Lusardi's Restaurant
Lusardi's Restaurant

Lusardi's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lusardis.com/
  • Phone: (212) 249-2020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Meneghini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 78th
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Muni meter on street, parking garages on 77st and 2nd Ave and 79th Street and 2nd Ave
A word from Lusardi's Restaurant
cozy Italian restaurant in a classic European decor, gracious staff serving superb northern Italian fare
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Lusardi's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (46)special occasion (30)notable wine list (27)romantic (19)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • JonathanM
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Terrific food, wonderful ambiance and service can be found at this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
    HatesRipOffsVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    If you want to avoid the tourist ripoff spots in NY this is the perfect place for a wonderful Italian dinner with cocktails, great wine, great service and reasonable prices. How can you beat that? But be sure and make a reservation since this place fills up even on Sundays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but not optimal for party of 2
    OttimopastoVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We ended up at a table that had a lot of traffic running by, across from the bar and outside the main dining room. We were told there were no tables for 2 in the main dining room. I didn't check to see but I did not like the location of our table -- it took away from an otherwise pleasurable dining experience. This is a relatively expensive restaurant and one would like to be able to enjoy the experience fully.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Save the airfare. Authentic Italian in NYC
    Emmdeejay
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We chose Lusardi's more on location than any other factor although reviews on Open Table were generally positive. It was a family get together of seven people. Our reservation was for 6PM but NYC traffic on Veteran's Day had us straggling in by 6:15. Just a few tables occupied at that time and we were seated immediately. The menu is extensive with a few off menu specials (including a white truffle pasta...appetizer $75, entree $105). The waiter made a point of informing us of the price. In short the food was spectacular, the service excellent and a very complete selection of wines at all price points. My coniglio (braised rabbit) was superb, pasta dishes perfectly al dente, excellent John Dory and veal parm. Appetizers varied including a wonderful roasted artichoke, buratta salad and many more. Dessert was simply the best ricotta cheesecake I have ever had. The restaurant filled up during the course of our meal but at no time did we feel rushed. The crowd appeared to be a fair cross section of the UES...generally older and well dressed. The space itself is a bit tight when crowded but that only adds to the ambience. In a word...authentic. Not unlike dozens of restaurants I've been to in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    RangerMike
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The welcome is always warm, the food is excellent and the service is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joycl
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    absolutely wonderful food, superb menu, and service. Specials were quite expensive, but the menu is so extensive that there is plenty of choice. We dine there every time we are in New York and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pzadraVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    it was our first time at Lusardi's and we were really impressed with the food. it was a very busy Sat. nite but the waitstaff were helpful and good humored. We didn't feel rushed and by 10pm the place had really emptied out. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RockyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Service was lacking the night we were there, the food wasn't up to the quality that I experienced in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinnerfor4VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great service. Louis and Matt are gems. Nice to see a manager on the floor and engaging with clients! We will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jnyg
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was our first trip to Lusardi's though it was highly recommended by friends. The moment we walked in, we were treated like regulars. We took quite awhile to order as we were having dinner with friends we hadn't seen in a long while, but the staff was attentive yet patient with us. Everyone's meal was wonderful and the wine list was quite good. Even though it was so good, the prices were very reasonable, especially for New York. I would highly recommend it and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lori
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been to Lusardi's several times with family and have never been disappointed. The service is warm and welcomng, the staff knowledgeable and attentive and the food is delicious no matter what we order. I went this weekend with college friends for a milestone birthday and everyone loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    wellyVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Lusardi's was recommended to us by some friends. They were certainly on the money with their selection. We dined on a Saturday evening and the place was buzzing (a few special celebrations, a lot of neighborhood regulars, and a few first timers like us). We were seated immediately and service throughout the meal was exceptional. The dining room is very comfortable without being stuffy. Food was outstanding with our selections ranging from pasta and seafood dishes to the veal daily special. Superb on every count. The wine list and the menu items were fairly priced given the quality and location of the restaurant. Lusardi's has now become one of our "go to" restaurants in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lusardi's Always Delivers
    AlexBVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a great meal at Lusardi's. Great food, great wind and a caring owner make for a great dinning experience. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrific
    LCOC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    food was fabulous. we have the appetizer size white truffle risotto and split it between the four of us for a pre starter. then had salads and fish or fish/pasta for the rest of the meal. it was really very good. Service was top notch and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine dinner
    EdG1111
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The service was there when we wanted it, not there when we didn't. We were never rushed. All four of us had excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Went last night to celebrate our daughters birthday who lives on the corner. First time there and wondered why we never tried it before??? Fabulous in every way!! Great atmosphere, waiter, and food!! Having two daughters that live in the neighborhood we will definitely return. Fish done to perfection!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, attentive service!
