Here is the New York Rental By Owner’s Official List of the Best 20 Restaurants in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Saratoga Springs, NY is known for delicious restaurants , Saratoga Casino, horses, mineral springs, shopping, and of course the Saratoga Race Track! The mineral springs where Saratoga Springs gets its name have made this upstate New York city a popular tourist destination for the past 200 years.
Of course, the race track has made a name for itself and is one of the biggest attractions in Saratoga Springs. There’s also arts and culture in Saratoga Springs! Between the Performing Arts Center and the amphitheater there are plenty of great cultural events to enjoy. If you are looking for more things to do in Saratoga Springs, click here to view our Saratoga Springs vacation guide.
The Performing Arts Center is the summer home of New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. They also hold an annual jazz festival! If museums are more your style then head to the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
You can also head to Caffè Lena which is where Bob Dylan held one of his first performances in 1961, and Arlo Guthrie and Don Mclean occasionally performed there as well. If you’re looking for more music you can check out the Saratoga Opera.
We are confident you will have no problem finding the perfect restaurants in Saratoga Springs. You may have difficulty in deciding which restaurant in Saratoga Springs to dine!
1. The Saratoga Casino
The Saratoga Casino is a great place to spend your vacation. The casino is home to the Saratoga Race Course which is on its 81st season in 2022. That’s not the only thing there is to do at the Saratoga Casino though! You can also play golf, gamble, watch horse races and enjoy live music. But, we’re here to talk about restaurants so let’s focus on what we’re here for! Food!
Morton’s the Steakhouse has delicious steak and seafood. If that’s those aren’t your favorite options you can try the Garden Buffet, or Lucky Joes for pizza and sandwiches.
You could also hit Mane Bar for signature bar food and sports games, or you could dine at Fortunes overlooking the race track. If you’re just looking for a wake up call, then hit up Perks Café for a Starbucks coffee.
Don’t worry, the casino isn’t your only option for delicious food in Saratoga Springs!
2. 15 Church
15 Church restaurant is a delicious restaurant with both indoor and outdoor eating. It’s an upscale dining experience located in a restored historical building at 15 Church St.
They have a delicious filet mignon served with gorgonzola butter, red onion marmalade and a bone marrow demi-glace. If that’s not your style try the Chilean Sea Bass that’s served with a miso glaze, shiitake mushrooms, and bok choy.
You’ll have to try The Patio at 15 Church as well! The Patio is adjacent to the restaurant and has all of the ambiance of 15 church but with a menu focused on New England dishes and a raw bar section all sourced from local farms and high quality providers.
3. Osteria Danny
If Italian food is more your flow then head to Osteria Danny. Osteria Danny has 3 menus that change with the seasons, the available ingredients and the chefs mood! The restaurant has been in business since 2016 and is right across the street from the beautiful Congress Park.
Osteria Danny’s classic and modern mashed atmosphere with their handwritten menu and homemade pasta and their famous Lobster Bolognese is well worth the visit to Saratoga Springs little taste of Italy.
4. Mrs. London’s Bakery
Now we’re on to the best part of talking about restaurants…bread. Mrs. London’s Bakery has been in Saratoga Springs since the 1970’s right by the Saratoga Marketplace.
This boutique bakery and café are rooted firmly in French culinary traditions. They offer breakfast pastries, desserts, drinks and savory lunch options that are all high quality with superior ingredients.
One of their best dishes are the Gluten-free Framboise, which is a cake topped with fresh strawberries and a raspberry coulis filling. If you’re looking for a more savory treat then make sure to try the Finocchiona Baguette which is filled with fennel salami, arugula, balsamic vinegar and some delicious mozzarella.
Coming back over the big puddle is Scallions – a fantastic, gourmet American eatery that’s placed conveniently near different museums and art galleries. They have vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and kid-friendly options at Scallions! Add in a homey ambiance, creative cocktails and signature desserts and you’ve got a great American eatery!
Make sure to try their unique homemade soups,, paninis, sandwiches, salads, and their Kobe Flatiron Steak. If steak isn’t your game you can enjoy their vegan Sicilian Panelle which is served with salad, fried chickpea fritters, spinach, and roasted vegetable ragu.
6. Triangle Diner
Triangle Diner has been open since 2009 and is a great option for comfort food. It’s a family-owned daytime eatery that’s great if you’re on a budget.
They offer homestyle breakfast made from scratch! They offer fantastic Irish Benedict, which has 2 poached eggs, homemade corned beef hash (that’s the Irish part), an English muffin, fries and hollandaise sauce.
You may also enjoy sausage gravy & biscuits, country fried steak & eggs, buttermilk pancakes, and thick sliced Texas french toast.
7. Sweet Mimi’s Café & Bakery
Heading back to fix your sweet tooth, Sweet Mimi’s is the place for you! They have fantastic brunch on Sundays and is the best breakfast place in Saratoga Springs. It was founded in 2014 and resides in the historic Lena Building.
Sweet Mimi’s award winning menu offers delicious Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with a delectable blueberry sauce (yes, it’s homemade). You could also dive into Jeannette’s Signature Buttermilk Pancakes which is famous even among the locals.
8. Olde Bryan Inn
The Olde Bryan Inn has been in this area since 1773 and is still going strong! It’s one of the coolest local restaurant in Saratoga Springs with their historic dining areas, thoughtful menus and pleasing ambiance to enjoy.
The tavern is often full with the hustle and bustle of good conversation and cheer. Make sure to try the Oven Roasted Turkey Dinner and finish it off with the Homemade Warm Apple Crisp which is full of locally-grown Saratoga apples.
9. Druthers Brewing Company
Heading back to the future you can enjoy Druthers Brewing Company which opened in 2012. It’s a lively brewpub full of locally sourced cuisine, handcrafted beer and a ten-barrel brewing system. They encourage good humored, freethinkers who go against the grain and throw themselves all in.
Vegetarians can enjoy the House Veggie Burger which is homemade from beets and black beans. If you’re in a big group make sure to buy the Queso Fundido Taquitos which is perfect for sharing with a group along with our delicious craft beers.
10. Boca Bistro
Boca Bistro is a fantastic Spanish restaurant that opened up in 2012. The building it lives in was built in 1864 – and they have the perfect space for private events.
Their menu is full of Spanish delicacies with a Mediterranean touch. Plus they have kid-friendly dishes and delicious wine and alcoholic beverages.
Make sure to try the Paella Mixta, a dish with Calasparra rice, saffron, mussels, calamari, scallops, and shrimp. But, if all of that seafood doesn’t match your palate then try the Mediterranean Grain Bowl which is quinoa, kale, feta cheese, hummus and is gluten-free!
Whatever dish you get make sure to add it to your favorite wine from their vast wine selection.
11. 30 Lake
30 Lake opened in 2016. It’s nearby a handful of tourist hotspots and has delectable seafood. It’s a great place to eat with the whole family, or with just your partner or friend group. They have a relaxed atmosphere, high-end dishes and handcrafted cocktails.
The Lobster Fettuccine is a fantastic choice for the pasta-fanatics. If you want to get something even more fancy make sure you order the Duck á L’Orange and Bay Scallops. It’s served with some delicious citrus black quinoa and a Grand Mariner and orange zest bigarade sauce.
12. 550 Waterfront
550 Waterfront is a great choice if you want to be…well, on the waterfront! It’s a 7,000 square foot gastropub and seafood restaurant resting on the banks of Fish Creek. 550 Waterfront only opened in June of 2020 and has managed to make a name for themselves already.
They have the best lunch in Saratoga Springs and they serve delectable seafood. Make sure to try the Swordfish BLT which is served on a brioche bun with honey chive mayo. The other great choice is the Five Fifty Fish and Chips!
13. Hamlet & Ghost
Hamlet & Ghost started as a feed and grain store, but it opened as a restaurant in 2016 in downtown Saratoga Springs. This trendy eatery, modern style, delicious menu and fancy cocktails make for a great American restaurant.
