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“A rare gem; can be a challenge to find but worth the hunt” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canal Side Inn

Canal Side Inn
Ranked #3 of 30 Restaurants in Little Falls
Price range: US$18 - US$29
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
New York
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177 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A rare gem; can be a challenge to find but worth the hunt”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

We often go through Little Falls but rarely stop for a meal. This time we were there, with friends, around dinner time so decided to stop at a place the four of us had been before. It was out of business, so after driving around a bit our friend remembered having been at a memorial dinner at the Canal Side several years ago so we decided to see if it was still open before just getting back on the road. Good decision! When we first walked in (you enter directly into the bar) it was crowded and noisy and we almost just left...then we asked the bartender about dining and were directed to the nice sized dining room. There were only a few customers so we had our choice of tables. It was still a bit early on a Friday evening; by the time we left it was filled. The waitress was quick to get our drink orders but it took awhile for the menus to be brought, and longer still for our orders to be taken. Once we ordered, however, the salads and then the meals arrived very timely without being rushed. The meals all came with Caesar salads which were wonderfully crispy with just the right amount of dressing. Two of us had the chicken breast Provencale which they said was cooked perfectly, truly tender and tasty, with side veggies done just right. One of us had the salmon special which was declared to be "the best ever". That, as a special, came with mushroom soup as well as a salad. The homemade soup, our friend said, was delicious. I had the rack of lamb, requested medium rare...one of my favorite meals. It was done exactly as ordered with and had a marvelous flavor; sides were tender carrots and crispy roasted potatoes. The server was pleasant but seemed rushed and perhaps not as efficient as the now more busy situation needed. As we still had a two-hour drive ahead of us we opted out of dessert and coffee since we'd already spent more time at the meal than we had expected...but even so, we were glad that we found the restaurant and will plan to return when we can have a more leisurely dinner. The basic menu is not big but has enough variety; they also had an additional five appetizers and five entrees as "specials". If you want a basic hamburger or Italian pasta, this place is not for you, but if you enjoy well cooked food with interesting sauces, this is where you'll find them. Prices are quite reasonable and given the way the bar, and eventually the dining room were filled, I'd say it is very popular with locals. Yes, as another reviewer pointed out it is an old building and not decorated in an "upscale" fashion. That's a personal preference kind of thing...we found it quite charming.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Albany, New York
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful French restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We have eaten at Canalside several times and, whether meat or fish, every meal is great - better than some we've had in Paris. The staff also hosted a family dinner for thirty several years ago, and opened on short notice simply to accommodate us. And don't miss a stroll around the old mill town, especially the Stone Mill shops across the street and the local historical society museum on Ann Street across the tracks. There are great views of the village from Moreland Park and from the vicinity of the Overlook B&B

Visited October 2013
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Niskayuna, New York
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Warm & Friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

In our first visit to this quaint little town we were directed to Canal Side Inn. It is situated in a little cluster of restaurants and shops with easy parking. We were greeted warmly upon entering and the staff just got even more attentive from there on. We had a drink at the cozy bar before being seated in the adjacent dining room. The staff were at a level of a 4 star restaurant but with a small town charm. The menu is nicely varied with excellent choices for all tastes. We ordered a wine from the extensive wine list and it was a perfect choice with our meal of duck. I was just a bit disapointed in the dated dining room decor but the food and service more then compensated for it.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 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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Brampton, Canada
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wish they'd just put a Closed sign on the Door”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

This place was recommended to us. What a disappointment. We were asked if we had reservations as soon as we walked in. We didn't. Conference time between the "greeter" and bartender. They acquiesed to let us enter, but sat us next to the entrance door for the kitchen, partially behind a wall. The noise from clanking dishes and kitchen bellowing, prompted us to leave.

Visited September 2013
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Bay Village, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Dining treasure in the heart of the Mohawk Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Over the past twenty years, we have visited my home town of Little Falls at least fifteen times. We always plan a dinner at Canalside and every experience has been excellent. That kind of consistency can only be accomplished by an owner and staff that is comitted to excellence.

Top of the line French cuisine well delivered. You will not be disappointed here!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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