Il Cantinori
Il Cantinori

Il Cantinori

  • 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: European, Italian
  • 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 8669450120

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.
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Il Cantinori reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (68)special occasion (65)neighborhood gem (65)fit for foodies (58)notable wine list (39)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (19)good for groups (17)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Friendly maitre'd, great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/14/2009
    Friendly maitre'd, great atmosphere. Wonderful food and great place to actually have a conversation where you can hear each other!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really like the place, it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/6/2009
    I really like the place, it has a great elegant yet freindly feel, the food is quite good and the service was excellent
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    The food was very good. The only problem was the service was much too quick - we felt we were being rushed and done too soon.
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  • By far the worst dining experience
    LobBoy
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    By far the worst dining experience ever in New York. This was New Year's Eve dinner, we had eaten here 4 times before, and I think they had a special, very abbreviated, menu. Unfortunately, our appetizer and entree selections were uniformly uninspired. I requested a substitute of Romano cheese for Parmesan (dietary issue) and was told no Romano in the house, which is a first in Italian dining. Best part of dinner were the string beans-the "special" seafood was a total swing and a miss. Service was indifferent. We felt rushed from the outset, hurry up we need to turn the table twice more before 2 a.m.... We could not be more disappointed, particularly since our previous 4 meals here were quite good.
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  • Food, service and the whole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    Food, service and the whole experience made for a memorable night. Our waiter went out of his way to find ways for us to try as many dishes as we could and it made a birthday dinner with five sisters a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sometimes when you live right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2008
    Sometimes when you live right in the neighborhood you forget what a great restaurant it is and fail to go more often. Dinner was great, the food, the service the friendly staff. Didn't rush us even when restaurant got crowded and we were two at a table for four! I think they may have changed menu because there were so many things I loved and I thought the last time I was there it was a touch more eclectic which I didn't care for...so I will return and definitely tell my friends to revisit.You
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was ok. I would not rate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/28/2008
    It was ok. I would not rate it very highly as the food was so-so. We were there from 6.30pm and the check was presented to us by 8pm though we did not ask for it. Asked for a birthday platter to be put together for my spouse's birthday but it was mediocre at best. I wont recommend this restaurant.
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    romantic
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  • Food was excellent. Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/25/2008
    Food was excellent. Quality of the food is always most important to me when i choose a restaurant. I chose wisely when I took my girlfriend to Il Cantinori for her birthday. Nice romantic, warm atmosphere as well. We are still talking about how delicious this food was.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff was wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    The staff was wonderful and made us feel very welcome even though we had a large group. All agreed the food was fantastic as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/14/2008
    The food was wonderful and the setting was perfect. We will definitely be going there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it! The service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/10/2008
    Loved it! The service was excellent, attentive wait staff, and very accomodating when a special dish was requested. Would go back over and over if I lived in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our table was ready when we
    Rosequartz7VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2008
    Our table was ready when we arrived. We were welcomed warmly by the maitre d' and shown directly to our table. Our waiter was with us instantly with menus and water. The ambiance was charming, beautiful flower arrangements throughout the restaurant. There was a good wine selection and the food was very good as always. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a beautiful, magical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2008
    Such a beautiful, magical place! I love the simple decor, white linens, low cut bunches of roses in pink hues, candles and Italian opera playing gently and almost seeming to rise as the amazing food is served... My only complaint was the table we sat at was very, very wobbly... Other than that, I'd return in a heartbeat...especially on a romantic date. I kept getting the image of Lady and the Tramp rolling meatballs towards each other...awe! Oh, there was a wedding reception being held there, a great choice for that too. Even though this is the place where Carrie in Sex and The City gets stood up on her birthday, it is so beautiful I really think with a little wine, she might have still had a magical time. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was excellent, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    The food was excellent, the service was excellent- the waiters were charming. They really made us feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First impressions are so important.
    Spencer48VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    First impressions are so important. We took advantage of restaurant week. This maybe why we felt rushed as soon as we were seated. the food was not hot, and the portions were small. But based upon the size of the crowd, we may have been the only ones who felt this way.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Since I attended for restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    Since I attended for restaurant week, I am sure the service was lacking for anyone who wanted to actually attempt to take advantage of a deal. I am sure that Il Cantinori is great if you weren't using the restaurant week menu but I honestly could have cooked the exact same meal in my own kitchen. The gelato was the best part, it was outstanding. Other than that, I could have gone to any Italian place in the village and gotten the better food for even less than the restaurant week price.
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    romantic
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  • Great food and good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2008
    Great food and good restaurant week menu also. Fantastic wine selection and recommendations. Nice atmosphere - almost feels like you are outside in the back area but nicely air conditioned. Very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • We had an amazing time. The
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    We had an amazing time. The service was really amazing and very personal. Thank you Frank for the digestifs and thank you Michael for the dessert. I won't forget that dinner so soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pretty, lovely service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    Very pretty, lovely service. We were there for restaurant week, were served rather quickly but didn't feel rushed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    The food was good, but not spectacular. Knowing it is somewhat of a celebrity hotspot, we expected the food to be amazing. It was good, but not amazing. And we felt very rushed, I guess because it's restaurant week and they just want to get the table free. Overall, a good experience, but could have been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Honestly I was a little surprised.
    KateInTheCity
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    Honestly I was a little surprised. Pasta was undercooked, wine was stale, overall it was kind of mediocre. That said, it was restaurant week, so maybe the effort was not typical for this place.
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  • The prices didn't match the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    The prices didn't match the quality of the food, although it may have been the dish I had (salmon from Restaurant Week's prix fixe menu). Waitstaff were really personable and attentive. Overall, would not recommend the restaurant to my foodie friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the size of the room and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    the size of the room and the large flower bouquets were very memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sat next to a noisey group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    sat next to a noisey group but rest of space was quiet think the regular menu must be better than lunch special service was very good
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  • Appetizers were good, Entree's
    DiningLineVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2008
    Appetizers were good, Entree's mostly okay...vegetables were OVERCOOKED and mushy. There is no reason that green beans should be overcooked...frankly, nothing should be ill-prepared in a restaurant of this reputation. This used to be a regular haunt for me. Not inexpensive and as such, they should ALWAYS be on top of their game. If a patron is spending above the average, then the food should be commensurate. They fell below that mark. Service was definitely to expectations; our waiter was very attentive and bright. The sommelier was also pleasant and welcoming. The room, as always, was beautiful and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • I have been here several times
    Lukalover
    Dined on 6/27/2008
    I have been here several times before. I recalled the food being delicious and the service excellent. When I brought my husband and my brother this time,I was terribly disappointed. The server said he was "tired" , the food was not attractively prepared, and the food itself was somewhat lack luster. I don't know if during the summer, weekends are slower,and the regular staff is off or what but ,I am not sure I will be trying Il Cantinori again anytime soon.
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  • We were caught up in conversation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    We were caught up in conversation, but the waiter didn't take our food order for an hour... Other than that - it was EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Service was very attentive.Entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2008
    Service was very attentive.Entrees were good, although I thought it was a little boring that all came with the same thing (string beans).Also thought the Bibb salad was overpriced-$12 for a few pieces of lettuce, some oil and a lemon slice.Wine list looked to be a good variety,although we ended up ordering by the glass(very limited choices of "just the basics" by the glass,but we liked what we had).Pistachio tartufo for dessert was unique and delicious.We were seated in the back area with the skylight,nice atmosphere. Flower arrangments throughout restaurant were gorgeous. Overall,the experience was good.I most likely will not dine there again b/c I like to try different places and only repeat the extraordinary ones-this was just good.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a really good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/12/2008
    It was a really good experience. The maitre d and the staff were a rare find very accomadating and nice. We were a little late and they fit us in no problem. Well worth the money.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2008
    The food was good and the service excellent. The menu was shorter than expected. I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was a fabulous meal:
    DDeanVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    This was a fabulous meal: food, service, ambiance--you couldn't ask for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Consistently delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Consistently delicious food and friendly service. It's our favorite downtown restaurant..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • we had been to il cantinori
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    we had been to il cantinori before, several years ago, and were happy to see that it was as good as we remembered. our food was excellent. the only exception was the bibb salad, which was unusually bitter -- but this is, of course, often outside the chef's control and the waiter removed it from our bill. we will definitely not let so much time go by before our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a wonderful experience
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    We had a wonderful experience at this small Greenwich restaurant. Excellent food and service.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Cantinori has been a fixture
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    Il Cantinori has been a fixture in the East Village for many years, and it never disappoints. Cozy, intimate, it is the perfect place for dinner with a date or for a meeting in which you wish to converse at a normal decibel level. Service is attentive, portions are ample. It's a favorite for downtown dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • POOR waitering(the other guys
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    POOR waitering(the other guys looked okay so maybe just a new guy?); poor explanation of menu, crumbs weren't brushed clearly, knife placed on split pasta sauce. It was a special occasion but very disappointed with the service. I expected at least a bit more.
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  • The restaurant choice for
    BigFanVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    The restaurant choice for our special occassion seemed perfect as soon as we were seated. The table was great, the atmosphere fine, no issues. However as the luncheon progressed we realized that the business lunchoen next to us was clearly getting preferential and more attentive treatment; they even received a wider variety of deserts. But since we were not it a rush I let it pass. What disappointed me was the little stuff such as the waiter gathering all the crumbs with his little stick then brushing them off the table to the floor- very low class. I was hoping to make this one of my secert getaways for special occassions. There is a little work to be done with the wait staf. For now, I'll stick to Scalini Fedeli as my #1 choice.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • the dinner was very disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    the dinner was very disappointing. We would never return nor would we reccommend it to any of our friends. The food was heavy handed and the portions were way too big.
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  • The service was terrific....knowled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    The service was terrific....knowledgeable, friendly and helpful wait staff. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • Our dinner would have been
    NavyBlueVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Our dinner would have been more romantic if they hadn't arranged for a party of 25-30 people at a table in the same room as we were sitting. Before the party sat down they were being served cocktails while standing right in front of our table being rather loud. The experience was ruined for us and with the prices they are charging I was shocked that they would arrange something like this on a Friday night while people are trying to enjoy a quiet evening with their husbands, families, etc... I would never go back!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic