The Trattoria
The Trattoria

The Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thetrattoriarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (631) 584-3518
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday- Friday Noon- 2pm

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5:00- 9:00pm
    Friday: 6:00- 9:00pm
    Saturday 5:30- 9:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00- 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Steve Gallagher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Catering: At The Trattoria we offer private parties on premise for up to 32 people. We have several packages to best accommodate your needs. We also implement off-premise catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located 1/2 mile from the St. James station from the Long Island Railroad.
A word from The Trattoria
At The Trattoria we share our version of Italian American Cuisine. We strive to source the finest and freshest ingredients available on the American market, and prepare them with Italian sensibility. The food is rustic and soul satisfying. We continue to offer the same relaxed atmosphere, and come as you are, drink what you want hospitality that we bring you with The Trattoria.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)neighborhood gem (64)special occasion (24)good for groups (9)romantic (8)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Foodie heaven
    SuzieQ
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We have never been disappointed with the food here. Delicious! New food choices using current in fashion food. Always piping hot served to the table with friendly, competent servers. Love bringing my own wine to enjoy with the food. The place is small- only about 30 seats and sometimes it is difficult to get a reservation. Tables are very close together and noise level can get loud. It a real "find" in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GGDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great food, attentive staff make for an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Engine That Could
    Bobyank7VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Wow. Great innovative dishes. The restaurant is the size of a closet. Maybe 10-12 tables open kitchen so you can see what's going on. Bring your own bottle because they have none. Reasonable prices for great food. Cash only. Fantastic find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have been here many times and always had a great experience. The service is terrific and the food even better. It will not disappoint. I love that you can bring your own wine for no additional cost.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant on LI
    Outstanding
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food is amazing and BYOB feature is the icing on the cake. Th price is amazing for the quality of food you get! The black and white creme brûlée may have been the best thing I've ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Berger
    Berger
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We absolutely love this little restaurant!! The food is spectacular & we are never disappointed. Grazie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A FUN RESTAURANT
    greateats
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant has a very friendly and comfortable environment. The choices on the menu are unique and extremely well prepared. It's small dining area adds to it's unique character. Bring your own bottle and sit back and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal
    bdgem
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The Trattoria never disappoints. While the dining room is small and tables crowded together, you don't even notice when your meal arrives. The food is delicious and very creative. Everyone in my party of 6 was thrilled with their choices. BYOB is a bonus. I highly recommend The Trattoria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food3
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Friends and I loved it in the Summer, so went back. It is just as good in the Fall. The food is absolutely fantastic and the service great. We plan to return in the Winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times. It never disappoints. Food is fresh with an artistic presentation. I like bringing my own beverages so you pay only for the food. The ambiance grows on you--- not Lutece or the like, but a nice neighborhood feel to it. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FRESH AND DELICIOUS
    Suze36
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Everything here is delicious starting with the bread on the table which we had with olives. We shared the baked littleneck clams -6 to an order. My husband had the black pasta with calamari which was just spicy enough to his liking. I had the chicken Saltimboca which was tasty and amazingly moist with a crispy skin. I wish I had room for dessert but I will make room next visit. The food showcases fresh and in season vegetables and is consistently good each time we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A MUST GO GREAT FRESH FOOD
    Bklynfoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Upon arrival my wife and I were a little skeptical because if the small dining area and thought dinner would be rushed but we were wrong It was comfortable and the staff was very accommodating. Okay so now the food was fresh tasty and quite enjoyable I recommend this restaurant and reservations should be made well in advance you won't be disappointed we orders for app grilled octopus and mussels in sambuca main bucatini carbonara and chicken with white beans they were both outstanding. Well worth the trip from Brooklyn will definitely return when at the vineyards in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic
    Sandi
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We have been eating at The Trattoria for years under various owners, name changes & chef changes. It keeps getting better & never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Service was excellent, ambiance is lacking, noise level was excessive. Food was very good but not so good that I would be inclined to say it was the best I ever eat. Serve the water a little colder. Overall: excellent food and service, need new venue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful meal!
    lacaciVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Trattoria never disappoints! Outstanding Fall menu. Can't wait to go back and try more things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was trying to find something more quaint and delightful for my girlfriend's birthday and this was great. The food was so delicious and amazing. Being that my girlfriend is in the food industry as a chef herself. This was an absolute delite. I would absolutely refer someone to this restaurant.... Just with the heads up to bring their own beverage because they do not serve wine or beer but the food and service definitely made up for it. We will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tony Italian
    bellbiv13VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This small 10 table Italian trattoria is a neighborhood gem that never disappoints. Excellent food at a reasonable price and BYOB to boot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Helen
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Love everything about it! From the food to the atmosphere to the impeccable service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful taste sensations
    amore3mmlgs
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    For your bread is a must- get all three, you won't be sorry. Baked clams, bread, salads, pasta awesome. Not particularly fond of the arctic char or the perch. Beef (short ribs) delicious, eggplant and pork very good. Desserts, affogato, creme brûlée and maple walnut cheese cake delicious as well. Not fond of flour less cake. Will be going back! ps service is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Have dined there several times, does not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Trattoria will never disappoint! The food is so delicious. Bring your favorite wine you ate in for a special treat. Your taste buds will be yearning to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Boring place.
    LinnyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have eaten here a few times. Ambience has improved but this restaurant still has no personality. It's just dull. The food was good, very unique and creative but the rest of the experience was just plain boring. Servers were decent but also dull.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly excellent food!
    BGFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Eat here regularly. The owner /chef Steve is talented and enjoys sharing his delicious food with his guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Linberg
    Berger
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Never disappointed!!! Cudos to everyone once again for a wonderful night - great food - great service. GRAZIE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!
    Bradjeremy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This restaurant consistently delivers. Chef Steve puts out tasty plates. Parpedelle bolognese, spheghetti all' amatriciano are consistent winners. Creme brûlée, almond cake, gelato with biscotti are excellent. Most everything is. Bravo!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You come here for the food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place is about good food and good service. There's no atmosphere to speak of, but you can tell that everyone is enjoying themselves. The byo saves you a bundle. No credit cards are a pain. You do have to make your reservation well in advance there are only about 30 seats. But, whenever I want to have a good meal and not break the bank, I eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely anniversary dinner
    Jay2Patty
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We have been to this restaurant before and chose to have our anniversary dinner here. We were very happy we did as the food and service were excellent. We also like taking our own wine. The waitress supplies the glasses and a corkscrew, if you need one. We definitely will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    hidden gem, never disappoints, not super pricey but no credit cards, BYOB saves you a ton, excellent food! Always make a reservation, very small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The prix fixe was a great deal, the gnocchi was light and delicious, the boscato was rich and tender. The pork loin was a little overcooked, but the sauce largely made up for it. Cheesecake was a winner for dessert, and the fresh lemony ricotta with the bread was surprising and fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic as always!! This is our 'go to' place for any special occasion or just when we want to be sure we're going to have a fabulous meal. Love to bring friends here too! We have NEVER been dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fantastic rustic Italian food. Price fix makes the restaurant very affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I love, love, LOVE this restaurant. We've been here numerous times & have thoroughly enjoyed each time. Can't wait to keep going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Gem
    Theatergoer
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Trattoria is a real gem tucked away in the rear of an unprepossessing single story structure on North Country Road in St. James, Long Island. The Trattoria's cuisine is innovative, featuring some new twists on Italian favorites including several excellent fish dishes (for the entree, I ordered the artic char, which was excellent). The Trattoria offers outstanding value - the $35 three-course prix fixe is quite a steal! At The Trattoria, which is cash only and BYOB, the emphasis is strictly on preparing and serving outstanding cuisine. Unlike so many suburban fine dining establishments, at The Trattoria you aren't paying for fancy decor or for buzz - just for a fine meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    GGDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Trattoria is consistently excellent--it's quality that is not destroyed by unnecessary embellishments or huge amounts of butter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent always!
    JMR1219
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This place, even under new owernship, is fantastic! For the value you cannot beat it on Long Island. Food is always excellent, atmosphere is casual and friendly. I have never had anything bad here. Everything is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Trattoria offers outstanding food in a very relaxed atmosphere at a very reasonable price, especially for those who enjoy bringing their own wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best food
    outtolunch
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It's all about the food. Never had something I didn't like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local spot.
    MIXITDOCVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Interesting compilation of ingredients that are served in a small and some what crowded surrounding. Menu was explained but difficult to hear the servers presentation due to background noise. Price fix is a nice way to go compared to the Chefs Special. Special was all the same for the 4 people even though various requests were made. This should have been more diverse. Plates were rather small but tasty. Note: Be selective and choose different entrees. Price fix or individual courses are the best way to go along with BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flowergirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A great experience. Warm fig/arugula salad, brasato w/creamy polenta and strawberry almond dessert w/gelato all wonderful. The mistake we made was ordering an extra pasta course to share - we were too full!! Only criticism was the pasta - buccatini carbonara was very creamy but too salty and would have preferred without parmesan on top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Place in Town
    Townie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I absolutely love coming here! The menu is seasonal and the food is always out of this world. I've never been to a place comparable, except maybe a restaurant in Italy. It's THAT good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet