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Our Story

Welcome to Sweet Red Bistro!

We are a tiny family run restaurant that takes the time to get it right. We are not fast food; but our food is worth the wait! In the meantime, I hope you take a few moments to breathe in your life, give thanks and enjoy.

This bistro was inspired by my days spent in San Jose, Costa Rica, a charming city with a distinctive European feel. I fell in love with this romantic and unhurried lifestyle that was mine for most of a year.

My days were spent sipping rich café con leche on the patio of Hotel  Costa Rica, leisurely dining in quaint cafés and sipping cocktails in the beautiful historic theater. I bought fresh flowers on the street, lit candles on the balcony and learned to savor every moment.

When I returned to Oregon, I spent most of my days raising four beautiful children. I poured my heart into my family but I have never forgotten the year I learned how lovely simple indulgences can be. Many years later, my nostalgia to recreate those memories has not faded.

I opened Sweet Red Bistro in 2011 and it is the perfect venue to express all that I hold dear. We welcome you to enjoy leisurely dining and the warm hospitality of our Sweet Red Staff; may it be a memorable place to celebrate with those you love.

There are many who have contributed to our success here at Sweet Red; please know that your fingerprints will never fade and we will be forever thankful for you.

On behalf of the Alire Family and our Sweet Staff,

We are delighted you have chosen Sweet Red Bistro today and we will do our best to make your time with us something special.

Cheers!

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Cyndi Sweet

Meet our Beloved Owner, Cyndi Sweet. 

Opening Sweet Red was a longtime dream of Cyndi's and the charm of Historic Downtown Albany  compliments her bistro perfectly.

Cyndi has created a fanciful space, perfect for leisurely dining and celebrating life! She fondly welcomes her guests in as friends, rather than patrons. Her warmth and charm count largely towards the allure of Sweet Red. Not to mention her passion for delicious food and drink and taking the time to enjoy it all! 

Having raised her family here in Albany, Cyndi was delighted to bring something unique and special to her community. Her 4 children, Erica, Anthony, Jesse & Joel have all worked and contributed to Sweet Red over the years. And her Sweet Staff is a tight knit group that she loves like family, so this truly is a family affair! 

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Our History

Sweet Red is located in the Historic District of Downtown Albany. Our building has a rich history that dates back to 1886. We have resided here at 208 First Avenue since 2011.

 

Prior to Sweet Red opening, this was the location of Boccherinis coffee shop for 27 years. Customers still enjoying stopping in to reminisce about their favorite coffee shop and marvel over how much has changed.

 

Before Boccherinis, it was a book shop, named Rainbow Books, but originally, 208 First Avenue was Conn and Huston Grocery Store. 

We currently share the building with First Burger to our right, and the second floor are loft apartments. All of the brick in the building is original, as well a the hardwood floors that span our building.

We cherish our historic building and all the memories made here!

Testimonials

Quite simply the best restaurant in Albany! Everything is fantastic, and if you go on a Friday or Saturday, the prime rib is to die for! Great speakeasy vibe, friendly service, amazing food. Can't be beat.

— Yelp

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Seriously this place is great, if you're in the mood for the most delicious charcuterie or cheese board then look no further. We've dined here on several occasions I can't believe I haven't left a review before. The menu is small as are some of the plates. If you have questions or just aren't sure ask the wait staff they're very helpful and can answer questions or offer suggestions for pairing tapas. I highly recommend their tomato Gorgonzola soup.

Yes it's a wine bar but don't overlook their cocktails. They've got some skilled drink masters mixing up some of the best craft cocktails around.

— Yelp

My husband and I recently visited Sweet Red for the first time. Everything about the experience was wonderful! The atmosphere was relaxing, the employees were kind, and the food...the food....the food....was spectacular! We enjoyed the presentation of the cheese and fruit board, as well, as our main dishes and desserts, and every bite was absolutely delicious!

— Google

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In town for work and didn't think there was any place good to go, but a coworker told me about Sweet Red. Talk about a place to relax after a long day at work. This place is a diamond in the rough, the atmosphere was awesome, drinks amazing, and the food was fantastic but the best part about this place was the Italian music playing in the background. If you are looking for a place to unwind, relax with a great atmosphere....this the place. I look forward to returning to Sweet Red for more drinks and food.

— Yelp

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