Cafe Fiorello
Cafe Fiorello

Cafe Fiorello

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafefiorello.com/
  • Phone: 2125955330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 12:30am, Saturday 3:00pm - 12:30, Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Raffaele Solinas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The intimate private dining room provides and elegant oasis within the restaurant's lively atmosphere for up to 35 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Erika Farber or Carmen Bottoms 2122650100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 63rd and 64th Streets
  • Public Transit: A, C, E, B, D & 1 trains t
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Icon Parking System between Broadway and CPW. Entrances on 63rd and 64th Street. No validation.
A word from Cafe Fiorello
A forum for Lincoln Center’s performing arts culture for nearly 30 years, Café Fiorello features a sprawling bar filled with more than 50 kinds of antipasti. Finished in warm wood, brass and mirrors, the main dining room suggests a timeless charm. In addition to the hot and cold antipasto specialties of vegetables and seafood, the menu features updated Italian classics and specialty dishes, as well as a selection of seafood, steak, veal & pasta.
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Cafe Fiorello reviews from OpenTable diners
349 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (185)great for outdoor dining (165)fit for foodies (119)great for lunch (114)special occasion (103)good for groups (92)late-night find (88)great for brunch (77)hot spot (52)romantic (41)notable wine list (40)scenic view (37)kid-friendly (32)vibrant bar scene (29)Show More
  • a bit hectic but good food
    OliverTerrier
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After concert at Philharmonic. The pace was still busy at midnight when we left. The food was good but they had run out of certain items by that time of the night. Noise level is very high. service was attentive and good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best pizza in the city
    jmjrVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fabulous grilled Roman artichokes and the best thin pizza in NYC. Perfect for a pre opera at Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    HankyPanky
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been to Fiorello;s many times. Yet I was seated (with an out-of-town guest) right next to the bar and it was very noisy. The food is dependably good and the prices are reasonable for that area. It is still on the top of my list when I have tickets to Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    jjjj
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    For pre-theater Lincoln center convenient. Thought it was expensive for what it is. Very loud and crowded.
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  • Good food, courteous service
    patentlawyer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a very good restaurant with a good menu and very good and courteous service. My only criticism is that there should be a greater selection of side dishes and the basic dishes should have more vegetables. But the food is well prepared.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can go back....!
    yummyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I got engaged at Fiorellos 32 years ago (at a different location) and thought it would be fun to go back but we did not realize that we would end up having an amazing dinner. We mentioned our history with the restaurant and they immediately brought us over glasses of Prosecco. Great start to a wonderful meal. We started with the calamari shrimp and pepper appetizer which was delicious and certainly big enough to share. We had the spaghetti Carbonara and the open faced Lasagna; both incredibly delicious. They were both so amazing that we couldn't decide which was better. The only problem - everything was so delicious that we were so stuffed and didn't have enough room for dessert. I can't wait to go back to Fiorellos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RonnaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My server was fabulous! Had to wait for my grand daughter to get there and she was so accommodating, still getting us to the ballet with plenty of time. Food was so good as usual. No wonder we seem to come here all the time we go to Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could have been better
    mong10VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I ordered and entree that was on the menu but that they weren't actually serving until the next day--disappointing. The replacement entree was similar but with pasta. The pasta under the eggplant was so overcooked as to be hard--but the eggplant parmegiana was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyable
    anonVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food, large portions. Two of us had a wonderful lunch from leftover veal parm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so good
    Rami
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Fiorello was basically a disappointment. We went for a pre-opera dinner and were planning a ligh meal. The maitre-d' was wonderful placing us under the awning outside, which protected us from the rain. THe waiter was great, very attentive and trying to make sure we don't miss our opera. The food came on time but it was disappointing. The ceasar salad was supposed to have anchovies but I would not exaggerate if I could find only two (!). The lettuce was limp and all the fun of a good ceasar was not there. My wife had the pizza, which was delicious with thin and crispy crust. My spaghetti with three types of clams was the real disappointment. The clam sauce was bland and the addition of the razor clams did not add much to the dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun evening
    sunnyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was excellent, the service attentive and the ambiance energetic. In addition, we were treated to a small performance by a singing waiter. What fun!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buckeye1
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the service terrific. First time but we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golden Oldie!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Right across from Lincoln Center...great location. Terrific service and the food was fantastic. My husband had lasagna and I had ravoli. Kind of costly but it's midtown Manhattan.......everything is costly!! Very busy and loud but it adds to the vibe. It's been there a long time so it seems they're doing GOOD things.!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Cafe Fiorello is the perfect place to go for dinner when attending the Film Festival. This was my 3rd time attending the Film Festival and each time I have eaten dinner at Cafe Fiorello. The food is delicious and the waiter was very attentive. I would recommend it to everyone!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overkill!
    FoodieJuneVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fiorello's is great especially if you're going to a performance at Lincoln Center. Or, if the weather is warm enough to sit outside, it's a great place to people watch and pretend you're not in New York. The food is excellent and the service always good. My gripe, if you can call it that, is simply this: the portions are too big. No one needs to eat a pound of steak. Or a veal chop (delicious as it is) that's too much food for two people and literally hangs off the platter they use as an individual plate. We love food and we're real foodies. But that much puts us off. And, if we're going to theater after, we don't want to tote spoiling meat around with us for four hours. Order 1/2 portions. Serve smaller portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lorna Solis
    LornaVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always delicious and welcoming.. my favorite Lincoln Center restaurant, the staff makes you feel like family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant for Lincoln Cntr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Absolutely wonderful every time! Beautiful ambiance, delicious food and great staff. Love coming here.
