The Artist's Palate

4.5
484 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Installed in a building once occupied by a Golden Era clothing store, M. Schwartz, The Artist’s Palate restaurant has brought back life to Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Designers have reworked the interior space of the 70-seat dining room to combine cosmopolitan elegance with an edgy industrial accent. Like the décor, the menu showcases innovation: An extensive array of wines, handcrafted beers and unique cocktails complement our revolving seasonal menu. The lunch menu is available for delivery within the city from 11am-2:30pm.

As its name suggests, The Artist’s Palate treats food as art, introducing new flavor combinations to local and regional diners. What is more, the restaurant gallery is committed to showcasing the best of up-and-coming local artists in a revolving exhibition. When it opened in 2006, the restaurant was quickly lauded by local and regional restaurant critics and discerning diners. The Artist’s Palate has fast become a Dutchess County institution.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(845) 483-8074
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Megan Kulpa-Fells
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Catering
The Artist's Palate can handle events on and off premise for groups of any size. Please contact Charles Fells for any additional information and to schedule an appointment.
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Cross street
Halfway between Market to the West and Academy to the East
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Parking details
There is metered parking till 6pm on street as well there is a public lot @ 11 Garden Street. Additionally there is a parking garage located on Market Street.
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Public transit
Last stop on the Metro North Line from Grand Central
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Phoenix
156 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the quality and creativity of the food at this restaurant. Three of us had very different menu choices and all were delicious. And the art work is magnificent!

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BF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our fourth time dining at The Artist’s Palate and we were not disappointed. Service and food met our expectations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Where to start...upon entering the restaurant my party was very excited to enjoy the nice atmosphere and delicious smells. Our server informed us that they were slightly overbooked that evening. That being said, our meal was one disappointing mess after another. We never received bread or a chefs tasting plate. Our appetizers came after 45 minutes (and some were forgotten). We ordered the artist's plate of meat and cheeses that was served with chips that were completely stale and broken. We then waited about another hour for our main courses to arrive. Some of the plates were very good, but the portions were extremely small for the prices. We also ordered a plate that came with a poached egg on it that was completely overcooked. When we informed our waiter and he politely took it back and returned with another poached eggs that was completely raw, which ruined the entire dish. We sent the dish back and asked to have it taken off the bill. Our waiter returned the raw egg plate to the head chef/owner who did absolutely nothing. No one came to ask us about our meal or apologize for the inedible food. We were celebrating my mother's 60th birthday and had asked for a dessert for her. We waited another half hour or more to receive a dish with an unlite candle and no singing. While we were waiting we watched another table receive their dessert with a lit candle and multiple wait staff singing for their birthday. They also charged us $8 for an extremely dry piece of cake that we waited over a half an hour for. After this whole experience our waiter brought our check and we paid for our meal. He came back to tell us he forgot to put items on the bill and had to charge us again. When I went to speak with him about how disappointed I was about our experience he completely ignored me as he swiped our credit card again for the items he forgot.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter Michael was very welcoming and helpful about the food, the area, and recommendations of other restaurants. A very good meal!

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EM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don't be fooled by the sleepy downtown feel of Main Street - The Artist's Palate is anything but! The space has a very cool vibe with exposed brick and NYC street scene paintings done but a local artist. The open kitchen in the back allows for easy access to the chefs who happily share suggestions on the menu. The choices are varied, unique and delicious. We started with a couple of cheese/meat plates to share followed by the ricotta dumplings, grilled quail and heirloom squash salad. The wine selection was excellent and the service was attentive and friendly. I definitely recommend The Artist's Palate when in Poughkeepsie!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Initially made reservations for eight people and at the eleventh hour just about doubled it. They accommodated us cheerfully and I am so incredibly glad they did. The food was great, the service was wonderful (no mean feat for a table of 14), and the ambiance was perfect. Really great spot, would not hesitate to come back.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Malcolm and Chef John made very delicious meals. They were friendly. Came to great our table. The wait staff were delightful and friendly. Drop by and say Hello to Daniel and Michael. The desserts are to die for - try the Nutella Breadpidding with the homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!!

