La Bussola Ristorante

4.4
298 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Genuine Italian charm & classic Italian cuisine is what you can expect at this popular restaurant, a landmark for 25 years. A beautiful wood bar leads you into the main dining room that is divided into two sections. Candlelight & fresh flowers on every table, complete the romantic, sophisticated atmosphere.

When you arrive, a combination of warm brick oven, semolina & raisin fennel breads are at your table. Each dish is prepared to order using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes are Osso Bucco, Veal Chop a la Bussola, Red Snapper Livornese, Chicken Campagnola, & Lobster alla Fra Diavolo. Homemade desserts are luscious Italian cheesecake, Napoleon, & their incredible tiramisu. An exceptional wine list features selections from Italy, California & Chile.

You'll receive a warm welcome from the owners & staff of this well established landmark serving authentic Italian cuisine. The professional wait staff, who has been with the family for many years, know the customers.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(516) 671-2100
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 298 People Are Saying
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GC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Have not eaten in this restaurant for over 20 years.
After eating there this past Saturday night, I am wondering "WHY"
Restaurant was excellent.
Food was great
Great value for the money

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OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exelent service! Food was great!

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SR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is wonderful. Always enjoy it. Great for any occasion.

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LL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice authentic Italian with good service and a warm vibe.

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

Food was awesome and service friendly, courteous and helpful!

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CB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years. Always a good meal and excellent service.

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is always wonderful and Carlo is always a great host.

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b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very , very, slow service.....almost two hours after we were seated.

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FI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food is always delicious. They always make you feel welcome. Friendly service that never rushes you. A favorite.

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M
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food has always been good but after eating there a few times recently I can say the food is now outstanding!!! Great job. Take advantage of specials. They truly are

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best Italian restaurants on Long Island!

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BS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming and friendly with terrific food plus an enticing dessert menu.

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

Consistently good food, competent service, and warm atmosphere. It is one of our go to places when we want to something a little special without the sticker shock

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R
Austin
66 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service!

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m
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

La Bussola is a neighborhood gem that we have eaten at many times for many years.

Our meal was delicious, but the service was too slow. Every time we needed something we had to wait too long... the restaurant was about 3/4 full and there were many waiters so not an issue of not enough help, but perhaps their system needs to be reconsidered. We had no less than 5 different waiters so maybe the fact that not one was responsible for our table added to the issue. We have been to this restaurant when it was not so crowded and had no trouble with the service. Everyone was very nice and I would still recommend this restaurant.

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W
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food. Can’t wait to return

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LE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Getting into the restaurant was a challenge. You have to go in through the back door. No one greeted us when we came in. Our waiter was the host & busboy too. The “stuffed fries Zucchini blossoms” were just deep fried zucchini sticks. The marinara sauce was dull. I ordered Sole which was ok but not what I hoped for. The broccoli for the table was over cooked so all the color was boiled out of it. I would not go here again nor will I recommend this restaurant to others. Oh, and the entry way and stairs down to the bathrooms were old and in need of carpet & paint.

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ES
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Can’t say one way of the other as this place was closed despite showing open and available online. Choosing to close for the 4th is perfectly acceptable; neglecting to notify OpenTable is not. Thanks for the wasted Uber trip!!

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

The food was execllent and everything was prepared to order. So fresh and the portions were generous. Four of us loved it. Definitely coming back.

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M
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always has been a consistent very good meal!! This Saturday night was again very good

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and friendly staff! Very accommodating for our business dinner.

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LA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We went for dinner on Saturday evening...the evening before Father's
Day. My daughter wanted a special dinner with her dad since she has not been able to come home in a while. The food was great but the service and overall ambience lacked. Upon entering, the waiters were cursing at each while we were waiting to be seated. Once seated our waiter was very nice but he brought all of our food at once. We waited a while for the food and then we had a table filled with our half portions of pasta and our main courses. Water was not replenished frequently and everyone seemed very overwhelmed. They also had run out of two specials by the time we were seated at 8PM. Overall good food but they need work on their service.

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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We got a last minute nite reservation on a Saturday night. I haven’t been here in many years and thought we would give it a try again. The food was actually very good, but the service was poor. It took quite a while to get our cocktails, and we had to search out a waiter to place our dinner order. When the food finally came, we asked where were the vegetables that were supposed to come with our entree’s . 15 minutes later after we finished our meal, the vegetables arrived. It could have just been an off night, but I don’t plan on going back for quite a while.

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good staff friendly. Liked the ambiance. Waiter suggested a great bottle of wine with dinner

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CR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hosts are the nicest and always accommodating Always delicious and the salads are superb...

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HF
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Glen Cove and not familiar with any of the restaurants, so we let Open Table lead the way. This restaurant came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Classic Italian dishes done very well - the stuffed mushrooms were possibly the best I've had in my entire life! Delicious unique cocktails. Décor walked the line between traditional and modern, and the service was excellent. Prices were good too!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A family favorite for over 30 years. Best fried mozzarella on LI!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We were upset because the restaurant had no whole fish dishes, even though they were on the menu. Waiter told us that the chef fillet all the fish. Why? We went there for the fish dish.

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LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was really not very good. Inattentive, slow, and never came by to see if we needed anything. Took forever for someone to notice that my date had put his credit card in the table to indicate that we’d like the bill.
Hesitatant to try it again. It is a shame because the short ribs and salmon were delicious. Drinks were good also.

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BD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We pulled off of the Northern State Parkway based on the OpenTable listing and it was right on the money. The service was great, the food was excellent and the ambience was lovely.

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CR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic!!! We have been going for 30 years and love it.... the food is lately is better then ever, especially the specials and fish. so fresh and delicious and light! GReat host to!! yum

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k
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food, service was great because it was a Wednesday night and there were only a few tables filled.

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DM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent professional service and delicious quality food. A Glen Cove gem!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for my husband and I last night. We definitely will be back. It had that homey Italian feel. The food was delicious. Parking and valet make it so easy. Staff so friendly and attentive. Wonderful experience!

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LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the food. Service was below standard and very slow. Waited 20 minutes to give coffee order and then another 10 to get two coffees.

Have been there a few times before with Frieda that are frequent users of the restaurant and the service was much better. I guess you have to go with someone that is a friend of the restaurant.

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S
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming here for a number of years...food is always very good..carlo and his staff are always very attentive...

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n
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

service a little slow. one of the side dishes we ordered was never brought. Coffee served but dessert came much later.

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J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good,service was slow,sitting near the front of the resturant felt like a ice freezer,very uncomfortable ,had to move our table

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DM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous family legacy of quality food and service

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M
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food as always!! But the desert was to die for!! Always check out the deserts available! Well done Carlo

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