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Il Violino
Il Violino

Il Violino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilviolinony.com
  • Phone: (212) 873-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 12:00am - 4:00pm

    Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Monday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 68th Street
  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Il Violino
Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation.
The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu.
In 2009 the owner, with the help of his young cousin from Venice, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been renovated and transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful restaurant near Lincoln Center. Had not been there in several years and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It was always a " good choice" but now it is an "excellent choice." Great service and the selections were just fabulous. We were seated at a table by the window in the front and it was so much fun. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The staff was very attentive to our group of six. The meal was not rushed. The food was very good."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had not been back to Il Violino for several years and were looking forward to a delightful pre theatre dinner. The restaurant was barren and gloomy. The food was far from memorable. I ordered a shrimp dish that was unappetizing and "mushy". My husband's chicken was undercooked and hard. We did not order dessert and coffee. We left as soon as we finished our main course and do not intend to return."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Unpretentious local restaurant with friendly service. Pasta fagiola soup was outstanding and their pasta dishes were as good as any I have had. Skip the antipasta."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "IL Violino is a gem! As always the food is great, and beyond that the service is great!! From when you walk in and Carmen greets you to that final cup of coffee or after dinner drink. She always pays special attention to insure you are enjoying your dinning. The staff is attentive and the service is top notch. It's a great place and the fact that so many of the guests are loyal local residents of the neighborhood attests to the great food and service. Roberto, Carmen and the entire staff along with the great food keep me coming back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This place has the best food. We actually refer to it as "favorite place." Chicken parm is amazing. Every dessert that we have had was great. Salads are good, basically everything we have ever ordered was delicious. This is our go to place for carbing up before big races."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "For less than $20 at Il Violino you get a glass of red or white wine, an excellent salad or minestrone soup, and a choice of pastas, chicken or salmon . And then coffee. Great bargain, good food, excellent service. And sitting in the glassed in area is a good people watching venue for west siders. Weekend brunch is also excellent."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Service, food, ambiance and hostess, great as usual."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had lunch here before a Lincoln Center matinee. Food was good, nothing special. They do have a very reasonable lunch special - $19 soup or salad, an entree, glass of wine & coffee or tea. You can't beat the price but personally, I'd rather spend more elsewhere and have more interesting food."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Perhaps on Monday thru Thursday with a pre-theater special ($35) it wouldn't be too bad, but to pay almost $100 for a dinner for two in this tiny restaurant where you are so cramped in as they try to rake in more by putting tiny tables up against each other, so you're part of every conversation around you, that's just not right. Well-intentioned waiter brought whiskey when I asked for a whiskey manhattan, told me I would not be billed for the former, but when the check came I was billed for a scotch! Food was fine but you're bumped throughout your meal by waiters and patrons trying to negotiate a tiny aisle between tables. You can't even get in and out of the door without effort. Remove a few tables for a pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Located convenient to Lincoln Center excellent food, reasonable prices, good wine by the glass. Both my friend and I had pasta dishes. The pasta is homemade. We both throughly enjoyed them.The service was good. We arrived at 6:15 and were on our way to Lincon Center around 7:35PM. We did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I always enjoy eating at Il Violino. The Italian food is always well-prepared and delicious, and the service is very good and always friendly. There is a very good wine list, and an excellent prix fixe. I can recommend this restaurant without reservation. Located near Lincoln Center, it is very easy to always go there before a concert."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a most enjoyable experience with fantastic homemade pasta and wonderful service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Honored reservation. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was very good. Got us out in time for Ballet"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Il Violino is a friendly and sophisticated neighborhood restaurant which serves delicious food at fair prices. It attracts customers of all ages -- business people, families, visitors and regulars. The menu is large and varied, and you can depend on a fine lunch or dinner there. It's an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Two friends and I had lunch in the glass enclosed outdoor section of Il Violino recently, and it was very nice. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable, the atmosphere was comfortable and the food was very good. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Good dinner with friendly waiters and staff. I've been before and will return."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "we had a good,not great lunch - bread was a bit stale and the olive oil was not so fresh.... our meals were good but nothing to rave about...there was too much water in my pasta dish. we did sit next to Tony Shalhoub at lunch though!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This neighborhood staple remains reliable and comfortable. While the menu isn't adventurous, the dishes are executed with accuracy and admirable depth of flavor. This is a fine pre-theater choice, although the pace can also be leisurely. Staff are friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Il Violino never disappoints. The service is always attentive and not overbearing, that bar staff is friendly and quick (we usually arrive a few minutes before our reservation so we can sit at the bar for a drink). On this visit we had friends with us who have spent time in Italy and they were impressed by the quality of the fresh pasta, the menu selections and the cooperation of the chef to prepare each of our dishes to our own specifications. Our waiter, without aid of paper and pen was able to remember exactly, our changes to the dishes and they were presented exactly as ordered."