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K
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in downtown. Innovative menu with knowledgeable, friendly service. Really like their drink menu. Trust me on trying the drink made with golden beet vodka. Really refreshing and tasty. Their take on lobster Mac and cheese was off the charts as well

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Artist’s Palate is a nice place to have dinner before attending a show at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar. What I ordered (swordfish with black rice, mango salsa and corn fritters ) was thoughtfully prepared with an interesting combination of flavors. I especially loved the olive oil cake dessert! The meal was pricey but good. I ordered a decaf Americano after my meal, and the server asked me how to make it, so I said, never mind. But he googled instructions, and brought me a very nice coffee indeed, so A+ for effort to the server.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I ordered the lamb meatballs & salad & one of their signature drinks.
I came away with feeling the food was mediocre given all the hype.
The drink was delicious & refreshing (gin marmalade)
Service was very good.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful menu and excellent meal. My husband enjoyed a very generous and delicious swordfish while I had the a perfectly prepared duck breast. Wine selection is somewhat limited, but beer options are plentiful. Highly recommend

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my mother here for her birthday. The food was fresh and inventive, with unique takes on traditional dishes like steamed mussels, enlivened with bright spices and flavors. The vibe is comfortable and friendly. Very much enjoyed and will go back.

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AF
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Aaron, was excellent. We were a large party and he was attentive and patient with our various needs. Mike, the manager/owner was able to move our reservation up one hour and was very accomodating. The food was excellent.

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CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our office went in for lunch to celebrate our bosses birthday (11 of us). There was only one waiter in the whole restaurant but we were he only customers, along with 2 other tables, so he handled it very well, being on his own. The food was quite good and the prices were extremely reasonable. I actually expected it to be more expensive than it was, hit the prices fit the portions and taste very well. Will visit again in the future, for sure.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting art on the walls hand painted of the city of manhattan. We recognized the streets. Nice way the chefs prepare meals in full view of the restaurant. Our waiter (Brice) I believe was professional, engaging, knowledgeable and very good! The food was expertly prepared and tasty. We had the vegetarian options and thoroughly enjoyed each entree and sides. Desert was home made as well as the cream on my cake. It takes a great chef to prepare vegetables that have great flavor and crunch without all the sauces etc. I had the ricotta dumpling dish. Out of this world. Very fresh and awesome. I recommend eating here for the good food, the atmosphere and the excellent service. I hope they crest another vegetarian option; I look forward to sampling it.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ricotta dumplings were especially good, as was the Portuguese grilled octopus.

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BC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with very tasty food:; staff very pleasant and helpful.

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JW
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Artist's Palate is one of the top two or three restaurants in the greater Poughkeepsie area, if not the entire Hudson Valley. I have dined there at least a dozen times over the past several years and it has never missed. A grilled octopus appetizer is a risky proposition at most restaurants - overcooked, rubbery - but here it is smoky and tender. Golden beet salad with greens and pistachios is understated and lets the simple ingredients shine. Ditto for the corn soup. The smoked faro risotto entrée is perfectly al dente. Grilled swordfish was firm but still juicy, and flavorful. The orange-olive oil cake was moist and delectable and the chocolate dessert (I forget the exact description) was light as a feather and not overly sweet.

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X
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made an impromptu stop in Poughkeepsie on the way back to the city from the Adirondacks, and spotted The Artist's Palate in Open Table. Booked and showed up expectantly, not knowing that we should not have been able to book. It was the weekend of Marist College graduation, and they were fully booked. Still, they honored the reservation, and in fact gave us pride of place by seating us at the single table by the door - from which we could observe the happy families. Our waiter was gracious and welcoming, gave us his recommendations, most of which we gladly accepted, although we also over-ruled him by choosing the barley risotto, which was incomparable. Also excellent were the kale salad, the smoked duck breast, the truffle butter, and chocolate dessert, and the specialty cocktail, a rum infused with coconut and lychees - all delicious! I've no doubt that we will make it a point to go back whenever we can - our happenstance turned into a destination to look forward to.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The perfect combination of amazing food and service.

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OT
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The Artist Palate is located a block or so away from the Civic Center in Poughkeepsie where we attended our Niece's college graduation. The services was above average, however our server seemed a bit tentative about the specials and it was hard to hear her. The appetizer that was a special (fried ravioli ) was really a disappointment as I could barely cut through them and would have been much better prepared if boiled. As disappointing as the ravioli was the spiced meat filling within was worth the effort. The salmon dish that I had was run of the mill and over salted for my taste. The sides were worthy. The Lobster Mac and Cheese taste that I had was excellent, if a bit 'soupy' looking but did have hunks of lobster. With lobster so exorbitantly priced it was a decadent treat. The wine and beer selections as well as the other entrees were well received by our party. All in all it was GOOD, but I'd really like to see a bit tastier and well thought out selections.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Would love to leave a review, but we waited for 25 minutes and no one bothered to even take a drink order. We left and had a nice meal elsewhere.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This place was great. It wasn't our first choice, honestly but once we got here it was really nice. We did have to wait a little while for the host to seat us even though we had a reservation. The wine we had was delicious along with our food. We had a vegan in our group and she was actually able to eat food out which is cool that they accommodate for that. Everything was fresh. Getting our food took a little while but it was all fresh and delicious so I understand that. It was really loud in there and the table were kind of too close together so sometimes we had to talk over each other. Our server was so knowledgeable the bottle of wine we wanted was sold out so he recommended us another and I loved it! I'd definitely come back here.

