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Il Cantinori
Il Cantinori

Il Cantinori Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcantinori.com
  • Phone: (212) 673-6044
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, European
  • Executive Chef: Frank Minieri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Northern Italian cuisine (Tuscan)
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private up to 45 people. Private room available for 45-100 people
  • Private Party Contact: Frank Minieri/Andrew Linardatos (866) 945-0120

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Place & Broadway
  • Public Transit: 6, N, R
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot on the corner of 10th and Broadway and another on the corner of 9th and University Place
A word from Il Cantinori
Il Cantinori, located in Greenwich Village, has been at the forefront of Tuscan cuisine in NYC since its opening in 1983. This old farmhouse with a rustic warmth, stucco walls, wooden beams and voluminous floral arrangements is very romantic and elegant. We combine the unique traditional flavors of the Tuscan countryside with a complete seasonal lunch and dinner menu. We welcome guests with affectionate hospitality, daily specials and a wine list reflective of the northern Italian regions.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "AMAZING FOOD!!!! i would return again and again. risotto and veal chop are some of the very best the city has to offer."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner and the staff was lovely. The setting is wonderful and the food was good. Especially enjoyed the tagliatelle with lemon and ricotta, yummy! Also the zucchini salad was fantastic, I'd order that over and over again! The meal began with a complimentary dish, which was a plate of tomato goop. They used to bring a delightful panzanella, but this was just goop and not the least bit delightful. Bring back the panzanella! I do love that each day there are multiple specials that are described by the staff."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Il Cantinori never disappoints! The quality of everything served on the table was top notch!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Loved everything about this place. The Food was amazing, our waiter was extremely attentive, and the ambiance was perfect!"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "The food was very forgettable. I had not been here in 20years- I guess my instincts not to come back were warranted. While I do not get sticker shock as a rule, for the what we ordered, it was expensive. Also, the pricing was inconsistent. I ordered a risotto as an appetizer and was charged $13.50. My guest asked for risotto as a side dish and was charged $7.00 for the same portion that I had as an appetizer. I suspect they stay in business because the crowd is a bunch of older regulars. I will not be returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Always great. On of the city's true classics. Front/outdoor seating is terrific if weather permits."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had portobello mushroom with arugula and grilled calamari for first course-both light and fresh. Seafood risotto and spinach fettuccine cooked al dente were very flavorful. Sautéed veal was tender and moist. Ambiance was casual and homey, yet, very classy."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It definitely feels like this place is sat it's prime. Menu was very Italian American with many heavy cream sauces. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant where they really take care of their guests with delicious and meticulously made food. My son and I are gluten free and they took great care to prepare our dishes gluten free including gf pasta ! They served a delicious gluten free flourless chocolate cake! Wonderful service and a fabulous meal!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great service and outstanding food. We felt welcomed the moment arrived."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food, amazing service! Ask for Victor as your server!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The negtive for us is that a larger group was seated at a table behind ours. It felt like they were on top of us and they were a loud group. The restaurant wasn't at all filled so it seemed strange to have that happen."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The specials were unique and seasonal ingredients my boy friend and I ordered soft shell crab as appetizer. pasta the pappardelle broccoli rabe as side and entree which was served already separated which surprised me at first but was a terrific idea and enjoyable. The food was delicious Complimentary tomato relish delicious !!! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It is tucked away on a typical charming Greenwich Village street. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the buzz from the patrons is very welcoming. The service and food are as expected from a fine dining out experience. We really enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend the experience to others. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were there for a graduation family dinner and it was excellent. The service was probably the most concerned, professional service I have experienced at any restaurant in NY or other major cities. We had a table close to the street and it was delightful. My highest recommendation"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We spent a week in NYC eating at all the top restaurants and our favorite dinner was at Il Cantinori. The home made pasta is to die for! Out waiter was fabulous as well."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food could have been a little better. Burrata app bland. Two pasta dishes too spicy and not listed as such. Waiter was wonderful."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Remains a gem not just in this neighborhood but from anyplace in the City."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Although the wine, grilled calamari and tartufo were delicious I was very disappointed in my "special" (chicken marsala) which was not special at all. It was very bland. The restaurant is beautiful with lovely fragrant flowers and I would definitely go back to try another dish. Wish I could rave but perhaps next time!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Overall, a very nice restaurant. Service was very good, not pushy. All the food was well received. In order of preference for me, the broccoli rabe was the best of everything I tasted. The bronzino was listless - somewhat overcooked. The pasta with lamb and artichokes was very good as was the paglia e fieno. Sorbets were excellent. If you can get seating at the few seats at the sidewalk, get them. The restaurant lighting in general is a little dark - they have nothing to hide. The flower arrangements were stunning. On the expensive side, but for a special dinner, not a bad choice. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "3 at the table ordered sliced RibEye, very fatty and tough."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Brought my wife here for an anniversary dinner. The bar is small but nice for a pre dinner drink. The tables are spacious enough for NYC, and the noise level is reasonable. The chef started us off with a complimentary small dish and then the meals were excellent. Don't forget to have a nice large glass of wine with dinner. Will go back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Overall, the atmosphere here is lovely and romantic in the candlelit front room which opens to the street. The back room, which we rejected, is over lit and not as intimate. Our waiter Frankie was wonderful and so was the Falanghina. The food is pretty mediocre, which is disappointing for the price. The pasta with lamb and broccoli rabe was dull, and the whole branzino was not as tasty as it can be. Special salad of the day was interesting but nothing I would want to have again. We went on the insistence of my wife, and it is as I remembered... A pretty neighborhood place, waiting for someone to care about the food served here."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a very pleasurable meal and experience at Il Cantinori. We needed a restaurant close enough to Astor Place since we were going to a show after dinner. Our waiter Diminico was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The owner was engaging and welcoming. The food was delicious and we look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Il Cantinori has been there for what feels like decades, and it has always had consistently wonderful food and an outstanding wine list. The wait staff remembered me at a recent lunch, though I had not been there for years. A varied menu and an expressed desire, when the specials are being laid out for you, that the kitchen will create pretty much anything you feel like having, is quite a contrast from the usually rigid recitations you get in other high end restaurants. My friend and I sat for hours talking and eating, with no sense of pressure. Only complaint: it's become even pricier. Still, unlike so many other dining experiences, I felt as if I had gotten my money's worth."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I've eaten here before and it wasn't as good as before. There was a very large party and a second group that were VERY loud. We chose the restaurant hoping it would be quiet so were disappointed."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "From beginning to end it was wonderful...great waiter and food was outstanding as always"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "When I pulled up to the restaurant I knew this would be a good dining experience. The quaint restaurant oozed charm. Once inside, we were ushered into the backroom where the ambiance was quiet and relaxed. Although the menu wasn't expansive, it did not disappoint. The dishes seemed carefully selected to represent some true flavors of Italy. The wine list impresses even the most astute wine connossieur. The service was excellent, with attention to every detail. We enjoyed the fresh pappardelle, the caprese was delightful (and suggested even though not offered on the menu). The two men in my party ordered veal dishes and judging from the looks on their faces after taking their first bites, they had died and gone to heaven. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I absolutely love Il Cantinori. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The food is always great, as is the service and they take great care of you there. It is always tops on my list!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Il Cantinori is beautiful and the food is superb. Service was very good and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "This has been my favorite restaurant since discovering it 15+ years ago. What's astounding is the consistency of the food, service and scene even after all these years. It's always a pleasure to go to Il Cantinori and it's somewhere I always take friends visiting from out of town. The staff treats us like family and it's always a great night."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I have been going here for years. This is a perfect mix of great food, atmosphere, and service. It has been the same staff for years and everyone has a great depth of knowledge about the food and wine. It is so clear that the staff feels comfortable, content and is having fun. There is such an ease, which makes this place feel as if it is your own dining room, just with a lot of people! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "One of our long time favorite NYC Italian restaurants"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "il Cantinori is a reliable, convenient spot with a good wine list and pretty-good Italian food. It gets very crowded and rushed as the evening goes on, so not a spot for conversation or leisurely dining."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant. Always reliable food."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was great. Not at all rushed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in 20[?] yrs….. found it better than ever. Very popular/crowded/noisy….. but food is sublime. Generous Restaurant week menu, too."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We, a group of 4, dined here, and had an amazing night! It is perfect for people who are looking for somewhere not too formal with great dishes to choose from. We were very satisfied with our food and their service."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Even with all of the choices in NYC, we chose to return to Il Cantinori because it was so outstanding the last time we were there. The wait staff seems to anticipate when you need something without hovering over the table. The food recommendations were right on the mark and delicious. You get the feeling they really want you to enjoy every aspect of your meal--and you do! Love this place and will return every time when visiting NYC."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is a lovely spot, especially in the rear dining room, where were were seated at a very nice table despite never having been to this restaurant before. We enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. Our enjoyments, however, made for a rather high-priced evening."
    Dined on 2/27/2014