Convivium was my choice for an multicourse birthday dinner. The food, wine and ambiance were just what I wanted! This is a neighborhood gem for the last 18 years! Bravo to the owners and wait staff!
We requested a quiet table but were seated in a deafeningly loud location. The service was terrible. The food, as always, was good. I have been enjoying this place for years but after last night’s experience, I doubt I will go back.
Food was delicious and service was great.
The restaurant decor was cool and funky. We had a booth in the wine cellar that was perfect for a celebratory dinner. Food was very good but extremely rich (that is just me I can’t eat too much of the rich stuff). Everyone I was with loved their meal. Great wine selection as well. I would definitely recommend.
I would like to give a shout out to boyfriend to who introduced me to this place.
I had one of the best meals in a long time.
I was served by Angel (whom i believe is im charge of the restaurant too) made great recommendations about food and wine pairing, we tried the octopus and the calmari special they both were absolutely delicious, maybe just.a little too much oil for my taste but still great. Then, we proceeded with the mains we.had the special papardelle with short ribs sauce and the rack of lamb , I'm still dreaming about the lamb omg..
My boyfriend and l are both big wine drinkers and we let Angel know that , so he brought us 2 glasses of godello that paired perfectly with the seafood and then he gave us a bottle of an amazing super Tuscan wine!. I love the fact that there is not description of the wine on the list because you can really tell when your server knows its wines.
My boyfriend and l can't wait to come back.
He made a reservation for mothers day. Spreading the word about this gem in Bk.
Convivium Osteria NEVER disappoint! I LOVE this place!!!
Very happy in general with the quality of this restaurant. Great wine and very professional staff. We had dinner on a smooth Monday night. My wife and in laws were very satisfied. Can't wait to return
Service felt rushed and was poor
We visited convivium last night on a warm Sunday night. We enjoyed the ambience and atmosphere so much. Perfectly dimmed room. We had a great wine from puglia and loved the 40 year old port. We were the last ones to leave since this place transport you to some place in Europe
We had such a amazing dinner overall. We were greeted and served by the host. He's on top of the game, such a sharp guy! The food however disappointed a little, we have just moved in the neighborhood and so happy to find a restaurant that meets Manhattan standards..
Been celebrating my wife’s birthday there for the last five years with a big party last year plus being a regular with it a few blocks from our house we go at least once a month. With out their old management team it was a bit ruff last night. We had to wait 45 mins to be seated for our 8:15 reservation with out once being offered a wine list or cava. I even asked if we could get a bottle and was told we will be seated soon. Soon was another 15 mins. In years past they had bottles chilling at the bar and old management would have recognized us and known we were there for a birthday plus the long wait would have at least included a glass of house cava. Sadly once seated we waited another 10-15 for a waiter with not a hint of an apology. I normally don’t write reviews but this is one of our local favorites and they still struggle with out a real manager or at least not having one on a busy Friday night.
We always love the ambiance of this place. The basement especially has a nice feel that transports you to another place (likely somewhere in Europe!). That said, the food was disappointing. Nothing was bad, but none of our dished jumped out at us as being very special either. For the price, we expected more. Perhaps we are just spoiled by other amazing restaurants in Brooklyn and NYC, but hey that's the competition. We got our ambiance fix and will probably wait a while to return again due to our lack of excitement about the food.
This restaurant is cozy. The appetizers and service were good. Main course was ...I ordered a rabbit which was a bit tough. My husband got branzino that was just awful. It smelled so bad... He got a replacement that was just as bad. I could smell his fish sitting across the table. We didn't get charged for the bad fish but birthday celebration swam down the drain.... Will not return...
We could enjoy great food and wine and hear each other talk.Will repeat.
Very nice romantic and cozy place for a date or a special occasion. Especially if you can get the seating in the wine cellar downstairs. Great food and nice wine list. Would definitely recommend trying!
I have loved this restaurant for over 10 years, and it never disappoints. Wonderful!
This was my third or fourth time at Convivium in about 15 years. I hadn't been in a long time. Can you say olive oil? I like olive oil as much as the next guy, but more olive oil doesn't make a dish better; apparently the chef thinks it does. We had the artichoke app and the endive salad and both were swimming in oil. I couldn't even finish the salad because at the end, it was mostly oil. Also, there's not a salt shaker to be seen; so clearly they don't want you using one. But I had lamb, and lamb tastes better with a little salt in my opinion. I could have asked, I know. But because it's not out, there was some social pressure not to ask. So I sucked it up. The most expensive house red was divine! We really enjoyed the wine. The service was good. But I asked for the salad to arrive with my lamb and it was brought out with the appetizers, so I sent it back. Overall, I would recommend as it was a great night out. But ask them to go easy on the oil! (and bring a salt packet!)
