Il Violino

4.6
1468 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.

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What 1468 people are saying
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RHdiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They're consistently excellent. Glad they've weathered the pandemic!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very helpful. We changed our reservation last minute & the accommodated us.

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Haas
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making it wonderful!

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vipHappybobm
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our daughter and grandson were visiting from out town and this is our grandson’s favorite restaurant. They make him a fettuccine alfredo even though it is not on the menu. Every entree was great as was the service.

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vipNYMike
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Italian dining very near Lincoln Center. Warm and caring staff.

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Nlitltd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going here for years great food and service

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CPer
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor in a small structure. Was fine. Waiter was excellent. I think his name was Michael. Risotto frutte da mare was delicious as was the Gnocchi Bolonese. .

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ConnieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the mussels this time and always enjoy the reasonable wines by the glass. Great value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything tends to be quite perfect!

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Gator
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE IT! Great Food, great neighborhood, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very enjoyable…. Great food and service!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Server was not around to check on us often and when we were checked on the server was then gone for very long periods of time(20+ minutes at a time). Our desserts were forgotten about. The live opera singing was also distracting from our meal. The food however was very good.

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vipDavidW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was simple but very good Wanted to support a local restaurant. They are a bit overpriced by a good 20% At their price point your entree should include more. For example they should include mashed potatoes AND vegetables, not either or. Food very good, value not so much

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PatriciaZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable evening except for noisy table next to us… impossible to converse.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and high quality Italian food

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Susie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we always have a great time and our usual table when we go there. Food is always on point and service is always excellent.

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vipKatyBB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant on the UWS, maybe in all of Manhattan! I had their John Dory for lunch and it was the most delicious fish I’ve eaten in years! Polite and unobtrusive service, lovey ambience, and great for people-watching. I’m in love with this one!

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vipMellocello
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Violino! The staff is friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious!

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TimR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was great. Carmen at the bar was terrific, and Daniela was an outstanding waitress.

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AngelaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated promptly.

The food was excellent.

We went there right before our movie, and, we made it.

Definitely will be returning.

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vipHappybobm
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food as always! Service was a little slow but it was busy. The braised lamb was extraordinary.

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JenJen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service is very slow. Food is good. So mixed bag.

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vipdiscerningdiner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Restaurant has inside tables with windows looking out to avenue and side street. I felt as if I were in Europe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They had too many tables to serve and not enough people to handle all of the customers. We left before they took our order.

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jackson
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since one of my favorite Italian restaurants has closed, I have been looking for a restaurant that had excellent linguini with clams in a white wine sauce. Their version, along with added prawns, was excellent to my taste. The appetizer Caprese (fresh tomatoes with mozerella cheese) was also very good.

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vipVincent
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always dining at Il Violino is a great experience. I've never been disappointed there.

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vipRubyChewsday
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

A great way to ease back into restaurant dining, good food and service, people-watching if you're outside. A great neighborhood venue.

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vipagnola77
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food is pret. Reminded me of an episode of Kitchen Nightmares where everything is microwaved. Pretty outdoor space for Covid dining and no wait are the pluses

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Seetal
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is my husbands favourite Italian in the city. I’d made a reservation for our wedding anniversary and specifically requested outdoor seating. We got there on our exact reservation time to find we had to wait 40mis for our table. They tried to offer us a table inside or one that was in the middle of the sidewalk by the front door where the foot traffic was insane. The host didn’t apologise but just thanked us for our patience. Good will for putting a downer on our night would have been nice but no. We ate and drank and we’re almost the last ones to leave given our table was given to us so late. The food is great I’ll give them that, but what happened to service and hospitality? Yes people are dining out more so you’ve got business again, doesn’t mean you can mistreat people now.

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vipHappybobm
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter and grandson were visiting and this is their favorite dinner place in town. The food was excellent and the ambiance at a window table is great.

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vipEugeneF
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Great prixe fix brunch deal which includes a cocktail.

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JonB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Great, friendly restaurant with excellent food.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
526 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Had not been here in awhile. The food and wines by the glass were as always more than fine. The service was just adequate at best.

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vipMONYC1999
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Wonderful outdoor setup. We went for brunch and the food was mediocre. The flourless chocolate cake on the other hand was REALLY good.

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vipGina
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite local spots, consistent in service and delicious meals.

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vipAlanL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very delicious and the service was terrific!!

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Barry
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at Il Violino. The menu is broad, the food was tasty, the service was friendly, and there were even opera singers for entertainment. The outside setup is comfortable and feels safe. So glad we came!

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vipBigdaddy
Denver
135 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

nice lunch special--salad, john dory fish, great service. Solid place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Experience, waitress was wonderful!

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DanM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. I want to go back!

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Il Violino is rated 4.6 stars by 1468 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.