IL FARO restaurant & bar

4.8
205 reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 205 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.7
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CaroleL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my neighborhood restaurant - the food is always excellent and the owners and staff make you feel at home and comfortable. Have gone many many times and never have been disappointed. They have added something new since our last visit new dished although they are old dishes and look great. We noticed as soon as we walked to our table. Love them😄😋

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susanh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Eggplant Parmesan we’ve ever had!

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vipgeorgef
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful evening with great food and friendly efficient service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Smaller menu with large portions of food. I’ll be honest and say the taste didn’t blow my socks off. Very average tasting Italian food. Our waitress was very low energy but a woman (who I believe is the owner) was very engaged and attentive. Ambiance is perfect for a date night.

Also, never been a fan of pulling into a restaurant’s parking lot to see the kitchen crew huddled around the back of the restaurant eyeing you down as you pull in. A bit uncomfortable.

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EliseP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had dinner at Il Faro for Father’s Day. The food is fantastic and the service is incredibly friendly, welcoming and accommodating. We just love this place.

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GinaS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the menu changing every week there is always something new to try and every dish has been amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent eggplant parm. Owners extremely nice & attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal with accommodating staff. A hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was awesome and atmosphere was splendid.

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delta32
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! The calamari and baby kale is to die for!

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LisaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm, inviting and friendly. Great food and wine. Excellent service. Everyone was distanced and the whole place was very clean. We will go back.

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TomP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time out in over a year because of Covid. What a perfect experience! Food, drinks and service were great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place! Great food every time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious meal

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NoraS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience, like usual. Cocktails & food is always great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! A gem of a place!

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MeganG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Albany for so many reasons. The food is always good, cocktails are interesting, and the people are the greatest. So welcoming and it feels like eating a cozy but elevated meal with your family. Such a hidden gem in Albany

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DeanneM
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always terrific. I have never been there when it’s not. The owner is wonderful and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. So good!

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KenT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the mixers that go into the cocktails are home made and fresh, very refreshing. The best home made mozzerella sticks any where. All the food is wonderful.

GJ
vipGeriJ
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best even during these difficult times!

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Sue54
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I tried the pizza and I was not disappointed. The broccoli and white pizza is delicious with a wonderful crust.

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LoriL
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favor and visit this lovely restaurant...the service is unmatched. The staff truly cares about your experience and the food is absolutely amazing!!

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BlazeMeister
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic bar and restaurant - highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seevice wAs wonderful. The staff running their butts off!! Really my only disappointment was the limited entree selections

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Sue54
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are long time fans of Il Faro. Jess and Chris do an amazing job of making each and every patron feel special. And the food, just wonderful.

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vipBobby
New York Area
173 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
New York Area
2 reviews
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
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 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
36 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good neighborhood Italian.

DG
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
18 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
72 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.

FAQs

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

IL FARO restaurant & bar is rated 4.8 stars by 205 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.

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