Il Tinello

4.7
1127 reviews
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Italian
Blending 33 years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking, Il Tinello provides a rich experience that can only be matched by its delicious menu. The quality Italian ingredients, spectacular wine list and impeccable service showcase the restaurant's heritage, while the classy decoration brings new energy to every meal. The fresh homemade pastas, regional ingredients and diverse wine list boast of what's to come, yet the classics and traditions continue to tempt. Never intimidating and always comfortable, Il Tinello delivers an experience that is perfect to celebrate your big day or every day.
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Denver
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Sadly we were unimpressed with the food. Sea Bass tasted “fishy”, and the Veal wasn’t particularly tender.
We enjoyed the ambiance, but overall we were disappointed.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, service and ambience - and at a noise level that supported conversation! Would definitely go back.

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LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service. Friendly, ambiance’s
Convenient , good food choices.

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EM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrific Italian fare, friendly and welcoming staff and a tempting desert trolley made for a very good experience.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by the host and server in the nicest way, gracious and smiling. The service was perfect. We had a few youngsters with us and the server made sure that their food came in a timely manner. Dinner was delicious, the menu variety suited everyone in our party of 8.
And, surprisingly, they allowed me to bring a birthday cake without that ridiculous plating charge.
Highly recommend this restaurant!

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WW
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fun evening , delicious food , personal attention to detail by wait staff
Overall wonderful dining experience .

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

Superb, classic Italian food served in a traditional service style, complete with the captain and his team presenting the antipasti and preparing Caesar salads and flaming deserts tableside. Not inexpensive but you walk away feeling that the food and the service were worth it. Avoid if you're uncomfortable with old school fine dining style of service, but enjoy if you're tired of trendier restaurants and just want good old fashioned Italian food.

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall excellent, but beware of Caesar salad scam. We wanted to share 2 salads, but server said it is per person..$90 later for 5 table side salads that was overdressed and warm lettuce.

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

We love this restaurant. The food and the service were spectacular! We can’t wait to eat there again!!!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and resonable New York City restaurant. Delicious italian food. Had homemade rigatoni and the antipasta appetizer that was wonderful. My husband had the salmon and pasta main course and the white bean soup and he also liked it very much. Liked the fact that the tables were seperated so you weren't on top of your neighbor as you are in many New York city restaurants. Very good would recommend highly

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

4.7???

There is no way this restaurant should receive a 4.7 especially for the food! The atmosphere and service were outstanding! The food, however, was barely edible and the maitre D was condescending. When I asked which of two specials he would recommend, he offered to bring half of each. I anticipated a con job coming and sure enough I was charged full price for the sea bass and half price for the other entree, clearly not a split. I asked to see the wine by the glass list and the waiter was not forthcoming. Instead, he said they had a cab, an Amarone and. Super Tuscan. Well duh? The sea bass was inedible-extremely fishy and musty, the shrimp had the bad shrimp, iodine taste and the homemade rigatoni side was not as good as something I could have made at home in 15 minutes! The bread was stale. Honestly, I wish I had ordered the spaghetti with red sauce that my grandsons ordered; it might have been better. The waiters were lovely, friendly and very kind to my grandchildren. Overall it was very overrated and extremely disappointing in the food department. I would choose not to return. There are FAR better restaurants in NYC. I must add that upon the second request, they removed the charge for the sea bass, but I didn’t go there to save money; I went for good food.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like days of old. Tables to close but probably for the holidsys

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NF
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were very disappointed, especially as this restaurant had a 5 star rating?? My friend's salmon and my cod were both very bland and tasteless. The salad was fine. The server hovered over my friend wanting to take her plate before she finished eating.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Il Tinello several times and it is always a wonderful experience. The service is impeccable and the food is wonderful . The freshly made caesar salad is always a favorite and we enjoyed our entrees. We will return again for sure!

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EP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!!!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We felt very rushed through our dinner. We ordered the Cesar salad and it was brought after our meal only because we reminded them. Previous times have been wonderful this time not so.

