Il Tinello

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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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T
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Il Tinello was excellent in all respects. I have written reviews of Il Tinello before saying just how good it is, and now I would say in addition how reliably excellent it is. I go often and am never disappointed in the food, service, or ambiance, and I have very high expectations because of all my previous outstanding experiences. So I highly recommend.

TB
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall solid experience. Table was happy with the food quality. Service was good but oddly when delivering the food, it was like a food auction for BOTH the first and second course - they couldn't figure out who had what food. Pretty amatuer hour in my opinion but wouldn't prohibit a return.

DH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in NYC and be sure to make a reservation.

MM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service great food

OT
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the best displays of service of any restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!! Will definitely go back!

S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent team made the night even better. Excellent food.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in the city closed earlier this year and I was excited to try to find another spot to fill its void. This is definitely it! Highly recommended.

f
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Try to go every time we are in NYC. Always great service and great food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked in because of the great reviews. And they are not wrong!!!! Without reservations, we were told that tables would be available in 45 minutes. We went for a walk and when we returned we were welcomed and thanked to have come back. We really felt like they wanted us to join them for dinner. Service is exceptional. Food is amazing. Nothing to complain about.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give the service 10 stars I would! Excellent, welcoming, and delicious food- we had a wonderful experience!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner. Shared the cold antipasti. Best I’ve had. The specialty was Dover Sole fileted table side. Excellent. Staff is attentive. Excellent but expensive wine list. I will go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, impeccable service, and attractive decor.
This is old school fine dining at its best.
If you are seeking a special night out, this is it.

JW
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love il Tinello!! Service was superior and food as always delicious! The wait staff is best in the city!

EC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

My husband and I ate year last year around the same time. We had a great experience then, and we did this past time. The service is excellent and the food delicious. We got to sit in the back of the restaurant so it felt cozy. The meal did not feel rushed at all. The food came out at a nice pace. Everything we ate was so tasty. We will definitely be back again.

JT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from the first moment. We were met with a warm and welcoming greeting. Shown immediately to our table in the restaurant with a cozy and inviting ambiance. The wait staff was exceptional; attentive without intruding, knowledgeable, friendly without being obsequious and added to the enjoyment of our evening. Finally the food, absolutely outstanding! The Dover Sole was exquisite and the Lobster And linguine was perfect. We loved the experience and will be back. I highly recommend Il Tinello!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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CG
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate ambiance. Quiet for a romantic evening or a business dinner. Food is delicious and true to Italian roots. Service is warm and friendly. Although I wouldn’t consider this every day dining it’s also a lovely repeat occasion restaurant.

b
Birmingham
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GreT food. Perfect service!!

T
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Il Tinello.....It is reliably terrific with wonderful food, environment and service. Absolutely recommended for any occasion (with the understanding it is not inexpensive.)

SD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been searching for a great Italian restaurant in midtown ever since my long-time favorite went out of business. I am searching no longer. Il Tinello is classic and timeless. The service is excellent, welcoming and attentive without being stuffy. The pesto is fresh and flavorful, the linguine ala vongole is among the best I have ever had - my test for a great Italian restaurant. The insalata tre colori was perfection. The wine list has some affordable gems. It was so good, we went back two nights later and after just two visits we felt treated like regulars. I can't wait until my next visit.

MJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent have never had a bad experience or for that matter even an average experience always first class in the food service and ambience areas

H
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Pasta yummy .. service terrific as was the desert.

J
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sheer perfection! Old world charm. Excellent service. Quiet. Best spaghetti carbonara I have had in the USA ever. Lovely appetizers and nice selection of specials. We will be back! Not a hip scene. A romantic couple’s spot or family place.

AC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is good but cost is far too expensive

l
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The pasta (rigatoni Schiavone) was overcooked and tasted like it had been microwaved although the server said their kitchen does not microwave pasta. The plate was scorching hot and a microwave seems the best explanation. The antipasto selection on the serving cart was confusing. We assumed that one could pick and choose which was not the case so we wound up with a little of everything including canned artichoke pieces. The wait staff have the bad habit of calling everyone by the term "my friend" even though it was our first and probably last time there.

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great make, 3rd visit & it gets better & better. Great food & waiters

A
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dinning experience

KT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We enjoyed my wife’s birthday dinner so much. The food was exquisite, only matched by the service.

S
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Il Tinello is one of the old-line classic Italian restaurants in NYC. They wheel a cart of fresh antipasta ingredients to your table to start (burrata, tomatoes, grilled vegetables, peppers, prosciutto, etc. it’s a great start to the meal.

The menu is varied and they are very flexible is you want something else. One of us had the Dover sole, one had the lamb chops and I had veal saltimbacca. Everyone was happy. Desserts were also well presented at the table and fresh.

The service is always superb. Great place for a romantic dinner or dinner with another couple.

MD
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here last year. My wife asked me to make the same reservation, in other words it was memorable. We were greeted with pleasantness and seated immediately. The food was superb and the service outstanding. We will definitely come again next year.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solid old school NYC Italian Resturant

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food. Our favourite Midtown Italian restaurant.

n
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Il Tinello. We are long time customers of Il Tinello and are always pleased with our food and service at Il Tinello. Will return often.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is exquisite fine dining in the Italian Tradition. Service, food and ambiance could not be exceeded, as was the attention to every detail lost in most great restaurants today. We cannot wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit expensive, but it's the great food and the top notch service you're paying for and it's worth every cent

GB
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best veal in town! Superb and elegant service. Beautiful dining room. Excellent range of menu items with a specialty of spagehetti carbonara. Old School in the very best sense possible. A wonderful New Year's eve dinner, a night we rarely go out for. Highly recommend.

RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as always.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Everything was neat perfect except that they didn’t hold the table. I made a reservation and then was late. I called to see if they’d hold the table and they said no problem. But then we had to wait over an hour at the bar for the table. This has happened to me before at Tinello. And we are (were) regulars. I would definitely recommend Tinello, but as a walk-in. The reservation system is not really honored here.

g
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband and I both had Dover Sole prepared table side in a light lemon wine sauce. Absolutely delicious! This was our first time dining here and the only negative thing I can say was we felt a little rushed throughout dinner. I was still drinking a glass wine and was asked 3 times if I was ready for dessert. At these prices I wouldn’t expect to be rushed.