Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

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109 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Late Night Menu: Monday - Sunday: 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(518) 992-2432
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Gibson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eagle Street
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Parking details
Validated valet parking is offered for $7.00
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Entertainment
Entertainment will be live every Friday night 6pm-9pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 109 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Wellingtons was recommend by a friend who visit Albany numerous times a year. Restaurant was empty for Sunday Brunch and Hostess sats us at the closest table to the entrance of the dining room where everyone would pass by as they enter & exit the restaurant - not sure why. We asked to relocated to other table; now she sat us right next to other diners when the restaurant was empty. Hostess seem to be annoyed by the simple request so we just took the second table. We thought about leaving and going to another restaurant, however we stayed since our server Olivia arrived quickly to greet us. Olivia was very informative about the menu, courteous, and attentive. Meals were served in a timely manner . Overall experience was OK; if there's next time maybe just drinks and apps at the bar.

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We have visited this restaurant twice - once for brunch and again for dinner about 2 weeks later. The service is underwhelming. Our brunch entree arrived lukewarm. When we asked about the cut of lamb that would be served on the dinner menu, our server replied "it is a slice" - we had to ask if it was a rack or a chop and he still wasn't sure. The wine list is somewhat vague. It listed a bottle of red wine from a vineyard that produces cabernet and malbec. Again we had to ask and the server had to go ask. The next problem was the fired oysters ordered as an appetizer. Nice breading but the oysters were small and had been overcooked. The fried shrimp appetizer was nicely prepared and presented. The steaks we ordered were delmonico's but were overdone ( medium instead of rare as requested) and of a poor quality. The prices for the quality of service and food are not a match. We will probably not visit this restaurant again which is unfortunate as we do live locally and were hoping for a fine dining alternative in the city,

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

They don’t offer a kid’s menu for Sunday brunch but they were able to make accommodations for my two nephews.

The brunch sandwiches were great. We had the fried green tomato sandwich, smoked salmon sandwich, and pastrami hash sandwich were all great, served with crunchy fries.

Three of us ordered the lobster benedict, which were meh. The lobster was fresh but under seasoned. The egg was runny which was great. The most disappointing thing was
That one order had a mountain of lobster meat, and the other two had 2-3 pieces of lobster only. It was very apparent that all three lobster bennies were prepared together. I’m ok with that but the chef should have distributor lobster evenly.

Finally the brunch drinks were great. Strong drinks but well made with excellent taste.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent service, food and ambiance

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Good food, but ordered cappuccino it was not frothy seemed like regular coffee in a giant cup. Overall liked the beet salad appetizer and my brunch dish was very good. The waitress was very nice but seemed overwhelmed with serving many tables.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Arrived just before the tour group, and it was a bit loud while they were there. Otherwise, it was great. Had the duck and a very nice Bordeaux, and enjoyed it very much overall.

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

An empty restaurant and they seated us right next to the noisy bar. Uncomfortable seating. If you like pork belly, this is the place for you.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very good restaurant. we went for a special occasion, we asked for the cheese and the meat board and an entrée. I would say, that the amount served was not too small not too big and it was good for the price. The drinks, Old Fashioned and Danger Manhattan cocktails were well prepared and on the money for the taste, not watery. The price is average for a hotel restaurant. We will go back.

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

$3.50 for seltzer water is ridiculous! Made a reservation and they tried to cram us between two other parties even though the place was empty. Asked for another table and then they put someone else right next to us. Not a place for any sort of private conversation.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food was excellent but service was absolutely terrible. There were two waitresses working that day. When we first got there, the other waitress said, THANK GOD! I dont want to deal with that! when our waitress said she was going to take us (we had an infant with us). As for our own waitress, she didnt come back to check on us until most of our party was finished our meals (and she didnt bring us our food so she really only took our order and then disappeared) which was unfortunate because we didnt get the sauces that were supposed to come with the meal and no ketchup. When we asked for the sauces and ketchup, she only came back with the ketchup. I also had to go find her to get the bill. It wasn't even busy either. There were 4 medium sized parties and she was only taking care of our table. Will probably never return solely based on the poor service we received.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

How great it is for Albany that this historic hotel and restaurant has been brought back to life. On the corner of State Street across the from the Capitol, the dining room and bar area provides a great view of the city's architecture and opportunity for people watching — and the ambience is fantastic. The food is excellent. Been here a few times and every meal has been superb. Went here most recently for Mother's Day and had a great experience. And Javi, our server, was top notch — which was refreshing since there is so much mediocrity when it comes to wait staff in there area.... If there are any downsides, the appetizers are somewhat pricey in relation to serving size. (Even so, they were excellent.) Also, the restaurant may want to invest in a few large tables. We had a part of five and they had to put together two small round tables, which was a bit awkward. Still, not a big deal. The Wellington is an asset to Albany. Great place for dinner, lunch and drinks. Go here.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch, somewhat limited menu, but well done in terms of service, food quality and atmosphere. We would likely try dinner some evening.

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Food was great! The restaurant was extremely loud at 6:00 pm. The bar borders the restaurant seating which made it difficult to hear each other. Not great for older diners with possible hearing issues.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This was our first time here and came for my birthday. Food was excellent, server was great. Enjoyed the free birthday dessert which was a nice surprise.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Dinner at the Wellington was very good. My wife was raving about the pork tenderloin and I enjoyed the chicken with potato pancake. Our server, Ray, was excellent.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food terrific, but the service very slow. Suspect a problem in the kitchen that night

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Delicious and beautifully presented. I ate every morsel ... couldn’t imagine leaving any or heating it up later.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We were going to a show at the Times UnionCenter and went for an early dinner. We were greeted right away and seated.
The waitress introduced herself and took our drink order. We never felt rushed. Each item that came out out was delicious and just the right temperature. The atmosphere was sophisticated but relaxed. We will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was the best dining experience of our “almost week” in Albany! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Loved it here! We were not rushed at all and the food was fantastic. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a great dinner in a booth by a window looking out at State St. Recommend the duck and the pork

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Came here for a birthday celebration with my parents, and proposed to my girlfriend at the same meal! The waitstaff were super helpful, and the food was fantastic, the night couldn’t have been more perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We decided to have our Easter Brunch here. Located right in downtown with a beautiful view of the capital bldg. Large windows to view the goings on along State St.

We were seated along the wall with the views but also nicely secluded by sheer "curtains" from other tables beside ours.

The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Tiffany was our server who had a bubbly personality. She is perfect for the job.

The drink menu was substantial with plenty to offer from various red/white wines to cordials to speciality drinks. We all opted for a type of red wine by the glass.

The menu was a brunch menu, though in the smaller book of the above mentioned drink menu, we thought later, that maybe one could order off the menus in that as well. We meant to ask. Two of us opted for a type of breakfast entree. The apple pancake is a meal/dessert in all. The French toast is on the lighter side so my best friend order two eggs to go with it. I opted for lunch, a beet salad to start and Tuna Nicoise (ahi tuna) for my main. Presentation was outstanding! Food was delicious. Kudos to the chef.

Dessert off the brunch menu was only three choices, one being a dessert pancake. Since none of them appealed to us, we satisfied our sweet tooth craving in another establishment where we could have some ice cream.

I'd be back. Maybe not for date night,(he likes large portions) but definitely girls' night out.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went on Easter Sunday, doesn't appear to be the regular time for customers as they seemed somewhat unorganized... tables are too small for two to have a relaxing meal as they seated us at a cocktail table initially, then we got seated next to the exit door....I requested a move to a more comfortable area and was told that they couldn't accommodate us. The waitress was excellent although our breakfast was" luke" warm. We didn't send back as we didn't want to wait for a redo. Anyways, we moved to the bar and finished our mimosas and the Manager came over and chatted and became much warmer toward us even providing us with a complimentary drink. The bar area is much nicer. I'm hoping they warm up the main seating area, even make it a little cleaner and updated. I would stop back another time although we had to pay $14 for parking! No accommodation to diners even almost with a $100 breakfast bill. Downtown Albany was our work location for over 35 years...it was nice to go back to remember the good times and relive some history again. I attend Cap Rep and the Times Union Center and always look for a restaurant to compliment our outings.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Our lunch at Wellington's at the Renaissance Hotel was outstanding. We had a very attentive wait staff and the food was excellent at a reasonable price. This not your usual hotel restaurant, very much an independent experience.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was definitely above average. However, the service was lackluster. Long periods of time with nobody coming, empty drinks, and it was not busy in the least. Overall, I was disappointed, particularly considering the cost.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

