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Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

4.4
4.4
241 Reviews
$30 and under
American

A local contemporary dining experience with fresh and healthy options. Conveniently located inside the new Renaissance Hotel, our restaurant features a historical yet modern feel with a spacious restaurant and lounge where you can grab a quick breakfast before you start your day, or relax and enjoy your evening. Wellington's Restaurant will offer much to savor and discover with small plates, contemporary American flare, engaging staff, and crafted libations.

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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Albany

  • Cross street

    Eagle Street

  • Parking details

    Validated parking is offered for $6.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for each additional hour. The maximum charge is $25.00. Street parking is also available.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment will be live every Friday night 6pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Available for Dine-In Tuesday – Saturday 11:30A-5P

Snacks

  • Saratoga Kettle Chips$1.99

    horseradish sour cream

    • Charred Brussel Sprouts$11.00

      hazelnut, pecorino, grain mustard, honey, chili

      Shareables

      • Cubano Mac 'N Cheese$16.00

        whole grain mustard mornay, roasted pork, house hot pickles

        • Wings$16.00

          Thai chili, sesame aioli, wonton crisps, toasted cashew, cabbage slaw

          • Sticky Pork Ribs$16.00

            Asian barbecue sauce, pickled radish, cilantro, toasted peanuts

            • Butcher's Board$18.00

              cured meats, spreads, bread

              • Cheese Board

                artisanal cheeses

                • Flight of Three$14.00
                • Flight of Six$26.00

              Salads

              • Tuna Nicoise*$20.00

                ahi tuna, pea tendrils, asparagus, fingerling potato, hard-boiled egg, olives

                • Spinach Berry$14.00

                  mixed berries, local goat cheese, pecans, citrus tarragon vinaigrette

                  • The "W" Caesar$12.00

                    romaine, radicchio, parmesan crisps, roasted garlic croutons

                    Main

                    • House Smoked Turkey Club$16.00

                      applewood smoked bacon, avocado-scallion spread, tomato, ciabatta

                      • Crispy Hot Chicken Sandwich$16.00

                        house-made pickles, hot sauce, ranch, bibb lettuce, brioche bun

                        • Faroe Island Salmon$26.00

                          ancient grains, tuscan kale, tomato-basil jam

                          • Capitol Burger$17.00

                            smoked onion mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, cheese, French fries

                            Last updated: February 2, 2022

                            What 241 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                            4.4
                            4.4 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.4Food
                            • 4.4Service
                            • 4.1Ambience
                            • 4.1Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Upstate New York

                              Fit for Foodies

                            • Upstate New York

                              Hot Spot

                            • Upstate New York

                              Scenic View

                            • Upstate New York

                              Vibrant Bar Scene

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                            1. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Graduation lunch, it was great!

                            2. MC

                              MeighanC

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall4food3service3ambience3

                              This was our 2nd visit. The chicken wings & ribs are awesome. Salads good too - but both times drinks were slow coming out as was food. Both servers were attentive but again, kitchen and bar were slow. Both times we have given ourselves an hour and a half before a show at the Egg (perfect location) and both times ended up rushing at the end. Plan on two hours - I think the food and location are worth it if you are going to the Egg to MVP Arena - just plan ahead to be there two hours if it's a Friday or Saturday night.

                            3. MW

                              MorganW

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Portion sizes were very small but overall the vibe was good, the food was good, and the service was also good. The restaurant itself is very beautiful inside.

                            4. MC

                              MeighanC

                              New York Area

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall4food5service3ambience3

                              The food was excellent but the noise level was too high. While they were understaffed our food came out quickly, as did our drinks, it was just hard to get the waiters attention, but when we did he got food and drinks to us quickly. Tables against the interior wall and windows are nice, tables in the middle of the room are stark, uncomfortable and impersonal. We were able to switch from an interior table to an outside table with club chairs and a couch easily. Cesar salad, wings and ribs were very, very good. Homemade chips and dip for $1.99 helped keep hunger at bay while we looked at the menu.

                            5. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                              I heard good things about this place but was not impressed. I actually was upset because I could’ve went to Applebee’s and got better quality food. Poor service and even poorer food. 1/10. Cheers

                            6. G

                              lucyG

                              Los Angeles

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The Wellington provided my sister and I two wonderful dining experiences. We ate there the day we arrived and had Brett as our waiter. He was very attentive and an asset to your wait staff. Our Friday night experience was also outstanding. Alana was our server. The restaurant was packed, but she was very calm and attentive. She is definitely an asset to your wait staff. Thank you for wonderful dining experiences.

                            7. AM

                              AMood

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great restaurant. Wonderful staff. Excellent food.

