Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

4
197 reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 197 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoeC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was excellent and the food was delicious. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Heard amazing reviews about the Wellington and was disappointed by the experience we got on Valentine’s Day. The food was not the best and the ambiance of the restaurant was different, you could tell people around the restaurant were disappointed by the service. Had reservations for 7:15 and didn’t leave until after 9. Was way too long for the appetizer and entrees we ordered.

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Zippie
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

For the Hudson Valley Duck I received the duck was like warm and the
bed of butternut squash puree and mushrooms was cold.

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vipBobby
New York Area
167 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wellington's never disappoints. We had the pleasure of Tiffany waiting on us and Ashley assisting from the kitchen. We were glad to see the restaurant open on a Sunday night ... for Valentine's Day. The specials menu was nice, and my wife selected the veal scallopini, while I went with the duck breast off the regular menu. We started with a "W" caesar salad and finished with a flourless chocolate cake. All well-prepared. The pace was a little slow, with a good number of tables seated. One quibble we had was the QR menu ... we are just not that good with our one smartphone and a few disposable printed pages would be appreciated as an alternative. And an observation ... the window seats are so nice, but plates cool off quickly, perhaps they could be over-heated before delivery to the table? Thanks!

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Kimberly
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we have had in a while! EVERYTHING was delicious. Our waitress was also super sweet!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Overpriced, very mediocre food

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HaileyG
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience! The food was great and the waitress was very nice. I would love to go back again

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Jess
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The appetizers that we ate were great. The pork was so tender that it just rips off the bone without force. The platters were nice and the champagne was also sweet and delicious. However, when it came to the main course, it was a hit or miss for us. The burger that was ordered was taste and medium-rare as we had asked for it. The ravioli was not that great for me. It's a little bit too heavy for the filling and the wrapping of the ravioli was a bit bland. It's a little pricier but the atmosphere was great. There weren't that many people there due to the pandemic, but we got the window seat and it was a decent view of the empty seats and pretty secluded.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great fun experience every time and I only been twice.

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LuckyGirl
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID times the restaurant was not crowded at all and was very quiet. I would imagine if we were not in a pandemic the restaurant would have been quite busy. Our food was delicious and the service was fantastic. We will definitely be going back!

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amedinajr
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Drinks. Wonderful host staff. Highly recommend!

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KendraP
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fine except the bartender working on the 30th had a attitude and gave us the run around like we didnt belong there and we had a reservation

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vipSusan
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my teenage son out for lunch. His favorite food is steak. The entire experience was just lovely
The restaurant is clean and airy. Our steaks were marvelous and our server was accommodating and gracious

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TimK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Restaurant was not busy,had to go to bar ourself for drinks because it was so slow,table sat empty without water,silverware or bread of any sort. My 60.00$ dry aged steak was not at all what I expected and had a very sloppy plating. Overall,we collectively felt like we had become a late reservation burden. Not teillwd,refilled, return trips

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PennyP
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was not hot, my entree was overcooked and dry, my husband had the duck breast which wasn’t even the entire breast, it took forever to get our courses. They were very understaffed, only two waitresses that I could see who working their butts off and one runner to help them. The room was at capacity and still felt stark, not really welcoming. The best feature were the drinks, amazing bartender (and we had drinks). Even after telling the server that my food was over cooked and not edible it was not taken off the check like it should have been. I would not return to this restaurant.

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vipBobby
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

On the State and Eagle streets corner, this cute hotel restaurant is a perfect spot for a quick bite or a relaxed meal. We stopped in for dinner shortly after the pandemic re-opening and liked as well as before that necessary closure. Natasha was our cheerful and attentive server. She did not let my coffee cup go cold! We began with a splendid cubano mac and cheese of tender cheesy pasta with shredded pork mixed in. Main dishes for us were the chicken over grits with collards & the salmon over wild rice with berry compote. We expect the crowd to return, and we will too. The corner windows offer a nice ground-level view of downtown Albany, including the stylish capitol.

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vipcolleenk
New York Area
16 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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vipMEG09
New York Area
22 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
5 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
20 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
New England
32 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
51 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
4 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
7 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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