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S
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious intimate dinner with fabulous service and friendly staff

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Bad table for 4 where even 2 can barely sit. Bad service and terrible attitude. Never sgain

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Best table side salad and desert carts.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined there on Christmas Eve to celebrate a birthday. We did the same thing last year and had such a great time we decided we had to do it again. This time was just as good as last. W look forward to doing it again next year

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service but not really suited for families with small children. No high chairs available for kids. Other than that great experience.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got seated in the back to be out of the draft which was nice but it was a bit close to other tables and the waiter was a bit rushed as it was crowded on Sunday night. The burata and tomatoes were very good and the meat tortellini were delicious. Unfortunately we did not ask the prices and both of these specials were much more expensive than other appetizers and pasta and we didn’t ask the prices so we didn’t know until the bill came. Those two were $60 alone. For our main meals, my veal parmigiana was very good but my wife’s chicken romana was not as good. The artichokes were not the hearts and were very tough and chewy and parts were not edible. Based on the high reviews for the restaurant I would have expected it to have not been an issue.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good everything perfect from start to finish

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Old school. Top drawer.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional staff serves perfect Italian food. This place is worth the trip into the city. My gluten free shrimp diavolo and caesar sans croutons made fresh at the table were delicious as always.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Great food. Good location. Sorry to have missed Mario.

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LF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a nice table side made Caesar Salad, Spaghetti Carbonara was very good and we had a fancy dessert off the dessert table which was prominently displayed. The place was packed with little room for movement between tables. It was nice, a good place if you are in the neighborhood, but i wouldn't make a special trip.

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SS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. These guys never fail — atmosphere friendly, service terrific, food delicious. One of NUC’s best — a gem.

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous evening ! The staff & servers are very welcoming & knowledgeable about their menu. The menu is vast with many great choices.Our waiter helped us narrow our selections perfectly. We were a party of 3 & all with varying tastes food wise. All 3 diners loved the food ! Nice bar area in the front for cocktails.

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VD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing dining experience in NYC.
Thank you.

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ET
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service. Our favorite place to dine in NYC

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Il T for 30 plus years and it never lets me down—great staff, food and ambience! Thanks to the team!

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PG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fettuccini with mascarpone cheese and fresh truffles was incredible! Excellent wine list and the service was outstanding!

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal i have had in a long time. Amazing experience.

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JC
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We stayed a week in New York City this December with the idea of fine dining, shopping, and lots of great Views of the Christmas decorations. Our focus was the best rated restaurants and were able to dine at 5 highly rated Italian restaurants. Each restaurant offered authentic foods and unique settings which enabled us to get a real flavor for the city and its people. Il Tinello was one we found on line which had good reviews and an interesting menu. The restaurant is ideally situated within walking distance of Central Park, the theater district and many other attractions. We chose IL Tinello as our “last night” in New York City given its great rating and recommendations on most websites -sadly IL Tinello did not live up to its rating of four plus stars. In fact, the restaurant placed a distant fifth out of five. On the upside the drinks were very generous pours and equally priced with other New York restaurants at $20 per martini. The bar service was excellent and our bar tender was pleasant. Our hopes were high until we shared a simple caprese salad which turned out to be very average and unremarkable (not worth the money), we then ordered our entrees - one vegetable dish over a bed of angel hair pasta was tasty but seem to lack the tastiness of a made to order dish, it had a prepackaged appeal and was not fully consumed. The second entree was a veal Marsala with mushrooms - this dish turned out to be very good and the portion was consistent with the price. For dessert we had a couple glasses of waiter recommmeded Antonori red Italian wine - which tasted like gasoline, our server to his credit quickly replaced the wine with two different glasses of wine both of which were satisfactory. We finished the evening with the tiara misu which was tasty but not remarkable. Long story short we expected more from IL Tinello, it was a big disappointment given the many positive reviews and high rating on many sites. We are not recommending IL Tinello (party of 5)

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

I’m a fan of Tinello but they rushed it in order to do another seating at our table. It was Saturday night, but it is inexcusable not to tell people at the time of booking the reservation that it will be a rushed meal. I was with friends from overseas and to be handed the bill right after we finished our main course was a jolt. The place is usually a 10! I am still a fan. But I would stay away on weekends or business times.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best Chicken Picatta, “better than mine,” first time my wife has ever said that.

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Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again a great meal....the first table to the right is not my favorite - they tend to park the appetizer and desert carts at the table. Also berries - $19....still outstanding service and awesome appetizers. Will continue to be a patron of this fine place!

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