Il Cantinori

4.7
1518 reviews
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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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RK
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal. Great service. Will go back again soon.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Although I was put off by ravioli at $36, I was appalled that a cosmopolitan was $21. The place is pretty and the food is good but the prices amount to highway robbery. I go out to dinner almost every night and I had never seen, let alone paid $21 for a single drink.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had eaten here many times while working. Now retired and moved away but back in the city with my wife. I had many great meals here. Made reservations on open table, when we arrive the restaurant wasn’t full and we were ushered to a not so great table in the back.
Our waiter Aldo was terrific and made our night. The food was very good and his service amazing. We had great conversation with Aldo, and he steered us to great food. The Branzino was very good and my wife’s chicken with lemon and Parmesan terrific. Aldo brought us a small complimentary tomato stew that was like Nona used to make. Dessert was decadent.
Thank you Aldo for making our dining experience great.

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best as always. I am never disappointed. The food, ambiance, staff are the best ever and consistant, year after year!

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

Food - including, believe it or not, dessert - was delicious. Not inexpensive but, considering the quality of the food and the ambiance, not totally unreasonable. Like most NYC restaurants, a bit noisy and hard to have an easy conversation.

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

As usual, we had a great experience.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Just a very special place. Fantastic food and beautiful decor. The flowers !! Romantic

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MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food was amazing as always. Service was excellent and the vibe for New Years Eve was really fun. Great job and thanks for a wonderful evening.

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for a birthday. Food and waiter were great but they forgot to put a candle in our dessert to celebrate my grandmothers 80th birthday. That was upsetting. Otherwise a great spot.

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s
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect and still has calves’ liver! Go to place when we are in town.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really great local place downtown. The restaurant is bigger than you think it is. Service was great and the ambience was even better. The food was good - both my wife and I had pasta dishes for our entrees. They were both above average. The sauces had a great brightness of tomatoes. Just a little more pricey than it should be, but I would go back just for the ambiance and service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting. The parents

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WK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Had special requests, and the staff was great. Have gone there often, and will continue to go back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian restaurant! The specials were prefect and the Pinot was just the right touch . Went at 9pm after walking around the area ! Also love the tables close together; we enjoy couples on both side of us . Chatted just long enough to find out what each was doing for he holidays ! Thanks for a wonderful memory we want forget!!

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MM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best! Dominico is a gem

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r
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was off the charts great!! The service was good and we were not rushed.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and it was totally relaxed and charming ambience.

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LB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and superb service. An oldie but goodie restaurant.

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W
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was quite good on this visit. The special fave bean salad was very tasty, as was the pasta special with shrimp, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, and linguine, and the salmon with mustard sauce. The pace of service is brisk, which is a bit of a negative. We were seated at 7:30 pm, had a drink, and were finished our salad and well onto our entree by 8:10pm! Also, it was somewhat confusing re which of several waiters who tended to us from time to time during the meal was in fact responsible for our table. While we enjoy this neighborhood restaurant, we would frequent it more often if it did not have these flaws.

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HW
New York Area
933 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Il Cantinori is very popular, but to this diner, the food is at best good, not exceptional, while prices and ambience lead you to expect a superior experience, which Il Cantinori doesn't provide.

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g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful. Loved the bread, olive oil, and red sauce served upon arrival. Smooth bottle of their house wine was perfect....such a cold day, pinot noir was a great choice. Happy that there were a couple of appealing specials, two of which we ordered and they were fabulous. Only downside was our server. He was dour, almost unfriendly. Made no conversation at all. I asked what the meaning of the restaurant's name was and he was almost bothered by my inquiry. He answered me in a very clipped way, "Nothing. Nothing. It's like part of the word cantina." Well excuse me. The maitre d' was kind enough to write out directions for us to the Public Theatre where our play was...very much appreciated.

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j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Los Angeles

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s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

really impressed our guests from the South
service was outstanding
food was terrific

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p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant experience

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K
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. I wish it were less expensive, but it's still worth the money.

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5
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Rustic but elegant decor. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food. Looking forward to dining there again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere are fantastic!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best italian food in NYC!

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T
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a vibrant mainly Roman restaurant on a quiet street in the West Village, however, nothing is quiet in the restaurant. Voices are load and it is not an easy place to carry on a conversation. The menu has some southern Italian dishes such as veal parmigiana. Other dishes are without sauces like chicken Milanese. There were no standouts here, except for the pasta dishes. The homemade pappardelle were fantastic.

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We were very disappointed with the food - the rigatoni, ravioli and risotto were bland.

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SP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Pricey and Poor Early Evening Experience. The food is quite good but we found the staff inattentive and somewhat dismissive. In a virtually empty restaurant, the maitre D' couldn't be found, turned up and rushed us to a table next to the only other table occupied right at the back. My request to relocate us toward some quiet space was ignored. The waiter seemed preoccupied but did recommend a very good wine.

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m
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just the best restaurant, and it isn’t just because the food is fantastic. The attitude of the owner and staff, from host to busboy is so customer friendly! Nothing reasonable is EVER a problem! Just by far the best

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SK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a Classic. Came in for late lunch and were treated like regulars. Parpadelle was amazing as was the wine list and Iniera salad....have it with the grilled calamari

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved celebrating our anniversary at Il Cantinori!
Service is exceptional and food is delicious!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! Not a long wait for the food. Reservation was waiting for us.

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a
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambience. Average food. Very expensive. Good service.

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KC
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic.
Food was incredible.
Hope the make this our birthday tradition spot. Will be back, 110% !

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Has always been one of my favorites. High ceilings, low noise level, fresh flowers, great for dinners with friends, or a date, or special occasion. Service is always a delight. Owner is super lovely. Neighborhood gem that's super popular with those in "the know," but never have a problem getting in and getting a table, which is great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is excellent!!! Best pasta! great service and you can have a conversation!. i can't wait to go back!

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