famous Prime Rib Friday dinner. Whether it is a business luncheon, a family dinner or a romantic evening…Simpson’s is the perfect choice for a delicious meal with outstanding service.

660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am - Noon

Cross Street:
Wolf Road Extension

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 640-6094

Website:
http://www.desmondhotelsalbany.com/restaurants/simpsons-grille/

Parking Details:
Complimentary open lot

Executive Chef:
Michael St. John

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Simpson's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (6)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Casual (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Unfortunately the food we ordered was not good at all. We both ordered the Filet Of Beef and it was a overcooked and there was no flavor at all. No seasoning on the meat, potatoes or asparagus. The potatoes were dry and tasteless. The overall presentation was beautiful, but the execution on the cook of the food I’m sorry to say was horrible. I expected way better food for the $32 a plate meal.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I just love coming to Simpson’s! It is our “go to” upscale restaurant! The food is always great and the service is wonderful! What a terrific staff!

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, great service. Very low noise - the app registered higher noise and it can't be changed to lower.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants but on Friday night at 7:30, it took almost 20 minutes for someone to take our order. We were greeted with, "I hope that you aren't here for the Prime Rib." In fact, three of us were. We ordered something different. Not a problem. My daughter's meal was so over-cheesed that she couldn't eat it and ordered a salad at the end of our meal. The salad took many minutes to come out and by that time, it wasn't a full dining room. We weren't charged for her cheesy meal. I ordered a steak and the waitress ordered me a filet. Not a problem. I ate it because I didn't want to wait for another meal to come out. My son and I didn't want to return our filets that weren't cooked well because again, we didn't want to wait. My husband's meal was fine. The next morning, my daughter had stomach issues. Not sure which meal bothered her but the whole day was not pleasant for her and she was here visiting. Overall, not a good experience but generally, it is.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Simpsons Grill is my favorite restaurant. Love the atmosphere and the food never disappoints. The Prime Rib on Friday night is a must if you haven't yet tried it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We really enjoy the Friday night prime rib special. Delicious meal and excellent service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

One word! Spectacular! Prime rib is the best in the world!!! We have family and friends who travel hundreds of miles for Prime Rib Fridays!!!!!

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had excellent, innovative dishes served in a timely manner at Simpsons and it wasn't that expensive, considering that it's housed in the Desmond. Some of the breakfasts were really blow-your-socks-off kind of good. Server was very good too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The best prime rib bar none and I have dined in restaurants globally!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We had another fine dining experience at Simpson's this past Saturday evening. The service was friendly and professional and the food was very good. The surprising part is that this is a hotel dining room that is open for three meals a day. It must be very tough to staff an operation like this but still produce a dining experience that is better than many stand-alone restaurants in the area. Yes, we have had one or two meals here that were not the greatest (fish is sometimes this kitchen's downfall). But the majority of the time it is a great meal with service that is well above other restaurants in the area. And we can tell that we are not the only ones who enjoy this restaurant. Almost every time we are there, we see familiar faces who are routine customers--and just not there for a special occasion. We do miss the elegance of the Scrimshaw, but as long as Simpson's keeps performing as it has in the recent past, we will continue as regulars.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

This is my go-to spot for a relaxing, cozy dinner. The food choices are very good and the service is courteous and usually prompt. The only time I was not pleased with the service was at a dinner served for family members after a wake. The group waso comprised of about 20 people. The service was very slow but the food, when it arrived was good.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Cozy, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We took my mother to Simpson's to celebrate her birthday. She was given a card and a free dessert and treated really well. Our server, Deb, was outstanding and made us all feel very welcome. the food was delicious, hot beautifully presented. Simpson's is a wonderful place to go for a good meal anytime.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Our dining experience was a huge disappointment. One meal was fine, although nothing special (steak) but the other was not. The fish special was so dry to be inedible. The only thing offered was another serving of the same. which we certainly would not want, and then a free dessert - which we weren't planning on having anyway. To have no other compensation (removal of the entree from the bill), was extremely surprising. Spending over $100 for such an experience was ridiculous and one we will never subject ourselves to again. We've gone to chain restaurants, had better meals, and received compensation when something was not to our satisfaction.

in addition, on our way out, the hostess said goodbye and then "you'll be back again." what was that??? usually it's something like "we hope you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again." Rather presumptuous, that's for sure.

Needless to say, for a restaurant in a place like the Desmond, you really need to ensure the quality, or at least the treatment of customers, is much better than we experienced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Service start to finish was outstanding. They paid attention to us without being overbearing, a fine line to walk.
Food was the best, had to get extra rolls to sop up all the sauces!

