Il Cantinori

4.6
1552 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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VG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal with pleasant service. Charming interior.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence all around. Consistently great food. Wonderful friendly sophisticated service. We always have a great time

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not as amazing as I had heard. The server messed up our order and did not really care. The pasta was not very amazing-really not worth the money.

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m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner. The special pasta with lobster was outstanding.

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

Great.
Wonderful service and ambiance!

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JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason why Il Cantinori has such a loyal following and deservedly fine reputation. It was in evidence in my recent dinner there. Attentive service, great food and a wonderful room (we were in the back) make every dinner I have had there a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mixed feelings. Lovely atmosphere. Bread was cold, but the plate of crushed tomatoes with seasoning it was accompanied with was good. The squid ink pasta with clams was fine but not standout. I asked for a drink menu but was informed they don’t have one, despite there being a full bar. I wasn’t offered a wine menu. The dessert was disappointing: profiteroles with ice cream sandwiched between them, and smothered in chocolate sauce (basically a Hershey’s syrup). Overall vibe: dated, which the demographics of the place reinforced (i.e. old people).

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M
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Love Fabrizio, the waiter. He recommended a great bottle of wine for us. Everything was delicious, as always. A bit pricey for pasta. But, I guess that’s New York.

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M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Terrific food and quiet enough to talk as we were 5 at a round table, even with a full house.

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of my favorites. Wonderful food and lovely service. Still one of NY’s greatest.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant and friendly wait staff.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready when we arrived for our reservation. Service was outstanding, especially our waiter Frankie. He was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed their meals!

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AW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

While service was fabulous I was disappointed in the quality of the food I remembered it as much better

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Really disappointing. Badly prepared and overpriced food, but at least the menu is very limited!

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Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Staff was awesome and cool restaurant. Some dishes were excellent and some were okay. Trying to make gnocchi from whole wheat flour isn’t fantastic.

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S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely warm room
Service wonderful
Food satisfying

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RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm always delighted when i visit Il Cantinori. The food is always first class and I inevitably have whatever special is on the menu. The service level is exceptional - I endeavour to have as many business dinners there as I can based on the quality of the whole experience. They treat me so well!

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly the best Tuscan food and the most sophisticated atmosphere in New York.

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AW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First night in NYC- fantastic way to start! Everything was great!

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

LOVED IT! Perfect for a birthday. I went here with my boyfriend for his and they went above and beyond.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences we recently had. We sat in the back room. The front room was noisy and crowded.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Cantinori is a beautiful restaurant. It's so calming an atmosphere, and the food is spectacular. It's great to go to a restaurant that maintains its standards year after year. I just love it.

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

The food and service was excellent. When ordering wine we neglected to ask the price. Big mistake.
The wine was $19. a glass - so much more than anywhere else. We did not order a fancy wine. I believe we should have been advised of the price.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The unique and abundant floral arrangements made for an eccentric ambiance I’ve yet to experience elsewhere. Everyone was so friendly and left me feeling like I’ve made lifelong friendships. The food I knew would be amazing, but it was the service that urged me to recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the City.

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

Birthday dinner for 2 husbands. The restaurant was prepared. Lovely tasty always. Great service.

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LN
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly lovely restaurant, great food and a nice quiet ambiance. Highly recommended!

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a
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite -- for years. Bring money, this kind of quality is pricey. Staff and maitre-d excellent.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a great dinner here last March during the blizzard on my birthday. My husband had wanted to try this restaurant since it first opened decades ago. We thought we would come back for lunch during restaurant week. Once you add drinks and coffee our meal came out to $70/person including tip. Honestly I was unimpressed with the food and service. Veal was tough; not tender. Green beans over cooked. Ribollita was not a soup but over cooked vegetables. Bread however was good. Gelato also was good. For the price I would not come back as the service/food quality was uneven at best.

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AS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just perfect

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

Excellent service contributed to a fine dining experience here. Very peaceful remove from the bustling streets of the Village.

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The ambient at Il Cantinori would have been much better, if they didn't squeeze in so many tables in it. We had to maneuver our way carefully among the sea of tables to ours when we arrived for our 12:30 seating. Other than that, our overall experience was delightful, especially the service from our servers. I'd definitely return in the future.

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LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Cantinori is our favorite restaurant in New York!
They do everything right...

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always absolutely wonderful......the food, the wine, and the service! Beautiful restaurant too.....it feels like we're back in Italy.

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MT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service to table of 10 second to none. Food same. Makes you feel at home. Perfection

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RK
New York Area
63 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 6, 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 6, 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
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, we had a great experience.

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