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: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm -9:30pm
    Midday:
    Monday - Sunday: 2:30-5:30pm
  • 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
189 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)special occasion (93)neighborhood gem (91)great for lunch (55)notable wine list (54)romantic (50)good for groups (30)hot spot (22)great for brunch (17)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    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.
  • Salty
    carolef2VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent service. Congenial staff. Beautiful food was ruined with heavy-handed salting.
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  • Very Nice Lunch
    Skald
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was greeted by a very agreeable hostess and shown to our table. My guest had arrived and was seated. The restaurant is very attractively decorated in soft tones with interesting and attractive light fixtures. The window treatment filters the light nicely. The menu was varied and list of wine by the glass satisfied easily. The lunch (appetizer, main course, and dessert) was well presented and excellent. The portions appropriate. The service was friendly without being overly so and attentive. We lingered over coffee. Although there were six or seven tables occupied when we readied to leave, I simply raised my finger, was seen immediately, and the check delivered. Such is not always the case.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite NYC restaurant
    KDDiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Every aspect of my experience at Ristorante Morini was remarkable from the time I walked through the door until we left at about 10 pm. Gourmet dining and friendly exquisite service. A special occasion made extraordinary by this Altamarea dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • I like Morini...serivce improving
    Donatella
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I think Morini is very good in terms of food. The service has improved although I reserve judgement until after the slow season summer. Previously, their service was awful. We live around the corner and no matter how many times we went, they treated us like strangers. This restaurant needs to treat the locals well in order to thrive. As well, i think the menu needs to be expanded in order to attract more frequent visits.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive cuisine
    Pianogirl7VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Do not miss the raw fish starters! Main course portions are large enough to share .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UES gem
    rwallyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Finally a GREAT restaurant on the UES and worth the trip uptown for out of towners
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disgusting
    NicolemsivVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This restaurant has the same prices and reviews as cafe boulud so I assumed it would be on a similar level. However, when a member our table of five ordered arctic char and a pan seared piece of salmon was brought to him, it was evident we were in an establishment where prices were not an indicator of quality. the seafood was overcooked-- to the point of mealy. the lobster was overcooked (rubber). no dish was creative. too much sauce on everything-- including an omelet. also portions were huge... and no amuse bouche. thank god though because the food was poor quality, not fresh and definitely not italian.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been to the restaurant for dinner twice now and it was excellent both times.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    Henri
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Restaurant week lunch was very generous and enjoyable. Top notch, formal and polite service. A winner as a modern italian restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • MIXED
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was very off and the servers seemed diffident and bored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very enjoyable for Restaurant Week lunch -- some elegantly presented and perfectly prepared food (e.g., the delicately flavored poached cod) and gracious and unobtrusively attentive service. As for the decor, some of it, like the chandeliers and the patterns on the ground-floor bar walls wouldn't have been my choice but it detracts from the restaurant's other qualities much less than suggested by the NYT restaurant reviewer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very beautiful
    My2Cents
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The decor is very beautiful. The hostesses were extremely friendly and we were seated quickly (we had a reservation). The time between ordering and receiving the food was very short. You could hear a pin drop in the restaurant; it was very quiet - definitely not suitable for children. I had a non-alcoholic drink called Fragola, which was fantastic! For dinner I had the Tortelloni - not the best torelloni I've ever had, but it was good. I would definitely dine here again, and recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Loved the food, we tasted appetizers, salads, entrees, sides and desserts and they were all excellent. The halibut was melt in your mouth delicious and my husband loved the veal chop. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deborah
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    ok- but it is NY and there are better choices nearby-
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  • JunoonVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very good and attentive service this time. The food was great too...!!! It was a fun experience over a restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UES Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were sorry we waited 8 months to dine at this "new" Althamarea Gem in the Upper East Side! The cod was superbly cooked in a delicious broth, ditto rock shrimp with macaroni in pesto. Other dishes were also delicious. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good value for lunch
    feinschmecker
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Air conditioning under the vent too cold when blowing
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week menu
    Bella
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food and wine were fine.The choices for restaurant week were good. Iwas pleased to see the decor for the first time. The chandleer's were fine... not objectionable as reviewed. the decor airy and plesant. The regular menu is on the expensive side.
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    scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come on
    MshapsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There are a lot of VERY good places to eat on the upper east side. This happens to be one of them. I must say the food was very good. The catch is that the wine and cocktails are so over priced, its not worth getting a drink. The food is so over priced, its not worth ordering. Just dont bother unless you want to pau +$150 for 2ppl food alone....
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  • joiseychowhoundVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Overly complicated Italian food not especially well executed. Front staff inefficient, clumsy, badly trained and equipped with serious attitude problems. Room is very elegant (not, however, matched by the customers who seem to dress as if they were eating at a diner) and food prices are elevated to match. Wine list is very good and well priced but the wine service was inept and slow. Overall, there are better Italian restaurants within a few blocks' walk.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate