The Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York is home to many great restaurants; Dino is one those. This cozy modern restaurant features exposed brick and simple decor for a cozy atmosphere perfect for any occasion. With the Fort Greene Park, BAM and the Pratt Institute all nearby, Dino's convenient location is just another reason it is so popular with residents and tourists alike for dinner, a lunch break or a weekend brunch.
The menu at Dino features northern Italian cuisine all made with seasonally fresh ingredients. Enjoy one of the many creative cocktails or a glass of wine from the unique wine list on the outdoor patio or in the garden dining area. You can also try one of the many modern Italian dishes such as black linguine or spinach gnocchi, all made with homemade pasta for dinner. Salads, soups and sandwiches are all also lunch options.
Only a few tables. Cozy. Great Italian food (not traditional red-sauce place). Friendly, chill waitstaff. We went early; probably it's really tight during peak dining hours - which could be fine, since you can actually get a reservation and all!
I enjoy this restaurant and tend to have the same delicious orecchiette along with kale salad. I even love the salad and feel good about having such a healthy meal..
Waited a few min for a table. Food was out quick yet didn't seem rush. Dinner was delicious. I had salmon which was delicious and desert was lovely. This was a last min find on open table for a place and it was a good choice noted by my guests.
This is a great neighborhood spot. The food is great, they take reservations (rare among the good eating spots in this hood), and the service is above par.
The food was tasty, waitress was nice but the tables are so close together that the people sitting next to you are practically at your table. Also, at dinner time it is very loud and not good for conversation. Will go back for the food but not a fan of the atmosphere.
The food was delicious. We started with the bufala mozzarella - it was very fresh and the tomatoes were large, juicy, and thick. I had the spinach gnocchi in garlic cream and tomato sauce, which was the best spinach gnocchi I've ever had. My husband had the rigatoni with meatball and sausage ragu, which was very tasty, and the waiter happily brought him some bread to sop up the extra sauce when he asked (they don't put bread on the table). Our table was in a bit of a tight spot against the wall, and they do squeeze some tables into the small space, but I wasn't uncomfortable being close as it was a celebration dinner. The ambiance was enough to forget that I couldn't move my chair back. Not recommended if you don't like "close quarters".
We had a late night dinner in the back garden. It was quiet and cozy. We forgot we were still in Brooklyn. The menu had nice choices and the home made pastas were excellent. Our waitress was friendly but clearly did not know the menu and was very slow. I'm not sure if she was new, but we did not even get our drinks for a half hour and then our appetizers came at the same time as the dinners. I would still give this local another chance, though.
When I told my son to pick a restaurant for his birthday he said Dino without hesitation. The space is small, but easily handled our party of 6. The waitress, whom my other son knew, treated us all like friends. We each ordered a different specialty drink and exchanged tastes. They were among the best I've had in years. We began with a wide assortment of appetizers, each one better than the next, and main courses were beautifully prepared and presented, and delicious. Due to a mix up my wife didn't get her entree until ours were gone, but she said it was worth the wait, and the staff couldn't have been nicer about it. All of this might have been a hard act to follow, but the deserts lived up to the standard. This place is a find.
Went for an early dinner prior to a concert at the Barclays Center. It was a short, enjoyable twenty minute walk through the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Food and service were both excellent! Loved the cozy atmosphere of the place. We were early so it wasn't crowded; but if it was, the tables in front may be too close together. I definitely will go back the next time I have an event at the center.
Dino is a perfect retreat. The backyard garden, while cozy, is a fantastic way to enjoy outdoor dining without having to hear cars race by. The service is attentive, but not overwhelming. There is clearly a focus on letting guests enjoy the evening. The food is superb and it does not try too hard. That doesn't mean unsophisticated, just unpretentious and delicious. Not sure what else one could ask for.
I highly recommend Dino. My parents are picky eaters and I'm gluten free, and there were dishes to accommodate all or our needs. And they were ALL outstanding. The vegetables were fresh and delicious, the burrata was amazing, and the organic chicken I had was the most tender chicken I have ever eaten. Go to this restaurant.
we where a group of 5 - there was no rush to get us out.. and we took a long time order.. - we where sitting outdoor - perfect - really good food - sweet staff
Recently went here for brunch and it was great! Best french toast that I have had in a while!
To begin the evening, we were very delayed in traffic. We called to change our reservation, and the restaurant was incredibly accommodating in getting us seated as soon as possible once we finally arrived. Wonderful food in a tiny but welcoming setting. Had several things from the menu as well as a few of the specials and all were delicious. I honestly don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu. One note ... for dessert we had an ice cream (home made cappuccino), a fruit tart, and a tiramisu. The fruit tart was amazing. The tiramisu was not very sweet - hubby liked it better than I.
Our group was at least a half hour late for our reservation, and we ended up having 1 more person than we had reserved for. The Dino staff was incredibly accommodating and nice even though they could have very easily said "too late your table is gone." (I'm sure it helped that it wasn't terribly busy.) We also had pre-purchased a drink deal, which added another level of potential annoyance to the staff, but they were still wonderful.
The food was delicious. We each ordered something different ... from salad to eggs to omelets to burgers to ravioli, and we each absolutely loved our meal.
We'll be back - for the service, for the food, and for the all around lovely atmosphere.
We loved our meals, the wine was perfect, the service was excellent...we had a group of seven and down the line everyone was raving about their meals. We'll definitely go back!
We recently moved to the neighborhood because of Hurricane Sandy. We are big foodies, and this is the third time we have been to Dino. Already planning our next visit.
Great service and delicious food
Great neighborhood Italian. Tasty, honest food and well-priced; cozy and romantic.
Needed to find a place near Pratt, and we were very pleasantly surprised. Pretty much everything our party of five ordered was good ... fresh, good flavors, well made. We'll be back!