                            8. JD

                              JohnD

                              New York Area

                              6 reviews

                              3.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on March 8, 2022

                              overall3food4service3ambience4

                              We enjoyed the flavor and quality of our 2 entree's - The 8 oz filet mignon and the mushroom ravioli, but the it took a long time to get our food (the restaurant wasn't overly busy) so the food arrived at our table not as hot as it should have been- like it sat in the kitchen way too long. Also we also ordered 2 cosmopolitan martini cocktails and the glasses were not as full as they normally are. Looks like the bartender miss calculated mixing them, but we begrudgingly didn't say anything and made the best out of the $11 per cocktail fee. As a result we didn't order a second round. We had to ask the wait staff to have our water glasses refilled- normally at a higher end restaurant like Wellington's stuff like this shouldn't happen, but it did. No bread for the table (always a nice touch) yet prices are sky high. I'm really not pleased or impressed, too bad because we enjoyed the Renaissance Albany Hotel very much but we won't return because Wellington's doesn't cut it.

                            9. LK

                              LauK

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 24, 2022

                              overall3food3service2ambience2

                              Appetizers were great. Dinners came out cold, and one without sauce on it. When brought to server attention, it was taken off the table to the hostess stand then back, very odd. Server was very nice, but very inexperienced/poorly trained for this type of restaurant.

                            10. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 21, 2022

                              overall2food2service2ambience1

                              Appetizers were excellent, entrees were overcooked and service was slow

                            11. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Orlando

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on February 18, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                              Brett was amazing at making drink and food recommendations- it was a great little start to our date night

                            12. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was delicious! Waitress was amazing!

                            13. AM

                              AllisonM

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food and atmosphere were so good and relaxing, the prices were fair and our waiter so was so kind. Definitely going back again soon

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on February 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was delicious, staff was attentive without hovering and they made sure to reserve a wonderful table for us. Another great experience at Wellington’s!

                            15. C

                              Cpgranados

                              New York Area

                              36 reviews

                              5.0

                              36 reviews

                              Dined on February 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This a great restaurant to be seen and for cocktails with friends. The food is consistently good. For appetizers we had wings and Brussels sprouts—both tasty and good portions to share. I had the salmon and the portion is excellent and cooked to perfection. The only issue is they close early and service is not robust. We had to ask for water three times before they refilled glass. I gave them 5 stars because the service did her best.

                            16. MN

                              MarkN

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 1, 2022

                              overall1food1service1ambience3

                              I took our family here for a "fancy" New Year's Eve dinner at the request of my two young boys. While the restaurant itself looked nice, everything else was atrocious. We reviewed the website before coming and everything indicated that their regular menu would be used, however, upon arrival we learned that there was an abbreviated event menu. No way of knowing ahead of time. The choices were limited and not very appealing. Our waiter was very disengaged and took an exorbitant amount of time just to bring us bread. When we reminded him for a 3rd time after 20 minutes of waiting, he was quite short and snippy. Our appetizers (shrimp cocktail and samosas) were average at best. Shrimp were small and only 3 to a serving and the samosas were like heated snacks from Trader Joe's. Both my wife and I ordered the flat iron steak with truffle mashed potatoes. Truffle flavor was overpowering and I'm still waiting on the steak knife I asked for to saw through the tough meat. Kids had grilled cheese and chicken tenders and they were just plain awful. Soggy grilled cheese and dry chicken. Dessert was no different. My wife's creme brulee was gummy and my turtle cheese cake was dry. Service was slow, inconsistent, and unapologetic for it. Other parties who arrive after us received food before us while we were essentially ignored. Super disappointed as we attended a wedding in the adjacent Renaissance Hotel and were very happy with the food and service there. A very poor experience and disappointing as it was the first New Year's dinner that we have brought our 7 and 9 year old to. To quote my 9 year old "this was really bad"

                            17. K

                              Kara

                              New York Area

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on January 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food and service was amazing.

                            18. B

                              Bobby

                              New York Area

                              188 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              188 reviews

                              Dined on December 31, 2021

                              overall4food3service3ambience4

                              Wellington's in the Albany NY Renaissance Hotel is always a treat. A tiny bit busy, and perhaps understaffed, New Year's Eve was a pleasant experience. We started with a Shrimp cocktail and Charred brussels sprouts. We selected the Scallops with lobster risotto and the Faroe Island salmon as entrées. The Chocolate flourless cake was an outstanding dessert. Service was a bit slow, but who is in a hurry on New Year's Eve? One of our favorite walkable restaurants downtown, we already look forward to our return in 2022. Happy New Year!

                            19. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 30, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Outstanding experience! Food was incredible!

                            20. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on December 30, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We continue to really enjoy our experience at the Wellington. Nice atmosphere, great service, food is terrific and the overall vibe is great. Excellent for a special occasion or a weeknight out.

                            21. VT

                              VTCyn

                              New York Area

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on December 23, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Our party of two enjoyed sharing the roasted brussel sprouts, and two of the dinner salads. Which were delicious, presented well, and the service was perfect.

                            22. JE

                              JamieE

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 22, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Our server Natasha was OUTSTANDING! The specials were delicious!

                            23. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on December 18, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food, service and atmosphere was outstanding! We will definitely dine here again!

                            24. N

                              Nickenzie59

                              New York Area

                              20 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              20 reviews

                              Dined on December 17, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              A pleasant surprise before an evening show at Capital Rep...menu was interesting and well prepared. Service spot on. Enjoyed a tucked away window table.

                            25. MF

                              MichaelF

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 10, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent service and atmosphere was welcoming. Don't miss it.

