Black & Blue Steak and Crab - Albany

4.4
1700 reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
black & blue Steak and Crab sets the bar for the New American Steakhouse; elegant yet unpretentious, sophisticated yet approachable. b&b offers an inventive design and an unparalleled, vibrant ambiance for you and your guests. Our inspired cuisine coupled with our gracious hospitality is perfect for your refined lunch meeting, special occasion dinner, night out with friends, family gathering or executive business event. black & blue also offers a variety of private rooms and tailor made menus for large groups. We would be happy to help plan your next business meeting or celebratory function.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1700 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
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BrianT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our Anniversary dinner. I had the porterhouse and my wife had the filet. Both were cooked to perfection. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was very well done. No complaints at all. Highly recommend for nice occasions or in general. Top notch.

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LisaK
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We really enjoy this restaurant and it’s always very consistent. Great service, friendly people. Excellent food, except for the fries. Had them on 2 occasions and once they were extremely salty and once they were undercooked and not crispy. Other than that, the salads, apps, steaks and creamy kale are delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Server was great, kitchen was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere great! Food great! Service Great!

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MarkE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Excellent service. Food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The menu is very basic but the food is prepared well and was delicious. The service was great.

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NannetteA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I was disappointed with my crabcake order. It was not up to the quality I had received previously...mostly filler. The cream kale was also not of the quality expected. The service and atmosphere were great.

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vipJackny34
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Soup was skimpy. Waitstaff not attentive although the support team was Value was off

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EricM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose B & B for our 3rd marriage anniversary. It was an amazing experience. The food was extraordinary. The service was beyond reproach. I totally recommend this up state high end steakhouse establishment for special occasions as well as for entertaining business clients or even for a nice treat out on the town, especially date night.

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vipDawn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to many steak houses locally and when traveling and Black & Blue is one of our favorites! In our opinion, its the best steak and seafood house in the Capital Region. The ambiance, waitstaff and the food are always superb! We can't wait to Dine there again!

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DonaldT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always! Food was great, perfectly cooked and service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Everything was amazing, they forgot my side of crab and it had absolutely no flavor, I was shocked that they’d choose to serve plain lump crab on the side of such amazing steak and sides

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious! Not as noisy because we came at 4:30

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scooterpie
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Solid upscale dinner experience overall. Nice airy interiors. Seemed like a lotta families with youngsters on this particular night. I've now dined here a few times, always solid. Only minor glitch was that after I asked about a glass form a specific wine, got a slight lecture that they can't have all bottles available by the glass. To which I had to remind the server they have additional wines available by glass via their Coravin system. This doesn't seem to be in the printed menu, only on their website.

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JonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Way too expensive for everything plus not a fan of a la carte

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CHRISTOPHERR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

It's good food but nothing spectacular for price . I had better .for the price I expect steak melt in your mouth and king crab legs split and top shell can lift off to eat meat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and fresh. The cocktails were strong in a good way and light.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went for our anniversary and I must say it was beautiful it did not disappoint.

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NYfoodies
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Girl’s Trip

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johnp
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Good start but wait staff more interested in talking to each other. Forgot some items order. Then is came out after we were done eating. The food runner apologized but never a word from our server. Expensive so the server assumes the big tip because of the over inflated prices without really doing anything for the tip. Food was ok. Some of it was excellent and some was sub par. Overall not a good value.

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DawnS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great; staff was just the right involvement; very comfortable

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BillDowd
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite the difficulties COVID-19 has caused in the restaurant industry, Black & Blue (Albany) hasn't let the problems become anything visitors notice. The team service was excellent, the food itself as superb as it always has been (I've been dining there since the day the venue debuted), and the atmosphere welcoming and comfortable. Prices are high -- that's not particularly new -- but for the quality and preparation it's worth it. (One downside: We were there with a party of four to celebrate the birthday of one of us. I made the reservation online, and in the comment box made a note of that and asked if we could get one small candle on a dessert. That request was ignored, not a smart move considering my bill -- with tax and tip -- exceeded $400.)

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vipRoccoMassapequa
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and great service!!!!

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MicheleBrumsey
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Waiters did not seem to be very proactive with our table. Not sure why.

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DebraS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was amazing and the staff were very attentive. We will definitely come back

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barbaraW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food excellent service great atmosphere! A great place to go for a special occasion

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BethlehemDiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

It was For a 50th birthday, which I put in the notations, however they failed to acknowledge it. The quality definitely seemed off. Of all things, the fries had to be sent back. They came out soggy both times but didn’t wanna send them back again. The portion of the fillet seemed a bit smaller than usual considering we dine here often. Not sure if we will be back for a while

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food is good. But for the price, it should be outstanding. Don’t get me wrong it was a tasty steak. But it’s so overpriced that I was left wanting more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was AMAZING. Service was fine at first, and then our serving team seemed to disappear.

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AndrewA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Ambiance was very nice. Overpriced entrees. Ordered lobster tail & it was undercooked. Probably would not recommend due to mediocre food & high price point.

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vipAFConway
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Black and Blue is back!!!! Food was wonderful and of course the service was superior. My favorite for a reason

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JimD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First off, it was our anniversary and our waitress was outstanding! She made it special and she was so sweet. We started with bluepoint oysters and they were fantastic. The chopped salad was amazing. The steaks were done to perfection and I loved the gorgonzola sauce and my husband enjoyed the horseradish sauce. We ended the evening with the key lime pie which was very good, not too sweet.

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ConstanceY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pricey but great place to celebrate a special occasion. The food was delicious, waitstaff very professional.

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AmyL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great 21st birthday celebration for my son
very accommodating and friendly staff
great value for high quality dinner!

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JoyW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was very good but disappointed no Alaskan King Crab, had filet & lobster but always go here for crab.
Restaurant was very busy & everyone was doing their best to keep up.

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AmyK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We had an early reservation, seated promptly by very friendly staff. Our server Mary was delightful, she was training a new server, he was very friendly. Both masked, but the trainee wore his mask under his nose .....

It was very loud, and it was very hard to hear Mary as she went over things with us, plus w the mask, anyway, not her fault. She did her best for sure!

We started w/ some wine and a cocktail. I had the Black and Blue Cabernet from Argentina, it was perfect. Hubby had the house special Manhattan, enjoyed but the drink didn't fill the martini glass enough, kinda skimpy. I tried the She-Crab- and after growing up on the Chesapeake bay, I'm picky. It was very frothy, a nice lump of crab and crouton, but just not my style.

I got the 7oz filet it was perfect. Hubby had the strip, both cooked to our desired temperature and both chose the brandy peppercorn sauce. His strip had a fair amount of gristle, he mentioned he wish he got the filet after seeing mine. The sauce was not peppery enough for either of us. A few peppercorns found at the bottom but nothing special to it. I haven't found a restaurant yet that tops my husband's brandy/shallot/peppercorn sauce but theirs was tasty and I finished it all :)

We also got the hash browns. OMG these were a-mazing. The order has 3 so we took one home and I had it for breakfast. Cheesy, soft almost mashed potato inside, outside so crunchy! A highlight!

I remember when our plates were removed, and I noted the place mats were messy, tattered corners, looked quite old and used. The steak knives were not very sharp, but in their defense, they didn't need to be- the steaks were super tender.

Overall, we were very happy with our meal and we will be back. Next time, the 10oz filet for both of us, a bottle of the Argentinian cab, and will try the scalloped or the mashed taters. And I'll ask for some pepper, none on table.

The support staff was excellent as well. Thank you!!!

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

We like the new items on the menu. The new chef did a great job on adding new items.

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Philroy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

We were disappointed with our meal. After ordering our meal we found out that their were a number of specials to choose from. Our server never mentioned them. We paid over $50 for each of our steaks expecting an amazing flavor. That didn't happen. We've had better steaks at Delmonicos/Texas Roadhouse. Side dishes were fine.Maybe they just forgot to add spices.

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Executive
New York Area
19 reviews