Colonie >Food & Dining > Barnsider Restaurant
The Barnsider is Awsome!. The Barnsider restaurant is my favorite place to eat. The food is awsome and so is the service. The steak is the best. It melts right in your mouth and tastes great. I would highly recomend.
Old 499 in Troy is better!. I can say that I enjoyed my dinner at The Barnsider but was swept off my feet when I had a prime rib dinner at the Old 499 House in Troy! There is no comparison (Better than Ruths Chris). Old 499 ages their beef for 52 days, which is why it is CONSISTANTLY so tender and great tasting. Atmosphere is quiet and romatic (very interesting history), service is awesome & prices are similar to Barnsider. Neighborhood may defer some people.
food not consistently cooked. The last time I was at the Barnsider, my steak was cold and within minutes it was returned to me and I could tell it was microwaved to warm it. It took a long time to get the waiters attention and it was a complete disappointment to me. I think it is overpriced for what you get. The food tastes like it has been prepared ahead of time and is not always consistenly cooked. In the past three times I was there, my food was cooked differently each time. That's when I gave up ont he barnsider. Not good.
Good Ambience OK Steaks. I enjoy going to the Barnsider- it has great ambience , good value and service- but disagree that it is a great steakhouse. The steaks offered are only sirloins and filets and, while decent, are really ordinary and not as good as you can get elsewhere. No T-bone, porterhouse or ribeye on the menu and the sirloins are not particularly tasty or tender. While The Bears is very good, it's quite a drive. Albany needs, but does not have, a good steakhouse. Jack's has better steaks but is a seafood restaurant, not a steakhouse.
Good food, Cozy atmosphere. The atmosphere was very cozy especially the fire place. The food was very good, especailly the aplle crisp for dessert. Only problem we had to wait a while for our food to come out because it was very busy.
I used to travel to Albany on business and always
went to The Barnsider for dinner. Although I no longer get to Albany like I used to, whenever I get within striking distance of this restaurant I always stop. The food is excellent and the service is even better. I live in Rochester and have actually driven the 4 hours to go the The Barnsider and made a weekend of it, I cannot say enough.
Whoever owns and operates this restaurant believes strongly in training and good, long term employees and it shows. This owner should be very proud.
Unimpressed!. I'm an executive for a small NYC internet firm. I usually visit Albany 2-3 times/yr and have tried several steak houses in the area. I've eaten at the barnsider several times, each time hoping that the reviews I've read are correct. I have alway enjoyed the appetizers, but the entrees left me disappointed. My vote for top steak in Albany area goes to The Bears in Duanesburg!
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