                            26. SC

                              SusanC

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on November 14, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food at Wellingtons was outstanding. I had the cod/shrimp dish and it was excellent, Flavorful and a nice size. My husband had the beef shank special and was very pleased. Our server was friendly and informative. The space is beautiful. We had a reservation and were seated at the bar. I think the dining room may have been closed due to lack of staff. There was a wedding that night and perhaps they were diverted. The bar area was nice but the dining room looks gorgeous - sorry to have missed that.

                            27. N

                              Nonickname

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              The staff was lovely and very accommodating. Examples included when my friend and I asked to change tables, and when ordering and sharing dishes, the order was put in to split in the kitchen so my friend and I didn't have to do ourselves. What we ordered - berry salad, mushroom ravioli, and Brussel sprouts were all delicious and portions were very generous. A bonus was a great location for having a great dinner before going to a show at The Egg.

                            28. LA

                              LauraAO

                              New York Area

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              The food was good, not bad for a hotel restaurant. Our server wasn't particularly engaging which is too bad since for us that's what makes a dining experience even better. We were disappointed that the restaurant wasn't open for breakfast since the menu looked pretty good, but it's Covid times so maybe next time.

                            29. OU

                              OmarU

                              Washington DC

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on October 19, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Consistently one of the best places to go for Lunch, Dinner or drinks in Albany NY. This time my business lunch was timed perfectly with excellent service and wonderful food. Tiffany went above and beyond to make sure our lunch meeting was perfect and even made a reservation for later for dinner. I will always recommend Wellington's and will return on my next trip to Albany. Be sure to visit the bar for a craft cocktail. Katie and Kim are as incredible as ever.

                            30. V

                              Viperion

                              New England

                              9 reviews

                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on October 15, 2021

                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                              Nice place and good service. The dish I ordered said it had Truffles and came with none. Food could be better.

                            31. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on August 21, 2021

                              overall1food1service3ambience1

                              Food was not good.

                            32. BU

                              BobU

                              New York Area

                              119 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              119 reviews

                              Dined on August 20, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very very good food & service!

                            33. D

                              David

                              Dallas

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on August 19, 2021

                              overall3food4service5ambience2

                              Good food, loud place.

                            34. WG

                              WendyG

                              Miami

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on August 19, 2021

                              overall2food2service2ambience3

                              We were staying guest at the hotel and struggled to get a reservation at a reasonable time. We hoped the restaurant was going to be great since there are not many fine dinning options in the area. Once we arrived --despite struggling to get a reservations-- there were several tables open. Once we ordered our meal, it took almost 45 minutes before our appetizers were delivered and then another 30 minutes for our meal. And bread was not brought to us until we asked if there was bread service since we were hungry and the service was slow. I ordered the Cauliflower as a main course and that was not delivered at the same time with the meals, but almost 10 minutes later and it was dry. I think the Cauliflower should me roasted rather than fried because it was very dry. Overall, the meal was mediocre and the service --although pleasant -- was not timely.

                            35. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on July 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very professional establishment with great service. I ordered the rib eye steak with broccolini and mashed potatoes with the Thai Asian chicken wings as an appetizer. Everything I ordered was amazing

                            36. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on June 18, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Great food experience. A wonderful Ceasars sald with homemade croutons and a great lemon anchovy dressing. The pork shank was perfectly roasted in a spicy just and creamy polenta. The duck was juicy and cooked just right with a great squash puree. The service was excellent. A quiet atmosphere with great window booths. The wine list is small but has some great choices. Overall a wonderful experience.

                            37. J

                              Jess

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on June 18, 2021

                              overall3food2service4ambience4

                              Drinks were good...food was tasteless and mediocre.

                            38. T

                              Taffy

                              Richmond

                              14 reviews

                              4.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on June 18, 2021

                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                              FOOD WAS REASONABLY PRICED AND GOOD. WE HAD THE BERRYSALAD AND THE DUCK BREAST ENTREE. THE DUCK WAS PERFECT

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Miami

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on June 8, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a great spot for business lunch

                            40. B

                              Bobby

                              New York Area

                              188 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              188 reviews

                              Dined on May 18, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                              We stopped in this time prompted by a Split the Bill promotion that the downtown BID was having. Tiffany was our cheerful and attentive server. We started with a nice caesar salad and cubano mac-and-cheese. Entrees we selected tonight were the duck breast and faroe salmon. The view of East Capitol Park and the NYS capitol building itself are always a highlight from most tables. On-street parking is available nearby, free in the evenings. The mayor dropped in while we were there.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                            FAQs

                            Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany is rated 4.4 stars by 241 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 3 times today
                            Google Map for Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

                            144 State Street Renaissance Albany Hotel Albany, NY 12207

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Eagle Street

                            • Neighborhood

                              Albany

                            • Hours of operation

                              Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              American

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Elegant

                            • Dress code

                              Casual Dress

                            • Parking details

                              Validated parking is offered for $6.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for each additional hour. The maximum charge is $25.00. Street parking is also available.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Benjamin Stewart

                            • Entertainment

                              Entertainment will be live every Friday night 6pm-9pm

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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