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Great staff, awesome ambiance

"Tremendous meal tonight!! Salmon to die for. Have been here once before and will return shortly. Great staff, awesome ambiance. Even got to meet the owner. Do yourself a favor and check it out."

Julie P., Facebook

5 stars all the way

"Wow the Bywater Saturday night felt like a brand new restaurant to me. The menu looked amazing the staff was welcoming and vibe was warm. I started with the corn chowder and so happy I went for a bowl not a cup. Then I dove into my skirt steak med rare that was cooked perfect and ended with a pear cobbler that I wish I had a cup right now. Keep it up Bywater!! 5stars all the way."

- Robert C., Facebook

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You can't duplicate these moments

"I just wanted to express my appreciation for Sam and the staff at Bywater Bistro.  Their food and service was exceptional.  You see, I organized a surprise 60th birthday party for my father-in-law all the way from Charlotte, NC.  Sam not only make me feel at ease with the reservation but his follow through on menu suggestions and execution were spot on!  I can't tell you how many people walked up to me at the party to tell me how great it was.   You can't duplicate these moments and I'm so thankful we decided to host our party in the garden at the Bywater!"

-John, M.,

Beautiful setting, great staff, great food

"We ate dinner here last night for a birthday party of 8! They were able to accommodate us immediately. Our waiter was very friendly and fun. Among us we had the crab cake portabella sandwich, the beef shank sandwich, two hamburgers, two veggie burgers, the tuna sandwich, and chicken wings with a side of fries (Great fries!). We had 3 beers from the bar that were crisp and cold! Everything was delicious and fresh! Our bill only came to around $100! Upon request they even put a candle in my sisters chicken wings for her so we could sing happy birthday! Beautiful setting, great staff, great food! Must try!"

- Carol P.,

the staff is always friendly

Excellent Everything!  From the duck to the chicken wings and everything in-between; I have never had a bad meal here.  The atmosphere is comfy and the staff is always friendly.  They also have a great selection of scotch and craft beers.  I only pass through Rosendale a few times per year, but I try to time my trips so I can eat at the Bistro each time."

- Charles V.,

it was fantastic!

"We had our rehearsal dinner here and it was fantastic!  We worked with Sam and Diondra to get a menu together and came up with grilled ribs, chicken, and shrimp on the barbi with smoked bacon mac & cheese, corn & green been salad, jalapeno cornbread, and lots of wine and beer.  The food was DELICIOUS!!  Everyone kept commenting on how great the food was but also the friendliness of the staff.

Diondra set us up along the waterfront with white chairs, linens, tiki torches, etc.  It was the most beautiful setting!

After the rehearsal dinner, we invited friends that will be attending the wedding to Bywater for cocktails.  Sam and Diondra gave us the ENTIRE beer garden and we had plenty of great wine, a tapped keg, and they made us a specialty raspberry Tom Collin's.  We also had platters or cheese and desserts for everyone.  Diondra was there the entire time serving drinks and making sure everyone was happy.  

The guys that were manning the main bar inside the restaurant served up different kraft beers to by Dad and Uncles which they really appreciated.  

So besides the great food, friendly staff and beautiful atmosphere, you should also know that the people that come to Bywater are also friendly patrons.  It so easy to sit down at the bar and make a new friend or two.

Sam and Diondra-  Thanks for playing a very special part in making our wedding so memorable!"


- Cliff K.,


Zagat Survey

"There's 'something for everyone' at this 'upscale-funky' Rosendale New American offering 'affordable' eats from 'straightforward' sandwiches and burgers  (the veggie version is "fabulous") to 'inventive' dishes with an Asian 'spin'; a 'thoughtful' crew adds to the 'comfort vibe', so factor in 'couture martinis', a 'fantastic beer list' and an 'inviting', 'breezy' garden and 'it's the kind of place you want to be a regular.' "

  Food:   23      Decor: 20       Service: 21


Named One of the "Top Ten Restaurants of 2006"

-Times Herald Record