Erminia Ristorante
Erminia Ristorante

Erminia Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.erminiaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 2128794284
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events can be held at the restaurant for up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Nikola Camaj 2128794284

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Erminia Ristorante
Erminia, opened in 1982, is New York City’s most romantic restaurant. Obtaining some of the Zagat Survey’s most highly rated scores for food, service and décor each year, the Roman influenced Italian food is second to none on the Upper East Side. Forbes Magazine twice selected Erminia as its number one Top Pick for food. Most diners agree that the original concoctions prepared here will win the hearts of all those who come to experience the fare. The Swiss Alps cabin-like atmosphere accents the rustic feel at Erminia.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Erminia Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (53)special occasion (40)neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (20)notable wine list (12)late-night find (4)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Too crowded
    sa1209
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tiny restaurant, very quaint and the food was delicious. Unfortunately, it was so crowded, the staff constantly hit the back of out seats, or leaned on us every time they passed. I specifically requested a corner table and they put us in the middle. I would not go back. It was very annoying.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't expect to return
    ShirleyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Not quiet and food anything but tasty. Will not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since83
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Going back for a birthday dinner after a many year absence the ambiance was perfect and romantic. Service was a different story. The waiter had the your too cheap response when we ordered a half bottle of champagne, appetizer and entre to split. The waiters expression of disdain was quite clear. It was the look of "if we were too cheap to spend enough", don't come here. A life time of dining out has left us looking for the little gems of each restaurant. We don't need another filet with a port wine reduction (yes, we are 50+). My wife ordered skewered veal with tomatoes and onion. The veal rolls showed up with neither tomatoes nor onion. We asked and the presentation and were barked at. He got his tip anyway, and now this review.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary...Done
    kayoh24
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Possibly the most romantic quaint italian spot in the city, nestled on a cross street of the UES. Servers are all authentic, helpful, and nice. Dishes were delicious and spot on. Definitely recommend this as an awesome date spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of the best Italian restaurants (including Italy) I have been to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible
    disgusted
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had our table pushed back to accommodate people, rushed service....ridiculous.....loud,crowded, never would recommend !
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding local gem
    UESfamVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Erminia is one of my favorite restaurants. The food and the service are always excellent and atmosphere is romantic and casual. Highly recommended. NB - the quarters are very tight and should be considered if that is a sensitivity for you or your party and the noise level will be affected by the number of parties more than two in the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bjv2VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    You will not be disappointed dining here. Small, quiet and romantic atmosphere with outstanding food. Nicola is great and can lead you well if you are looking for great Italian Reds!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The very best of its kind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you want a quiet, warm, welcoming restaurant with outstanding cuisine, there is no better option in New York. This is an old-style, cozy, candle on the table place to spend the evening. We arrived at 6 PM and stayed until 11 PM. I was surprised that they don't serve hard liquor, so I missed my cognac, but their port was excellent. The veal was outstanding and they were flexible in servings (entrees as appetizers, split plates, sharing, substitutions). Recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a hit
    dianeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    a flawless dining experience! whether we want a quiet dinner alone or a fabulous meal to entertain guests, Erminia never lets us down
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Eaten at hundreds of reataurants in the city as well as Italy and this was in the top 3 for food and service. Surprised I didn't find this place warlier
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Paddie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I went here for dinner with a friend of mine and we had a fantastic meal. The tables are cozy but you don't feel like you're sitting on top of the table next to you. The service was impeccable. We didn't have to wait for anything. It was like they were anticipating our every need. Each plate was better than the next. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and plan on making it my go to on the ues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food, tight seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was nice, with no one item standing out. Would be welcomed if the restaurant removed one or two tables from the dining area, giving waiters more room to interact with guests. Otherwise, constant bumping and confined corners. Service was very attentive. At $150-$200 for a couples dinner, I would not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal in a perfect setting
    PfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Hadn't been here in years but all four of us had a great meal. Small restaurant with candles and romantic setting. Great food and great service. Perfect place to have a quiet dinner away from the maddening noise of NYC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were a little nervous when we saw the B posted in the window but we loved the food and service. The room is small and cozy. And the restaurant iq quiet so hyou can concentrate on the food and conversation. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intimate
    Bob1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Small, rather dark, with excellent food and an attentive staff. Who could ask for anything more? A bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    AlanKVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food, service, and decor was awesome. I highly recommend this place for a romantic evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lee Ann Dunn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a very special find and one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet and intimate dinner experience. Our food was perfectly prepared and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to justify the prices
    Dany0
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food no better than at any mid-priced restaurant, only overpriced because of a supposedly intimate and sophisticated ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect romantic dinner
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We wanted a quiet romantic meal and Ermina was perfect. The food was delicious, attentive service, and cozy romantic atmosphere. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything about this place was perfect. From the moment you walk through the door until the last bite to eat it is all it's cracked up to be. Will be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really excellent pasta
    eggyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I am a critical eater. Four of us ate there and all enjoyed our meals. Bread was not excellent which is too bad as food (pastas, chicken) all excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Erminia. This was our first time to dine there but had heard good things about it. We were not disappointed. Erminia is small and intimate and looks like what you may call your favorite neighborhood restaurant. We were given a corner table and the service was warm and friendly throughout the evening. The food was delicious especially the roasted calamari appetizer. Veal chop with white asparagus was perfectly done as was the lemon sole. Deserts were nothing special but overall this was a wonderful dinner and evening. We enjoyed a slow stroll back to our hotel afterwards.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Erminia Ristorante Forever!
