If you have family or friends visiting you in Saratoga Springs, chances are, you’re not going to want to cook every night. Luckily, this city has so many amazing bars and restaurants to choose from that you don’t have to! Below, find six of the area’s top eateries that are sure to fill your belly this summer.
The Inn At Erlowest, a Queen Anne-style stone castle on the western shore of southern Lake George, isn’t just a private residence turned award-winning luxury, ten-suite hotel—it’s also a fine dining, farm-to-table restaurant destination for guests and the public alike. The inn serves an à la carte dinner menu in its dining room and outdoor patio nightly from 5-8:30pm, as well as a lighter fare menu of cocktails and appetizers at its Library Bar. Weekly specials made with seasonal foods ensure that each visit is a unique dining experience. Guests at the inn are also treated to a farm-fresh breakfast the morning after their stay.
3178 Lake Shore Dr, Lake George 518.668.5928
Run by Executive Chef Danny Petrosino and his wife, Patti, Osteria Danny specializes in Italian-American cuisine with an emphasis on simplicity and creative development. As such, the menu is updated frequently to encompass new culinary concepts and locally sourced ingredients when they’re available. Although the menu is continuously evolving with the creative will of Chef Danny, original recipes remain a pivotal influence in the dishes that Osteria Danny produces. For example, there’s a simple dish called “Shrimp The Way My Father Liked It” on the menu, which is accompanied by lemon risotto, butter garlic and “a bunch of other stuff,” and all pastas and desserts (mmm…pistachio cheesecake) are made by Danny himself.
26 Henry St, Saratoga Springs 518.423.7022
Located on Union Avenue near Lake Lonely and Saratoga Lake’s north shore, and headed up by Angelo Mazzone, Prime at Saratoga National is one of Saratoga’s top upscale steakhouses. The restaurant, open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as for jazz brunch on Sundays (think omelettes, pastas and carving stations), offers indoor and al fresco dining overlooking the 18th hole of the beautiful Saratoga National golf course. Besides regular daily seatings, Prime is also the perfect setting for weddings, anniversary parties, corporate events and galas, such as UPH’s annual Shaken & Stirred Celebrity Bartender Party; Red, White and Blue: American Cancer Society Party: NYS Laborers Golf Outing; Make-a-Wish Foundation; and Teresian House Gala.
458 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 518.583.4653
A hidden gem at 43 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, R&R Kitchen and Bar is the place to rest, relax and enjoy an atmosphere reminiscent of Cheers. A lively social setting with the longest bar in Saratoga (the perfect place for happy hour!) and outdoor patio seating, R&R serves traditional and contemporary American cuisine with an international flair. Just up the stairs, the aptly named Upstairs at 43 Phila is R&R’s sister restaurant, and intimate dining room that will host the Dillon culinary team, formerly of Siro’s, serving special feature entrees including in-house, handmade pasta and ravioli from Mangiamo. Go to 43phila.com for hours and more information.
43 Phila St, Saratoga Springs 518.581.0777
New from the owners of Henry Street Taproom is Flatbread Social, a wood-fired pizza, craft beer and cocktails hotspot, located right next to the Taproom on Henry Street. Flatbread Social officially opened its doors on December 31, 2018, and has since been serving starters, salads and pizzas in an inviting and, yes, social, atmosphere (you can even play shuffleboard with friends there after you eat). Flatbread offerings include “The Only Kind Of Pizza There Is,” topped with local sausage, garlic mushrooms, fire-roasted tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella; the “Kick In Your Pants Pie,” which features pickled banana peppers, spicy chorizo, fire-roasted tomato sauce and mozzarella; and homemade ice cream.
84 Henry St, Saratoga Springs 518.886.1198
You don’t have to be near the ocean to enjoy fresh seafood. Fish at 30 Lake is a gourmet seafood restaurant adjacent to The Pavilion Grand Hotel in Downtown Saratoga Springs that’s known throughout the area for its innovative seafood entrees, à la carte raw bar and daily chef-inspired specials. For those who aren’t quite ready to dive into the restaurant’s exceptional selection of seafood, Fish at 30 Lake also offers a mouthwatering variety of “by land” entrees. Happy hour is served daily from 4-6pm, and offers an ever-changing selection of small plates and drink specials. Visit fishat30lake.com for more information.
30 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 518.539.3474