Lavo - NYC
Lavo - NYC

Lavo - NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavony.com/
  • Phone: 2127505588
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: M-F, & Sun; 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Dinner: Sat only; 7:30pm - 1:00am
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: John DeLoach
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call the restaurant at 212.750.5588 and ask to speak with a Manager re: catering. We're happy to assist you.
  • Entertainment: Live DJ nightly
  • Special Events: For dinner groups of 15 people or more, please call Special Events at 212.399.3097.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison and Park Avenues
  • Public Transit: 4,5,& 6 (Green Line) 59th St & Lexington Station,
    N & R (Yellow Lines) 60th St & 5th Ave Station, and
    E (Blue Line) 53rd St & Madison Ave Station
    M (Orange Line) 53rd St & Madison Ave Station
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Garages available on 57th, 58th, & 59th Streets between Lexington & Park Avenues. We do not validate. No valet parking.
A word from Lavo - NYC
Last reservations are at 12:45am.



Lavo is open for lunch Monday - Friday and Sunday brunch from 11:30am - 5:00pm.



We accept reservations up to one month in advance.
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Lavo - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
268 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (128)good for groups (105)vibrant bar scene (98)special occasion (71)fit for foodies (71)great for lunch (68)late-night find (55)notable wine list (44)neighborhood gem (42)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (26)great for brunch (23)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Superstar service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Celeste, our waitress, recognized me from a visit almost a year ago and was fantastic. She persuaded the chef to make my favourite dish from the dinner menu (it was lunch and off the menu), looked after our every need before we even knew we needed it, was super fun and brought complementary glasses of wine at the end of the meal. Fabulous lunch. I love the place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Deaf Mutes Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    While I love a lively, musical scene, the debilitating noise level is completely inappropriate for a restaurant of your calibre. You can't talk to each other or hear what the wait staff are saying. And for those of us who've spent time in the music industry, our hearing is already compromised. . My ears are still ringing after 3 days and we were seated outside!? I don't expect this to be posted . . I just believe in giving constructive feedback to those who can make a difference.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    NYROCKER
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great drinks, good Italian comfort good, and fun people watching Always consistent
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    SandramerleVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My usual go to place for lunch. this time was very disappointing especially as I was entertaining and treating a guest to lunch. Salmon Salad had very soggy lettuce, almost in edible. I did not say anything as I did not want embarrass my guest Lavo I know that you can do much better, service was very disappointing, not the usual standard, which is always fabulous. We patronize Lavo regularly and really did not enjoy this meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I typically don't write a review but your establishment calls for it. I recently went to Lavo for lunch and received impeccable service beyond telling. the food to wine was without a doubt superb! The staff, from entering the restaurant was just as wonderful as the service received by the server. Being in hospitality myself, it brings so much joy to see the craft executed with respect and class. Thank you for making a fellow person of service receive such hospitable service. Looking forward to my next visit. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cmep922
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food. Great service. Very noisy and tables were on top of each other!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time
    Anasilva1975
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Even having made reservation, we had to wait 30 minutes more to get our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • adynutza1976
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    FOOD NOT BAD BUT NOTHING EXCITING, TUNA GRILLED AS A MAINCOURSE ARRIVED COLD AND OILY..SERVICE OK BUT THE SERVERS SEEMED IN RUSH TO GO HOME EVEN THOUGH WAS 11:45 pm AND LAVO CLOSES AT 1.00 am. AT 12:40 THEY WERE ALREADY SITTING DOWN AT DIFFERENT TABLES WAITING FOR US TO LEAVE. NOT PROFESSIONAL AT ALL!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place with good food.
    L7CamperVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Nice restaurant, cool ambience, good food. The 16 oz kobi meatball is awesome and must be shared! We were there for lunch and ordered a Caesar's salad that had roasted chicken breast, skin, no bones, instead of a grilled chick breast and it didnt work. My friends seafood salad was just ok. No matter when you go there, its lively. And loud. And for drinks after work and dinner, its the spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jumbo Meatball !
    kpmeemers
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Based on a rec from a friend, I ordered the meatball w/ crostini and salad. The size is suitable for 8 people! It was delicious but so wasteful since I could only eat 3 bites. My husband ordered the sea bass and it was prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's all the fuss?
    Strongisland
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was just OK (everything was salty and too garlicy), and overpriced. Keep the nightclub essence downstairs and tone down the repetitive music in the dining area. Don't make your first acceptable reservation 7:30 pm and not open the doors until 7:30 PM. It was a little ridiculous. Conveniently though the staff told us to drink across the street at Tao until 7:30 (it's the same owner). If I knew that up front I would have just eaten at Tao which is much nicer and energetic inside. To say you went there, I guess go for it, but it's really nothing special and crowd was such mixed ages that I don't see if really impressing a hot date as the big hot spot!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives up to the hype
    snnATXVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place has amazing service & food. Def lives up to the hype, which is more than I can say for the other vastly popular places we visited while in the city. To top it off, one of the partners is one of the nicest people you will meet in NYC. Cannot wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • overpriced
    BobG
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food is ok; nothing special. Price in relation to value . . . not worth it. Service was poor; for example, salads were brought and then waiter disappeared . . . near impossible to obtain his attention to ask for fresh ground pepper. Typical for poor training.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration was great!
    LoveToEatOut
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Place rocks, 4 of us for a birthday celebration and sat next to Michael Jordan and Amahad Rashad! Trendy, fun, lively and hopping. Food was fantastic and wine very nice. Highly reccommed it if you like action and high energy places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food...great ambiance! We had a nice waiter, very professional. Service was overall good! The menu has a nice variety. The restaurant was clean, music was great...they had a DJ that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LAVO, COOL, DELICIOUS
