Aperitif Bistro - Rockville Centre

4.4
290 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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You can now experience the best in French bistro cuisine a mere stone's throw from our sister restaurants Sage Bistro in Bellmore and Persil Restaurant in Oceanside, where our experienced chefs conspire to whet your appetite.

With our wide selection of wines and spirits, and offering brunch, lunch and dinner menus, Aperitif Bistro & Wine Bar is a principal player in the Rockville Centre's emerging culinary identity and we are ready to welcome you.

Whether you sample our taste-teasing mid-day fare or enjoy a cocktail with early afternoon appetizers, or a good Côtes du Rhône with a traditional bistro dinner, whether you patronize our scrumptious weekend brunch, engage us to cater a special event, or bring your office for a breakfast or luncheon meeting, you will find something to love.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(516) 594-3404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Julio Velasquez
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Valet Service Thursday, Friday ,Saturday
Additional
Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 290 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a scrumptious dinner. There were four of us and we all ordered something different and everybody was happy -- a real rarity!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Food is delicious, especially hazelnut crusted halibut and spicy tuna pizza. Should update the wine list as the first two bottles we ordered were both out of stock.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Food was delicious and outdoor ambience was beautiful.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It is a wonderful local restaurant with lots of ways to enjoy a meal; at the bar, in a lovely outdoor seating area or in their several different dining rooms.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great happy hour at the bar! Delicious dinner afterwards!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Our neighborhood favorite...never disappoints. Generous servings at reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

By far the best restaurant in Rockville Centre! We eat here
fairly regularly and it never disappoints! Delicious food, excellent service and a great ambiance.
The drink menu has just been revamped with fun signature
cocktails. And a well kept secret...... is the outdoor patio!

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

A good neighborhood option among the many restaurants that are in RVC.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We celebrated my son's high school graduation at Aperitif Bistro. We had a reservation for a party of 9. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant! Great atmosphere, exceptional, attentive service, and the food was absolutely fantastic! Thank you for making our celebration extra special.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great ambiance, good food & drink, profession & attentive service, reasonably priced. Can't ask for more than that.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent appetizers! Nice bar! Nice outside seating area!

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I have been to Apertif and have enjoyed the happy hour and food for dinner on numerous occasions. We arrived at 7:30 for our reservation and were sat very quickly. We ordered drinks, 2 beers, glass of wine and ginger ale. Server brought the wrong beer after 15 minutes of waiting and ginger ale was flat. We asked her 2 other times for our drinks, she said it was coming, but continued to check on other tables. We receive iced the drinks at 8:05 after talking to manger, who said they were coming, but did not make us feel comfortable that our dinner experience would be better. We looked on open table and saw that The Original George Martin had availability, so we asked for our tab and went to George Martin for dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The shrimp and scallops entree was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was awesome and full of energy. Definitely going back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food and service were excellent

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Excellent food and service, as always! The wellington was amazing and the waiter made good suggestions for wine.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Sunday brunch was great, food was delicious and the servers were attentive .
Would definitely go back again in the future,

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Lunch with my mother. The restaurant was empty except for us. I was surprised as they have a great lunch menu. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Definitely returning.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had excellent service and each one of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals! My 82-year old mother had the scallops and thought it was one of the best meals she had ever had! Perfect Mother's Day treat! It was especially nice that the ambiance was quiet, as we could all hear and be heard by each other, and enjoyed fun conversations along with our dinner. We will definitely be back! Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our family had wonderful time on mother's day. Service & food was excellent. Didn't feel rushed at all and the staff was very attentive.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Having been to Aperatif many times in the past, I was looking forward to a late Mother’s Day lunch there.
The noise level was that of a bar on a Saturday night, and the music(also very loud) was a bizarre choice of 70’s “soft rock”.
As always, the food was very very good.
Our server was strangely unfriendly, yet hovered. We asked for everything to be brought out together so we could share.
Appetizers came out in 3 separate shifts, despite frequently reminding them of our desire to have all served at the same time. Only one of us ordered an actual entree (the rest of us had multiple small plates to share, at least that was the idea). So my husband waited until the appetizers were finished before his meal arrived. Annoyed we asked to take things that were left to go.
And the AC was totally unnecessary, it being a cold drizzly day.
Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent service and outstanding French cuisine!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I eat here a few times a year and always have a great meal . Tonight not so much . Perhaps this review will tighten the staff abit . No one came to our table for drinks or to order our meal . We called over the manager and he bought us a drink . No salt and pepper on the table , had to ask for it , waiter to my right cleaning off the table pushed all garbage into the floor , I wasn’t asked if I wanted a second drink , only my husband was asked . No addition bread brought to the table . 2 out of the 3 rice balls were cold inside . Unimpressed with my 1 hour Saturday date night dinner . I’ll go back due my past good experiences . Hopefully Service will improve.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I always love coming here.
Peter Is the Best Resturanture

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Enjoyed our get together here. Had a drink before heading to our table. Just a bit disappointed they had no Raspberry Vodka to make Parisian cocktail listed on their list.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

One of our favorite places to go out to dinner ..... appetizers are very good ---- I only get the beef wellington and the lamb chops were tremendous. The staff are very attentive--- we'll be back soon.

Kevin H-- Baldwin, NY

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Had reservations with another restaurant not too far. However, made reservation to Aperitif at the last moment. As always, were met with smiles, familiar faces, warm and inviting decor and ambiance. The food as always is superb. Appetizer dishes is what we usually order in order to get a taste of as many dishes as possible on the menu. Every dish is a work of art and provides a full spectrum that makes the palate very happy! Will absolutely come back again and again as this place never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always wonderful food and great service . Ambiance is great and an easy drive from home.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Friends we had not seen in many months cane out to LI from CT for dinner. We appreciated the quiet corner, and while it took a bit of time to get water and menus, once we ordered the food came promptly and was well prepared. It was Resturant Week and we were enjoying our dinner and desert when the Manager Daniel came over to inform us that our quiet corner was able to be occupied by a large group of women on a friend's night together. Daniel's Manor and appearance at our table felt more like we had overstayed our welcome and less like concern for our comfort. There was no line at the door and 20 minutes later a large group was seated. For a place with a French name it did not reflect French culture, where friends can sit all night at the table just drinking coffee.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Jay, the bartender is great, remembered the wine we had with our last dinner which was 4 weeks ago. Excellent dinner. Short ribs are great.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This was our third time at Aperitif and it is consistently good. The food was delicious as always and service was very good. Will definitely return for the fourth time!

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Services was not the best, server was inattentive and unengaging. Food was good, presentation was bland.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

everything was great, except the wine by the glass.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, attention service, delicious food. Will definitely return and bring friends.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious menu items...I usually eat all appetizers (small plates)....love the easy decor and friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always our family's favorite go to spot in Rockville Centre. Never a disappointment. While there may be other spots to go to in the area, this happens to our "go to" restaurant. Their special beers are great and their martini's are wonderful.
Service was good. Felt a little rushed when we first got there. Once the server realized we were not on any time table, I think she slowed it down a little.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Consistently good. This our local “go to” restaurant. It never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was great and Our server Kate was wonderful. We brought friends and they loved it as well.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good gathering place friends good selection of entrees

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

This was my first visit and I would definitely return good food great service and appeared to have a fun bar scene. Although somewhat dated it was fairly clean. The men’s room was small and messy. Price was reasonable for the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I absolutely loved this place. The setting, the feel, and the food was amazing. The staff was great and attentive. Will definitely be coming here again!

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