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Il Violino
Il Violino

Il Violino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilviolinonyc.com
  • Email: info@ilviolinonyc.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
  • "We come here all the time, usually on a friday or saturday, but may need to make wednesdays more often as the special seafood pasta dish was very very good. Also got the linguini with meatballs, and it was delicious. Love this place!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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
  • "This was always a good restaurant but now the food is even better. Had a delicious tomato soup, one of the tastiest verde salads I've ever had, the ravioli in alfredo sauce was scrumptious, and the chocolate cake, while small, was excellent. The 35 dollar prix fixe is a good deal -- you get both soup and salad with the meal, plus dessert and coffee. A great bet when you're in the Lincoln Center area -- it is only a couple of blocks away. Highly recommended! Another plus is that the food is not overly salted."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It was a very pleasant eveningwith a wide wine selection,good food and a very attentive staff."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, good service, moderate prices and a great place to eat near Lincoln Center!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything was great as usual. Food, service and friendliness was outstanding. Great place to eat before or after Lincoln Center."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Three of us had the Saturday Brunch ($16.95). Our Bloody Mary's were very good. The egg dishes ,bread ,and coffee were also very good. A wonderful meal before the Paul Taylor dance performance at a reasonable price. This restaurant does not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always consistently great food and atmosphere. Always come here before a show. Been coming here for 10 years"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Il Violino is one of the best Italian restaurants on the Upper West Side! Food is always superb and the price is right. Very convenient if you're going to Lincoln Center."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Everything was very good, especially the fish soup which had plenty of shrimp, squid, mussels, pieces of fish."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great as usual. Our waiter Daniel was the best. Very relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had dinner there before attending the opera at the Met. The food is great. My wife had the endive salad (full of fresh salad items) and I had the polpette (meatballs and mashed potatoes; it's also available as an entrée)) to start. She then had orchetta with sausage and I had buccatini with bacon. Both were outstanding. The ricotta cheesecake was a great way to end the meal. And it's only a 2 block walk to Lincoln Center."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I eat at Il Violino several times a year. We have always found the food and service to be quite good, with few exceptions. Seating isn't the most comfortable but they make the best of a tight space. We definitely recommend it, especially for pre-theater at Lincoln Center."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Haven't been in many years. Food was excellent. Great for pre-Lincoln center"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Ideal location within walking distance to the Lioncoln Center. Great food with no fanfare. It is cozy and a bit rustic with an accomodating hostess and unbelievable service. While il Violino did not have a children's menu, they bent over backwards to accomodate my two girls, one of whom is a very finicky eater. Our waiter, Marco, a very personable and attentive Equadorian who spoke almost perfect italian, treated her (and us) like family, joking with the finicky one and offering to make her whatever she desired. The food was fresh, flavorful and perfectly prepared with no overwhelming sauces. My finicky eater ordered the Salmon seared rare and it was served exactly as requested. It was a great experience and well worth the cost."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were in town to see a show and shopping for the girls. Realized mid-afternoon that we didn't make any plans for dinner. I had downloaded the Open Table App during a visit to Boston over the summer. Looked for a restaurant that my wife and I have frequented on numerous visits before. They had times available and could accommodate our family of four. The menu is obviously Italian, but offers a few basics that appealed to our youngest teenage daughter. The wait staff was very friendly and made sure that we had what we needed throughout the meal. The food was excellent. My wife and I have never had a bad meal or experience while eating at Il Violino over the years."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I have been to this restaurant several times alone, with family, and with friends. The food is always very good and the service is quick and efficient, and not too intrusive. The Capesante scallop dish is to die for, very delicious indeed. Prices are extremely reasonable for NYC. It is a great spot to dine at before an event at Lincoln Center, just a short walk away."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The best Italian food near Lincoln Center. The prices are moderate and the service very good."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I had no complaints with this restaurant. Everything was tasty, with nice wine, but there was nothing outstanding. This place was mostly selected due to its location."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Conveniently located near Lincoln Center. We arrived well before our reservation, and were still seated promptly. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Il violino is located within 10 minutes walk to the lincoln center. Food was good, large portions and moderate in price"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "What a great place to eat and hangout. Carmen, the hostess and the entire staff are very sweet and friendly. Food is delicious. Desserts are yummy. My boyfriend and I even do takeout from there when we want to eat at home. Definitely a must try!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were looking for somewhere to have dinner before the opera. We had never been here before and the reviews were excellent. We agree. We began with Calamari and Antipasto Misto All'italiana . We each had a different main course. I had Gnocchi alla Bolognese, my wife had the Brodetto Di Pesce, our friends had Petto Di Pollo and spaghetti pomadoro. We shared a wonderful side of Cavoletti Each dish was beautifully prepared and seasoned perfectly. Portions were more than adequate. The smallest yet still adequate was the Brodetto Di Pesce but in fairness it was listed as a soup and not a main course. Coffee and a biscotti for desert. We look forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Going to Lincoln Center, Il Violino is a must. Service from Daniel or Daniel is the best. The food is consistently excellent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Convenient to Lincoln center. Waitress did not provide cost of specials (neither did board) and we were surprised at the cost of the osso bucco. It was much higher than anything on the menu."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Pasta dishes are so fresh and the homemade tartufo for dessert is the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The location close to Lincoln Center is great and they know how to get people in and out quickly without it seeming too rushed..."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Had a late holiday lunch with colleagues. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The braised lamb and brussel spouts (side dish) were awesome."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Went here because it was close to Lincoln Center. Knew nothing about the place. Surprised that it was very good."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Il Violino has been at 68th and Columbus for years - and it's still going. Excellent place for brunch ($19) before a Wednesday matinee at Lincoln Center. Brunch consists of a starter, main course, coffee or tea and a glass of white or red wine. A glass of wine and a coffee costs $14 in most places!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "My companion and I were welcomed warmly by both the hostess and our waiter. The waiter was patient, friendly and helpful throughout our meal. He waited while we made a wine decision. The endive salad was excellent - I would have preferred a little more lemon/vinegar in the dressing, but my companion was very happy. We split the salad, an entree and a dessert. The braised lamb could not have been more tender and flavorful and the mashed potatoes were too good to leave untouched. The tiramisu was superb. For each course, our server placed the food in the middle of the table and carefully divided it between us. A lovely evening."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We ended up making a reservation at this restaurant close to Lincoln Center because there was no availability at other well reviewed restaurants. It was a pleasant surprise! We were seated by the window, which was great for Manhattan people watching. I had fish, my husband had veal and my son had lamb. All three of us were pleased with our choices and none were over priced."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Nice comfortable place with good food and good service."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "It is a well run neighborhood restaurant serving good food. Due to space size seating is tight. Hostess is always welcoming."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times... I brought a friend from France this time... he was very impressed with the food and service."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We came here pre Lincoln center, and found it on opentable. I was very impressed. The lamb was luscious, though way too much food. Pastas were very good. The service was prompt but not pushy, and the prices were reasonable for the area."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food and service here is always top rate, the corner location makes it the perfect people watching spot. It's one of my favorite spots in NY for great italian food."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The Lincoln Center area is filled with overpriced trendy spots. This is not one of them. Good for basic Italian-American in a pleasant environment, plus specials that can be a cut above. Their simple salmon with dijon mustard sauce was just fine, fresh veggies (although I have a thing about the mashed potatoes. Who ever had mashed potatoes in Italy? Something I'll never understand), and a good menu item. My husband had an interesting special - linguini with seafood cooked in the oven in paper - and it was loaded with fish. Very nice, rather rich dish. This was our second experience at Il Violino, and we'll return."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I have dined at Il Violino many times after going to the nearby movie complex or before a Lincoln Center event. The food and service have always been excellent. It is most pleasant to sit on the porch where the noise level is low"
    Dined on 1/2/2014