1356 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://petalumarestaurant.com/
- Phone: (212) 772-8800
- Hours of Operation:
MON - FRI
11:30AM - 3:30PM
MON - THUR
5:00PM - 10:00PM
FRI - SAT
5:00PM - 11:00PM
5:00PM - 9:00PM
SAT & SUN
11:00AM - 3:00PM
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Italian
- Executive Chef: CJ Bivona III
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Catering: From private affairs to extravagant banquets, Petaluma's catering program promotes the celebration of Italian Classics and New American Fare. With the ability to create a tailored catering menu; Petaluma offer's first-class catering solutions to meet the needs of your event while exceeding your highest expectations. We need at least 48 hours notice and special requests are our specialty.
- Special Events: Planning a corporate event, wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, baby shower, new baby, retirement party, bridal shower, birthday party, anniversary party, Christmas party, Chanukah party, or any other special event.
We have a recently renovated private dining space that can comfortably accommodate up to 50 people for a sit down dinner and 70 people for a cocktail reception.
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A word from Petaluma
Petaluma Restaurant is an upscale Italian-inspired trattoria that has served the Upper East Side for over 28 years since opening its doors in 1985. After closing for a complete renovation in Winter 2013, Petaluma has reopened with new Executive Chef CJ Bivona, formerly the Executive Sous Chef at multiple James Beard Award nominated Yard Bird in Miami, and the Operations Team from The Line Group that has brought you Sons of Essex and Rochelle's in the Lower Eastside and The Raven in MePa. Open daily, Petaluma has lunch and dinner service plus brunch on the weekends.Continued
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Petaluma reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance3.2Noise LevelEnergetic
neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (11)hot spot (11)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (7)romantic (7)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- enjoyableOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/20/2014Overall, it was a pleasant experience. Ambience is lovely. When the restaurant became more crowded, it became difficult to hear my friend across from me at a small table. I suggest going very early if you want to talk. My friend absolutely loved the salmon and the accompaniments worked perfect. I had the agnolitti which was delicious. The waiter warned us it wad a very small portion because homemade pasta is so labor intensive. I was expecting small but was still surprised, gave new meaning to small. The service was inconsistent. I appreciated the demeanor of the waiter but he was so off on his timing. He either hovered too soon, or was totally absent and several times we had to seek help from other staff. I would go again and try other dishes and make sure I go early.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I miss the old placeJenJenDined on 11/19/2014Remember the days of fried green olives on the table and generous, tasty portions and an efficient wait staff? Good, because those days are gone. A lot of people work at the new Petaluma, but no one's working too hard. Every course was late. The extra salad dressing made it to the table long after the salad was gone. We practically had to beg for our drinks. Also for extra bread. Mostly, the food is not as good as it used to be. Yes, the place is spruced up and prettier, but I'm not there to eat the cushions or lick the fresh paint. I heard these complaints from others; I guess I had to see for myself. What a shame.
- LorrieLorrie55VIPDined on 11/15/2014What a waste. Most unprofessional staff, from the hostess to the server. The food was late and inedible. Such a shame that we wasted a night.
- Bring back the authentic Italian cuisineOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 11/13/2014The chef is doing his own thing & losing many regulars now .... Too much attitude from him & if the owners don't get control over this, they will not remain open !Special Features:
- In a word... Lousy!wmw322VIPDined on 11/9/2014From start to finish a full out debacle! We were 5 people for 12pm Sunday brunch. The restaurant was NOT busy at all! 3 of us ordered the same dish neither of the three came as advertised. One was devoid of the Goat Cheese, one was cold, one had bacon (as ordered). One hot dish arrived first and none of the others arrived for a long while. TEN DOLLARS for a small "bread basket" with 2 crackers and 5 small assorted rolls? Never again. No one came by to ask if we wanted a coffee refill, no one asked if we wanted a refill on our bloody mary's. We had to ask 3 times to get coffee refills. And again this restaurant was not having a busy brunch. New decor can't cover up a poorly run operation. New decor can't cover a lackadaisical attitude!
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/7/2014Returned to Petaluma looking for the restaurant that I remembered. Not to be. Service was awful and much of the food disappointing. I hoped to consider Petaluma for future large events but now am not considering it given my recent experience.
- Great NEW additon to the UES!!!foodiefinder79Dined on 11/5/2014I'm in love with the udon carbonara and burratta salad. Our party of six was promptly seated and were given top notch white glove serivce from the very start. The wood fire pizza selection is quite extensive and are a great item to share amonst a few people. The mixed speciality coctails were spot on and they even had a special for 50% of bottles of wine on wednesday which will be taking advatage of the next time we make a reservation at this newly renovated gem on the UES. A++ all the way, nothing negative to say about this place.Special Features:
- Amazing food!FoodieDined on 11/5/2014The food was AMAZING! I cannot wait to go back, I have told everyone I know they must check it out. A trip from CT just to come here to eat will be the new norm for me!! Fresh, delicious food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic MealDowntownFoodieDined on 11/4/2014Had a great meal at Petaluma. Two of our friends from college joined us as well. The GM Berton was on point and helped guide us to a few amazing wines off their extensive menu, and the executive chef CJ even came and touched our table. Surprised that CJ has all those tattoo's and the handlebar mustache. A lot of people were by the bar where we opted to after the meal, and the cocktails were great. Food was on point, drinks were fantastic, scene and service matched.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasant Surprised Despite ReviewsFoodieBYHeartDined on 11/4/2014I had the pleasure of visiting my former go to restaurant when I lived in the neighborhood. Honestly, I was afraid based on what I saw from on line reviews from some very vocal regulars who use to patronize the restaurant. I can say, Please Come and support the New culinary team and Servers. My guests and I enjoyed every bite from the Wood Oven Branzino, Carnivoro Pizza, Agnolotti Pasta, Octopus Salad, and my personal favorite the "Udon Carbonara". The wine list is extensive, and we enjoyed the 2 value buys Super Tuscan "Therra" $64/bottle and Nero d'Avola $38/bottle.Special Features:
- Italian Done RightGirthBrooksDined on 11/4/2014Heard Petaluma reopened so I decided to stop by and I love what they've done with the space. The bar and dining room were tastefully renovated and I think the bar area is probably the nicest in the area. They have some really interesting cocktails and wine on their wine list and the Udon Carbonara is killer!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a changeOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/4/2014Well, first off, this is NOT the old Petaluma. The food is fantastic, there aren't any white table cloths, and the cocktails are outstanding. Octopus fra diavolo - amazing - spicy, crunchy, charred... So good Squid ink pasta special from last night blew my mind, best I've had in the city. The chef had a short rob special also, classic dish, prepared perfectly. Thank you for a breath of fresh air in a much needed location.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food on 1st avenueOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/2/2014I made a reservation here for my family to eat brunch during the NY marathon. While doing research, there really wasn't a lot of nice restaurants on 1st avenue. Primarily more bar food places. They said that the brunch menu items were delicious!Special Features:
- Petaluma Blew my Mind!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/1/2014For the record, Petaluma blew my mind. I was so overwhelmed by the food and amazing service, it literally took my breathe away. I took my friday and she equally thought the same. The manager, Anthony was very friendly and kind've cute ;) The Chef actually stopped by our table and introduced himself, he was also cute :) Some notable things to try and not miss: Udon Carbonara, Nonnas Fried Pasta, Steak Pizzaiola and Carnivoro pizza. I was really impressed with the wine and even more impressed with the GM who happens to be a Somm. He went through all our questions about the list and really took the time to make sure we knew what we were trying. WE WILL BE BACK 1X A WEEK!Special Features:
- Too loudPicklesDined on 10/30/2014The music was not dinning appropriate and too loud. Between the club music and the slow, somewhat clueless service, the experience fell below expectations. I went there with my mom thinking there would be solid food with nice atmosphere, but she ended up sending her food back and we had a hard time hearing each other. The manager came over to see how dinner was, but he did not really help matters much.Special Features:
- A true gem in the Upper Sweet SideOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/30/2014When I discovered that Petaluma reopened after being closed for some time, I had to see what all the buzz was about. The venue was very gorgeous and lively on a weekday, but not too loud for my date and me. The staff was incredibly sociable and we were treated with the most sincere kindness from the moment we walked in. Our waiter, Troy, was very knowledgeable about the drinks and food. Always a major plus! He absolutely sold us on the Lobster Ravioli. It was some of the best Italian food I've ever had along with Petaluma's Pesto Cavatelli later on in the evening. AND after our meal, the chef, CJ, came out to check in on my date and I with complimentary desserts! A true wingman! Very friend establishment and I'll definitely be back soon!Special Features:
- Italian hot spotFoodieFanDined on 10/29/2014Great scene, great staff, great service, great great great. The Nonnas fried pasta, Bianca pizza, Bronzino, eggplant parm were all delicious. Our server recommended a few wines by the glass and ended with a bottle of mionetto prosecco. I see that they offer delivery so will definitely be nice to enjoy ordering in.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Typical overpriced NYC restaurantnikki2012VIPDined on 10/28/2014I had lunch there recently. The portions were small and not cheap. There was only bread after we requested it and the server said they don't have bread. Somehow he did come up with the previous evenings bread which they heated up. Not thrilled overall and I know they just reopened after being closed for renovations.
