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10 Best Restaurants in Saratoga Springs, New York

In addition to its spas, shopping, music, and downtown packed with fun things to do, Saratoga Springs, New York, is full of lots of delicious places to eat.

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, a burger by the lake, or top-notch fried chicken, there are many places to choose from at lots of different price points. We have spent a lot of time eating our way around town and picked out some local favorites. Here’s a look at some of the best restaurants in Saratoga Springs.

Hattie’s

Fried chicken and waffles on a plate on a table with other dishes

Hattie’s is an institution. One of the most beloved restaurants in Saratoga Springs, Hattie’s has served its southern specialties for over 80 years. It’s as much a part of the city’s fabric as the races and the mineral springs themselves.

With Louisiana influences and classic southern dishes, the menu at Hattie’s includes gumbo, hush puppies, fried catfish, and lots of other delicious items. The star is the fried chicken, which they’re proud to let guests know beat out Bobby Flay on his Throwdown!

Salt & Char

Quiche and salad on a plate in a restaurant dining room

In a prime spot at one of the city’s best hotels, the Adelphi, Salt & Char impresses guests with its signature cuts of steak, broad selection of seafood, and more. The restaurant bills itself as a “farm-to-table steakhouse,” so there are many fresh options sourced from local producers.

The dining room at Salt & Char is warm and inviting, but the restaurant’s patio is the place to be, especially in the summer. We love the classics, including the lobster bisque and filet mignon with truffle sauce, and the oysters, seafood tower, and clothesline bacon are very popular.

Morrissey’s Lounge & Bistro

Also at the Adelphi Hotel, Morrissey’s Lounge & Bistro has a little something for everyone. Under the culinary direction of Chef David Burke, the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a special weekend brunch.

From bread pudding French toast to wood-fired pizza and crusted halibut, the menu has plenty of highlights and works for the casual hotel guest or the set just back from the races. Cocktails here are a standout, and the burger is a favorite of just about everyone. Don’t skip on the desserts.

550 Waterfront

Two cocktails on a table with a lakeside view

Bustling 550 Waterfront has one of the best views among Saratoga restaurants. Located right on Lake Saratoga, it has outdoor seating and a garage-style door that makes the inside feel like outside. Its nautical and beach-themed décor leaves no doubt that this place is all about the water.

The menu at 550 Waterfront features seafood dishes, including crab dip, fish tacos, a lobster roll, and a mahi mahi BLT. The burger is also a winner. For Sunday brunch, the triple stack of blueberry pancakes and the breakfast burrito are indulgent. If you’re visiting during the summer, it’s best to make a reservation. (The restaurant is seasonal and is generally closed January through March.)

15 Church

Reliably one of the best places to eat in Saratoga Springs, 15 Church is a perfect choice for a sophisticated meal in town. The restaurant has a dark wood interior and a spacious patio, so choose the setting that best fits your mood.

Set in a restored historic building, 15 Church’s cuisine is New American, so its menu is sprinkled with fresh seafood dishes and USDA prime aged steaks. Other highlights include rabbit ragout, duck breast, and seasonal features. The patio menu includes the same high quality meats and seafood with an expanded list of small plates and shareable items.

Druthers Brewing Company

People sitting at outdoor tables under a pergola at a restaurant

Druthers Brewing Company is a year-round favorite in the Saratoga Springs dining scene. This welcoming brewpub is a great choice for a casual meal, and they brew their own beer in-house. Diners can gather near the bar or pull up a chair on the large patio.

At its location in downtown, Druthers serves stick-to-your-ribs pub food at its best. Chicken wings are a popular choice with five sauces to pick from, and the loaded grilled cheese is one of our favorites. One of the many burgers (including a vegan option) is always a good bet, and Druthers is known for its decadent macaroni and cheese, which comes with a variety of toppings.

The Merc

Sliders on a platter next to a plate of French fries topped with a fried egg

Good food, good drinks, and friendly service make The Merc on Broadway a go-to downtown. With its tiled floors and tin ceiling, the dining room is atmospheric, but the patio is also a lovely option.

The Merc is known for its all-day brunch menu served Wednesday through Sunday with a full complement of egg dishes, salads, and sandwiches. For something later in the day, there is a selection of small plates alongside entrees like mushroom Bolognese, Faroe Island salmon, and braised short ribs. The cocktails are great, and it’s a fun place for happy hour.

30 Lake

The modern dining room at 30 Lake is the place to get some of the best seafood in town. The restaurant, located at the Pavilion Grand, has gone through a few incarnations and owners over the years, and the current upscale spot is a winner.

From the fried calamari to the lobster fettuccine, there is a lot to love about this classic menu that has a few international touches. The perfectly grilled swordfish come with ricotta gnocchi, and the steak frites comes with charred chimichurri. Just make sure to save room for dessert.

Flatbread Social

Pepperoni and onion pizza on an outdoor table at a restaurant

Wood-fired pizzeria Flatbread Social is great whether you’re looking for a family dinner spot or a place for date night. The massive bar counter is lovely as are the tables that spill out onto the street in the summer.

Pizza is the star here. The sourdough crust arrives thin and lightly charred topped with everything from prosciutto and vodka sauce to caramelized onion, bacon, and a sunny side up egg. Other favorites include the homemade meatballs in Sunday sauce and the outstanding melted burrata with garlic bread.

Billiard tables, live music, and trivia nights and other special events keep the place buzzing with fun.

Hamlet and Ghost

Bar stocked with liquor bottles and glasses

Speakeasy-like with amazing cocktails and seasonal dishes, Hamlet & Ghost is one of the best places to eat in Saratoga Springs. Everything from the bitters to the cider battered cheese curds is made from scratch. A list of the farms, bakeries, and creameries they work with is included on the menus.

Dishes change throughout the year, so there is always new and creative to try. There are snacks and small plates to share, and entrees include a variety of meat and seafood choices. We love their Boyden Farm strip steak, the grass-fed burger, and any time halibut makes an appearance. It’s hard to go wrong here.

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