L'Orcio
L'Orcio

L'Orcio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lorcio.com/
  • Phone: 2037776670
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Hours:

    Friday Lunch Special

    (3 Courses $19)

    11:30 - 2:30

    Dinner Hours:
    Sunday 4:30 - 9:00
    Closed Monday
    Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:30
    Friday & Saturday 5:00 - 10:30

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco d'Amuri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: L'Orcio has a private dining area that works well for small intimate functions as well as large groups of up to 50. Menus are customized to customers requests.
  • Private Party Contact: Alison 2037776670

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pearl and Eld Streets
  • Public Transit: Minutes a way from Union Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street parking is available in the State Pulaski Lot which is located 1/2 a block from the restaurant.
A word from L'Orcio
L'Orcio is an upscale dining establishment serving Contemporary Italian Cuisine. In house made specialty pastas like Gnocchi, Papparedelle and Eggplant Ravioli are only part of the L'Orcio experience. Chef d'Amuri, an Italian native, also works his magic grilling whole fish and juicy steaks and offers a variety of meat and fish dishes daily. Desserts like Tiramisu', Charlotte agli Amaretti and Lemon Tart are also prepared in house. A relaxing and elegant ambiance with a European flare is the perfect backdrop for lunch, dinner or spirits. Located in a refurbished historical home the restaurant offers three unique spaces for their guests. Whether you're having a cocktail at the handsome bar, an intimate dinner in the elegant dining room or Appetizers with friends under the Wysteria covered Pergola in the courtyard all of your senses are sure to be pleased. Family owned and operated with an eye for detail L'Orcio has a lot to offer. Come in for a meal, a drink or just to say "Ciao."
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
L'Orcio reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (57)neighborhood gem (43)romantic (41)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (34)good for groups (19)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (6)hot spot (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Restaurant with Dining Appeal
    RhodyFan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Though one doesn't have to be dressed up, the atmosphere is respectable and, for those interested, even a bit romantic. The food and service was excellent. A definite do again. Nice for out of town guests whom you want to impress.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good was excellent, service was good. Very nice comfortable environment. Very pleasurable experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat
    LisaC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've been here three times and only dropped off our new college student at the end of August. The food is amazing and the staff is extremely friendly. We're making this our go-to every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant is a favorite for us. I love the farro salad appetizer and the filet mignon with the gorgonzola sauce is my favorite entree. My husband is especially fond of the veal dishes. If weather permits, the outdoor patio with hanging vines is the nicest outdoor seating in the area. The inside is beautiful too with nicely crafted woodwork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • House-made pasta!
    Firesign
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great rustic Italian fare w/ traditional favorites & new twists (chickpea ravioli). House-made pasta was fantastic. Prices for food & wine were reasonable, & wine list is mostly Italian in origin. Appeared to be a nice garden courtyard out back for dining; though, we were not offered the option to sit there. Only point of improvement would be the table service. The dining area is fairly intimate & was not at capacity, & other larger groups seated after our small party received their courses much more quickly. Over 2 hours for a meal with no appetizer or dessert was overly drawn out. Server did not offer any details on dishes/specials, and was not especially attentive. Timing & attention issues seemed to be server specific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Craig Bender
    CDBndr
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Got there early 5:45 seated right away, there were only a few tables seated at this point, apps and drinks came right out, the place was filling up. The entrees took way too long from the time we places our order at which time it still was not very busy. Fortunately the food was good and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teresa
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was delicious, The setting was very pretty. Nice outdoor area. Good value. Pleasant service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Lovely pergola over outdoor seating. The meal was flavorful, the service inpecable and the dessert worth going back for just for dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friday lunch in the garden!
    Maja
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fridays are the only days L'Ocio's is open for lunch--would that it was more--and it won't be long before their lovely pergola-covered garden is closed for the season, so make a reservation right now! The three-course special menu had many delicious choices for under $20, and the service was friendly and attentive. What a plesant way to start the weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Haven must
    Jimatehere
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very pleasant interior courtyard is the perfect setting for enjoying food that will make you think fondly of Italy. If you have never been to Italy here is your chance, go to L'Orcio in New Haven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect patio dinner experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Patio is perfect oasis to catch up with friends & enjoyed great food! Shared house appetizer, three of us had sea bass which was delicious & beautifully presented and fourth guest's lamb chops were cooked to perfection. Waitstaff perfect, didn't rush us, made sure pace of the meal allowed us to enjoy our time together.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Patio! The Patio!
