Restaurants in Schenectady

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The newly renovated Randy Loren's Dolce Vita Ristorante infuses classic Italian dishes with a love of music that permeates the classic atmosphere. As diners enjoy plates of lightly breaded veal and parmesan-encrusted tilapia, on Fridays and Saturdays performers take to the dining room’s elevated stage to coax melodies from a white grand piano sitting under a disco ball and colorful lights. In addition, trimming decorated like piano keys accentuates the wooden bar, whose array of liquor and wine bottles would produce its own grand symphony if it were ever hit with a bunch of tiny pebbles.

1727 State St
Schenectady,
NY
US

Yelpers give Ambition Coffee House and Eatery a near perfect 4.5-star average, and eight TripAdvisors give it 3.5 owl eyes:

154 Jay St
Schenectady,
NY
US

New York style deli/restaurant featuring over stuffed sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Great burgers and a nice selection of desserts, including homemade rice and bread puddings. Nightly dinner specials. Off premises catering for all occasions.

2678 Hamburg St
Schenectady,
NY
US

No matter how hard he tried, Kevin Brown couldn't shake the chef's hat. After years of working in restaurants and hotels throughout Connecticut and New York, he finally decided to leave the kitchen for good in exchange for a family-friendly job at GE. Once he retired, though, the siren song of the professional kitchen beckoned to him again, and he purchased a Cajun catering company. In no time, Kevin Brown was back in the kitchen at Café NOLA, which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana.

As both the chef and owner, Kevin devises a menu that spotlights the distinct blends of herbs and spices that characterize Cajun food. As a result, the kitchen churns out alligator bites, crawfish nachos, and crab cakes, as well as sandwiches with a Southern influence, such as the NOLA club and a grilled portobello sandwich. Honey-stung fried chicken served with cornbread makes stomachs grumble from across the room, and étouffée, a house specialty, sails out to guests accompanied by dirty rice. The beignets aren't the only sweet thing around the place—live entertainment occurs up to five evenings a week, running the gamut from tarot-card readings to zydeco music.

617 Union St
Schenectady,
NY
US

Located on the glistening shores of the Mohawk River, just over the bridge to Schenectady, The Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant allows patrons to partake in its waterfront ambiance year-round. Amidst the warmth, charm, and relaxing fire-side dining options, the restaurant has become a favorite with Capital District patrons for nearly a decade, earning praise from publications such as Metroland and Capital Regional Living Magazine for having some of the best dining around.

Apart from the view, what has wooed customers are tempting options such as fresh seafood and steaks, in addition to a variety of daily food and drink specials to please the most discerning pallets. These dishes feel right at home in the restaurant's elegant dining room or, on warmer days, on the outdoor patio that overlooks the river and the boats moored to the docks.

4 Freemans Bridge Rd
Schenectady,
NY
US

The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.

Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.

2025 State St
Schenectady,
NY
US