Not as good as the first time
Not as good as the first time around. Quality of the food was poorer
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best restauraLong Island
Great food, great service and outdoor dining in the summer. Chefs specials are always delicious and inventive. Reasonably priced winelst with some real gems, especially the Barborossa.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Specials are special!
Excellent experience once again! We ate off of the specials menu and it was truly special. Caesar sals was nice and light with crisp romaine in nice bite sized prices (not the big chunky romaine so many restaurants serve). Both main course pasta dishes were very good and unique from the standard pasta fare. The penne with porcine mushrooms, chicken and cream sauce was a nice surprise. Pasta perfectly cooled, chicken again nice bites and the cream sauce flavored with the porcine mushrooms pulled it all together. We always order salads and or soups and then do the smaller portions at Pentemento so we can taste/share many dishes. Chose a desert that was a departure from our norms and that was the only thing we did not enjoy. Definitely a fav!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place the wife and I
great place the wife and I go to regularly. Great specials, great regular menu....berkshire pork chop is a must-have! Great bar scene too.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great As Always
We eat at Pentimento several times a year. It is always a wonderful time and the food is delicious. Since they have expanded it is a bit more noisy but as long as their food continues to be high quality and inventive we will continue to go.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A gem in stonybrook !
Warm friendly staff and fabulous food! Who could ask for more? A stellar experience every time!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great small restaurant with a menu that should appeal to those who appreciate good food well prepared. Appetizers are outstanding. Entrée Selections are not vast, but there is a variety of choices with fine accompanying vegetables. Service was good-- non obtrusive and polite. Desserts were excellent.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
An unique restaurant in the
An unique restaurant in the region: amazing food, cozy ambient and very good wine list. I really recommend.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, servic e, ambience all
Food, servic e, ambience all good. Drinks were disappointing - overpriced and not that great. Decorative Fruit slices in two of the drinks were unappetizing looking - were so dry, you couldn't squeeze any juice out. Other than that - good food. I especially like the small or large choice on the entrees.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the local beers and extensive wine list to the fresh and delicious food this has become my new favorite dining spot. It seemed like they were slightly over staffed but still excellent and attentive service.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our " go-to" local restaurant....
We always enjoy dining at Pentimento, and have since it opened many years ago. The ambience is lovely, the food always very good. The service is attentive without being pretentious or annoying. We enjoy dining in the quiet charm of Stony Brook Village. We often meet other " locals" here, as it is not a tourist destination. We will continue to frequent Pentimento as long as it maintains its magic formula.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lived up to what was reviewed
My wife and I enjoy trying at least 1 Italian dinner when traveling. We really looked forward to Pentimento and they delivered. Pretty much whatever showed up in reviews we read on the net proved true. Fortunately there were much more positive and only minor negatives. Some serving hiccups for us and neighboring tables but they were quickly addressed and remedied. The selection in all parts of the menu and lists are exceptional and truly a modern Tuscan approach. Don't forget to save room for the mango-guava cheesecake. The artisanal beer list is like I've never seen B4. 1st time I used OpenTable and was impressed with results and ease of use.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stony Brook Gem
An all around delightful dining experience. Very creative Italian style dishes, and attentive service in an intimate dining room. Homemade spaghetti with mussels in a light cream sauce was absolutely delicious. Pork chops were perfect. We requested a quiet table in the corner and got exactly that. The young busing staff (looked like college kids home for the summer) could use a little more practice but what they lacked in finesse, they made up for with enthusiasm. A must try if you are in the area.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pentimento continues to delight my guests, and the service has always been exceptional. It is my go to place to wine and dine for business and family.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try it, you will really like it!
We went here for dinner and can not say enough about how great a restaurant this place really is. The was food was delicious but most of all the staff was so attentive and helpful and genuinely cared that you were pleased with everything. Everyone has a most enjoyable evening and we will definitely return soon.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wine list. Good specials,
Great wine list. Good specials, especially seafood. Not intimate.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had dinner here, we really enjoyed ourselves. Everyone was very friendly and the food was great. We sat outside which was very quiet
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner experience as
Great dinner experience as always.
Always a pleasure to have dinner at this local gem
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
4 th visit in the past 5 weeks
4 th visit in the past 5 weeks consistence great food and service
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food selection was excellent. The quality of food was excellent. There will prepare to your needs. We will definitely go back.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
As Good As It Gets....