    Kate
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Had heard of Lusardi's and never been, it's now a "go to" restaurant for food, ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • owl4
    owl4
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Traditional and reliable. Very pleasant atmosphere especially if you want to talk. Good wine although it was a bit cold when the waiter brought it to the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • typical sat service, food eh
    Rolsto
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ive eaten at Lusardi's before--better experience. This occasion, water and coffee requests went unfulfilled, as did bread requests. Seafood undercooked (multiple dishes at table). Not fitting for price or reputation of restaurant. Better choices for weekend dining on Upper East Side, particularly Italian, and even at lower price points.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Haven't been there in 3 years. Had the urge to try again. So so glad. Food was outstanding Can't wait to return. Highly recommend for italian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had to wait 30 minutes just to get a menu and was not served our first course for almost an hour after our reservation. The food was blah...the pheasant special was dry and too little sauce and the pasta was virtually tasteless. Our waiter disappeared for endless periods of time - in fact, at least two tables that came in well after us ate and left before we were even shown a dessert menu. We could not even get our water glasses refilled. The only quick thing is that the check was brought very quickly after we asked for it. All in all, a poor experience. We shall not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food, service atmosphere. I lost out because my branzino off the menu was just ok. Everything else including wine, great. Would go again in a heart beat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No ordinary experience.
    Bronxboy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    From the time you enter you are stepping into Italy. Greeted with Italian flare and allowed to sit anywhere for lunch the day we were there. Foodies take note. And wine list is substantial. We had Eggplant Rollatini stuffed with spinach in a pink sauce then Branzino and Grouper entrees that were worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    As usual, the food was excellent, with interesting Italian dishes such as rabbit and veal kidney. As usual, the service was erratic, beginning with failure to credit our Open Table points for this reservation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience
    Evelyn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We enjoyed Lusardi's very much. It was a wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Delights
    MericVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lusardis is a great fav of ours,,just a block away from our apartment..prices are reasonable,,food expertly prepared..good portions..great wines.. Just one problem..chair cushions desperately need updating and more padding..we are both fit,,but yor chairs are really uncomfortable for a nice leisurely dinner at these prices,,which are fair as I said..looking foward to our next dinner at Lusardis..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lusardi's 30 Aug 2014
    Hungryeater
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent service and fine dining in a romantic atmosphere. Great wine list and recommendations from staff. I had the rabbit and it was magnificent and tender. My date had the veal which was succulent and the desserts were elegant and delightful. A great find in the heart of the Upper East Side
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant with accommodating employees and great Italian food. Summer dining outside just makes it better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Just like a fine watch. ..consistent, quality food Unfortunately the service was more like a cheap watch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    MEK38VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service is always consistently excellent. I enjoyed the pasta with truffles, but anything on the menu is delicious. Lusardi's is one of my go to restaurants when I want a good meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    JlockerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Never disappoints. Warm welcome, great food and service. Old-school charm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    David
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Salads and main courses were good. Tiramisu was disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been to Lusardis twice and both times had a delicious meal in a really comfortable charming atmosphere. Would definitely go back and bring others as well as recommend to those who want a good meal but not necessarily a trendy spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian food with many locals
    familyof4
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I always love seeing locals in the place we're eating. There were a number of them around us whom the staff knew by name and asked about family, trips, etc. I had a nice risotto special with imported truffles. They were very generous with the truffles and my husband's seafood dish was well prepared also. Staff was attentive and did a good job.
    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.
  • Fabulous!
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I live in Queens, but it's def worth the trip! 2nd time there, and didn't disappoint. Food was flawless, terrific service. Going back ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, service wanting
    oldies
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    wonderful food and a nice evening marred by repeated jostling of elbows, spilled wine not mopped up and LONG period after dinner plates cleared before anyone could be found to deal with coffee and dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Uconn99
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went there with my family, the owners were so attentive and friendly like family. The food was superb. My daughter who is the pickiest eater was a big fan of the Branzino.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lustardis was a surprise for my husband and myself, not being that familiar with the 2nd Avenue "Scene". We were delighted that we were seated on time and didn't have to wait. The waiter was fun and helped us with our selections which is always a plus. Wine by the glass was delicious and so was the food. My sole with Parmesan crust was wonderful,crispy on the outside and flavorful and moist on the inside. My husbands chicken Scarpiello was equally good. Hope to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 247 reviews are from the Lusardi's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good Northern Italian
    Gill
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    An Italian restaurant that has been consistently good for over 30 years. The crowd is mostly older. Good wine list. The service is excellent. To move up in any ratings, would have to become more "real Italian" and only serve seasonal fresh organic vegetables as they do in Italy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere and good eats
    David
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Overall, the service is friendly and the food is very good. We had the veal and the mushroom ravioli as well as the arugula salad. Each dish was excellent. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.