Il Violino

4.6
1444 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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipagnola77
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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Happybobm
Naples
22 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
53 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Great prixe fix brunch deal which includes a cocktail.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
517 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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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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vipMONYC1999
New York Area
6 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
15 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
121 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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Bernie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch had by all.

We are definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and service. One of the tastiest options near Lincoln Center.

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vipBenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant has been around for decades. I noticed throughout the pandemic that they were doing very good business with their outdoor seating. I finally went with a party of 4, sat indoors. Excellent Italian food, everybody liked it. And price is low for a decent Manhattan restaurant. And wine prices are very low, with most bottles priced under $50--again, quite unusual for Manhattan.

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Luci
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best outdoor dining setting I've seen, only noise from the street of course. Seems like a permanent structure. Staff lowered music vol when requested. Good food as I have come to expect, generous portions, not rushed. A little slow service of main course and staff apologized.

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Marge
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch, good value with the prix fixe. nice outdoor dining space, plenty of space between customers. staff was attentive

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ConnieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The "Cottage" outdoors was charming. Noise level from street and other diners a little distracting. Server was fast but a bit brusque and not terribly friendly. My veal piccata was delish and the mashed potatoes were divine. it was altogether a pleasant dining experience. A little pricey.

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Shorty
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I took a friend and we were both happy with our meal selection. It was a warm day so dining outdoors was pleasant except with the trucks passing by.

Nice service, good food. I'll be back.

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mike
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

A non-memorable meal for all three of us. It's hard to eat on the street in the cold, so there is that, but the soup was thin and watery, and the pasta with vodka sauce tasted more like cheese. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt what we'd hoped for.

Next time we are in the neighborhood, we'll try some other place.

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vipCorkyTX1233
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful family dinner! Food was very good and service attentive.

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MichaelB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places on UWS and in city. Not a bad item on the menu. Nearly every table has a sidewalk view.

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vipLEEponton
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pastas at Violino are generally among the best in the city. Tonight upheld that standard. Also, their by-the-glass wine selections are very good, all quality Italian. Hard to go wrong here.

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vipRonalorena
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the lovely area totally outside the restaurant. I wanted eggplant parm, saw that it was not on the menu but requested it from waitress. She said of course, no problem. It was delicious. Then we shared a tiny cheesecake it was also delish ! This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant it was so nice to be back again after more than a year !

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vipsusan
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors and were very comfortable in spite of the cool evening. Our server and service both just excellent, as were our dinners. My husband had fish; I had chicken, mine with marsala sauce/mushrooms and tasty, recommended.

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Cate
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very nice waiters! Slightly pricey but it’s New York!

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vipidine
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good Italian food and good service.
Spaghetti and meatballs is delicious.

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vipJackNYNJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable and delicious food. Pleasant atmosphere.

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vipMellocello
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Violino remains he warmest most inviting restaurant in the neighborhood. A pleasure in every way!

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tbbb
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setup. Had the lasagna which I’d highly recommend.

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BobM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal couldn’t have been more perfect! The atmosphere was wonderful.

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DS2013
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful ambiance, highly recommend it!

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vipJohnC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food preparation and presentation were first rate. Due to pandemic outdoor seating noise levels were subject to the avenue’s traffic density. However the food more than distracted us from that. Our entrees were superb and the risottos were perfectly prepared.

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vipVincent
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with Il Violino whenever we go. This past visit was no exception. We were finally able to dine inside and it was like old times. The food and service, as always fantastic1 Glad indoor dining is back!

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vipkwhatevs
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco is the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a winner!!

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vipLoraG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. Server, a woman from Romania, was delightful. Will definitely be back when things return to normal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time. Very good

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vipdinah
New York Area
331 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our pasta entrees and the service was attentive. We'll be back.

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Il Violino is rated 4.6 stars by 1444 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.