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Sam's Italian-American Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209-2026
+1 518-463-3433
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Albany, New York
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice to know that there's a place you can count on for wonderful food, cozy atmosphere and great service! Sam's has been around for 50 years serving Albany some of the best Italian comfort food around. A good solid pour on the wine, lovely fresh bread from Prinzo's bakery, shrimp cocktail to start, and my all time favorite - linguini... More 

Thank yogajudi
Albany, New York
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283 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met friends for dinner at Sam’s Restaurant. It had been 10 or 15 years since we last ate there, but time seemed to have stood still. Nothing had changed. We had soup and shrimp cocktail as starters followed by the scrod, veal, and eggplant specials. Everything was hot and delicious. It was very busy and the waitstaff kept everything... More 

Thank Bourlingueur60
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been over 15 years since I have been there. Wonderful dinner with attentive service and friendly faces. Like past reviews, the Clams aka SAMs in red sauce was to die for. If I am ever am offered a last meal in prison, this would be it ....along with the calamari marinara. Wish I lived a little closer but would be... More 

Thank meltze
Albany, New York, United States
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If your into chain restaurant, this is NOT the place for you. It is a classic small Italian restaurant. It has used the same recipes for years and the food is delicious every time. Wait staff is great, bartender is great. Owner is always running around helping and checking in. Never had a bad meal.

Thank Kayla L
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama
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255 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was visiting Albany and a friend took me to Sam's to give me a taste of traditional Albany fare. Fortunately, I don't think this is a fair representation. The restaurant was packed and cramped. I could hold hands with the people at the table next to me - and there was an aisle separating us. It was hard to... More 

Thank HappyDonor
Albany, NY
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238 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Simply put - other than the 'neighborhood limited parking' the place was off the chain - phenomenal service, food, quantity, price and loved the old Italian - hasn't been renovated for a charming reason - atmosphere.

Thank DenyseAlbany_NY
Albany, New York
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We love to come here, sit at the bar, & chat with the bartender while we enjoy wonderful Italian cuisine. It is cozy, lit just right, & warm. Come, have a bowl of pasta e fagioli, dip your bread in the broth, have some clams alla sam, & a nice chianti!!!

Thank PVH76
Clifton Park, New York
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

I have not been to Sam's in over twenty years. Happy to report nothing has changed. It's a classic Italian restaurant where the staff treat you as family. My husband and daughters are still talking about it and can't wait to go back.

Thank svansleet
Ravena, New York
1 review
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Today, my husband and I made a reservation for 4:30, at table 21 (our favorite table). When we arrived, on time, Karen advised us that ther was a 6:30 reservation for the same table. We offered to take another table, in order to have a relaxed, anniversary dinner. Karen assured us that we would, indeed, have the dinner we had... More 

Thank jeanielucier
Rensselaer, New York
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was our first time to Sam's... we went early on a Friday night (it was a little quiet when we arrived but pretty busy when we left) . We chose the chicken parm and the eggplant parm, both meals were very good with enough for a second meal. Our waitress was friendly and attentive to our needs. I'm sure... More 

Thank Anna Q

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Southern Blvd, Albany, NY 12209-2026
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-463-3433

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?