12 Great Restaurants Just Outside Saratoga

Saratoga Springs is known for its wide array of fine dining options, but don't discount the areas around the Spa City! The following restaurants are all excellent options to consider when you're looking to go out to eat and they're just outside of Saratoga. Expand your palate!

1) The Wishing Well Restaurant

a burger topped with cheese, thick slices of bacon, lettuce, and a thick slice of tomato, with French fries in the background

Located in Gansevoort, less than 15 minutes from Saratoga, you can find premium steaks, decadent lobsters, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine selection at The Wishing Well Restaurant. You'll enjoy your meal in a rustic, Adirondack-style atmopshere.

2) Sweet Beet Bistro

what looks like chicken with a mango salsa over a bed of greens

Situated in a historic building about half an hour away from Saratoga in Greenwich, Sweet Beet Bistro works with around 30 local farms and businesses to deliver nutritious. locally-sourced meals. They offer high quality meats, poultry, and seafood, and they have gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. For beverages, you can choose from a wine selection that is made up of mostly organic wines, and local beer from Argyle Brewing Company.

3) Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar

close up of a steak sandwich on a long roll with melted cheese

Want hearty food along with extensive options for beer and wine? Look no further than the Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar, right on Saratoga Lake in Malta, less than 15 minutes from Saratoga. It's casual dining without the casual dishes - this is no pub fare! Enjoy hand-pressed burgers, high quality meats, fresh chicken parm, and homemade soups. And, you'll get to choose from over 50 beers and 30 wines.

4) Lake Ridge Restaurant

lobster tails artfully plated

You'll find mouthwatering appetizers, exceptional chicken, fresh fish, juicy Angus steaks, and more at Lake Ridge Restaurant, and it's all in an inviting, cozy atmosphere. There's even a fireplace! Not hungry enough for an entire entree? Choose from the appetizers and small plates menu and try a crab cake, sea scallops, or a petite filet mignon. Lake Ridge Restaurant is in Round Lake, less than 20 minutes from Saratoga.

5) Chez Pierre

asparagus and artichoke hearts on a square white plate with a uniquely cut lemon

You can find the absolute best French food at Chez Pierre in Gansvoort, about 20 minutes from Saratoga: escargots and frog legs, to name a few! If you're seeking something a little different you'll definitely want to give this fantastic restaurant a try. The husband-and-wife owners are passionate about France and its cuisine and for good reason - they met and fell in love in the country. In addition to authentic French food you'll also find an impressive wine list.

6) Villago Pizzeria & Ristorante

three different gourmet pizzas

Enjoy gourmet pizza with gorgeous views of Ballston Lake at Villago Pizzeria & Ristorante! In addition to the pizza options they also offer authentic Italian dishes like eggplant Napolitano and pork osso bucco. Their beer list ranges from signature favorites to local craft varities, so there will be something for everyone. Villago Pizzeria & Ristorante is about 20 minutes from Saratoga.

7) Morgan & Company

a beautiful salad with cucumbers, olives, and what looks like chickpeas and hummus

Morgan and Company is in Glens Falls, just under half an hour from Saratoga Springs, and this is worth the drive! Their menu options range from high end sandwiches to tandoori-spiced dishes to Berkshire pork chops. If you like seafood you won't be disappointed: try seafood bouillabaisse, pan roasted Cape Cod swordfish, crisp Hudson Valley duck breast, and more.

8) Carson's Woodside Tavern

steak, green beans, and mashed potatoes on a plate

Located about 15 minutes away from Saratoga in Malta, Carson's Woodside Tavern has a cozy, inviting feel and a varied menu aimed to please any palate. Keep it simple with great choices of wraps, burgers, and sandwiches, or choose one of their delectable entrees: prime rib, mac and cheese, NY strip steak, chicken marsala, beer-battered fish and chips, and more.

9) Augie's Family Style Italian Restaurant

appetizer of tomato, lettuce, basil, and mozzarella cheese on a rectangular wooden plate with a glass of red wine

Craving old fashioned, home-style Italian cooking? Head to Augie's Family Style Italian Restaurant in Ballston Spa, about 15 minutes from Saratoga. As the name indicates, Augie's offers large portions of classic Italian foods that are meant to be shared. You'll be blown away by the wide variety of pasta dishes offered along with chicken and veal dishes, pizza, and more Italian goodness.

10) Clark's Steakhouse

a place setting with lobster, pasta, wine, and more food

Clark's Steakhouse takes pride in their food and their hometown of Schuylerville, which is about 20 minutes from Saratoga. You'll find something for everyone at this steakhouse. In addition to classic steak options like filet mignon, prime rib, and New York strip, you can also enjoy some great seafood with Cajun shrimp scampi or jumbo fried haddock, along with several other mouthwatering options.

11) Next Door Kitchen & Bar

Next Door Kitchen & Bar on Front Street in Ballston Spa, about 15 minutes from Saratoga, has a mission to connect community, family, and friends through food. They serve locally-sourced meals that change seasonally based on what's available. Stick to what you know with pan seared wild salmon or grilled pork chop, or go for something a little different with the shrimp and grits or hand rolled gnocchi.

12) Top Notch Tavern

a steak wrap with French fries on a plate

If you can't get enough steak and prime rib the Top Notch Tavern is the place for you! This rustic restaurant is located on County Road 132 in Hagaman, a little over 30 minutes from Saratoga and is known for their high quality USDA aged beef. All the beef comes from black Angus cattle grown by family farmers.

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