Montebello Ristorante Italiano
Montebello Ristorante Italiano

Montebello Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.montebellonyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127531447x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 3:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Lexington and Park
  • Public Transit: M,R,V,F,E,6,7 trains
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 7:00pm street parking available
A word from Montebello Ristorante Italiano
Located in the heart of Midtown East, Montebello serve a classic Northern Italian cuisine with a special flair for a business lunch or a romantic dinner. Emphasis is placed on simple, fresh ingredients and proven cooking methods. The service is warm and attentive, the decor is artistic and moving and the award winning food is sublime. In addition to our ala carte menu, Montebello offers a prix fixe lunch for $25 per person and $35 for dinner.
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Montebello Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (11)romantic (10)special occasion (10)good for groups (7)notable wine list (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • dissapointing
    useless123
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The mussels were small, the broth flavorless. Both veal dishes were obviously reheated and unremarkable. Service was inept, there were waiters sort of hanging around without being helpful. Tables are too close together. Although On the reservation I indicated "special occasion", no notice was taken. Will not return nor recommend.
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  • MarcVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very good Italian. Service is warm. One of the best Italian in this area of NU. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chuck
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food and Service were top notch. Excellent and reasonable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    SuzieQ
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    good food, ample portions, good service, intimate setting. went for restaurant week; had more extensive choices than other restaurants participating. veal was tender, accompanying sauce a little to heavy for my taste. same with the chicken. caesar salad delicious. desserts a little tired, but not bad. don't get coffee or expresso without your wallet handy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    SouthernGal
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my first trip to NYC and I had booked Montebello's because it was close to my hotel. They were able to change the time of my reservation to an earlier time and when I arrived they were very welcoming. I ordered off the restaurant week menu and the food was Fabulous!!! The wait staff were very attentive and even took a picture for me. I look forward to my next trip to NYC and making Montebello's a part of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • terrible deal resturant week
    jmacri
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I went in for the resturant week lunch deal arrived at 235pm and was told that the lunch ended at 230 and could not get the pri fixe lunch but had to order the pre fixe dinner instead. This to me is not good customer service and waiter just played on phone while I waited for service. I asked for garlic and was told that they didnt have any. What kind of resturant does not have garlic? especially if italian. I was disappointed with the dish which lacked flavor and for the price def was not worth it.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian
    BestMealEverVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The eggplant and shells were the perfect combination and were cooked to perfection. I haven't had food like that in a very long time and will definitely be recommending this to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was excellent. Authentic Italian food. The eggplant appetizer just melted in your mouth and the Veal was incredibly tender. Everyone at our table enjoyed the evening and of course the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Number618VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Perhaps the restaurant week menu is not typical. But the food on that menu was mediocre. And at the regular prices -- which are quite high -- you can easily find much better Italian food.
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  • Great food & atmosphere
    NYCinjuly
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We thought the food was delicious & the staff was very friendly & accommodating too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining in Midtown
    PhiW
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This outstanding restaurant has been a favorite of ours since 1991. How many restaurants can stand up to that type of scrutiny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Its a little outdated in the restuarant but clean! The food was good but the service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant and tasty
    billybooksVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Montebello has excellent food and isn't terribly noisy even when it fills up. Had eggplant parmigiana appetizer and scallopini for main course. The portions were big. Service was fast, attentive, friendly, and outstanding. Based on reactions of my dining companions, I would say stick to the classic Italian fare and you can't go wrong. They aren't too stingy with the wine, either. Recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    RakrakVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This remains one of the sweet spots for Italian in midtown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KEENJVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Very good, traditional Italian food served in a calm, civilized setting with very good service. Quiet enough for a conversation. Prices are a bit high, but the price fixed menu is a good deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing special for the price
    cjr2VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    a nice old fashioned italian mid town restaurant, but not deserving of high prices unless they have to pay astonomical rent which is probalby why a lunch arugula salad cost $28!
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  • A perfect wedding night supper!
