Lincoln Ristorante
Lincoln Ristorante

Lincoln Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lincolnristorante.com/
  • Phone: 212-3596500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch

    Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm

    Lunch

    Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 2pm

    Dinner

    Sunday: 5:00 - 9:30pm

    Monday - Saturday: 5:00 – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Benno
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
  • Special Events: Our private dining room offers an intimate oasis, in the heart of Lincoln Center, for events accommodating 2 to 16 people.

    Chef Benno's exquisite cuisine will be served by a dedicated team who will take care of your guests' every need. Perfect for business or personal functions, Lincoln's private dining room features:

    -55" flat screen plasma TV for presentations, DVD and/or Blu-ray playback
    -WiFi access
    -Wireless phone conferencing
    -iPod hookup for custom audio playlists
    -Complete privacy
    -Custom menus

    To book your next event in our private dining room (2-16), East dining for medium-size gatherings, or the entire restaurant for full-scale celebrations for up to 175, please contact Yale Frederiksen at 212/3596513 or yfrederiksen@patinagroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Amsterdam and Broadway
  • Public Transit: Take 1 to 66th Street (Lincoln Center).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Northbound and southbound (via 65th Street): Entrance located between Broadway and Amsterdam 200 feet on the right and is open Mon – Sun. All other times use the 62nd Street entrance.
A word from Lincoln Ristorante
At Lincoln Ristorante, we offer our interpretation of modern Italian cuisine in New York at Lincoln Center. Our philosophy is simple: to source the best local ingredients and prepare them with authentic Italian methods and spirit. While our location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool is exquisite, with panoramic views and a grass lawn roof, the heart of our restaurant is the central open kitchen.

The menu offers our take on traditional preparations ranging from spaghetti al pomodoro to vitello tonnato and simply grilled branzino. Antipasti coax rustic ingredients into dishes with deep, savory flavors. Desserts are beautiful renditions of Italy’s classics: light, lush and irresistible.

While reservations are recommended to ensure a table, walk-ins are welcome at our bar where the full menu is served. We are open seven days a week offering lunch, pre-theater, dinner and weekend brunch.

