La Bussola Ristorante

La Bussola Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labussolaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 5166712100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from La Bussola Ristorante
Genuine Italian charm & classic Italian cuisine is what you can expect at this popular restaurant, a landmark for 25 years. A beautiful wood bar leads you into the main dining room that is divided into two sections. Candlelight & fresh flowers on every table, complete the romantic, sophisticated atmosphere.

When you arrive, a combination of warm brick oven, semolina & raisin fennel breads are at your table. Each dish is prepared to order using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes are Osso Bucco, Veal Chop a la Bussola, Red Snapper Livornese, Chicken Campagnola, & Lobster alla Fra Diavolo. Homemade desserts are luscious Italian cheesecake, Napoleon, & their incredible tiramisu. An exceptional wine list features selections from Italy, California & Chile.

You'll receive a warm welcome from the owners & staff of this well established landmark serving authentic Italian cuisine. The professional wait staff, who has been with the family for many years, know the customers.
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La Bussola Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)good for groups (5)romantic (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Old Fashioned Italian Greatness
    lubachka
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Walking into La Bussola was like walking into what real solid italian restaurants used to be except it still is at La Bussola. Excellent service, quality food, generous portions and all around great atmosphere.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful lunch al fresco
    Neptune
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Friend and I met for a weekday lunch and enjoyed the outdoor seating. Food was delicious and service was excellent. So nice to sit at a table with linens and enjoy fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BarryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food is always excellent . Waiters very accommodating and well trained. Kitchen will make you just about anything. A favorite for over 20 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and service
    luvbussola
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was delicious and the staff was accommodating with the flexibility of ordering something not on menu. It was my father-in-laws 80th birthday and you made it so special with the amazing desserts and singing to him. Carlo went out of his way to make it special. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    lipastagirlVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our first time here celebrating a graduation and everything was wonderful - the food and service! The pasta dishes were incredible, especially the lobster fettucini! steaks all around and while perfectly cooked, general consensus was it was a bit lacking in flavor. Thanks guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    TonyMichaels23VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants anywhere. Been going her for more than 20 years. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Glen Cove's finest
    TonyMichaels23VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Never disappoints. Been going here for more than 20 years, always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have been there a number of times in thepast year. Food and service is lways very good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 104 reviews are from the La Bussola Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Nice place
    Gabescog
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Place is nice clean and has character food and service were very good
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    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Glencove56
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This is our go to restaurant. Service, food, ambiance is great. We' ve had many family parties, and get togethers here, and always had a great time.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey and not very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were charged $3 for a 1/2 glass of club soda. you had better ask the price of the specials before ordering. specials are pricey. food is noting exceptional. the corking charge is rather steep at 25; should be $20. wine by the glass was not very good. Probably would not go back. not a good value at all for the price. owner did not seem to care when we commented to him. My nephew also had a terrible meal there and the owner did nothing to try and correct it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice birthday dinning
    usagi
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I and my family took my mother in law for her birthday. We all were satisfied with great foods and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have dined at la bussola a number of times;it is always very good...people are great...food is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food
    Luke
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    An incredibly diverse menu, excellent wine list, and a caring staff made the experience at Bussola a fantastic one. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistently great
    SignNDineVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Always consistently great food and good service. One of the very best Italian restaurants on LI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is place never disappoints
    seektravelVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is place never disappoints me. The food and service is excellent. The Tiramisu the BEST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK
    Awesome
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    wasn't overly impressed with the food, did have to wait for meal a little longer then expected.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We have been dining at this restaurant for a number of years....the food is outstanding ...carlo is a great owner....
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food Great Bartender
    HGC24VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We happened to be going to a wedding in Glen Cove and decided to give this place a try. The panzanella was good, but the risotto with scallops was delicious. They have a very small bar that we sat at and enjoyed talking to the bartender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • like meeting an old friend
    ccw12VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    this is a favorite from many, many years ago and having visited recently, the friendship holds true! Carlo is as wonderful as ever as is everything the kitchen produces. Veal, steak, fish, and especially pasta, all hit the spot. Desserts are a MUST. Service is top notch and everything from coats off to after dinner drinks is a delight!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Brussola
    Georgine
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Enjoyed a pleasant evening of fine dining with an elegant atmosphere. good food delivered timely by pleasing servers. xoxoo
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the moment you arrive
    2butterflies
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, the staff makes you feel welcomed and appreciated. Not only are they professional but genuine as well, The food is always top quality and always consistent. La Bussola is my go to restaurant for special occasions as well as just a casual night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been going there for years...food
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Been going there for years...food is the same high quality...always the best
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Cyx6four
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    La Bussola never disappoints. The food is outstanding and the service excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very expensive with fair food.
    BertVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Very expensive with fair food. Not a very good combination. We wanted an 8 PM reservation but only 7 was available. When we left at 9 half the tables were still available.
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  • Appetizers very good, entrees
    slashr
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Appetizers very good, entrees average. I had the stuffed pork chop which was overcooked and lacked seasoning. On the other hand, one of our party had the lobster pasta special and was very pleased. Service was good, personable, but maybe a little distracted. I also believe we were overcharged for cocktails. $33 for two straight up drinks is probably more than Manhattan prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    The best Italian restaurant in New York, in the food, in the service, and in the overall experience. Thanks Carlo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Great culinary integrity!
    Yorkville84
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Outstanding regular menu and appealing specials accompanied by a very amiable wait staff. A very enjoyable dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    Tom1
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Exceptional food, charming setting and a congenial staff create a feeling of being part of the Bussola family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Solid place
    pmnyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Food and service are very good. Portions are nice sized and prepared very well. Wine list needs to be expanded. Over all very good restaurant in Glen Cove
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We picked La Bussola for our son's High School Graduation dinner and it was the perfect choice! The food, service and atmosphere could not have been more outstanding. We will be returning for certain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The staff is very friendly
    seektravelVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The restaurant has a European classic feel. Wine selection is great. The have a bar up front so they do happy hour and make some great cocktails. As for food some of our favorites are the stuffed artichoke, polenta with mascarpone, and the Linguine e Gamberi Areganato which is shrimp and spinach with pasta in a bread crumb garlic sauce. When its time for dessert you must try the tiramisu which is the BEST I ever had. This place has become my fav Italian restaurant in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    ToeKnee
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Great service, delicious food, superior ambiance. What more do you need???
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food.Specials are creativ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Recommend the restaurant to others without exception
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Family run Business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    La Bussola has it all. From Carlo the owner greeting you with a smile at the door. To Jerry the wonderful old school bartender preparing perfect cocktails. La Bussola is a little home away from home, providing expertly prepared italian dishes, and providing top notch service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Italian restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    My favorite Italian restaurant. Excellent food, service, and experience. Bravo La Bussola!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 31 years of good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    La Bussola has been consistently good each and every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THe service was the worst
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    THe service was the worst i ever experience...in addition to taking over an hour for our meal, with no apology, it took them 20 minutes to get us our check after we had to ask for it...twice!!!
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  • I have lived in this area
    seektravelVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    I have lived in this area for 17 years and I have never tried this place. Wow I have been missing out on some pretty fantastic food! I will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old World Charm, Fantastic food
    wmw322VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    The valet greeted us so nicely, it was a great start to our night. We were acknowledged immediatly & seated without delay. It was a busy Friday night, the table we asked for was waiting for us. I have been eating here for years & feel being handed a second menu listing the specials instead of our waiter describing them was a notibly missed opportunity to ask questions & it felt cold. I didn't like that at all! My Cosmo was excellent, chilled perfectly. The bread, just okay, usual. They should step that up a notch. Salads & entres were fabulous! Food @ La Bussola is the reason you come, there has never been a disappointment. Fish & veal perfectly prepared. They excel @ their sauces & gravies. Fantastic meal & service! We can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic