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Il Cantinori
Il Cantinori

Il Cantinori Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcantinori.com
  • Email: ilcantinori@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
  • "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
  • "I just don't understand why this place is still popular. Overpriced and they need to upgrade the quality of food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "What a pleasant experience. Starting from the making the reservations right to our server!!!!!! I will definitely recommend this place to everyone (in fact, I've already started)!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I went with a total group of 7 people while visiting NYC for the weekend. It was great- they checked our coat when we got there and seated us right away. There was endless bread (fresh baked) & a ton of staff to help us at any time. The food was amazing- we did the prefix menu for restaurant week. It was delicious. It was really cramped in the restaurant though. My drink (whiskey & ginger) was just about straight whiskey too, which is great at a bar but not a nice dinner. Everyone loved it overall, though. I got a bunch of praise from everyone on my choice. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Our dinner was fantastic from start to finish. Our waiter was attentive and made the evening even more special by remembering the birthday dessert!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I went with a group of four girls including myself. It was my friend's birthday. The service was exceptional! The food was awesome....so delicious. Love the attention we got from the beginning until the end. The atmosphere was beautirull. All there flowers arrangement are natural, which make the palce smell just wonderfully :-) Overal -a Great experience!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "From the decor to the food down to the service. Perfect! My dinner experience was simply perfect."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our wobbly table was attended to (thank you) and became unstable again within a few minutes. When asked for a wine list the waiter replied there was none but he could tell us the kinds of wines available! What!?! Minestrone was okay but the kale salad dressing had enough vinegar to shine my hair. Filet of sole was poorly trimmed and served with dark edges. The sauce was a thick lemon flavored goo with capers. The accompanying string beans were nicely cooked but whatever coated them remains a tasteless mystery. Ice cream sandwich desert was yummy but the layers in the pear tart were indistinguishable. And why was a spoon the utensil I received with this instead of a desert fork?"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "When we come to NY, Il Cantinori is always on our list of restaurants!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Terrific service, but the food was meh. Overly tart lemon kale salad and grilled calamari drowning in oil By far the best dish of the night was pasta ala matriciana. Excellent biscotti and other cookies closed the meal. So sad though, because Il Cantinori used to be Italian in NYC at its best:("
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the decor very nice and the neighborhood convenient. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Pasta dishes were fresh and extremely flavorful, veal chop was awesome, deserts... Awesome. Would highly recommend this spot for special or regular occasions."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Perhaps this place has seen better days, but was I ever disappointed. An uncreative menu stuck in 1982 is one thing: If it's well-executed with fresh ingredients, then I can live with it. But this simply wasn't. The appetizer -- of a portobello mushroom -- was pretty decent. The "sauce" brought out for the bread was ... odd. A spaghetti sauce to dip your bread in? I've never seen such a thing; seemed a poor imitation of bruschetta. As for the main course: a rubbery, ill-prepared cod (that tasted frozen). What you could taste of it anyway! Mostly I just tasted more spaghetti sauce, which the fish was swimming in. Dessert was good. Drinks were standard-issue. Bill was overpriced. If you want a red-sauce joint, find a better one."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic food, friendly staff. Great find in NYC."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I recommend if you go, you request a table in the front of the restaurant. There are too many babies and families in the back if you are looking for a nice quiet evening. The pasta dish was very undercooked, the service unfriendly and no apologies made for our waiting so long for the entrees."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Service was slow as a result meals arrived luke warm. Back room is cramp . ok I if you are in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This charming restaurant is absolutely adorable. The food was really delicious. For those of us who love conversation with our dinner, the moderate noise level made conversation easy. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed our meal very much. We went there for my husband's birthday. The server was wonderful, especially in accommodating our teen daughter, who is a very picky eater. My only recommendation is that the restaurant should have some additional dishes available that are kid-friendly, i.e., plain pasta, sauces, cheese ravioli and chicken parm, or something similar. All in all, I would return in a heartbeat, as the experience was wonderful."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Food very good didn't like wine by the glass selections just had white or red no brands. Also thought food good but way over priced for what it was"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The Veal Chop haunts me!! Say no more. What a great place. When you go, ask for Victor and get the Veal Chop!"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Il Cantinori as a result of a great waiter, terrific food, a nice large round corner table in the back room, great wines and a good atmosphere. The menu selections were very broad and many of the members in our party had trouble picking what to have - a good thing! Each course was outstanding and we were all very happy with the meal... hard to recommned any specific dishes since all were great! Even though the food was excellent, most notable, however, was the service, which was attentive without being overbearing, and our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and hard working-- we would definitely recommend Il Cantinori"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant that has been around for many years with ownership changes while the food and venue have remained consistent."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "The dishes we ate were absolutely divine! Started with insalata caprese then for my main course I had the pappardelle alla buttera. It was SOOO delicious! We also ordered one of the specials for the evening, the rabbit, which also came with little sausages and your choice of pasta. It was all such a great experience and very romantic with the dim lighting. It's a small restaurant, as are almost all in NYC, so the tables are a little close together but I didn't even notice because I was enjoying myself so much!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Unless it was fully booked on this evening the food was very good, without any doubt the best restaurant during our stay in New York!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Il Cantinori was beautifully decorated for new years eve. Balloons added to the celebratory feeling. The atmosphere was great. Our server was very busy but attentive. My husband had one of the many specials and the kitchen made me something that wasn't on the menu. We were both really pleased our meals. Everything was really delicious."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went there for a first date and it was absolutely amazing. The Moscato was delicious, the pasta was to die for and was a perfectly sized portion. Enough to make you sufficiently full without hating yourself. The bread and tomato sauce was good. The tiramisu and sorbet were divine. The service was great plus all the waiters have thick authentic italian accents which sorta made me feel like I wss in italy. It's definitely expensive but very well worth the price."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Went here for New Year's Eve dinner. Quite packed with groups. Food was good. A bit over priced for what we got."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Ambience is fit for a sophisticated occasion or date night. Looks small from the front, but they have a big back room with a vaulted glass ceiling - very beautiful. We had a group of 9 and the service was great - waiter was funny and polite. The food came out promptly, wine glasses were always topped off. Food was good, just good.The menu seemed limited, but I assume it was because it changes according to season/market availability. Some dishes were on the smaller side (ravioli) and some were plentiful (boar fettuccine) so it was hit or miss. I had the duck which very deliciously tender, but only came with italian beans and was missing some sort of sauce. Grilled calamari appetizer was the best dish that night - fresh/fragrant/perfect char."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Always warm and inviting- classic northern Italian food."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "class place. fast- knowledgeable service- waiters have been here for years. fresh salads. good portions. not too salty sauces. tasty wine. both front and back rooms are nice. new atrium. we will be coming here often for sure!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "have been there before when it's been great. this was mediocre at best. pretty clear from the get go that priority #1 was to turn the table over. better if you just let us know up front what time you need it. food was average. veal ossobucco special not cooked anywhere near as long as needed to be. it's a friday night during holiday season: plan a menu that can be executed. reservation request was to sit in the front room. sat in a corner in the back. why bother making requests if it's going to be ignored?"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed what they ordered. I had the homemade fettucine with lobster and truffle sauce and it was fantastic! The appetizers and desserts were all flavorful and the drinks were strong!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The title says it all. We are never disappointed at Il Cantinori. The food is always of the highest quality, always cooked perfectly, and always served graciously. The atmosphere, although noisy, is warm and inviting. We are regulars there because we feel at home and welcome whenever we dine there."
    Dined on 12/9/2013