Reel Seafood Co

4.1
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1033 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Seafood

About

We are saddened to announce that The Reel Seafood Company has permanently closed its doors after serving customers on Saturday, January 18. The Reel Seafood Company wishes to thank you, the customer, for your many years of support and dedication. Your support over the years is the reason Reel Seafood was the most highly regarded seafood restaurant in the Capital Region.

The decision to close our wonderful and iconic restaurant was a very difficult one and not one entered into lightly. We are committed to assisting each and every one of our loyal and dedicated employees to find employment.

Those of you who have purchased gift cards will receive a refund of your purchase. Details are available on the Reel Seafood website and our social media pages.

Once again, thank you for your patronage and support over the past 37 years.

Sincerely,
The Reel Seafood Management Team
What 1033 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.0
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
LN
LorraineN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

The chicken was dry could not eat it the rice was also dry, waited 45 minutes for our meal.

R
Randie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I do not like the new menu as much as the old menu. I don’t think there is as wide a variety of seafood choices as there used to be. Miss the whole fish amongst others

d
daniell
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cooked to perfection great tasting food fresh sea food

SF
SharmanF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

My daughter and I went for dinner and found that we liked the place better BEFORE they changed. I think the ambiance was better, the decorations, the service and the food. Our food was good but not worth the high price I paid And she must be gluten free and they only had a few meals, gf, and could not change any other meals. I believe before they changed, they accommodated whatever we asked of them, which alot of restaurants now do. So anyhow, it was good but we probably won't go anymore, unfortunately.

FC
FrankC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal

m
vipmama2times
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Service was very slow, even with a reservation. We had a small party, 4 people on New Years Eve. We had a reservation and still waited for service. We were seated a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Food was just ok overall, but we had long finished our coffee before desert arrived. We will not go back

MG
MichaelG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Best place in Albany, NY area for quality service and great seafood options.

BV
BillV
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We have been at this restaurant in the past and it is always the same quality and service. Nice place. Love it.

SC
SusanC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was very good. We waited close to an hour for it. Waiter was very nice

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent! He observed an over cooked tuna, asked to get another one. We said that’s ok, we hate to waste food. He got it anyway and said, ‘I wouldn’t enjoy that.’

FC
FoodieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Terrible experience at brunch with a Santa. Confused server, apps took over and hour and there were only 4 tables. Manager accommodated but it’s obvious the kitchen and servers need more training.

JZ
JennyZ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fresh , Service Friendly like home Comfortable! I really recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We are regular customers - we prefer the old menu. Miss the clAm strips in particular. Servers had not been trained or made familiar with new menu items. Service was slow and somewhat inattentive - needs to improve at his price point. Quality of the food served was excellent. Thank you.

f
vipfredg
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

excellent food. Server was nice but would get distracted.

JY
JoeY
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had dinner on a Friday after errands and shopping. Location is convenient with ample parking. Ambiance is comfortable and relaxing. Staff is friendly and seating was a breeze. The meal was perfect. My beet salad was refreshing. I had salmon and my partner had tuna. Delicious. The restaurant got busier as we finished, giving the atmosphere more buzz but still comfortable and inviting. We look forward to returning to try some other dishes. Highly recommended.

GS
vipGidgetS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent - so many good choices we actually did 3 courses and shared the final one. Staff were friendly and very accommodating - definitely will be back!

R
vipRobert
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was very slow. Food was just OK.

NB
NiceButNoValueVeganOpt
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Vegan option is ridiculously expensive and totally not worth it, but the rest of my meal was good..

KP
KathleenP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food and service is always good. They need to bring back Creme brûlée’s!

CB
ChristaB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

I did not have a good food experience! Our waiter was very nice and accommodating. The food however was poorly prepared and presented! I ordered a salad that had shredded crab that had a very unpleasant flavoring! The clam chowder was mediocre; we also had a hummus /olives plate that was good. The bread that the waiter brought before we were served our food was hot and cooked off to become chewy fir some and hard as a rock for others! The food was way overpriced for its quality!

j
john
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Everything was very good but the stuffed haddock could have been better. My fish was on the dry side and stuffing was very well done and dry. I really couldn't taste any crab in it. Again it was ok but would not rave about it or order it again! My husband loved his salmon and our crab cake , salad and rolls were great! We shared the dessert and loved the mousse cake.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first experience is definitely going to be a lasting experience! Thank you.

