Erminia Ristorante

4.7
1094 reviews
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Erminia, opened in 1982, is New York City’s most romantic restaurant. Obtaining some of the Zagat Survey’s most highly rated scores for food, service and décor each year, the Roman influenced Italian food is second to none on the Upper East Side. Forbes Magazine twice selected Erminia as its number one Top Pick for food. Most diners agree that the original concoctions prepared here will win the hearts of all those who come to experience the fare. The Swiss Alps cabin-like atmosphere accents the rustic feel at Erminia.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The place is small but the food and ambiance is really good. Perfect place for date night

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T
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, just delightful

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BC
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant for a date-night or anniversary. They food was very well prepared, although, if anything, they moved you in and out rather quickly. It's understandable, because the restaurant is small, but we wanted to stay and soak up the atmosphere. They were very friendly, too.

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BW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love This restaurant. The atmosphere and service is amazing. The food is delicious too!

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date place. Good lighting. Wonderful food. Make a reservation.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!! You gotta go and try this place. :)

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, just delicious, the place , a romantic dream.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio, buen restauran buena calidad en comida y vino me fascina

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and the ambience! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On all counts, they have transformed a very small space into a magical, Italian universe! Every detail was meticulously attended to; they orchestrated an exquisite evening. My guests, who live in the neighborhood, intend to make this their go-to venue. It couldn’t have been better.

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SH
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant! It was a small restaurant that is perfect for a nice date night. Looking forward to going back!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is very cute and romantic.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Have been a frequent customer here and used to be my favorite dining experience. I had 630 reservations for table of 6. Four appetizers came out and had to wait three minutes for the other two. Five main courses came out and had to wait minutes for the sixth. To make matters worse, four plates were cleared while two people were still eating. Felt very rushed, whereas this used to be a place to dine and never felt pressured. We were hustled out of there in 75 minutes. Three bottles of wine were ordered, inattentive staff when refilling. Had to request water and wine to be poured. TERRIBLE SERVICE. WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED

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k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old style. One of my very favorite places. And nicely found us a quiet table for my hearing impaired friend

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MF
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 10:00 PM. The restaurant indicated that it is open until 11:00 PM.
The subway was slow and we arrived at 10:03 PM. Three (3) minutes late!
We were told that they were waiting for us. When we did not arrive at 10:00PM, they closed the kitchen.

We were forced to look for another open restaurant for dinner.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is small (only 11 tables), cozy, very quiet, and has a very warm feeling. A great place for a first date or a romantic date with your partner. I highly recommend it.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so impressed with the charm and intimacy of this restaurant. Its very rare that you find restaurants that can provide, comfort, great food, service like Erminia. only 11, maybe 12 tables in the whole place, they make you feel like you are the only ones in the place.
The food was outstanding. They are not in to over serving you, big portions of tasteless food. Erminia gives you the appropriate portions, with an abundance of flavor and love put in to each dish, from appetizer, to dessert. You honestly feel, like you are a guest in their home!
Wonderful, classy place to bring your date, significant other, and family too!
Thank you Erminia, we’ll be back, very soon!

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J
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved it! Lovely host/wait staff. Terrific food. We will be back.

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DN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is in our neighborhood, just a few streets away. We'd always meant to try it. Super glad we did. The food was spectacular and the setting even more so. It's easy to see why it is regarded among the most romantic restaurants in the City. And some of the best Italian food we've had outside of Italy. Perhaps, dare I say, even better.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a date, romantic and cozy atmosphere! Excellent service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in love with this restaurant! It brings us back to Italy every time.

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D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and it certainly will not be our last. Absolutely terrific. Wonderful setting, delicious food and outstanding/warm service

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MW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday date

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M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, quaint, candle lit restaurant that gets it all right. It’s romantic with attentive, friendly servers and for a few hours I felt like I was in the Tuscan countryside. The atmosphere and food are fabulous and nothing disappointed. I can’t wait to return. A true gem!

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MG
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic spot.

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AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Great food, cozy ambiance with excellent service!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my boyfriends birthday. The Foods was good! Wine was good and the service was good

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time visiting and meal was just as spectacular as the first. Wanted a simpler pasta (carbonara) to start as the primi but not on the menu. They prepared it no problem an it was FANTASTIC! ordered 2 additional entrees from the nightly specials, Scallop risotto and a pork milanaise, both also wonderful. Wine was reasonable and paired perfectly and service was attentative, friendly, thoughtful and informative. really went out of their way to make the evening special.

I would recommend to anyone who wants a memorable, romantic, tasteful, authentic evening and is seeking culinary perfection at a respectable price.
simply lovely experience. We'll be back

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W
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is always a reason why a restaurant is successful for over 25 years.
The menu is full of great choices, the service is welcoming and everything the serve is to perfection.
Great spot

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s
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

quaint small restaurant with reliable food and service

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DD
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Long one of our favorite restaurants, Erminia disappointed us on a freezing evening last weekend by trying to deny us entrance at 5:20 PM because they “didn’t open until 5:30.” They publicly advertise their hours as starting at 5:00 PM, but that’s beside the point. We were not invited to sit down, so we remained inside standing while the next couple went back out into the freezing cold. Within less than 10 minutes, however, the manager had to give in and fill up 60% of the tables with customers before the 5:30 “opening time.” And although we were the very first customers to arrive that evening, he refused to seat us at our preferred table because he said someone else would want it. Well, next time we’ll reserve our preferred table in advance and won’t arrive so early—but only if there IS a “next time.” We’ll see.

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good experience. The food is not sophisticated but quite reasonable. The ambiance is very pleasant.

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite for me for over 10 years; however, it was a let-down to have the calamari presented chopped and on a salad vs. the tube of calamari & then served with pesto on a piece of bread. I was looking forward to the calamari and when the dish arrived ... it was a disappointment, the only disappointment. Food and service are memorable and AAAA.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food, the service and ambiance are fantastic. It is candlelit and very romantic as well as quiet. No screaming necessary to hold a conversation. It's my local go to restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for 20yrs. The food and service are always outstanding and the ambiance is one of the most intimate, romantic in NYC.

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RW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with food to match.

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AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a special occasion; very intimate setting and beautiful ambiance. Great service.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. The staff here is always so kind. My girlfriend and I come here from time to time as it's right by our apt. Highly recommend for a date spot or just a nice dinner where there's not blaring noise like most of NYC places. The food and wine is great. You want extra parm cheese on your pasta? The guy will scrape it off the block as long as you want :)

Gentlemen out there, if you're searching for a V-day reservation (it comes sooner than you think!) - this is definitely a solid pick.

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P
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother John, who frequents NYC, put me on this restaurant & I dined there last fri night, 1/11/19.
He remembered how great the tiramisu was from 15 years ago! Just like the reviews say: It is truly the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been too! Small, dark & cozy (only 12 tables!) with a flower & tapered candle on each table! When was the last time you saw a single tall white tapered candle flickering on tables at a restaurant? The service was friendly & attentive from the minute you walked in the door until you left! Food was amazing, as we shared the Fettuccini Fatte in Casa alla Bolognese & the Filet of Sole & of course the Tiramisu! Would go back in a New York minuet!!

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F
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were all very disappointed with the food. The crab cakes special were mostly potato. The chicken and sausage had very little flavor. The shrimp scampi had almost no sauce (where was the scampi?) and came only some greens and mushrooms. The plate looked half empty. We have had good meals here in the past, but this was just too mediocre for the price or any price. There are too many restaurants in NYC to waste money here. The pleasant service and did not make up for a lackluster meal.

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