Il Violino

4.4
1054 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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 renovated and transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
DINNER:
Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
BRUNCH:
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 873-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
West 68th Street
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Public transit
1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1054 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special was a home made spinach pasta with salmon. It was absolutely delicious! Dining partner had the shrimp risotto dish which is outstanding! Service, as usual, was attentive but not intrusive. Il Violino is a neighborhood essential!

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NW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at there before going to Lincoln Center. It was very a pleasant atmosphere and ambience. The service is very professional and courteous. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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MN
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going here for over 20 years and totally enjoy the food.

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. had a window seat which was entertaining, small and cozy, I’d definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s convenient to cinema, Lincoln Center and subways...and the food is delicious.

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MU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, staff and ambiance was amazing. My friends and I celebrated my birthday there and we had a perfect dinner.

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AL
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The dinner was quite pleasant. They gave us a seat by the window looking looking at the extended enclosed section of the restaurant because I wanted the warmest spot. They prepared the chicken marsala the way we liked it. The salmon and shrimp dishes were good choices. Thankfully the biscotti did not have nuts for people who have allergies. As usual the restaurant was noisy the noise was aggravated by the background music which crowded retaurants should eliminate. We still managed to converse.

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F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite place. Good food and and staff

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EL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and lovely service

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Pleasant ambiance. Good food in healthy portions. Interesting when you sit in the enclosed porch to enjoy the food and people watch.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice spot, convenient to Lincoln Center. Food was better than I expected.

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PM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always feel very welcome when I enter and leave the restaurant. The food and service is always excellent and so is the attention. I go there whenever I'm in the area and they remember me. The service is great for making a show, opera or ballet. Also, sitting in the area by the windows is great for people watching. It is good if you're alone or with family or friends.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food.

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j
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The best thing about this restaurant is its proximity to Lincoln Center. The food is better than I expected, and the service seems straightforward. If it was a bit quieter, that would help also.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place good food only issue was one person in our party can’t eat gluten and asked the waitress about that option. She glazed over. Brought someone else who indicted the penne is the only gluten free pasta and they’d have to charge more for it as a substitute on the chicken parm platter. Trouble was the chicken parm was breaded and not gluten free but they didn’t mention that. So he would up eating a very small portion of penne and they only apologized but offered no discount or compensation for an entire uneaten chicken cutlet. So...make sure the non-English speaking wait staff understands your special needs.

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KH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

After seeing the reviews we canceled reservations at a different place to come here, and I regret it. The food was ok. They seat everyone on by the windows to make the restaurant look full but it’s empty on the inside. And as a result your bumping into each other making it very uncomfortable. They give you a ton of bread, which tastes like nothing and the olive oil wasn’t even good. I had the gnocchi which was good. My husband had a dish with clams and mussels and it tasted like nothing really, completely under seasoned.

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very Good food at reasonable prices. Never disappointed.

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f
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Consistently good food and service. Nice place to have in the neighborhood

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Pasta was delicious but Luke warm. Our only complaint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and have fun with friends. There’s nothing to say except for out standing. I would go here every day if I could. I come a lot and everyday is better

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AM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We spent this past weekend in New York and with tickets for My Fair Lady, we looked for a restaurant near Lincoln Center. Everything we heard made this a perfect choice and we were looking forward to an enjoyable pre-theatre meal. Our reservation was made through Open Table and was even confirmed by the restaurant. Nonetheless, when we arrived on Saturday night, there was a sign on the door that the restaurant was closed for vacation. Another gentleman standing outside had the same experience. This shows an attitude toward their customers that is simply unacceptable. We have reported this incident to Open Table who has been responsive and has indicated they would be in touch with the restaurant. I look forward to hearing their response. Make reservations at this restaurant with caution.

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed. Had no warning.

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F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is ‘our’ place in the city. Nothing else comes close and the staff is as amazing as the food.

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k
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Il Violino for dinner before a show at the Lincoln Center. The location was excellent and so was the dinner. This is an adorable little italian restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. They have lots of tables that span a long window which is perfect for people watching. Anna, our server, was a delightful young lady from Serbia. She did an excellent job servicing our table and if she wasn't right there, one of her co-workers were. The food was fabulous. We had been looking for Eggplant Parmesan and we lucked out as it was the special that night. We also ordered the lasagna and the Chicken Picatta. The lasagna was the best we had had, anywhere!!! The Chicken was excellent as well. Make sure you order the tiramisu for dessert...again, excellent!!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here and we all agreed that it was the best that we had on our trip. I would highly recommend!!!

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N
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect Lincoln Center “go-to” place. They make sure to get you out in time for your event without making you feel rushed. Good food and service, too!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Too expensive

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PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and people watching if sitting by the windows. Thanks for being there for us to enjoy.

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CG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Il Violino is a family go-to. The food is consistently delicious, and the pasta is home-made. Aesthetically, it's nothing special, but the service is courteous and friendly. It's a great neighborhood, comfortable place, and we have gone and will go back again and again.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Daniel and all the staff are attentive and helpful.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Basically, the food was quite good and, for the neighborhood, relatively modest in price. I was not enamoured of the bread, which was quite ordinary and not very tasty. The main course (seafood risotto) was very tasty, although the portion was on the small side. The desserts were variable: my friend had the Tiramisu, which was very tasty, according to him. My Affogato was rather disappointing, as it was very small and not special at all. Most disappointing was the cappuccino, which was much to milky (more like a latte). Overall, a good place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and cute setting

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite pre-fixe lunches on the Upper West Side!

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IW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came for brunch - omelet was delicious, iced coffee not so good

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ED
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. Lincoln Center pre-theater dinner with my wife. Requested the house salad with my meal "lightly dressed." It came with each lettuce leaf dripping with dressing. Sent it back. I got one of the specials for the night, a fettuccini with pieces of salmon and asparagus. This dish had no flavor and the pasta was all stuck together and not mixed with the broth-based sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Should have sent it back too but we needed to get to the theater. Poor contrast with a wonderful pre-theater dinner the night before in the Theatre District.

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A
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around.... i’ve been coming here for years and NEVER been disappointed....

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TE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Italian meal in this nighborhood gem before seeing a show at Lincoln Center.

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SH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Selected restaurant based on Lincoln Center Location and cuisine. Excellent waiter, Marco - and very accommodating staff - we had my parents (90 and 87 years old) join us and we had an easy access table. The portions were generous, and everyone enjoyed their dinner.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and very tasty pasta! We had a play at Lincoln Center - very convenient location!

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BL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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BP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Besides a loud and obnoxious diner at the next table, causing us to relocate to another table, we really enjoyed our post-theater meal. Food was excellent, service attentive, wine was enjoyable, good value. We’ll be back!

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