Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Albany

4.3
38 reviews
$30 and under
American
Time counts at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we’ve continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ’s a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ’s to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we’ve put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven’t just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it’s because of them we’re continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ’s, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
What 38 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.1
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4.1
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This is my second time visiting the restaurant and the second time where I made a reservation a had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. The last time, the restaurant offered a free desert . This time nothing....not even a sorry.Also I don’t think they’re spacing the tables far enough apart now. Last time I went every other table was filled. This time every table was filled. That doesn’t seem consistent with Governor Cuomo’s guidance.

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vipMelissaG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal.

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was very pleasant and stopped by often to check on things. The mojitos were very good as was the app and entrees.

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PickyPen
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good food choices, reasonable prices, great attention from waiter. Made a crappy day 100% better

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Meoski
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, the employees were friendly and helpful, great place, will be back!

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good for 3 of us, but the fourth one of our party found that her chicken was raw in her entrée dish. Guess the kitchen isn't temping.
I have eaten here 3 times in the last year and this is the first issue with the food, but it's a big one.

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Dvconn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good for a chain restaurant, craft beer was exceptional. Plexiglass shields around each booth offered a sense of increased protection as well as allowing the place to increase it's seating capacity.

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ShannonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good and service was excellent! Also did a good job with pandemic precautions.

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SandraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only con was we had to wait a half hour past our reservation time. Because of COVID-19 we had to wait outside and it was chilly. Once we were seated we had a lovely dinner. Even the 7 year old enjoyed it.

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SherieS
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

great specials our waiter was fantastic ask for the pumpkin ale wonderful

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AnnetteC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our meals, apps, and desserts were delicious!! And the price point was a pleasant surprise for such quality. Not a single complaint to be found. It was our first time there... it definitely won’t be our last!!!

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vipLuisD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place was amazing. First all, try to get Carlos "Los" as your writer. The knowledge he has is unbelievable. The food, apps and main course dish was awesome. Sides, mash, baked potatoes etc could use some work, but main food delicious. Couldn't have asked for a better overall experience considering all that is happening around us.

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StevenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best experience in a restaurant during this pandemic thanks to an outstanding waiter

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Bgeb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiter rushed us through our entire meal. Not relaxing at all.

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HappyDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BJ's was very clean and they were very good about observing social distancing. They had paper menus, or you could access it on your phone. Our waitress was wonderful. Food came out quickly. Everything tasted great. All in all a very pleasant experience.

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PriyaS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and drinks as always. Very fast service which was appreciated as we were starving. Food was tasty with good portions.

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NicholasF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the food to the service! Highly recommend.

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Mazz
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The menu is amazing. If you can't find something you like, you have a problem. I had the baby back ribs, and they were delicious; side dish of roasted asparagus and a wedge salad, both excellent. My only complaint, and thus a 4-star overall, and a 3-star service was our waiter could not keep his mask on over his nose. Although I reminded him of it several times, it was to no avail. Don't' get me wrong, his service was excellent and his attitude admirable. He was just careless. With the increased spread in the Albany area, particularly among the 20's age group, this is no time for a waiter to be careless in this regard. For this reason, I probably won't return to BJ's during this pandemic.

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JimG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BJ’s has adopted good protocol for safe dining. This was our first time dining out since March. It was an overall excellent experience.

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pmill
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had a reservations
Was told it would be a 15 minute wait
Once seated I noticed no one else was there
Service hit and miss
Long wait for food
Never got splenda for my coffee

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Heidi
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Not the best food/service this time.
Slow service. Good just ok.

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randyo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place! Lots of vegan choices and lots of draft beer choices. Everyone is so nice and will help you as much as they can.

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Anthony
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Love the food and beer selection. Whenever I am in Albany I look forward to going there. Highly recommend.

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LarryM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time there and the food and service were great, the place as a whole was wonderful the only thing that was off it was very cold had to put a sweater on at the time we were there otherwise the place is great.

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TDaniels
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alicia was great.

Food was priced amazingly

They had great specials

I’ll be back weekly!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It turns out that our local (Albany, NY) BJ's Brewhouse currently (08/15/20) only PRETENDS to use OpenTable. That is, you can log on to OpenTable and make a reservation there, and get an OpenTable confirmation email ... but when you actually show up at the restaurant, you are informed that they don't currently use the OpenTable info, i.e., the reservation you made is not real currently.

I'm not certain, but our party MIGHT have received preferential treatment while waiting -- sort of like the "call-ahead" reservations at certain restaurants -- vs. other waiting parties. Still, I think the obvious, and professional, course of action that BJ's should take is to inform OpenTable that they have suspended use of that system.

In other aspects, the food, value, service, and so forth were typical for BJ's.

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LaCourtT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and Food. The portion sizes are huge and hospitality is amazing. Prices are pretty affordable so no breaking the bank.

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HeatherN
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff obviously working very hard to keep things as safe as possible while continuing to deliver delicious food and lots of options. We were very impressed overall with our visit and dinner!

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KatC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very few gluten-free options available, unfortunately, but overall a great dining experience

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SAMMY
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We waited 20 minutes for a waitress after being seated and then 20 minutes more for a food order after we finally got our drinks. I hated to do it being a server myself but it reflected in her tip

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HalloweenDad
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dinner out since COVID started. It was nice to be able to make reservations to keep the number of customers low. The staff was great (as always) and made is feel comfortable and relaxed.

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Shesalwayshungry
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have a great meal and the wait staff is always super friendly

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KayD
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Companion and were celebrating an occasion. We made the reservation and arrived 10 minutes prior to our seating time. We were shown to our table at exactly the reservation time. The necessary social distancing protocols were explained, including how to access the paperless menu for ordering. We ordered drinks and an appetizer to start. Both came quickly and were very good. We placed our order for entrees and the entrees were delivered to the table within a few minutes of our having finished our appetizer. Our server was lovely, blending her check -in at our table well with providing us time to eat our food. We ordered a dessert to share and it was brought out timely, perfectly done and presented and very tasty. We settled our bill easily and thanked our server for making our first dining experience at Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse an excellent one. We will definitely be returning in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rachel was attentive and accommodating, food was prompt and delicious, drinks were great. Wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our Waitress was prompt, unobtrusive yet attentive to our needs , liked her service well. Our steaks were good , the calamari appetizer was not hot , but the cheese curds were . I would say the food met expectations. Loved the mini churros with ice cream for dessert !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on their menu is delicious. Come here, you won’t regret it.

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Jamo
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service!! Friendly staff! Food came fast!

JC
JamesC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food prices were a little expensive but on the other side it was REALLY delicious

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Albany using the Order Online button. Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Albany also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 375-3570.

Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Albany is rated 4.3 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.