Pentimento Restaurant
Pentimento Restaurant

Pentimento Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pentimentorestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 6316897755x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dennis Young
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly for details.
  • Special Events: 7/31 - Acoustic guitar with Rudy Perrone
    8/2 - Emma Borrie 7-10 pm
    8/5 - Live jazz with Ray Anderson & Steve Salerno 7:30 pm
    8/8 - John Restrepo Trio 9-12 pm
    8/20 - Live jazz with Ray Anderson and Steve Salerno 7:30 pm
    8/23 - Lawrence Clark Trio 9-12 pm
    8/26 & 8/27 - Acoustic guitar with Rudy Perrone
    8/30 - Robbie Kumalo & Friends 9 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 25A
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Pentimento Restaurant
Mother nature is a living canvas. Winter is the essence; the pencil sketch. Spring is the creativity as the oils begin to be applied in a mixture of colors. Summer is the painting reaching its maturity ready for exhibit. And Fall is the many years of the painting being displayed as it slowly weathers from the elements until its hidden spirit is once again revealed, the pencil strokes; "a Pentimento".

Inspired by the spirit of Mother nature, culinary artist and owner Dennis Young reflects this progression by creating a series of menus that are in sync with each of the seasons. And like the seasons each menu is merely a layer on the culinary canvas that chef and artist Dennis Young has been painting on for more than half of his life, and if one looks closely you can see through all of those layers and find a covered essence, "a Pentimento".
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Pentimento Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (28)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (15)vibrant bar scene (14)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Delicious special menu
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I made a reservation to come here with my boyfriend and I am very specific when it comes to my seating, if there is an issue places usually call me and we make other arrangements when we got there they said the room I requested was closed for a private event so our only option was outside and we can go outside as look and pick a table we would like, I don't particularly care for outdoor seating but found a table we liked and the hostess was not happy with our selection but eventually let us sit and the waiter was nice but a little slow and not very formal for this type of restruant, we are a young couple and I was surprised at the service, I would expect a little more attentive. But EXCELLENT beet/potato tortellini!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First rate food
    3Musketeers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is full of wonderful flavors and textures. One can eat relatively inexpensively with an appetizer and a small pasta and still leave full and happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A "go-to" restaurant in Stony Brook
    KnightOfNiVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    No doubt you'll have a good meal there. Excellent service, too. We love it here and they've got a great happy hour going, too. We like to bring out of town guests there and they use fresh ingredients. Very solid wine menu. Looking forward to our next meal there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice menu
    doctooch
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Worth going for the many types of special dishes. We tried several small plates (mussels, olives, tow others),two entries(brick chicken and lobster with fettucini). All good stuff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner experience
    Mary
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    love this place, food was fantastic, wine was perfectly recommended. Place was a bit cold but otherwise it was a perfect experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    hungry
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Friends have told me this restaurant was great and I have lived close by for 4 years so figured it was time to check it out. Great location, near the Stony Brook Musuem and Grist Mill. In a quaint cluster of shops. Food was great. Our waiter Mat was excellent. He brought out a cheesecake with a candle for my friend who was celebrating his 90th birthday and the staff wished him happy birthday as we left. I will go back to this deliteful restaurant. Our waiter recommended 3 appetizers which we shared and they were delicious. We had the meatballs, the artichokes and shrimp. Each one better than the other. I had a burger because I heard they were the best and I noted there was kobe beef in them. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday dinner spot!
