IL FARO restaurant & bar

4.6
230 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 230 People Are Saying
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VeraB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly & impeccable service. The food is always delicious and very eye appealing. Chef is a master, in his kitchen!!

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vipFrank
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken parm/pork shank were both great Mozz sticks excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

JB
JacindaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cozy restaurant and bar with limited menu. Though not a lot of food choices, we were happy with our selection and it was all delicious. Servers were attentive and friendly. I liked the relaxed atmosphere.

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vipNaptown
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and would definitely return! Food was fresh and service was excellent. The space is comfortable and the staff were very welcoming. It also appeared there were many “regular” customers that came in to eat and drink. Can see us being a regular customer too!

JB
JohnB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience from the minute we entered until we left several hours later. We simply didn't want to leave. Chef Christian and Jess create a warm inviting atmosphere and the food is impeccably prepared and incredibly flavorful. Perfect for any special occasion or simply a relaxing evening to enjoy delicious, flavorful culinary delights. Also has a great bar area. We will definitely return.

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vipRich
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Il Faro a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. Right there, that sets it apart from just about every restaurant around.

Jessica, the owner, is incredibly welcoming and obviously cares about every aspect of your experience. Our waiter, Alan, and his assistant, “The Kid,” were pleasant, efficient, and very personable as well.

The food is always great and was tonight as well.

The place has a neighborhood friendly vibe and is lots of fun.

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Heidi
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice variety of weekly menus. Repeat customer that highly recommends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Menands. Food is always great and cocktails hit the spot. Owner and staff are great and so friendly.

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WesfromMD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

These guys are doing great things! The town doesn’t have a lot of Italian choices so when we decided to go here it was based on two things
1. The size of the menu showed me as a chef that cuisine was 1st over all other things and that in my 35 years of cooking and dining somebody really was good forward.
2. The cocktail /beer/ wine list was very impressive and once again local sourced items show that someone was trying hard to impress , and successfully doing just that!
Don’t let the small rustic facade of these local diggs sway you from walking in and dining on food and beverage that has been crafted with skill and passion. Keep up the hard work it will pay off!!

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melmarto
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

simply saying…we took a chance on this place. it exceeded our expectations. I love the fact they change their menu weekly. they are a hidden little gem. I highly recommend. will not disappoint.
this isn’t a negative but it was a little chilly in there for us. so plan accordingly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was good. It wasn’t great because it wasn’t hot when it got to the table. Must have been sitting out in the kitchen for a bit before it came out to the table.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food, service and ambiance of Il Faro was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

At Patents and Family weekend to visit my daughter at College . We plan to make dinner at Il Faro an annual tradition. It was wonderful !

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Arthur
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Great ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal at il Faro, as usual. Bread came to us right from the oven, and eggplant parm was delicious. This restaurant is smart to offer a limited menu - since everything is good!

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MichelleP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading a great review on the 518 Foodies Facebook page and taking a look at this week’s menu, we knew we had to go! We made a reservation and were seated right as we walked in the door. Service was great. The fresh bread came with butter, oil/balsamic, and some delicious grated parm. We ordered several apps to share and they all came out quickly and were very fresh and flavorful. We then shared two entree which were again brought out promptly and were both insanely delicious. The service was top notch. We always had cold water, they stayed on top of our other beverages, and they were all so friendly and funny! I am so glad we decided to give Il Faro a try and I know we will be back! The fact that they have a new menu each week is very exciting and i’ll definitely continue to take a peek regularly so we don’t miss out on any other deliciousness. Also - for sharing three apps, two entrees, ordering three beers and a few sodas - it all came out to be under $100. Great value for the amount of food and the quality. Can’t wait to stop in again!

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EliseP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Faro is consistently terrific. Warm, welcoming staff and owners, delicious food, wonderful service. Feels like going to dinner at a friend's house. We will go back again and again.

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Libby
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Friendly staff. Very attentive. Good solid food. Will go again!

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vipbarrys
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious a must try if you have never been A consistent wonderful experience ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and drinks! Absolutely will go back, the ambiance was amazing, perfect for our anniversary dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect small town, neighborhood restaurant.

JH
JackieH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a little gem of a place. The food is a culinary treat, the staff and owners are amazing and sweet. I can’t say enough great things 🥰 My husband and I absolutely adore Il Faro!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

pleasantly surprised - booked this place last second and when we got there was surprised at the limited menu however it did not disappoint. Food was excellent and the service was exceptional. In addition to our server, the bartender check in on us multiple times to make sure everything was to our satisfaction.

Mozzarella sticks were homemade and not the kind you typically see at most restaurant. The bruschetta was flavorful and fresh. The chicken parm was lightly breaded and not heavy and the marinara sauce was very good.

Would return for sure next time in the area. Highly recommend.

LG
LindsayG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute best restaurant in the area!! Always super welcoming and food is phenomenal. Best drinks!

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CaroleL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Eggplant Parmesan we’ve ever had!

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vipgeorgef
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful evening with great food and friendly efficient service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
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
7 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!

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

Excellent eggplant parm. Owners extremely nice & attentive.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal with accommodating staff. A hidden gem!

OT
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
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

NS
NoraS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 4.6 stars by 230 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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