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Il Violino, New York, NY
Il Violino, New York, NY
Il Violino, New York, NY
Il Violino, New York, NY
Il Violino, New York, NY

Il Violino

4.6
4.6
1872 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (212) 873-2500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party contact
    Carmen Ortiz: (212) 873-2500
  • Neighborhood
    Upper West Side
  • Cross street
    West 68th Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • BRUNCH PRIX FIX $29,95

    $29.95 per person

    Mar 9 - Apr 28, 2024
    Brunch Prix Fixe menu $29.95 plus tax & gratuity A la carte lunch menu available
    BRUNCH PRIX FIX $29,95 Photo
  • Lunch Prix Fixe

    $31.95 per person

    Feb 27 - Apr 26, 2024
    Lunch Prix Fixe $31.95 plus tax and gratuity Tuesday through Friday 11:00am-3:45pm No discount cards A la carte lunch menu available
    Lunch Prix Fixe Photo

What 1,872 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,872 Reviews
  1. Kathy

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent & our waiter, Marco, was the best. Will definitely go back

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  2. TheatreGoer

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A good choice. Food good. Prix fixed lunch - good price and a lot of choices. Short walk to Lincoln Center. Staff friendly.

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  3. CaliforniaMetOperaDat

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delightful experience. If we lived within driving distance, we would be regulars. Delicious. Friendly. Peaceful.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As always, a delicious meal with very good food and very good service. We recommend the caprese appetizer, eggplant parmigiana, and bucatini all’amatriciana.

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  5. NJGourmet1

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and service was excellent. The cost was the only downside.

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  6. MarilynR

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il Violino is consistently excellent and a great place before an event at Lincoln Center. We are always out on time!

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  7. sunshine

    New York City

    595 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    595 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    would have been wonderful except for the loud ladies at the next table to ours and even after speaking to them; guess they were just unaware and could not hear themselves. the portions are generous although a bit pricey.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food - especially that cannoli. We had an excellent waiter who gave us good recommendations. Overall wonderful dinner!

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  9. MomoNYC

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner after opera matinee. Old fashioned charm.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven’t been to Il Violini in years & so glad it retained its harm and most of all its good pasta dishes. Ordered a pasta of Day special - fresh flavorful delicious. Had a salad first -considering the neighborhood good value for the money. Service was excellent

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  11. DaleM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good. A varied menu. And pleasant service.

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  12. jonmanch

    New York City

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent. Staff could not have been nicer and attentive. The food was great. Best lasagna I’ve ever had. Great bread, too. The three of us each had something different, and everything was good.

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  13. BryanandSusie

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Prices have increased more than we would have expected. We were regular customers before COVID. Probably will not be regular with the new price point.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hidden neighborhood gem. Old school classic interior. Outstanding five-star food and service. The BEST (meat) lasagna I’ve ever had.

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  15. LaurieF

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for dinner before a show with my sister. Food was delicious, staff was very pleasant and attentive. Overall experience was great. Can’t wait to go back.

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  16. MarjorieO

    New York City

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was very disappointing. I know it is not fine dining but I expected better. The salad was very good but the chicken was almost inedible.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have eaten here four times so far and every time I’ve enjoyed the food, service, ambience. Delicious meals and desserts everytime.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it. It’s the perfect spot right before the opera! Excellent service and great windows for people watching

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  19. FrankL

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pasta dishes and well prepared food. Staff is friendly and professional.

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  20. Duckstep

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, and perfect location to Lincoln Center and the Beacon. We will come back many times!

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  21. KarlaA

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been here about four times, and this last time I noted a difference in quality for the worse. The food used to taste better and felt better quality years ago. But the prices have stayed high. Service was good and there wasn’t a wait for the table fortunately. But I expect more in the quality of the prices are going to be that high. Also, maybe change the “decor” of your specials menu if it isn’t a real special menu. Osso bucco is not real here sadly.

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  22. sbww

    New York City

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good for preLincoln Center. Great service and friendly. Dinner was good not great.

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  23. Nikolai

    New York City

    233 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    233 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu. Been coming here for years. Always good, always delicious. Highly recommended!

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  24. LindaN

    New York City

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice neighborhood restaurant that has been on the upper west side for years. Good service and nice selection of food.

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  25. BabboBruno

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A pleasant little place, a step up from standard American Italian.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great as usual. Nice selection of specials, good wine list.

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  27. JayS

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Perfect place for dinner before a show at the Beacon. We were seated promptly and they respected our time crunch. The food was very good and the serving staff was very attentive.

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  28. docnilay

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. The folks at Il Violino really know how to treat you right and serve only the best in wines and food.

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  29. SMAASUE

    Atlantic City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff is great. So are the food and drinks. Sitting is tight but the wait staff handle it.

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  30. robinnh

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal at Il Violino. We had the braised lamb and orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage, Both were delicious. Melon and prosciutto were also good. I really enjoyed my super Tuscan wine. Highly recommend. The restaurant was full but service still exceptional. Nice ambience.

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  31. DianeM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were outside in heated tent. Ambiance was not there. One of the other guests was really loud. Service was top notch excellent

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  32. KimberlyBee

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have walked by Il Violino for years and finally decided to give it a try. We had a table on the greenhouse/porch part of the restaurant which seems to be where the bulk of the tables are located, the inside area is pretty small with maybe eight or ten tables. It was nice, bright and not chilly at all even though it's mostly glass. The tables are small and a bit close together but no more so than in most NYC restaurants. At first it seemed a bit chaotic and definitely had a pre-theater get-you-in-and-out quickly vibe, three different servers came by to greet us, ask for drink orders etc.... which would be really nice if you were in a hurry but it felt a little too much. Once we settled in and our main server came over it was calm. I think the others were just trying to help, all were friendly. We had a bottle of the Barolo - it was excellent once it warmed up a little. We recommend: The burrata starter if they have it. The seafood ravioli special ($38), the Four Cheese Risotto, side of spinach with garlic and olive oil.

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  33. Mike

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening. The food and service were exceptional.

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  34. Foodfannyc

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful spot near Lincoln Center. Delicious Italian food, great service, never disappoints.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and excellent service. Small tables for 2 people. Noise level is moderate to loud.

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  36. Jerry

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at reasonable prices. Food is outstanding & same for service. We always go when we are in nyc

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  37. DeborahG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love! Such good food and vibes. Very friendly staff. Had a great time with friends!

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  38. mako55

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good. Pleasant reception, courteous efficient service , good food.

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  39. Ernest

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As we expected, having been there before, it was and is exceptional. Good food and drink, professional staff and very reasonable prices. You should all go find out. Ernie & Carol.

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  40. Delish

    New York City

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The location is great. The food is awful and the environment wouldn’t bother me if the food was better.

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FAQs

Il Violino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 873-2500.

Il Violino is rated 4.6 stars by 1872 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Il Violino

180 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street
    West 68th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Upper West Side
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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