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Il Violino

4.3
906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
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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Neighborhood
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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 906 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnJ (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very good food at a reasonable price for the Lincoln Center area.

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DianeM 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great pre and post theater place. Great service, wonderful food. Highly recommend!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was OK but certainly not worth the price. Very quiet seating on the covered patio next to the street. Good service

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vipVincent (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Il Violino is a neighborhood gem. Cozy and warm the food is always top notch at very reasonable prices. The service is excellent also. If you have a show to catch you'll always be on time!

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NancyB (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

I've dined in some of the best restaurants world wide. I don't mind paying premium dollar for quality food. The portions were skimped if not halved. Chillian Sea Bass looked like veal scallopine, very thin and dried out, not tall and succulent. It was served over an entire plate full of broccoli. The lamb chops were equally thin. You could see the chef splitting a single portion into two. Not impressed at all. The seating is extremely, extremely close, even for NY.

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vipCaliforniaBear (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very crowded table layout, good but not very good food.

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nabebabe (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I've only gone here for brunch. But each of the several times I've been it's been great. They're very amenable to any requests, it's a quiet, calm atmosphere and very good food.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

It’s in our neighborhood, always good; I even go by myself!

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GaryG (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

great local place for good food, great fresh pasta and salads

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vipErikaGreg (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I highly recommend Il Violino…consistently great food, service and you never know who will be sitting at the table next to you, this evening it was Loretta Swit from MASH! I was so excited…just love her!! We had the Stinco di agnello (lamb chops) yummy yummy! The indivia salad was just delish and then of course the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake was the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner. They also have a great wine list that is reasonably priced. Oh and they have a great prix fixe dinner for Valentines day..we already have our reservations!!

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