    SeaBerger
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Perfect restaurant for a perfect evening. Our server, Massimo, was too good to be true! Food and wine were outstanding! Best tiramisu on the planet ( I have heard this before, but it's true!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ermines Never Disappoints
    Beej1000VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Another delicious meal for us and our guests. Great lamb chops, great veal, great wine, gracious host. One of our go to spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    dianeddVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Loved the food and ambiance. Look forward to return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The atmosphere was excellent, food was okay, service not that good. The waiter did not give my wife a chance to order a main course. He was surprised when I did and suggested we share it. I guess he thought we couldn't handle a normal Italian dinner. At least we had room for dessert. However, after we each ordered a tiramisu they brought out one for us to share.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 476 reviews are from the Erminia Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Wonderful
    Bkbm630
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I've been here three times with my girlfriend and we love it. Cozy romantic candle lit dinner. Wonderful wine and wonderful food. Perfect date spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the hill
    JustFolksVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Past it's prime , though still romantic. Food is mediocre.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok not worth the hype
    Tpawarrior
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service was horrible. Was treated like a second class citizen because I didn't wear a sport coat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVED IT!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday. He's a tough critic on restaurants because he loves great food, large portions and low prices (hard to find) but he was SO impressed with this dinner i had to pat myself on the back. Everything we got we were licking the plates clean the food was SO good. Even the bread basket was so delicious we had to have two!. We had two apps, two entrees and a half bottle of wine for about $120. We were in an out in just over an hr but it felt like we had been there longer as it was just a perfectly served relaxed meal. The restaurant was small, intimate and charming. The waiter was fantastic, knew everything about the dishes. I can't say enough good things, we will for sure be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Erminia always hits a grand slam, food, ambiance and service are always top notch
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This restaurant is consistently wonderful for the past 25 years that I have been eating there....my friend last night had a pasta that he said was the best he has ever eaten...homemade mozzarella to die for; a classic treasure.....the staff and owners are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    KabsaabsVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I arrived early to let them know that my wife and I would be celebrating our 30th Anniversary. She arrived 10 minutes later. Nada. No congrats. No; "Here's a flower for you" and most shocking, nothing at dessert. The people at the table next to us (it's a very small restaurant) were gushing and excited for us; not a word, or even gesture from the staff. Shocking, disappointing and should certainly earn major demerits in Erminia's "romantic" reputation.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ermenia Review
    Richard
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    As stated above, this restaurant is charming and intimate, but most of all, the food is fantastic! The staff is thoroughly professional, as well as agreeable. It has become one of our favorite restaurants in New York.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ambiance
    MrsC
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This was our first time to Erminia, when we arrived we instantly loved the charming and intimate ambiance of the restaurant. The staff were attentive and as this was a Tuesday night we were allowed to linger at our table until we were ready to leave. Appreciated the 'no cell phone' sign and the fact that it was observed! The restaurant is too small to cope with cellphone conversations. Unfortunately the food was average, not bad but not memorable. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary so overall the atmosphere won out but when we choose a 'food experience' Erminia won't be on our list.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • simply a gem
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    took my niece , who just got engaged and her fiancee , as a way to introduce them to a truly fabulous romantic restaurant with great food and service to back it up!!! as always, it was a perfect meal in a wonderful environment- they loved the total package and this will become a repeat restaurant for them- my wife and i have been going for over 20 years-never ever disappointed
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romance
    RAPUNZELsbeau
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This restaurant was a gem. The cozy tables, the effortless service, the tempo of service, all were wonderful. Highly recommendable!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shockingly Poor Service
    JillsVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    A quiet restaurant with a charming setting? Yes. Polite, attentive service? No (which is also the one word response we received when we requested a table against the wall). Waited over 30 min before we were given menus and able to order wine. One of our diners was not satisfied with his scallops and ceased eating. Not once did a member of the wait staff (and there were many, many) inquire how we were faring. In fact when the bill was presented, after many unheeded requests, there was not even a mere thank you! We are all frequent diners in all types of restaurants, and were shocked at with how much disregard we were treated. Sadly, Ermininia lost the opportunity to include the four of us as new regulars. I guess they simply don't care.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WawoVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Always impeccable service. Love, love, love the artichoke appetizer!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.