Aperitif Bistro - Rockville Centre

4.2
353 reviews
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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.
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New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good small plates & appetizers! Nice cozy place & great service! If you like French food then this is a great spot

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NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Saturday night is not the night to go if you’re hungry. Had a 7:15 reservation and ate about 9:15. Not enough help. They gave us a drink and 10% off but to me which was very good pr but by 9:30 we didn’t need another drink. They apologized but something should have been comped. Food good. Overall, not the best experience.

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We arrived to find the restaurant uncrowded. It was a Thursday evening. One waiter was on duty. He took our drink orders promptly. My dinner companion abd I examined the menu and specials. The waiter brought our drinks, mine a Makers Mark Manhattan, hers a house special Cosmo. Both were excellent. Two small sliced baguettes were provided. Quality of the bread was fine, crisp and tasty. We shared the shrimp beignets. These were tasty and well presented but slightly Asian in taste. I ordeed the special crisp duvk confit with parsnip and apple puree. She had the special swordfish. Both dishes were wonderfully plated and delicious. We each followed our drinks with wine. Hers a house oaked chardonnay and mine a sauv blanc. Each wine was quite acceptable. We passes on dessert and had capuccinos instead. Again very acceptable. The service problem began when we looke for the bill. Our waiter was hard yo find and then attract his attention. There were only four tables, counting ours, so we felt this to be a bit off putting. Stil the food was wonderful, the ambiance was serene, and the price was acceptable. Will definitely return and I do recommend Aperitif.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, service good. A little loud, but otherwise very good. Would go back!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall the food was spectacular. The appetizers, entree and dessert was truly delicious. The service was great but wasnt spectacular. It wasn't a deal breaker so I would definitely go back again. If your wondering what I meant by service not being up to par, the waitress was a little bit annoying as for coming by every 5 minutes asking if everything was OK. And then came by after and sat next to us to conversate which was a little weird. She was nice but just found that to be different lol. But the food was really good so I would definitely go back.

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good. We all had the brunch crepes or omelets. The problem was there was not enough wait staff for the large baby shower party as well as the regular diners. so service was lacking. I would go back again, though, because we enjoyed the food.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was TERRIBLE and one of the plates we ordered was burnt!

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BI
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great! A little slow to get drinks. Our server Michelle was, let’s just say.....interesting. Very frazzled, very brusk, not very friendly. Forgot one of our apps. Overall a good night. Will be back. Great mainstay in RVC.

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HT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cold flatbread app
Great win
Killer app
Salmon ! The sauces on the plate - amazing.
Mussells

Dessert - must have. Choc cake!
Flavors

Waiter great , but disappears
And was not packed

I will go back

$140 w bottle before tip

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was rushed liked fast food. We waited 45 to 1 hour be served then after we ordered, specifically 2 minutes the appetizer arrived, then dinner meals right after. So we waited 45 but got served in 15 minutes. Go to

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GT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service delicious food quiet and classy .I will be back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great! Just felt that weight staff was poor and they wanted us to get out of there.

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love going to Aperitif, but this last time, I wasn't impressed. Our waiter was chatty with all the tables, leaving us to wait longer than usual. After serving the food, he checked on us perfunctorily as he sped past our table. When we wanted to pay the check, we waited and waited, and finally found him at the back of the restaurant on his phone....really? AFter all the times my husband and I have eaten there, even brought friends who loved it...this is unexpected and unprofessional. The food was as good as usual and we will be back...hopefully we don't get the same waiter. :(

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b
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and not very professional. Plates were being cleared before all diners were finished.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Restaraunt. The prix fix was quite nice. Ceasar / kale salad. I enjoyed a veal dish. Other main was darvado. Service excellent.

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KP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was busy and not very attentive, but otherwise very good! Food and atmosphere were great!

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding mussels appetizer. All food items we sampled were very good. place was a bit too noisy for our taste, but otherwise a delightful experience.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Rude waiter, non existent service then made a comment about his tip. 15% for a rude waiter was enough as he deserved zero.

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FU
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came in for happy hour with Tapas plate specials for dinner. Everything was tasty. Great selection of wines. Would meet here again.

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The ambiance was nice, but the torn canvas paintings in the back by my table killed it for me. The food could have been served anywhere, it didn't need a french designation. It certainly did not warrant the price points that they charge. The Restaurant week menu, was very unaccommodating to dietary needs. The service was however excellent.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My birthday dinner with friends was perfect, enjoyed great food and conversation.

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AM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aperitif never disappoints whether it’s for a Friday night date night or a couples birthday celebration. Great lighting and bar and sometimes live music! Perfect adult night out. Terrific food and wine list. Not recommended for families with small children.

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JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

great bar and cocktails ... also good for short or long dinners with friends or family. our waitress tonight was Michelle and she was friendly and funny, added a lot to our pleasurable experience. I love it here! always a happy time.

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BD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jay was great! Food was amazing. Highly recommend!

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DN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good, solid food and top notch service.

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N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

New Years Eve is not a fair measure of a restaurant’s mettle. We are long-time denizens of Aperitif, and the food is consistently and predictably good. Appreciated the ala carte menu in New Years Eve, when many other places resort to exorbitant package menus. Service was a bit more frenetic than usual this New Years Eve, which is to be expected. But we’ll always come back.

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were there with a group of 10 people on New Years Eve. We had made a reservation so they were aware we were coming. We were probably the largest table in there. Once seated, it took over 25 minutes for someone to come over and take our drink order. We actually had to go and ask someone to come over so we could order drinks. We received a response that they were trying to figure out who was responsible for our table, but a waitress hesitantly agreed to take the drink order. Fifteen minutes later, someone from the table went to follow up on the drink order. We were told they were just confirming how many people we had in our party. I'm not sure how that is relevant? Well, after 45 minutes, one of my friends finally went and spoke to the bartender. We finally got our drinks and a waiter FINALLY came to our table to take our meal order. I will say, once they figured out which waiter was responsible for our table, he did an excellent job and was very attentive. He provided great service and the mix-up certainly wasn't his fault. However, we never should have sat there for 45 minutes having to beg for service. I love this place and their food so I was really disappointed to have this experience on a night like NYE!

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great New Year’s Eve. Outstanding food we werent rushed , the staff was attentive.
Will be back next year

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G
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed in service and food early lunch New Year's Day. Waitress was struggling and ultimately blamed communication with chefs. Food was ill prepared except for calamari order that was returned after having asked for fried order originally and correct order was brought to table 2nd time. Waitress apologized, she was clearly ill on the job. I did not ask to speak to management..had voiced my concern at table and hoped for turnaround on crepe order which was late and ultimately incorrect. Bar service has been best experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went out of their way to accommodate my dinner request! Great establishment!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The dining at Aperitif is always great, food, ambiance and service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Friendly atmosphere.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every year to celebrate Christmas and have never been disappointed. Love it!

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AM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here many times and have never been disappointed. We took our friends for their first time and they enjoyed it a lot. The seared tuna, skirt steak, shrimp and pasta, and the halibut were all delicious. We felt like we were being rushed somewhat but it was Christmas Eve and I know that the workers wanted to go home.

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ZB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was great, service was slow, & we felt rushed because they kept asking us if we were done.. the guy at the bar was very “weird”... otherwise everything else was okay....

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T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server promptly asked if we wanted cocktails and got them to us. Our waiter remembered our orders exactly, they don't write them down, and we were served each course spaced accordingly. There is valet parking and a parking lot behind the restaurant. If you know Rockville Centre, parking can be difficult. Definitely will be going again.

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good but unfortunately we experienced the worst service ever. We ordered some wine but it didn't come for awhile. When we finally got hold of the waiter, he said they had run out of what we ordered. (but he hadn't come back to the table to tell us). Four of us ordered soup. But only two of us got soup spoons. When we asked for two more, we were told the restaurant only had two soup spoons.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good

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f
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service was great. Quality is consistent.

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves this restaurant because it is quiet with great food and excellent French ambiance.

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