Hamlet & Ghost’s famous Boyden Farm 14oz NY Strip is a delicious steak that’s served a delicate bavaroise sauce with a side of potato and horseradish. If you want something lighter then order the Arugula and Apple salad which is full of snapdragon apples, bacon, spiced pecans and a pear and cider vinaigrette.
14. The Merc
The Mercantile, more notably named The Merc, is one of the most popular restaurants in downtown Saratoga Springs. It’s a fantastic place for the whole family! It’s a fantastic restaurant for everything from brunch to dinner. Plus, it’s beautifully decorated and has a homey atmosphere.
If you’re vegan make sure to try the Quinoa Black Bean Burger which is served with Pico de Gallo, smashed avocado and a delicious House Veganaise. If meat is more your game then try the Airline Chicken Breast which is served with Haricot Vert and a delicious Manchego Polenta.
15. Hattie’s Restaurant
Hattie’s goes back to 1938 and they’re famous for their renowned fried chicken. This fantastic eatery is full of delicious Southern dishes and includes gluten-free options, and an inviting ambiance for casual dining experience.
The biggest recommendation for Hattie’s restaurant is Hattie’s Famous Fried Chicken. It’s an original recipe that has stood the test of time since 1938. If chicken isn’t your thing, try the Savory Shrimp and Grits which is served with a delicious Creole sauce.
No matter what you choose to eat at Hattie’s Restaurant you’ll leave feeling comfortable and full.
We’ve had seafood, southern food, Italian food and Spanish food, so now let’s move onto some delicious authentic Mexican food. Cantina has been up and running since 2007 in downtown Saratoga Springs. They have outdoor and indoor sitting, creative margaritas, delicious Mexican dishes, and a great happy hour on their rooftop bar!
The Cantina Nachos coincide with the margaritas perfectly, which hand-cut tortilla chips, jalapeños and 3 different kinds of cheese! If you want something more for yourself then order the Short Rib Chimichanga.
17. Carson’s Woodside Tavern
Carson’s Woodside Tavern has marvelous views of Saratoga Lake surrounded by the Vermont mountains. You can sit on the outside patio or inside the new Lake Room. There are fire pits with a beautiful bar, its the place to be during the summer.
Make sure to try their WTF Wings! That’s Woodside Tavern Favorites…you can order them mild, medium, hot, gold rush, Cajun or Texas dry rub, BBQ, spicy BBQ, or hot garlic parmesan. It’s especially good with the Jalapeño ranch dressing! If wings aren’t your favorite then make sure to try the Black n’ Gold burger which is seasoned with their famous Cajun seasoning, bleu cheese and Gold Rush sauce.
18. Morrissey’s Lounge & Bistro
Morrissey’s Lounge & Bistro is a fantastic spot for good food, good drinks, and good conversation. Their all day menu and unique dining rooms will provide you with a lovely room and a lovely time.
This historic restaurant has everything from fresh salad to lobster dumplings, to delicious burgers and wood-fired flatbread pizzas. Make sure to try the Shrimp and Scallops which is served with crispy potato, Brussels Sprouts, and corn chowder. Or you can try some of the authentic New York City Carnegie Deli sandwiches!
19. Caffè Lena
Caffè Lena is a famous performance space in Saratoga Springs. With their legendary history and live music they’re a fantastic place to enjoy a great meal and great atmosphere.
You can try something small, like their delectable Sourdough Panini, or you can dig into their All Chocolate Boston Cream Pie. Come in and enjoy the atmosphere with a cappuccino or Caffè Lena in your hand (coffee, chocolate & milk topped with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
Many locals enjoy the atmosphere with a delicious glass of wine or some delicious beer or cider to enhance their dining experience.
20. Salt & Char
Last but not least on our list is Salt & Char, a modern American steakhouse that garnishes Saratoga Springs a stylish atmosphere and delicious dining experience. The restaurant opened in 2016 in one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Make sure to try their Filet Mignon, which is delectable with one of their many sauces. If that’s not the route you want to take try the Artichoke Ravioli which is served with ricotta, asparagus and truffle!
The menu changes seasonally, while using local ingredients whenever possible.
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