Il Cantinori
Il Cantinori

Il Cantinori

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcantinori.com/
  • Phone: 2126736044
  • 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
141 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (81)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (71)fit for foodies (59)notable wine list (34)great for outdoor dining (28)good for groups (27)great for lunch (21)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great place
    Steph
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Will continue to bring my clients here to impress them!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous evening
    LizzWVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went with friends during Restaurant Week. Some of us ordered off the regular menu and there was no problem in mixing menus. The maitre d' was a great personality and visited us often. And we really enjoyed him on a very busy night! The food was excellent, the service attentive, and the floral arrangements are legendary. You must reserve in advance.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience All Around
    Jazzy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a wonderful meal! Both the food and service were fantastic, and the restaurant has a very nice feel to it; including the floral arrangements which are gorgeous. A definite yes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it!
    Anjaberlin158
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Lovely Restaurant. Excellent Service from Domenico. We will come again.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have eaten here many times and it is always perfect!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great northern Italian
    texasmamaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. Since it was restaurant week, we chose the pre fixe menu. We had the eggplant roll with spinach, salmon carpaccio, pasta and risotto. It was all delicious and a great value. The only slight issue we had was that the glasses of wine we ordered on the waiter's recommendation were $24 per glass. When ordering wine by the glass, ask the price first!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • divine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Having returned to Il Cantinori after an absence of many years, I was delighted to find it better than ever.The magnificent flower arrangements are your introduction to the ambiance that awaits you. The food is imaginative and beautifully presented with an excellent wine list. I plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent service and the food was extremely tasty- It has made my list of favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Excellent Service; Food was OK
    RenataCVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went to Il Cantinori during NYC Restaurant Week for dinner. The service was exceptional and very attentive. The ambiance is great and the location is fun. The food, however, was mediocre. I wanted to like it but it just did not meet my expectations. Each time the food came out, it was not what it sounded like on the menu. Would hope that the regular menu is better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went for lunch during restaurant week and were very impressed with the food, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No value
    Bliss10
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    With wine and tip, nearly $600 for 5 persons. Two lamb racks were overcooked and a half portion. I told the servers that it was well done and not medium rare. ( as ordered) , and they walked away without addressing the problem. Portion size was very small. Presentation was like the 1960s. We would never go back here.
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  • Perfect Italian restaurant!
    mrsRoxanne
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I were with my friend here. I fell in love! Right menu, nice staff, very friendly atmosphere. It looks like small family place somewhere in Sicily!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food but indifferent service
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went there for a weekday Restaurant Week lunch. The place had only 5 tables occupied out of a room with at least 40. Maybe the staff were off their game because they were bored. Service was bumbling and obtrusive. (Ex: My friend was ordering when the bus man called to the waiter for whatever reason-I doubt it was anything urgent-and the waiter just walked away. My friend thought she'd ordered, but we actually had to call the waiter back. That was just the appetizers.) Sometimes two of them would just stand there staring at us while we were eating. The room is nice, but not wonderful. The food is really very good, but I wouldn't say that their usual high prices are justified. It isn't likely that we'll go back again.
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  • LuckymeVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    One of our favorite places to go during NYC restaurant week. Haven't been disappointed yet.
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  • ABNYC
    ABNYC
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent Restaurant week choice, really happy with the prix fixe menu choices and portion sizes. Service was excellent and great atmosphere for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food from appetizer2desssert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had a great evening with friends and loved the appetizer, main entree, as well as dessert. The on the house tomato and bread soup was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The perfect meal.