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WC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From what we’d heard about the place, we expected something very special. Something extraordinary is what we had. Sweet, funny, warm server took good care of us, but didn’t hover overmuch. Terrific appetizer of a marinated mushroom variety with goat cheese on toast. We are foodies. My wife and kids and I spend a lot of time thinking about, and preparing good food. The Artist’s Palate will quickly put you in your place if you think you’re hot stuff in the kitchen. These guys know food and especially the subtleties that make great food great.

My pork tenderloin was the best I’ve ever had. My wife said the same of her swordfish over sepia-colored rice. My 18-year old son thought his scallops the best he’d ever had, but, “What, just three?”, was his only negative. You cannot give an athletic teenager his favorite seafood in such a small serving. But, it’s a trendy place and smaller servings are the order of the day.

The wine list was excellent. The gin and tonic opener was made by a strong hand...perfect. Dessert was only excellent. The place is simple in appearance, with clean contemporary lines, crisp waiters, friendly. Damn, I wish it weren’t three hours from home.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun, semi-casual place to dine. Good food, good drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party of 14 and our table was set up beautifully in the center of the restaurant. All of the dishes were masterfully prepared and delicious. I had scallops with sweet potato purée with brussel sprouts, there is a large beer and wine selection. Very supportive and attentive staff. Thank You Artist Palette for treating our party so well!

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JK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server Jackie is one of the best I have ever experienced!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, service, drinks and food! My favorite restaurant in Hudson Valley!

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon was the best I ever had. Combined with the creamed potatoes and perfectly steamed spinach, this dish was beyond delicious!

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Artist's Palate has upped their game from excellent to perfect. From welcome through dessert, the staff were attentive, prompt but not overweening. Drinks and wine were fairly priced and well made. We tasted each others appetizers of beet salad with avocado and potato/buttermilk soup. Each was a new and refreshing change and delicious. we then tasted each others main course of perfectly cooked scallops and swordfish. We could not finish dessert, which we took home for enjoyment later. Always a favorite, we now rank the AP the best in the Hudson Valley-Rockland to Rhinebeck division.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and very nice ambiance. Very much liked the kale salad and Apple fritters.

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MI
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Score another win for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week! Rarely do we travel an hour to dine but this one sounded well worth it and we were not disappointed. It's a sort of mixed neighborhood in downtown Poughkeepsie but obviously one that's rapidly being gentrified. Front of restaurant is undistinguished but once you open the door you're in for a visual treat. The atmosphere is casual elegance at its best with exposed brick (accented by a very clever band of backlit unframed mirrors), cozy tables and a well-stocked bar. Wait staff were pleasant and attentive and very knowledgable about the menu. We began with buttermilk potato soup for me and kale salad for my wife and we both heralded them as the best we've ever had (these alone will be enough to bring us back). For an entree I had the Skip To My Roo, lovely medallions of kangaroo that were cooked perfectly and were tender and delicious, and my wife had the equally delicious salmon. For dessert we had the apple fritters and chocolate mousse and both were outstanding. We'll definitely be back, probably for the 6-course chef's selection so many have praised.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Michael, was fantastic! He was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine list and how the food was prepared. As a bonus, he was able to tell us quite a bit about a local artist that was showing a piece at the restaurant. Very enjoyable!

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PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience. Food was fantastic and the service was very good. I had the kangaroo entrée, a special for restaurant week, and it was out of this world !

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RS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The cauliflower was to die for, and I'm usually not a fan. Everything was delicious, the lobster mac and cheese is our family favorite.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artist Palate provided first class food and service. Preparation, presentation and quality was superb. I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or just a nice meal out. Enjoy

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner during restaurant week. The beet salad was delicious—nicely pickled and not overly dressed. Scallops were cooked right, brown on the outside. They sat on a bed of puréed sweet potato, crispy Brussels sprouts and bacon. Ate every bit. Waiter was informative and available. A lovely evening.

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time at Artist's Palate and the food as always was excellent. Service was great - our waiter made sure we had what we needed and checked on us throughout the meal. The restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and the art displayed on the walls adds to the view and conversation. Portions could be a little more generous, but overall it is a great experience. I highly recommend Artist's Palate!

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