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“Nice, but a little overpriced.”
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Beekman Street Bistro
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Saratoga Springs, New York
Level 6 Contributor
41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice, but a little overpriced.”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

The Beekman Street Bistro is located just a few blocks from Broadway (main thoroughfare) in the rejuvenated, Historic Westside Neighborhood of Saratoga Springs. Beekman Street (once a rather rundown and forgotten section of the city) is now enjoying a sort of renaissance as it has become the "Arts District" of the Spa City. Beekman Street is safe; do yourself a favor and get away from commercialized Broadway and explore the city’s many side streets and outlying neighborhoods. Beekman Street is a mix of residential and small businesses; little art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Because our city is located in the heart of Upstate New York, we are fortunate to be surrounded by many great farms. And what is really nice about this restaurant in particular is that they have capitalized on this fact. The owners of The Beekman Street Bistro have developed relations with local farmers and as a result have established a “farm to table” philosophy; using local, fresh, seasonal produce and meats when possible; they are “…committed to using local and sustainable products.”

We were seated in a timely manner according to our reservation. The wait staff was friendly and very accommodating. Our table was nice, but very small. Luckily we had an early seating so we didn’t feel too crowded. However, if the dinning room was full, I would not have enjoyed the experience as I would have felt a little claustrophobic in such a small room with so many tables in such close proximately to each other. In Europe I can deal with seating like this, but not in the States. The décor is a little strange; a mix of contemporary furniture, abstract art and country knickknacks (ceramic chicken figurines), but somehow it all works. Each table had a burning votive candle, holiday poinsettias adorned the side walls and soft retro Christmas music played in the background; the perfect setting for an early Christmas Eve dinner.

Our dinner begin with very good bread and dipping oil. For starters we had Celeriac Soup ($5.00), Prince Edward Island Mussels ($9.00) and one Farm Green Salad ($9.00). We both ordered Pan Seared Duck Breast ($23.00) for our entrées. For drinks we had one glass of wine ($9.00) and one draft beer ($5.75). I would have preferred a cocktail before dinner but the restaurant does not have a full liquor license, so only wine and a very limited, but good selection of beer is offered.

The food was very good; not outstanding, but enjoyable just the same. My only complaint was that I had to send my soup back to the kitchen (something I hate and seldom do) as it was just too cold to eat. However, this did not become an issue at all; the waiter was very congenial about the matter. Our bill with tip came to $97.00; a little overpriced for what we got. So, budget approximately $100.00 per couple if you decide to try this pricy, but worthwhile bistro.

  • Visited December 2011
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2 Thank TwoOnTheRun
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English first
Boston, MA
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“always delicious”
Reviewed 21 October 2011

It's big food in a cozy atmosphere. The staff and the food are both great.

Visited October 2011
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1 Thank CWW582
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Saratoga Springs, New York
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A sad disappointment”
Reviewed 16 October 2011

This was the worst dining experience we've had in Saratoga Springs and we visit fairly frequently. This is a town with wonderful restaurants so there is no reason to choose this one.
When we called about 6 weeks in advance, we couldn't get our desired reservation time and we had to secure the reservation we did get with a credit card. Our party arrived within 5 minutes of each other, and within 5 mnutes of the reservation time.
It took 50 minutes before the waiter would take our order, and that was only after complaining to the hostess. The food was so bland we had to ask for salt at the table. When we asked for the check, the waiter didn't return for another 20 minutes, so my husband had to give the credit card to the hostess. He said nothing excpet "We'd like to pay". She replied, "You all didn't arrive at the same time". All we did was ask to pay, and she scolded us!!

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Robin S
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Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Saratoga.”
Reviewed 26 September 2011

Fresh and local ingredients, interesting preparations.
Nice wine list. Great service.
Recommend.

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Thank beatinghearts
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Boston, MA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

food and atmosphere were excellent. we had a group of 10 that ate here. Appetizers were nice, but I have to say that the Porterhouse Pork Chop was the best pork dish I've had anywhere.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank pprice_ma
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