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About The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar

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.

579 Troy-Schenectady Rd
Latham Farms
Latham, NY 12110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Mediterranean, Contemporary French

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

Cross Street:
Entrance for Latham Farms is 579 Troy-Schenectady

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 786-8272

Website:
http://www.epicurean-ny.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
We are in a mall complex with convenient parking just outside our door - including handicap access.

Public Transit:
There is public transportation less than 100 yards from our door.

Executive Chef:
Claire Pogue

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Winemaker's Dinners ~ 4-Courses Paired with 4 Wines $80. Usually held the 3rd Thursday of each month but go to http://epicurean-ny.com to confirm the dates & menu.

The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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4.2

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4.1

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4.2

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (150)
Romantic (146)
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Notable Wine List (142)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Good for Groups (39)
Great for Lunch (36)
Great for Brunch (15)
Late-night Find (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (4)
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 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

As always, an excellent dinner served professionally.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (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.

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 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Very disappointing cuisine. $12 arugula salad was dull and had an odd taste; $36 duck entree was tough, chewy and not at the level of fine dining experience. A forgettable meal. If you seek great french cuisine in the Capital District, this restaurant does not compare to Provence.

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

Went there after a birthday party for a light evening meal and staff was very helpful in suggesting what would be good to try. Had wine and four lite fare dishes to share along with a nice selection of cheeses. Everything was very satisfying and was just what we needed for a distinctly different experience. Will have to come back again with full appetite to enjoy the regular dining menu.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2016

As usual, each entree, that included the duck, beef, pasta, and seafood dishes, and the appetizers were exceptionally prepared. Our server was a true professional. We enjoy the Epicurean on a often and for special occasions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Nicely designed and crafted cocktails. Superb endive chèvre salad. Terrific entrees and sides. The first duck breast came out more than medium rare, but it was replaced in short order with a beautiful breast perfectly cooked. Great wine list. We had a red from the Loire, the vintner and some of the grape varietals were unfamiliar to us, but we knew to trust Sandy and Claire's selections. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. Wish we lived a little closer!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2016

This was our first visit to the bistro, and what a find it was too. I made reservations for my wife's birthday and had asked if they could provide a special desert for her. Not only did they do that, but the entire service (the wait staff wished my wife a happy birthday, much to her surprise), was outstanding. The selection was mouth watering, the execution of each course was very nicely done, and the favors that each dish presented were excellent. This is not an in-expensive restaurant, but it is well worth every dollar spent. A very enjoyable evening spent at a delightful 'new' find for my wife and myself. Great wine, great food, and great service, what more is there to ask for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2016

We are always pleased with the food and enjoyed our time while dining. We chose this place for its great taste & consistent awesome service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I've been here several times, and again, the service is, well, strange. Went for Valentines Day dinner with another couple this time. First, no one at the hostess station, at 7pm on Valentines Day. Then, we need to wait for a "table to be reset", when the dining room is 60% empty. We stand by the cold front door for 10 minutes, because their sofas are about 6 inches off the floor, impossible to get up from if you are wearing a dress and heels or are over the age of 16. They must always do this, because the man who I assume is the owner walked by us numerous times without asking us if we were being seated or acknowledging us really at all.
They seat us in the center of the dining room at a small table, even though there are tons of other, larger, more comfortable spots to seat us. I did not dare ask for another table, as I had on my previous visit, because that was met with some serious hostility. They seem to be very dedicated to their seating plan. No one takes our coats either, so we get to navigate our winter coats all night at the tiny table.
First course, comes from other waitstaff, dropping before us 2 plated dishes, one EMPTY bread basket with someone else's crumbs in it (YUCK), and a plate of olive oil. No idea what that was, no one ever told us.
At $75/ per person, mains were good, but small portions, especially on the vegetables. Main server was pleasant, however, again the service feels rushed, like they need you to get out so they can eat their staff dinner, which they did on my previous visit. By the time it was time for coffee, which was maybe 8:30, the place was in shut down mode, so you don't feel like lingering around. The food is good, but the experience really takes away from it, yet again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Our dinners were fantastic. My steak was cooked to perfection, and I'm very picky about that. The wine list is extraordinary. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Been there several times. Food is always excellent
This time was the night before Valentine's and it would've been appropriate to let me know there was a limited prix fixe menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I had placed simple instructions in the reservation comments. I wanted a secluded table and a bottle of our favorite wine at the table. Typically I don't make such requests, but thought it would make for an extra special evening for my fiance. Upon arrival, we were sat directly in the middle of the cocktail lounge, and no wine was at the table.

Overall the food was overpriced as dishes came out either stale as if they had been sitting for the entire afternoon. Oysters were filled with shells as if they were not properly chucked, and my fiance duck came out cold.

For a $200 bill, this meal was below quality with other competitors in the area.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2016

This was our fourth visit, but it's been quite a few years in between. The place was beautifully decorated, with a Mardi Gras theme. The appetizers were good. It took a long time for the entrees to arrive, which was surprising, since the restaurant was practically empty (it was early, and a Wednesday). They were also good, not outstanding. It was the desserts that really rated my poor review. We had bread pudding and sweetened fried rice, and both were so dry, we couldn't finish them. Our waiter was very nice.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Lovely place with a consistently great menu and wonderful seasonal options. Especially love the cheese board apps. When I travel to Albany from Saratoga/Malta to meet friends from the Albany area for dinner--this restaurant has become my go-to-place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Food was excellent, service exceptional, atmosphere very French and enjoyable. A must for a great dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2016

We are travelers from the Boston area and found this restaurant while shopping at one of the local stores. We had an evening free and decided to give it a try. The food and attention to detail was excellent. It was a special menu for the night for Mardi Gras. I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly. My husband had the Cajun seafood chowder and thought it was wonderful. The dessert was the flourless chocolate cake which was one of the best I have ever had. The service was a bit on the slow side. Our meal with appetizer, main meal, and dessert took almost 2 hours. However, that may be due to staffing of a small Mardi Gras party quietly taking place in the front room. However, we plan to return next time we are in the area. It is a hidden gem because I would not expected to find such a high end/upscale restaurant in this type of shopping location. Not from a cost perspective, but from a quality perspective. Definitely up there with some of the top Boston restaurants. Perfect for a quiet meal or romantic get away.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2016

This was the 4th or 5th time we had dinner at Epicurean. The entrees are described very well on the menu but when the plates arrive they are lacking. For example, on the most recent dinner we had an order of rabbit that was suppose to be on a bed of orzo/herbs. Instead plain white rice was substituted. We had similar instances on previous visits that let us down with the lack of imagination and execution. I really want to like this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2016

I'm short on words but everything was perfect, food was fantastic, especially the mushroom risotto. Wine was great and server was knowledgeable. Will be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2016

The Epicurean is lovely. Our dinner for 4 was nice but service was stilted. We waited almost 10 minutes before anyone came to our table after we were seated. Serving size is just right. Probably no leftovers but the food is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2015

We frequent the Epicurean because the food, ambiance, and, most often, the service are exceptional. We were a bit disappointed in the service this time, so the Christmas eve experience wasn't quite what we expected from one of our favorite restaurants. Oh, well. Until next time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2015

The most positive feature ... the ambience. Very nicely decorated, quiet.
Service was minimally efficient, but without enthusiasm or connection. Wine pours are very skimpy, especially for a $12 glass. My order of steak frites was not prepared as requested (medium instead of medium rare) and very unexceptional in taste ... quite boring. Potatoes were seasoned nicely and best part of the meal. Creme brule desert was terrible, served in a large and very shallow dish, the consistency of pudding. I find no compelling reason to return given the price/quality relationship ... poor value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Food, service and ambiance were all very good, we plan on going back soon.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2015

Had a great time love this place!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2015

The food and service were excellent. I always recommend it to my friends.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Definitely a gem! Quality of food is outstanding. The best charcuterie in the area and don't pass in dessert. We have ths on our 'go back often' list.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Call for a reservation. We reserved a table on-line, but it did not upload to the restaurants registry. Fortunately the host was able to seat a party of two on a Saturday after 6:00 PM.
The decor was an eclectic mix of industrial meets contemporary french country.
Although the bar was hosting a wedding party, the ambiance was warm an inviting.
The menu is "a la carte" but moderately priced. The wine list was well appointed and paired well with the menu. The portion size conservative, but our meals were excellent. We plan to revisit this fine establishment again and explore more menu options in the near future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Food was very bland. Service was slow. We waited more than 20 minutes for our dessert to arrive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2015

As usual, our entrees and appetizers were exceptionally prepared. Our server was well versed in the menu selections and wine pairings. We enjoy the ambiance and consider our visits there a treat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2015

Epicurean is a long-time favorite spot to suggest to friends for a dinner get-together or a an evening out for just two. Gracious hosts, attentive wait staff, lovely dining area, great cocktails, nice wine list and, most importantly, fabulous food. Four of us recently dined there and each one of us loved our entrees. We each had something very different and everyone wanted to share and taste. All in all, it was a wonderful evening and we look forward to returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2015

The owners and staff went out of their way to make us feel right at home. Question were answered promptly, suggestions were spot on, and the food...??? Outstanding!!

When we made our reservation we extended the courtesy of giving the restaurant a heads-up that we were participating in Colonie Restaurant Week. No matter. We were treated no differently than those times when we were paying full price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2015

Restaurant week prix fixe menu...
Food was authentic, delicious, appropriate portions and paced properly.

Service, was OK at best. When ordering a bottle of wine, I shouldn't be pouring myself post opening glass. Very long time to follow up after serving and post meal to deliver check.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2015

Ate here recently for the first time. Was not expecting what I found. Interior decor is very nice, food is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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