    SarahandMina
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We dined with 22 family members on the evening of our wedding, and the restaurant was kind enough to put us in a private dining room. The prix fixe menu offered delicious options, and we received multiple compliments on our choice of restaurant. All of our wedding planning was done from another state based on online reviews, and we are so pleased that we found Montebello!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was very good, the only downfall to the ambiance was that we were seated by the bar and the tv was on...the noise of the tv overpowered the beautiful music playing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visitor234
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Attractive, relaxing atmosphere and decor, wonderful service, delicious food, and a nice surprise -- was able to see a celebrity! Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A warm and quiet setting, perfect to gather with beloved friends and family. The food is delicious, the service attentive, and the location is extremely well-situated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 379 reviews are from the Montebello Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • great place
    MissT
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    as always you did not disappoint me everything was great I have sent many friends and customers they all say the same thing
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeat visitor
    booklady1
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I have returned to Montebello for dinner several times and a recent lunch. Friendly, reliable service. Delicious traditional food. Romantic, tablecloth atmosphere yet unpretentious and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time - good experience
    cb1487
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Staff are friendly and efficient. We didn't have to wait for the table. Food was brought on time. Pear salad was fresh and good and the special pasta made with spinach and grilled chicken was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Oasis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Was focused on solid food/service, with quiet ambience for good conversation. Perfect place. Service was spot on - not overly intrusive, but attentive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyeatingVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    My husband had the chicken which was very tasty. My Salmon was ok. The wait staff seemed not interested in serving us and we had to ask for things several time. This was a first for us in New York where the wait staff is usually excellent.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    JERRYGOLD
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    There were four of us in our party and we had to different fish dinners and a pasta dish. The pasta with seafood was good. The fillet of sole was poor and the Branzino was okay. Overall we were disappointed.
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  • The absolute best !
    kathyF18VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    First time dining at Montebello, we were treated like family, the food, service, and ambiance were outstanding ! It made for a very special evening ! Definitely will be back !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Expensive food, low quality
    TvvvVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Was her for dinner during last weekend, staff is not friendly and try to sell there specials instead of normal menu. Food was ok, but average quality and portion for the bucks you pay. Pasta of 25$ should taste better. First time and last time, moving on
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Reliable Mainstay
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant for a while and it is always a steady find, one where the food is consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood standby
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Montebello is hidden away on East 56th Street between 3rd and Lex. This unobtrusive but welcoming Italian restaurant is a reliable and well placed destination when you have a vague yen for Italian food, but aren't sure where to go. It's a bit of a throwback, but in many ways, that's a plus.
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  • Delightful surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We came due to an inclusion in Restaurant Week. In a neighborhood full of over-priced gimics, this is great food and service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • theaterbuffVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet lunch here with friends. Good service.
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  • Just okay
    ladyC
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The food at this location was just okay. My cesear salad and merlot was the best part of the entire meal.
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  • Fine dining, well dressed customers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    It was an excellent experience and no rushing us as we 4 ate late. Good menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • A good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was a good evening with good food m, service and ambiance. Portions are large but we will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What is not to love?
    ShelbeeVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Love the chef, love the food, love the servers. Not one complaint and thankful that they moved our table in to the main dining area. Cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Expectations
    1stTimer
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    First time dining in this restaurant. While we had walked by multiple times, never had considered a visit until found it on restaurant week listing. Upon entering, found a pleasant ambience with friendly staff. The quality of the meals exceeded our expectations, delicious food, nice presentation, ample portions. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Great seafood bisque, not too creamy. Loved the branzino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always the best
    MissT
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Took my coworker out for her retirement as always this place is the best good food good service wouldn't think of going anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing: Wine-by-the-Glass
    phormerphan
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Disappointing: Wine-by-the-Glass should be listed in the Wine List, not have to be recited by the waiter. The background music was dreadful -- one classy appropriate piece followed by a raucous, IN-appropriate selection. Whoever is in charge of selecting the music knows NOTHING about Great Restaurant Background Music! $24 is outrageous for a Classic Caesar Salad for Two, when the total was little more than a portion for ONE.
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