Tello's
Tello's

Tello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chelseadining.com/
  • Phone: 2126918696
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH - Mon.-Fri. 12-4 pm
    DINNER - Mon.-Sun. 4pm-12am
    BRUNCH - Sat. & Sun. 11am-4 pm
    PRE-THEATRE DINNER - Mon.-Sun. 4-7pm (Prix-Fixe $19.95)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Alonso Tello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Public Transit: C/E to 23rd Street
    1 to 18th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tello's
What a find! Lit with candles and chandeliers, this cozy place has such a wonderful old-world feel that you may think you've walked onto the set of a Martin Scorsese film. A helpful staff serves up hefty portions (light on price) of well prepared Italian fare. Pasta is cooked al dente every time and the seafood is plentiful and fresh. Be sure to join us on Saturday and Sunday for our boozy brunch - for only an additional $12, enjoy unlimited drinks with your brunch entree. We also offer a 3-course pre-theatre menu for only $19.95 from 4-7pm daily.
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Tello's reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)romantic (4)great for brunch (4)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (3)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic lunch place
    Bryan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My girlfriend and I met here for a lunch date. The waiter was absolutely fantastic. I had the seafood salad on the waiters recommendation, and it was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    RobbobVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had not been to Tello's in several years. I went back the other night and discovered that it was as consistently good as it always had been when I frequented there years ago.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply awful
    lizardloverVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Don't go. Just don't go. There was not one redeemable aspect of this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the Tello's reviews archive.
  • Authentic Italian
    johngouldrubin
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Real authentic, lovingly prepared Italian food. The attention to detail in the menu and service is fantatic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch With an Extra
    PhilCVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Tello offers an unusually wide variety of choices on their weekend brunch menu, all at a very reasonable fixed price including a drink and coffee or tea. If you go on Sunday afternoon at 2 you should be aware that they offer a drag queen show for about an hour. It was fun and enjoyable, even for the diners who didn't know in advance what they were in for. To her credit the entertainer modified her show so that it was acceptable for the fourth grader in the audience who was celebrating her birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post theatre
    BethyVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Good food,ambience and one of the few restaurants in Chelsea where you can actually hear each other in conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I'm ranking this as one of the top restaurants for service I've been to in the city. Food was great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was not what I expected
    Harlermknight145
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Place was empty when we got there and empty when we left. The place looks run down like it hasn't been renovated in centuries. I will not return.
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  • Good food, good value
    JudyJudyVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My friend and I were going to the Irish repertory theater and so this restaurant was geographically desirable. I had the roast duck. It came with some wonderful vegetables. I also had chocolate mousse for dessert. Everything was good and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissappointed
    Bruce
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have been to Tello's many times. This was Valentine's night. We had a long standing reservation and arrived on time. There was no table ready...they had us wait right on top of a table they were trying to clear in the "back room". Not pleasant. The food, a pris-fixe menu was also disappointing. Cheap steak, tough and not properly done. When the mashed potatoes are the meal's highlight...it's not so good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Questionable Service
    Aggi
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The Brunch food selection and price was good. Nice drink selection with the Brunch. Wait staff courteous However after waiting 30 minutes for 2 pizzas for 2 children, the waiter thought we had canceled their order. Communicaation misunderstanding but Big mixup resulting in 2 starving children.What did he think they would eat??? We'd try it again but would make sure the order was double checked.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Find
    SusieQ15
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were walking thru the city & decided to try out Tellos. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious food and attentive wait service. The sauce was great, especially the Pasta Bolognese. We just returned again for dinner with a small group of friends. The food was fresh and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Its a great restaurant in NYC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's really not fair to base
    BarbandbarVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    It's really not fair to base the food solely on my dish. Everyone else enjoyed their meals. I ordered the eggs Florentine and expected what I'm used to which is an omelet with spinach. What I got was eggs Benedict with spinach which I do not care for. Over all, it is a lovely place and a bargain for the $14.95 brunch and you can actually have a conversation because it is quiet. I guess it attracts an older crowd. barbara
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service,
    CBCB
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Great food, great service, at a great price. A rare find in NYC!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious pasta
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We shared pasta dishes and all were excellent. Look forward to exploring Tello's menu further on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, not great
    brunchlover
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Food was Ok, not great (I had the farmer's omelet for brunch), my waiter wasn't very accommodating, I think that made all the difference to me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Food was adequate. Service was awful - slow to nonexistent. The waiter at an adjoining table was more helpful than our own. The lighting was turned down shortly after we arrived to a point where we could not see our food. We asked the owner / manager three times to raise it but to no avail.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salted food
    Charlotte
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    I would not recommend this restaurant as it was like the salt pot was fallen into the pesto container by mistake. The pasta with pesto was so salty that it was impossible to eat. .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy, classy spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Candle-lit tables and low music made intimate conversations easy. Cocktails were also available at the small bar in the front which good for after work meets without the crowds. Plenty of photos of Italian celebrities and vintage posters for the nostaligic folks. The menu was small but good variety of comfort dishes, very generous portions. Prices typical for Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Went for brunch, which is a great price, but the food was bland - even eggs. Bloody Mary had nto flavor. Used to go to the place a lot - reasonably priced decent food and good service, Service was good but food not up to par.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment on a Plate
    elachance
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Was looking forward to a good experience at a pretty highly rated spot. Went with my girlfriend and ordered a menu standard and special. Service was incredibly slow and infrequent to the outside tables. Food including the specials were a real disappointment given that we had to wait very long (~40minutes) to get them and ultimately they just were not good. Bland and uninspired execution of what seemed like a promising menu. Given this... waaaay overpriced too! I really regret not walking 50ft further to the Rocking Horse Cafe which I know to be great since I've been there 4 times or more. Always good and a better choice in this neighborhood. Point of the story... keep on walking to avoid Disappointment on a Plate at Tello's. Terrible!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food & price!
    SaxxynycVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    I hadn't been this neighborhood restaurant in a number of years. I came back with some new work friends and the Italian food was well priced and very tasty and delicious. I'll be back again soon. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth it
    CdGinNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    We went as it was raining and close by and we had not eating there in years - thought, why not? They food is fair to poor. The service while friendly lacked any local neighborhood charm. I am not sure how this place stays open but perhaps the girls they have standing outside as barkers to bring in the tourists is keeping them going - it does not seem to appeal to the neighborhood crowd.
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  • Disappointed
    GeoffdiVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    The service was fantastic but the food was awful. I will give it another try as maybe just the fish "special" was not so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed first visit to Tello's.
    PhylVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Enjoyed first visit to Tello's. The food was tasty, the service attentive, the atmosphere homey. Hope to return again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service ok due to no one being ther
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Food just OK, so many restaurants in the area, don't think I'd go back.
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  • Terrible
    jimfVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Our experience at Tello's was the worst we have ever had. Bad food, bad service and bad vibes. Stay away!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A neighborhood Italian restaurant,
    Fledermaus
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    A neighborhood Italian restaurant, the food is very good, large portions, well-prepared and worth the price. From my observations there are many neighborhood regulars here, the maitre d'/manager (?owner) is cheerful and makes you feel like you are visiting your uncle's for a meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was so poor, we couldn't
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Service was so poor, we couldn't believe it. Three of us were served, while the 4th could not get her meal until the rest were all finished. She should not have been charged. We had to tell them to take her wine off the bill.
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  • I love going here because
    TexinNYC
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    I love going here because the food is delicious and the staff never rushes you. It has a fun, charming atmosphere without being too louch
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably one of the worst
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Probably one of the worst dining experiences I have had in a long time. Good was terrible, service uncommunicative and then had the nerve to charge us more than listed.
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  • Great place. Our first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Great place. Our first time here. I came here because of all the great reviews. We spent 3 hours here for dinner. We loved it and will be back. My date was so impressed. My only wish is thAt the food came out nice and hot which is wasn't. I need my food to come to me nice and hot. I still tipped 2o%. Great place. Kevin
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad, bad waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Our waiter was horrible. He forgot to bring a salad that was ordered, so I reminded him but it didn't come until the end of the meal, at which point I told him that it was too late (but my son's girlfriend wanted to eat it, so we kept it). He made no comment at this point. Then, right before he brought the check, he said that his job was at stake and he would give us the salad without charge (his accent was a little hard to follow, but this was the gist). When the bill arrived, it was NOT ITEMIZED and my husband was suspicious but I wanted to just pay and go home. The next day I totaled our bill, based on the website's menu, and we had been OVER CHARGED by $36.00!!! Called manager, left message, never heard back.
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  • Recommended by my cousin who
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Recommended by my cousin who lives in Chelsea as we were visiting NYC for our anniversary. Spent our anniversary night at Tello's and have a fantastic time. Great food, excellent atmosphere (very old school style Italian place), and great service. We highly recommend it if in the Chelsea area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    This was our first time at Tellos. The staff was super friendly and nice and did not balk about a specisl request I had regarding how I wanted my food prepared and giving me a healthier side salad rather then fries which came with the dish I ordered. I'd like to go back and try different things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good value.
    Meyersu
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Nice ambiance, good Chelsea location. Very nice and attentive service. Food was ok, not great but a good value, and portions are large.
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  • Just a very nice spot. Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Just a very nice spot. Server was young and somewhat inexperiencd, but made up for it with a good effort. Staff was very friendly. Entrees range from very god to outstanding. The veal and shrmp dish was out of this workd. Also a good job on the calamari
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the food tremendously.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Enjoyed the food tremendously. Ambience was very nice, and it was very affordable. I recommend i highly.A very fun place with great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Given it was Valentines Day,
    NYCtheatrediner
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Given it was Valentines Day, the service was a but slow. The meal was excellent, that was a definite offset to the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The service at Tello's is very friendly and professional. They are flexible. However, I didn't know that they were not using their original menu on Valentine's and only offered prix fixe rates and only certain plates for 40 dollars each. But they were happy to accomodate us and offered the regular menu after we expressed our dissapointment. They really should have noted that somewhere on their site or when making a reservation for that day. It would have been a much more costly meal but they handled it gracefully and it turned out to be a delicious evening. Boyfriend said"best steak ever in NYC and exceptional for the price."
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate