Love is in the air! Whether you are planning a swoon-worthy proposal, celebrating your recent engagement, or simply enjoying date night with your significant other, there is a romantic restaurant in Albany fit for the occasion. Plus, some of these eateries might be the perfect spot for your rehearsal dinner the night before your #AlbanyEverAfter. Scroll on for details on some of the most romantic restaurants in Albany County. 


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Praised on OpenTable as one of the country’s most romantic restaurants, Yono's is Albany's go-to spot for world-class fine dining. Yono’s is the longest tenured Four Star restaurant in the Capital Region and boasts an impressive wine list. The menu, crafted by the restaurant's founder Chef Yono Purnomo, features dishes comprised of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients and packed with global flavors. With only 15 tables in the dining room, the intimate restaurant is the perfect spot to celebrate a milestone or enjoy a romantic date night. 

Nicole's Restaurant

Nicole's is a family-owned restaurant tucked in Albany's Delaware Avenue neighborhood. From rehearsal dinners to date night, the restaurant is a go-to spot for upscale Italian and contemporary American cuisine. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the intimate dining room beneath an ornate 1930's tin ceiling. During the summer, dine al fresco on the DelSo Terrace, a secluded oasis from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Plus, the experts at Nicole's are one of the Capital Region's top catering companies for weddings! 

Jack's Oyster House

Nestled on State Street in downtown Albany, Jack's Oyster House is a legendary restaurant that has served patrons for over a century. With a black-and-white checkered floor and white tablecloths, the restaurant is an elegant backdrop for a romantic evening. The menu features upscale cuisine with an emphasis on ingredients from local farms and Capital Region purveyors.

The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table, formally known as New World Bistro Bar, recently underwent a complete refresh after welcoming Ian Brower as the new Executive Chef. The restaurant's rotating seasonal menu has a focus on elevated, casual fresh cuisine made from fresh ingredients from local farms. Plan your next date night at the innovative eatery to admire the new decor and savor the new menu for yourself! 


Wellington's, housed in downtown Albany's stunning Renaissance Hotel, is an upscale restaurant perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner dinner date. The menu features farm fresh eats created from locally-grown and produced ingredients from the Capital Region. Cheers with craft cocktails and local craft beverages while soaking up unparalleled views of the New York State Capitol Building and downtown Albany. 

Café Capriccio

Since 1982, Café Capriccio has been one of the top places in Albany to dine on authentic Italian cuisine. Inspired by the owner's countless trips to Italy, the romantic eatery specializes in house-made pasta, cured meats and cheeses. Self-proclaimed as "Albany's Authentic Italian Table", bring your sweetheart to the cozy restaurant to indulge in house-made pasta dishes and mouthwatering wood oven pizza.