    PhotographerNichols
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My husband and I went to Il Cantinori for lunch during restaurant week, and the entire experience was fabulous from start to finish. Highlights included the salmon carpaccio, the eggplant ricotta appetizer and the filet of sole. It's the best Italian we've found in the city. We'll definitely be returning asap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PollyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our pasta was fantastic, the rest very average - mussels were horrible.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best
    pretentiousVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Absolutely perfect evening, everything was delicious, we were treated like family all the way through. Closed the place out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Steal!
    alisono
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I came here for a Restaurant Week Lunch. Everything was delicious, especially the eggplant rollatine, which was covered in the best tomato sauce I've ever had. We also had the chicken livers, trofie pasta with pancetta, and steak with green sauce. For dessert, we had the hazelnut ice cream sandwich and the tiramisu. I wish we could've tried the panna cotta too. Everything was really special, the service was attentive, and it was definitely an excellent deal for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing as always
    me13VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Another excellent meal here. The food is just fantastic and the service matches it. I have never been unhappy having a meal here. I look forward to a return visit!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • judyellen731
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed a pleasant lunch. The best thing was the hazelnut ice cream sandwich dessert!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great food, wonderful atmosphere and fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely Il Cantinori
    NYNaji
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a participant of Restaurant Week 2014. It is a fairly small restaurant (although larger than I initially thought before finding out that there's a dining room on the lower level). My friend and I arrived and took inventory of the Restaurant Week menu before looking at the regular menu and remarked to one another about a sense of disappointment, unimpressed with the dishes despite knowing that Restaurant Week is typically a time for businesses to serve mediocre food to a clientele that perhaps wouldn't be dining there otherwise. SHAME ON US! Our food was delicious and we had a wonderful experience. Kudos for my salmon/arugula salad, filet of sole and amazing hazelnut ice cream. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an NYC Gem!
    gregfurnituremavenVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I love Il Cantinori. Frank makes you feel like a celebrity when you walk in. Service is friendly but professional. The food is top notch and well priced for the quality. I wish I lived on 10th St. But I would weigh 400 lbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A marvelous, low profile dinner.
    Feodor
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Took my wife to il Cantinori for her birthday and we had a fantastic meal. The pasta was fresh and delicate, the lobster flambé was outstanding, and there was an eggplant torte that was unbelievable. The value can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    Number618VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It has a reputation that exceeds its reality. For the price there are many better Italian restaurants in New York City.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful restaurant nestled cozily near union square with excellent food and service! Definitely bring a date here.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Four of us tried it during restaurant week and we will all return. Very nice menu; very nice restaurant week offerings and very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastaic Italian by Union Square
    UESfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We and another couple had an exceptional meal at Il Cantinori. Each of the wait staff was friendly, courteous and extremely helpful. The room was lovely. We each thoroughly enjoyed our meals - the pasta, sole and steak were delicious, as were our appetizers of eggplant rollatini, salad and smoked salmon. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok but not wowed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food was ok. Service okay at first but later got slow as more tables were filled. Better for couples or friends but not kids.
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  • marseaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I am aware of restaurants taking care of their regulars but not so blatantly. On arrival the place was empty and we were sat at a table for two; when regular customers arrived in pairs they were all sat at the larger tables for four. As I looked around they were given complimentary small plates of assorted foods and breads. After dessert everyone received a plate of complimentary cookies along with the check. We did not get any of this. I tip at least 20% or more but for the first time left a 15% tip and will never go or recommend the restaurant to anyone.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Excellent Menu and the food great. We have been there before always terriffic
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Cantinori
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food and service were excellent. I would recommend for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food wasn't bad; it wasn't good either. It was there so we ate it because we were hungry. The service was fine, but our server seemed distant and annoyed. We were there at 9 on Saturday night, which in NYC is dinner time- and the place was empty 3/4 empty and those who were there were dining on their social security income. Convenient location to union sq, but doubt we'll be going back
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  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a great restaurant. Food was spectacular! Service out of ths world, you don't find many servers today that work that hard providing that level of service. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    SATC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a very nice place. Food wa delicious. Wait staff was very attentive v
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had a fabulous meal. It was a celebration of an engagement and we couldn't have been to a better place to celebrate. The food, the ambiance, the wait staff, all contributed to a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • each and every time....
    bellVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    AMAZING FOOD!!!! i would return again and again. risotto and veal chop are some of the very best the city has to offer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, longing for more!
    KirklandCoupleVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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