Bar Italia
Bar Italia

Bar Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.baritaliamadison.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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Bar Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (21)great for lunch (21)hot spot (20)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (10)romantic (10)notable wine list (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (6)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Gluten free yum
    becksterVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I went for brunch with friends and it was so great, though very expensive. I eat only gluten free so there were plenty of options. Yum pizza with eggs on top. I mean!!!!?!?! Very happy customer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOO NOISY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Although the food is good, the space is very crowded and noisy. Too difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    Aekm
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food and ambiance are unmatched. The restaurant is romantic but still energetic enough for groups. Great place for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grazie Mille
    Aussieats
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Bar Italia has remained one of our favorites since relocating to NYC over three years ago. The food is honest with fresh produce being paired with subtle largely traditional herbs and spices. The ambience is warm and the service helpful and attentive. Our five year old Daughter was treated like a Queen from the moment we walked in. Now that we have elected to live on the UES, we look forward to sharing many more meals at Bar Italia.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • uncomfortable and noisy
    EsteeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Small tables crowded next to each other very uncomfortable seating especially if you're more than two. Noisy
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GourmetGobbler
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Noisy & cramped. Italian food was very good, but their French fries were coffee shop quality. Convenient location but nothing special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but could be better
    Stuka123VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I find this place very ambiguous. The food is good, the service is great However, I do not have any memory making me think to go back Maybe if I'm in the area
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst dining experience
    2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    DO NOT GO HERE. I rarely write dining reviews, but my experience at this restaurant was awful. The tables are too squeezed together - you feel like you are sitting in someone else's conversation. The noise level in the restaurant is too high. The service is awful. Despite the marked up prices, we were treated like a number. The food took forever and was often cold. There is not a lot of space in the restaurant so there were constantly plates and glasses flying passing through. The server never asked how we were doing and often forgot to bring us our orders, including a glass of wine and 30 minutes for a prepared dessert. There are much better Italian restaurants in NYC in terms of food and experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As good as it gets
    Foodie101VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Unpretentious The former executive chef of Cipriani international makes this gem a winner. Not to be missed Our favorite !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't worth the price
    LeticiaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Just super expensive for a simple pasta. Pretend to be a nice place in a spot area but it isn't. I don't recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always enjoy going there, really nice staff and the food is always good. Already booked to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Devoted fan
    TheMartins
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We eat here every week and never get tired of the great food and service. Highly recommend this neighborhood gem. The chef owner cares about his customers.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Star
    Foodie101VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Forget the Michelin Stars and the pretentious stuffy places and give Bar Itialia a try... They will not disappoint
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful dinner
    happycamper
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dinner at Bar Italia was wonderful from the moment we walked in the door. The atmosphere is chic and fun, and the staff is very charming Service was impeccable--both professional and efficient--and the food was absolutely delicious! Very Italian indeed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Girlfriend Birthday
    Helen
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Staff was very attentive. We got seated immidiately with 2choices in the back of restaurant or infront w views of the street-we choosed seating in the back. It was my friend Birthday! They brought at the end of dinner tiramisu w all staff singing to Imee Happy Birthday. She felt very special and it was very memorable moment for her. Food was delicious- we had 3 dinner courses-it was very tasty. Juan our server was taking care for us great! Thank You! We will be back! We r recommending everybody who loves great tasty italian food!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Authentic Italian Food
    JC9807
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I walked in to Bar Italia yesterday and sat at the bar and was pleased at the exceptional service provided from the bartender, Maitre' d and even the waiter who not hesitant to offer some suggestions on what I should order. The food really is like being in Italy, it is simple yet delicious. Overall the experience was great once again. I hope to be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food is always great, the staff really nice and attentive and I always enjoy going there and have a good time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much prefer it for lunch
    Dreamer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Perhaps because lunchtime was less crowded (it was Winter and the consecutive days we visited were very cold indeed) this evening meal was a relative disappointment. The only thing that is still excellent is the food. Top quality, imaginatively cooked and combined ingredients but from the moment it reaches your table (if it reaches you in time) the down cycle starts. Crowded tables and noisy neighbors contribute to the unpleasant atmosphere. The whole ambience gives the impression that not all customers are treated in the same courteous manner. Unfortunately today this is the characteristic of many establishments that otherwise offer excellent food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food but Frantic
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    If you don't mind a noisy, frantic atmosphere then it's worth the trip for the well prepared Italian fare. Service is slow so you'll have plenty of time to take in the Madison Ave. upper crust scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, very good
    luv2chkoutnewrestaurants
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The decor is beautiful with it's black and white theme and the racks of red wine bottles giving it that added contrast. My coworker and I went there to try it out during restaurant week. We loved it. Just one small negative; my coworker's salmon grilled salmon entree was raw in the center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 146 reviews are from the Bar Italia reviews archive.
  • extra special service
    GabzVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A lovely evening. I particularly appreciated their honoring my request for a quiet table. Especially on a very busy night. They gave us the quietest and most comfortable table and the food was divine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sports bar atmosphere
    MarlenedcVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We arrived during the World cup not realizing that this was more sports bar than fine Italian restaurant. The service was at first quite poor because everyone in the restaurant was focused on the World Cup. No problem, the tvs were in plain sight and we could have left. The food was fresh and more expensive than it should have been for plain fish and accompanying salad. My husband had a pork chop which was not a chop but large pieces of pork. No substitutions of any kind even though the menu had lots of possibilities which might have been rearranged. The simplest request of shrimp and spaghetti was denied since that combo was only gluten free. Air-conditioning was dripping on customers. Super expensive for mediocre fare.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing experience
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    quality of food and service was poor and we were very disappointed. waiter suggested more appetizers than we needed and did not take orders correctly. over priced for value received
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasty!
    AandJVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    All their dishes were very good. The deserts are expensive $14 & up but we enjoyed hard chocolate covered 'Tartufo' very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food
    FaiarVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I love that you can order a half bowl of pasta also lots of gluten free dishes great wines keep on going back great crowd
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deeelish :)
    BostonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner here. The staff were friendly and very attentive. We shared the Bronzino and the truffle pasta - AMAZING!! Salads and dessert were fabulous too. Definitely returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    MokenVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    There's a difference between expensive and overpriced, sadly, this falls into the latter. Everything was fine but it just tried too hard to be something it wasn’t and didn’t mind charging for it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    UESguy
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Bar Italia is a terrific pick for delicious food in a great ambiance on the Upper East Side.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite lunch spot
    CeliaVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this place is a true gem.
    kates
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate food and no attitude
    decerningdinerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    muffieVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    thekazan
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    DARphoto
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were there on super bowl
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just right
    dcbandorVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining spot but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood gathering!!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cooking in a small kitchen!
    decerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Great cooking in a small kitchen! Friendly waiters. One of my favorite restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and ambiance
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.