Paola's Restaurant
Paola's Restaurant

Paola's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paolasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2127941890
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday 5 -10 pm,
    Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 11 pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 - 4 pm

    Brunch: Saturday 11 - 4 pm

    Brunch: Sunday 10 - 4 pm

    Stuzzichini "Lite Bites" at the bar or outdoor tables 4 - 6 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Paola Bottero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Upscale, farm fresh, home made. Classic Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free menus available. Hand made pastas, house made desserts.
  • Private Party Facilities: Paola's Restaurant can accommodate private events for 8 – 80 guests. Upstairs from our main dining room we have access to 4 rooms as part of the Hotel Wales, the largest of which, the brand new, stylish Carnegie Room, can accommodate up to 80. We specialize in private parties such as Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Baptisms, Business Meetings, Bar Mitzvahs and Fundraisers. In addition, there is a glorious roof top space with views of Central Park available in the spring and summer months. The roof terrace accommodates up to 80 and is serviced by a private kitchen.

    There is a cover charge for private spaces and per person menu prices are customized to suit the needs of your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Paola Bottero 2127941890
  • Special Events: Trent’ Anni! 30 Years!

    Celebrating 30 years of Paola’s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in October 2013!

    Cent’Anni is a traditional Italian toast that celebrates life and literally means, “May you live to be 100 Years”. “Trent’Anni” is our expression of pride in 30 years of devotion to the authentic Italian dining experience.

    We look forward to celebrating our loyal clientele with several events featuring food, wine, and festivity in the coming year

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 92nd Street
  • Public Transit: Subway:
    The nearest subway station is 96th Street and Lexington Avenue. The nearest express subway station is 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

    Bus:
    The M1, M2, M3 and M4 busses all stop directly in front of Paola’s at 92nd and Madison Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 7 pm, free parking is available on Madison Avenue. Prior to 7 pm, parking can be paid by credit card or coins at the Muni Meter kiosks , after which the receipt should be displayed inside the car on the dashboard. Side street parking is free, but be careful to observe alternate side of the street parking rules indicated on the signs. The nearest parking garage is located on 94th Street between Madison & Park Avenues.
A word from Paola's Restaurant
"Everybody in New York seems to be looking for the perfect neighborhood restaurant. I think I found it."
- Ruth Reichl, The New York Times

For almost 30 years, Executive Chef Paola Bottero has offered an authentic Italian dining experience and a warm welcome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Stuzzichini “lite bites” at the gracious bar or al fresco at the outdoor tables. Joined by her son Stefano, together they are committed to the freshest ingredients and the truest interpretations of La Cucina Italiana. Benvenuti!

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Paola's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (91)fit for foodies (59)special occasion (42)great for lunch (32)romantic (29)notable wine list (24)great for brunch (23)good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (20)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Fabulous as usual
    StafVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our review for this restaurant is always the same. It is such a consistently wonderful restaurant, there is never a complaint but only excellent things to say about it. Paola, the chef/owner, is always on top of everything in the restaurant so that the food is always terrific and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    JSW228VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always superb. Food is fresh and delicious. Menu has nice surprises Not your typical neighborhood Italian restaurant. Always happy here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    JSW228VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Always excellent - food, service, decor, etc. No complaints at all. Top quality ingredients. All fresh and original dishes. Always delights and surprises.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nebraska77VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great as usual. Excellent waiters. They don't hover but service, but keep an attentive eye on your table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right on Madison
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    With affordable bottles of wine, a wide selection of dishes and a completely thoughtful staff, this upper east side restaurant is a winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfection
    fuelgrannie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    paola's never fails: we almost licked our plates clean like animals, as we always have here for years. you gotta love any restaurant that has as many specials as its regular menu items. and a restaurant where you've never had one bad mouthful of anything. it's always packed so make reservations. maybe you'll take home a doggiebag: i never quite make it to that point. dreaming of my next meal there....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    ballooncrew
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was great . Waiter was great and Wine was great. It was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've had lunch at Paola's in the past and it was quite good. Dinner was far inferior. The same meals that I had at lunch seemed as if they were left on simmer all day.... Dried out and rather tasteless. The restaurant is crowded and the tables are so close together you cannot have a private conversation. I won't be back
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  • Paola's
    Helsid
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent food, good service but VERY NOISY. Wine list needs refinement to include the better less expensive Burgundies and southern French wines eg. Juracon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent UES restaurant
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our waiter was a bit chill at first but warmed up gradually. You can tell this is a neighborhood spot, not a tourist spot, and it's expensive but not as expensive as some better known restaurants to the south of it on the UES. The service could have been a bit less quick.... The pastas were amazing - especially the funghi pasta and tomato basil pasta dish. Ditto the Norma pasta. The veal scallopini was also perfecto! Enjoyed by all. I'd be a regular if I lived in that neck of the woods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Love the staff, love the food. Wonderful experience every time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jfoxy06
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Incredible Italian food - the mozzarella appetizer was outstanding. The pasta was perfect and the service was great. I just wish they didn't have the 2 top tables on top of each other. It can really make a romantic date difficult.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JSW228VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I am always impressed by the quality of the food here. The waitstaff is politely attentive without hovering. Paola is always on site and pleasant. As we told Paola on our last visit - we recently ate at a very high end World Renowned NY restaurant and we were disappointed. Paola's food is much more delicious and interesting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great upper east side treat
    YvetteVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I enjoy the Paola's food and the quaint neighborhood. This is a classic go to place for me after work for meeting friends. Food is consistent good quality and service wonderful. The crowd is more mature and calm so it usually is not very noisy. Try the sauteed artichokes--they were excellent as was the very simple pasta with tomato and basil. Definitely will return and look forward to it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very enjoyable and will return..All aspects of the restaurant were very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChazVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent Italian---not your usual off the rack stuff. Wine list has depth but pricey---repays careful study. Knowledgeable servers. Well worth a visit---and a return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food cooked with love
    JeevesVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Paola does an amazing job in this neighborhood gem for foodies. The dishes range across all of Italy. The ingredients were amazing. True Italian food. We felt like we were in Rome. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    ConcertgoersVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Six of us recently enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Paola's. We had not been there for some time but we always enjoyed our dinners. We were not disappointed this time either -- food and service were wonderful. The service was actually better than usual because of the slight summer lull.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not your everyday Italian
    regularVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have had excellent meals each visit. Love the appetizers, especially the roasted artichokes and the entree menu choices make it hard to decide because they are all interesting. The pasta dishes are among the best for me as far as Italian restaurants go. There is nothing ordinary about the food or the service. Both show care and attention to making this a wonderful mealtime for the diner. I might add that the sound level is fine for having a conversation with dinner which so often is not the case in many restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodSnob
    JSW228VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Paola's is consistently wonderful. The food is delicious. The people watching is fun. The waitstaff is attentive. Only complaint - the tables are too close together. Don't come here if you want a private conversation. But come here for high quality food excellently prepared and good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    Jacques
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Perfect for adults who like very good food and want to easily conduct a conversation over a meal. Service is friendly and professional. We 'll go back as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for 92nd. Y
    shoshannaVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    In our experience, the Upper East Side may have moneyed people, but it doesn't have great restaurants. Paola's, however, is more than adequate. It has a nice menu, decent service, a nice ambience. We got a table near the door, which was NOT great. We will go back, especially when we need to go to events at the 92nd. St. Y.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were a party of 4, they frequent Paola's fairly often and they were able to get a corner table making it a little less noisy than sitting in the center of the restaurant. Every appetizer and main dish was delicious and beautifully served and we all selected different dishes. We truly enjoyed our experience and the location of Paola's makes it easy for my husband and me to drive there and back from New Jersey. We will definitely be back and will be happy to bring friends with us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very good food consistently good. Wine list and prices reasonable for upper east side. Nice ambience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value and Delicious Too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a real neighborhood gem that deserves repeat visits.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Italian on UES
    UESr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've lived on UES for 10 years. This is one of my top 3 favorite Italian restaurants (in this price range) on UES. True Italian food both in preparation on menu offerings. Bar service was excellent. There was confusion with table service (guys who bring out food) but head waiter was knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect in every way
    dianeVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    we are fortunate to have a restaurant of this caliber in our neighborhood -- but would go anywhere for the lovely dining experience we had at Paola's. the menu is fresh, the food is beautifully prepared and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First rate food and service. Have been back many times and the menu is consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Home Cooking!!
    veffVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Outstanding food and service, and outdoor dining, too! Paola's is the best which explains the many waiting for a table...it's worth it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    One of the best in Carnegie Hill. Food was amazing...the artichokes & pasta were to die. Service was lovely and the wine list was plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • food great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food was great, but expensive for rather small pasta portions
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChazVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Interesting Italian--not your generic menu. Same for wines, though few bargains on the list. Careful reading in less well regions like Sardinia pays off. Our waiter excellent and knowledgeable though that hasn't been the case on prior visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous as usual
    StafVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I have nothing to add to my previous comments about this wonderful Italian Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The tables were packed together, less than a foot apart. Twice during dinner I had to assist older women with canes leaving an adjacent table, which needed to be pushed aside (by me and my companion) - no staff came to assist them. My water glass was empty most of the time. Twice I had to ask for refills. Repeatedly the staff reached over my shoulder, knocking me, to grab used plates and not-quite empty glasses. For these prices, they should be courteous and be more on top of things. The food was good but not amazing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best UES Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is where we go for an exciting Italian meal in an elegant setting. Menu always changes, so there is always something new to try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnny Roy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Looking forward to an intimate Anniversary Dinner? Not the place...too tight and too noisy...but great food. So go with your taste buds and ear plugs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a WOW!
    veffVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Nothing like Paola's for wonderful, authentic, Italian! Home made pastas are the best in the City! Now it's even better because you can dine outside. The hostess/owner/ executive Chef, Paola Bottero, is originally from Rome and provides exciting and delicious culinary creations Roman style with flavors from other great regions in Italy using the best fresh market ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food a plus, table a minus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food is absolutely delicious. The only minus is the table we were given....next to the front door OpenTable should negotiate better placement for customers who use the app for a reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BUSY!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    They were so busy, our reservation was for 8:30 and they did not get us in till 9:00; and then they had to rush the food -our fish was undercooked and I returned it for the pasta which was good. I have to say, this was not my usual experience there and it is a neighborhood hot spot- so I probably will go back again; I generally have a positive experience so will chalk this up to a bad day! Every business has a bad day and well, as they say- 3 strikes and your out- so if the tides are turning we will soon find out
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Excellent
    bpanarelVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Best Italian food outside of Italy. They also have Gluten free pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.