Aperitif Bistro - Rockville Centre

4.4
298 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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 298 People Are Saying
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GP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the decor and the food and service was great. The only hiccup was the bartender, who was very slow. We went on a Tuesday at 6:00pm and the place was fairly empty. Can't imagine how she would do if it was a busy night.

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SU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Definitely has gone down in quality since years past. The duck was dry and I was served 2 drum sticks (no breast ). The tuna entree was delicious. We had an issue about whether my husband's McCallan 12 scotch was watered down. The bartender and manager denied it. My husband has been drinking the stuff for 20 years and can tell when it has been "altered". We will not return.

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WP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS! The service was remarkable as well! Cant wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is such a cute place. Truly looks like a restaurant you would find in France. I ordered the sliders and French fries for my meal. Both was out of this world. We sat outside which was adorable and had a lovely evening. I highly recommend!!

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. All of us were impressed with the whole experience. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be going back.

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DC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our 24th wedding Anniversary. It was a really great time. The restaurant has a really cozy atmosphere. The food was delicious and so were the drinks. The steak tartar was amazing. We enjoyed the whole meal. We sat outside which made the time even better. It wasn’t a busy evening and we weren’t rushed. The staff really rocked and our server Jade was great. We have to come back again and try something different. The chocolate moose was divine.

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CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Cod was not fresh and was fishy. Place was empty on a Friday night.

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DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place but is beginning to look worn. They did not have mu reservation.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and outdoor ambience was beautiful.

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ML
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour at the bar! Delicious dinner afterwards!

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v
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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RR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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V
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent appetizers! Nice bar! Nice outside seating area!

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CM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were excellent

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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D
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding French cuisine!

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DO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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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BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I always love coming here.
Peter Is the Best Resturanture

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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KH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LI
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

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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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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

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k
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great, except the wine by the glass.

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