Il Violino

4.5
1536 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1536 people are saying
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SamiM
New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yet another good Italian restaurant within short walking distance of the Metropolitan Opera. Very nice food though. We had just the entree. Wonderful service!

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JaneE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner close to MET. Table by window little chilly when door opened for people coming in. Food came out hot. Chicken piccata was not browned enough on one piece. Veal marsala was very good.

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DavidD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Violino is an excellent restaurant. We love the place and we eat there often.

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vipAndres
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very cozy and welcoming atmosphere. One of my favorite Italian places in the UWS. Perfect place for dinner before a movie or a show at Lincoln Center.

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Scott
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Great food and service.

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Luvoysters
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and friendly service. Great location for after Opera dining. For today’s prices, not a bad deal.

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Jacques
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Authentic Italian food. Very close to Lincoln Center and easy to get in an out in just over an hour if trying to make a show

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EliF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My girlfriend and I both ordered pasta dishes and were a little let down. The sauces in both of our meals were a bit watery. I like a thicker sauce that will hold to the noodles. My girlfriend's grandmother ordered the chicken picatta and was very happy with it. It was a cute little restaurant, but the food was not great.

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vipJingles
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our service was excellent! Food was great!!

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ShellyT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Food was fantastic. I hadnt been in years and will definitely go back!

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vipsunshine
New York Area
542 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy our experience here but this time it was made even more special because of Georgiana who went out of her way to get us the table we had originally requested but was still occupied when we arrived. We sat at another table until the one we wanted was made available which did not take very long. Hats off to her for her diligence in seeing that we were made happy and also for caring for our friend who was with us and had such specific dietary needs. She is a real asset to the restaurant.

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vipNana
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Wonderful food!!!

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AnneG
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

comfortable outdoor seating with heaters - very considerate staff - delicious food - cheerful holiday decorations - highly recommend

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MomoNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian cuisine, attentive service. Veal scallopini, lemon ricotta cheesecake. Very nice meal and warm ambience.

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LilaM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and service, not crowded at 4pm, nice ambiance for a leisurely dining experience

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HarveyW
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food anddd service were great.
Heated outdoor dining arecoululd have used more heat.

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PeterS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One of our favorite place to eat near Lincoln Center

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vipphotogal
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay. It was convenient for where we were going after. The host was not very friendly, but the waitress was very good.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I both had seafood/fresh pasta preparations, both were beautifully prepared with subtle flavors, excellent wine by the glass (we had a Gavi de Gavi), and shared a tiramisu dessert. Service was brisk but attentive and the music and general noise level very tolerable. Have lived in the neighborhood without ever trying this place but it is definitely a keeper.

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vipEileen
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always have a great meal here. Braised lamb and a chicken special this time. Service is wonderful !

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vipSusan
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel greeted us and found the perfect table. Service was excellent from Marco & his assistants. Salmon was prepared perfectly! A lovely dinner outside with all the beautiful holiday lights in view. The perfect neighborhood restaurant!

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DoloresD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a very quaint intimate restaurant. The service was exceptional! Food was delicious and plated very well. Highly recommend

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anitad
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely service, comfortable seating even though we arrived late we felt welcomed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ravioli I’ve had in my life.

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vipbrunat
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor as well as indoor seating available. Nice menu choices and ample wine list

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vipsunshine
New York Area
542 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We brought a friend with us for lunch and it was very pleasant. Food is always very good and the service was attentive and it was pretty quiet. A winning formula.

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ThomasN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pre-Lincoln Center performance, and the service was a little slow. The food was excellent, however, so in the future I would allow more time.

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vipFrankM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Decent food, reasonable prices but crowded and loud

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vipHappytraveler
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Our server was attentive and the food was excellent. This is a fantastic neighborhood restaurant.

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MichaelL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heat service and food except waiter forgot to tell us about specials

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vipLincoln
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis- fabulous! Scallops and shrimp oreganata- yummy!
Bread- delicious!
We shall return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

always good

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GailD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I've been going to Il Violino for years. It's always good, always dependable, for quality Italian food.

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TripleS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love great Italian food! II Violino will not disappoint your taste buds!!!!!!!

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vipseedofapoet
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good and the staff was very friendly. The service was good and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opera nite

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Aregularguy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Good food, good value, The place is kind of small and we felt a bit cramped, but not enough to seriously impact the experience.

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vipKatyBB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extraordinarily cheerful and wonderful experience! The food was delicious and the service impeccable--our waiter actually had a special dish that wasn't on the menu made for my mom! We were also given complimentary glasses of limoncello with our coffees. It couldn't have been a more pleasant time...highly recommend this lovely restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great!

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Ecmf
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoors. It was a cold day, so I was the only outdoor diner.

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Il Violino is rated 4.5 stars by 1536 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.