- Please turn down the music!MartyVIPDined on 10/27/2014What a shame to have a beautifully refurbished restaurant overseen by a good chef ruined by the blasting of loud music. I realized that NY restaurants believe that all sound systems must break patrons' ear drums or customers won't be happy. Believe me, they're wrong. A lovely branzino accompanied by lip reading all night long! If you don't want to talk to your dinner guest, by all means go!Special Features:
- Food was mehh, service was horribleOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/23/2014When we got there the music was so loud you could not hear anything, it was 9pm on a Thursday. From the beginning it was a bad experience. We had to wait 15-20 min to get water. By that time we knew what we wanted for every mean so we ordered everything at once. We got our "brick oven pizza" before we got our bottle of wine, 15 min later... When dinner came it came at the same time as the ladies sitting next to us. They ordered their food when we were sat. One of the ladies never even received her meal. My friend ordered the veal parm, it was very thick and chewy. Not good at all. At the end every table around is was complaining. As the title says the food was mediocre at best, but the service was horrendous. Will not go back again.Special Features:
- not a cozy placeOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/22/2014The restaurant has been in the neighborhood for abut 30 years, now under new ownership and a complete renovation that looks very nice and clean in Mediterranean style. We found that it was overpriced for what it is. Pasta portions are very small, we questioned whether it was half an order, your average main course price is $30 and $20 for pasta. Wine prices are high with a limited choice. We paid $17 per glass, the bottle was $67. This restaurant better adjust its prices if they want to succeed in this neighborhood otherwise they really have to turn up the volume on the food. By the way the music selection was HORRIBLE not appropriate for dining.
- Martin11VIPDined on 10/22/2014The facelift of the restaurant did not improve the quality neither food nor service nor the ambiance too muchI would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food!PoorDined on 10/20/2014It was a great time! I know the restaurant has just recently reopened but the food was fantastic. The service was very nice but a bit slow - I am thinking due to the fact that it has just reopened.
- So upsettingkarenjVIPDined on 10/20/2014This used to be one of my favorite local restaurants so I was anxious to try it under the new chef and owners. Went there the other night with a friend. She ordered linguine with clams. When it arrived, she was shocked to see the pasta amounted to no more than two big forkfuls and there were 4 tiny manila clams. For $26!!!! To make matters worse, when the manager finally arrived for a chat, he was as rude as could be. He even said when we told him we liked the pasta at the old Petaluma: "Oh, I guess you like to eat slop." No apology. No complimentary anything. No concern for the customers. Too, too bad and too sad. The food was good too.
- disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/14/2014We looked forward to Petaluma's re-opening. The menu was unfortunately limited. The service was slow and a bit snide. After waiting, the food not great. The prices were sky-high, double what they should be for the quality of the food and service. We miss the old place, where you could count on a wide selection of simple and inexpensive choices, now gone.
- AmySVIPDined on 10/10/2014The service was ok, but the food did not match the prices.. Under cooked pizza, price of chicken parm was ridiculous. Everyone was all over the place. Defiantly not the orginal petaluma.. :(
- We were looking forward to thisBad2bebackDined on 10/10/2014This management has created a pretentious vibe and we won't go back. We had a reservation (early). One of our party was stuck on the train. The management allowed us to sit at a table, order drinks BUT we could not order appetizers while waiting for our friend as the entire order must go in at once. That included bread. When we were allowed to order (our friend arrived) the food was okay, not great. We were not offered cheese or pepper for our pasta. The noise level became so loud and then booming disco music started. We will not return.
- DisappointingJeanVIPDined on 10/8/2014Petaluma was a neighborhood favorite. It has been closed for months. Finally reopened, and everyone in the neighborhood was so excited. It is, in a word, awful. The chef was "experimenting" (we were told) -- and that's why several of the dishes were, in a word, strange. The table next to ours complained - as well they should have - and the manager appeared. What a mistake. He didn't apologize. He wasn't even thoughtful. It was, like, what do you know, you're just a customer. It was a Wednesday, and the restaurant was less than half full. No surprise.
- Disappointing food. Weird service.Sean2Dined on 10/6/2014Disappointing after awaiting the Post renovation opening. Very generic menu. Eggplant Parmesan was all breading, no eggplant. Restaurant was empty, and waiters were annoying, One asked us to turn our menus over On the corner of table when ready. Just awful.
- flywheelVIPDined on 10/4/2014After renovation and unattractive remodeling, the food is mediocre but pricey and noise level unbearable
- DisappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 10/2/2014Petaluma is now under new ownership. The food used to be very good but sad to say I gave the new Petaluma a try expecting good food and was extremely disappointed as were my 2 friends who had joined me for dinner. The service was fine but not the food. The veal parmigian and linguine with clams are dishes to avoid.
- The new PetalumaMrsMarronVIPDined on 9/30/2014I used to work around the corner from Petaluma and this was my first time back since their renovation. They were having a birthday party in the bar area so we were seated in the back. They took my favorite dish off the menu, the orecchiette pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, so I had the salmon which was a little overcooked. We were in a group and they did not have a round table available. The music was way too loud for our conversation to be heard from across the table. Although this experience was not perfect, I would recommend the place and go back there just for the convenience of the location.Special Features:
- Poor service ruined the experiencesparklebeeVIPDined on 9/28/2014New ownership. Menu is totally different and frankly not very inspiring. After more than 10 minutes, no one came for a drink order-not even a busboy for water-finally, I had to say no one was waiting on us. waiter then came and took our drink order, but another 15 minutes for the drinks to come. When the waiter finally got around to taking our order he explained there was a food delivery problem and that 6 or 7 of the items on the menu were not available. Our meal was OK with the pizza being quite good. Chicken OK. When it was time for the check we again could not get the waiter and to top off the evening, after he dropped the check, he never came back to collect the payment. Again, I had to get up and ask someone for service.Special Features:
- DISASTERFaiarVIPDined on 9/28/2014I brought another couple and we were told while ordering that they had gotten no deliveries and most items were not available we got a caesar salad and when we asked where the anchovies were they sent they arrived in the morning spoiled someone else got a sald with wilted leaves we ordered a pizza which was too doughy and we asked for the check and left they said that they wouldnt charge us and that they were sorry
- They Can't Get it RightBoybuilderVIPDined on 9/24/2014Setting aside the open kitchen food preparers handle food with their bare hands...the waiters don't have a clue on how to put an order in...having one person's entrée delivered and the others nowhere in que does not make for a pleasant evening....this is fundamental restaruanting...maybe they lost their touch during the renovation.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 9/24/2014Sat at bar...... regular bartender did not serve. The one who did was clueless......bread took one hour and they gave 2 pieces - COLD. Fish was not cooked through and cold. Overpriced and menu really not appealing. Hope they figure it out otherwise all the money they spent will be a shame wasted as they will not last.Special Features:
- Not the same PetalumaNy262Dined on 9/23/2014Noisy, Service slow, food not authentic Italian. Bolognase w Gnocchi served as a slab of meat known as Brisket and 6 pieces of Gnocchi. Initially excited to see this Resteraunt re-open. Yet so disappointed w food and service I'm not sure I would return.
- 2dineDined on 9/21/2014The wine ran out, food was not good served cold out of many dishes, chicken served raw and needed to be recooked, no beets in the beet salad,and last but least the tri sorbet had only 2 sorbay's Would not recommend
- More like 2.6 stars...GinsterDined on 9/20/2014The restaurant is much different from its previous incarnation. Smaller menu which is okay, the old menu was really quite extensive. Looks great, nice facelift. BUT it is very expensive for a neighborhood Italian restaurant. The appetizers are in the $15 range, entrees averaged $25, wine list was outrageous. Not a lot of wines under $60. We were four people and it was $450. That is for 4 apps, 4 entrees, 2 desserts and 2 bottles of wine. The food was good. The udon carbonara especially. The portions are on the small side served on huge white plates. To say that the restaurant was established in 1985 is deceiving because it is a new chef and new owners. Our waiter was pleasant & enthusiastic. Don't think I would go back.Special Features:
- Not impressedManhattanresident1Dined on 9/19/2014Ate at Petaluma last night and was not impressed. My husband enjoyed his salad and entree. Mine were awful. Had the verdure miste. Too much dressing. Salmon special was raw on the inside and the crust was burnt. If I hadn't been hungry, I'd have sent it back. They did take 7.00 off the price though. And the noise levels were not acceptable. One could not have a decent conversation. It was just eat and run. We'll never go back.