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About this business

  • Cuisine
    American, Grill, Continental, Diner, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Website
    desmondhotelsalbany.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Hours
    Sun-Mon Closed
    Tue-Sat 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    American, Grill, Continental, Diner, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Lot
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • WiFi
    Yes
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Tips

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cathy D.
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Report | 3 months ago
The service was excellent. Everyone was very nice and the food was delicious
Catherine W.
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Report | 3 months ago
Not real champagne
Karen H.
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Report | 3 months ago
The pianist was excellent, definitely worth the experience!
Nancy K.
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Report | 3 months ago
It has always been our "special occasion" place to go. Food is delicious and a great salad comes with the meal. Lovely atmosphere and the ladies get a fresh rose. We were given a 15% off coupon. Will definitely be going back.
Gail C.
Verified
Report | 3 months ago
I dragged my husband kicking and screaming to the Desmond but once there we both loved every minute!
M B.
Verified
Report | 3 months ago
Give yourself plenty of time...
Avideh S.
Verified
Report | 3 months ago
The Scrimshaw is one of the best / finest places for dining in the capital district.
Stephen X.
Verified
Report | 3 months ago
It's a wonderful dining experience!
Marc R.
Verified
Report | 3 months ago
Great service (from Christy), and great food too. Excellent Chateaubriand.
william m.
Verified
Report | 4 months ago
Excellent dinner. I have always been pleased with scrimshaw.
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From Our Editors

A stroll through The Desmond is like a stroll into an earlier era. The hotel's many pathways meet at the fountain of an interior courtyard, where brick facades and windows recall an 18th-century town square. Follow any of these pathways, and you'll likely stumble upon artworks from the 1700s, hand-carved decorations, and crackling fireplaces.

In contrast, at Scrimshaw, the hotel restaurant, the food is fresh and modern, thanks to executive chef Michael St. John, who continually revises the restaurant's menu of contemporary American plates. He and makes monthly adjustments to market-fresh seafood dishes such as pancetta-wrapped halibut and grilled lobster tail, alongside traditional favorites such as prime rib and sole en papillote. The waitstaff prepares fresh caesar salads at the table's edge, allowing diners to get up close to the kitchen work. Other menu mainstays range from sole en papillote to pork chops with anjou pear chutney over green apple butter.

Such dinners have earned Scrimshaw an AAA Four Diamond rating for four consecutive years. The drinks are likewise acclaimed, as the wine list holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its assortment of reds, whites, and champagnes. These, along with the oak-aged sherry sprinkled over the lobster bisque, echo and embody the hotel's overarching theme of aged sophistication.

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