Tags: Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

We were very satisfied with food and service. No complaints - we'll be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Tracey was amazing our food was great. I plan on returning!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Food was delicious and service excellent. We had a table of 8 and our waiter was awesome!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Great place to dine great food and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Great place to get together with family and friends. Excellent food and service. Our waitress Deena was great very efficient. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Stayed in the hotel for an RPI parents' weekend in July and ate in the restaurant. The hotel is kind of dated and funky, restaurant decor could use an update, but whoever is running this kitchen is the best. My salmon that night was perfect, great fingerling potatoes, simply but perfectly seasoned broccoli on the side. Brought the whole family back last week, and was not disappointed. My wife and I had different fish dishes, both fantastic, kids had perfectly prepared steaks, wonderful side dishes, absolutely great. The Desmond should tout this restaurant — I'm not sure you could get a better meal anywhere in Albany. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

We were extremely pleased with the service of the staff. We were there on Friday night and took advantage of the Prime Rib special. A 12 ounce prime rib dinner with salad and a dessert for only $24. We will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Outstanding Value
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 2016

My first review after over 300 Open Table meals.
We eat out often (cash in our OT points in $100 increments) and have eaten here a number of times. We cannot recall ever a situation like we experienced Thursday. I will only give some of the highlights.
To start our waitress told us repeatedly she was new. That may explain why our wine came with the citrus requested for our water in it. She did not know of the specials and told us everything was on the menu.
When meal finally served we learned that the duck one of us ordered was dropped in the kitchen. My Filet was extremely well done as to be inedible. Manager, Ed, advised me he would get a new one right out. Meanwhile two people had their food and were eating and two of us were left with our baked potatoes while our meals were being redone. We asked for butter for the potatoes. A while later we again asked for butter. The third time we asked our waitress for butter she responded that "it is not her job" she told a busboy to bring it.
Friends duck finally arrives, all is well she eats it alone as the two meals correctly served were finished. Long after the duck is finished my filet arrives, At this point I said just wrap it up as we have been here two hours, eating individually due to the problems. That is done and a check is brought to us. The waitress must have decided we did not want dessert or coffee.
The check is for everything we ordered, no offs, no offer of dessert etc. We paid it and left. On the way out we saw the specials on a board that were not on the menu.
We went to a diner for dessert and coffee.
Bottom line is a new person should not be just put out to deal with customers without training. We paid almost $200 for a lousy meal with no apology from management. We vote with our feet and will not be returning.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2016

One of the best meals in memory. Prime Rib to die for with all the right extras. Grouper for constant companion. In Upstate New York no less ! Remarkable. Bread pudding which had to be transported home, but delectable, nevertheless, later on. All in all, an exceptional event.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Love going to Simpsons! Great food and you can actually have a conversation with the people in your party! Noise level was perfectly low! Wait staff can't do enough for you!! We come here a few times a year for different celebrations! Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2016

As always, the food, service and ambiance delivered! It was a pleasure to show our friends a restaurant in their neighborhood that they have never visited. They were impressed with the food, service and how quiet it was.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2016

Simpsons is a hidden gem just off the interstate.
We often travel the Northway and stop for dinner. We try to avoid chain restaurants.
It was nice to find this place, with excellent seafood, and quiet comfort.
It's also close to the airport, for people traveling that way.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Food and service is always fantastic. This is my favorite restaurant in the capital region.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2016

If you like prime rib Fridays are great special their food is always consistently delicious A must try!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2016

The menu had something for everybody. The employees were all very polite and did their jobs well. Enjoyed our lunch very much. We'll definitely go back. We've been there for dinners as well and found everything just as nice.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 22, 2016

Always a nice stop... Everything is consistently good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Very good food and service. A must try

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Service is always slow but today we watched, noticed we were seated before three other tables that were seated after us. All were served their food and done eating before we even got our food! Too frustrating - I doubt we will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Excellent experience we had an outstanding dining experience for a special occasion have a birthday. The waitress took outstanding care of us and had a Great sense of humor. The meals and desserts were just respected from having been their previous times and the staff is very accommodating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2016

One of our most favorite and now that they brought back their Prime Rib on Fridays- Friday will be Simpson's night!!!! Really a gem!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2016

We visit Simpson's at the Desmond, frequently. The selections of food have some variety and are nicely cooked and presented. Miss the dinner salad that came with the meal and miss the chicken marsala as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2016

It was very busy however our server Tracy was very attentive and the experience was excellent. The food and service was excellent. We will definitely return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2016

Our Caesar salads required salt - probably because there were no anchovies.
Salmon was overcooked, fennel was tough and at the same time mushy. Broccoli was so overcooked that it was almost gooey and the potatoes were dry.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Love coming here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Love coming here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2016

We have been going to the Desmond for years for dinner at the Scrimshaw and have always enjoyed our meal, the service, and the ambience. So we were very disappointed when the Scrimshaw was converted to a private-party only venue. Since some of the servers and some of the menu items moved over to Simpson's, we decided to give it a try and we have not been disappointed. While you might expect excellent service at an upscale hotel, the kitchens are not always at an equally high level. Simpson's (and the Scrimshaw if you have a party of 20 or more) is the exception. While the menu includes all the standards--steaks, chops, chicken, etc.--many of the specials and menu entrees are in a class with some of the best local stand-alone restaurants. Simpson's is well worth a visit.

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