    dmmkhesanhhill861
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We love L'Orcio for special occasion dining and have never had a bad experience there. The outdoor patio in back seems to be better and more charming every year as the greenery on the overhead arbor fills out more and more with every season. To be fair, we have only eaten inside once ( winter) and while the food was its consistent very good to excellent, the ambiance of the outdoor patio is what appeals to us. It's like being on the set of a Broadway play with the facades of the neighboring buildings -- not ugly, just natural for a neighborhood in New Haven -- rising up beyond the walls of the patio. Beats the heck out of sidewalk dining every time. Even in the heat of summer it's lovely out there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Italian near Yale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great ambience in the outside seating area, attentive and thoughtful service, excellent Italian restaurant near Yale. Travelling through for college drop off, couldn't have been better. Wet pastas were superb. Great salad choices. Good wine list.All five of us loved our food, ranging from picky foodie-type right down to meat 'n potatoes high school student.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    BdimoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant was one of the best I've been to in a long time! Everything was outstanding...and take it from me who is 100% Italian. It was truly great on all levels - ambiance, service and of course the FOOD!!! They also have a GREAT garden area in the back. If you are in New Haven and looking for a great place for dinner - run!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Beautiful outdoor space. Solid meal enjoyed by all.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as usual, kitchen very slow
    RistoranteUomoVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Branzino remains a standout as do the home made pastas. Kitchen on this visit, on a slow overall night, was very slow. Over two hours for dinner, not sure what the issue was but everyone was pretty tired after it was over!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's a small place and they make their own pasta. The menu offers a variety of dishes which feature their pasta along with meat, chicken and seafood dishes. The food is amazingly well prepared and served piping hot. The garden is lovely in the summer for a romantic special occasion. They also have a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food Ambiance Needs work
    Savannah
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was very good. Wait staff was ok. Waited too long for our wine. Need more wine by the glass selections also. There were too many flies buzzing around. Very annoying and grotesque to bat flies away while you are eating. We felt the place was way too loud. They first wanted to seat us at the table right near the bar. GLAD we changed our table. Bar area needs to be walled off to buffer noise. Place also needs noise bafflers put in place here and there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    YaleV
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Never fails to impress. My cousin has a garlic / onion food allergy and because all dishes are cooked up fresh, she could pick and choose from the menu and was so delighted with the flexibility offered to her. Service is always excellent and dining on the patio is wonderful. Super wine list. Excellent food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening in New Haven
    Waterman
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Everything was perfect. The atmosphere is great, the food was excellent, and the staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small, simple & suburb dining
    poet173
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A cozy restaurant that evokes a sense of community but ensures a private dining experience with lots of elbow room. Everything we ordered was delicious and although the menu and service were high end, the interaction was unpretentious. Nice wine selection. We recommend the Tiramisu - possibly the best we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A focus on quality
    Bfp855
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is carefully prepared and the high level of ingredients is evident in every bite. This is not the Italian cuisine most people are used to and may not be for everyone. Many of the dishes are simple and I am glad they leave the wow and fusion to other establishments. The beauty of The food in Italy is it's simplicity and in my opinion nobody does it better than L'orcio.... If you can treat yourself to Spaghetti Carbonara (not on the menu) you will not regret it. The Nutella Crepe is quite wonderful as well so save room after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tmvnjv
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Highly recommend! The outdoor seating is so pleasant and it's hard to believe your are sitting on State St in New Haven, it feels very private. Our server was amazing and answered all of our questions.She helped us make our wine selection by allowing us to sample a wine we ended up not ordering and in the end we were pleased with our Montepulciano. And then there's the food, wonderful! The homemade pasta is light as a feather, we ordered 2 ragu's one Norma and then the chicken cacciatore special all over pasta. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    JimFood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Experience, food and service all very strong. I'd recommend the restaurant and come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ellie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Once again we enjoyed a delicious meal. This was our third visit and each time it gets better. We have dined both inside and outdoors, enjoyed both. The salmon was fabulous and my husband had the lamb chops and said they were perfect. I can't wait to return and highly recommend L'Orcio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best outdoor dining in New Haven
    luvnewhaven
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at L'Orcio and I highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant offering fabulous Italian (not red sauce Italian mind you) food. The outdoor patio is very special and extremely pleasant on most summer evenings. I had the lobster ravioli which was packed with lobster. Great special selection list. Everyone in our party cleared their plate. Desserts are also greatl, the best tiramisu on the planet. When we don't sit on the patio, we like to eat at the bar, cozy but nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    table42
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Beautiful night for outdoor dining in the sunken patio area. Relaxing ambience, delicious food, attentive and friendly staff! An enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was mediocre at best. Service was terrible. I had really high expectations for this restaurant and was mightly disappointed. Liked the bartender though! And the outdoor patio was really pretty. Goodfellas down the road has much better food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your typical Italian restaurant
    gdel64
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    From the tomato sauce to the excellent veal every dish at L'Orcio was a treat to the pallet. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Anything on the menu is a good choice. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    asdfgh
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nice Italian restaurant near downtown New Haven. Menu is limited to their specialties.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good as usual
    RistoranteUomoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good food as usual, not too many exciting choices but everything is very good. Branzino special was very good. Place was almost annoyingly loud on this particular night, very hard to have a conversation at our table for 4.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Dinner
    PAS2539VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was our first time at L'Orchio. Relatively easy to get to, and on-the-street parking was available. Although dinning on the patio was available, we ate inside. I would say the inside decor, etc., is a little on the warn side, but the food was spectacular. Our server, Julie, was friendly and very competent. We like to take our time, and she didn't rush us. We had salad caprese and two veal dishes- saltemboco and scalapine. Both excellently prepared and delicious. If you like beautifully prepared Italian food, you will love L'Orchio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • June 21st
    KenF
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We came for my wife's birthday with my son and daughter-in-law and had a tremendous meal. Plenty of things to choose from and we all had something different, but nobody had "order envy"...we were thrilled with what we ordered. Beautiful weather so the Courtyard was magnificent. My daughter-in-law pronounced L'Orcio as her favorite restaurant in Ct. Great job and can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Gnocchi We Have Ever Had
    DebinSTLVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were just driving through New Haven on our way to Stamford and wanted a nice Italian meal. We never would have found this place without it being included in Opentable but what a gem. We sat out back on their patio - the weather was stunning. We hope that we didn't bother our fellow diners with all the oohhh's and aaahhh's we were making about their gnocchi. Absolutely delicious - we talked about it for days afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    razimm
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Enjoyable experience, good food. Would have preferred a table in the back room
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Rushing
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Traditional Italian meets creative Italian Staff is friendly the garden is lovely
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining in the garden
    kennyc
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Had an wonderful dinner at L'Orcio, dining in what they refer to as "the garden" in the rear of the restaurant. Lovely, quiet meal under the vine-covered pergola. Food, service, pacing all excellent. They were very accomodating to my 94 year old mother-in-law - the garden is actually more accessible than the indoor part of the restaurant which requires going up two fairly steep steps. The garden can be accessed through a gate on the side of the building with no steps at all. Staff was very welcoming and friendly; food creative, delicious and (for this kind of quality) very reasonably priced. Everything a restaurant should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MiniMom
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The menu is great. Quality if food is excellent. Definitely will come back to dine again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    As usual we had a great meal and ther service was outstanidng as well. all four of our parties apps were great as were the entrees and desserts and coffee. Also, we spilled a glass of red wine and before we could ask our waitress was helping to clean up, got us a glass od seltzer water and a napkin while another waiter got more napkins and a new chair....what fast efficient teamwork!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile. It is only open for lunch on Friday's but well worth the wait. The atmosphere was lovely. The staff was attentive but best of all the food was amazingly good. Very authentic Italian cousine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate