Cacio e Pepe Downtown

4.6
1191 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service wonderful good!

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NateB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was wonderful and food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Andrea the manager was the best

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, really polite service, everything was nice

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Totally disappointing, I ordered pasta in the Parmesan cheese and they were full of peppercorns, horrible

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vipJohnE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the cheese wheel experience

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there every year for our anniversary. Our waitress was accommodating and wonderful as always. Food is authentic and great. Great ambiance and a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in a private backyard garden. Amazing Italian food. Our favorite restaurant in NY so far. Grazie!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were outstanding

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vipJJ1660
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perhaps the only restuarant serving authentic caccio e pepe in New York

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gjghdgjk
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Service was okay. It was very busy so the waitress only came us to take the order, give us the food. Food was good. We had to call the waitress by twice to get the check cuz she kept forgetting about us. When we wanted to pay after finishing we were told that they only accept Amex or cash so fast I didn't even understand what she said. When I asked her again, she just snarked at us if we had neither there was an ATM in the back. But the ATM did not even work. I wish I was made aware so my friend did not have to run to the bank's atm to pay for a service that was terrible.

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vipRocky
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Had the lasagna for the first time-delicious.
Friendly and efficient service.

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SuzanneS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal! The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was fantastic and friendly staff.

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Linalee1410
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it

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KathleenK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outdoor seating, quiet surroundings. Perfect.

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NormaO
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I made the reservation and specified we were celebrating a birthday and anniversary. Why ask if it’s not going to be acknowledged? It would have been great to be greeted with it. This might just be the norm with dining in NY.

Don’t get me wrong I did like our waiter and waitress.

Food was good.

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carolep
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Veronica was especially helpful as our server. Seating in the back garden was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Dubai
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Definitely expensive for what we got.

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Serena
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall good experience. Service definitely could've been better.

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vipKarenH
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! From the attentive service to the SPECTACULAR Cacio e Pepe pasta. We’ve been to Rome and have had numerous Cacio e Pepe, and this place served the best by far. From presentation to deliciousness, I highly recommend this pasta. We also had the carbonara and it was very delicious, but the Cacio e Pepe was definitely the star!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was very salty. Ambiance is only ok. Doesn’t have young vibe to it.

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DiegoT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, helpful service and a nice ambient environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It was a dream.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a great staff! The drinks were fantastic as well! My friend recently got engaged and they brought over Prosecco to celebrate! Highly Recommend it felt like we were back in Italy!

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CherylS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food superb. Wait staff was lovely, even loaning reading glasses to two of our party!

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vipLeonore
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Garden in the back is delightful and the service is superb. The menu is a little on the heavy side. Maybe it's a year of pandemic cooking, but heavy sauces don't appeal to me as much as they used to - or maybe it's just the hot NY summer. Anyway, this is a great place and I'm so glad they have survived.

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ClaudiaA
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tonnarelli!!

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JoelR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. And service/customer service was class act.

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MichaelT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was great. This was our second time there

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The service was exceptional and all the dishes were SO good! We will be back.

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GarySpino
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining out/inside post Covid meal and it was wonderful. The staff was incredibly warm and welcoming, the setting familiar and the food delicious. It felt like I was at home with my Italian grandmother’s cooking. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant!

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AndyV
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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Tuno
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

They are not accepting any credit card other than American Express.

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SmithaS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and excellent service. will definitely go back again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a backyard garden that's absolutely lovely. Great service. I thought the portions of Cacio e pepe were a little small at first, but when you're eating that much cheese you definitely get full!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The waiter was super rude

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NicholasG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it’s a must. service fantastic. food just as amazing. great vibes.

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Cacio e Pepe Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 1191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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