Cacio e Pepe

4.6
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1086 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipPothediner
New York Area
218 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants! Always good especially the Cacio e Pepe pasta. It is the best I ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our go to Italian in East Village.. consistently good pasta, friendly service, and overall upbeat and fun vibe...Tonight our server was exceptional and made the night even better!! Def worth a try if you are in the neighborhood !

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vipMargal
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience overall! We’ll definitely be back!

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CeeM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The place is too small yet they try to squeeze in chairs and tables that you can't get up without hitting the person next to you if it is occupied. The service sucks! Didn't even introduce his name, when asked about stuff in the menu, obvious that he doesn't want to be bothered longer. But on the other table,was jolly and interactive. And when they took stuff and cleaned the table,just grabbed stuff and kept over reaching without an excuse me. And the cacio pasta wasn't even what I expected. They didn't even give us bread with the cheese and meat not until asked. Service sucks,no personalities,and the food is mediocre so didn't even compensate,making it a not recommended place!

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Worth the hype! Saw it on insta and wanted to try the cheese wheel it was so delicious!!

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DanielK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very nice covered garden in the back! We enjoyed the food and the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sunday pasta dinner! Food is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Staff was super nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much !!!

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AnaF
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely place. You can tell they care about making your meal and night special. Delicious, traditional dishes especially the cacio e pepe prep. Thanks.

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DiningOutSatNight
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It has a chain restaurant type feel. We were in and out in an hour. We pretty much didn’t have a server. The host seated us and quickly asked for our order. The food came out quickly. But he never came back to us. We basically had a runner bring our food and that was it. If that’s what your looking for, quick in and out meal, it’s not a bad thing. Food was pretty good. 85% of the restaurant was there to order Cacio e Pepe for the experience of the pasta being mixed in the cheese wheel. We ordered it. It was fun and tasted good. Seeing that the wait staff had shirts with the name of the restaurant on it said a lot to me about the service. I feel the price of the menu reflected the experience. Had it been more expensive I would have been upset about the rushed service. Quick turn over was clearly their goal. They also had their card machine down but had a cash machine for you to use in the back. Given the $5 service charge to have to take cash out, they should have taken $5 off the bill since they are the ones with a down machine. I don’t plan on returning but it certainly wasn’t a terrible experience. Just mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is alright. Not worth the price, there are much better Italian places...I will say that the creme brûlée appetizer was amazing tho. However, everything else was just ok. ALSO, you can only pay cash or American Express......it does not say ANYWHERE on the door or anywhere else that they don’t accept CC, which is not right. If you insist they’ll take your CC (I had no choice I had no cash and only a CC). I’ve been to so many incredible Italian restaurants here and this one was just not it

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vipannaw
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best pasta I’ve ever had at a restaurant!! Extremely tight and loud space, but definitely worth it. A little out dated with only accepting cash and Amex

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little tight in the restaurant, but the food was delicious and very affordable

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CaileyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salvatore the chef pushes the bar set on flavors. The servers make sure you’re cared for. Every dish leaves you wanting more.

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MarleyI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Limited menu. Everyone comes for the Cacio e Pepe! Which is good and creamy/. Everything seemed very salty to me. Fast dinner - food came quick. Place filled up by the time we left. Everyone eating the the "Cheese Wheel" pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent

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JohnM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent. Always great food and service. The staff is friendly, attentive, professional and informed. Class operation top to bottom. My favorite restaurant in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The presentation on the namesake dish is wonderful, and you should order it just to see it served!

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LuizF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice place bit expensive for what us is : pasta !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got all the classics and loved it. The parmesan creme brûlée appetizer was awesome – an unexpected and fun treat! The Cacio e Pepe pasta dish is not only fun to watch but also tasty and filling.

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ChrisF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great - I enjoyed watching how the Cacio e Pepe pasta was served. Great for dates and small groups of 4.

My only critique is that you have to pay in cash or American Express. It's 2020, we should be able to pay with any type of credit/debit card these days.

I would gladly come back.

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AlexisA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Caccio e Pepe is the best place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Did not know they only took American Express. cash only ATM in the back would have brought cash if I knew

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vicu
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, wonderful food great service and a warm friendly host. We never miss coming here anytime we are in NYC. All our friends and relatives we referred here are fans also. This time I bought their Cacio e Pepe t shirt.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!!

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FrankB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Very limited menu. Tight and cluttered seating area, and the pasta in the cheese wheel is nothing special to rave about with the small portions they serve.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing! Loved the cheese wheel!

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pharmafirl
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We had a reservation for 9pm and we arrived they informed us that they were running late. The restaurant is very cramped so there wasn’t even a bar that we could sit at to wait for our table. We finally got seated at 9:45pm. They were busy so service felt very rushed. Bread was cold and the marinara sauce was bland. The appetizer and food was just ok. I had the signature cacio e pepe and it was underwhelming at best. FYI that they only accept AMEX and cash which I did not see mentioned on their website. We were caught off guard but thankfully they had an ATM on-site. Overall, this whole experience was an extreme disappointment and I would not return nor recommend this restaurant to anyone

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Even though I had a reservation for 7:30, I wasn’t seated until 8:40—the restaurant’s mismanagement made for a lot of unhappy customers. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing tasting food and fast service! Authentic Italian flavour!

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garys
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Cacio e Pepe was great years ago when it and Lupa were the only places in the city to order the eponymous dish. Now that cacio e pepe shows up on menus across town, the restaurant needs another reason to dine there. There isn’t.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food...the pasta in the cheese wheel so good ...Tiramisu one of the best I ever had...my whole party enjoyed their meal even basic lasagna was delicious...always a good choice for a nice night out with family and or friends

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Kasey
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The pasta cheese wheel was fun but overall not worth the hype.

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vipMitchS
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have been many times to the restaurant. The food is good but a patron feels like they are eating with a stopwatch timing them. The restaurant staff circles around looking for plates that “might” be finished to whisk them away to turn the table and get you finished, out and a new table seated. I know that’s how restaurants work, but it’s very obvious here. There really is no relaxing meal despite good food. Tables are crowded into a very small space to where it’s often tough to pull out your chair or move to a table. It’s very close to being good. Treating the customers just like dollar signs, and having you feel that, is disappointing

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JaniceC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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Maureen
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Cace e Pepe and the Sardinian breast with the creme brûlée with balsamic gelato !!! Great .. Good wine
Will definitely go back !!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Classic Italian food just really well done. We went for the Cacio e Pepe mixed table side in the Parmesan wheel but were blown away by everything we ate. Fantastic experience. 5*

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service were fantastic!

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