Chelsea Ristorante

4.6
741 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Chelsea Ristorante combines the rich tradition of Italian cuisine with antipasti, homemade pasta, and risotto which are considered some of the best, and with our famous wood burning brick oven, Chelsea Ristorante satisfies even the most discriminating tastes. Whether for business or pleasure, an intimate private lunch, dinner party, or cocktails for a large gathering, Chelsea Ristorante and its amicable wait staff can provide the perfect accommodations.
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and delicious!

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vipbgourmand
New England
278 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a quiet Sunday night, so no crowds. This is a nice neighborhood restaurant, which I think would be busier if it were closer to the Meatpacking hub area nearer to the Gansevoort Hotel. The menu had a lot of choices, and we enjoyed everything. The artichoke appetizer was particularly good, as was the veal sorrentina. Service was very good as well!

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vipase1707
New York Area
446 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chelsea Ristorante is a gem. It is an "Old School" Italian restaurant serving excellent food in a rustic atmosphere. Friendly service and a warm feeling from dining there. We will, of course, return to this great spot.

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GlennC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food. Service outstanding. Great care taken with food requests off the menu. My family loves Chelsea Ristorante. They treat you like family.

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Viaggiatore
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. A neighborhood gem.

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vipAndrewH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy and Nino are two of the kindest and professional owners of a restaurant in NYC. Even during this pandemic, they have maintained a thriving restaurant with top notch cuisine. It may not be be most novel, but it is always fresh and perfectly cooked. If you are looking for top notch Italian in Chelsea, you will not to wrong with Chelsea Ristorante!

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vipPAfoodie
London
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood jewel. We’ve been going here for almost thirty years. There is a reason we keep going back. Nino and the entire staff are great. A real keeper.

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vipJohn
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is a long time staple of the neighborhood for over 20 years and continues to provide good food and service despite the current pandemic. Recommend

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vipJohn
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood gem, good for a date, great food and welcoming staff. Recommend

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vipCarolC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All excellent except salad. Not to tasty.

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vipSusanG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastas are the best! Love the Rigatoni w/broccoli Rabe and sausage.
You can get half portions which is great -- wonderful arugula/fennel salad and great coal oven pizzas -- we get them as appetizers for the table.
Support this local establishment!

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JasonS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite spots. Great staff and great food.

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JasonS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place! Every time we go to Chelsea Ristorante we have a great time. The staff is impeccable and very attentive. The food is great and the drinks are outstanding. We will be back.

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ScottS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food. Great service. Would eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 9- we all really enjoyed our meal, service was great

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vipCeciR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent as usual!! My neighborhood go to place for many years!

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vipsimone
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing time. The food was genuinely delicious. The kids were happy. The staff was attentive and friendly. We will return soon.

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vipflaviaa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice owners and a great staff. Also a great meal.

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Dave
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Glad these guys are still around, they do a very good job.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has been steadily going on for 30 years in this neighbourhood. Warm friendly and excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

They seemed shocked that I had a reservation, and struggled to accommodate it. Seems like they just keep all of their reservation timeslots open to get foot traffic. Food was good, though.

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UWSReviewer
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Terrible service. We sat down at 7:00pm and were not able to order entrees until 8:15pm. We tipped commensurate with service (and accounting for the fact that we had a few pricey bottles of wine), and the manager came back to our table as we were getting up to leave to demand that we true up the tip to a full 18%.

Additionally, after we had already booked on opentable, the restaurant called day-of and threatened to cancel the reservation unless we paid a $250 deposit. I am fine paying a deposit, but only if it is stated when I make the reservation. It is hard to get a reservation for 8 people, especially so last minute, so we were basically extorted by the restaurant.

Lastly, the food was mediocre. With so many other options in NYC, I will certainly not be going back.

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ElianaV
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very cozy. The heaters made a great difference. Very clean and friendly service. Food and wine were great.

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HannaM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe in their outdoor dining set up, and their heat lamps kept us warm.

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vipHungryDiva
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was really good, authentic Italian food. Very fresh and delicious with the right balance of seasoning and allowing the food to shine for its own quality. The grilled salmon melted in my mouth and all of my friends who ate the pastas were happy. And we have all traveled EXTENSIVELY in Italy - actually I lived there for a time. So when I say that it was authentic, I mean it! LOL

The pricing was a little high and I'm not sure if that's always the case or if we are just experiencing extremely high prices due to the pandemic but I paid $32 for about 8 oz of salmon and some roasted broccoli. It was tasty but I don't know if it was $32 tasty. lol

The service was great and the little outdoor pods were comfy and warm. I was cold bc I was by the entrance but everyone who was inside commented at some point how cool it was to be eating outside and not feel cold. So great job with that. Maybe a curtain or something to block the cold air from hitting the people by the entrance would help.

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vipMikeP
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service never disappoints here! Great people and even better food.

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DominickV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Chelsea . The food quality , taste and value is great . There is always an owner there to greet you and check to make sure you are having a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend you won’t be disappointed. Great for meeting friends or family gatherings.

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vipAlberto
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food as always was excellent and service friendly
My family and I always enjoy our visits and their wine selection although not as large as before COVI-19 still is very good.
I appreciate the free offer of an after diner drink

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vipJohn
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant has done a great job in maintaining safe outdoor and indoor space, in the context of the current times. They are a neighborhood institution in Chelsea, and continue to offer a great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with friends

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vipCJRamsey
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our experience dining here. My wife and I found the food selection wonderful and everything we ordered was delicious. We will definitely be returning.

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grantorin0
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had a great time at Chelsea Ristorante! I was looking for a restaurant to make a reservation for 10 friends and they were quick to follow up and confirm. One thing that surprised me and was a bit risky for me was that they asked for a $200 deposit - understandable given that they can only operate at 25% capacity and stand to lose a lot of money if my group didn't show, but they didn't mention it on the phone the first two times we talked, so it was a bit of a surprise.

While at the restaurant, we were seated quickly but they stated that we had requested outdoor seating, which I hadn't. It was a rainy, cold night, but it ended up turning out fine. Their outdoor area was covered and sheltered nicely, so my friends and I had a good time.

The only other issue was that the server, while nice, required us to call them over a few times when we needed something. Again, understandable that they didn't want to step out often because of the rain, but still, I would have expected a little more attention.

All of these things are minor issues overall, though - the food and the wine were excellent, the server was polite, and the outdoor area was sheltered from the weather. I'll happily go back.

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SteveC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My local neighborhood favorite. Always starts with some nice bread snacks in olive oil. The personal pizzas are awesome, but the whole menu is great. Caesar salad is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food never disappoints!

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vipase1707
New York Area
447 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Chelsea Ristorante is a treat. This gem serves wonderful Italian food in a comfortable setting. Don’t allow COVID scare you from enjoying a night out with great professional service and wonderful dining choices prepared exquisitely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was underwhelming and the service lackluster. I found myself having to flag down our server several times for water, cocktails, etc. I’m not sure if I would return as the food was also somewhat bland and flavorless.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Our table was outside of restaurant premise. People walked by like 1 foot away from our table. We literally stand up and wave our hands to call waiter.
Food was good. I really wish I could have the table within the restaurant premise.

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vipphotogal
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good - staff very helpful. The traffic noise and sirens are a part of our reality now.

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TaraB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food was very average, the wait staff was friendly and attentive though

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vipPAfoodie
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood jewel. Stellar Italian cooking. The staff is super attentive. We can’t stop going back.

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You can order delivery directly from Chelsea Ristorante using the Order Online button. Chelsea Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 924-7786.

Chelsea Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 741 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.