With a reservation for 2, we showed up as 3 and asked to delay dining for a half hour in order to spend some time in the new bar area. "No problem - let us know when you're ready"...."It's a beautiful night, would you like to sit outside?" What ensued was 2 hours of the most delightful dinner I've had in a while. Food was fabulous, servers were very young, but well-trained-top notch, atmosphere in the outdoor patio/garden was amazing. Visit Pentimento, enjoy the bar and by all means try to grab a table outside on a beautiful night!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
second visit...lunch this time
This was visit number 2 in about as many months and enjoyed it equally as our original visit. Their meatballs lived up to their reputation of very flavorful using a blend of meats and fresh seasonings. Lobster hashbrowns were a pleasant change for and app. Lobster was tender and the potato was freshly grated with just the right amout of seasoning. One of the artisinal Italian IPA's was a solid match to the meal.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
limited menu but wonderful food. pasta was delicious and the sides were great. we put together pasta, with sausage and veggies for a nice late night meal
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made Me Anxious
Pentimento has changed and expanded. We found the food to be excellent as always. But the staff and service were a bit off on our Saturday night visit. The hostess scowled as she checked for our reservation and seemed put out that she had to take us to our table. How hard is it to make eye contact and give a welcoming smile, even if you're having an off day? We waited at our table more than 10 minutes before our waiter made an appearance, and then waited some more before he came to take our order. I began to feel that he was covering too many tables as I watched him race around trying to keep up. Maybe they were short-staffed? In contrast, the water- girl was almost too friendly, plus she splahed on the floor and on my feet.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the very best
We dined at this lovely restaurant located in scenic Stony Brook this past weekend in the early evening. The weather was still perfect to dine outdoors. Everything served had wonderful flavor and presentation so it is no wonder that this restaurant will always be on our favorite list.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
a very good meal
My husband and I enjoyed our meal very much. We started of with a cheese plate with fig spread. The shrimp appetizer was fresh and seasoned nicely, however,the lobster hash brown was extremely greasy and had no flavor. Our main course was yummy, the steak was excellent along with the gnokke half portion.
The service was pleasant and maybe a little to attentive The prices were a little high. Overall,it was a very good dining experience. We would recommend
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked this restaurant because it was in a convenient location to meet someone for a first date. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a live guitar player and the decor was very nice. I had the seared tuna and I enjoyed it very much. My only complaint is that the staff seemed to be paying more attention to the regulars. I would have probably had another glass of wine. Overall, I was very happy that I picked this restaurant and it was the perfect place for a first date.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upon first arriving, the greeter staff was very aloof and actually put us at a table right next to the VERY LOUD bar. I was a bit surprised as one could clearly see by the way that we were dressed, we were not there for the bar scene. My husband asked to have our table changed to the very empty quiet portion of the restaurant. Our request was accomodated, but in a very snooty way.
Saving grace was the waiter, who was just charming. Food was fantastic....creative & fresh. With such a large selection of appetizers, one would think it would be hard to accomplish this, but grilled, marinated artichoke hearts & baby back ribs were delicious. Ceaser salad crisp with light and very tasty dressing. Skirt Steak tender & Sicilian Stew a hit.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently great dining!
Pentimento's consistently has great food and service!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere! Highly recommend trying this cute out of the way place!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of good choices. Very varied items. We had just the small plates and enjoyed the tastes of everything.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale in old Stony Brook
Taste and arraignment of the plate was very good. Food wasn’t overly salty which is good for anyone who is watching their sodium. The serving staff was prompt and efficient. Just be prepared for the bill, this place isn’t cheap. Things were a bit noisy but that’s because we were sat next to the bar.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food, spotty service
This was my first time at this restaurant. I had heard a lot of good things about it and since we were seeing a movie in the area, we thought we would give it a shot. My wife and I both ordered off of it. My baby veal chops were fantastic. Service was spotty. While our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, this restaurant utilizes too many runners. There was a food runner, a bar runner, and a third person delivering food. We ordered sparkling water and then was asked by someone else what water wanted. Drinks were slow to come out. I discussed a drink with my waiter, but asked to wait until the entrée came out. When it arrived, he confirmed I wanted it, but it didn't arrive until I was finished eating so I declined it.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful again and again!
We had not been to Pentimento in quite some time, but after revisiting them again this past Tuesday evening for my birthday, we will be sure to be back whenever we are back in town! They completely renovated the place since the last time we were there, with a whole new bar/lounge area that is open to the dining area as well. There was music playing which was a bit loud, but we enjoyed it (others may opt to sit in their more private dining area which is further away from the bar/noise). Overall the service was fantastic, the food was delicious, and they were very accommodating - even brought out a cake with a candle for the celebration of my birthday! Thanks again!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated next a sizable table of birthday guests but the space was able to accommodate the din. The service was well paced and its nice not t feeling pushed through. Some used to a different style of service might find it a little slow. The menu was creative and nicely presented. I did find that the food was consistently under seasoned and I was surprised to be adding salt. The Tuna I ordered was more undercooked than I think typical in a rare presentation and too in the center. They were very accomodating. Knowing it was my birthday we were brought an amazing candled chocolate truffled dessert. I was confused when I found it on my tab as I might have ordered something different. Very enjoyable evening, great service.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine, fresh fare
Modern twists on fresh local ingredients beautifully prepared. Great service in a quiet elegant setting.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stony Brook standard
...Standard but far, far beyond the ordinary. Without it (and Christophe's wine store next door) what would there be, really, in Stony Brook village?
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back!
Enjoyed our third visit to Pentimento and will look forward to our fourth!
Great wine and very good food.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
All I can say is how memorable our experience was. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left we were treated to excellent service. The food was excellent and so was the service. There is nothing negative I can say about the experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice romantic spot to have a meal and enjoy a good conversation. The whole staff was dressed up for Halloween but it didn't take away from the experience if anything it added to it.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who know that on Halloween night there would be so many people out for dinner? That's a testimony to the great food, atmosphere and service at Pentimento.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st Time Visitor
My wife and I have always wanted to visit since we're long time Stony Brook residents and have walked by the restaurant many times. We finally visited last Saturday and was not disappointed. The food was delicious, service fantastic and everything was reasonable priced, will definitely visit again.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Food, Mngmt Falls Short!
Excellent menu, great food, good service, however, when my husband found a piece of metal in his food, the management had good detective work to establish where it originated it from (a metal scouring sponge) & they offered to get him another entrée, but the rest of our party were almost finished with our meal. They did not offer to comp our bottle of wine or dessert. My husband left hungary!!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food. Small plates available almost like tapas. Attentive staff. Varied menu.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always worth the trip
Great place for a very, very good meal. Nice ambiance and service is excellent. Creative and well-executed dishes. As simple as it sounds, their lobster hash browns are pretty insane. Wine list needs some work, but its not bad. Didn't try the drinks, but they're creative too. Their patrons are more old-school, which works well for a nice meal. I want to eat smartly prepared food, in a nice surrounding, with good service, and without knucklehead table-neighbors ... Pentimento's always delivers.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were excellent, the offerings creative, pleasantly surprising, but priced accordingly high. Expect about $50 per person for dinner. It does have outdoor dining in warmer weather. It is surrounded by upscale shops, and very near the Stony Brook Grist Mill and what used to be called the Museums at Stony Brook. So, it is well located. The restaurant has also been recently expanded, to a less effect.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We continue to be in awe of
We continue to be in awe of the inspired seasonal menus that Chef Dennis Young continually invents at his 20-year-old restaurant, Pentimento. This perennially excellent eatery in Stony Brook Village is a gastronomic delight, with a vast array of tapas-like openers that can easily be shared or put together as a multi-dish entree. Dining here often reminds us of some of our favorite ristoranti in Milan like La Briciola, Giacomo and Bice. A standout last evening was the Tagliatelle with Shrimp, Speck and Fava Beans in a Tomato-Butter Sauce. The pasta was housemade, of course, and the marriage of flavors nothing short of wondrous. Now if only Chef Young would consent to a satellite eatery on the North Fork.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Last minute reservation
The only complaint I have about this restaurant is the tables that aren't in the main dining room, they are way too small!!!! Our dinner was delicious!!! We started with the marinated artichokes and potato leek soup, fabulous!!!! My husband had the salmon and I had monkfish medallions that was on the specials, OMG so so good! We had chocolate cake for dessert that melted in your mouth. Next time I will request a table in the main dining room. They also had music that was very nice!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were treated with personal
We were treated with personal care as soon as we arrived. The wait staff did not rush us but moved dinner along at a comfortable pace. The food was tasty.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM