Morandi

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Opened by Keith McNally in 2007, Morandi is a rustic Italian trattoria located in the West Village. The restaurant is open from breakfast through dinner, as well as for brunch on weekends and for original cocktails or full meals at the bar. Acclaimed chef Tony Liu serves regional Italian dishes, which include the restaurant's classics as well as seasonal specials.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s rare you’re able to get delicious food, perfect ambiance, and quality service. Morandi nailed it in all aspects. Looking forward to the next dinner. Excellent all around

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

not enough vegetarian food

TW
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Morandi is my go to place for great pasta and excellent Italian wine. It is the best for entertaining out of town visitors - good location, consistent food, nice ambience. The service was a little slow last visit, probably due to holiday staffing, but at least we had some delicious red to drink while waiting.

NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always the best—and we’ve been eating here for years and years and years. As a foodie and 50+ year-old native NYer, I like to try every new restaurant and every cuisine...But I always come back to Morandi!

AS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Portions of pasta small. Food was average. Very busy on Saturday night

RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lemon spaghetti was amazing!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Clearly a busy evening for Valentines Day. By maximizing the amount of guests they were serving (squeezing in additional two tops wherever possible), you could barely move or walk around! Service was also pretty slow. Luckily we weren’t in a rush, but it would have been more of an overall better experience and felt a bit more special without being so crammed into our seats.

CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid choice any night of the week with a bustling scene and delicious, classic food. Also excellent cocktails and wine selection.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Burrata was great as was the mafalde with sausage and broccoli rabe. It’s a fun neighborhood spot and the food came fast. Very good wine by the glass selection which is always a plus. Will be back!

T
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. What else is there!

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the restaurant, would definitely go back. Only problem was that even with a reservation on Open Table, they put us at a table that was too small for our party of 4 so we were a little crowded- maybe that’s just a NYC thing

O
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

At Morandi the food is always good, room buzzy and cheerful but the service can be little lackadaisical though.

B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependable, pleasant & excellent place for a good conversation or business meeting at lunch. Dinners can get loud, but it's an exuberant loud and not unpleasant, and the food is unsurprising but fresh & well prepared.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

So loud!! Food was good but many large groups eating dinner and could barely hear my colleague speak.

BJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Morandi is still one of the best restaurants in the NYC!!!!!!!The food is always amazing....Prices are good and
its always packed with a super crowd.....

DA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Morandi always delivers great food, and the room is a winner. Love it. But the noise level at Morandi is beyond. I made the huge mistake of arranging a business dinner here, and we literally had to shout the entire evening. If you are looking to spend an evening with a lot of loud, screaming pretty young things, this is your place. Otherwise, save Morandi for lunch.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a culinary experience. We loved the lemon pasta, burrata, meatballs and foccia to start. As entrees the eggplant, grilled chicken and Bologna’s eggs were amazing.

KP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pleasant room and vibe, but got exceedingly loud after 800pm. Service was less than attentive as the room filled. Delicious Brussels sprouts salad. My fish was flavorful, but definitely overcooked. Gelato had a weird salty aftertaste--couldn't finish it. Might give them another try in warmer weather, at an outdoor table on a less crowded evening.

CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food! Standouts were the gnocchi with mushrooms and the lemon Parmesan pasta. Service was great, we were there early and it was cozy and quiet—could see it getting quite noisy as the room fills up... but I’d definitely go back and highly recommend.

AC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal and the service was excellent, looking forward to our next visit.

TR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited the restaurant with my daughter for a daddy daughter night before seeing Phantom. The food and atmosphere were phenomenal. Highly recommend.

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I expected more from this restaurant but it was only okay. Server was lovely but food was nothing special. I’ll try it again though.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The blonde hostess is an absolute sweetheart. Great establishment.

HH
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Morandi never disappoints in terms of the quality of the food and service, which are uniformly and regularly excellent. The acoustics, however, are dreadful. Tables full of over-served patrons shrieking at the top of their lungs are common, and with the tightly crowded tables and all hard surfaces you cannot get away from the noise which is truly deafening. All Keith McNally restaurants are "energetic" in this way and that is part of their appeal, but this one is in desperate need of some serious acoustic treatment!

d
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The space was pretty crammed and loud. We were seated by the bar which didn't help. The flatbread starter was very underwhelming (hardly any prosciutto or cheese and the bread was too crisped). The ravioli pasta was delicious and unique. The bottles of wine were overpriced. Given how many amazing Italian restaurants are in the West Village, I likely would try all of them before going back to Morandi.

o
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good food authentic old style Italian decor

D
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was early enough (6:30) on a Tuesday so it wasn't quite busy yet, but the place quickly filled out within the hour. Try the lemon chicken with burrata. The chicken comes with a side of arugula salad with a refreshing lemony vinaigrette, but the burrata adds another dimension that is well worth it. The service was also very attentive.

JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The Melanzane was industrial catering - clearly not cooked to order but batch cooked in a large oven tray and sliced up in advance. OK at half the price, but poor value at $150+ for two with just two courses and a carafe of house wine.

HB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful northern Itanisn food - each dish beautifully prepared

JN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

honestly, it was fine, the food was not stand-out so I think I'll not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was very quick and the food was delicious. Would very highly recommend!

SD
Atlanta
72 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It's too loud to have a decent conversation without yelling. It had an overall dirty appearance (floors, walls, etc.). Food was good but there are too many other options out there...

FR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

excellent unfussy kitchen, every dish shows care and great flavor. staff is first rate, and service excellent/
quite noisy , takes from the enjoyment of the meal, with conversatioin difficult.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter noticed that two in our party were very tall and saw that the table we were sat at didn’t quite work. He immediately offered to have us move to a larger table so we were more comfortable.

t
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Keith McNally classic. Delicious Pasta. Warm Hospitality from the moment you enter. Crowded and noisy but for good reason.

MD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with good vibe and awesome food and wine. A great neighborhood gem!

PF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As always, the food and wait staff at Morandi were wonderful. The dishes were savory and really well seasoned and the staff was gracious and hospitable from start to finish.

Prices are a bit pricey for the menu offered and the noise was much louder than we had remembered, making it hard to talk at the table.

Still, it’s a good neighborhood hang.

B
London
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We love Morandi, and go often when we are in town. We have taken our granddaughter there since she was a baby, She is now 3.5 yrs old. On this last visit we did get the corner banquette table as requested, however the service was perfunctory at best. It was early lunchtime and the restaurant wasn't very full, so we were surprised. The serving staff seemed more interested in talking to each other than serving us. We waited close to 10 minutes for our glasses of wine....and probable the same for our order to be taken. The bread finally arrived. Then it was another couple of minutes for the butter to de delivered. We had to ask continually for the table to be reset...ie additional napkin for our granddaughter, teaspoon and tablespoon for her to eat her pasta.....And I had to actually get up from my seat and walk to the waiter to ask for the check.
No one was rude.....they just couldn't be bothered. We did notice that our waiter was involved in conversation with patrons at other tables, so it was clear that he was personable.....but to us, he left a lot to be desired.
Of course we'll be back as we love the food and ambience. This was an unfortunate 'one off'.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I have eaten here before a number of times over the past 9 years but decided last night to cross it off my list.

I have eaten here for dinners or brunches in the past.


Terrible experience for the following reasons:
$19 tiny focaccia starter - mediocre
$22 rabbit pasta - was awful it was running in water and not in a sauce - I sent it back and came back almost the same / No apology.
There were several pieces of bone in the rabbit ragout (I didn’t even bother telling them)
Service extremely slow and not very friendly.
Spend your money elsewhere.