Ristorante Morini
Ristorante Morini

Ristorante Morini

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ristorantemorini.com/
  • Phone: 2122490444x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
    Brunch:
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm -9:30pm
    Midday:
    Monday - Sunday: 2:30-5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael White
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 86th Street
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6 Train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 1 hour metered parking from 10am - 7pm. Free street parking available after 7pm from Mon - Sat; all day Sunday.
A word from Ristorante Morini
Ristorante Morini celebrates Italian cuisine by offering regional specialties, showcasing Chef Michael White’s modern interpretations of traditional dishes. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a lively first floor dining room, featuring a stunning backlit bar. The bar at Ristorante Morini features seasonally crafted cocktails along with a full menu. Ristorante Morini takes reservations 30 days in advance and by phone for the first floor dining room.
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Ristorante Morini reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)neighborhood gem (101)special occasion (99)notable wine list (59)great for lunch (52)romantic (51)good for groups (34)hot spot (25)great for brunch (13)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great discovery.
    ApergoVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went on a Monday night and thought we were going ti be the only ones at the place. To our soprise the restaurant was full of elegant and cool people making a great ambiance. Food was very good they had a nice list of wines and we had a great time.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated + Overpriced
    wnrdnrVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Was looking to show special out of town guests an outstanding NYC evening. Chose this Altamarea location because of proximity to where they were staying. Was compelled to write this review after such a disappointing experience. We were first seated in an uncomfortable, high traffic thoroughfare, though the dining room was nearly empty. Staff is attentive, yet unfriendly. Both first and main courses were served tepid. I had far higher expectations of the ultimately mediocre meal. But, perhaps the most unsettling part, we were charged an astronomical $50 for water. Yes, water. The upside is that the acoustics are ideal for conversation, which is necessary considering the food is unremarkable.
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  • Nice Surprise
    jmg28
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I lived on the upper east side for years and never ventured to 86th & Madison. Exceptional food & service. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A outstanding restaurant
    cagerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This Michael White Resturant will not disappoint you. The cuisine is amazing and the service was paced just right. Will return to this place when we travel to NYC again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    plato
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We sat down for close to 10 minutes before someone gave us the menu. The food is salty. It was hit or miss. It was cool to have a sommelier wine tasting station in the center of the dining room. It was not cool to see our waiter drank the wine left by the sommelier.
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  • Happy occasion
    boxcaja
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Outstanding for dinner with friends. We enjoyed a first class dining experience in this lively, cheerful room; Michael White's delicious fish and pastas; friendly, intelligent, superbly paced service. The room is wonderfully arranged for conversation. Prices fair, but could have done without the white truffle "sticker shock".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding Italian//Mediterranean
    janelexVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal. Fluke crudo was outstanding and beautifully presented. Mushroom risotto also delicious. Lovely upstairs dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood addition
    peter0924
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were a party of 4 on Sunday evening.The crudo, salads, pastas, porterhouse steak for two, lamb chop, vegetable sides, and the ice creams were all delicious, and we were all delighted with the experience. All flavors were clean, precise and worked well together. The wine list is noteworthy for its inspired breadth and epth of choices. . The decor could be usefully cheered up. I particularly liked the fluke and yellowtail crudo, Maine lobster tortelli, lamb chop and chocolate ice cream. The staff were all very friendly. While there was an occasional lag in checking if we wanted service, it was all very pleasant. We would all certainly go again as well as recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best...
    Virginia
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food, service, atmosphere. Have been there several times and am never disappointed. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • LisaVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Poor attitude on the part of the staff. Mediocre food. Prices are way too high for the quality of the food and service with "attitude". Once is too much for a visit to this restaurant.
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    romantic
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  • Pricey but value in quiet & serene
    nyc2centsVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Have only sat upstairs a few times.The prices are quite expensive, but the restaurant is beautiful and serene and most importantly, upstairs the tables are very well-spaced apart so if one wants to have a private conversation, or simply enjoy the ability to hear your table mates and not the noise from other tables, this is a good choice. Also a good choice if one person has hearing loss, easier for them to filter out the background sounds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Solid
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is my third or fourth time here and I have always been happy with my meals. I continue to be shocked by how empty it is. I wish the prices were slightly cheaper as then it could become more of a regular for me and our family but at those rates it simply can't. Nor does it qualify for a special night out. That said, the food has always been good and the service solid.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morini was Marvelous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a large group (9) but had excellent service and the food was delicious. The only complaint was that my husband's veal chop was fatty, but when he commented on that to the waiter, he brought us a complimentary dessert. I would definitely go back again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • $$$$ but not *****
    awhite31VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant is pleasant on the inside and the service was good. My wife and I felt the food was: a) average at best (there are several Italian restaurants in our neighborhood we prefer); b) way overpriced (all three courses, and wine list too); and c) delivered in tiny portions (we ate when we returned home). Our advice would be for Morini to double the food portions or halve the prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dining expereience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We loved everything we ordered - everything! I loved the monk fish and the brussel sprouts - will try a pasta dish on next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely a winner
    Willbeback4sure
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Each course was truly a culinary delight! The food was fabulous! The staff was attentive and not obtrusive Would definitely recommend highly and will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I had dinner here 2 nights in a row. First as a guest, then as a host. The receptionists and staff couldn't be friendlier. UES neighborhood is perfect for me!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very Nice
    porkyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Restaurant is a great local restaurant that is elegant and a place where one is able to have a conversation without screaming their lungs out! Much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Delicious Italian
    erma
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Six of us ate there; four had the prix fixe. Everything was great, including the veal chop, lamb, and several fish dishes. Two areas of preference separated the meal from perfection. I like my monkfish a little underdone, but I realize that is not really typical. It was not really overdone, but it was at the high end of the range of acceptable. Also, the gnocchi is soft and pillowy, whereas some might like it a little firmer. Since most gnocchi is inedible while this was very good, this is not really just guidance. Nobody finished their plates--especially the meat entrees--so portion size was not an issue. I also think the desserts were not as strong as the rest. Biggest complaint--the only Sauterne was $50 a glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Addition to Neighborhood
    bpanarelVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The Chef provides a wonderful selection of Italian pastas and fish dishes-actually everything is great! Flavors are wonderful and the portions are just the right size. They also have Gluten Free pasta! You have to try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • way over priced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was good as always but it is way way over priced! Simple salad and pasta meal for 4 for $400!!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Don
    Fistclassguy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Second time at this relatively new restaurant. It is a special place. Everything about it is perfect. i
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No love in the food
    BeanerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were really looking forward to trying Morini because its in our neighborhood. The service is Outstanding, the menu fine (except the calamari salad with buratta cheese is a big mistake) but what struck my husband and me is there was NO LOVE in the food. You could taste that it was just slapped together, robotically. Very uninspired first and main courses - we had the calamari, beef carpaccio, poached halibut and cod. The saving grace was the chocolate bomba dessert. Unfortunately, we will not be going back - not worth it.
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  • fantastic
    dutches
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    great food - what a treat in an area where there are not many great restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Best bet for a special evening
    HipdeliciousItaliangemVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Gorgeous contemporary Italian design pairs with delicious Italian cuisine beautiful festive crowd makes it a great party you won't mind paying for... The bill will be high but so will your spirits be leaving this great new addition to the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a difference a change makes
    JustUs2VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our return visit but not our last - this time the dining room was fuller and the noise level higher but the table placement made it work and we could hear our table mates. the food was extraordinary - innovative yet familiar - as was the wine Thanks again
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Elegant Italian
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Recent addition to the Upper East Side, this restaurant combines first rate service with a good menu and a superb wine list. The dishes re well diversified between antipasto, pasta, meats and fish. The cooking is perfectly done. Service even goes beyond the normal high end as they will deliver reading glasses to you. Modern, spare decor lends a elegant chic to the atmosphere. I only wish the portions were bigger so I could eat more of the meal.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Good restaurant but expensive
    Mic58
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The design is great, the service very good. We enjoyed the food but felt it was over priced
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Versatile and always delicious
    LewisVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food has consistently been fantastic. Recently I had a risoto which was both simple and mind blowing. Additionally, this place is great for romantic date, business dinner, and brunch with a child. I've done all three here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Gem!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Altamarea group does it again with this warm, friendly Upper East Sider that gets its fish just right! The branzino and arctic char are sublime. The service is most friendly and accommodating, and the ambiance is very inviting. It's a bit pricey, but this IS the UES, after all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An elevated dining experience..,
    VaBreeze
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We arrived on time, and were pleasantly greeted & seated immediately. The spirit of the Friday evening crowd around the bar there was festive. We were guided to cosmopolitanly elegant dining room. The wait staff and sommelier were informative and helpful! The wine glass was recharged by our observant waiter, Guillermo. The tuna appetizer was beautifully presented, and freshly prepared. My seafood pasta was well seasoned and my wife's risotto disappeared completely - her compliment to the chef. The iced watermelon, yogurt dessert refreshing and delicious for me, not so much for her. This is a high level dining experience, and excellent for those who can afford it. Dinner for two, with wine = $250, easy.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We dined with good friends from San Francisco, who had suffered through two nights off ordinary restaurants with other New York friends. This was the perfect antidote. All four of us ordered differently and dined happily. Ristorante Morini is not our "everyday" choice, Arturo's (East 85th and York) at the other end of East 86th is, because Ristorante Morini is understandably pricey, but definitely worth it !!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • That Space Again
    JustUs2VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Have not been to the site of this restaurant for several years but this is the best resurrection ever. THe space is done perfectly - the staff interested and helpful - and the food is exemplary. Will have to go back a couple of times and then have an informed opinion
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • simple, elegant, delicious
    HugodoggieVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I am so happy Ristorante Morini is in the neighborhood. The best risotto I have ever had. Kind, welcoming service. Interesting menu. Not inexpensive though.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prices are astronomical
    DionisVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great local place but the prices are astronomical. Food is comparable or perhaps even better at Giovanni, around the corner, for at least 25% less. Pastas are close to $30 and most entrees are in the mid-$40s. Perpare to pay at least $250 for a drink, starter, entree and a glass of wine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything we ate was perfectly cooked, the staff was attentive and the Maitre d was great. Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lola
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very prompt and gracious service. At lunchtime, there are very few tables filled, except during restaurant week when it is difficult to book a table. I have not been there yet for dinner but I have been there 8-10 times for lunch. It is a great spot for business lunches or social lunches. The woman who was serving us overheard that it was someone's birthday and delivered a delicious small strawberry shortcake to her. That is truly remarkable service! And the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Ain't no Marea!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was good but uninspiring. Atmosphere was cold and stark.Service was robotic and inattentive ( the captains only concern was asking if I needed change for bill?!)I would not return nor would I recommend
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  • Very disappointed in the food
    Kate47
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was really disappointed in the food at Ristorante Morini. We were there on a Saturday night, when one would think that the chef would be on his game. The roasted peaches on my salad were ice cold and tasteless -- they must have been roasted hours before and stored in the refrigerator. The greens were drowning in a very ordinary salad dressing. The paccheri was the best thing I had (and my husband's pasta with ragu was tasty). The lamb chops were awful -- both the meat itself, and the green sauce slathered on top. I took one bite and stopped eating, and none of the staff seemed to notice. My son's chicken was dry and tasteless, and my husband's branzino was very ordinary. We live in the neighborhood, and we will not be going back.
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  • A great evening
    Lucky2eatthere
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ambience was nice and elegant. Food and service were excellent from start to finish. Birthday dinner for my wife and they could not have made it nicer
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.