    Demetreus
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great time with colleagues, good looking crowd, great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    DominoVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always have a great time here. Service was just right, our waiter knew that we wanted to linger a little and did not hurry us at all- which is unusual these days. Food was great, cocktails awesome!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lavo NYC
    GaryB
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was very good but not excellent. Overpriced for the quality you get although portions are large. My chief complaint was the Veal Parm at $46. The quality of the veal was excellent, thinly sliced. However, it was covered in too much mozzarella, and very little tomato sauce. Actually, the way they make it is to put the tomato sauce on the plate only, then the veal with heavy cheese, but no sauce on the veal below the cheeses. I sent it back. Came back 20 min later. Now it was charred on outside edge of veal, very little sauce and cheese.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoy lunch
    JuilavhaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    have lunch at Lavo every visit to NYC (monthly) perfect meeting place for lunch (with a reservation) or for a lite delicious salad pre flite LOVE LOVE the tomato "tapenade" served with the bread … use on my salmon in salmon salad & on Chicken paillard . wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's good
    FABFOODIE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The bread is delicious. The salmon I ordered was not. It was actually very bad and I was very surprised. The tiramisu was delicious! The highlight of the entire meal. The night club is separate and we never made it in. $2,500 for a table is ridiculous. The experience is not even worth it. Overall I recommend the restaurant just don't have the salmon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aprilkateVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I waited over an hour for my reserved table. I really do like the food here but I would probably stick to just coming here on Monday or Tuesday night. When it's busy - the service, the wait and the attitude of everyone working is just not worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to meet friends!
    nycfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. However, the best part was the service. I would definitely return to Lavo for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beeshoney
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lovely spot . Excellent food and service. Go on early side if you want a nice dining experience and don't want to be part of the "scene".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night at LAVO
    thegrand
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    very nice atmosphere, good food, good drinks, music and friendly staff, will be back very soon, especially for the meatballs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner out with the boys
    Noelcopp
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a fun night out the portionsportions were so big we only needed 3 appetizers and one main dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lavo- great midtown NYC spot
    garyb
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Lavo has tons of energy, a great bar scene, comfortable seating and one of the best Italian meatballs ever. They pour a very good cocktail, service is good, my raw bar items were great and the scene is loud in the front but fine in the back. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Benji
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Food is ok but overpriced , The hostess is not a Professional
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    FoooodReviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was somewhat skeptical after reading some of the reviews but I had a wonderful meal. Everything was outstanding. The service and the food. The bread is great. I ordered the Branzino, a side of potatoes and mushrooms.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    roesteve80
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The soup was wonderful, like I would make at home. Strip Steak was very good, and the portion was substantial. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    DDNY
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was great. Waiter was really a find, he knew how to please his customers. Food was very good. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch
    Gigine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went to lunch for last day of restaurant week and I had a lovely lunch for my birthday with my mom. The food was Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went for restaurant week. Everything was delicious. I've never had a portion of fish that small in life but that small bite was amazingly good. Would go back for a full priced meal and hope that isnt the normal portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Madison45
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was meh to say the least. My husband and I could not have a conversation. Couldn't wait to leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kimosabiVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Far exceeded our expectation. We went there during the NYC restaurant week, we enjoyed so much and will come back here again soon. The minestrone soup and chicken Marsala were exceptionally tasty, while Caesar salad and Penne Arrabbiata could have been better with asserted flavor. This was of one of best meals we have had as part of NYC restaurant week over the past decade.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Renee
    ReneeMBVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We celebrated a friends birthday and they brought a dessert with a birthday message....very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is my favorite restaurant!
    HAPPYHAPPY
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Lavo is always a go-to for Restaurant Week and even when it's not Restaurant Week. The service is always top notch; I am always treated with care and special attention. The food is routinely excellent quality. The noise level is consistently moderate, never too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amaze!
    Shantel
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his 28th birthday and the food was absolutely delicious! It was a little loud but service was fast( our food came out within 10 mins of ordering ! I changed my reservations about 4 times after running late and when we arrived out table was ready! Super nice staff, gorgeous crowd deff will return on a club night
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but soooo loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    so loud! need to yell to one another and we were only 3 people
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    NeighborhoodgemVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always have lots of fun at Lavo. Our favorite dish- Kobe meatballs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer to NYC
    LavoLover
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was my first visit to NYC and it was in celebration of my daughter's 16th birthday. We celebrated the special occasion at Lavo - it was a hit; the food was amazing the service was excellent and even the guests were friendly! Love Lavo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.