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  • Thursday Evening in October
    NYCBfan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food and drink, especially the Fiorello Bellini, were fantastic, but our table (72 I believe) was so close to its neighbors we had to edit our conversation, hold our drinks and plates when people entered/exited, PLUS one neighbor FILED HER NAILS at the table. The waitstaff either didn't notice or chose to ignore it. I love Café Fiorello (went three times last week), but it only truly shines when it isn't busy and over-crowded.
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  • Pre Lincoln Center place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is a good, quick pre Lincoln Center show place, a bit expensive but good and convenient when you have a 7:30 opera ticket
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • needs an update
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    huge portions, unnecessary in today's world, over seasoning some plates with garlic which could have gone without entirely. they are used to the frantic get in and out to go to Lincoln center. the simpler the food the better here. there are many other choices in the area.
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  • Love the sangria
    OanaVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food is very good, the service is attentive without being overbearing, and the sangria is fantastic. Delicious desserts too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Satisfied with meal
    loveclippy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Wait staff very attentive. know one can beat their antipasto bar it is grand. Went with a friend who is a vegetarian there were so many choice that they could make. I had the Sole - it was delicately cooked. We were very satisfied with the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and great service
    OanaVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've eaten here lots of times and I enjoy the food and the service on every visit. The pizzas are very good, the chocolate mousse is yummy and the red sangria is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent...
    LongIsland163
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I first ate at Cafe Fiorello nearly 40 years ago, and the restaurant remains one of the mainstays of the Lincoln Center area. A wonderful staff, great food, lovely atmosphere... you can actually carry on a conversation with friends... just a consistently excellent place to visit for lunch or dinner.
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  • Love the chocolate mousse
    OanaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The pizzas are yummy, the drinks are very good, the service is good, and the chocolate mousse is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OverCrowded
    adkTarsusAmericanVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Table inside is no longer fun to eat. It is so packed with tables so close there is no way to enjoy the food or the company. Outside is much better choice but the weather needs to be acceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It's always a pleasure to go to Cafe Fiorello. You're assured to be seated promptly, the service is wonderful and the food consistently of fine quality. The noise level is sometimes a hindrance to conversation. But who cares when everything else is tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EarlA3VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Remains a favorite go-to after performances at Lincoln Center. It has, however, lately become astonishingly, if not insultingly over-priced.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • areandgee
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fiorello's is a victim of its own success. It has become too crowded and loud. The food is very good, but a little overpriced, and no longer a good value.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • srl56
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A reasonable pre-Lincoln Center choice, with a pretty respectable, albeit overpriced antipasto table. Buzzing with activity. A little too tightly packed for comfort, which can affect the service levels. As to food quality, meh. Decent but not memorable. Haven't kept up with the improving quality of food options in the neighborhood.
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  • A Majority of Wan
    littlebort
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been going to Fiorello's for almost as many years as this venerable Lincoln Center restaurant has been in existence. I have always found the food to be reliable, sometimes better than that, a good bet in a variable neighborhood. This time around, the food was second rate. The antipasto plate (which has has gotten consistently smaller and overpriced) was pretty awful. Miniscule portions of tasteless veggies. How small? The four tiny olives on the plate looked as plentiful as any of the offerings. Entrees were barely more than satisfactory. I made a reservation requesting a table in the back and they gave me one by the open door which I refused. The bottom line is, for very little, the bill came to 120 dollars! Nuff said.
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  • delicious vegetarian fare
    vegetariandelight
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    the vegetarian options are limited but delicious and satisfying. Would be nice to have a vegan pasta option
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1foodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I arrived early for my lunch reservation. Even though they were still completing their setup they allowed me to sitdown inside and order because it was a cold damp day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Enjoyable !
    LuisVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We are regulars at Fiorello and keep coming back because we get what we expect in terms of reception, service food and value
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Way overpriced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    While the food is good, it is WAY overpriced! I had the vegetable antipasto for a main, so had 6 choices. This really was enough for one person only as a main. Cost: $42! For vegetables only! Sorry, that is out of control expensive!
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  • KEENJVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good to very good Italian food in a bustling cafe across from Lincoln Center. Tables are close together so space can be a bit tight. Lots of vegetarian options. Outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remains Outstanding
    Gene
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Try to get to this restaurant whenever visiting NYC and it never disappoints! Highly recommended whether for brunch, lunch or dinner. The chocolate mousse and whip cream is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overs and unders
    MikeyRavioli
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overs: Over priced Over packed Unders: Under staffed Under estimated pre-show crowd Food was expensive and not great. Sat shoulder to shoulder with the next table. It may as well be one large community table. Waiter was great and apologetic but service was slow as the entire restaurant filled up at the same time due to Lincoln Center schedule. Convenient location but would not return.
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  • It was better
    Enrique
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Things change, and sometimes not in the right direction. Pizzas are good but no as large and delicious as they used to be, the tiramisu is much worse (now it's something strange as a cake, nothing to match with the original tiramisu recipe). It's very very expensive for being an Italian (pizza and pasta are the cheapest ingredients you could ever buy)... maybe that's why it was 50% empty when we went, while it was usually packed some years ago...
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Lincoln Center
    Chappaqua5423VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have been here several times and the food is fine, not great. However, it is perfect late night if you order simply. Grilled vegetables, exceptional fried artichokes, thin crust pizza -- you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate