About the Circus Cafe

Lunch • Dinner • Late Night Bar • Entertainment

Voted Saratoga's Best:

Burger Salads Lunch
Casual Dining Family Restaurant
Friendliest Service Karaoke
Open Mic Trivia Game Night

Saratogian Reader's Choice Awards
Saratoga Today Locals' Choice Awards


Customer Reviews...

September 2016


Found it on trip advisor and decided to check it out. Fun atmosphere, drinks were great and our bartender was awesome ... More | Less

My friend ordered a black espresso martini, said it was the best she had ever had with fresh brewed espresso. The coconut mojitos were fantastic. Food was good and who doesn't like curly fries! Nothing better than a drink and an order of cotton candy.

~Steph C
September 2016

"Five Stars!"

By far the best burger in the capital district!!!! ... More | Less

via Saratoga.com

September 2016

"Unique atmosphere and good food!"

Very good service. Good variety on the menu and generous portions. I found it to be a great experience. ... More | Less

August 2016

"Must see! Great eats! Fun bar !"

Vintage Circus décor .Fun wait staff with theme name T-shirts. American style dining . Popcorn basket in place of bread. Cotton candy for dessert. Have visited once a year for at least 5 or 6 years. Always a good time . Great chicken Pot Pie !! ... More | Less

~Barbra B
June 2016

"Restaurant for everyone"

Since my daughter attended Skidmore, Circus Cafe was one of her favorites and became one of mine, also. ... More | Less

The Circus Burger is always prepared as ordered (medium rare for me). The baked Mac and Cheese is always very good. The bar is a good place for meeting friends. While your having drinks, don't forget the cotton candy. The service is always prompt and friendly. Although, it can get crowded and loud when families are visiting their kids at Skidmore and all the neighboring schools. Always reliable!!!

April 2016

"Good food and good service."

Good food and good service. Go check it out, we came up for five nights from NYC and visited a lot of restaurants and bars. ... More | Less

~Anthony R
December 29, 2014

"Wonderful experience"

Great atmosphere, perfect and personal service (you will be on first name basis with you waitress) and tasty food. The portions were enormous. My daughter and I ordered one plate of pasta for both of us. It came already separated to two plates, with two pieces of garlic bread for each one of us. I thought she made a mistake and ordered two but she just told them in the kitchen and it came ready to share. ... More | Less

My daughter asked for more garlic bread, we weren't charged for it, the desserts were so big we couldn't finish them. Seriously, a family of six didn't finish three desserts and we are not known for leaving food on the plate :-)

My daughters asked for scrap bread to feed the ducks in the park near by and they didn't have, so the waitress have them little soup crackers bags, one for each girl. Again, no charge.

The ambiance was very nice and even having to wait for a table didn't ruin the experience. We found a great book store down the street where the kids had a great time while waiting.

My daughter asked of we could go every time we eat out. She is more than willing top air in the car for three hours and cross the border for this place.

~mommy24_10 - Montreal, Canada
June 1, 2014

"Thanks so much!"

Thanks so much! Each of the 3 teams really enjoyed their meals at your restaurant last night.

Great service, good food and amazingly you were able to push through 3 groups of 35+ in and out the door in 90 minutes each without making us feel rushed. ... More | Less

Thanks again and we'll definitely look to get in touch with you should we come back up to the tournament again in 2015.

~Joe Ticotsky, CT STARTERS
July 22, 2012


I was in Saratoga last week for a work conference and I had looked up your restaurant and ended up eating lunch there one day. I wanted to write a note to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! The hotel the conference was at had very poor gluten free offerings which was very tough. I was impressed and so happy with your extensive gluten free offerings - I mean an ENTIRE menu that had more than 4 items to pick from!... More | Less

It is such a rare treat to find a restaurant that not only cares about having a gluten free offering but "gets it" and offers so much. I was truly impressed with your restaurant as well as my servers level of knowledge...

I had read about your hamburger buns and never having tasted one that was really all that good I was skeptical. So many reviews were raving about it so I decided to give it a shot. It was without a doubt the best GF bun I had tasted! So I then had to look up Saratoga Gluten Free Goods and found where they were sold about bought a bag full n my way home last Friday. Thank you for having the level of commitment to care about hat your GF food tastes like, for making everything fresh with quality ingredients and supporting local business. You are everything I love in a restaurant - want to open up in Buffalo???? Please?? :-)

Thank you for what you are going for those of us that have no choice but to be gluten free - you helped make my trip there great! Thank you!

~Karen Taylor Buffalo, NY
July 28, 2012

"Fun place to eat!"

We went to the Circus Cafe for lunch on a recent trip to Saratoga springs. We really enjoyed the circus atmosphere, right down to the popcorn!... More | Less

Lunch was delicious, great value, and service was fast and very friendly, all the wait staff seemed to really enjoy serving people. We liked it so much, we went back there for dinner, too, and enjoyed it again, very much!
Lots of great options in your menu, something to please even the fussiest eater. Definitely a restaurant I want to go back to, next time we are there.

~ GroomLeader - Edwardsville, Illinois

May 16, 2012

"Great restaurant for friends and family!"

I have eaten at the Circus Cafe several times. The food and service has always been very, very good and atmosphere is so much fun. More | Less

Last week I met my daughters there for lunch, my BLT was perfect and everyone raved about their food choices. My granddaughters always ask to go to "the Circus" they love the food, and especially the Cotton Candy for dessert!

~ SLS5 - Schenectady, NY

April 16, 2012

"Fun place for a casual lunch"

This is the 2nd or 3rd time we have eaten lunch at the Circus Cafe while traveling past Saratoa Springs on I-87. We have always enjoyed our meals there. Whether they are busy or not at the time, the service has always been cordial and the basket of popcorn is a very nice touch... More | Less

Lots of items to choose from on the menu so there is something for everyone. The food is well-prepared, and the portions are a fair value for the price. If you get lucky, there is parking on the street but if not you can always find a space in one of the nearby parking lots so that is not a problem. Also as others have commented, the circus atmosphere/ambience is tasteful and a little eclectic without being overwhelming or kitschy or juvenile.

~ MrBatb - Freehold, NJ

April 14, 2012

"Fun atmosphere and great food too!"

You start with free buttered popcorn, and there is something for everyone on the menu. For lunch I recommend the buffalo and barbecue chicken wraps. For dinner, they have great fish and chips, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie... More | Less

Afterward, you have to try one of their huge mounds of cotton candy (enough to share) for dessert. All the while you can admire their circus posters and decorations, and the amusing T-Shirts. If you're in the area, give it a try.

~ Phyllis125 - Albany, NY

March 22, 2012

"Love the Circus..."

I have dined at the Circus many times and always seek it out as the place I go when I visit Saratoga. They have a nice varied menu, fun atmosphere and reasonable prices... More | Less

I have literally had the best salad I've ever had there and also love their sandwiches and appetizers...The portions are excellent and I have never had a bad experience with the service or food. Hope to return again soon!

~ Nicolle G - Niskayuna, NY

March 15, 2012

"Killer Mojito and Food Fun"

We stumbled into Circus Cafe when a restaurant we searched out on TripAdvisor was closed for renovations when we got there. What a fun and delicious find. I've been on a 15 year search for a Mojito cocktail as good as the first one I had at a Mexican restaurant in California and I got one here!!... More | Less

Our waiter (The Ringmaster) made it himself and I'd go back just for mojitos - lotsof mnt and lime, and not too sweet - it's an art and he has mastered it.

Then we had the Mexican Fajita Wrap special (with sweet potato fries) and the Tortellini pasta. Delicious fries with a raspberry dip, and the fajita had just the right amount of flavor & kick - not dull and not to spicy, I like flavor not 3rd degree burns. The tortellini was creamy and delicious. There was enough to take half home for each of us - so recommend splitting a dish if you aren't all that hungry. No room for dessert, but will go back for another one of those mojitos and to try the desserts.

They also have a cute private room area that would be fun for a girls night out or a family get together. Service is prompt and friendly. We will return.

~ Sharcar3045 - Stony Creek, NY

February 25, 2012

Everything turned out great! Thank you for having us - the room, food, service - was outstanding! Thank you for your help setting it all up over the past month, it exceeded my expectations. Thank you again

~ Colleen
February 21, 2012

"I just wanted to say Thank You so much for the amazing time that we had at your restaurant this past Saturday... More | Less

You and your staff were so wonderful and I will be forever grateful. It was such a special day for Jennifer and you were a part of making that happen. Todd had told me that your restaurant is top class and I could not agree with him more. Thanks again!"

~ Elise
February 13, 2012

"Good place to eat in a dramatic setting"

Popcorn to start and the biggest cotton candy to finish, and great food from burgers to salads in between... More | Less

Magic Hat beer on tap. Staff was friendly and attentive. Great place for larger parties and families in a convenient location.

~ Velocitytime - New York City

Latest News...

May 4, 2015

The Crown Grill & Circus Cafe Anniversary Celebration

Read about our Anniversary Celebration May 1st, 2015 ... More | Less

Last Friday, Broadway in Saratoga Springs was absolutely hopping. The sun was shining, sidewalk patios were open and a steady stream of Saratogians were making their way into The Crown Grill at Circus Cafe ready to celebrate... Continue reading on thesaratogasocial.com
December 1, 2014

SaratogaMama Kid Picks 2015

Once again, Circus Cafe has been honored with a SaratogaMama Kid Picks award for 'Favorite Kid-Friendly Lunch/Dinner'! ... More | Less

Thank you for voting Circus Café your Favorite Kid-Friendly Lunch/Dinner Restaurant! Enjoy festive American cuisine at the #1 destination for food and fun in Saratoga Springs! Circus Café is the home of Saratoga’s Award Winning Burger, Best Family Dining, Amazing Homemade Cotton Candy and inspired menu options. Expect supreme service and fine fare while experiencing an "over the top" fun yet sophisticated vision of the circus. The Circus Café menu offers something for everyone, including a great kids menu, delightful dessert menu, colorful bar menu, as well as a separate gluten free menu. Circus Café is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, and late night dining. Call us to reserve your birthday, holiday, corporate and milestone events.

~Christel and Colin MacLean , Owners Circus Cafe
January 6, 2012


It is with great honor that I announce the nomination of Ms. MacLean to our board of directors. Ms. MacLean has an extensive business background in our community and an acute awareness of how local businesses serve as the springboard for dynamic community development... More | Less

She brings a strong skill set to our board including management, real estate and marketing skills. We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing outstanding leadership from our board that will help our company and communities grow.

~ Charles V. Wait, Chairman, President, and CEO of The Adirondack Trust Company

Past Reviews

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