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About La Bussola Ristorante

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.

40 School Street
Glen Cove, NY 11542
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(516) 671-2100

Website:
http://www.labussolaristorante.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

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La Bussola Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Special Occasion (12)
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Good for a Date (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Romantic (4)
Casual (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous! Best on li

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Worth the trip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Delicious food and great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great service with great food

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

First timer and was really looking forward to the meal. The menu is very exciting, and it was hard to choose from so many interesting things. I'll certainly return as most of the food was good, but for the money, some things could have been better. For example, the burrata was the hardest, driest burrata I have ever had, and I've had a lot. The salad had too much dressing and the salmon, a very fresh, good sized piece of fish, was a little too oversauced; I guess I just prefer simpler foods. My partner, however, was very pleased with the scallops and risotto. The service was wonderful and we enjoyed our desserts. Like everything else, you just have to make the right choices!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Fantastic service and food! Feel like your the only customer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was very good; perhaps a bit too much garlic for my taste but still very tasty. Crowded on a Friday evening with a few large groups. Service was excellent and public parking is adjacent to the restaurant. A very friendly ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

La Bussola never fails. The food was wonderful!!! The service terrific and the ambiance perfect. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The best old school Italian on Long Island! Friendly staff that makes your feel at home and all around great atmosphere. Great dining experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always a good meal at La Bussola. Food and service was excellent as always !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We have been here several times. Never disappoints. Food & service are exceptional!!! Beautiful atmosphere as well!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Always a fantastic meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Very nice for casual dining. It falls short on ambience, but is nice for a good meal with good service.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent food. A bit pricey but worth it for the high quality

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Wonderful food, service. The staff is attentive without being intrusive. The food is excellent.
This will be my go to place in Glen Cove.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant. Close your eyes and point a finger at the menu; you can't go wrong. We've had most of the items on the menu and all have been great. To single out one or two would be unfair to those unnamed. If this review prompts you to try La Bussola, you will be forever grateful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List
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