Il Cantinori

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Italian
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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, Service was very good. We had the best time. Thank you!

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Siblings birthday

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

incredible dining experience... decor, ambiance, martinis, food, wine, service, all top notch.. our waiter Aldo was outstanding

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and willingness to make our meal perfect and custom to our taste!

CW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Unfortunately, the experience dining there this time was less than acceptable. Not only did I think the food was sub par the service was truly awful and I was embarrassed to have suggested to my friend we go there for dinner. Our waiter even left his shift half way through our meal and we had no service until we asked for a new waiter.

SC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always my favorite spot when friends are in town

SO
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wish they had a sommelier. Had trouble ordering a wine we like but overall, the food was great.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant for all family gatherings, dinner with friends or just the two of us. It’s just like home but better.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Dino was the best.

MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but well worth it. Exquisitely prepared cuisine, attentive service in a lovely setting. Superb for special occasions.

DS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, wonderful service!!

G
Dallas
55 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely FABULOUS!!!

MC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Super delicious neighborhood restaurant

OT
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was fine, not amazing. Fish entree with sauteed spinach and green beans was no better than what I make during the week for my family, but the house made pasta was delicious. Bar tender has NO IDEA how to make drinks. We sent 4 back before we decided to just go with wine. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this place.

JW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter and timing of food service. Interesting variety of specials and menu fare. Oh, and the food was authentic and delicious!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a reliable, comfortable, professional and delicious dining choice.

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good place but VERY overpriced

JL
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make a habit of eating here on nearly every trip to NYC. The food is consistently well prepared and delicious. The wine and cocktail selection is superior. We typically ask to be served by Joseph who is a professional, knowledgeable waitperson with a very pleasant demeanor. We will be back on our next trip

DE
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been to Il Cantinori many times when I still lived in NJ, it was an absolute pleasure to return. Delicious drinks and the best food! Victor is an amazing waiter!

SF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Our group of seven, gathered for a 75th birthday party, were shown to a festive round table amidst beautiful floral arrangements. The amuse bouche of essentially chunky tomato sauce was a welcome bonus. The frito misto was light and crunchy, and the zucchini shavings salad was delicious. Things went downhill from there. My branzino was mushy and cold. The risotto was nothing more than boiled rice with vegetables — nothing like the creamy delicious dish it should have been. And our waiter was not as attentive as he should have been. We only could report our unhappiness with the two dishes at the end of the meal. He comped us one dessert to accommodate for the poor entrees. The complimentary dessert for the birthday girl was a nice touch but no petit fours for our table, while it seemed others had them. Overall, not the special evening we had hoped for.

NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for an elegant lunch either for business or pleasure. The food is authentically Italian and uses excellent ingredients. The service is professional and efficient but the cost is rather exorbitant even in the context of the rather expensive NYC restaurant scene.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I made reservations for a date with my boyfriend. And we were both pleased! He ordered the calamari as appetizer and it was barely fried which gave us more of a taste. I had the perfectly grilled salmon. He had chicken francese and quite enjoyed it! Their table bread is baked to a balanced crisp and they served their house tomato sauce, which was enjoyable even without the bread! I had the crème brûlée for dessert and the custard to sugar layer ratio was just right! He had the tiramisu and as a coffee and even bigger chocolate enthusiast, I found the balance to be quite rich. Also, one of the servers might have the best soprano voices I’ve ever heard live! The “happy birthday” song was a very nice touch to our experience 😄

LE
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!! One of my favorite spots in nyc!!

BA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorites. Brought back great memories.

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good, specifically the pasta dishes and veal, but the service was lacking.

We were a bit put off by the lack of drinks menu - since it’s a full bar it was surprising that they didn’t have one nor could the waiter give us any pricing information. We had to request the wine menu twice an the waiter was clearly irritated that we weren’t ordering cocktails.

When the waiter reviewed the specials no pricing was provided which was also a bit odd - quite frankly if I’m ordering a special I’d like to know if it’s going to run $40 or $80 before I get the bill.

Once we ordered our food it was the last time we saw our waiter. Different staff brought our our entrees, refilled our water, and asked how things were. We had to ask another waiter to find ours in order to get our check.

Overall, the service dimmed the whole experience but the good was good.

JG
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food and service. Perfect for a special occasion.

PG
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very pleasant dining on the veranda. The food was unexceptional, incommensurate with the price. VERY attentive and friendly waitstaff.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had to wait forever for our food over 1 hr 20 mins from the time we ordered. Tables all around us all received their food much faster. Tables were to close together felt like we were having dinner with strangers. We ordered from the daily specials and didn’t care for either of our choices. Food and drinks were way over priced. Server was it very attentive and never apologize for the delay. Took him an 20 minutes just to bring us menus.

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We consider il Cantinori our favorite go-to restaurant whether it’s a special occasion or just a weekday meal because we didn’t feel like cooking

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and wine. Our waiter was very attentive and full of personality. One of the other waiters had an outstanding singing voice! The restaurant offered a surprising amount of space for Manhattan and was not very loud at all. We loved this restaurant. The only downside is that it's quite pricey, so more for a special occasion than a regular haunt.

E
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my grandchildren. One a freshman aT NYU from London.
Wanted him to see where his mothers 21st bday party was.
It is was a very expensive dinner

CP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Whenever I’m in the city I eat here. The service people are fabulous. Food is always fresh and great. Highly recommend!

c
Atlanta
82 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a fabulous Branzino and s great chopped salad with white beans. The restaurant prepared a veal chop to my husband s specifications and it was excellent. Will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere was awesome. However, extremely overpriced. We ordered Gnocchi in a 4 cheese source and it was a good portion. However, $34 for a pasta dish with no meat or fish is unreasonable.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was fantastic as well as the food: Spinach Dumplings were delightfully fluffy & light as was the Pappardelle all’s Buttera (a must order).

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always.

LG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!

VD
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was the latest of many visits to il cantinori over the course of years. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly in a table of our choice. Service was friendly but efficient. We were served a delicious and generous amuse bouche of tomato puree and whole grained bread. We found an excellent and fairly priced Barbaresco that went nicely with an early evening summer meal. For starters we tried a beet salad special (good) and grilled calamari (very good), followed by entrees of linguini with clams and artichoke (excellent) and the veal chop (terrific). At $155/pp including drinks, tax and tip, Il Cantinori is no bargain but for the quality of food, service and atmosphere we will return.

S
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding