Cafe Testarossa
Cafe Testarossa

Cafe Testarossa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafetestarossa.com/
  • Phone: (516) 364-8877
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: William Sansone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Seperate Dining Area Available with exceptions on Days with Minimum.
  • Private Party Contact: Lois or Jennifer 5163648877

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Oyster Bay Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Front and Rear Parking Available, Valet Services Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A word from Cafe Testarossa
Modern Italian Cuisine with all the Character of Artisanal Fare. Even though Italian Cuisine is based on Tradition, Cafe Testarossa is holding true to traditional methods, without restriction, to modernizing the essence of the menu.
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Cafe Testarossa reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (26)special occasion (24)romantic (16)notable wine list (8)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    AMFNYC
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Very enjoyable, the food and service were excellent. The noise level did get very loud at one point but I knew in advance that it is not a quiet, romantic type place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KAOS
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great food and service! Twilight dinner is a great value. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as always!
    KvpromosVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Café Testarossa has always been a favorite amongst friends and family. I hadn't been back in several years as we had moved from the area but still wonderful! I will remember to return more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    jellybeansVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    great food. we got excellent service from our server Chris. my only comment is the the desert portions were super TINY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    BrocVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food not delivered to correct person at table. Empty dishes sat on table for over 20 minutes. We were there over 2 hours and left without ordering dessert because the waitress was not available to take our order. The manager only offered a verbal apology.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super
    aalsharon
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    All I can say is that is was absolutely wonderful!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining
    BarbH
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was outstanding. The fish selections were especially outstanding & the pastas are a must have. We loved the penne ala vodka this restaurant knows what true al dente is. The service was excellent attentive & at the same time not interfering with our table talk. Our waitress Diane was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everything was wonderful from food to service. My only criticism is the noise level which was pretty high. So refreshing to see Italian influenced cooking and it's not the usual options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    On Long Island for dinner for the first time in forever - very glad we chose Café Testarossa. The food was great, drinks generous, service friendly, and pricing reasonable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back!!
    MrsMarr
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time here and we were all very pleased. From the waitress to the food, amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always.
    ovrthetop
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I highly recommend it. Food and service were great and it wasn't to noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Italian find
    Jerry
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my second visit here this year so I'll do a double review. This place is essentially beyond the distance that I would travel for Italian food but I came here for a birthday dinner 6 months ago and I needed to come back to see if the first visit was just a fluke. Firstly, it's a nice looking place, fairly comfortable but seating is a bit to close for me. I ordered the special menu, Chilean sea bass and fennel crusted pork chop. Both excellent. Appetizers are first rate, zucchini flower, scallops over polenta, both fabulous menu/wine list both somewhat limited. Service is on the slow side. Waitstaff young and inexperienced but very engaging. Overall, this is a neighborhood gem and I will just have to visit this "hood" more often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    LIgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great restaurant that has an equally great history, I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    always consistent great food. the service is great. everyone is very friendly and always remembers us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Haven't been to Café Testarossa for at least three years. Glad I experienced it again. The food was excellent. Everyone at our table was very satisfied with the food and attentive service. Will be back again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be going back
    sltoo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The noise level in this place is just horrible. The main dining-room has no ambiance, it's just dark with no decor. Food was tasty but not worth sitting in a room with that much noise. Waitress was very nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    very good food and service making it a great place to take friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • chipVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    its one of the most consistent restaurants on long island ...how they keep it going after all these years ? great food and great wait service
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST FOOD IN TOWN
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been dining here for 25 Yrs and never had a bad meal,or service. This is the first time we had the lobster special and will not be the last. All the work is done for you. No cracking, no work, just enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong after 25 years
    nynomad
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We keep coming back because we have always been happy with the food and service. Very rarely will you find a restaurant that is so consistent with their quality and well prepared food. The halibut was excellent and our friends thoroughly enjoyed their chicken and pasta dishes. The chef/owner is also very accomodating with special requests and substitutions. A very good variety of dishes to choose from and while some will consider the food "basic" there is certainly enough creativity for "foodie" palates. Good food, good value and good service....you can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot and Cold
    javaman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food excellent when it finally delivered,service left a lot to desired, no reason if the kitchen ran out of an appetizer I was informed 20-25 minutes later. Management apologetic ,still a little annoying. All in all, I would still go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the food is always wonderful and love having Rosanna as our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a group of 11. The service was excellent, the food was delicious. I would certainly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike A
    javaman
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The dining experience from the cocktails,appetizers and entrees were a culinary delight. I would not hesitate to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 141 reviews are from the Cafe Testarossa reviews archive.
  • DELISIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We came in and I was looking at the menu and I had a taste for chicken Parm with spaghetti! I didn't see it on the menu and I told my wife that I wished I could have that! The waitress overheard me and said, "no problem, we'll make that for you" it was DELISIOUS!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How Could We Forget!!!
    MJO11
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We recently went back to our "forgotten" favorite Cafe Testrossa! As soon as we walked in we were greeted by every staff member that we passed on the way to our table, thats a rare find! We looked over the menu with a lot of new additions and some of our favorites still there! We happened to come in on the premiere night of a special Tuesday Night Wine prix fix menu that included an appetizer, entree, dessert and a featured italian wine. My husband had the petite lasagna, Halibut and tiramisu with a glass of Valpolicella which was all to die for! I ordered the potato gnocchi and the pork chop! We were amazed that certain pastas are in house made!! Everything Was Delicious!! We Will Never let Cafe Testarossa Slip our minds again!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening!!
    KLO1013VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We hadn't been to Testarossa in years, but had always enjoyed it in the past. We started off with the fried calamari, which was sort of 'run of the mill', and nothing notable. Our friends had the buffalo mozzarella, and stuffed artichoke which they said was fantastic!! We shared a pear salad, which was very good. I had the homemade fettuccine with shrimp & lobster, which was DELICIOUS!! My fiance had the orecchiette with sausage & broccoli rabe, and loved it! Our friends had the veal chop and the colossal shrimp, and we just as happy. We finished up with frozen nutella cake with cherry vanilla ice cream, and cappuccino....it doesn't get much better than this!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    great food , service and menu. We sat down had a drink eat and wer out the door in just over an hour, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mouth watering entree !
    Susieeats
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Absolutely delicious meal ! I had the appetizer special of zucchini flowers which was lightly battered and fried to perfection. The entree was fresh pasta with shrimp, al dente & amazing !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chuck
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've been there many times and were always extremely pleased. This time, the food was good, but lacked something that always made their cooking special. The web site showed fresh grouper was available. I had had that in the past & several in our octet were craving it. There was none available so I had Halibut, which was good, but was slightly over cooked. One of the special pastas was good,but again wasn't great, a bit dry. And while service was Very good, althought asked for, we needed to get crushed peppers ourselves.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a let down
    1stayaway
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Starting with an indifferent waitress and a large and uninviting dining room pass this place and go some where else! How does a place have such a minimal wine list! No wine by the glass. They do not even know what wine they serve by the glass, it is not on the menu. It would be nice if they filled the water glasses. Fish was overcooked and the veal was in a tasteless sauce. Oh, where did they get the desserts? Noise level so loud my teeth were shaking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    First time customer. Very impressed with the ambience. Service was excellent. Donna was charming and very attentive. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Excellent!
    LovesEatingOutVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We have been dining at Café Testarossa for many years and it has become our go-to restaurant. The food is consistently superb, fresh, generous portions, excellent fish, pasta....EVERYTHING. The staff is always knowledgable, friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Wonderful Meal
    jcp560
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had dinner Saturday night with my husband and two kids and, as always, we had a wonderful meal. Cafe Testarossa is my go-to restaurant…..we are never disappointed. The food is always reliable and great, as is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding
    dba1954
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We were from out of town and wanted a good place to go out and was close to the hotel. Boy are we glad we tried Testarossa. It was a high stop for our weekend. The food and service was truly 5 star. Everyone in our group was talking about it the next day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So Happy
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    It can be noisey, but it was Tuesday at 7, and though many table were filled, it was quiet. Four people having different entrees and appetizers and no one was disappointed. I absolutely had an excellent dinner and will go back. Good service and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • True Italian Food
    MrsC
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The chef cooks just like my grandmother used to. Excellent food fresh food, captures the essence of italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KathyVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Food is always consistently good!! Never have been disappointed with any meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    McTwins
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Truly outstanding -From the 1st course thru dessert . That encompasses the food & service . Definitely will be back again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Consistent
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I am never disappointed here. The food is always excellent as is the service. Very friendly staff. And the $24 Sunset menu is a real bargain for what you get.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet