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The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar

130 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (146)
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The Epicurean is an authentic French Bistro and Wine Bar. It is sophisticated, romantic, yet casual. From the moment you step in, you will feel transported to the South of France. Chef-Owner and French-Canadian Claire Pogue creates inspired dishes based on perennial French classics. Her menus reflect the availability of fresh, seasonal ingredients. For several years in a row, the Epicurean has been voted best French restaurant in the Capital Region and has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence several years running.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Bar open until 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, bar open until 10:30pm
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Phone number
(518) 786-8272
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Claire Pogue
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We cater onsite as well as off-site for parties as small as 10 people to large gatherings of a thousand or more. Onsite, our restaurant allows for groups of up to 135 people - with an additional 40 guests on the terrace, weather permitting. We host bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners, and weddings, as well as corporate/private events including brunches, lunches, cocktails, dinners and wine tastings.
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Cross street
Entrance for Latham Farms is 579 Troy-Schenectady
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Parking details
We are in a mall complex with convenient parking just outside our door - including handicap access.
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Public transit
There is public transportation less than 100 yards from our door.
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Special events & promotions
Winemaker's Dinners ~ 4-Courses Paired with 4 Wines $80. Usually held the 3rd Thursday of each month but go to to confirm the dates & menu.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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exshomeret (New York Area)
Dined on June 29, 2016

We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and this was a perfect spot to do so. It was quiet, the food and the service were excellent and we were able to have a very enjoyable and leisurely meal.

edwarc (New York Area)
Dined on June 25, 2016

As always, an excellent dinner served professionally.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on June 3, 2016

Once again my girlfriend and I had a marvelous meal (and wine) at the Epicurean! The selections were varied and the service was great. The waiter took time out to explain the range of wines appropriate for our dinners. His recommendation was wonderful and I particularly enjoyed the time that he took with us to educate us on the selection.

Coffeemilkman (New York Area)
Dined on May 21, 2016

The food presentation, quality and taste were exceptional. The service was outstanding.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on May 14, 2016

This is a gem in the Capital District where finding good authentic French food is so hard.

The atmosphere is lovely, great bar tender wonderful waiter and fantastic food. We will definitely be going back. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on May 10, 2016

We were the only people in the restaurant but our food was overcooked. Service was good. But it was a lot of money for meh food.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on May 8, 2016

This was our first visit to Epicurian for the Mother's Day Brunch. The selection was excellent. My son and I had the omelettes with a nice selection of ingredients. Another highlight was the sliced steak, cooked very rare. A nice option to the standard Roast Beef carving station. Salad bar was a nice selection of leafy greens, dried cranberries and the usual cut up vegetables. I also sampled the French Toast, cheese board and chocolate croissants. The brunch was well stocked, until we were about to leave, maybe waiting to refresh it for the next seating. My only complaint would be that the teens I was dining with certainly didn't eat $40. worth of food, so it is hard to justify the price, other than for a special occasion. On the positive side, there was no pressure to leave, as we sat talking and enjoying our coffee and desserts, in fact I had to ask for the bill, when we were ready to go. At other Mother's Day Buffets, we've been handed the check and made to feel that they needed the table for the next party. This was not at all the case at Epicurian, so I definitely enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We were also handed a discount voucher for a return visit upon leaving.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on May 8, 2016

Delightful Mother's Day brunch. Attentive and friendly service.

vipdedw (New York Area)
Dined on April 30, 2016

There have been several personnel changes in the service staff and also in the kitchen. However, Epicurean is still arguably the best French restaurant in the area and one of the best restaurants of any type in the Capital Region.

KIAH (New York Area)
Dined on April 15, 2016

Where else in the tri-city area can you get scrumptious duck confit and floating island in two flavors? The food at The Epicurean is so delicious, whether you are going for small plates at the wine/beer bar or for a several course dinner in the dining area. Our meal was special from the Oysters Epicurean to the Beef Bourguignon and Duck Confit to the Floating Island (we selected the classic in crème anglaise and also a chocolate meringue floating in a raspberry sauce - both were wonderful).

We have also been guests at the beer dinners held at The Epicurean. They are a real treat from the craft beer selections to the accompanying courses.