Kismet Mediterranean Grill

4.5
56 reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
A delicious taste of the Mediterranean in Albany/NY

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 56 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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AshlenY
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! Will be back again soon!!!

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WPSou
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Food presentation was excellent, ambiance was very good and food was alright. Not outstanding. Service was abysmal.

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vipKayemtee
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We ordered a trio of appetizers; hummus,baba ganoush, and grape leaves. They were accompanied by hot pita bread and all were excellent. My wife had the lamb chops, and they were equally great. I had the gyro platter; it would have been good, but it was over cooked and quite dry. Had our waitress come over to ask how the entrees were, I would have mentioned the problem, but she was the only waitress for the entire dining room, and we were headed to a show, so I remained silent. I didn’t see into the kitchen, but I assume the gyro was on a spit; if so, it shouldn’t have been difficult for the restaurant to heat up another order that was not overdone. So, part of the fault was mine for not saying anything, but I wasn’t given the opportunity to do so, and given how busy our waitress was, I elected not to.
I noticed that some prices were higher than on the menu posted on the Open Table website; I wrote it off to the recent inflation and said nothing. The price actually charged for the appetizer ($23.99?) was a bit high, for a neighborhood restaurant, but it was very good. The portion was appropriately sized for two people. I thought the price for a glass of wine was high, given that the pour was less than generous.
The waitress was nice and competent, but overworked; an unfortunate sign of current times at many places.
We are not from Albany, so not sure if we will return, but absolutely would if we lived closer. The decor and ambiance were excellent, as were the restrooms.

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janel
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very enjoyable dining experience! Food and service was spot on! Definitely would go back if we lived closer.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had the lamb kavormo. It is so good I have a hard time ordering anything else. The restaurant is quiet and pleasant. A very pleasant evening for me and my friends.

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amedinajr
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The best Turkish food in the Capital Region! Highly recommended the dolma!

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ljuman82
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time at Kismet and it didn’t disappoint! Everything was great, from the food to the service and ambiance. The meal portions were quite large and the appetizers were delicious! Will definitely be back again!

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KenS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Staff accommodated us when our group expanded to 8, they provided 3 extra settings. Loved everything about the evening.

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ROEK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I almost do not wish to write a good review so that yuo will be crowded when I want to come again but that would not be honest nor fair. The service from the wait staff
was so attentive and caring, they were marvelous young women who were really doing their best to provide anything we might wish.
My friend who lives in DC and always goes to middel eastern type restaurants said the food was better than her spots in DC. And that is saying something.

I always love going to Kismet and will continue to, it is my favorite place to eat, even
better than at home !

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vipLove2Travel
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

We really enjoyed our dishes at Kismet. We ordered a variety of appetizers and the baklava for dessert. Everything was excellent! Highly recommend.

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CaraB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was wonderful, we went on a Friday night and it was quiet and great for date night. Highly recommend any lamb!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We shared the mezze platter- trio of hummus, dolma, and filling stuffed with feta cheese. My husband had the lamb kabob which was very good but slightly over cooked. I had the shrimp kavourna which was delicious The wine selection was good. We will definitely return

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vipRich
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Kismet was really good! We ordered lots of appetizers. They were great though the hummus was a little bland. Tons of pita! The entrees were great and the baklava was the best ever.

We look forward to going back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was very good. Service and communication was lacking.

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Niskymom
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time at Kismet. It is a nice restaurant, clean to a fault. Service is excellent and very friendly. The food was excellent overall and nice sized portions. The only disappointment was the hummus. It was not well seasoned. The Babaganoush on the other hand was very tasty and unique as it included pine nuts. Will definitely be back.

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BillyM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The wine was perfection and the kovourma plates were to die for!!! Highly Highly recommend!!!

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AnaV
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and wine, quiet place, very well located and super friendly service! I thoroughly recommend it!

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nicolep
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently good. Was happy to see some new menu items too.

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KimK
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. Warm service. Great evening.

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vipRobertL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner. Best Mediterranean Food (Turkish actually) in the area. Very nice owner and staff. Can’t wait to go back.

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maryd
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our wait staff was unmatched!! Absolutely lovely experience from arrival to departure

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BarryK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Traveled from Princeton NJ to catch up with friends and have dinner here. Great food and delicious wine!

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DuaneM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As in the past, our experience at Kismet was wonderful. The waitstaff are pleasant and helpful. This is our go-to restaurant.

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MarcoEntai
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kismet is an intriguing little gem on Madison Ave in Albany. A Mediterranean cuisine allows for a variety of entrees. We chose the outdoor dining and it was ideal

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food made with love and expertise, and wonderful service! Highly recommended!!! Also, social distancing felt safe - my friend and I made a reservation and were the only ones in the restaurant at the time.

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MarilynB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love going there. Great food, nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food (big portions) and great service. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back again.

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vipDavid
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sad (but understandable) that we were the only ones there. But, as always, the food and service were top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a find! Cozy atmosphere, wonderful, friendly service and delicious food. The chef's family recipe red lentil soup alone was worth the trip, and the lamb shish kabob was perfect
We can't wait to go back

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CindyC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere is always excellent. We love going here with other couples because of the relaxed atmosphere and the background noise allows you to have a conversation without competing to be heard.

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MerG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food is consistent and delicious. Have the soup, the hummus! Love Kismet!

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Cathy
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Visited Kismet on a Thursday with friends and we were all very happy with our dinners. Chicken Gyro, Beef Gyro and an appetizer of 3 choices of Greek sauces with toasted pita. Told my husband how much we liked it and he wanted to try it, so we went with a friend and again, very delicious all around. Wine pour is a bit short Other than that, awesome.

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JulieM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. Very authentic Mediterranean dishes. The atmosphere is very nice and service was great. Will definitely go back.

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AACo
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant dinner with good, attentive service and very good food.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was excellent as always. Wine pours were unusually short. We should have bought a bottle.

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margarita
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My husband and myself had a first visit to this restaurant a few days back.
We both were very impressed by the little dining area. We do not prefer huge and noisy places. We were seated at a table by one of the 2 windows. There are also some booths along the interior wall of the restaurant.
Very clean place, in the dinning area as well as the bathroom.
We had hummus to share as an appetizer. The hummus was good but lacking the garlic touch that we were used to when The Hidden Corner in Delmar was in business. The pita bread that came with the hummus was the best! We were surprised to find on the check that a second basket of the pita, to be able to finish the hummus, was charged ($1.00).
For main plate my husband had the lamb and he enjoyed it very much. He loves lamb but at some restaurants in this area he finds the meat not to be the best quality. This lamb was very good quality. The presentation of the plate was elegant.
I, counting calories and carbs, had one appetizer as my dinner, it was the eggplant and I loved it. The only negative comment is that although the printed menu said it is served warm, it came not with uniform temperature. It was easy to guess that the serving was taken from the fridge and quickly warmed and not completely. Next time I will request to have it more on the hot side than the “warm” side.
My husband’s entree had a little salad on the side. He is not a salad fan so I had his salad. The vegetables were very fresh and chopped and THe DRESSING WAS DELICIOUS A simple dressing that the attendant told me was made of parsley, lemon and vinegar. It was transparent and light and one of the best dressings I have ever had.
The menu is small but offers to different preferences, including vegetarians like myself.
An inconvenient, associated with the location of the restaurant in Albany, is the parking availability. We could not find a parking space close to the restaurant.
Other than those 2 negatives, the restaurant is A+.

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HeatherM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly enjoyed the meal. Presentation was outstanding. Service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food that reminded me of Grandma’s cooking. The service was great.

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JaneW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was excellent and so was the food. We had a great experience!

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sal375
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Good wine list. Interesting beers. We always have a great time

FAQs

Kismet Mediterranean Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 599-0500.

Kismet Mediterranean Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.