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I sat in a window area and had a good view of the street. It was a noisy and bustling resturant. The food was above average southern Italian."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent, as usual. Will be back again. Service and food outstanding."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We returned to have another order of the lasagna - It has some of the best on the upper west side. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Best I've been to in Lincoln Center area, great food, wonderful service and very good value."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very good dinner in a great location (Lincoln Center)."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great pastas, best lasagna outside of Italy. Very reliable, friendly pre-theater service."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Probably the best place to eat in the Lincoln Center area. It's reasonable and the food and service are very good. I've been eating there since the late 60s "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is been my go-to choice for dinner whenever I have tickets for a performance at Lincoln Center for years. The hostess always seems slightly annoyed, but don't take it personally. The waiters are generally very good and attentive. You're not rushed, but you're also not sitting there nervous that you'll miss your show because your food is MIA. The food is reliably tasty (I don't want anything esoteric or too heavy that might not sit well before I go to the Ballet or the Opera) Pricing, especially for the area, is reasonable."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I love the wonderful lunch specials they have. Homey Italian food served up by Carmen and Daniel with a heaping helping of genuine hospitality !!!! Love it!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We made our reservations online (very easy!) for last Friday evening at 5:30PM and from the moment we stepped inside, the service we received was prompt and friendly. Il Violino feels like an oasis of calm amidst to the rush of Columbus Ave..Our group of four had a wonderful, leisurely 2+ hours of conversation and excellent dining before the 5 minute walk to Avery Fisher Hall for an 8:00PM performance. Great time! This will definitely be my go-to, Lincoln Center pre-performance restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time eating at Il Violino and it was just as I remembered. The food was fresh and delicious and portion size was plentiful. I was there with my mother for her birthday and the waiter very sweetly arranged to put a candle on her dessert and have the staff sing happy birthday to her. *<|:)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Love this restaurant when we're in NYC. Always wonderful."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Table request was not honored; other tables are too tight and service is always bunking into the chairs and the patrons. Food though OK was served cold and getting it heated took considerable time. Noise level far exceeded moderate where we were seated and make it very difficult to have a conversation. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I've been going to this Italian restaurant for many years and the food is always delicious and reliable."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is a great place for lunch near Lincoln Center. For $19 you get soup or salad (both excellent) and your choice of about 6 entrees, including several pastas, salmon and 3 kinds of chicken. And choice of a glass of white or red wine (this alone is usually $9-$11 in neighborhood restaurants) and coffee. But the main thing is that the food is very good - and the servings are abundant, There seems to be one waitress at lunch time and she is friendly and efficient. I will say this: I would rather have lunch here than a lunch with attitude at either Telepan or Lincoln (where the portions are embarrassingly small)."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Manhattan for the weekend to see our granddaughter sing with her high school choir in Carnegie Hall. This little restaurant is in a neighborhood area close to the hall. We were a bit early for our 6:00 reservation but were seated immediately in a small room with one round table overlooking the street The leek potato soup was delicious. We were each brought a plate of several slices of a thick sliced bread. I ordered a glass of wine and grilled shrimp Caesar salad. The salad was also very good -- not overly salty as some Caesar dressings are. Husband had chicken Parmesan - also good. Lemon sorbet and lemon cheesecake. He preferred the sorbet. We were brought a complementary aperitif of Lemoncello. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Great neighborhood italian spot with excellent pasta!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is a great, reasonably priced neighborhood Italian. The food is consistently good and the wines by the glass are well priced and very good. We have eaten there several times on our way to the opera or theater at Lincoln Center and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We both were in the mood for pasta the other night and figured we would try this restaurant simply because we've walked past it for many years and the reviews here were good. Indeed, the food was good as was the service. My only gripe was that I asked to add a little broccoli to my penne vodka and waiter said there would be a charge - which is often the case. When I asked how much he said he would need to ask the manager. He did and reported back that the charge would be $5 to $18 plate of pasta for a little broccoli ! $2 ok $3 maybe but $5?! Took a pass and enjoyed the meal notwithstanding. Our dishes were quite good but that one managerial decision was downer. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Il Violino is a really good neighborhood Italian place that has been there for over 30 years. I go there sometimes 2 or more times a week for lunch thanks to their wonderful prix fix menu which offers you a delicious soup or salad, choice of several hearty main courses and a lovely glass of wine. They even offer you a choice of complimentary coffee or tea after your meal. It is delicious and such a great bargain. The service is warm and friendly as well and that always makes me want to go to a place over and over again. Molto bene Il Violino!!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014