Great experience....can’t wait to return!!! Steak and Lamb was amazing!
A wonderful experience, great service, everything delicious. Looking forward to going back at this restaurant.
Excellent food and service. Right by Barclays. Will go again!
We've gone to Convivium for my partner's birthday for four years now and we've always had a good experience.
Some of our favorites include the steak for two, the pancetta wrapped livers and the braised rabbit.
This was the first time we were seated in the basement and it was even nicer than up the upstairs.
Waiter was rude, i ordered a seafood salad which was supposed to come with shrimp when it didn’t i told the waiter that there weren’t any on this salad and he disregarded me, the entre sucked i had what looked like one jumbo shrimp cut into 20 pieces with spaghetti i get upset thinking about that night, i wanted a nice night out with my fiancé, overpriced horrible service and the food wasn’t good... never again.
Very disappointed. Nice room and we were greeted immediately. Music so loud and inappropriate that another table asked the waiter/host to lower it...a few decibels. Started with the prawns (two, TWO!, for $17)...they were fine and the only thing on the plate. Also had the pancetta-wrapped chicken livers, which were burnt, over-cooked, or raw depending on where you sliced. It was an ugly mass sitting on top of a soggy piece of bread. Special of oxtail on pappardelle was very bland, not enough meat and not special. House made ricotta spinach gnudi was dense from WAY too much spinach and not enough ricotta. The wines were nice and a generous pour.
We experienced convivium for the first time after months of wanting to go there!! We finally made it last night. Everything was perfect since the moment we walked in till we stepped out. I was impressed with the level of professionalism and knowledge by the waiters. They are very well trained and synchronized.
Such a nice place for a date. We were seated in the back room, which was perfectly dimly lit. Service was great and food was excellent!
Just had dinner on Saturday night before watching a fight. Had no idea what we were in for not knowing the area but we’re pleasantly surprised. Everything about our dinner was exceptional. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back.
Everything we had was delicious! Came here with my boyfriend and his parents from out of town and they loved it. Great ambiance as well, although the service is a bit slow
It was a cold night, and this restaurant was so warm and inviting - we were escorted to the basement, surrounded by cobblestones and wine - just such an inviting environment. The food was delicious - there were five of us, and we all had different pastas, and each was excellent. The service was very good, and we truly enjoyed our evening. I would recommend reservations, as it was completely full at 5:30. We will return for sure.
Enjoyed the food, but the service was not as attentive as should be. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a good meal.
Great restaurant and food. This was my second time here and I love everything about it.
Best steak in Brooklyn!!. The Host is a gem! Very charming and friendly guy. We were late for a 7pm reservation and still received us with a big smile.!! They have an amazing wine list
Delicious food! We were going to a show at the Barclays center and it was a short walk- real Italian!
GREAT SERVICE . OUTSTADING FOOD ! ONE OF THE BEST MEALS IVE HAD IN NYC
Went here for Valentines Day, and the restaurant was offering a special prix fixe menu. The food was below average for NYC Italian fare, and well below the quality one would expect for a $90 per plate price tag. The desserts in particular (panna cotta and tiramisu) were quite poor. Overall very unhappy with the quality of this restaurant.
We came out for Valentines day and they had a special menu which was very good but not quite as good as their regular menu. The bar poured out some free champagne while we waited which eased the blow of our 30 minute wait time.
I consider myself a 'foodie' and go out to dinner about 3x per week. By Brooklyn standards Convivium can be a bit pricey, but for me it is well worth it.
I've been coming here for years and they are very consistent with everything they do. It may well be the best restaurant in Brooklyn.
Hands-down the worst dining experience of my life. Made a reservation for Valentine’s day and thanks to a rude, unprofessional maitre’d, manager or whoever he was, the whole dinner felt like a total rip-off. We paid almost $300 for a special dinner which was spoiled when he rushed us out. Other couples had arrived before us and were graciously served but our food was clearly expedited and we were hurried out before my girlfriend could finish her glass of wine. We felt pressured to leave so I chugged mine so as to not create any problems. How an establishment could run this way is baffling to me. I am offended and wish I could have my money back as I feel robbed of this dining experience with lack of hospitality and sub-par food.
Great Italian and Portuguese selections. I had the rack of lamb that melted in your mouth. My guest has pasta and fish dishes and loved the food and restaurant.
Let waiter know about gluten allergy and completely disregard the allergy even after we asked specifically if there was gluten in a dish. Very disappointing.
Beautiful ambiance. Delicious food and enjoyable wine.