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Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

4.1
94 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 94 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

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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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Menu was very limited not a lot of choices. Food portion was small for the money paid. Waitress was nice but appeared to have to wait on too many tables at the same time. It was hard to get her attention.

I would not dine here again.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We went to Wellington's for Sunday brunch before seeing "She Loves Me" at Capital Rep. It was the perfect spot for a pre-show meal. Downtown Albany is surprisingly quiet on Sunday morning. We were seated next to a window where we watched the occasional Sunday walker.

The service was perfect - not too rushed. We each enjoyed a cocktail. I ordered the croissant French toast, stuffed with light orange-flavored ricotta cheese. My husband had the hash which was so many steps above what we are accustomed to. Both dishes were delicious.

We enjoyed the sleek but comfortable ambience and the hotel renovations are beautiful, preserving many of the historic features of the DeWitt Clinton Hotel.

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

I will be back to try Wellington's again, but this was an off night. Importantly for a nice night out the venue is great - looking up at the snowy Capitol was beautiful. We were greeted with a beer sample and got drinks and appetizers quickly. After that the service evaporated. Our water glasses remained unfilled. Most of the entrees were lovely, but the steak special was not up to the quality I would expect. Desserts were very tasty, but the coffee was anemic.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Loved it ❤️😊Great modern industrial decor, amazing food and mixologist knows his/her stuff... entrance is beautiful whether you go through restaurant or hotel . The hotel & restaurant staff is very friendly. Would definitely recommend this restaurant/hotel.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Nice place, a little loud. Burger over cooked. Good for hotel food. Never left hotel.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

excellent food,very good service.nice ambiance. would go again

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Was a great date night. Service and ambiance were great. Was disappointed with the food though. The donut dessert was stale and the steak and asparagus were wayyy overcooked.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Food is incredible. The combinations and specials from the chef are awesome, appetizers great, never disappoints. Service is also good. Miss the bourbon cocktail with the smoked ice cubes.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

It was delightful! Ray, our server, was a delight. The food was delicious and decadent.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

While the food was excellent and one of our better meals this year (we routinely eat in good restaurants), the noise the Renaissance Hotel Corporation actually Marriott calls music is just lots annoying noise. Do not go here for atmosphere or tolerable atmosphere. The sound level is too loud (and we go to lots of various kinds of loud concerts an classic things) and sound computer generated and awful. No taste of any kind. Any type other than graphically gross hip hop would be better. I don't know what cheap accountant picked this tacky station to play with no control being allowed by the individual hotels at all. Non even sound control is programed. I was so annoyed I tried to contact Marriot that evening while waiting on dinner. Sorry the specials we ordered were all great. Don't know how they keep a good chief, staff or clientele with this ridiculous noise

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2.0Dined on September 1, 2017

The restaurant was nearly empty yet nearby tables had left over drink glasses & sugar wrappers etc. We ordered sparkling water which arrived in the bottles left at our table, no glasses arrived (despite food arriving) until we asked . Beef was good, asparagus was burnt and salty. The lamb was ok The chanterelle mushrooms were flavorless; not recognizable. Salad was fine . Cocktails were good. Our Server wasn't bad ; was cordial just very green.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

We had a gift certificate and didn't really know what to expect. The service was quick and friendly. The restaurant was clean and the food was tasty. The menu is limited but what they have is excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

An excellent dining experience. Our waiter Salvatore was knowledgeable Anna attentive, the cocktails are exquisite, and the food delicious. I had a pork tenderloin -most tender and wonderful I've ever had - and my wife had and excellent blackened sea bass. We drooled over the hushpuppy and the brussel sprout appetizers.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

First of all, Albanyans are hella nice and our waitress, Liz was no exception. Lovely venue, with a great vibe and filling food. Great for the semi-bougie lol

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Had a quiet dinner here while staying in the hotel. The food was superbly prepared. The hostess quickly seated us. The server was very attentive throughout the meal. The ambiance was very nice. Wish there was a bit less noise from the bar area. There is no adequate physical separation between the bar and the dining area. Overall, the dining experience was wonderful and we will not hesitate to return when staying in Albany. *

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