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Lincoln Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
397 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (251)fit for foodies (249)notable wine list (148)romantic (146)scenic view (141)neighborhood gem (136)great for outdoor dining (105)great for lunch (90)good for groups (52)great for brunch (52)late-night find (29)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Great place to dine
    tastebud330
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent place to have either romantic or business diner. Creative in the sense that the chef rotates regional Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food is tasty with original dishes. Service is superb. A good place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Na amazing place, na amazing service, outstanding wine list (in every prices you want). An incredible experience, specially to a person that does not live in NY. Great choice!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    wellssbVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food and ambiance were great. Service was slow but when they were there they were pleasant helpful and attentive.
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  • A decline in taste but not price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have eaten here several times and been impressed with the quality of the food . However, ate here Saturday and our dinner was definitely not as tasty or delicious as the high prices demand. Generic pasta - the white truffle and veal pasta dish, the veal completely overpowered the delicate flavor if the white truffle. My husbands pork was so fatty as to be in edible. Wine was fantastic and well chosen by the sommelier.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    VladThelad
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    When you return to a place where your first experience was as close as it gets to perfection, you can't help but fear they won't match the expectations. This is the ultimate test of consistency, and the trademark of an excellent restaurant. The Lincoln is as safe a bet as it can be; always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Chip
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Overpriced and not as delicious as it should have been. Quiet and convenient for Lincoln Center.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent service. Opera steps away. Food good. Wine selection very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-ballet perfecttion
    Soozie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Dinner with two good friends before the ballet was just right! Our amuse bouche of chicken pate with pistachios was delicious, as was the frequently refilled foccaccia and breadstick tray. Our three entrees were wonderful: the handmade, square pasta with clam sauce, sea urchin butter, and toasted bread crumbs was wonderful as was my friends' sturgeon with mushrooms and lentil puree and pork chop. A beautiful spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I have been to Linxoln many times. The food is delicious. The service excellent. The restaurant itself is beautiful. It is a sophisticated dining ecperience with a neighborhood feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant at Lincoln Center
    operafan141VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Lincoln Ristorante is consistently wonderful. The staff is professional, helpful and always friendly - they go above and beyond to make dining there a total pleasure. The food is fabulous - do not miss the butternut squash ravioli - and they send you off with a small box of treats for you to enjoy at intermission! This is a truly fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were impressed, to say the least. The all-glass enclosure makes for a wonderful dining experience. The food overall and the little things made perfect sense. Would recommend it as a quintessential NY experience. We have eaten in dozens of well reviewed restaurants in NY. This belongs at the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular
    AlonVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Amazing food on the Lincoln center plaza. View of the plaza and the center. Service is five stars. Pricey but worth every dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special in every way
    kklazar
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my second time dining at Lincoln and it was just as wonderful as the first. We were seated with a lovely view of the reflecting pool and the kitchen, both fascinating, each in their own way. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, and it was the perfect complement to our evening of ballet across the plaza. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the best
    BeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    go for excellent cocktails and dessert... the rest of the food is underwhelming for the price
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    zfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We eat at Lincoln regularly. Last night's meal was superb. Dishes were unique, presentation perfect, everything was delicious and service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre Theater Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lincoln is great for per-concert or pre-oper dining, with efficient, polite first rate service and food. The decor is warmly modern and the sound level i moderate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always fantastic
    Svetlana
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have dined here about 4 -5 times and it is always so special. Authentic Italian food, great views, warm service. What a pleasure to spend our special time here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TopShelf78
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Amazing conbination of excellant food, fantastic service and exceptional sophistication unparalelled on the UWS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegance
    Bwlib1VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Lincoln is a pleasure from the moment one is seated! The front room is my favorite. The glass let's one look out yet it reflects the light of the room back in a romantic hue. All four of us devoured each course. The dinner was beautifully served as well. Wine by the glass was stunning! Lincoln is a tour de force!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect romantic restaurant
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Beautiful interior, comfortable seats, fabulous food and wine and it was quiet enough for conversation! The restaurant is a favorite for folks attending performances at Lincoln Center, but if you make a 7 or 7:30 reservation, the restaurant empties out and is delightfully quiet. It is so rare to find the combination of great food and tranquil surroundings. I will be a regular whenever I am in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1/2 drink for twice the price
    Back2NYCVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Hi- We found this at another patina restaurant recently- Brasserie 8 1/2. They give you small portions of wine and martinis so that you need to buy a second to make it through dinner. Bad corporate policy!!!! Good way to lose clients. Thus the downgraded rating for them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • Still one of my favorites
    Thewb123VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Party of four for my birthday. Great experience. Perhaps the best unpretentious service in New York. Love the Negroni bar and the captain's ability to suss out the perfect combo of gin, vermouth and Campari-look-alike based on your mood. Italian-regional menu is always a pleasure. Current offering not their best, but still better than 95% of restaurant offerings in the city. And you are looking out on Lincoln Center or Juilliard. Absolutely my favorite big deal evening in the city. I always feel special here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathleen
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We have visited this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. Everything is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wonderful service and excellent, beautifully presented food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal before the show
    TheDoctor
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Perfectly located, separated from the opera house by a picturesque pond, pleasant outlook and very good food and service at an acceptable price. The combination of convenience and quality makes this my choice for the future when going to the Met.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, mixed service
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were surprised by the abrupt service at Lincoln Ristorante. The food was so delicious and some of the wait staff were well-mannered by our main waiter was cold and unhelpful. I wonder if he is in the right job; perhaps customer service is not for him. We did, however, think the food was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • outstanding in every way
    rainieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The three of us enjoyed our wine, appetizers, main courses and dessert. There was not a single misstep. Service was charming and attentive without being obtrusive. Food was perfectly prepared, beautifully plated....but most importantly....delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    catgirlflVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fish, pasta and meat were all excellent. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Very comfortable and elegant. A bit noisier than last time we were here, Saturday night after curtain time was still full. Vitello tonato is really unusual, maybe too much so,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    When you walk in, you see all glass and views of Lincoln Center....a beautiful entrance statement! The food, service, ambiance and decor make this restaurant one of my favorites. A winner all around
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BB14E
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Took someone special for dinner. It was a wonderful delicious dinner. Very attentive service. Did request a special table and they did not accommodate me. Told me that a regular customer Gets first preference.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Arts
    Nigel5
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As always Jonathan Benno has managed to provide world class food in a world class environment, Lincoln Center. We were very much pleased with his interpretation of Piedmontese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Fantastic
    BigDinNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took my daughter here for her birthday. The restaurant is beautiful. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful. The restaurant is expensive, but worth every dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DLRJ
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Linclon was a very good choice for dining with my wife and kids before going to an event at Linclon Center.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Lincoln Center
    Vegetarian
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First class modern ambiance with inventive menu. However, if you're a vegetarian, the pasta dishes are not sufficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Choice
    TravelJunkieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lincoln never fails to deliver an outstanding dining experience. The food and wine is excellent, service leaves nothing to be desired and the space is drop-dead gorgeous. We attend performances regularly at Lincoln Center and Lincoln is by far our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pijesaroli
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was very good, if somewhat plain and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely surprise in terrific environ
    MereSanct
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I shouldn't be surprised...the setting is beautiful, STAFF TERRIFIC (well trained, knowledgeable, cordial without being obtrusive) and the food could not be better (choose wisely to your taste and don't blame the kitchen if it is not to your liking, laughing). Menu is thoughtful, well executed, and varied enough to accommodate most eaters. We shall be returning often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jeff
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Still one of my favorites. Food and service cannot be exceeded. Being surrounded by Lincoln Center with amazing light coming in from all directions you feel like you're eating outside, but perfect weather conditions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    dinersfromsc
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was our first visit to this excellent restaurant and it was superb. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and shown promptly to our table. Our waiter/host was very informed about the menu offerings and suggested wine pairings for the courses we ordered. All of the staff was courteous and made this a very delightful dining experience. We highly recommend this to all diners seeking a first class meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.