Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany

4.5
190 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 190 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.6
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4.0
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63% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jess
New York Area
1 review
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
5 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
165 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
15 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
20 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
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
29 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
6 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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vipRobert
Pittsburgh
5 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
32 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
2 reviews
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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