Valbella Midtown
Valbella Midtown

Valbella Midtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.valbellamidtown.com/
  • Phone: 2128888955
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Giordano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.
  • Parking: No
A word from Valbella Midtown
Indulge in Manhattan's finest Northern Italian cuisine prepared under the careful direction of One of Manhattan's Best Restauranteurs, to which one can perfectly pair our impressive wine collection from around the world.
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Valbella Midtown reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)special occasion (15)notable wine list (14)romantic (10)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Decadent
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    When it was restaurant Aalto it was excellent. Since it is Valbella nearly nobody goes, and the level of people has gone down. I believe it won't be much time in the neighbourhood.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Another fantastic meal!
    valsil
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our second time to Valbella and it was as good as the first time. The food was out of this world and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    paresi
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I was really impressed. They could not have been more concerned about our service. Every part of the meal and the evening was perfect - from drinks to appetizers, to Italian specialties to outrageous pasta followed by a superb main course, dessert and after dinner drinks. This is what fine dining is all about. I willl go there ever chance I get and I highly recommend Valbella's with complete confidence that you will have a great evening in a beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andres
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very good food, the restaurant design can be improved
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • U get what u pay for
    theBDRVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Not a cheap place, but the quality of the food and service makes it worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    TrufflleloverVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a pasta with truffles in cream sauce, fantastic. Veal chop was perfect Most enjoyable evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place!
    DoloresVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have been here on several occasions the food and service has always been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much too noisy
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had read that this place was a sleeper and quiet enough for conversation, but it was raucous. For me this spoils an expensive dinner. Only go if you like to shout.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meatpacking location much better
    Anonymous
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Service terrible, food took forever to be served and once it was steak that was ordered medium came out raw...food was good not great... Been to Meatpacking location a number of times it was much classier, better everything...this was very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    APkaoVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    After reading the reviews for this restaurant I was quite disappointed. On the Saturday evening only 3 tables were occupied. While one waiter was serving food the others were moving the content of the bar to another place as they were going to rebuild it. The food was okay but for a small starter and pasta as a main dish to pay $240, including one bottle of wine, is rather high. I would not visit this place again
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Valbella Midtown reviews archive.
  • Early Saturday Eve
    Pasmd007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Nor crowded, attentive staff with excellent suggestions about what courses work well together, wine list expensive with few gems, but nice Italian choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Wish the vibe was better, little too sleepy, food was good, wine selection very good
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok!
    MrizVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was ok I wouldn't go back. The restaurant was empty on a Sat. Night. They didn't have any of the wines we wanted, they only had the really expensive bottles. Expensive wines is such a waist of money. The food was ok I have had better and to their defense I usually don't go to Italian restaurant. I can cook it a home. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine availability
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    When I go out I like to have a good wine with my meal. Although I do not mind spending a few dollars I do like to have the choice on where to spend it. You should offer more wines under 75 per bottle. Not everyone is able to afford the majority of wines on your list. Why keep wines in the upper tiers? You probably have over 100K in unused inventory for all th bottles you have stiacked in the upper tiers. Do they really need to be full bottles of wine? Bring he bottles own and used them. Maybe you can recoup the money you spent on the in the first place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Food and Ambiance.
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This was the second time that we have dined here. We visited their other New York location many times. The food here is as fine as the meatpacking location. The crowd is different and being older I fine it less noisy and a bit more civilized. The wine list is the same, so why travel all the way downtown if you live on the upper east side or midtown. I recommend the veal dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal place!
    Yessssssssssss
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Highly recommended from a big NYC foodie! Service , ambience , wine list...all extraordinary
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip
    KitchenlessmanVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Excellent food; attentive but not overpowering service; modern chic ambience. Ordered the seafood pasta and while most restaurants serve some seafood and a little pasta, valbellas was just the opposite. Plenty of well seasoned lobster, shrimp and crab and just the right amount of al Dente cooked linguini. Definitively recommend valbellas. It was just a well run restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    While I had experienced Valbella in the Meatpacking District some time ago, I had not paid a visit to Valbella Midtown. In a few words, the combination of beautifully prepared Northern Italian cuisine and impeccable service made it an experience to remember. From the prosciutto di parma to the exquisite linguini lightly bathed in a black truffle sauce to the perfectly prepared Scaloppini Martini, then capped off by a delicate chocolate soufflé, every bite was to be savored. My attentive and friendly waiter recommended an excellent Super Tuscan for the meal itself followed by a wonderful Sambuca con la mosca during the Dolci course. I will definitely be coming back with clients and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian cuisine with great service
    JoneVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I had a truffle pasta that was exquisite. A great restaurant with great service; maybe a bit pricey but still worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Uptowngirl
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    What a pleasant surprise! Tired of the same old midtown restaurants? Then get to Valbella. The food was excellent, we had the Risotto with crabmeat, lobster and butternut squash, pasta bolognese and the veal martini all were excellent. The Creme Brûlée for dessert did not disappoint. Have already recommended Valbella to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    AggieheavenVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was excellent, wait staff terrific and attentive. Fra Diavolo was one of the best I've had. Risotto was made perfect. Highly recommend to anyone that loves italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A bit hidden but well worth the find. Food and service were superior. Not rushed, not crushed, a midtown restaurant where you can actually have a conversation. Berlin Wall is an added touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IabeanyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Always an outstanding dining experience, with tremendous food and first class service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, service and decor!!