    Cathy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We gathered for our adult son's birthday. We enjoyed a warm reception and friendly service. The server was very accommodating in checking ingredients for a diner who has a gluten allergy. The food was outstanding from the carpaccio to the rabbit special and ending with some delicious chocolate pudding (which had a fancier name). We will be sure to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliable Winner
    MericVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have been coming here for decades..and unlike most places that have been around for some time,,Pentimentao knows how to remain fresh,,vibrant with just enough new things to stay interesting,,and just enough old standards to appeal to a sense of continuing wonder fullness..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food- ambiance needs work
    Wino
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Bring a jacket it was freezing inside! Also, it would help a lot if you like jazz (I don't and honestly don't know anyone that does) because the they are playing it at an uncomfortablely loud level. I know I sound like an old man but trust me I am not.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new local favorite
    bjwilk
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Dined here in the past, and then rediscovered the restaurant recently…many special changes in decor, menu and ambiance have made Pentimento my new local favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Warm ambiance,very good food, and excellent service.We,ll definitely return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special kind of restaurant
    bjwilk
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food choices are special…love the fact that I can have a cheese/salami appetizer with my wine. I highly recommend the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Post Fathers Day Treat
    joyfulVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We were three at dinner the day after Father's day. We tried 5 different appetizers and they were all quite good. I particularly liked the clams and the shrimp both having a light savory sauce perfect for dipping the bread. After so many appetizers I decided on the half portion of squid ink linguini with shrimp. The pasta was al dente and the shrimp were tender without being mushy. Another dinner choice was the pork chop special and yet another was the ahi tuna. Both were enjoyed. The only complaint I have is that we really did want to enjoy each course without being rushed to order the next and our waiter though not pushy did keep coming over to get our main order. Other than that the service was professional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Go to Restaurant
    Pupster
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food is always good, great friendly service. Very accommodating staff. Dining room needs WORK. Very bland not inviting. Bar area the best. 1st level very cozy, tables not too close. Had a nice evening this past Saturday 6/14
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small plates.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Went with small plates, food was excellent. Try the duck liver pâté, the savor is incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place all around
    BKBarVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    and you have to try the drinks, they go crazy over making them perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SMITHS
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Excellent food, and great ambience. We can't wait to go back! I selected "kid friendly" because it was on the Wednesday night that we dined there. However, I would be a bit reluctant to bring our 5 year old son on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    we have been going there for years. have never been disappointed. it is one of the few restaurants that when they enlarged..... it became better. most of the time if they enlarge..... it is not as good. enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little spot for fine dining
    great
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It's always good here and the staff accommodating. The seasonal menu options it interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This restaurant keeps their menu interesting. The staff is friendly. The bar could be a little crowded and loud so if you want a quiet dinner sit in the room that is further away from the bar. My friend thought the menu was overpriced with entrees in the 25 - 30 dollar range but I think that is normal for that type of restaurant in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SKahnUSD
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A bit noisy as their bar is packed all afternoon and evening. The pasta dishes are very good with a great Marinara Sauce. The eggplant Appetizer was excellent. Unfortunately, the bread was stale and uninviting. This was our first visit, and as with any restaurant, you need to learn their strengths. I'm sure that there are great choices to be had once you know what to order. However, wonderful bread is an essential part of a good meal, and that was severely lacking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Eturtlety
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Rare gem to find both of these components in a restaurant while keeping costs reasonable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day
    Mininu
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Lovely Mothers day late lunch with my daughter. Excellent cocktail, shared a grouping of appetizers and were very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right here in Stony Brook.
    legalmaven
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    You'll find Restaurant Pentimento ... indoor and outdoor dining, great bar area and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    KnightOfNiVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We've eaten here a few times. Pentimento is a nice place in a nice neighborhood. Normally, the people who eat here are well dressed and well mannered, and the staff/management do a nice job. Its always good. We don't sit at the bar, but I could see that happening in the near future, for happy hour or just for a drink or two. Food is always well prepared and enjoyable... one of those "go-to" places that just doesn't disappoint, which REALLY is important... you know what you'll get. Several interesting combinations can be found; I had the corn chowder app (a small is plenty), but the lobster hash browns are worth the trip. Wife had the red snapper; good stuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Pentimento Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Date Night
    Debbiehas4kidsVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Pentimento has become one of my favorite restaurants!!!! I love how the menu changes, always something new to try. This time they had fettuccine with fresh tuna, which was delicious! We started with grilled artichoke, yummy! We also had the burrata which was so rich and creamy, we passed on dessert because we had no room!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    mahomama59
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We enjoy Pentimento very much and were very happy to celebrate a lovely anniversary meal there. It is a gorgeous restaurant, the food is delicious and the service is friendly & low-key. We feel fortunate that it is so close to our home!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tastey dinner
    paleojeanne
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I indulged in three courses: an appetizer of bresaeola with artichokes, which was excellent; an arugula salad which was fresh, but the strawberries were overwhelmed by a pile of cheese (asiago?); the rack of veal with braised greens was lovely, but the large pile of mashed potatoes an unnecessary and distracting addition, and very un-Italian. Service was prompt but not helpful with advice.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place,,never gets old or tire
    MericVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Met a friend for lunch this week..I usually have dinner here,,lunch had great variety..nice wines..fantastic humus,,and fresh sandwiches..good prices too. Was a quiet time 3pm lunch..but still had a wonderful time..great for friends to catch up..highly recommended..have been coming here for decades.but never lunch..glad I did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food. 1/2 size pasta
    Datenight
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent Food. 1/2 size pasta dishes were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    LIfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We dined at Pentimento last Friday night with a group of friends...this turned out to be an excellent choice! We sat in the lounge area where there was a lively bar scene.Our server was very professional and knowledgeable about their specialty cocktails and extensive wine list. I ordered the oysters on special that night which were amazing! There were also several small plates to choose from...all excellent. The homemade pasta dishes were also delicious. I had the Pentimento burger and thoroughly enjoyed it! We were lucky enough to be there on a night with live music, the band was fantastic, too! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service.
    Skimat
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food very good as was the service and just really an enjoyable place. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    jyotishi
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The food was awesome! The ambience was great! The best part of the evening was the way, our hostess, AnnMarie went out of her way to make sure that we had the best experience possible. This place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Mdid
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    It's my second time dining there and I must say it's still as good as the first time. Service is kept steady, other servers working in your area will check up on you as well to make sure everything is alright and you don't need anything. It's a great place that you could just go got appetizers and desert. Or if you want a three courser. I will definitely keep attending this restaurant. Delicious food and the location is in a great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Average
    wayne
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was good, but nothing special. Prices are too high for the quality of food. They overcharge for drinks, which is a total turn off. $11.00 for a mixed drink. That's out of line with the surrounding areas average price of $8.50. For a $129 bill we can easily go elsewhere in the area and get better food and service. Service wasn't specular either, just average, seems waitress just wanted to get it done and go home. It was our second time there, but our last.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • glad I tried it
    foodie
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Upside The food was a all time fav. had the baked ricotta for app reminded me of a savory cheesecake delicious! And I got the brick cooked half chicken for dinner without a problem they added the scallion potatoes to my dish as requested from the entire dish was unique n bold flavors by far probably the best chicken veggie potato dish I've ever had ever u just have to try it. The downside was The mixed drink menu wasn't that great hard to understand. And if u want enough butter for ur bread ask for more as soon as they put it down for my liking it was not enough. But a great non alcoholic section. On our tues night it was a older crowd If ur considering it for a bar atmosphere. Overall a great experience im craving it already! Def try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First and last time going here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Food was nothing great. Extremely overpriced. Did not appreciate the dining room setup; sit in the bar if you still decide to go.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A changed Pentimento
    jena
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Pentimento expanded and lost the appeal and ambiance of the old neighborhood gem. It now looks like any new restaurant except for the original room which remains the same. The food is still quite good. Wine list is vast and almost all Italian-mostly pricey bottles. The tagiatelle with shrimp are delicious and taste homemade, steak was average; clam appetizer was tasty. Disappointed in appearance and will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always
    Chuckysan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is one of those restaurants that never goes wrong. My wife and I have dined here on four or five occasions (brought other couples twice) and have yet to be disappointed. The wait staff are smart, friendly, know their product, and clearly know when and when not to approach the table. This IS my go-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time, not a good
    Red77
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I wanted to celebrate valentines day with a nice meal. We had been to the restaurant a few months earlier and we're please to find such original and delicious cuisine. Unfortunately, for a special occasion, the foo was so so. It takes some guts to charge $26 for frozen lobster ravioli in a plain red sauce. The special lamb chops were no better than the ones I make at home. The service was a little slow, and it was a little difficult to get the waiters attention. We would probably try it again, but order from the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.