Il Cantinori

4.7
1428 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Il Cantinori, located in Greenwich Village, has been at the forefront of Tuscan cuisine in NYC since its opening in 1983. This old farmhouse with a rustic warmth, stucco walls, wooden beams and voluminous floral arrangements is very romantic and elegant. We combine the unique traditional flavors of the Tuscan countryside with a complete seasonal lunch and dinner menu. We welcome guests with affectionate hospitality, daily specials and a wine list reflective of the northern Italian regions.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 673-6044
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Frank Minieri
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Private party facilities
Semi-private up to 45 people. Private room available for 45-100 people
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Private party contact
Frank Minieri/Andrew Linardatos: (866) 945-0120
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Catering
Northern Italian cuisine (Tuscan)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Place & Broadway
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Parking details
There is a public lot on the corner of 10th and Broadway and another on the corner of 9th and University Place
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Public transit
6, N, R
Additional
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,428 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
82%
Very Good
13%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined 2 days ago

I came here for my birthday from Toronto and it was hands down the best restaurant experience I have ever had. Domenico and Peter were truly outstanding in terms of service and were so friendly and warm and amazing. The food was INCREDIBLE. The ambience was lovely and the noise level was perfect (not loud but not awkwardly quiet). I honestly don’t write reviews often at all, but this was one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had. Genuinely wish I could give over 5 stars.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

It had been a long time since we last ate at Il Continori but were not disappointed. The service was excellent. Fabrizio our waiter was most helpful and congenial. He recommended a wine to accompany my meal that was perfect and one I had not tried before. While a little pricey, the food was excellent.

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OT
3.0Dined 4 days ago

At an 8pm dinner, they were out of several menu items

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M
3.0Dined 5 days ago

it wasn't what I remember from the 80s. the cocktail was very weak, and the waiter was never around
and they didn't have the special..they were out of it.

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RS
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Parpadelle with sausage and peas was excellent

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S
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was our first visit to Il Cantinori, prompted by a nearby Theatre date, and we can only say that we are sorry to have missed out on this wonderful restaurant for so long!

Our meal was delicious, the service most attentive and accommodating and the setting delightful as we had a pleasant choice between the interior garden room and the open front facing the street.

We look forward to returning soon and often!

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CP
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Another excellent meal at Il Cantinori. The homemade pappardelle with Italian sausage in a pink sauce is just the best. Everyone at our table ordered it and loved it. I had a wonderful veal scallopini special. Very thinly sliced, rich but not heavy marsala and mushroom sauce. Fresh vegetables were crisp with it too. The server recognized us and was attentive and clearly remembered our recent dining experience even though it had been almost a month. We were seated promptly. At first it was at a table near the aisle, and I asked if we could move to w window table since the restaurant was not yet crowded. Our server returned in just a couple of minutes and said yes of course which was great.

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RJ
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I was celebrating my friend’s birthday and was expecting at least a candle with desert but they totally ignore the note I left in my special request line.
Food was very good, table in the back room was not as noisy as the main dining room. Service was good, unfortunately, the main reason for my evening was not acknowledged.

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M
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Delicious Italian food and superb service

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DM
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food is always special. The ambience is perfect for two or a group. Service is impeccable and you will always feel welcome. The menu has something for everyone from pasta to fish to meat and they will often prepare something special not on the menu if you ask. Try the Paperdelle Butera or any of the fish dishes. This restaurant is clearly a step above in every way.

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RH
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I swear this is the second time I’ve eaten there and it is my new absolutely favorite restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and so fresh and authentic and the wait staff was very very kind. There was a little issue with a homeless person on the street and they handed handled it so well I was really moved.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I asked for and got a quietish table and the waiter was outstanding.

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S
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

From the time we walked in everything was just 5 Star......our meal was superb and our waiter stole the show....Ask for Carlos Landi.....He will make your evening of true Italian flair.....Can’t wait for our next adventure......

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SC
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Consistently fantastic food and service. A must-go if you are in the area.

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VV
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The restaurant was outstanding, the food was amazing and the service was the best! Cannot wait to go back!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Excellent food, attentive service and a very nice atmosphere.

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G
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

First time dining here. Ambiance, service and food were exceptional. Definitely going back!!!

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MH
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Spectacular Italian restaurant - best in the city!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great food, charming place, attentive service.

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JG
2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Waiters repeatedly spilled water. Menus frayed. Wilted flowers on table. Food hugely overpriced. The "amuse bouche" to start off meal was nothing more or less than stewed tomatoes (I think canned, but not positive). Salad (cold) came on warm plates, meaning it was wilted. Unappetizingly giant portions of pasta. Doing la cucina Italiana a disservice!!!

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NV
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The best thing in my life.Q U A L I T Y.I would sagest it to everybody who visited N.Y.I hope we have that restaurant in my country.It is also a lovely place to go alone and have fun with yourself.

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m
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Still my favorite restaurant in NY! Frank is the best! Waiter was a bit off - not attentive but otherwise perfect

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OT
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The service here is excellent. It's the type that I had not seen in a long time, accommodating, helpful and made the delicious food taste even better.

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AU
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This place is amazing! We came here because this is the restaurant that Carrie Bradshaw celebrated her 35th birthday in sex and the city and it did not disappoint!!! Loved everything!

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OT
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Food good. Waiter incompetent and not attentive.

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N
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My favorite NYC restaurant -
Sensational!
The food is so fresh and the presentation so well executed-
And how lucky am I to live right down the street!

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N
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Excellent! Everyone raves about their choice and we each had different meals. Worth the ride from midtown! Would definitely go back.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great restaurant. Traditional old-school in every aspect. Not inexpensive.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Fantastic food and service. It’s a bit pricey but trust me, it’s worth every penny. Attentive waitstaff, great ambiance, and the food...the food is fabulous. Don’t wait! Book a table. You won’t be sorry.

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C
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Food was delicious, as always. The service was also top notch - very accommodating and attentive without being intrusive. It is a lovely place - highly recommended.

I just wish it weren't quite so noisy at dinnertime - when full (which it usually is at dinner), it can be hard to hear others in your party. Lunch is far quieter and on nice days, there are a couple semi-outdoor tables that make you feel as if you are on the streets of Rome.

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CP
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We dined here for a graduation celebration and Mothers Day. As usual, food and service were excellent despite how busy they were. Owner greeted us and we were seated immediately. We love to eat here and recommend it to our family and friends who visit NY.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother’s Day. Everything was great. The specials were particularly good. The restaurant was packed and the staff rose to the occasion. Lots of smiling mothers!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Been there many times and have never been disappointed. Food and service is fabulous. Can’t wait to go back

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M
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent, I make a point to dine here every time I'm in town and have never been disappointed!

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CT
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Delicious food, beautiful amazing flower arrangement -- a great night with friends!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Il Cantinori is one of my very favorites in the city! I love it! I love the food, the ambiance and the wait staff is superb! I highly recommend it for any occasion!

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j
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent food, cocktails, and service

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C
4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I was dining alone and my service was good until other tables filled up. Other tables were waited on and served while I still waited to order my entree. The larger parties mattered more. This was especially disappointing since I skipped my usual restaurant and went out of my way to be there. I expect this experience was a fluke since overall the restaurant seems authentic and low-key.

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GG
5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Service was impeccable and the food was great.... can’t wait to go back, looking forward to sitting at the tables outside

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OT
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Regular lunch customer ( not dinner. Always pleased with the food especially pastas with crabmeat. Menus change regularly, Great specials. Very professional service from Domingo and Max both of whom I have known prior to their coming to the restaurant

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