Reel Seafood Co

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Welcome to Reel Seafood Company. Year after year, we're voted the #1 Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar in the Capital Region. We've been serving the freshest seafood and steaks for 35 years, since 1983.

Our seafood is shipped in daily from the finest seafood purveyors, never frozen, from sustainable supplies. You'll know after your first bite that we mean fresh. You dish will be simply prepared and delicious.


We also serve the choicest steaks and chicken, have the largest raw bar in New York's Capital Region and a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
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4.2
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

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
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

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
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

g
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

R
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I had seafood chowder that was good. Main course was broiled seafood. Portions were small but good. Sides of creamed spinach and spicy rice. Very good sides.

PV
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

We've been going to Reel Seafood for years, and this was the first time we were a little disappointed.
I always get salmon, but this time it was very fishy tasting.
I also thought the price was quite high for one piece of fish and no salad.

Reel Seafood Co
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hi Pamela, I am so sorry to hear about your experience on September 8. I would like to hear more of your feedback offline and invite you back to our restaurant. Please contact me at (518) 458-2068 Thank you, Kevin Lynch Restaurant Manager

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R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Not for brunch. Food was awful. Service was OK. Very disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Very loud and was not able to sit out side like requested.
The food was excellent but market price was high.
Waitress was some what attentive how did not refill drinks or check in enough.
Would go back for a special occasion.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointing. Oysters not opened cleanly and had pieces of the shell in most. Waitress didn’t tell us where they were from which we expected since the menu did not specify. Caprese salad consisted of a less than farm fresh tomato thinly sliced and slices of a mozzarella log similar to that which we get at Sams Club or the grocery store. The Cioppino was tasty but since our server never checked on us or asked if we needed anything, we never had a water refill or extra bread to soak up the sauce. With so few seafood options in the area, it is disappointing that this conveniently located spot is now crossed off our list.

GR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very romantic setting , loved the food and good service. We will be back in next few months to try other items on menu.

IR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

As always, the freshness of the seafood was excellent. The ahi tuna dish was way too salty. Service was okay, but staff had to be reminded several times about specific requests. These things were minor. We look forward to always stopping in when we are in the area.

PP
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great. Waitress gave us plenty of time to talk. Did not rush us. Would definitely go back again when in the area.

RF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good waiter & good food. We are frequent visitors. Never disappointed

RA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and dining experience, never been there before and none of my guests had been there, we will all be back ...loved it!!! The food was awesome!

e
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food is always excellent and well prepared. I like the new Poke bowls on the brunch menu. There are many new selections that we look forward to trying.

m
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I took my family to have dinner this past Saturday evening. We really enjoyed the service and the food. Thank you

KL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The food was good but overpriced for what we got. Extra charge for asparagus and it was not cooked well and the portion was small. Scallops were good, cooked just right. The seafood with pasta was a good dish, once again the plates were overpriced. The waitress was inexperienced and the service was very slow for a relatively quiet restaurant. The restaurant isn't bad, it's just not worth the premium prices.

KE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous menu, delicious food, beautifully presented. Wait staff perfect. Highly recommend!

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Shrimp cocktail was not fresh. Coconut shrimp over cooked. We had party of four, all dessert ordered not available at 6:00 pm because hadn't been defrosted yet.
Pretty sad for an expensive meal.

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We have been to a Reel Seafood often, sometimes the two of us, other times with family. We have never had a bad meal. The food is always delicious and plentiful. Desserts are wonderful. We sat near the bar but the noise level was not too bad. My only complaint is that I could not order my perfect manhattan because the bar was out of dry vermouth! How does that happen? I ordered a glass of white wine instead, good, but not really my drink. I recommend Reel Seafood to anyone who loves fresh seafood.

JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Your email said we missed our appointment but we did not. We 4 (plus friends’ dog) had excellent lunch at Reel Seafood fri about 12:45 to 2:40. They must have neglected to record our arrival. It was a bit confused because friends arrived with dog and went to patio while we entered main door and then went to patio from inside.

R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service from the kitchen was slow.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere with very good food.

B
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The food at Reel Seafood is consistently above average. Tonight was no exception. The fresh oysters were spot on -nice combination of briny and sweet. Service this evening was disappointing. Server was disinterested and mailed it in. Worse service I have ever had here.

DG
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All of the oysters and clams were very fresh. I also had the stand out chocolate banana pie. Delicious!

MD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Waiter was preoccupied with other tables & did not concentrate on ours. We had a table of 10, never received bread basket on our table, he was in too much of a rush & it was noticeable. He seemed a little off from the get go....maybe his first large table? We should have had a more experienced server ( especially if your going to add on a 20% tip).

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We were able to walk to the restaurant from our hotel. Our waiter, Austin was very attentive, engaging and took care of us. The food was very good and I was quite happy with my grouper. My husband and I would definitely go again, the next time we are in the area.

SL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our waiter was quite good, we did have to wait a bit to be acknowledged once we were sat and have a drink order taken. Drinks were very good. Our waiter was very patient and checked back to answer questions and see if we were ready a couple times without rushing us. One complaint was that we ordered an appetizer, salads and entrees and the appetizer and salads were bought together, also the food runner system with the runner not quite knowing who gets what....I don’t think one should have to request that the appetizer be served first...( 20 years serving in all types of restaurants here :)
Wine was good and he was smart enough to notice our glasses almost empty and suggest another drink. ( seriously not being sarcastic here, he was great, but it happens so often that I sit at a table with an empty glass, why would the server not want to add two more drinks to their check??) We had the tuna, the fish was good, tuna a little past seared in my opinion but very tasty. The rolls and interesting butter were great too! All in all a lovely dinner.

WT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I had the seafood Cobb salad. Yummy. Husband had oyster st Charles. Just okay. Waiter was excellent and had fun with him. He was very patient with diner at another table who was a real pain in the neck

C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We ate outside and we’re the only people out their. No placemats or set ups or salt or pepper on the tables. Table was very wobbly but the waiter was quick to try and fix it. Cocoanut shrimp was pretty good but the fish and chips and tartar sauce were pretty tasteless.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We always enjoy Reel Seafood Co. and would definitely recommend it.

m
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Bradyn was best server ever!!! Great kid

Reel Seafood Co
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you for your review!

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NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would definitely visit Reel Seafood again. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting. My server Ashley was ammmazing which made my visit that much more enjoyable!

Reel Seafood Co
Responded on August 1, 2019

Nyree, Thank you so much for your review! We love our staff and glad you had a great dining experience with us. We look forward to your return visit with us.

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d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yummy seafood! Large portions

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, beautiful presentation, and very plentiful portions. We LOVED it!

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