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La Bussola Ristorante

4.6
271 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Payment options
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 271 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Fabulous family legacy of quality food and service

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Had a birthday celebration for my daughter! Great food and excellent service. Allowed to sit and enjoy evening! Great Job

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Terrific restaurant went Valentine’s day. Great ambiance, wonderful service and excellent food. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Oldie but still very good dining experience Good food has always been served!! Glad we thought to go back and visit

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Not as good as it used to be. Service was slow on a busy Saturday night. Cocktails came out late & wrong!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Service never a question here the food is always fabulous. Carlos and his team ate always up to the task and we will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Cozy and comfortable with a great menu. Food was excellent, staff was friendly and professional. Look forward to going back!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Good old world Italian cuisine. We went during Restaurant Week, and found the portions were large and choices vast. The regular menu offers anything and everything you could ask for. The only drawback would be the place could use a face lift. The bathrooms need to be freshened, and the walls in the main dining room need a redo.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

We are from out of town and stopping here for dinner. The food was wonderful and the type of authentic food your grandmother cooked if you are Italian. Service was great and I would recommend to anyone. Their biscotti were amazing. I asked for the recipe and hope they share!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Convivial Place - authentic Italian - really nice waiters, huge portions but on Saturday with 7 PM reservations four out of six of us ordered a dish - Osso Bucco - that they only had one portion of left? It is a house specialty. That said we love the place and will return.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

La Bussola is an old friend. I have been coming for good food for many years. Of course,since moving to Florida,not as often as I would like. What we come to expect,good veal,a crunchy piece of Italian bread a good glass of house red becomes way more appreciated when you live in Florida where the standards for the basics are not as high.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Superior quality food and service. The filet mignon was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous! Best on li

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a great meal, and fabulous service!! Armando was our waiter, and he is always

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for an early seating with the family for Thanksgiving, given that everyone had plans elsewhere later in the evening. The food and service were spectacular. Simply could not have been more pleased.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

From start to finish, the food and service was amazing. Growing up in Glen Cove, I was there many years ago because it was a staple in downtown. Having not lived there for quite some time, it was a pleasant surprise to come back (on a friend’s recommendation) only to experience that it is as good, if not better than I remember.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

I have had the opportunity of going to lunch and dinner, and it has always been personal and excellent in all respects. you could not be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Ah, La Bussola - The service was outstanding, having that great quality of attentiveness without being intrusive. Wine list is very moderately priced and offers some good values. The food was excellent, served piping hot ( not having been waiting under a heat lamp) and the portions very very large. All in all, an outstanding neighborhood gem well worth a long trip to get there!
And the prices, i thought, were much lower than i expected - in fact, much better than many of the other restaurants in the area - and i am very frequent restaurant patron, usually 2 - 3 times a week!
We'll be back in a week or so - you should too!

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Worth the trip.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was very poor. Waited almost a hour for our appetizers and over a hour for our entres.
After two complaints, they did comp. our entres. Dinners were very good!

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

We dined here during LI Restaurant Week. Their Price Fix options were excellent. I looked at their regular menu just to peek and it was filled with great options. We started with chopped baked clams that were awesome and a Ceasar salad that exceeded expectations. It was recommended by our server, I think Brandon was his name.
My girlfriend has the Branzino and I had the veal. Both dishes were fantastic.
The service was excellent, attentive without being intrusive.
We will be back!

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was truly exceptional. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Warm and friendly atmosphere. Very good food (and lots of it) make this a great LI spot for Italian cuisine. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Very good food, big entrees. Decor is ok. Not noisy. Server forgot one item. Took a while to get the check. Friendly staff and maitre d'.
I do love the food! Big drinks!
A winner.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

good choice, but the service is a little slow. good food and reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

Delicious food and great service

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first time here. The food was excellent, the staff super friendly. Will definitely be back again.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Our go to restaurant for birthdays and anniversaries or even just a weeknight dinner. Food is always delicious and service very professional.

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