Laboratorio Kitchen

4.5
810 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Laboratorio Kitchen offers guests a modern atmosphere paired with seasonal food and tender service. Chef/Owner James DeSisto has a seasonal a la carte menu featuring fresh seafood, pasta, steaks, and appetizers. In addition there is a small plates menu available (Tuesday thru Thursday) and daily specials every night. Chef DeSisto also has gluten free and vegan options for guests as well. Keep in mind we are a BYOB restaurant so don't forget the wine.
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BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, great ambiance. On our pre-summer eat on Saturday's through MontClair and Verona. Laboratorio is a wonderful addition to our new list. Table was ready and warm lovely buns appeared, which we devoured. The waiter recommended getting wine from the corner store, shared the bottle with the couple who were seated next to us.
Shared the Burata, flavored right with the olives and capers adding acidity to this. Followed by delicious trout and steak au poivre and shared pear tart, yummy.

This one is a keeper.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious.

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AT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 as always. Alex is a great server, the food is impeccable, and it’s well priced. We did have a coupon from being on the mailing list, which made it even better! We will continue to return because it is consistently a positive experience & the whole family is always satisfied. BYOB is convenient and the seasonal menu makes it exciting to see what’s new.

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MF
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except the noise level. Service and food were top notch but there were a couple of large parties and the acoustics were not good.

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ST
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here a few times now, and like it more and more with each visit. This past weekend, we loved every single one of the 5 dishes we ordered (2 apps, 1 salad, 2 entrees). I would definitely recommend this place. Plan on coming back with a group soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, from apps to entrees even dessert was fantastic! Service was excellent l, great place to have a nice meal at a good price!

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WK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food that is interesting. It was Mother's Day and the service was somewhat off from our previous meals. The fig and cheese appetizer was outstanding. Pasta dishes included small shells in a creamy tomato sauce that was tasty and filling. The mussels were cooked perfectly so that they were tender. I have eaten here before and I have not been disappointed.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived for Mother's Day dinner 15 minutes early and was seated promptly. Our host on this rainy day immediately took our umbrella and rain jackets. Service was prompt and attentive. Its a BYOB establishment. (...very lovely) We had salad, entrees and desert and could taste the LOVE in all its preparation. I salute and highly recommend this place.

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RF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dinners came out too fast. I was still eating g my appetizer.

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IC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laboratorio Kitchen's chef brings an innovative and varied menu which never fails to disappoint. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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TM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!! The waiter, Sam, was really attentive and provided excellent service. The goat cheese, fig and walnut appetizer was fantastic. Highly recommmend!

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RT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food. I dine out a lot and I have rated many restaurants in the 4’s; the food at Laboratorio Kitchen was a cut above the rest. The bread was crusty with a hint of salt on the outside, soft and warm in the middle, served with a firm cold slab of unsalted butter. Exquisite. He had steak au poivre, perfectly medium, pink in the middle and tender, with ample peppercorn sauce. He was surprised by how big the steak was. My risotto had a small amount of lump crab and pieces of chorizo, but the combination and the quantity were sufficient and flavorful; the crispy spinach leaves were new to me but added a nice touch of color and crunch, just a hint. We had vanilla gelato for dessert — three scoops! Chocolate drizzle if desired. The service was attentive and polite, and the price was very good for the quality. I highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice menu, good food, pleasant and attractive surroundings and an appropriately attentive staff. Like the small plates.

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s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and delicious food. A bit noisy but it added to the vibe. An establishment I would return to.

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DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food ,great atmosphere , good service at reasonable prices. Third Time here haven’t found anything on the menu that is not excellent.

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The risotto was Fantastic , the best I’ve ever had !!

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific.Meatball the size of a softball great taste that night.And almost as good when reheated and finished st home .Would definitely return.Staff knowledgeable answered every question we had about specials and menu.They were comfortable in their job and made you just as comfortable as a guest.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best steak

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K
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was prepared as requested and was delicious. We were not rushed. An informal, yet delightful venue!

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place and delicious food, but a tad noisy!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Food was delicious and our server Alex was great!

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r
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at Laboratorio. Enjoyed the food very much. The au poivre sirlion is on par with a steakhouse. Nice char, tender and flavorful. The crab ravioli are excellent, although, I feel 4 would be a more suitable portion than 3. The fig, blue cheese crostini excellent. The next time I want to try the meatball. It looked amazing. Nice piped in music. Al our waiter was wonderful. We will be back.

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My lamb dish was cold,fries over cooked n dry,salad wilted. Others at my table enjoyed their fish dishes.all were nightly specials. Don't know what went wrong with my dish.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific! I had the risotto and my husband had the salmon. We had the mussels for appy. So delish! Will definitely be back!

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Great ambience and service as well.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always consistent - delicious and outstanding!

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GF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not very crowded at 6 on a Sunday. I think it would a lot noisier if crowded. Food was great! Dessert scrumptious. Excellent service. Might never go anywhere else.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had the last seating and they rushed us through dinner. Made us put in our entire order at the start of arrival. Felt like we were holding their staff from going home. Last seating was at 9:30 and then apparently the kitchen closes at 10, which makes no sense. Why have a seating 30 min prior to closing, not a great experience.

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food good service professional staff and chef

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been here in a few years and after our dinner on Saturday we know we will not wait long to come back. Food was incredible and service was first rate. We had a fig and Gorgonzola crostini that was outstanding, a steak and pomme frites special that was cooked perfectly, a pasta special with chorizo and jumbo shrimp that made you want to lick the plate clean, and lastly a pear tart with salted caramel topped with a scoop of gelato. Prices for the quality of food were excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. I really enjoyed my pasta special. It was homemade pasta with shrimp and chorizo. The sauce was sort of a creamy tomato. I really loved the dish. My wife had a strip steak. Service was top notchNo complaints or room for desert.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A++ service and great food!!

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GE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what I was looking for. Great ambience excellent service and the food was outstanding.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal and warm efficient service
Scallop dish was delicious
Atmosphere is lovely!

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RB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was prepared very well, presentation was outstandin.
The wait staff attentive and not over bearing.
Timing of each course was lperfect.
Will definitely go back.

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. Only drawback was the noise level was a little high but to be expected as it is a small low ceiling space. Overall excellent!

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my son 13th birthday with my family and we had a great experience from the beginning to the end, the food was exquisite...I highly recomend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It’s a great restaurant. I tried the veal meat ball and it was good. It is good for 2 or three people.
I had the risotto- that’s a big hit or miss. I think they did ok. It was a little too soft for my taste and I wasn’t sure that crab meat and chorizo is a good combination.
The service was good and the fact that they help you order wine from a local store. I will give it another chance.

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AD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful atmosphere with great food!!!! The service was second to none. All the desserts are homemade , love it and I highly recommend this place.

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JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

So LOUD I could not hear the person across a small table speaking. Nor could I hear the person next to me. RIDICULOUSLY LOUD!!! If/when I plan to eat alone, I might consider Laboratorio Kitchen. I may be able to hear myself think. :-/

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