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Bookmaker's

232 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 584-4550
Cuisine: American, Steak
Price: $$$$
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  • Hours
    Monday: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesday: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Friday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sunday: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Bar weekdays 11pm Sat-Sun 12am
  • Banquet Facilities 600-800, Over 100 People, Off-Site Catering
  • Meal Times Served Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Parking Availability Parking on Site
  • Atmosphere Romantic, Outdoor Dining, Fireplace, Family / Children, Bar Scene
  • Amenities TV, Private Party Room, Wi-fi
  • Special Needs Senior Discount, Non Smoking Area, Booster/High Chairs, Wheelchair Access, Child Menu
  • Bar Full Bar
  • Attire Casual
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Discover Mastercard Visa

Highlights

During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when Saratoga was at it's height of popularity, racing season got underway the day before the opening program when the Cavanaugh Special rolled into town. This deluxe train of Pullman cars transported bookmakers and their assistants exclusively. Some 600 strong they fell in behind their leader, "Irish" John Cavanaugh, for whom the train was named, and marched to their hotels cheered on by a band and a crowd of horseplayers who had turned out to welcome them. Bookmakers became a active at race tracks in New York in the late 1880's, fancying themselves no less reputable than Wall Street brokers and their function no less worthy than that of the Stock Exchange. They advertised themselves as "Turf Exchanges." New York's most successful bookies formed the Metropolitan Turf Association, and their membership buttons were sold as seats on the Stock Exchange, were just as difficult and almost as costly to obtain. Saratoga bookmakers were a colorful lot with nicknames to match their idiosyncrasies: The Boy Plunger, Big Store, The Orator; Orlando Jones was called Fashion Plate in mock deference to his Victorian attire and "Tiffany" Wolfgang had won his moniker by guaranteeing the price he quoted to be as good as anything in the country's most famous jewelry shop. WE THANK YOU FOR WAGERING ON OUR "BOOKMAKERS". WE HOPE YOUR'LL AGREE IT'S A SURE BET!

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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 251reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Two of my companions said the soup was too salty. One of them was given another soup.There were not enough selections for me (as a 78 yr. old) to choose from as I am not a modern food type lover. Someone told me it is pub type food served there. Jun 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Service is always excellent and the food is as well. Jun 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Inconsistent with the preparation of the blackened swordfish sandwich, The Handicap.Often it is done just right. However, tonight it was underseasoned and the sauce was very bland. The portion size was very good. Jun 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by I enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere, the ambilance, and the well trained waitress.She had a very personable personality.The waitress was surprized when my guest and I walked through the front door to have breakfast. She stated "nobody comes for breakfast here." Surprise, I came for breakfast. Jun 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 great food and great service May 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by we decided to eat out this evening. We like Bookmaker's for a light meal and also to visit with the staff. The atmosphere is great; quiet and good for conversations. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very good. Apr 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great breakfast and lunch place. Mar 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by we love the atmosphere and we enjoy the staff - very friendly. Also the food is great and at a good price Mar 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pleasant atmosphere, attentive/friendly staff Mar 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pleasant staff, good menu choices, nice decor Mar 7, 2015
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