Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

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181 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A local contemporary dining experience with fresh and healthy options. Conveniently located inside the new Renaissance Hotel, our restaurant features a historical yet modern feel with a spacious restaurant and lounge where you can grab a quick breakfast before you start your day, or relax and enjoy your evening. Wellington's Restaurant will offer much to savor and discover with small plates, contemporary American flare, engaging staff, and crafted libations.
What 181 People Are Saying
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vipcolleenk
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner prior to a show at the Times Union Center. Walkable from the lot

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MEG09
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great service by Natasha, however the menu ( late lunch) for a that Saturday was very limited but food was excellent at a very reasonable price , great ambiance too

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Marie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The music added to the ambiance. The food was delicious and the dessert was amazing!

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lilyl
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

While the food was good, it was missing something and not quite hot enough. The temperature might be due to the terrible service. Only about 1/3 of the tables were full and it took at least 20 mins to get just drinks. Not worth the money due to the service which is a shame. Beautiful room

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RobinS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and well portioned. Waitress was warm, welcoming, familiar with the menu and attentive. Atmosphere was a bit cold and “hotel restaurant” feeling.

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Hudsonvalleyfoodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not certain of recommendation based on brunch meal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Would not recommend at all. Food was overpriced and tasted awful. The balsamic reduction on my dish was burnt and the used it anyway. It was super bright, super loud, and freezing in there. They were also very understaffed. The man running food had a wool trench coat on. It’s like they pulled a guy from the valet to help run food, however it was suiting for the temperature in there

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MarieG
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very good meal...restaurant was crowded so service could have been more attentive.

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vipBobU
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the Top! We enjoyed everything about The Renaissance food, drinks, and service last night! We will be back.

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vipBarbaraP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A little too loud. Limited menu. Mediocre.

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vipMIALALVDMV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for a business or personal meal. Don't be in a rush unless you tell your server - it can be a little relaxed. The food is good and the drink selections are unique. I'd dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for a quiet birthday celebration!

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Lindsay
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is excellent, but they seemed understaffed. Our water glasses were never refilled!

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vipPeteyb
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Everything was mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Overpriced and the food was average.

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Gailinny
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fine but noise from the bar was energetic. Food fine. Service fine.

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yaelS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best strip steaks we have ever had! Great side dishes! Very impressed with the food quality

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 12 October 2019

Dear YaelS, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am happy to hear that you were very impressed with your dinner and even happier to hear that it was one of the best steaks you've ever had! Your compliments are greatly appreciated and will be shared with the Executive Chef. Thank you for choosing Wellington's. We hope to see you again in the near future. Shavette Driver, Restaurant General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter admitted to the NY Bar

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vipRich
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Not an all out pig out like most but thoughtfully selected and prepared items like oatmeal pancakes and lobster Benedict.

We have been here 3 times, always coming away very happy. This time it was for my wife’s birthday. Our server, Natasha, was superb, going out of her way to make the experience extra special.

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MaggieW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! Came here before the John Mayer concert and had the Hip Hop Anonymous tequila cocktail, the fried oysters, and the farro salad with salmon. Highly recommend all of the above. Delicious!

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 3 August 2019

Dear MaggieW, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We’re so glad you had a good experience and we appreciate your recommendation! If you like tequila, next time you’re here, you should try our "This is the End" cocktail ft. El Coyote Sotol Chihuahua. It’s one of our newer offerings. We hope to see you again soon! Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Beautiful location, but waitress was so rude from the minute we sat down, thought we were ordering too much, forgot half our drinks, messed up one of the meal orders, delivered our food and left us without silverware. Lousy experience. Food was mediocre. Edible, but nothing to rush back for. Too bad, this place could be great, but would have to start by hiring competent, friendly waitstaff.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 3 August 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for providing feedback. I am truly sorry that we dropped the ball in regards to service and your meal. Providing great service and delicious food will always be a top priority here at Wellington's. Your feedback helps us continue to get better. If you would like to further discuss this issue please feel free to contact me directly at 518-992-2470 as it would be my pleasure to assist you. Shavette Driver, Restaurant Manager

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JanA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My husband and I had dinner here on June 20, 2019. It was our first visit.
We found the food to be excellently prepared and very tasty. We split a Caesar salad: half was ample for each of us. We each ordered the lamb...done to our liking...medium and medium rare with amazing honey lavender sauce with fingerling potatoes and mushrooms. We shared the churro for dessert...yum!
We found the service to be very poor for an establishment such as this. 1. My husband ordered an Irish beer, came in a can, the waitress poured it in the glass for him and left the empty can on the table for the whole meal. 2. We used the forks for our salad, and they were taken away with salad. The entree came...no forks...we had to tag another waiter to get us forks and sharper knives for the lamb (Our waitress was chatting with others by the hostess desk) 3. Dessert, Churro comes...with ice cream...no spoons! Again we had to ask for spoons. 4. Yes, once finished eating, we sat and had to ask for the bill.
The restaurant and our waitress (Rami?) wasn’t that busy to ignore the needs of us, their customers. I personally think it is lack of management to adequately train their staff to be aware of the needs of their patrons.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 3 August 2019

Dear JanA, I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. I am happy to hear that you were pleased with your meal. However, I sincerely apologize for the lack of service you received. We set a high standard for ourselves, and I am so sorry to hear this was not met during your time with us. If you would like to further discuss this issue please feel free to contact me directly at 518-992-2470 as it would be my pleasure to assist. Shavette Driver, Restaurant Manager

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vipTomB
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service and food was very good. We would come back.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 3 August 2019

Dear TomB, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us so much that you're willing to come back. Please come back soon and try our new menu offerings. We can't wait to see you again! Shavette Driver, Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, creative menu and wonderful atmosphere

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 3 August 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for providing this wonderful review about your experience with us. We truly appreciate it. We hope that you come back and visit us soon! Shavette Driver, Restaurant Manager

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ThomasL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent evening, staff at the bar were top notch, moved to the restaurant and our waiter fun and informative. All four of our meals were exceptional, could not have asked for a better way to celebrate an occasion.
PS. I hardly ever fill out reviews but this was that good.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 2 June 2019

Dear ThomasL, I see that you usually don't leave reviews so it means a lot to us that you took the time to provide feedback. We are thankful for your compliments and we hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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MichelleP
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great Mother’s Day Brunch we had at Wellington’s! We all enjoyed our food, I especially loved the avocado toast. The drinks were delicious, both the coco cocktail and the blood orange mimosa were unbelievable. Would highly recommend.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 2 June 2019

Dear MichelleP, Thank you for reviewing Wellington's. I am elated to hear that you had a great time especially on a special day like Mother's Day. We appreciate your recommendation and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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Robert
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall1food5service3ambience3

This was our second time there for dinner before a concert at Times Union. Our first experience was much better than this one. Food was good but service unbelievably slow causing us to miss the opening performer at the concert.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 2 June 2019

Dear Robert, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am sorry to hear that your second dining experience did not hold up to your expectations. We hope to have the opportunity to better service you in the future. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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Katrine
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We started with shareable appetizers for a group of 5. Then ordered dinner with many great options on the menu. A few even ordered the special. Plates were the correct size without over filling.
A must stop in downtown Albany.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 2 June 2019

Dear Katrine, Thank you for taking the time to share these kinds words about your experience at Wellington's. We appreciate your feedback. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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vipEric
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Lively bar scene adjacent to dining so can be a bit noisy. Nice central hotel location.

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CourtneyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not my first time dining at Wellington's, and the experience is always fantastic. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. I've never had a bad meal or experience. Highly recommend.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 14 May 2019

Dear CourtneyB, Thank you for sharing feedback. I am truly happy to hear that you always have a fantastic time when dining with us. We also thank you for your recommendation. We look forward to making you just as happy on your next visit. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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susan63
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice casual atmosphere. We were early and it was dining out week so we enjoyed the 3 course special. Well worth it. Great for pre-Egg shows.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 14 May 2019

Dear Susan63, Thank you for providing feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere as well as our menu offerings before your show. We hope to see you again in the near future. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Wellington’s during downtown Albany restaurant week. Our dining experience was exquisite. The service from Javier was wonderful. He was attentive and kind and always asked us how we were doing and if there was anything we needed! I had the baby arugula and watercress salad, which was a fresh and delicious appetizer and the crispy rainbow trout. The fish was lovely— a sprinkling of sea salt on a perfectly cooked filet, roasted potatoes, all atop a sweet and creamy pea purée which brought the dish together. My date had the short rib ragú (I think it was ragú) and the meat was cooked to perfection. The first two courses were wonderful and the meal ended on a fantastic note with our desserts. My flourless chocolate cake was decadent, rich and delicious. My date had the cider belly doughnut upside-down cake which was DELIGHTFUL. In each bite of the upside down cake had a symphony of tastes— both distinctly delicious cider doughnut and juicy pineapple. Thank you so much for an fantastic dining experience :)

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 14 May 2019

Dear Anonymous, We appreciate you taking the time to provide a very detailed review about your experience with us. Your kind words are a pleasure to read. I will be sure to share your compliments to the Chef. We hope that you will visit us again soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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AmandaA
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for restaurant week and was extremely pleased with everything. Service, cocktails and food were spot on. Definitely going back to try out the regular menu!

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 14 May 2019

Dear AmandaA, Thank you for taking the time to review Wellington's. I am happy to hear that you experienced great service and enjoyed our menu offerings. We would love for you to come back and give our regular menu a try. We hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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LorraineM
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went for restaurant week. The menu was limited, but we both made selections that we would enjoy. We ordered drinks and they were served within a reasonable time. We waited a long time for appetizers, then she brought my husband the wrong one. She dropped it on the table and took off before w could tell her. My husband got up with it and chased her. The correct appetizer was brought out promptly. Our main courses also took some time. Again with dessert, my huband was served the wrong selection. The service overall appeared chaotic.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 14 May 2019

Dear LorraineM, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am sorry to hear that the service you received fell short of your expectations. We intend to provide efficient service at all times. I will be sure to share your review with the appropriate staff to prevent mishaps in the future. We hope to have the opportunity to better your experience in the future. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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DougD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the $25 appetizer / entrée / dessert special - great deal - looking forward to trying something from the regular menu next time.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 14 May 2019

Dear DougD, Thank you for providing feedback about your experience during restaurant week. I am excited to hear that you are interested in joining us for dinner again. We look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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vipSami
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sal was our waiter. He had a vast knowledge of the wine list and menu and guided us in the right direction.

We loved it!

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 20 April 2019

Dear Sami, Thank you for taking the time to review Wellington's. We appreciate your kind words in regards to service. We will be sharing your review with Sal. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Good food, drinks were perfect, staff was friendly and efficient, atmosphere felt more NYC than Albany. I would go here again for dinner. Also a great place to go for drinks before or after a show in Albany. Within walking distance to the Egg and the Times Union Center (or whatever they call it this year). Parking isn’t great in that area but you can uses their garage, but be prepared to pay, we paid $21 for three hours, felt safe and it was easy access so it was worth it

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 20 April 2019

Dear LisaS, Thank you for providing feedback. I am delighted to hear that you truly enjoyed the food, drinks, service and atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Very cool place to go before attending a concert at The Egg.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 20 April 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here before attending your concert. We hope to see you again in the near future. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Did not realize the “restaurant” is a lounge. The tables were ridiculous - big lazy Susan’s- who wants to eat holding onto the table? Chairs were uncomfortable and the arms were so high it made for an awkward dining experience- not to mention terrible service and problems getting our cocktails.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 7 April 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to review Wellington's. I apologize for the lack of service and discomfort you experienced during your visit. If you would like to further discuss this matter please contact me directly at 518-992-2470 as it would be my pleasure to assist. We hope to have the opportunity to better service you in the future. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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janefran
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was top notch from check in to check out.

Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany
Responded on 31 March 2019

Dear janefran, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I am delighted to hear that you truly enjoyed your time with us here at the Renaissance. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Shavette Driver Restaurant Manager

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