Il Violino

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation.
The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu.
In 2009 the owner, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
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JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled on this spot before an opera in 2029. We were running late and every other restaurant was fully booked. They squeezed us in at a “communal table” so we could eat before the opera. I was so impressed I looked them up before my next opera and wasn’t disappointed. From the “saving us from rushing and starving” to “plenty of time to relax and enjoy the experience” Il Violino has not disappointed. Would recommend to any one going to a show at Lincoln center

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I have been going to this restaurant for many years......food and service never disappoints.

This visit was the same.......I had brought 2 friends....and my only negative comments.....its time for a paint job, a little sprucing up.

d
New York Area
325 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time at Il Violino in many years. Our pastas were quite tasty and the service also good. Prices were reasonable. We will return.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite for over 10 years. Always delicious food and great service.

c
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Violino is great! Service and food delightful.

RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice price fix meal before the opera. Waitress was knowledgeable Only glitch was special dessert was missing the ice cream (which none of us really needed)

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service. Our waitress was super friendly and they pulled out a special dessert for a birthday. That was super sweet

MV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and ambience at Il Violino. Our family and friends have been eating and drinking here for years. It’s always a pleasant comfortable experience. I highly recommend this restaurant. Location is also very good.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Perfect for a quiet dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A friendly, welcoming place to eat good food near Lincoln Center. Definitely worth a return visit!

e
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Excellent service!

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EZ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was really great. It’s warm, cozy with exceptionally fine food. When you make your reservation be sure to ask for a table by the window.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Excellent. Waitress was not our usual and not quite so good.

B
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place with so-so food. I had sea food risotto that was quite mediocre.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly service with suggestions made. Given a sample tasting of wine to help with the selection. Short walk to Lincoln Center. Will definitely be back!

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service incredible, and the sound level from other diners so quiet as to not be noticeable. I was disappointed, at first, that the Lobster Bisque was no longer available on the Christmas Day Pre Fixe menu, but the substitute Broccoli, Cheddar, Potato soup was so excellent that I didn't miss the bisque. I had the Lobster Ravioli, which was excellent, but my husband's Braised Lamb Shank was even better. They are having the same menu for New Year's Eve Pre Fixe menu as on Christmas Eve, and I highly recommend it.

GL
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been to this restaurant several times. The food is consistently good and the service excellent.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Did Christmas Eve dinner; their Prix Fix menu was great value and the food was lovely. Will be back for another visit!

DK
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at my dream table by the window in order for my mom to look out on the city and see the Christmas decorations as well as all the people dressed for the holidays. The food was exceptional and that service was nice. Will definitely recommend to friends and will return! Thank you for making the evening magical for my family!

DF
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I think the owners have changed. Worst red sauce ever.

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had cheese and spinach ravioli with a delicious sauce as well as branzino fish with vegetables. I never saw my friend empty her plate with the sause and bread, but the restaurant could almost use her plate for a next guest. That says it all!

DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the ambiance are all excellent! Get a window table if you can.

ES
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve dined here on many occasions and it’s always wonderful. I especially love the branzino, my husband loves the appetizer of meatballs and mashed potatoes. The desserts were delectable. We’ll be back!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our go to restaurant before attending a play at Lincoln Center. Food and service consistently lovely. Restaurant looked very festive and we were greeted very warmly.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Not child friendly at all. They have rude staff and only have one high chair for the restaurant. Nowhere to put a stroller. Would not recommend for families with young children as it doesn’t seem to want to appeal to that market. Good for out of towners or people who are going to the movies across the street. Hate leaving negative reviews but have had really terrible service on multiple occasions and only moderate food. Wouldn’t go back again especially given the terrible service.

HW
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was a birthday celebration. There was no attempt to provide any recognition to the celebrant.

KK
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're into classic NY vibes, this is the place for you. I've lived on the Upper West Side for over a decade, and Il Violino is, hands-down, one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood. The ambience is familiar and warming (a bit like being in the world's coziest human fish bowl), the food is dependably authentic and delicious, and the wine list is straightforward, yet impeccably curated. All of the long-time residents of the neighborhood can be found dining here, and there's a reason for that. Hard to beat.

g
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice street corner Italian restaurant.

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JN
Baton Rouge
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stopped for a quick bite before going to the symphony! The food was amazing and will definitely be back!

WS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Party of six , early pre-theater dinner.
Good food
Good service, good location for Streiker Center

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, the greeters and our waitress were fantastic. We loved the ambiance. Our waitress first checked to see if we would be attending a Lincoln Center show, which we were, and so she assured us that the timing would be perfect and it was. A couple of us had the scallop dish ( CAPESANTE:
sea scallops with spinach, vegetables julienne, caramelized onions, currants, & white truffle olive oil ) off the regular menu and we loved it, very unique and I would order it again! Another of us had the SALMONE : grilled or poached salmon, Dijon mustard sauce served with mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables - delicious also. The last dish ordered was ORECCHIETTE BROCCOLI E SALSICCIA: broccoli rabe & Italian sausage ragu in a garlic & olive oil sauce which was loved but with the comment that it was typical of that dish, nothing new. Waitstaff was super friendly, kept our water and drinks coming, perfect.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Il Violino provides excellent service, large portions, and good value for the prices. Very reliable and worth the trip.

RW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Decent somewhat generic Italian food. Tables very close to one another so it felt crowded and a bit noisy.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated quickly and graciously, at the time we had reserved. Rustic bread slices were immediately brought to the table with olive oil. More later.

ST
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is very good with decent sized portions. The prix fixe dinner is a good deal for $45. We had a window table which is always interesting given the street traffic. Our waitress was new and a little hassled but very pleasant and conscientious. A good place if you are in the neighborhood.

GG
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ordered the price fixe menu. Minestrone was more of a broth with a few vegetables. Caesar salad did not include anchovies as did the salad on the menu. Chicken parmesan was well prepared and tasty.

DZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner experience. Food was very good and service prompt and courteous.

s
New York Area
498 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

the food is always consistent as is the wines by the glass list and it is always comfortable coming here for lunch or dinner.

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town for thanksgiving.

AM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the window seat. I actually liked the closeness of other people the vibe of the place. The customer were all different ages. My son and I enjoyed. Plus it was the holidays so it felt extra special