Cafe Fiorello
Cafe Fiorello

Cafe Fiorello

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafefiorello.com/
  • Phone: (212) 595-5330
  • 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
378 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (181)great for outdoor dining (148)fit for foodies (121)great for lunch (103)good for groups (93)special occasion (93)late-night find (85)great for brunch (65)hot spot (52)notable wine list (42)vibrant bar scene (33)romantic (32)kid-friendly (30)scenic view (28)Show More
  • CAFE FIORELLO OUR THANKS
    Lor3181VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    What a pleasure to go to such an accommodating restaurant. We are always made to feel so welcome. The service and food is the best! and we never have to fear about getting out on time for the theater.. We will be Regulars!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We loved the food, great choices and moderately priced. If you like artichokes I highly recommend the fried artichokes. The whole expirence was very good, from start to finish. We made reservations on line and were seated very quickly and it was very crowded so I glad we though ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for late lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The attention and service we received equalled our food...OUTSTANDING! We enjoyed a relaxing meal and could easily have an animated conversation. Then off to a 5PM movie we went. The crowd flowed in as we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location for Lincoln Center events
    Petite4
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I normally eat brunch or dinner here but was in the area at lunch and chose the prix fixe menu. Probably that was the problem: the vegetable soup while a large portion and tasty was just luke warm and the veal and artichokes both were tough. I will stick to a la carte offerings if I return as the fried artichokes have always been reliable and the shell fish is generally, also. Special kudos to our waitress who was extremely pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BawledVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I have been here many times and I have never been disappointed with the food, the service and the relaxed, unhurried feeling that makes conversation among those who join me pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Definite Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    A definite treat whether or not you are going to Lincoln Center!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiters could not have been more attentive.
    kiki
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Our table was ready when we arrived. Our server was at our table as soon as we were comfortablely seated. with an offer of drinks which was much appreciated on what turned out to be a very cold night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Fiorello still a perennial favorite
    Foodlover14
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Before ballet at Lincoln Center Cafe Fiorello is always pleasurable. Staff is efficient and friendly. Menu has lots of choices for all types of diners. Food is always tasty with large portions. Prices are reasonable. There's an exciting vibe here and always a festive atmosphere. With lots of new restaurants in the area, Cafe Fiorello is still the favorite before Lincoln Center or for a tasty dinner anytime.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Evening
    Maddie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The fish entrees were very dry. Other than that everything was delicicious, particularly pasta with eggplant. Service was attentive, and the location is wonderful for concert-goers. There is always room for improvement, so we're hoping for the best and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    A good choice fro a relatively reasonably priced, well-prepared meal near Lincoln Center. This is not a destination restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Fever
    Katherine
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We often eat at Cafe Fiorello before opera at the Met, because it's fun, the food is generally good, and they are expert at getting you out in time for your performance at Lincoln Center. That makes up for a lot. But this past Saturday night at 6 pm it was a zoo. Despite having reserved well ahead of time, our group of five was squished uncomfortably into a table for four. The menu had changed since last time we were there: you can no longer get one of their wonderful thin pizzas until after 8 pm, and there was a much more restricted list of entrees. This is probably in the interest of speed and efficiency; still, it was disappointing. On the plus side, our waiter was cordial despite the stress, and willingly accommodated us with a couple of menu substitutions. Overall the meal was satisfactory if not terrific. This is not the place to go if you want a quiet, relaxed dinner, especially on Saturday. But after 8:00 - with the Lincoln Center crowd disposed of, that's another story. Fiorello is open late and we went back for dessert. Much less crowded then, of course, and very pleasant. We will continue to go there before performances, but I wish they would bring back the pizza selections.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rgskolVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    A reliably delicious meal in Lincoln Center area. Service was fantastic, even in an atmosphere that can be a bit chaotic given its LC proximity and popularity. Menu variety is terrific, and food quality consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine lunch
    Salto44
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The lunch menu offered a good choice of typical Italian fare. The waiters wereceager to explain in detail and happy to changeif not as expected. I particularly enjoyed the superb fried artichokes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Sharon
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My Father, Joel Finkelstein recommended we dine there after the Opera. Since he bought the very expensive Opera Tickets to La Boheme we were determined to take care of dinner. I made the reservation in the name of Sharon Cooper. From the moment we walked in the red carpet was rolled out for us. Michael knew my father immediately. We were greeted like we were family. He moved us to a better table and brought Proseco to the table. They catered to my picky 12 year old who was over tired. The food was beyond delicious. My husband had the Tuna (my favorite dish served) and Barbara's lasagna was crazy wonderful. What a truly memorable and fabulous experience. I will be talking about that night for years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place
    loverestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We have dined here many times and intend to continue coming back. The atmosphere is upbeat. Lots of great selections on the menu. I particularly like the vegetable antipasto as an appetizer. I don't eat meat, but I've had plenty of fish and it's great. Nice desserts, good coffee. Every so often you can do some celebrity sighting as well. Regis and Joy Philbin were at a front table as we left. Seemed to be enjoying themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and good for the kids
    Mom2boysVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food was delicious, the ambience is lively and festive, and the staff was wonderful with my two boys. The brought out freshly baked cookies for them and were very patient with them. We had a great time and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much food
    teamVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I think it would be great if they could modify the portion size and drop the prices down. Many entrees are huge and then they add a $10 fee to split the order.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great antipasto bar; great location
    Delphine
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Perfect location if you are attending a concert at Lincoln Center or the Met. It's directly across the street. If you want a quick bite, the antipasto bar is a great place to sit. The food is very good, and the service is also good. A great place to dine. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NCCT
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had a delicious brunch at Cafe Fiorello with friends whom we hadn't seen in many years. It was the perfect place to talk, catch up, eat delicious food - all in a warm, lovely New York environment. Just perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed for the Second Time...
    FoodObsessedVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The service was slow again and seemed to be a piecemeal of sorts; on top of that, the pizza was soggy and the ribolitta was NOT ribollita, but instead a dull and murky vegetable soup. Will likely skip dining here next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT ITALIAN
    skygodVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great meal and saw lots of exciting New Yorkers at their loudest and best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Pricey
    Phyl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was totally overpriced. Paying $25 for a simple pizza and $17 for a mediocre glass of wine is an example.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delivers
    JeffreyJVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Café Fiorello may just look like another restaurant, but from the fabulous location, across from Lincoln Centre, to the service and food, it is really a nicely wrapped package that makes it a great destination. The pizzas are huge, the pasta extremely flavourful, and the energy is great. Personal favourites include Open Face Lasagna, Arugula & Caramelized Pear Salad, the Supreme Pizza, and the Profiteroles for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cgaml
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We LOVE Café Fiorello...for great pizza, antipasto bar, grilled artichokes, salads, fish...you name it. It's all good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welovefood
    Welovefood
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Whenever we are in Manhattan my husband and I make it a point to dine at Fiorello's. The food is consistently good and we do love Italian food. The service is prompt but not rushed. We love that it is across the street from Lincoln Center. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My wife and I split a Casaer Sald. It was weak. But both our entres were delicious (and huge). She had the chicken parm. It's listed on the menu as pepperoni chicken parm. She had it without the pepperoni. I had the open lasagna. A bit pricy but worth it. Also very convenient to Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had the antipasto bar for a late lunch. The eggplant parmagiana was very good, bu the spinach and the asparagus were somewhat bland.
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  • Great service and wine!
    Veronica
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was so-so this time but that is because I believe it was Marathon Sunday and there was a big rush after the race ended. I have been here a number of times and I was impressed every time, on this occasion though the antipasto appetizers were not very good at all. The eggplant was mushy and the artichokes bland and cold. Wine selection is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staff
    Road
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The staff went over and above to try to accommodate our time crunch to make it to the opera. I'll definitely be going back again. The food and wine were great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fine
    BawledVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Fiorello's has been consistantly an excelllent place to dine. I have had dinner here, many times, before I attened a Lincoln Center performance and I have met friends here for a casual lunch. The food and service have always been exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine Early
    step
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We dine early. We avoid the rush, the noise, and enjoy outstanding service. It is wonderful for pre-theatre dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we love love love it
    twofourtalkVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    and after the opera especially, it is perfect for a late supper.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I love to dine at Fiorelli, the food isn't amazing, but the service is great, the location is fantastic, specially if you're going to a cultural event in the vicinity.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprisingly disappointing
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Having been to Café Fiorello many times for dinner and lunch, I was expecting the usual fine dining experience. I was terribly disappointed. Not only was the veal tasteless and skimpy (and the artichoke inedible), but the appetizer left a lot to be desired as well. It used to be that their fixed price lunch menu was a good deal, but not any more. Dessert is no longer included (although it appears to be unless you look closely at the fine print) and $4 extra for a tiny scoop of gelato is a mite excessive. In essence, I will think twice before going there for lunch again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    When one of the antipasto we ordered was not available and we groaned and made another choice, the waiter brought us a free sample when it became available, even though we had received our plates. it was a lovely gesture and much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    SydneyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had drinks outside before dinner at a table overlooking Lincoln Center. The weather was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • every pleasure has its price
    HealerDan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was good to find Fiorellos open after our opera performance near Midnight. My favorite remains the vegetable plates but after being away for many years the reduced choice and the increase price was a (small) shock. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still the Standard for Pre-Opera
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have visited Fiorello's for thirty-five years. It does not disappoint. The only problem it has is that it is too successful and patrons must be shoe-horned into spaces. Once you get your table -- MAKE A RESERVATION!!! -- all is well as they still offer a misto antipasto (vegetables only) and the open-faced lasagna is still on their menu. We were dismayed when a salmon came from the kitchen so under-cooked that we had to send it back, but we were amazed when the kitchen cooked us a second fresh salmon entree that was perfect. (We actually felt ashamed to have complained because the first rare salmon had been so beautiful.)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre or post theatre spot.
    alotalabs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is my go to spot for many years to take my guests for pre and post ballet and Opera at Lincoln Center. Food is consistently wonderful, very warm, knowledgeable and helpful staff, good wine list, not big, but nice wines which pair well with the food. I have always had raves from the guests I bring there, even the foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RepastVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Mid afternoon. Most people outside in the cafe. Front/bar section (where we were) all but empty. 25 minutes to serve two salads...during which we saw the waiter only once, serving wine to another table. Meager salads at $25 & $32. A mound of chopped lettuce in the center of each plate. The tiniest bit of vegetable. Shredded chicken or crabmeat sufficient to something over 1/4 cup. Barely wet. Tasteless. Don't go for lunch unless eating the pizza. Service inexplicable.
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