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Bar Italia
Bar Italia

Bar Italia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.baritaliamadison.com
  • Email: helgarrahy@orsayrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (917) 546-6676
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Denis Franceschini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Italian back ground music during the day.
    Soft and Lounge Music during the evening.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 65th & 66th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bar Italia
Very refreshing, simple and Casual but yet Elegant offering Traditional Italian Fair. Located in the middle of it all on Madison between 65 and 66 streets.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Bar Italia is a terrific pick for delicious food in a great ambiance on the Upper East Side."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The great staff at Bar Italia always courteous and welcoming are only outdone by the wonderful food. Often drop in with friends without a reservation for an early lunch and they always accommodate."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "this place is a true gem. Food is out of this world. The owner and Chef Denis is tops in his Field. Fantastic wait staff. Beautiful space."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A very disappointing Restaurant Week lunch. Menu selection was uninteresting and only two choices in each course. Head- waiter came to the table after the bill was paid and complained about the amount of the tip-in front of the guests. Most unprofessional and embarrassing to the host. When this was mentioned to the owner he did apologize, but I have never had an experience like this in my life ( I was not the host). The space is very attractive, although the tables are extremely close together."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We eat at this restaurant once a week and always enjoy it thoroughly. The pastas are homemade. Terrific Chicken Milanese. Great wines by the glass - a rare find. The owner and the waiters are so courteous. They make us feel welcome and never rush our dinner."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Will definitely come back here, the wine was delicious, the food amazing (really good portions for a restaurant week menu), really great service, great coffee."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Had the opportunity to dine at Bar Italia during restaurant week. Delicious food. Excellent service and decor. Great wine list. Worth checking out if you are in the area. Look forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We were there on super bowl night and there was only one other couple. Noise level was "nonexistent". But this is a noisy place when full up."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious - some of the best gnocchi I have ever had. Only one complaint - my martini was knocked over as soon as it was placed on the table and the waiter did not offer me a new drink which I feel he should have done."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Many UES restaurants are too trendy, too formal, too loud, too expensive or too crowded. Bar Italia is just right - location, food & atmosphere. With nice gluten-free choices too. And an amazing poster of Sophia Loren."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I met two friends for dinner and we enjoyed the atmosphere, comfort and food in the restaurant. it was nice to be able to catch up on our lives with patient waiters and not having to compete with a competing noise level in may restaurants these days. However, although the food was excellent, it was very expensive.....remarkably so."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We have been here a few times, great place, but the prices have seemed to rise quite a bit!!!! No need for that!! I'm not sure very many "common" people could afford this place."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great cooking in a small kitchen! Friendly waiters. One of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Bar Italia is really a find. The food is truly excellent and the prices are reasonable. Also the service is excellent: they are very welcoming, helpful, responsive, and friendly. It is also very attractively appointed, the rest room is clean and also attractive, and when the weather is warm, they have pleasant outdoor seating. Being able to reserve on line with Open Table is also much appreciated."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Bar Italia is always great -- great and interesting food --décor is black and white theme but very warm as well -- great and attentive service -- very fun and vibrant atmosphere without being too noisy -- a fabulous place for lunch or dinner;"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We read the open table reviews before booking a table. Most were good and a few just ok. We decided to go ahead and book a reservation. We had a fabulous waiter who made great recommendations from the menu. Very attentive. The food was really good. the restaurant was packed and had a very energetic and fun atmosphere. Will definitely go back and recommend."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I brought my mother and wife and my two teenage sons here for a dinner. The location is great, the waiter and other staff were friendly, the food was delicious. Everyone had a great time. Unpretentious but fine. We will go again."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "A very pleasant dining experience. We received a warm welcome and excellent service. Both I and my dinner companion enjoyed our delicious pasta dishes and a lovely glass of chianti. The red wines by the glass selection was varied and interesting. The decor may be a little stark in its monochrome whiteness, but the ambience felt warm and lively regardless."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "went there for dinner, was very noisy, food just about uneatable. we cancelled a second reservation we already made with another couple for the following week and went somewhere else. perhaps it was just an off night. I might try again."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "We were promptly seated for breakfast but had to beg for menus which arrived 30 min later. What followed was non- stop attitude until the check arrived. THEN it was all smiles. Not going back despite the gorgeous view."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Very creative and tastie Itilian dishes Veal milanese is the best Carbonara can't be beat"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "We had the lunch best experience yet. We were treated so well by Martin, Gabriel, and Chef Denis. The food and drinks were outstanding. Thanks."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Wonderful real Italian food as always. Good service, tables a little cramped but worth it."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant - modern yet with a cozy feel. Love the U shape table in the back. Good / friendly service. Food was tasty and well done !"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "very loud, can't hear anyone but the person right next to you They need to pad the walls"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "I came to this restaurant for the first time around two weeks ago and decided to come back this past Tuesday . Work always has me traveling and I'm lucky to have found such a fabulous spot. The food is amazing, I tried the tartufo pasta as recommended by the waiter and It was absolutely delicious. Everyone working there is very friendly and the manager ( or what I thought was the manager) was very happy to help when I asked him on recommendations for the wine. Definitely will come back again when I am in town."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "A friend told me about this place so I decided to try it out. The food was outstanding, we eat artichoke salad, truffle pasta and branzino. Staff was extremely attentive and the cocktails were very pleasant. this is such a great place to come for just drinks or an amazing meal. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Charming Italian neighborhood restaurant; very attractive interior, with great food and service. In choosing a wine, several sample tastes were offered to help in making a choice. Lunch was so good, went back that night for dinner. A++"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "From the moment of our arrival, the revolving door of wait staff was rude. The lunch-portion salads were mediocre and wildly expensive, even for Madison Ave. the wine was the best part of the meal, but not worth the tab. Most of the patrons appeared to be well-heeled foreign tourists who imbibed excessively and were inconsiderate of fellow diners. The most annoying part of the experience , however, was that we never saw the same waiter twice. We were sure this accounts for the high prices as it's definitely not quality of food or service. There is a mysterious hierarchy of hostesses, managers, waiters and busboys but no one person responsible for the diner's satisfaction!"
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "As I have celiac disease I´m always on the hunt for food that is just as delicious as non-allergy food is. Bar Italia was a nice Italian place with great atmosphere, nice Prosecco and a tasty pasta carbonara. I was not blown away by the dish but I was more than satisfied. Too bad they don´t serve a gluten free option to the bread regular diners receive at the beginning of the meal. The place is nice for a romantic date."
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "I had a 7:45 pm reservation and I wasn't seated until 8:11 pm. That is much too long to wait with or without a reservation. I eat there very frequently,more for lunch than dinner but the 25 minute delay gives me pause. The food is very good and very expensive. It is very noisy. I wished I had brought my headset."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "I have been to Bar Italia twice and each time it was good but on the third time is was far from it. The wait staff was awful and inattentive by getting everyone's order served to the wrong person. The appetizers were served on rather small plates and the food looked unappealing. The entrees lacked their usual professional presentation and tasted rather ordinary. We were seated in a round table for five and it was near the hidden busboy station or something and was extremely noisy and unpleasant to hear the clanging of dishes. I will not return again."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "It is a place with nice atmosphere. The food is all right. But the service is just not passable...!!! They should work on training their staff...!!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "After an underwhelming lunch at a different Madison Ave venue a couple of weeks ago I was unsure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised with a perfect lunch - superb service and excellent food!"
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "One of the best authentic Italian restaurants in the city, and I know Italian food. A bit too "upper east side" for my normal tastes, but that didnt distract from the classic food. Lovely interior, nice open cafe in the front, and the service was excellent. Bon appetite!"
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Went late and it was clear they really didn't want a late table! A bit of attitude."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Just too noisy, too many kids. The tables are so small. The service ? What service?"
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "I liked the menu in general and will likely go back one day. I think, however, that the Restaurant Week menu is lame. I think I'm swearing off Restaurant Week altogether. Most restaurants give you B food. Might as well spend the $25 or $38 on a single dish that's of better quality."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "All of the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and special, starting as soon as you walk in the door. The food was excellent. My husband and I had two different salads and fish for dinner. Both were superior in taste and a very nice size. We requested a fruit salad for dessert, which was not part of the restaurant week menu, and there was no problem filling our request. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "We're repeat customers here and it's a consistently good experience. Good people watching and good food (though my partner was unusually a little unimpressed with her truffle pasta). My food was great though and it's a very "sceney" setting so entertaining."
    Dined on 8/5/2013