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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C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the lamb shank entree.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious. service was very good as well. we sat on the outside part of the restaurant which basically is a set of tables for two on each side of a wall with a tiny space for walking in between. Restaurant has charm but way too tight.

AW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love this neighborhood restaurant for us.. we are always greeted with Avery nice welcome - service is attentive and most pleasant - and we always enjoy the food ... so we are often there and never disappointed !

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the fettuccini and shrimp main course. Very convenient for any performance at Lincoln center.

SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was not very attentive but it was pre theater so maybe a little more hectic than usual.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exellent service. Very good veal dish. Varied menu and good wine list.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cute place. Clearly a popular neighborhood spot. Packed before Lincoln Center shows. Came for my reservation but table wasn’t ready. After ten minutes we sat at the bar and got great service there. Food was nothing special, and around 33% more than similar dishes at comparable restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with this place, but there’s nothing compelling to draw me back there either.

CG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pre fixe brunch. Service is good and they dnt rush you to leave.

JR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious classic Italian food in a cozy little space. Mussels were especially delicious and the pasta was incredibly fresh. Neighborhood gem.

E
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was poor

LK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Okay Italian food, fresh and swiftly served, in a spot near Lincoln Center. Don't expect a gourmet experience. (Think: lotsa tomato paste.) However you should easily make your curtain time: they really move the food. It's crowded. Best to reserve in advance.

JM
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service and the food are always good here, and the location near Lincoln Center is really convenient if you are attending a performance.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of good choices, wonderful homemade oasta dishes and very gracious service. Also very convenient for attendance at Lincoln Center

m
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Guests were seated at table. When I arrived early I was seated at another table. After twenty five minutes server apologized and realized we had been seated at separate tables. Not good customer service

C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a very good local neighborhood restaurant.... service very good and everyone in our party enjoyed there meals without and complainants..... had a reservation at 5 arrived a couple minutes early and table was waiting.... will be back.

DK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. A bit pricey, though. Otherwise, wonderful. Thank you.

OT
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reliable and cozy.

PM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feel welcomed and remembered at this cute, comfortable restaurant. The food and service are always excellent. Never a disappointment.

d
New York Area
331 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is good and the service attentive. Close to Lincoln Ctr.

LR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, every dish freshly made. Service was great too!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Night at ll Violino!!!

S
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Four of us enjoyed a pre-theater meal at this restaurant. Our dinners were fine. My husband and I shared the veal piccata with vegetables and the nightly special spaghetti carbonara. It was hot, tasty and very well prepared. Our friends had the lasagna, meatballs and a Caesar salad with shrimp. For dessert there was gelato, sorbet and coffee. The food was nicely served.

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Waiter was very friendly and made good suggestions. It was our second time there and were very pleased with our meals. Convenient for getting to concerts at MERKIN Hall or Lincoln Center.

AG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a bit crowded and noisy but good food and excellent service and value.

AG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Busy local restaurant with good food and a good value. Only negative is that it’s crowded and the tables are small, but the service is exceptional.

AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are developing a tradition whereby no trip to New York City would be complete without dinner at Il Violino. The food, service and ambiance are all excellent!

MB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat before going to Lincoln Center
The food is always excellent.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away at a window table as had been requested when reservation was made. Our server Georgiana was very attentive and efficient. Our meals were delicious. I ordered the seafood soup and cleaned my plate. My husband ordered spaghetti and did the same. A very convenient place to dine before heading over to Lincoln Center. I highly recommend Il Violino!

BB
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We look forward to going to Il Violino every year when wecome back to New York. We love the atmosphere, service and food. The pre fixe menu is always a good value.

WP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very consistent in food quality. Nice tasty menu. Drink wine rather than cocktails. Gets crowded when Lincoln Center has performances so book early if you have tickets. We went on Monday night and it was so much more enjoyable without the rush.

JL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
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
4 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
331 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
44 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!