What a surprise - a hotel with an outstanding restaurant? Doesn't usually happen.
Not sure why this doesn't have 5 stars.....every dish was perfectly prepared, flavorful and delivered timely and professionally.
The burrata with pesto, beets, nuts was perhaps the best burrata I've had in years.
My friend had the salmon with a tart raspberry vinegar......couldn't make it out entirely, over grits - delicious! I also ordered the brussel sprouts, also done perfectly.
Would absolutely recommend, along with a bloody mary we both had and enjoyed!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food was delicious and beautifully presented .

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Lobster & Chive Croquettes were very small for $14.00. Lamb was a very small portion and under cooked for $36.00. Not good value. Chicken was very good-$24.00. Been there before and will probably be back. Bar scene is cool.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wellington's is a lovely option for dining! We celebrated Valentine's Day there this year and were more than pleased with the whole experience! The wait staff and bar stools were friendly. The cocktail menu was creative and the food was AMAZING! That evening we chose to dine on items from the specials menu, but we also had the poutine appetizer from their regular menu and it was a great spin on the classic Canadian dish! We will definitely be visiting again and strongly recommend others do as well.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Brunch was delicious. Great ambience and service as well.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Nice place. Third time visiting. Very consistent.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We were staying at the Renaissance Albany, so after a day of travel decided to give the Wellington a try. The room itself offers a beautiful view of the NYS Capitol. It is nicely appointed, but also very loud, even though it was not terribly full that night....I think the noise carries from the adjacent bar.

The menu is not huge, but does have a nice variety of mains. We had the duck breast and the Colorado Lamb. Both were good, but not as spectacular as they sounded on the menu. The dessert menu was not very creative, so we opted for the strawberry-pineapple sorbet with berries, which was good. Coffee was good.....

Dinner with no liquor or wine, came to about $50 a person, with tax and tip...a bit high for the whole experience. Service was adequate but the server seemed untrained.

We think next time we will go further afield for dinner.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This could be a really great restaurant, the service was great, the location was great and the food was pretty good. The problem I had was that the floors were absolutely filthy! The table we sat at had a dirty napkin under the leg to hold the table stable. I asked the host about it and even he was embarrassed, he was kind enough to change the napkin to a piece of paper. The paper was still tacky but at least it didn't look nasty. I would return here if they fixed this situation.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

It had been a while since we’d seen each other, so I wanted to take my oldest friend somewhere special for his birthday dinner. We had great memories of our last time at Wellington’s, so we quickly agreed. We were lucky enough to have the same server, fun and helpful Rayisha. The drinks came right away and our salads soon followed. The special pear salad with endive and blue cheese was really tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed my fish special, and my friend devoured the lobster gnocchi, reveling with the rich flavors. So glad to see Wellington’s keeping up to its standards and showing Albany how it’s done! We’ll be back soon.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Great time

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

First time checking out Wellington’s and we loved it! Excellent food and cocktails. Service was great as well. Kinda loud but fun atmosphere. Will be coming here again! Added to our favorites list.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding breakfast. Pancakes are delicious with honey butter and eggs benedict was also great.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent. I had the lamb and my Fiancé had the shrimp, in addition we had an appetizer which was outstanding. The server was friendly and recommended various meals. My Fiancé did say the shrimp seemed like it was going bad, so maybe stay away from the seafood. The dishes were presented in a beautiful manner as well.

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