Carney’s Tavern

Nightlife
17 Main St., Ballston Lake, NY 12019 17 Main St., Ballston Lake Directions
+15189527177
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, Cafe, Seafood, Pub Food
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    American, Cafe, Seafood, Pub Food
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  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Delivery
    No
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
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Tips

250
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Report | 2 years ago
The calamari was delicious! So different from the traditional. I had the eggplant rollatini with home made pasta. I would defiantly order it again. My husband had asked the chef to make him a simple dish of crumbled sausage and pasta. He was very accommodating and made him the dish. My husband really liked it. The homemade bread was excellent and different from the normal also. The only negative I have is that the red onions on the salad were very strong and there were a lot of them. Michael, the owner and chef and all the staff were very nice. We will defiantly go back!
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Report | 2 years ago
we enjoyed the food, despite the lack of liquor license and would definitely come back
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Report | 2 years ago
Hope you get your license back soon. Missed the wine with dinner. However, it was no doubt quieter without the bar.
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Report | 2 years ago
Food and service was excelent.
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Report | 2 years ago
We had a really good time. We had not been in since the new ownership and we will be back! You all were great with our three kids and we appreciate that.
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Report | 2 years ago
no hostess when we arrived, had a brief wait. No bar - they are awaiitng a liquor license. That will help them out from a business standpoint, I'm sure. A stockroom was open to the seating area with an electrical panel visible...a door or curtain to cover that would be nice. There is an ATM machine in the seating area as well....that should maybe be moved to the bar area or be removed. Our table had bread crumbs on it... attention to details like that were noticable. The homemade bread was wonderful. Food portions were just right. Salads were fresh. The apple torte was delicious. The hostess who was also our waitress was welcoming and very accomodating. The chef also checked on us several times to be sure we were enjoying our dinner. Overall, I think they could have a solid business there.
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Report | 2 years ago
although we weren't there to drink, you really need a liquor license. also you need to fix your reservation system. called and left a voice message. sent an email. had to search the Internet to find a way to contact you to make sure you were open and could get in. website says open 12-8. you weren't open then. Fix your website.
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Report | 2 years ago
We had a great time, even without the bar being open as they wait for their license. The staff/owners were pleasant and we were very comfortable while enjoying our food.
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Report | 2 years ago
Great service
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Report | 2 years ago
Very nice clean atmosphere. Perfect for a date night or dinner with kids. Hostess was very pleasant and seated patrons with distance so our experience was more intimate. The chef went out if his way several times to make sure we had everything we needed.
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From Our Editors

Legend has it that in 1901, on his way from the Adirondacks to Washington, where President McKinley had just been shot, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt made a pit stop in Ballston Lake. There, he allegedly ate a meal at Carney's Tavern—then known as the Ballston Lake Hotel—and used its telephone, one of the area's first. Historians aren't totally convinced of Roosevelt's appearance, but none dispute the rich heritage of the restaurant, which has nourished diners since 1877.

These days, chef Michael Pallozzi continues that legacy as the head of the tavern's kitchen. Along with timeless options such as grilled reuben sandwiches and veal parmesan, he creates more contemporary dishes, such as pizzas topped with shrimp and wild-leek pesto. Chef Michael's feasts unfold in a spacious dining room enhanced with historical touches, including an original tin ceiling and a trolley rail now serving as a bar footrest.

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