Il Postino

4.5
523 reviews
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Italian
Il Postino sets the standard for authentic Italian cuisine. The superior quality of the food and relaxing atmosphere creates a memorable dining experience. Owners Luigi Russo and Alfio Ruocco have built a wonderful dining establishment that has gone unrivaled in the neighborhood for over 16 years.
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Fri 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 523 People Are Saying
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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our meal was very good and service was excellent. Prices are rather high for amount of food. Baked clams not good at all. I should have returned to the kitchen. Our main meals were very good.

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N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Il Postino. The food is always consistently excellent. They have great staff and are very attentive to customers. My complaint is that on New Year's Eve, they jacked up the prices and provided a limited menu. The cost was double what dinner there normally is. I don't like the idea of taking advantage of people.

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OT
Baja California
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mario is great

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

The service was outstanding and the food was great! Highly recommend!

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AM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant favors big spenders especially men. I was there with a lady friend. Big difference. The men were served lemon cello complimentary. The server didn’t even look our way just three feet away. I will not recommend the restaurant. Poor rating.

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SB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place and food is out of this world. You do not experience this level of service very often.

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MC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top Italian Restaurants iNYC with the very best staff! When dinner needs to be special, IL Postino is a great choice!

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T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic dinner— everything we ordered was delicious! However, it was very pricey not so much for food but for alcohol/wine.

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w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The room was busy on the Saturday evening of our dinner. The bar was very crowded and could hardly walk thru to reach our table.
The cocktails were well made.
Food was excellent. Not fancy and innovative, but exactly what one would expect of a well-prepared kitchen.
The Service was friendly, but a little slow - it was a busy night.
A little noisy for intimate conversation.
Overall enjoyable dinner.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, and food was very good.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good service was very good prices were very very high

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

As always, the food was great but the waiter, who has been there forever, was sporadically attentive and sporadically dismissive in attitude. In addition the heat was broken and 4 out of 6 of us ate wearing their coats.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was very spotty. Entrees came out piecemeal.

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G
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the door, until
The moment we left, everyone was friendly and wanted to make our evening special.

The bartender was the best, the food was great! Veal Parm with the bone on!

We could not have asked for a better experience. Thanks!

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h
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best ITALIAN restaurants in NYC. Can't be beat and excellent friendly service. It's pricey but worth every penny! We go regularly and highly recommend it.

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TF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with options for everyone. Food cooked perfectly.

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B
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. The staff is so lovely and always accommodating at Il Postino.

There was a group of people who showed up halfway thru our lunch and were so loud, we had to keep repeating ourselves to be heard. Sorry about that.

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YU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seafood and vegetables are great here when dishes with meat are tragedy.

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JD
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So delicious! So many wonderful specials - you don't even need the menu. Great choices of wine by the glass too.

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G
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Made a reservation thru open table for dinner at 10 pm. Just after the Broadway show we were attending.
Arrived at 9:55pm. Basically we were the only ones. Almost every employee there was upset that we got in at that time. Service was awful. Most employees were looking bad at us. Specially one of the leaders. We practically had to beg for the spoken menu. The experience was bad. They do not appreciate their job. You lost us a customer. My whole family!

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HB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great gem. So glad we gave this a try. From the moment we were greeted by the lovely hostess, to the delicious food, the attentive wait-staff and energetic bus staff, this was a magical experience (despite a ridiculously rowdy table seated nearby). We will be back!

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantasitc food, superior service. Highly recommended!!

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R
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good price fixe lunch- a neighborhood gem 👍🏼

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

3 people 1 bottle of reeasonably priced wine bill $800

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TF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a girlfriend for dinner and we both loved it! Delicious and expertly served.

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The good is great, the prefix is value for money otherwise separately the means are pricey! The wine list is great although pricey!

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great. I’ve already recommended to friends. Great food, ambience, service.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food around. The service excellent. Just a great place to enjoy a true Italian dining experience.

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M
Denver
106 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal - the best Italian food I’ve had. Authentic and creative pasta dishes. Service was impeccable !

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SB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed meeting our friends at Il Postino. Our table was near the front which had an opened window (more like a panel) with a cool breeze which was perfect. Ambiance was nice and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend and look forward to returning to the restaurant.

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for lunch and dinner with great service and excellent food. The interior of the restaurant is very nice, friendly and fresh. They have a good selection of food, drinks and deserts with prices that are reasonable and gives a lot of value for money. I can really recommend this place for business and pleasure.

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M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my son and we had a marvelous meal. We had to change our reservation time and the restaurant was very accommodating. They never rushed us. Our margaritas were terrific, not too sweet and fortified, the calamari was delicious as was the mussels and clams in sauce. The poached salmon was perfect, not overcooked. nicely seasoned and melt in your mouth delicious. Desserts were excellent. We can't wait to go again.

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R
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best price fixe lunches in NYC. Great food with superb service.👌🏼

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WT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best italian restaurant . Greatest food and service. On the expensive side

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We did the prefix lunch special for $32. The calamari and Portabella mushrooms to start were pretty good. Bread was delicious. The main courses were a disaster. The pasta totally over cooked ,was like mush. The snapper, Maybe they gave you 4 oz and not very tasty. Accomplished by four string beans, small carrot, Small hard potatoe . gelato was tasteless.
I ate here several years ago and thought the food was delicious though very expensive. Today’s lunch was a total disappointment and Clearly the restaurant has gone downhill.

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m
London
84 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

About as close as you can get to the UN and still find decent food. A 3 course lunch for $35 was excellent value. Good classical ITALIAN cooking. Well spaced tables. Oddly difficult to get a proper receipt they wanted to keep the itemised heavy card bill, and I was first offred only the credit card slip. Eventually they produced a poorly photocopied version of the detailed bill I needed. Frustrating after an otherwise good experience

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CR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try Il Postino during NY Resto Week, as it was more expensive than we normally spend for dinner out. It has to be the most delicious Italian food outside of Italy that I have ever eaten! It was a special birthday dinner for a cousin. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals.

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M
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

As they say, there’s a first time for everything and unfortunately for me this was the first time I had a poor meal here. Maybe it’s my fault for ordering from the summer pre-fixe. Or maybe the restaurant just isn’t what it once was, whatever the case may be the roasted veal w/truffles was a disaster from beginning to end. First, the veal was tough and stringy add insult to injury there wasn’t any truffles in the dish. When I was asked if the meal was enjoyed, I shared my concerns and to my huge surprise nothing further was said or done!! Additionally, my wife’s pasta was good but not great as it once was, Carlo where are you when we need you. Not sure if this issues can be linked to Carlo’s departure but I have a very hard time believing this would have happened if he were still there. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!!”

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is great for a nice quiet romantic meal. The staff was very friendly and cordial. The food was really very tasty, the menu had a nice variety of food and wine.

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I knew going in that it would be expensive and I don't have a budget when I come to a restaurant like this. I wanted to see just how good the restaurant was. The bill was absurdly high due to the incredible pricing for additional food/sides/drinks. Don't order "off" the menu and be careful about what drink you are asking for, they won't provide you with a price unless you ask.

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