King Umberto Restaurant

4.7
660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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King Umberto had brought the delicious taste of Italy to the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Meacham Avenue since 1976. We offer a welcoming elegant decor with superior service, perfect for any large group or parties of two. In addition to having a warm atmosphere we carry an extensive wine list, that consists of over 350 wines, with years vertical, and is recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with an award of excellence in 2010. When it comes to our large selection of generous mouth watering appetizers and main courses we know how to please. Famous for the original Fried Capellini® and daily specials prepared by executive chefs Pietro Fuschetto and Giovanni Lombardi. Our menu is classic Italian cuisine with a worldly influence and will surely leave you satisfied, but you can't seem to leave without indulging in our homemade desserts.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(516) 352-3232
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pietro Fuschetto
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Private party facilities
We offer a private dining room for parties up to 70 people. Parties may be held, Monday thru Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday.
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Private party contact
Ciro or Franco: (516) 352-3232
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Catering
Can't come to us? We offer off-site catering for parties of 25-150 people. We will come to your venue, set up, serve and clean up. We offer half trays and full trays of your favorite dishes. Ask one of our managers today, how we can cater your party.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Municipal lot across the street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
660 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
82%
Very Good
12%
Good
4%
Fair
3%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The service provided by Santos was spectacular

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food is always prepared perfectly from pasta to grilled meat or fish. Service is the best and the specials are always seasonal and different. Never a disappointment, always a great meal and good time.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

A family-run gem in Elmont, New York...perfect spot after a day at Belmont Park!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Every trip we take to Belmont Park, we book a reservation at King Umberto. The fried capellini appetizer is out of this world, must get!! I had the cavatelli with braised short rib for my dinner - it was delicious and I have enough for leftovers which was a bonus!!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

There are not enough stars to give this restaurant ... King Umbertos is by far the best restaurant on Long Island! Hands-down! To start off with the cappellini and then have chicken franchise with potato croquettes is unbelievable! The service is always the best and the owner Rosario keeps King Umbertos the best restaurant on the island.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Execellent food execelent service! Never had anything bad to eat. Very friendly. Would eat there every night if I could. Large selection of food, if its not on the menu they will make it.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was good but pricey. Extensive wine list but prices were not reasonable for a large group where we needed multiple bottles of wine.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Delicious upscale and authentic Italian food, in a fine but friendly "business-casual" atmosphere. The quality of the food, yet at reasonable prices, are extra-ordinary for a neighborhood location. Great for veal or seafood dishes. Excellent wines at reasonable prices. A long time favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Loved our server! the food is totally amazing. My second time here and everything is amazing

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Make sure you have reservations or it will be a long wait. We had reservations, but had to fight the long line in order to get the hostess desk, and then had to wait for our table to be ready. The service was fair, and it took almost 15 minutes to have someone come over to ask if we wanted something to drink. There was no wine/cocktail menu offered, so had to ask what was available. Menus were offered after we had the drinks were brought to the table, it was not pointed out that there were specials. From the time we ordered to the time the food came out was over 30 minutes. It was busy night but there was no communication between us and the wait staff, the food just came out. The wait staff did not ask if we liked the food, but did ask if we wanted more to drink. The food was excellent( duck meat balls and short rib ragu) and great value( would go back to try other dishes).

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

A Father’s Day or any day favorite! Best food and wait staff on the island.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Never had a bad meal in all the times I have gone with family. Everyone is very nice and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

this restaurant always rocks, the food is great and the waiters are plenty and very attentive!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

If you love horse racing and Italian food you have to visit.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always fantastic!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Hopefully JOE Will never retire the the best ! PS all the staff is Great .

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The service and food was excellent. King Umbertos is always consist never lets me down. If you have never eaten at Umbertos I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

They took the best street corner of Italy and dropped it in Elmont!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent as always. We are always greeted like family there. Just a very wonderful restaurant for a special occasion or just a night out. We love going there!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

It was my son and daughter in law’s birthday and just mentioned it to them and at the end of the meal they came and sang happy birthday to the two of them with 2 pieces of ice cream cake. The service was good and the waiter was fantastic. The food was also fantastic, we all enjoyed our meal. I’m very happy it is in our neighborhood and can’t wait to go back. I’m sure all the waiters are good but I would like to have our waiter again.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

King Umberto’s never disappoints us. We had a lovely dinner with friends on Saturday. They let us take our time and it made us feel very welcomed. I love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our party of 4 had amazing time at King Umberto! As always the meal was fantastic! Two people in the party traveled all the way from Pearl River New York and enjoyed everything. The service was as always attentive and personable. The best!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We love King Umberto - everything from the service, atmosphere, and of course the excellent food! Highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for old school atmosphere with fine Italian cuisine !

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Waited over 30 mins to get seated. Food was excellent and service while initially slow, was great. Will return but not on a weekend.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I have been coming to King Umberto for years. The food is always excellent. The service is wonderful. It's Italian but very different. The bread is wonderful. Good wine list and great desserts. Enjoy.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Went here for my birthday dinner with a friend. I got a choice of a free bottle of house red, white or Korbel champagne. I took the red, which was from California and very good. For my appetizer I had the beet salad, which was delicious even if I had to search for the beets! was expecting more since it was supposed to be the star. For the entrees we both had the apricot glazed pork chops with potatoes and carrots. The pork was cooked perfectly and the glaze was just right, not too sweet. The potatoes and carrots were a little underdone, but edible. For dessert we had cappucino's and shared the pistachio cream puffs (Not sure of the name) which were good, not great. They comped us the desserts which was very nice and the service was impeccable! Love it here.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Never disappointed, this is probably the most consistent restaurant I've ever been to. The staff knows how much time we like to take and does so seamlessly. Never rushed and never waiting we have been coming here for over 20 years and have never had a bad experience. The food is outstanding and the wine list is both extensive and priced fairly, many restaurants on Long Island could learn from them. Can't wait for my next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent as always. King Umberto never disappoints

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always amazing. By far my favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother’s day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing. The food was wonderful and the service was even better. Thanks for a fantastic evening!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, always great

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

After getting excited about the reviews I decided to try it and was disappointed all around. It is a noisy busy place even though we did get a booth as requested on Opentable. We ordered a Caesar salad with light dressing but it came with no dressing. The stuffed sole special that evening was tasteless and it was really very mushy, could not distinguish the fish at all. It also came with too much sauce. Other people in the restaurant seemed happy and pleased and maybe we did not order the "right" thing but I have no desire to go back. Also the service was rushed and the waiter seemed inexperienced.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Large group with children were in dining room. Noise level was horrible and children allowed to scream and run around. Made it difficult to hear anything. Food was generally good but chicken scarp was disappointing.Used an odd red sauce and chicken was overcooked. They previously served country style so I did not think I had to specifically request it.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Santos is the best! We eat there all the time. Rosario has an amazing restaurant. Always feels like family. Ciro and John go out of their way to provide the best dining experiences.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Went early since we had an event to attend elsewhere- Service was great and food was as good as ever. Much quieter early

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Perfect from start to finish!!!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I gave this place 4 stars because I felt that it had too many 5 star ratings. This is one of the top rated restaurants in all of open tabke so I had a very very high expectation of it. Don t get me wrong, the food was very good but I have eaten in other places that were truly out of this world but this place wasn't one of them. At the end of the day the food here will not disappoint so go there and enjoy!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Amazing as always.

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