Il Violino
Il Violino

Il Violino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilviolinony.com/
  • Phone: 2128732500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 12:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Monday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch:
    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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Il Violino reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)great for lunch (14)fit for foodies (13)romantic (11)great for brunch (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Il Violino
    juilliard
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent spaghetti bolognese
    Davidf44VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I just like neighborhood feel and service, nice window enclosed patios seating and decent Italian menu... - david
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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  • Excellent overall experience
    Fifi
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The staff was very attentive to our group of six. The meal was not rushed. The food was very good.
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  • Not as expected
    Lyketoeat
    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.
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  • neighborhood gem
    Molly
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IL Violino A Special Place
    JST0236
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite
    SGNY
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch on the West Side!
    JLCNYVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caboose
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Service, food, ambiance and hostess, great as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • convenient to Lincoln Center
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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  • Overpriced & SO crowded
    Hudson
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neigborhood Gem
    toblis
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, friendly service
    BestItalian
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • welcoming
    montaukjoy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a most enjoyable experience with fantastic homemade pasta and wonderful service.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovetotravel
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Honored reservation. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was very good. Got us out in time for Ballet
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice meal!
    stevea10
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aprillong
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Good dinner with friendly waiters and staff. I've been before and will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average Italian
    fracas99
    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!
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reliable pre-theater
    musicdocVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An outstanding favorite
    Janes
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caboose
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent, as usual. Will be back again. Service and food outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Italian
    BenLJNYC
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We returned to have another order of the lasagna - It has some of the best on the upper west side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Best I've been to in Lincoln Center area, great food, wonderful service and very good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Very good dinner in a great location (Lincoln Center).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Lincoln center
    bizzyeeterVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great pastas, best lasagna outside of Italy. Very reliable, friendly pre-theater service.
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  • Reliable Italian Food
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My pre-Lincoln Center choice
    LS115
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
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  • Il Violino hits all the right notes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Concert perfection....
    MetFan1
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable.
    LisaGinCT
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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. *<|:)
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always consistent
    LoLo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love this restaurant when we're in NYC. Always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 345 reviews are from the Il Violino reviews archive.
  • Bad Night
    Rusty
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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  • Lincoln Center Favorite
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I've been going to this Italian restaurant for many years and the food is always delicious and reliable.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upper West Side affordable
    JLCNYVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Carnegie Hall
    Grlfmtexas
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great UWS italian spot
    2A9BVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great neighborhood italian spot with excellent pasta!
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  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    RockrolexVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service BUT
    NYadvocateVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.