Cafe Testarossa
Cafe Testarossa

Cafe Testarossa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafetestarossa.com/
  • Phone: 5163648877
  • 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
41 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (19)special occasion (18)fit for foodies (12)romantic (9)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (6)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Cafe Testarossa reviews archive.
  • Great food and service
    Great
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Table was ready, no wait. Food and service was exceptional. Always a great time!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very consistent
    chipVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    never get a bad meal here.....always trying new things
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant.....
    tinydncr
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I really appreciate the friendly and sensitive service, and the way we never feel rushed...it is one of the few restaurants around we can stay and finish up conversations even after the kitchen closes. The food is consistently EXCEPTIONAL It is fine dining in a beautiful setting, and relaxed and unpretentious. perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasure dining
    Briarpatch
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food at Testarossa remains consistenly excellent. The food is always cooked to perfection and properly seasoned. The salmon is flavorful , served on a bed of mixed vegtables and all cooked to precisely the right temperature The service, as always, was attentive and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    DiWalt
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This restaurant is one of my favorites because they have a great menu and the food is consistently excellent. The restaurant is decorated in very warm and relaxing colors and the lighting is perfect...not too bright and not too dark. The tables are not parked one on top of the other so you can enjoy conversation without hearing anyone else's. Service is also excellent. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Testarossa continues to excel
    TonyD
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Testarossa continues to excel with creative cuisine using the freshest and best ingredients available. Superb pastas and fish. Service is always top notch, friendly and accommodating. The new look of the dining rooms are sleek yet comfortable. One of my family's favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This is a slightly formal, kind of upscale restaurant that makes you feel like you are in your own dining room. The service was excellent, courteous and prompt, we never had to "wait" for anything. Every time I looked up, there was someone ready to handle whatever I wanted. The food, though a tad pricy was first rate. I don't mind paying a little extra if I get the quality consistent with the price, and at Testarossa, we definitely did. I give this restaurant the full 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time for me!
    SpoiledbyNYNJ
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Business lunch on Thursday afternoon. We started with fried calamari, it was served very hot, crispy and the marinara was delicious, too. One associate ordered the special, Atlantic cod and he said it was wonderful while another ordered a chicken special and loved it also. I ordered Caesar salad and asked if grilled shrimp could be added. The romaine was nice and crisp, great dressing, crunchy croutons and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. All in all it was a very good lunch, I would go again and suggest it to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Night
    BruceO
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I found the food to be very very good and found the prices to be comparable with restaurants of similar quality. I tend to be a person who desires quality over quantity. I usually find that restaurants that serve larger portions are making up for other problems. I found the quantity of the entree in Cafe Testarosa to be sufficient without being overbearing. My wife and I had a wonderful time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    DavekopVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    In a part of Long Island that is surrounded by many restaurants in nearby towns, this Hidden Gem offers locals a place to find quality food and very attentive service. The staff and management worked diligently to ensure our night was up to our standards.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now I remember why I haven't been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Table not ready for forty minutes, and then it was a temporary table they set up near door. 3 appetizers brought out, then 10 min wait for 4th; Same thing happened with entrees Food passable when it arrived
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • what i love about Testarossa
    tinydncr
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    the food is creative, delicious, fresh......the staff is friendly and efficient, and they let you sit and talk, never ever feel rushed.....I come here often and I am always glad I did........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where did the server go?
    Lucy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food was delicious and orders arrived in good time. However, there was a lot of confusion by the server about whose food was whose. Our server knew, but they sent out a busboy with the orders and he was clueless. After dinner we were given desert menus and didn't see another employee for a half hour. By that time, we had lost our taste for dessert, coffee and aperitif. They obviously need more qualified help.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for dinner with friends
    DiWalt
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a very pleasant meal with another couple at Cafe Testarossa. The service was attentive and the atmosphere conducive to conversation. The menu offers a nice variety and the portions are a good size. The food quality is consistently excellent. We have never been disappointed here. Cafe Testarossa is truly a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Always enjoyable with good food and decent service. Make your reservations for the main room and request a table by the window. Excellent pasta dishes, really good salad starters. Cafe Testarossa is a keeper.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it for Valentines Day
    Polishkid
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Me and my gf loved the food and all. First time there would go again. Loved the service and a good place for Valentines Day or in general.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UNPROFESSIONAL VALETS
    DennisM
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have been going to Café Testarossa for nearly 15 years. I valet parked my SUV with slightly under a 1/4 tank of gas. As it was Valentines day, we needed to wait for our table, which I expected. After an hour wait and then a decent dinner, I went out to get my truck. The first thing I noticed was that ALL of the papers that I keep in my driver side visor were thrown on the floor on the passengers side. Next, my gas light was on. The only way to go through that much gas was if my car was running for the full 3 hours I was in the restaurant. Lastly, the night was cold, and my truck takes a good 10 minutes to heat up, yet the truck was very warm. To treat my property in that manner was VERY UNPROFESSIONAL.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Café Testarossa continues
    TonyD
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Café Testarossa continues to evolve as a foodie destination. The menu is creative and vibrant without being silly or over-orchestrated. Pasta and Seafood excel. The warm Octopus Salad was tender and flavorful. The Pork Chop special was prepared perfectly medium paired with yummy whipped sweet potato. Chilean Sea Bass special was an exceptional treat. The service staff is always warm, friendly and accommodating. One of the best restaurants in the NY metro area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There was a very loud table
    franVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    There was a very loud table next to ours. They were disturbing us as well as people at other tables. The waiter knew they were loud and obnoxious. No one from management came over to our table. We did not linge over coffee. We couldn't wait to get out. Upon leaving I commented to the manager about the table. He said " some people take it too far ". Might not go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.