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7 Perfect Restaurants for a Romantic Dinner in the Albany Area

Bringing your significant other out to eat at a restaurant is a wonderful way to show how much you care about them. If you're looking for a local spot where you can celebrate an anniversary, Valentine's Day, or have a lovely date night together, then you don't have to travel far. We've rounded up 7 of the best restaurants for romantic dinners in and near the City of Albany.

Plan an Intimate Night Out at Risotto

Best described as an "Italian Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant," Risotto offers high-quality cuisine in a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere in Albany. Their team of experienced chefs is ready to prepare your meal with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Risotto is locally-owned and operated, and their combination of delectable dishes, delicious cocktails, and amazing desserts is perfect for an intimate night out.


Relish the Taste of Fine Dining at Duke's Chophouse

seafood at dukes chophouse

Join in on a fine dining atmosphere at Dukes Chophouse just seconds away from the Rivers Casino gaming floor. Some of the exquisite items on the menu include braised beef short ribs, pappardelle bolognese, and an extensive wine selection. For a romantic dining experience, there is a private room for more personal dining.


Enjoy Craft Beer in a Cozy Atmosphere at Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen

If you're looking for something special but a bit more casual, check out Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen in Albany! The restaurant has a menu that changes on a weekly basis, and they always have options for those with special dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes. Plus, they offer a ton of local brews, wine options, and a full bar for you to enjoy during your date night out.


Savor a Special Meal at the Barnsider Restaurant

The Barnsider's daily seasonal specials and delicious, homemade desserts are perfect for sharing. Indulge yourself in their exquisite beef cuts and daily fresh seafood. They will cater to your every taste with an extensive menu of fresh, homemade and signature dishes. Make sure to try their unique deep fried ice cream with caramel rum sauce - one spoon for two, please!


Dine Near the Waterfront at Lakeview on Crystal Lake

Located on the shores of beautiful Crystal Lake in Averill Park, Lakeview on Crystal Lake is a fantastic restaurant to visit for food with a view. They are renowned among both locals and visitors for their friendly atmosphere and American cuisine, which includes prime rib and seafood. Not only do people choose them for banquets and weddings, but Lakeview on Crystal Lake is ideal for romantic dinners too.


Bring Your Lover to Texas de Brazil for a Memorable Experience

Texas de Brazil, located in Crossgates Mall, is a fantastic option for adventurous couples looking for an upscale and unique experience. This Brazilian steakhouse allows guests to partake in a Brazilian churrasco—or barbecue—where succulent meats are hand-carved at each table. It's a feast for the eyes and the tongue as servers return again and again to deliver traditionally-prepared meats. Guests can also choose from a large selection of sides, salads, and charcuterie.


Explore Americana and Indonesian Fusion in an Upscale Environment at Yono's 

beautiful table setting with fresh flowers, white tablecloth, and gorgeous china
Photo Courtesy of Yono’s

If you're looking to knock this Valentine's date out of the park, Yono's Restaurant is an excellent option. The dining room holds just 15 tables, which means you will be treated with the utmost care and attention by their excellent dining room professionals. With a long list of accolades, including recognition by the American Culinary Federation and a spot on the top 100 restaurants in the US on OpenTable, the restaurant's reputation speaks for itself. Be sure to pair your meal with one of their fine wines.

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