King Umberto Restaurant

4.8
687 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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
What 687 People Are Saying
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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Looked for an Italian restaurant close to Belmont to celebrate my husbands birthday with our family which included 5 children under age 6. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was excellent! As was the service. We’ll be back.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, everything at King Umberto’s was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

King Umberto’s is the “Go To” Italian restaurant. The food is ALWAYS good, we’ve been going there for over 25 years and never disappointed. The staff is cordial and the service is excellent. Their menu carries many Italian favorites as well as many creative specials. They can accommodate almost any size group for your celebration.

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CF
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is perfection. The food and service is on point. One of my favorite places to dine.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and top notch service. King Umbertos will never disappoint.

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. very pleasant waiters and good wine.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very delicious meal at King Umberto. The stuffed artichoke was the best I ever had. Great seafood with pasta dish. Creamy potato croquettes. Wonderful meal. Great service. Pizza looks great too. Highly recommend.

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d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Josephs' service makes you feel like family. The timing and the quality of the food is only topped by the quality and value of the wine list. This is our go to place when we want to have a special evening. If you haven't been here you are missing out on one of Long Island's best.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Especially like Joe. Good food value. Nice neighborhood place.

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LI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and the portions were very generous.

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TM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening at King Umberto! Especially loved the crab cake appetizer....along with my favorite regular dinner entrees. Everyone had a great time! The service is always excellent and attentive! Thanks Santos for making us feel right at home!

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E
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took father and stepmother out for Friday night dinner. Made reservation thru open Table. We were seated right away, water brought right away and the glasses were always filled right away. Waiter was knowledgeable and remembered when ordering main course that my dad couldn’t have red sauce. Food was beyond delicious and good size portions. Can’t wait to go back

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TM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love this restaurant! Our favorite Italian restaurant on L.I.!

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O
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday where everyone always feels welcome. I've been coming to this restaurant for over 40 years. The service and food are second to none. My favorites include the shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. They are huge and presented nicely. My friend always orders the pasta e fagioli. For the entrée my favorite is the veal francese unless I order a special which is always superb. Recommended desserts include carrot cake, milky way, tartufo and either gelato or ripieno.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are top notch. The one thing that bothered me is that, due to some confusion in our party, we overpaid the tip (twice due to poor communications within our party). The host knew what happened but should have clarified with us that two tips were left. The problem has since been rectified and I am impressed with the integrity of this management team. Will return again and again.

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DP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time!! The food, service and staff are outstanding. Would highly recommend!!

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dining at King Umbertos is always a delightful experience. The staff is warm and welcoming and accommodating.

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DM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always hesitant trying new Italian restaurants, but we were very pleasantly surprised. I can say we were extremely nervous walking in(went into pizza place first.) The food and service here were amazing. My teen son and daughter had classics chicken and eggplant parm. They both thought they were amazing. My mother and I had an eggplant ravioli special that was unique and absolutely delicious. My children are already making plans to return.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and service! The waitstaff is A++++, would highly recommend this restaurant.

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S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent meal. Finest quality ingredients. Ciro, Rosario and staff are the best!

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V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Once again I would love to see more flexibility in the rating system, I would have given 4 1/2 stars for service & food. Fantastic Italian wine list, you can find pretty much whatever your looking for in price and selection.

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TP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great old school Italian restaurant. Our waiter was awesome, never rushed us and was very helpful. A little crowded and noisy but don't let that stop you. Definitely going back!

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JF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and food! My wife & I celebrated our wedding anniversary and we are never disappointed when we dine at King Umberto’s

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular in every way. Very consistent place, very special.

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w
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

King Umberto’s NEVER disappoints! It has been one of my families favorite restaurants since we moved to Nassau Co. in 1980.

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BB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating here for over 10 years. Consistency in all aspects. Nothing more to say except excellent

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service provided by Santos was spectacular

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KA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
Atlantic City
45 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Graduation

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j
Atlantic City
45 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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