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About Il Violino

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.

180 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

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

Cross Street:
West 68th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 873-2500

Website:
http://www.ilviolinony.com/

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

Il Violino Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (41)
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Good for a Date (23)
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People Watching (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Romantic (7)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (3)
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Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 12, 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!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

this is a nice steady dependable restaurant that honestly handles gluten free and other reasonable requests. have gone there for years when in the area and want a nice meal especially with friends as it is relatively quiet and nice decor etc.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My friend and I went to Il Violino for lunch. The food was very good. The restaurant was about half full, so it isn't clear why the service was so slow. The server kept our water glasses full and delivered our bread promptly. I ordered the daily frittata and my friend ordered the prix fixe lunch. The prix fixe was a good deal - soup or salad, glass of wine, entree and coffee or tea. It was probably 20 minutes before her soup arrived and another 10 or 15 for the entree. The frittata was excellent - fresh vegetables and cheese with an accompanying salad. They delivered chicken francese instead of the chicken Marsala that was ordered but the replacement arrived quickly and came with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.
Dinner specials looked interesting. I expect to return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Good service and food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My daughter and I met for dinner before attending a lecture nearby. I was looking for an option with some healthy choices. We were both quite pleased with our selections. We shared prosciutto and melon to start. I had scallops served over sautéed vegetables and my daughter had a pasta dish; we shared asparagus as a side. Everything was excellent. Our food came out quickly but not too fast as to feel rushed. The waiter was attentive. I would go there again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Once again , a very nice meal at Il Violino and so convenient for Lincoln Center events. And what fun to have a window seat and watch the people on Columbus Avenue!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Decent to high quality, reasonable given location, enjoyable

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Warm friendly greeting to a consistently excellent restaurant. It’s a meal you can count on and enjoy again and again. Lasagne, Broderick de pesce, branzino and happiness. ...an espresso and a cookie and it’s off to the show.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Although we have lived near Il Violino since its creation in 1993, I had never been there until this week, when it was convenient because we were going to a movie across the street. Clearly, the outside of the restaurant had not appealed to me. Although the service at lunch was good, I did not think much of the food. Pasteurized Parmesan sliced as if it were American cheese on top of my carpaccio of beef, with approximately one-third of a cup of arugula, was not my concept of this popular appetizer. My companion ordered the lunch special, which was reasonably priced but no more refined. Her portion of chicken Parmesan was generous, but
its presentation and accompanying boiled vegetables did not inspire me. The tiramisu was good, but dessert was not included in the lunch prix fixe. I think I will not go back.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 29, 2018

good food, great service, nice ambiance, nice waitress

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Will definitely go back when I’m back in the city.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I took two friends to their Saturday brunch ($20). It is a great bargain and the selections for brunch are all excellent. Plus a choice of several drinks (Bloody Mary, Mimosa. etc.) makes it a real bargain. Friendly and efficient staff. Reservation recommended for week end brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

IL Violino is consistently very good. We particularly like the friendly and efficient staff. The appetizers and pasta are great, and the steak is a big hit, too. It also has a very convenient location.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a quick drink at the bar while waiting for our families to arrive. Maria, the bartender was very engaging and served a great drink.

Once our families arrived we were promptly seated. Also, the place really started to get filled.

Our server was wonderful and accommodated our request to bring our my daughter lasagna with our appetizers. The mozzarella and anti pasta we were served was amazing as was my daughters lasagna.

Our main courses were incredible. I don’t know the name of what I ordered but it was cooked in a pastry and it was a pasta covered with seafood. It was also, outside of my wife’s cooking, the best meal I’ve ever had. My wife’s risotto was superb.

Overall, a phenomenal meal in a gem of a corner spot in NYC.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The branzino with a large serving of sautéed fresh mixed vegetables was beautifully prepared. The bread was fresh and tasty. Gelato flavors are limited to vanilla and chocolate.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Il Violino has an excellent menu with an excellent variety of nicer Italian dishes. The restaurant is tight on space as you would imagine for that part of NYC, but the service was excellent - attentive without being overbearing. The noise level was vibrant but not overbearing. Our family of five enjoyed entrees and dessert (no alcohol) for $221 (before tip).

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything was ok except the meatballs which had no real taste. My lil doggie enjoyed them later. Salad with avocado had 3 tiny pieces of Avo. Olive oil dispenser was very small... enough for one person when there were 3 of us. $185 plus tip for 3 is a little excessive. Good wine selections.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went here before going to the symphony. Arrived early and were seated right away. Food was excellent and plenty. Service was attentive but not rushed. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We arrived at 6 pm for our reservations and asked if the waiter thought we could finish dining by 7:30 if we ordered the prix fixe multi-course menu. He said he could and he kept his promise. We had an excellent Montepulciano and had several fresh and beautiful courses. The service was great and the pasta was PERFECTLY cooked - really al dente and I suspect it may have been fresh pasta. The salads were fresh and light, the soups spectacular and the fish dish delicate and not too filling. The chocolate dessert was truly sinful but small enough that it was not overwhelming. Delicious meal, good service, good timing - what more could you want before Tosca at the Met?

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great food and reasonable wine list. Noise level would have been perfect if the tables weren't so close together. Really good option on the upper west side.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Casual, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We chose the restaurant for its proximity to Lincoln Center , which we were attending following our dinner,as well as its excellent reviews . We were not let down. The prix fix pre-theatre includes soup, salad,entree and coffee or tea. We enjoyed every part of the meal. The service was excellent and since we were at the restaurant at 5:30 pm, the noise level was moderate.As we enjoyed our meal, we noticed many regular customers entering the restaurant for dinner. It was obvious that this is a well respected eating establish in the neighborhood .

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always fine and often excellent...a great neighborhood find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent overall -- a long-time favorite. Only negatives: waitress got one appetizer order (of four) wrong; on a bitterly cold night, there was initial reluctance to close the outer door, resulting in a frigid blast whenever anyone opened the inner door and entered or left.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We booked a table for two and were seated immediately on arrival at a window spot as requested. The restaurant was smaller then expected, and a bit tight, but the service and the meal were excellent. Prices were slightly higher than what was shown online. Very convenient to Lincoln Center. A 6:15pm seating left us plenty of time to make an 8:00pm curtain at the Met.
Very much recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best pasta dish in a long time. Would love to take it home. I rediscovered a wine that I hadn't had in a long time. I'll go back next trip to NYC.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My friend and I were catching up after not seeing each other for many months. The service recognized we were going to be there for a while and adjusted their attention accordingly. Notably this was a busy Friday night and I am sure they could have turned our table two or three times in the 2+ hours we were there. It is a rare find to have a restaurant be appropriately attentive and patient.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good preparations of familiar Italian dishes. Spinach salad (enough for two) had generous amount of goat cheese along with walnuts. Broccoli rabe cooked well, sausage was flavorful, pasta cooked just right. Broiled salmon was moist and mustard sauce gave flavor, but did not overpower.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good neighborhood Italian restaurant. Excellent menu, very good Chef, decent service, not bad wine by the glass, reasonable cost. The braised lamb excellent as are the seafood soup or pasta and fishes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Horrible service and management. The manager yelled at me in front of all the diners when I asked him what was in my food. Not sure what it was but it definitely was not food. Instead of apologizing and diffusing the situation he yelled at me and said I was looking for problems. Will never return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We enjoyed the NYC feel of this restaurant and the food was very good. We sat in the enclosed outdoor area which was a bit cold and tight - next time I would wait for a seat in the inner part of the restaurant. The service was very good and the atmosphere was fun.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

On a very cold night, we happily dined at Il Violino. Having dined here many times before, it is our favorite for good food and being close to Lincoln Center. As always, it did not disappoint. The scallops and veal marsala were done perfectly. The view of the bundled-up passing people and covered-up pet dogs is always a fun entertainment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Il Violino was the perfect choice for our family pre-theater dinner near Lincoln Center. The restaurant is small, but 6 of us fit nicely without being cramped and could actually talk. The 10 ad 12 year old were happy to have pasta from their traditional Italian menu.My mussels were delicious. No pretensions. Service and food were both very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Really good pasta. I'd like to try each menu item.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very efficient, well timed and accommodating service. Food was delicious.
What more can you ask for.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Perfect After The Movie XMAS Day Restaurant. Staff is in the holiday spirit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh pasta and the ability to converse quietly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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