IL FARO restaurant & bar

4.7
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
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.
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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

b
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

JW
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

JC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

WL
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

p
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great service. Friendly. Would definitely go again.

U
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

MH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful meal and service!

CL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GJ
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

F
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant! The Owners are fantastic and create a fun atmosphere with delicious food. They engaged the community and everyone feels at home.

C
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Food and service excellent. Had the vodka sauce penne

SH
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful. We were greeted by all the staff as we walked to our table. The food was delivered timely and it was delicious.

EA
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Faro is a wonderful gem. The food is outstanding, the wait staff is efficient, friendly and helpful. The way the tables are spaced allows for easy conversations and you never feel rushed.
Just a great place!

GB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Faro has the best Italian food I've found around the area. I've had quite a few different dishes here and have never been disappointed. It has a great ambiance, super friendly staff, good beers on tap and awesome food, you can't go wrong here.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As frequent diners at Il Faro, our meals are always delicious and the service is impeccable. The owners want to make sure their patrons are happy. They are attentive and kind. They take pride in not only the quality of the food but the presentation as well. It is rare to have such a gem so close.

CL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and great service. All staff are very friendly and on top of things.

TM
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This has to be the worst food and service i have Ever experienced. It was loud the food was over priced and disgusting. I had To leave and go to Wendy’s which was a 20 compared to this hell hole.

S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

When the only good thing you can say about this meal was that the flash fried kale on the calamari appetizer was good, you know you are in trouble. My Chicken Milanese was passable but presented in such a way that it looked like a plate of arugula with some grape tomatoes thrown over it. The chicken was not visible. Presentation is important. My husband’s Chicken Marsala was very unappetizing and over cooked. The pasta sides were uneven in temperature from lukewarm to cold. The staff did their best to try to convince us to order other things but we had lost our appetites. They comped the meal, but I have to say it was very disappointing after a friend had recommended it to us.

b
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a local gem. I highly recommend you give this place a try if you’ve never been. It has wonderful food energetic atmosphere and accommodating staff. You will not be disappointed.

JD
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

IL FARO has improved so much done they first opened. We love their friendliness. A good bar selection and interesting cocktails. Food is well seasoned and we are never disappointed.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was greet!

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner was lovely and hard working. Great food and service. Great prices

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pan seared sea scallops, unbelievable, my only complaint is that I could've eaten another order or 4, it was that good

H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely night on Valentine’s Day. Friendly, attentive staff, seated right away, held our reservation even though we were running late, accommodated allergies and the food was DELICIOUS. Great live music, cozy atmosphere and we even got roses! Wonderful experience, would definitely recommend.

JH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great people, great atmosphere and Fantastic Italian food

GJ
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food.

RS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good meal, all around great experience

GJ
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Jess & Chris are dedicated to quality service.

J
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been here twice in past three weeks. Tried both appetizers and dinner options as well as dessert.
All the food was excellent. Service was good both nights. One with a group of 10, another with a table of 4. The manager came over both nights and followed up on our satisfaction. The food is thoughtful and unpretentious. Portions are not large but you won’t be hungry when you leave. A bit pricey for a weekly spot but a great date night or special occasion restaurant.

CL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and serice. Coneenient to my apartment but go for food and the friendly atsmosphere

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