Cacio e Pepe Downtown

4.7
1171 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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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
41 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
21 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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vipAndyV
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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DenizO
New York Area
1 review
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
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was incredible! The attention to detail from all aspects of our evening was done with grace!

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vipPothediner
New York Area
245 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Food is good and service is outstanding. Our waitress, Veronica took great care of us. Always checking that everything met our approval. Eating in the outdoor garden added to the experience. Can't wait to go back.

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JessicaL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so kind there, the food so good, and the ambiance lovely! Can’t recommend enough!

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KellyD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. Would definitely dine again!

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joesans1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Get the caccio Pepe!!!

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Tracy
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. We were early for our reservation and afraid we would be able to get in. The host was so kind and accommodating, seating is in the garden area. It was a bit loud with a large party in progress but we didn’t mind as it led to a festive atmosphere after our long day. I couldn’t appreciate the exception more. And the lovely tiramisu as a gift was a perfect ending

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vipJack
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, definitely will come back. Unfortunately, there was a crowd out back that was blatantly TOO loud. I am a fan of birthdays, but their sound was obnoxious and unprofessional, interrupting everyones dinner. If i were a server I would've said something.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food! Great experience! The cheese wheel & Cornish hen is a must try!

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MarTal
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We got the cacio e Pepe which was good! we also got the burrata and the truffle pasta which was amazing! The espresso martini were 18 which was ridiculous but the food was amazing! Defiantly a bit expensive. The cacio e Pepe was good but would not get it again. It is also cash only or Amex which was annoying

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vipYoyop
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was high quality though a little bit pricey.
The server was good untill the moment she added 22% to the tip without asking and when we didn't give her what she wanted she was really rude about it and chased us to the door.

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brooke
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever! The staff was incredible and gave me a lovely birthday surprise dessert. They made my birthday so special! I will definitely be back.

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vipFeliciaE
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food and service was great

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vipDinner
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friday dinner with friends..
We ordered all the pastas with the beef cheek main and tempura appetizer:
The pastas were all al dente.
The eponymous cacio was prepared gimmicky on a wheel of parmesan which looks great but a mistake in taste.
It is over sauced and not as delicate as you loose the nuance of the pepper taste.
The amatriciana was better and mild but still heavily drenched.
The risottowas delicate but over garnished.
The paccheri was the best one.
The beef cheeks were flavorful and tender.
The 65 dollar wine bottles were good but overpriced.
The granita was the best in all the desserts.
Service was attentive and pleasant.

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vipDervish
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The good was ok, limited menu with the items having one ingredient that threw it off for me

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vipLydiaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love, love, love the cacio pepe! The reason to eat there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was incredible. The appetizer tasted very fresh, the pasta was amazing, and the portion size was perfect. The staff were very responsive and accomodating. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for an authentic italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The people were super nice and the ambience was energetic, yet peaceful. However, the very dish the restaurant is named after (Tonnarelli cacio e pepe) was a letdown, since the pasta went cold by the time it was brought outside to be swirled in the cheese block. This resulted in the dish being chunky and dry, even though I appreciate the showmanship.
HOWEVER, the Fettuccine con crema di parmigiano e perle di tartufo nero was utterly HEAVENLY and I rate it a 100 out of 10. Every bite was perfectly balanced and I just wanted more even after I was full.
Next time, I’d also love to see the restaurant accept payment methods other than just American Express and Cash.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and ambiance was so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had so much fun with my 5 friends at Cacio e Pepe. We were promptly accommodated as soon as we arrived and we’re offered drinks even off the menu! (margaritas, etc.) The pasta was absolutely delicious - i highly recommend the truffle fettuccini.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant ever! Great food great service awesome employees.

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michellet
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here, food was awesome and had a great time:)

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EmilyD
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The Cacio e Pepe was delicious and an excellent wine selection.

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AlexiaLM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people there are amazing, so welcoming and kind. Whatever you need they are there for you. They are also genuinely Italian which add a great deal to the whole experience. They have a garden like place behind their shop where you can sit with the warmth of they individual heaters and light bulbs, perfect to enjoy during the pandemic restrictions. The food is the real thing, fresh pasta (you can absolutely tell the difference) and the most rich cheese you will ever find. I recommend trying the Cacio e Pepe plate, it is without doubt the most unique.

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

Our dinner was delicious and the staff were very attentive! Will definitely visit again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place - service is the best

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Cacio e Pepe Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 1171 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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