Luna Rossa Ristorante
Luna Rossa Ristorante

Luna Rossa Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lunarossanyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 517-3118x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday Through Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM
    Sunday Brunch 12 Noon - 3 PM; Dinner 3 PM to 10 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Floess
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for further details
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for further details
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Floess 2125173118x
  • Special Events: Please contact us for further details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1 Avenue & 2 Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subway 4-5-6 train to 86 and Lexington
    Bus M 15 stops at 86 street and 1 Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Luna Rossa Ristorante
One can hardly walk by a new neighborhood restaurant without noticing it; especially a cozy Italian place on the Upper East side - LUNA ROSSA is a hit in the neighborhood. Developed by Paolo Floess, the long-time Chef,he work the past 17 Years on the Upper East Side its cuisine displays a special blend of contemporary and traditional dishes from all major twenty regions of Italy. It also offers a great selection of exquisite wines from north to south of Italy. LUNA ROSSA offers a very relaxing and mellow atmosphere, decorated with original works of art and delicate colors. It is definitely the place to dine with your family and friends or for a perfect romantic dinner.... LUNA ROSSA IS TRULY A MUST!!!
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Luna Rossa Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (13)romantic (12)notable wine list (8)special occasion (5)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Bob's review
    BobbyG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food does not disappoint and service is above part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and good
    DedicatedVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very good service and nice Italian food. For the neighborhood fair prices and low sound level. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • true italian
    Henry
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fantastic food and service is 5-stars. Best neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Luna Rossa is a wonderful local UES gem. The food is delicious, the service is attentive, and they did not rush us from the table. My only fear in recommending is that it will become too popular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit or many more to come
    wmw322VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We LOVED this special little gem. They knew exactly who we were & where we asked to be seated as soon as we walked through the door. Our table, at the rear of the restaurant, was ready & waiting despite the fact that we were 1/2 hour late. Service was gracious & friendly, almost old world-like. The decor was is warm, comfortable & romantic but also, easy going & friendly. NOT STUFFY! Big menu! FABULOUS wines by the glass. Great crusty bread. Salad w/ grilled peaches, as good as it gets, however their signature starter w/ thinly sliced veal was the winner! Salmon & Cornish Hen entrees perfect & very generous portions. We're saving desert for our next visit. Fairly priced for top of the line service, ambiance & cuisine. Don't pass this up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an off night
    fredVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    salads were out of this world, red wine from Italy superb but the main courses were off. We ordered what we usually ordered. The duck breast was fair, the ravioli in red sauce lacked something and my wife's shrimp dish was nothing to write home about. Maybe they had a different chef. Usually the food is outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Delight!
    NaturalFood14VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a lovely, small restaurant with attractive decor and back windows that look out on a garden. There are many menu choices and delectable specials. The chef is excellent! The wines are well selected and you can have a mixed drink if that is your preference. If you want to be assured of a delicious meal to share with a special date or good friends this is the place. Although i would feel comfortable dining here alone, knowing I would be made to feel at ease and welcome!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding as always
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everyone we've ever taken to this restaurant leaves with happy taste buds, a full stomach, and a smile on their face. The food is delicious and ranges from light to very filling. A glance at the other tables shows very happy diners. I think the waitstaff in this restaurant is the major contributor to the overall happiness. They are very professional and fun. Not at all pretentious. As great as the staff is, the food is the star. Amazing. We will go back again. And again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very well done. Creative food / menu and well prepared. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Our first visit to this resturant but it won't be our last!! Great waiter, great wine and excellent food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The New "Our Place"
    Geoff
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is the new "our place". We had a number of "our places" on the UES but the Second Avenue subway managed to cause almost all to close. A big "Thanks for Nothing" to the MTA. We have been looking for a replacement for quite some time. We've found it. Been regulars since our first visit and intend to keep going. Food is superb, service is above and beyond, and we're right across the street! What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Special!
    Juniper
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was delicious and the service very good. We especially enjoyed our clam dish and veal Milanese. The gelato was refreshing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fantastic
    Geoff
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    As usual the food, service, and ambience were wonderful. Had the added benefit of running into Marty McFly and family!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem...
    RoseDaleVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is worth leaving your neighborhood to come to our neighborhood. Been here several times, as a couple and with friends, and it has been consistently good and fairly priced. Menu is classic Italian with daily specials that will accommodate most tastes. It's one of those classic long, narrow Manhattan restaurants off First Avenue, but laid out comfortably so diners are not rubbing elbows with the next table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    There was a problem with the menu. The online menu was very different form the resturant menu. In-house menu was very limited and much ore expensive. Waite staff was confused delivered food that was not ordered.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but uneven.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The fried artichoke and the eggplant were excellent as appetizers. My veal chop was a bit too fatty, my wife's veal marsala was a bit flavorless, but my daughter's ravioli were delightful. The dessert (millefolgie) was perfect. So , the meal was good but uneven. The service was first rate. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service
    Geoff
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had the pleasure (as usual) of some always interesting conversation with Helton as well as being served by Hector. Both make dining at Luna Rossa all the more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My husband and I LOVE Luna Rosa. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is wonderful, and the service is exceptional. There are many reasonably priced wines on the wine list and we have really enjoyed every one we have tried. The specials are always changing, and they are excellent and different. I am transported to Italy while dining at Luna Rosa. Truly a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 182 reviews are from the Luna Rossa Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Fun evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Great food, service and ambiance... we arrived early and there was no problem with our being seated right away. My sole was great and my husband's sausage pasta was served perfectly. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth every penny
    AdkBill
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have never been disappointed by the food at Luna Rossa, and I have very frequently been extremely pleasantly surprised. Italian restaurants are a dime-a-dozen in New York City, and most deliver uninspired food at an inflated price--not so at Luna Rossa, where the food is worth every penny of the slightly above average prices. For once, I've found a place where I get my money's worth and more. If I absolutely must nit-pick about something, at least one of the waiters lays on the Italian accent a little too thickly with an overabundance of "prego"-s. I can live with that for the good food. Tip: if available, ask for a table at the back where you can look out the window on a lovely garden/back yard scene.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food and Service
    KNinko
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went for Lunch on Easter. We were greeted outside by our extremely friendly waiter, and offered our choice of seats (it wasn't busy yet, but was very busy by the time we left). We sat in the back by the window, and it was lovely to have natural sunlight beaming in. The service standard of every member of staff who interacted with us was top notch. We began with the Caprese appetizer, and the Buffalo Mozzarella tasted homemade. I then had the Ravioli, and my boyfriend had the Roast Duck. Both were absolutely fantastic - the Bok Choy that came with the Roast Duck was one of the best side dishes I've ever tasted. A great Yorkville neighborhood restaurant - authentic food and amazing service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    eatwell58
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is the 2nd time we've dined at the restaurant. It offers quaint atmosphere and very nice service. The appetizer, entrees and desserts are prepared well and taste delicioso! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    BigBowlReviewVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was amazing. Service could have been better. Felt like our table of 2 was an imposition to the waiter and we got forgot about. Will definitely return for the food and hopefully the service will be better next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Went with a large party and the resounding theme was "we need to come back so we can try everything on the menu". Each one of us had something different and every plate was cleaned. I had the chopped/ chef salad. And the wild boar ragu. Both fantastic. The service was lovely. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been returning to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We have been returning to Luna Rossa over and over and it is consistently a delight in terms of food, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine not as good as last time.
    fredVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    wine not as good as last time. Pasta and fish superb.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful place
    jeff
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I have been here many times and have never had a meal that I did not thoroughly enjoy. It is a wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant, which is welcoming and friendly, with excellent food and a quiet and comfortable ambiance.
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  • Excellent Italian on UES
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I ate here for the first time on Saturday evening, and we liked everything about it. We were seated promptly at a small corner banquette in the back room. Service was attentive but not overbearing. The fog gnocchi lives up to the excellent comments other diners have made, and the fettuccine bolognese was delicious, if not exceptional. The wine list is not large, but there is a wide range of selections by the glass, with some interesting choices. All in all, a very nice spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood favorite
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    My husband and I have dined here at least once a week for the past 2 years and so have sampled the menu widely. Their pasta selections are outstanding-the daily special of pasta filled with veal and amaretti served with pancetta and sage is exquisite. The breads and sun-dried tomato, olives or other condiments are always delicious. The fish dishes are fresh and flavorful. The service is superb-warm and gracious. By this time, they greet us by name and we are delighted to feel like part of the family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Adam
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The food and service were wonderful. The portions are a very good size too. Although a little expensive, you definitely get your money's worth at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A charming little UES Italian
    friend87
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Bright, cheery, warm interior and excellent food and wine. One of the more unusual and charming aspects of this restaurant is the view from the rear window, which discloses a private house with a garden just a few feet from the window. Very rare in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Bad
    Timmy
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The veal was tough and had to be sent back to the kitchen, The pasta dishes were mediocer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back!
    ScragglewartVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    A quiet week night spent at this charming little restaurant could not have been better. Our waiter, Maximo (sp?) was extremely welcoming and helpful. My husband and I shared the artichoke appetizer as he recommended, and truly enjoyed it. We also enjoyed the home made pasta, which was delectable -- and the Veal milanese. Both of us wanted to lick the plates! I didn't give it 5 stars only because I generally reserve that for "gourmand" restaurants with more complex dishes and luxurious decor. But I do give this place a "Let's go back" - which says enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfull
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We have been here a few times...the people and the food are the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The reviews on Yelp and Open
    smartyVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The reviews on Yelp and Open Table were spot on. Food was terrific. Since it was relatively empty, the ambience was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Sharon
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great pasta, wonderful attentive service. Smaller neighborhood restaurant that we will return to!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Try the kale salad or the beet salad. Meatballs were very good, the chef made a grilled chicken dish with rosemary and galric for me which was perfect
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like italy
    italianfoodlover
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    but probably better! you must put this on your list of places to try on the UES. The food competes with great tase like Felida's.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great East Side Italian Restaurant
    Bayman72
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    If you are in the mood for a great meal, Luna Rossa is an outstanding East Side choice. The pasta was "al dente" and the meat was very tender. Sauces were top notch. Our party of four benefitted from attentive service as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem
    LovegemsandgymsVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    This restaurant is always my go to when I have guest from out of town because they want to go where the locals go. Every single person wants to go back when they visit again. It is wonderful !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.