Permanently Closed - Armando's Restaurant & Bar

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113 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Armando’s has been a fixture on Montague Street since 1936 and quickly became the classic Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. Armando’s once served as a hideaway for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer. The Armando’s bar was also a favorite watering hole amongst the Brooklyn Dodgers. After a short closing from mid 2008 to late 2009, Armando’s re-opened with a brand new look, renewed energy and much excitement and support from the neighborhood. The core principle behind Armando’s remains the same- serving great Italian fare in an inviting neighborhood atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 12:00am.
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Phone number
(718) 624-7167
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Clinton and Henry St
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R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No one ever brought us menus......I had to leave. I hated it.

g
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went because the restaurant was closing. Usually we e joy Armandos, but unfortunately the food was mediocre and service poor. I will miss it nonetheless

MM
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We live in the area and love to come here for a quiet dinner. The salmon was wonderful and the ceasar salad as well. One of our favorite dishes is the grilled octopus!

BN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very pleasant brunch on Sunday afternoon. Brunch menu is full of good choices and the Prix Fixe Brunch is very good value for money. Any one brunch cocktail + any brunch entree and coffee for $20. Limited outdoor dining .

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. Everything was perfect.

FG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything was fine but just not interesting and way over priced

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend recommended this place to me to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and it was absolutely AMAZING! It was our first time there so we were kind of lost, but our waiter was so hospitable and took great care of us! He made some awesome recommendations for which bottle of wine to get, as well as which main course would be most satisfying for us based on what we told him we liked. For dessert, they brought out a slice of cheesecake with a lit candle and I sang happy birthday to him. This was overall a perfect and romantic way to celebrate his birthday and we will absolutely be back!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good and on point. No complaints here

g
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

If I could have given zero stars for service (the server in particular) I would have. Have been to Armando’s many times and have never had such poor service as this time.

A
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of multiple visits. Always a good experience. Local gem. Will return.

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Good location and a good ambiance however those were the best things by far. We went for Christmas but they didn’t advertise their fixed menu which was disappointing as their regular menu looked great. Options were limited. Food was just mediocre at $60 a person. The fish dish lacked flavor and I’ve had much better. Quality seemed low. Other party members had steak and agreed it was just okay. Wait staff was fine but kitchen wouldn’t make even the slightest modifications to a plate - for example leaving off a topping for dessert. It was not busy at all and so that was surprising. We bought wine which was two years newer than the menu said and when we casually mentioned it the waiter responded with an attitude saying the menu was just a typo and it didn’t matter. We know Christmas is a hard day to be in the restaurant business but were expecting better from such a high rated place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and service....hot fresh food served promptly.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, an excellent outing and dinning experience

JW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The waiters were attentive and friendly. I had the lasagna which was really tasty. My mother and I went to Armando's for Christmas dinner. I was surprised that it was not crowded when I arrived. However it allowed for a cozy and quiet dinner. I would go back.

MI
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was OK.. food was good. Not Amazing but good. It was pretty and quiet. Went on a Monday night. I would go back in a pinch. Nothing amazing. I would recommend in a pinch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

service ok
food : average nothing extra.
good quality/price ratio

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After experiencing noisy restaurants in Manhatten, this was a relief. When in addition the food was good and the service impeccable, it became a great evening. It was also no disadvantage that just a few meters away you had a great view of the whole of Manhatten.

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All six in our party rave about the food, drinks, and service at Armando's, where it feels like the 1930's, but tastes like 2017; in other words, Armando's offers an authentic old-Brooklyn ambiance as well as fine food--and at a reasonable price! The goat cheese ravioli was especially delicious, and our waiter was efficient, attentive, and personable. A wonderful evening!

CF
Dubai
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Armando's. We will come again. The food and service is very good.

J
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, really good food (try the olives to start!), excellent service, and you can talk without having to yell--making for exceptional ambiance!! We were a small group celebrating a number of things and it was the perfect setting.

JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening with friends. The food has improved markedly since our last visit. They must have a new chef. If, so it's a quantum leap up from the prior culinary level. AAA+++

L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armando's has a truly lovely menu based on Italian cuisine. Five of us had gotten together as a kind of reunion and were there to meet a new member in our circle of friendship. Our waiter John was great, upbeat and attentive. He made very good recommendations. (I know that the chocolate cake dessert was a quite special according to two of our group.) Everyone was very happy with their choices of entree, whether it was fish, pasta or salad. Satisfying on every level! Thanks to all at Armandos! We'll be back soon. Best wishes, Bethany

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armando's is a neighborhood institution with great food, service, and ambience.

j
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although parking is a horror Dinner with friends was lovely. Service was great ,as this was a 5pm resveration and the resturant was not busy

GD
Pittsburgh
42 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Wanted to check out local Brooklyn restaurants for future visits. Chose Armandos for location & Italian menu. Sadly, won't make our revisit list. Lasagna was dry, overcooked & obviously refrigerated for much too long before reheating & burning the cheese topping. Salmon special (medium rare at waiters suggestion) was pretty good until center portion seemed underdone. Salmon did not sit well with digestive system later in evening. Seemed like it may be a place for the few locals who wandered in & greeted warmly by barman, but we won't be back.

J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific. Really enjoyed the outside. Though it was sunny, the big umbrellas kept it from being uncomfortable. Had the veal with lemon and capers. Delicious and generous portion. My colleague had the lunch special which is a great deal.
Ps - if my name says JeriLovesYefsi - I can't seem to change that! Sorry

NA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice quiet place with great food, food place for a date. The personnel could be more responsive though.

I
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service!

PM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lunch special is perfect for me. Cesar Salad and Lasagna, proper portions and excellent food.

EV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fell in love with this place. Our waiter, John, was outstanding. He was attentive, informed and so much fun. Great service. The food was extraordinary. I had the Carbonara...best ever. Highly recommend this place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old favorite that delivers great food in a pleasant atmosphere.

J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent homemade pasta. Great service and nice wine list.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides guy at front door having an attitude everything went well and food was great

E
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been going to Armado's for 40 years and have seen it go through many changes. my most recent experiences were good which is why I recommended we go there for Mother's Day. I was very disappointed. We were a party of 10 and were wedged in between a wall and the order machine. There was a constant trail of women going past the table to the ladies room. I did ask that we be moved to another group of tables when we came in but the owner said the tables were reserved. In fact, no one sat there throughout the time we were in the restaurant. My advice - Don't go there for a holiday and make sure your group is smaller than 10.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible! We left because the host was completely rude as well as the server. Didn't even stay for drinks.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We went there for Mother's Day Brunch (at 1:30). We waited for service for quite some time. the restaurant was not busy. When the server arrived, he presented us with the Pre-Fix menu for dinner service and not brunch, which was $20 more per head than the brunch menu . When I noticed this error, he said, "oh you wanted the brunch one, sorry". It was an obvious attempt to sell us on a more expensive menu. It took forever for our drinks to arrive and when they did, my 13 year old daughter's drink was alcoholic. Our appetizers arrived and my daughter's burratta had a large piece of the plastic packaging on it, and the cheese was HORRIBLE. The lamb meatballs that I got were obviously frozen and so rubbery that they were almost inedible. Now for the entrees: I ordered steak and poached eggs - the steak was grisly and way overcooked. I ordered medium rare and got medium well and my one of my poached eggs was more like hard boiled. My daughter had the same plate with the exact same experience. My wife ordered eggs Benedict and her eggs were the same, and the Bearnaise sauce had so much tarragon in it that it tasted like she was eating a bush. She sent her food back and did not get anything additional to replace it. At no time did a manager ever come to the table and speak to us. This was a complete disaster of a Mother's Day brunch and I will NEVER patronize this place again.

3
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Historic dinning with a great neighborhood feel. Top notch staff, food and care. Try the Veal. Perfect spot to walk to the water before or after dinner. Great Brownstone walk-ups.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food at Armando is consistently good. The ambiance needs a lot of improvement: the place looks so dark and dingy. it is never crowded.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bartender always makes my perfect dirty martini- the calamari is always fresh and top notch- the range of entrees accommodate everyone and they are well done. It's a place I can count on for a good meal for anyone in my family and they are always happy to go there.

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