Petaluma
Petaluma

Petaluma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://petalumarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 212-772-8800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH:
    MON - FRI
    11:30AM - 3:30PM

    DINNER:
    MON - SAT
    5:00PM - 11:00PM
    SUN
    5:00PM - 9:00PM

    BRUNCH:
    SAT & SUN
    11:00AM - 4:00PM


  • 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.
  • Private Party Facilities: From private affairs to extravagant banquets for 100 people, Petaluma’s special events program promotes the celebration of Italian classics and 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. A wide selection of prix fixe options starting from $35 per person for lunch and $55 per person for dinner. Plan your next 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 occasion with us.
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Wilhelm 2127728800x
  • 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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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of E 73RD Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 68th Street or 77th Street; and M72 Crosstown Bus or M15 1st Ave Bus.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate for Fanda Parking 340 E. 74th Street/ $10 for up to 10 hours
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.
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Petaluma reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating2.7
  • Food2.7
    Service3.1
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
30% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (3)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • cranetwinsVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Unbearably noisy. Odd menu. Really inadequate drinks that were also much too expensive. Poor service.
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  • A let down
    Robs88VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant recently reopened under with a new chef, updated decor etc. Service may have been spotty since they've only been open 3 weeks but the food there used to be simple, very good, Italian. Had veal parm that was mediocre. I wouldn't go back.
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  • muffieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very disappointing compared to the original Petaluma. No more white table cloths. Tables are very close together. The menu was sparse. My cavatelli with pea pesto entree was appetizer size, the kale salad was overdressed and bland. Wines by the glass were pricey and the pour a bit measly. Perhaps I missed something as the restaurant was very crowded and others seemed to enjoy the experience. The pizzas might be the best choice-they looked delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hoped for better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Waited patiently for renovation and reopening. Not sure whether new layout is an improvement, but very unimpressed with the food. Our group of 4 decided to try tasting menu - 4 courses, your own choices. Nobody was very impressed. We did not try the pizza, and perhaps that's a strength, but pasta, fish, chicken entrees really unexceptional. 7 pm on Saturday, filled with kids. We had hoped for more refinement - did not happen. Don't see us coming back, though we are locals. Too many better options.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impressions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First time dinner, had 8:15 res....got there 8:20 and we were greeted with total confusion, lack of attention, and inaction Once seated (10 minutes later) we ordered 5 different starters and one was better than the next. Our server was just outstanding and despite the VERY loud conditions (and hostess issues)....we will give them a second chance
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    Foodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good decor, interesting menu, service spotty, think they are still working out kinks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't go back
    MarlaNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We used to love Petaluma as a great neighborhood restaurant. Renovated restaurant is incredibly loud, tables are uncomfortable (expansion flaps folded underneath make so low you can't cross legs), service terrible ( no one but your waiter will do anything for you, including pouring wine or bringing olive oil) and the food was marginal. Not worth it. Go to Nino's next door instead.
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  • Not like the last one
    kate
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    New decor not very exciting. Tables too close . Food was very good after one figured out how to navigate the menu. Very noisy in bar area even when not full. Will try again in a location away from the bar because the food seemed quite promising.
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  • Disappointing
    uesfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were anxious to try the 'new' restaurant and had read a great deal about it. It was not a great experience. The selections of brands at the bar were limited; the hostess was amateurish; the server was less than capable and didn't really know the menu. Hey, we thought, they're new let's be patient and forgiving. Then the food came… tasteless and, well, basically awful. Our complaints were met with a shrug (as if to say, we know that). No real attempt to make things right. The former Petaluma was poor and as of our first visit to the new one, I'd say there has not been an improvement. Sad, they must have worked hard. But, need to work harder. I suggest they change the dining room manager and put salt and pepper on the table.
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  • Disappointing downgrade
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    After such a long closing for renovation of a longtime favorite I was sad to see the new Petaluma is a shadow of its former self. It is louder, more hectic, less elegant, and the foods is not even close to as good as before, even the pizza was disappointing. Now it joins the crowd of expensive mediocrity on the upper east side.
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  • fun night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Highly recommend the charcuterie appetizer as well as the homemade ricotta and strawberry preserves.Meatballs are great too.One criticism-they need to serve more bread..lots more.We just kept asking and they complied.Great staff and cappuccino was the best I ever had.perfect end to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • extremely disappointed
    loriVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    misrepresentation of family style dining - definitely not family style- food flavor mediocre at best , strange tasting sauce on eggplant parm and odd presentation of chicken scarparella will not return
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  • Okay neighborhood restaurant
    DinneranyoneVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Restaurant reopened under new management. Service very good. Food needs to improve. Pasta bland, needs more sauce. Chicken Parm very good. Short ribs inconsistent, some tough pieces. Need to serve bread and not just breadsticks and crackers. Appetizers and desserts very good. Need to turn down music.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 250 reviews are from the Petaluma reviews archive.
  • Great spot
    lucky
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Nice atmosphere perfect for a date and the food matches the experience as well.
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    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    francisco2prVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    We were looking for a restaurant that would serve late breakfast or brunch on Sunday, but our usual preferred places had no availability. So we ended up at Petaluma. The menu is excellent, the execution was merely good, certainly not bad. All things considered we had a very pleasant brunch at Petaluma.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot on the Upper East
    4thRockRuminatorVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Nice spot on the Upper East East Side with good wood oven pizza and homemade pasta.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One dish was less than ... But ...
    MegAgain
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Lovely evening. One of my party wasn't happy with a clam main course. I tasted it and agreed: not good. Bad review? No. It happens. Readily replaced with fresh veg pasta, combination of olive & truffle oil with heavenly herbs. We all immediately forgot the seafood mishap. Heh, it happens. Risk taken serving fresh seafood. I plan to return. We all do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three of us had a Sunday brunch
