Daley's on Yates

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719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located in the heart of historic Schenectady and a brief walk away from Proctor's Theatre. Daley's On Yates offers refined comfort food in an inviting, yet unexpected urban space.
Dress Code at Yates is smart casual. While jeans and shorts are acceptable, tank tops, ripped clothing and similarly ultra casual clothing is not permitted.
A former taxi garage, the space has been transformed into a fresh new concept restaurant and bar. Exposed rafters and I-beams give way to mid-century modern dining furniture, fixtures and design elements. Nestled between two elm trees, guests can get cozy on large sectional sofas conveniently positioned around four gas fire pits. A covered, full service outdoor bar offers specialty cocktails along with a diverse wine list and a respectable selection of beers. Daley's On Yates was designed with our guests in mind; we want you to come in, get comfortable and enjoy a unique hospitality experience.
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CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place, great atmosphere, friendly service and the food...amazing. Like mom used to cook, only better! (Don’t tell her). I have tried at least a half dozen entree’s and they all are delish!!! Two thumbs up, but what else would you expect from the folks at Daley’s!

R
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend!

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you for taking the time to complete a review and for the great recommendation!!! Hope you dine with us again soon

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We had dinner seated at the bar, which we often prefer doing. Unfortunately, we had trouble enjoying our dinner due to the loud, bordering on rude, people wanting to order drinks. I would suggest to people, like us, who enjoy eating at the bar, to sit on the side of the bar closest to Yates Street, there’s no room for people to crowd behind you shouting for service.

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the solid reviews on Food, Service and Value!!! Yes, the "yates street side" is a cozy haven for diners at the bar. We hope to see you again in the near future.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 4 people with us who had never been to Daley’s. They loved the ambience and the food. Great time!

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your business and thank you for bringing new guests to the "Daley's Family". We are so pleased to know everyone had a great experience. Hope to see all of you again in the near future.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daley’s never disappoints!!!

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the kind words and 5-Star Review!!!!! Hope you can dine with us again soon

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WC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We went with friends from out of town and had a great meal. It was busy but we could easily hear each other. We all loved our meals.

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the great feedback and great review!

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MV
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great food and they topped the top again! The salmon was the “hands down” best I’ve ever had anywhere coast to coast and, yes I AM a salmon aficionado! It’s always very good here but Friday the chef outdid himself... compliments! The lamb dinner was equally delicious. Daley’s has some of friendliest and efficient staff I’ve ever seen. Thanks for another great dining experience. See you soon!

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the considerate note! We absolutely remember your party. So glad you had a great experience. We truly appreciate your continued support and candid feedback. We hope to see you again soon!!!!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff, lovely appearance, great food and wine.

Daley's on Yates
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the 5-star review and thoughtful feedback! We pride ourselves on the "Daley's Dining Experience" from your staff, to the food and the unique ambiance. We hope you can dine with us again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Busy night and the service was fine. The scallops were seared on one side only and a little rubbery on the other. Shrimp and clams were dry, like zero sauce? Usually it is outstanding, not Saturday.

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Place was jam packed! A little behind schedule on the reservations, but the meal was great. I can be tough to please with the preparation of my seafood dishes - scallops were cooked to PERFECTION.

Daley's on Yates
Responded on 4 October 2019

Thank you so much for the candid feedback. We are so pleased you were satisfied with your meal. Yes, Saturday was very busy with reservations. The scallops entree is one of our most popular selections. Thank you again for the review, we hope to see you again soon.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service very slow and food was all over cooked. The food did not meet the high prices.

K
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

Waited an hour to be seated, another hour to eat and food was burnt

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Hugely disappointing. DO NOT GO HERE IF anybody in your party has food allergies. There is a massive disconnect between the wait staff and the back of the house. After confirming repeatedly with the server how severe the food allergies were for one of the members of our party, the kitchen brought out two plates of food that contained the allergic items (including a sauce that was drizzled all over the appetizer). It was very dangerous (given the food allergies are deadly) and continued with the main course. Also, the two fish servings other ordered in our party were way over-cooked and very dry. Overall, there are much better options in the area.

H
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Prime rib was very tough. Impossible to cut, and arrived rare although asked for medium. Although returned for more fire, it still was inedible.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve really enjoyed my experiences in the past however this past Friday (9/27/19 -7:15pm) I felt the food, service and atmosphere were really lacking. Two of us ordered the Ribeye steak, both of which were charbroiled to the extreme on one side and barely brown on the other. We would have made our server aware of the problem however once our dinners were served she disappeared. The music was also extremely loud making conversation with our other dinner guests almost impossible.

LL
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice to see downtown Schenectady jamming on a Friday night! Outdoor patio area was packed with patrons enjoying a beautiful Fall night around firepits and busy bar. Seated well after our 6:45pm reservation time but dining area had cleared out a little so that we were not cramped by nearby tables. Long delay until food arrived but it was worth the wait, entries were very good (we had pasta dish, pork chop, salmon & fish special) and not a drop left on anyone's plate! Love the vibe and atmosphere in this spot-we'll be back!

Daley's on Yates
Responded on 4 October 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for the great review. It was indeed great to see downtown Schenectady full of patrons and energy. Thank you for your patience on a busy weekend. We are so pleased you enjoyed and appreciated the food, the vibe and the experience. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and menu.

Daley's on Yates
Responded on 4 October 2019

Thank you for dining with us, your feedback and "5-Stars"!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration with friends. It was wonderful!!!!

RB
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, large portions, a bit pricey for "Schenectady" but worth going there if you have a special event (birthday, anniversary, etc). Would recommend.

GM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful inside. They did a nice job with the space. Meals were ok. The worst part was my husbands’ steak was overcooked. He sent it back, and our waitress said it would take 15 minutes. Well, by the time he got it, the rest of us were done with the meal. And the steak was still was not medium rare.

MM
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Saturday night with a large group of friends. Staff was very accommodating as we needed to add another person to our reservation. Drinks, food and atmosphere were great. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited many times. Always excellent food, service, ambiance. Can’t wait to return!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food -presented beautifully. Attentive service. Beautiful outdoor patio. Will be back again and again.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

enjoyed so much wee booked another date for next month

DW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was superb, starting with house made seasoned potato chips and a decadent cheese dipping sauce to my equally decadent fluffy gnocchi with chunks of short ribs
Can’t wait to return to try additional menu items

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waste management containers near the entrance is the first impression and stinky to say the least! However, commensurate with the first steps into the restaurant, it was inviting and aesthetically appealing! The outdoor dining area is lovely, except for the annoying and relentless bee's! Our waiter was affable and accommodating. The food was delicious, especially the bread! We will return, but likely will be dining inside. Thank you!

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner for clients, restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation.
This was the first time at Daley's for my guests and Vendor, they were suitably impressed
with the food and service.
We had another guest coming who did not make it, we relaxed at table and were never pressured while we waited. When she did not show up waiter was accommodating .
Dinner was timely and piping hot and delicious.

MV
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved to atmosphere, food and music. We are definitely going back again. The patio is the best!

JR
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Little pricey. Only complaint was appetizer delivered same time as side salad.

Daley's on Yates
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for the review. Our team will continue to hone our service standards. Thank you for the feedback.

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OT
NW Territories
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just beautiful and our dinners were delicious! I will be back in few weeks. To celebrate and friends birthday🌺

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

My family have been to this restaurant many times. This particular time was very disappointing. There were three of us on this particular evening. In fact it was my sons 25th birthday. My son had the salmon which was good but the portion was small. My husband had a sandwich which was very good. But I had the chicken parmigiana dinner. The chicken was very dry and the breading was burnt all sound the edges. We told the waiter and he said he would pass the info onto the chef. The quality of the food was not what I was expecting. We like to give to eat out at Schenectady restaurants but it will be quite awhile before we return to Daley’s.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great staff. Very accommodating. Love the tunes and the fire pits too!
Only reason for no 5* is because menu was limited for us but what we ate was awesome!

Go there!

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife to “DOY” for her birthday. I’ve always said thibis one of the top r restaurants in the Capital District.
Michael, the owner was helping seat people on a busy Saturday night ( Hamilton Show ).
We had their delicious cheese board .
To my delight they had Halibut as one of their specials.
DELICIOUS!!!! My wife felt the same about her Scallops.
Nikki , our server was excellent as always.
Pricey? Yes, but I’ll take quality over monetary every night!

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, service and food! Oh, and the cocktails were delicious too. Looking forward to going back!

KK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Great location after the theater. Atmosphere is fun.

SE
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

❤️best prime rib I’ve ever had!! Service was great! Definitely would eat there again!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Reservation was for 5 people, we arrived right on time at 5:15. Yes, it was a theater night in the city, but was near the end of the show run (so, if they were to excuse it due to the theater, they knew what to expect by then). Dinner took nearly 3 hours. After waiting for service, one member of the party had to actually get up from the table to ask if someone was coming over. Appetizers were average. Dinner- one scallop dish (cleaned their plate), one halibut special (again, down to the china), one lamb dinner (patron had a suspicion they may have been served duck), chicken salad and then another chicken dish. Both chicken dishes served in bowls (or rimmed bowl)- the bland chicken was in strips on the side of each dish (where you can't cut them).

For the price, we were underwhelmed by both the food and the service.

C
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very satisfied. Wonderful place
Would recommend to friends

T
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Steak not good. Had to send ribs back. Got refund. Pot roast. Average. Disappointed

AM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our family stopped for light supper before seeing Hamilton. Such an amazing renovation. We requested a table on the lovely patio. Drinks on a couch then off to a table right on time. Appetizers, refills, dinner, dessert & espresso. 90 min. And we were off to the show. Management excellent. Servers good. Drinks well made after rec good suggestions from bartenders. Wines & old fashions. Yum.
We all agree- can't wait to go back.

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