IL FARO restaurant & bar

4.7
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180 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
IL FARO means "The Lighthouse" in Italian. We envisioned being just that: a beacon in the Albany neighborhood, a safe haven from the stresses of everyday life. Strength and serenity. Creating food that please all of the senses. We believe food should look beautiful, smell amazing and taste delicious. We know that dining out is more than just a meal; it's a great new glass of wine, a much needed break from work, a romantic evening with promise, a perfectly mixed cocktail and a memorable meal that you will crave.
What 180 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.3
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vipBobby
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Despite no St. Patrick events happening in Albany on Saturday 3/14, we were determined to go out and celebrate. Olivia was our charming server this evening. She was attentive and efficient. We were disappointed to find that the Shepherd's Pie had been scratched from the menu, but the Rueben Poutine appetizer was a tolerable substitute. We opted
entrées of Spring Fresh Fettuccini (aptly named) and Sole (the daily fin, which was lightly breaded, tender, and perfectly seasoned). Tiramisu rounded out our grand meal. Nothing fancy but genuinely friendly, Il Faro features a lively bar, a fine kitchen, and cheerful service staff. They also offer convenient lot or nearby on-street parking. Recommended!

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PageB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our third time there, enjoyed being seated deeper into the dining room, was chilly by the window last time, our server was great, nice sense of humor. We like that the menu changes often, poutine and arrancini a very nice start. Only minor complaint is stemless wine glasses, I have small hands and sometimes feel like I do not have a good grip and need to use both hands.

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BillB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were great. Especially liked the Risotto Balls appetizer. The flourless chocolate 'cake' for dessert was insane!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best service anywhere

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LoriR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We chose IL FARO from Open Table and they had a reservation available at the time we like. The staff was super friendly, very attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We will definitely return to try other dishes.

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BenM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

we were there for Valentines night dinner. they had a live piano player that we could have done without but, the food and service both made up for the poor choice of accompaniment. we did not have to order off of the special menu and had plenty of different options to choose from. I would definitely and recommend Il Faro to my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was great too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, we can’t wait to go back’

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vipRobert
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good neighborhood Italian.

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DeborahG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet friendly casual place with great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful place! Food, service, and drinks are always amazing!!

GJ
vipGeriJ
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IL Faro always delivers outstanding service! A must place to be!!

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vipbarrys
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently wonderful food and hospitality Highly recommended for anyone looking to try a new place that will surprise your tastebuds

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Cadam
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A romantic spot with great food! The service was warm and welcoming.

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nene5623
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Restaurant Week, on a Friday evening. After our appetizers we all decided that we would be going to IL Faro! Loved it.

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ChristopherC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, a little slow but it was busy, very nice local restaurant. Worth every penny.

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CaroleL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. This was taco Tuesday very tasty like this concept in the summer they hadhamburg Tuesday that was excellent. Was also there Saturday fabulous lamb chops and Brussel sprouts!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good restaurant staff was very friendly food came out in a timely fashion would definitely go back as well as recommended it to others

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 7 celebrating our brother’s birthday. The table was ready for us when we arrived. Our server was on top of getting us drinks when we arrived. She was friendly and very efficient! We liked that the owner came to say hi to my brother and his wife. And that she demanded her husband put deep fried cookie dough on the dessert menu. The only downside was the noise level. My husband has trouble hearing and the noise seemed to bounce off the walls making it difficult for him. Other than that we had a great evening.

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Rajh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I loved this place. Food was delicious and service impeccable. Very friendly and attentive staff. Can't wait to visit again

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JeremyW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with amazing service and ambiance. Highly recommend and can’t wait to visit again.

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RobB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Nice place but casual. Will def go back soon.

JR
vipJohnR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative dishes, attentive service. Never fails to charm. Wonderful hidden gem

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vipbarrys
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This truly is a neighborhood gem . The owner’s are always on the property. They care for each customer as if they are a friend. If you have not tried this restaurant what the heck you’re waiting for. Try it I know you’ll like it I love it there continued success to the restaurant

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JohnW
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an absolutely perfect meal here. Everything we had was cooked perfectly and full of flavor. Can’t wait to go back and enjoy once again!!

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the menu. Front end and service are always a positive experience. The menu is priced right and the servings are not stingy. The bar service is also outstanding. Il Faro is an excellent neighborhood restaurant and also worth a trip out of your way to enjoy a great meal. Excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here is always good and always has been since the first time we had visited. If you haven’t been here you should definitely try it.

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BillM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Three of us had dinner and drinks. Service was excellent as were our entrees. We had a chicken dish and two seafood dishes. Bill for dinner and drinks $134.00. Will eat there again.

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Sue54
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious seafood risotto, they made for a great lunch the next day.

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Snowman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There is great attention to details in every dish. We have been here several times and each time everything has been great.

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vipmaygirl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we felt welcomed and well cared for. One of our favorite restaurants!!!!

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WilmaL
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here with 12 people for my nephews college graduation. The service was amazing and the staff was really friendly. Thank you for your hospitality.

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vippoks2k
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group (11) and everyone was happy with this restaurant. Only compliments were heard, which is hard to get with a large group. A couple in the group were Gluten free and really appreciated having so many options on the menu.

Everyone said the would return. I am not from the area but would not hesitate next time I am in town.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great, as usual, services was a little off, as in slow, but otherwise, a great time

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Foodforyou
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good but not great and we would have liked more bread
The bread was delicious...the best part of the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really great service. Friendly. Would definitely go again.

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vipUpstatenyfan
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always an amazing 5 star experience at IL Faro. The service is efficient, personal and caring. The food is mouthwatering delicious and inspired. Love that they use local ingredients. And the seasonal cocktail menu never disappoints. Treat yourself and enjoy the wonderful dining experience we all deserve!

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MorganH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal and service!

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CaroleL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and excellent service. All staff are courtesy, friendly and you always feel welcome.

GJ
vipGeriJ
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IL Faro is the neighboorhood restaurant that everyone loves. The proprietors Cris and Jessica make every guest feel special with the excellent service they provide.
This place is an absolute gem.

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IL FARO restaurant & bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 463-2208.

IL FARO restaurant & bar is rated 4.7 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

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