The weeks leading up to Memorial Day are the sweet spot to visit the best spots for al fresco dining.

Don't blink because before you know it summer will be in full swing, which means everyone from outside of Upstate New York will be converging on the region to enjoy all it has to offer.

Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash
Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash


Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good thing for our region to be such a tourism hotspot. The economic jolt visitors give to so many local businesses is super important! That said, the elevated summer population makes enjoying our favorite local outdoor dining hotspots a little more time-consuming.

But right now, we are in the outdoor dining sweet spot. Temperatures are warmer and comfortable enough to enjoy an outdoor meal or beverage, and you can do so before all the big crowds start arriving Memorial Day Weekend.

The Capital Regions 30 Best Outdoor Dining Spots

The only thing to do now is to decide where to eat over the next few weeks. Looking for a great spot on Lake George? Find one on this list. Want to enjoy Saratoga before the Belmont crowds arrive or maybe a great seasonal restaurant? Find a spot on this list below - the 30 best outdoor dining spots in the Capital Region!

The Capital Region's 30 Best Outdoor Restaurants

When it comes to having an outdoor cocktail or meal in the 518, these are the best of the best to enjoy the great outdoors this spring and summer.

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The Capital Region's 10 Best Burgers [RANKED]

Ground beef patty, bun, toppings, and condiments. Sounds simple, right? Far from it! A perfect burger is an art form and just like a great painting, each brush stroke of ingredients is essential to the final product. The chef is the artist, and there are the best restaurants in the Capital Region for a burger masterpiece.

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff

The Capital Region's 10 Best Hot Dogs [RANKED]

It is a food that seems so simple to make, but yet, the best of the best just cannot be recreated. When it comes hot dogs, buns, and the best combinations of toppings, these are the tops in greater Albany.

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff


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