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“Great Place For A Birthday Dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of T J's Cafe

T J's Cafe
Ranked #106 of 681 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Italian, American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Albany, NY
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179 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great Place For A Birthday Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

This week we celebrated by daughter's birthday at TJ's (It was our third family birthday the past 8 months at this restaurant) and we weren't dissappointed. It happened to be a Tuesday night when they offer a chicken parm special for $8.99. One good size breast with delicious sauce/cheese, bread, salad and a side of pasta. Half of our group decided on this while others selected prime rib. There's was a good choice too! Service was great, food outstanding and it came out hot! Got a bottle of wine for $18 and we were all set. We keep coming here because we expect everything to always be great. So far TJ's Cafe hasn't let us down.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Average - nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

They seem to have weird hours . I do like the seafood salad. The dressing is yum. It's the kind of place to go if everything else has a wait.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KAMou62
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Albany, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great prices, good service and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

This is a local restaurant on Central Ave, in close proximity to motels and businesses. We've never had a bad meal there, we've always had good service and the portions are large enough to feed yourself for at least one more meal. Try it, you'll like it.

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Albany, NY
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Food, Good Prices, Good Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

Several times a month my wife and I like to eat out to give her a break from cooking. We don't like franchise restaurants and prefer something a little more atmospheric than a diner. I usually lunch at TJ's Cafe with cohots and former co-workers for great hamburgers with steak size fries or their special fish fry because the food is tasty and ample and service is great with a no rush feeliing so it was a no-brainer to select TJ's for the occasional dinner and experience dinner items from their eclectic menu which includes a couple of good salads. We have never been disappointed in our meals. Their food is not gourmet, just good old fashioned good tasting and satisfying served in a casual environment populated I noticed mostly by neighborhood people. The restaurant is separated from an active local bar that does not spill over to the dining room. Their are daily specials for lunch and dinner that tempt me to deviate from my narrow list of tried and proven "usuals". They have always been a pleasant change. I think the restaurant gets its clientele from word of mouth advertising because I have never seen or heard an ad. Nevertheless, the word must be good because they usually are very busy, but not so busy causing a wait of more than 20 minutes. The relaxed atmosphere, the good food and low prices will keep me going back for lunches and dinner for a long time.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bjo164
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Albany, New York
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162 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best Reuben's in the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

Place is small but they have the best reubens in the Albany area, a little crowed inside but the food is good.

Visited December 2011
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