    Mendocina
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Three of us had a Sunday brunch at this restaurant. Service was attentive, brunch menu was typical and the food was good. The restaurant was chosen for proximity to one of the diners. I have no complaints. But gIven the thousands of alternatives in New York, I would not rush to return but would try another in the future, for variety's sake.
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  • Very good
    piper
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Good food, service, ambience and a good price for it all
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Lovely lunch site
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Enjoyed a delightful lunch--attractive presentation, well served, delicious, well priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another huge family dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    another huge family dinner at Petaluma and we were not disappointed...the fried olives are so yummy, the service was still good and best of all, the prices are so reasonable by nyc standards! we enjoyed the food, the large table in the back and the fact that it did not break the bank...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually much better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    The service was just terrible, we had to ask for water three times, butter three times. When I ordered my dinner, veal parmegian, I asked for very little sauce on it. When the four dinners came out, I could see that there was no veal parmegian. The waiter whisked it away with no apology. He then brought me my dinner about 6 minutes later. the rest of the table was almost finished. It was not veal parmegian, but chicken parmegian. it was too late to send it back again so I ate it. when I told the waiter he had brought me the wrong dish twice, there were no apologies or any offer to make amends. will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    Have been to area a lot and found it challenging to find a good place for dinner close to Hospital for Special Surgery. Went for dinner during the week and was pleasantly surprised. Has nice Italian menu; we ordered delicious wines by the glass. We ate the shrimp scampi appetizer, the caesar salad, cavatelli and spaghetti pomodoro with meatballs - all were very tasty. The service was very good; and the ambience was pleasant. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not Great
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    good basic Italian - snarly bartender - waitstaff wonderful - a bit pricey for the quality of their food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good standard Italian fare.
    Matt
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Good standard Italian fare. Nothing special, but not disappointing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid Petaluma
    stevenporteraVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    although it was Mother's Day, we had an early reservation (5:00pm). the restaurant was not overly crowded, but the service was AWFUL!!!!!! the wait staff was extremely uninterested in servicing us. we repeatedly tried to get the attention of a waiter or busboy walking by our table, many times during the course of the evening and almost always were ignored. on a few occasions, someone would look over, make eye contact and completely ignore us. overpriced, mediocre food with horrible service. STAY AWAY!!!!!
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  • Great for a Sunday brunch
    Mona
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I went here this past Sunday and really enjoyed it. The food was great, everyone was nice. My criticism was that service was a bit slow when we were looking to pay and head out, but honestly I prefer that to being rushed out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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  • First timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    My first time visit with another couple we were all happy with our food orders Service was great no complaints .I will go Back for sure .
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was good and fairly
    RenoirVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    The food was good and fairly priced, though it you are sitting near the pizza oven it can (understandably) get quite warm. the lighting was also brighter than we would have wished for an evening meal. The service was up to scratch and all in all we had a good evening.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • over an hour until we got
    crestaVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    over an hour until we got a weekday lunch spoke to 3 different waitrees and a hostess. wrong food not any offer of a drink or anything else.
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  • I'm Done With Petaluma!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    This is a neighborhood place and I was looking forward to it being good so that we'd have a place to go often. My husband and I both ordered the pork chop (which was tough) but his came with a sweet potato instead of white potatoes just because he asked. After I was served mine I asked the waiter to substitute the white potatoes for a sweet potato but he would not make the substitution. Then when the manager was nearby I asked her. Her response was that there are no substitutions - never! How's that considering my husband did get a sweet potato as a substitution. When I showed it to her with her arrogant attitude she pretended not to notice. I'm done with Petaluma!
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  • Food was very good, service
    gryd
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Food was very good, service was good, all in all a good neigborhood place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Went for Easter dinner. three
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Went for Easter dinner. three people . Two of three entrees very good . My roasted ham--fair. Not a lot of flavor. Also, a little skimpy on the bloody marys. If just a little more "love" went into kitchen and service,the restaurant has potential to go from good to very good.One of the best 'spaces' on the UES. By, J Pat E. 70's
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Dinner was great, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Dinner was great, service was excellent and the best Buffalo Mozzarella I ever ate...it was like it was made special for me when I ordered it! The only problem I had was the overpowering stench of BBQ. It smacks you in the face when you walk in and is tough to get used to. Hope this helps.
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  • Soup was a bit salty- we sent
    bonitababeVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Soup was a bit salty- we sent it back, otherwise everything was excellent...great neighborhood restaurant. Would definitely return!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Love Petaluma!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Neighborhood staple for years!!! We love the place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • They will only offer the unlimited
    FineVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    They will only offer the unlimited Mimosa special to groups of 8 or less. I wish we had known this when we made our reservation for 9.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Very ordinary. Went for brunch.
    NorthernerVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Very ordinary. Went for brunch. 4 of us. 1 order wrong. Service mediocre.
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  • Tasty food and excellent wine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Tasty food and excellent wine. The service is very slow, as always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten-free pizza was one
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Gluten-free pizza was one of the best I've had - substantial, crispy crust, toppings well-applied. Regular pizza was a tad soggy. Introductory, complimentary crostini were perfectly cooked, with delicious sun-dried tomato sauce, so was surprised at below-average pizza. Service was gracious and prompt, water glasses refilled constantly. Popular local restaurant - food is usually top-notch and service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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