Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue
Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.santambroeus.com/
  • Phone: (212) 570-2211
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Danieli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sant Ambroeus offers a full scale catering service. If you are interested in knowing more please contact chiara.sassoli@santambroeus.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Sant Ambroeus, located in the heart of the Upper East Side with its authentic and high quality Milanese menu, is the perfect setting for your next breakfast, lunch or dinner to celebrate birthday, rehearsal or graduation parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Chiara Sassoli 2122076680x112
  • Special Events: For private events please contact chiara.sassoli@santambroeus.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 77th Street
  • Public Transit: Line 6 at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue
Shortly after the original Sant Ambroeus opened its doors in Milan in 1936, a devoted following emerged. This celebrated pasticceria and confetteria became the meeting place for the local intelligentsia, whether beginning their day with Sant Ambroeus’s legendary cappuccino and cornetto, savoring panini at lunch, or spending their evening enjoying refined cuisine in the restaurant’s elegant dining room.
We translated these old-world sensibilities of Sant Ambroeus to modern times, and imported our rich culinary traditions to New York. Each of our restaurants remains authentic to our Milanese origins, and we continue to serve our culturally inspired delectables in a casual yet elegant environment.
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Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (13)fit for foodies (13)romantic (9)special occasion (7)hot spot (6)good for groups (5)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Sant Ambroeus is divine
    Aussieats
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We have been lucky enought to frequent this UES gem during the last few months. On each occassion we enjoy the same warm hospitality, great food and professional attentive service. Their smoked salmon is to die for. Our now favorite weekend brunch venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Hostess
    Nmo821
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    For a great restaurant and amazing food, the hostess at the UES location is one of the worst hostesses. She was not friendly and was downright mean when receiving us. We asked her a question about our reservation (arriving earlier than scheduled), and she rolled her eyes, seemed exasperated - and she also acted the same way to other guests. We have been to many restaurants including all the St Ambroeus ones - we love everything about it. But we will NOT go back to the Madison Avenue branch specifically because of the hostess. It is a shame to have someone who doesn't have people skills, or breeding, in an UES restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A MUST visit when in NY
    theduck
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Outstanding breads, really delicious brazino fish,fabulous pasta and the best coffee outside of Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Lovely breakfast/ brunch. Best cappuccino. Perfect service. Makes me feel I'm back in Europe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Diamond amongst gemstones
    Aliyah
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The fact is, this Sant Ambroeus is splendid in so many ways. Let's begin with the decor and ambiance - they maintain a quiet, dignified, and civil dining room, with courteous and polite waitstaff. There are managers on the floor constantly who oversee all of the affairs of the restaurant. They dress in full suits. The beautiful beige, pink, and brown and white color scheme is delightful for the eyes. The vertical sconce lights lining the walls offer this place a touch of the grand old world. The seats are comfortable and the overall ambiance is nice for a pair to chat over delectable teas, coffees, and pastries. As far as food goes, this is the one area they could improve on. They need breakfast items with simplicity.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cookies!
    Dlewan9371VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything was simply perfect! I would recommend this neighborhood gem to any of my close friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BettyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Impeccable service, very good food, meets the standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and welcoming
    Fitchie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent service and environment for a leisurely luncheon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price
    Not4me
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is a very noisy restaurant and for the ridiculous price, the food was average. The pasta was under cooked and the rest of the dinners were average. I could get the same at my local Itailian restaurant for way less. The only good thing was the service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant restaurant
    Love2eatgreat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I loved the ambiance. Very elegant and laid back. Me and my fiance loved the great attention from the staff, all sweet. Expect for one blonde woman in the bakery. Overall i loved it but one thing i did not expect or like watsoever was the food! Very bland and definitely not worth $12 or $48!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 202 reviews are from the Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with old style dining and service. Always dependable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ElizabethVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had a lovely breakfast - would highly recommend -- the service was discreet and efficient
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bogart
    Bogart
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The duck ragu was extraordinary (was a special that night). Six yr old daughter enjoyed the bolognese and the selection of sorbet and gelato. They accommodated our stroller despite a sign on the door saying the opposite.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience
    Awesome
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The green lasagna is a must. They also sell pastries and gelato in the front.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic discovery!
    GalicianRoseVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I found out about Sant Ambroeus by browsing the Open Table site. This place on the Upper East Side is an absolute gem. The restaurant is located at the back, while up front there is a coffee bar and an assortment of pastries available for purchase. I had breakfast there last Saturday morning. I ordered the yogurt parfait, a plain crostini and a cappuccino; my mom opted for the pancakes topped with cinnamon and fresh fruit. The service and presentation were phenomenal and the food and coffee were extremely tasty. I shall return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BonnieVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A first time at Sant Ambroeus--but not the last. Beautifully presented food, tasting as good as it looks. Although not inexpensive, worth the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely place for Sunday breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    great food and desserts but for some reason their chocolate sauce as served over vanilla gelato was simply terrible.. not dark, not thick, not hot... but cold, thin, and tasteless, they should be ashamed of themselves.... their pastry chef should sample good chocolate sauce anywhere in Belgium for example or Angelina in Paris, then make it even better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but.....
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This place had good food especially desserts but unfortunately there was no one younger than the age of 60 there than us! The ambience was awful and we felt rushed most of the time with waiters coming over to our table constantly to clear it so they can seat an old couple. I will not be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable dinner
    MilacikVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We loved everything about Sant Ambroeus on Madison Avenue. Service was spot on and food delicious. Sommelier recommended the most wonderful bottle of white wine. We will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    Ladyalice
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    A lovely experience, I remember it from 40 years ago, always a great neighborhood gem......... The food is delicious but I have to say, it has gotten very expensive...........i will still go there, but the prices are out of sight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place was great! I made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This place was great! I made an early reservation and the resturant was pretty empty when we arrived however we were still seated on top of another table. When I asked the hostess about this she was not eager to change my table. Thankfully Dino came over and was able to give us one of the empty tables. He picked a great wine and our server was outstanding! The food was quite good and we did not feel rushed at all. I will be back to this resturant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A touch of Italy in Manhattan
    visitorVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Never mind that you are actually on Madison and 77th Street in New York, this little slice of authentic high end Italy is a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, coffee or dinner. The food is always deliciously prepared and the ambiance, service and presentation perfectly Italian. They offer what i consider the best coffee/espresso drinks in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • upper east side
    sbiiVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Great food. Tons of foreigners who have sought this place out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Breakfast Experience
    AgbackerVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We were in NY for the weekend and decided to stop in for breakfast our last morning. Everything from the apricot pastry to the eggs to the crispy pancetta bacon... all was great topped off by their killer coffee. We left smiling, as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    Restaurlover
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    I am glad I chose this place for a special dinner for my daughter, a college student home for the break. I now plan to take my wife. Great place! Great food! Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Impressions
    Aussieats
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    This was our first impression of Sant Ambroeus are we were delighted. The quality of the food, the warm attentive service and the ambience all contributed to a first class dining experience. I enjoyed the tuna tartare as a starter and found super fresh product with a perfect blend of capers and avocado. The breaded veal chop was the finest that I have tasted in NYC - wonderful golden color and surprisingly light. The deserts are a delight and should be sampled over may progressive visits with the best espresso in the City. We will be back - many times !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Great food, great service, lovely place and wonderful area! I would definetly repeat and recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for coffee lovers
    Edman
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Great place for coffee lovers and a huge selection of pastries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded and a bit crazy, but
    joiseychowhoundVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Crowded and a bit crazy, but food is outstanding. Service is very professional, though you're likely to get bumped from time to time as servers navigate through the confined spaces. Intelligently chosen wines. Not where you should go for a romantic night out, but great for a nice lunch if you are shopping Madison Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but not treated like gold
    EileenVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    After being sandwiched between two tables, and literally having the waiter's elbow in our food, we decided this place was not of the same class as the one in Southampton. Two hundred dollars for lunch warrants at least a thank you!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Over rated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food was fine but way, way overpriced. Our waiter was not particularly attentive. If I am going to spend that much on dinner, there are any number of places I would prefer to go for a much better dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostess
    ItalianclientVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    The hostess has such a bad attitude and the service is so so bad. Food is ok, max vote 6. The restaurant is expensive but it s not a problem because you know that before to go. The problem is the service, the waIters and the hostess. Horrible service
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's Perfect
    onthego45VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Great eat-in; Great take-out; Great detail to juices and teas and espresso; Awesome fresh baked bread Dont forget the Gelato
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful people, delicious food
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Many local notables come here for dependably high quality ingredients, deliciously prepared. Very expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the place is jammed and the
    Bobbi000VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    the place is jammed and the sound level in the back room of the restaurant is almost unbearable. The food is ok but in the overall , it does not justify the price. You just want to eat and leave, which is disappointing. We prefer to come at the bar in the first part of the restaurant to enjoy the delicious coffee, outstanding pastries and gelate. This is much more satisfying!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Dani
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Awesome food, just didn't feel like there was privacy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way to loud, too pricey for
    Cbadventure
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Way to loud, too pricey for quality of food. Bad pasta!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    UESdiner
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Great food, great people watching, great staff... Always! One of our favorites...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and sadly over its prime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Once there was a time when Sant Ambroeus was the height of Euro sophistication in the Upper East Side. That time has passed. Having only enjoyed what I will openly admit, is amazing specialty coffee drinks in the front, I thought it a great idea to try the sit down restaurant in the back. Not my brightest plan to book a table without checking the menu prices. Of the two risotto dishes only one, Frutti di mare had real flavor. The sapharon risotto basically tasted like boiled rice. Completely flavorless and for $25 a plate hughly disappointing. Not one to visit without a healthy wallet and a risk taker view of ordering. Sorry Sant Ambroeus but the bread was really the best part.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently exellent food
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Consistently exellent food with attentive and friendly service. A real gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.