    APellegrino
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Valbella was amazing!!! The food was outrageous from the complimentary meat and cheese platter all the way to the last bite of our Napolian cake. The mozzarella was the best I've had ever and the pasta dish was just amazing. Lobster, shrimp and crab meat over linguini in a diablo as use was absolutely amazing. I would go back tomorrow and recommend this place to anyone looking for amazing Italian food with a fresh modern atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeensVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Amazing food and service. Pavle made our night!!! I wish they'd expand their family and open a restaurant in Atlanta!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The interiors were beautiful, restaurant temperature was freezing; my husband and I had to keep our jackets on the whole time. The service and servers were so nice and professional however the silverware was dirty. The food had a beautiful presentation but was either cooked to much or bites of the food were cold. There wasn't much consistency, somethings were excellent and others were just not up to pair. I would have to say first impression of the restaurant was fantastic but as the evening went on it was overrated and disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valbella's did not disappoint!
    BklynSweeTee
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Valbella's did not disappoint! If you're a seafood lover then the linguine con frutti di mare is a must. This dish is ample with jumbo shrimp, succulent lobster and lump crab meat. I paired my meal with Riesling which worked very nicely. I completed my dining experience with a divine lava cake a la mode. You will be bathed by the beautiful violet lighting which instantly puts you in a relaxed mood. And the playlist will make you swoon to the rythem after each bite. If you're a stickler for service, you'll be very pleased. The staff was attentive, personable and could recite the entire menu on queue . Training is obviously a high priority here. To sum it up ...simply perfect. I definitely recommend Valbella's and will certainly visit again:)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    Mauro
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Everything was above par, my girlfriend and I ordered the Linguini con Frutti di Mare and it was the best I've ever had, we both loved it. The service was excellent, everyone was super attentive and friendly, can't wait for a repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, start to finish
    Chester
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was a wonderful dining experienced, from our arrival at the restaurant through our heading out the door afterwords. Service was highly attentive and congenial, yet not at all intrusive. One quibble: there was almost nothing on the wine list that came in at less than $75. That said, the bottled we ended up getting, which were on the low end of the scale, were very nice indeed. This is a splurge, but well worth it. The food is delicious and presented at table with style. Very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visited on a Friday and thoroughly
    Citifoodies
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Visited on a Friday and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was delectable and the portions generous. Special mention for the Truffle pasta special. If they have it, order it. Take note, they do half portions as well. We thought that the ambiance was very nice and the noise level such that we did not have to shout to be heard. As other reviewers have noted, best Napoleon we ever had. While a bit on the expensive side, for the quality of food and the generous portions, we though it was worth it. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    KenM
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    A friend was staying at a nearby hotel, and since we've been to Valbella in Connecticut, we thought it would be a good place to meet. Much better than good! We enjoyed the attentive but unhurried service in addition to outstanding food and wine. Our guests wee very appreciative that we selected such a fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find - great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent food and service in a smart inviting decor and not overcrowded atmosphere -- will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown surprise
    Wendyjan
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I always knew of Valbella in Greenwich, CT and was so thrilled to hear of it's 2 new locations in NYC. I just dined with a business associate and it was a beautiful venue with fabulous food. I am looking forward to going back just for a drink or a full dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Delicious
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It's always a treat to dine at Valbella whether it is with a small or large group. The food is delicious. The service is outstanding. They have wonderful spaces for larger parties. It is truly enjoyable to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but could be better
    alleykat
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Great look inside - very trendy and updated. The service was great - waitstaff was very attentive. Food was okay but disappointing. My pasta was undercooked and my daughter's steak was crispy. She ordered it "medium". The appetizers were nice, the wine was good. I think it's worth a shot. We didn't send our food back, as we were headed to a show, so I can't say if they would have tried to fix it. But I think they would have, based upon the excellent service we received.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I took my clients to dinner , the service was brash and I was appalled at the limited but very pricey wine list . The decor was fine , but once the room filed up, it was difficult to continue our conversation as we could bit hear each other. The food was very good but I'm sure I can find as good accompanied by a better overall dining experience .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Capo
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I can't begin to tell you how delicous everything was, from the minute we got to the restaurant we were treated as royality. The food was outstanding, the wine selection had many to choose from at various prices, we wern't rushed to leave, the staff gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy our wine & coffee. I would definatly reurn very soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boutique midtown Italian bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    From the manager to the waiters, all of they staff gave exemplary service. The food quality was excellent. The decor was beautiful and contemporary. I will definitely offer it to my wife for our weekly date nights! Well done, Val Bella.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in midtown location
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This was my debut in the midtown location. I didn't love the look of the place but much more importantly, I adored the food. I had a pasta starter loaded with shellfish. It felt like a full main course portion and it was delicious. I had salmon as my entree and the sauce it was supposed to be served with did not interest me and I therefore requested a mustard sauce which was accommodated. it too was very delicious. My guest thoroughly enjoyed his food as well. I will be returning for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent! I have been the
    Frenchie
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Excellent! I have been the downtown location many times and it never disappoints. This location was no exception. The food and service were fantastic. If you want a sure thing, visit Valbella
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.