TL
TomL
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We were there a little early and enjoyed the Happy Hour with oysters and clams. The meals were wonderful - flavorful and hot. The wait staff were extremely attentive and knew their wines and menu items.

N
Natalie
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

My server was nowhere to be found and a smile could would have been nice too! Food got me sick!

NW
NancyW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent seafood, great service and beautiful decor. We go here frequently and it's always great.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy the great service and cheerful staff like Crystal, Alyssa and Paulie, always entertaining

M
Marie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was very good. We ordered off the specials menu for the Colonie Restaurant Week so did not order anything out of the ordinary and that was not expected. Service was very slow. Took (3) hours to have dinner/dessert from start to finish. Waited a long time for our entrees.

TC
The4Chefs
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food (loved the mashed potatoes), great waitress, GREAT Anniversary! Thanks to all!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We originally came in for happy hour but after we saw the amazing dinner menu we decided to stay for dinner! We enjoyed the lobster ravioli and seafood risotto! Service was everything you could hope for. Management came and checked on all the bar a few times it was nice to see.

T
Tony
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

I ordered the Tuscan salmon. That was good but the side of asparagus that I ordered and paid $8 for was not. It was small in size and not cooked properly. Asparagus should be Al dente, but this was almost raw. The stalks were not trimmed and, as a result, I could only eat the tips which were cold.
The service was great so we did enjoy.

B
vipBrettcsp
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The food this evening was disappointing. The Oyster Shucker did a poor job shucking - had more shell than most beaches - really bad. The strips and stix were dripping oil. Really poor preparation and inedible. Service started good and spiraled downward. Too busy focusing on bigger parties and ignored those who dine here regularly. I have seen a noticeable difference in food quality and service since July. This is a regular dining spot when here on business - no longer.

BG
BenG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We're long term fans of Reel Seafood and have considered it one of our highest "go-to" choices for an outstanding meal. But the last few times we dined there, we felt that the menu was more limited than in the past, and both the entrees, desserts and even the mixed drinks were on the bland side, with limited character. At the prices charged, that should not be the case. (Exception: the hot rolls with butter and dipping sauces are still outrageously great.)
Sorry, but we miss "the old days".

L
Logan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Seafood is fresh and delicious. Oysters & clams on the half shell are super fresh. Lobster & King Crab legs were cooked perfectly. Plus this is a local restaurant (super important to me) and the owner is involved. The ambiance feels like a special occasion spot but without stuffiness, making it great for any time and anyone. Many of the staff have been there for a long time and they are always welcoming, accommodating and friendly. A few tips: I don't think there is a kid's menu (although children are welcome). The steak (filet) is good, but not great- stick with seafood for the price. Mashed potatoes are heavenly. The creamed spinach falls a little flat. Happy hour has $1 oysters until 6pm.

B
Bobby
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great for our dinner. Waitress was very personable, knowledgeable, pleasant and kept checking on us at the right time.

Noise level was fine, but I would expect it to increase the more the tables filled up.

Food was right on target. I was fortunate that the waitress mentioned that the initial meal I selected was fried which I did not want. I opted for another fish dish. I suggest if a meal is fried, make sure it is called out on the menu.

Overall, great evening and we will be back as we have been in the past few years.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Reel Seafood is nice inside and looked about 1/3 full.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

I called the restaurant the next day. I asked for the owner or GM. They took my phone# and name. Never heard from anyone. David 917-856-7368

DR
vipDanR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed having Joe as our server. He was very attentive and helpful.

g
goodfoodlover41
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Have been to restaurant each time in Albany. The only problem was the noise level. Hard to hold a conversation, but food very good.

TC
The4Chefs
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the lobster special and it was really delicious. Also, we had our favorite waitress, Debbie and she was excellent! Loved the chocolate banana cake!

AI
AnkerIV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Many very good meals at Reel Seafood over the years.

FAQs

Reel Seafood Co is rated 4.1 stars by 1033 OpenTable diners.

Tweets by Reel Seafood Co