Orso - NYC

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1614 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Opened in 1983 by Theatre District restaurateur Joe Allen, Orso serves regional Italian cuisine in a cozy, intimate setting.

**Please note- due to the closure of Broadway, we have altered our hours of operation. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to resuming our normal schedule in the near future.
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NewYorkFinest
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service more than lived up to the hype. One of the best dining experience of my life!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was a limited menu due to renovations which we were unaware of. We all had pasta, and it was good but not great.

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vipNancyG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Kevin and love Orso

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ROGERSJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant is undergoing renovation, so it is not fair to review it at this time

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vipLulu117
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful, as always!

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vipBelmontFoodie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for pre-theater dinner - I had not been in 25+ years. The pastas were delicious.

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JamesV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

...it has been a while; so glad we came back. Excellent service/recommendations, food quality and personable staff!

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sister
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Mains were disappointing; not up to standards of many past visits. Lamb roast was on the dry side and branzino was missing something. I do not enjoy giving this review; Bad nights happen.

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vipLola
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very limited menu. No lunch specials. Expensive and unmemorable. Try somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our first time at Orso, and we had a very positive experience. Our server was friendly and attentive, the menu was inviting, and the food did not disappoint.

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vipsnowcloud
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed that there was no notification on OpenTable that the restaurant was experiencing issues with Con Ed and had a VERY LIMITED menu. Not the Orso I am accustomed to dining at. Would recommend when the issue is resolved.

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vipAnon
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent pre-theatre spot. Reliable food and good service.

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LaurieP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

So disappointed. Had read reviews and was looking forward to our visit. Celebrating a special occasion. Food came out cold, coffee was cold.
Overpriced for what we got. Employees not pleasant. Would pass next time.

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SharonP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orso was lovely! This was my best theatre district restaurant experience ever. The staff was gracious and thoughtful, like being welcomed into a good friend's home. A small menu, but everything is done very well and tastes great. Each dish had a nice touch that really brought it up a notch--the flank steak was served on a beautifully chopped broccoli rabe, the lemon sorbet had rosemary in it, etc...This is not a place for tourists. Yes, there are famous people eating here; but at Orso you shouldn't plan to gawk or take pictures. Enjoy your meal, enjoy the company you come with and without stress make it to the theatre in plenty of time.

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vipmtfw
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel badly that Orso has been hampered with their menu since August 2019. What they do offer is delicious. Service is always excellent.

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walter77
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orso is still the top restaurant on Restaurant Row. Food is delicious, service is superb. A higher level than even Joe Allen (which is for fun, shmoozing), Orso is A plus!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and environment

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Surprised
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I've been to Orso at least 100 times over the years and this is the first time I've been disappointed. I had to wait forever for a waiter to show up and take my drink order, then had to wait an equal amount of time for the drink to be served. Perhaps they were understaffed that night, but the restaurant was not full and the host was chatting at the bar and could have sped things up if he'd been at all alert. Our waiter, when he did show up, served the main course by depositing the plates on the table on his way to somewhere else without slowing down. We are going back next week, but if it happens again Orso has lost me as a customer.

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RobertH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, a little spare (could have more charm). Service mostly attentive.

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vipManhattanbound
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu is very limited and food is just ok

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kateh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We hoped this restaurant would combine theater district location/hours with excellent food. We were very disappointed on the food. The service and room were nice - fine - but overall this felt like poor value. I'd look elsewhere for post-theatre Italian.

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vipBonnie
New York Area
849 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The limited menu because of a gas leak may soon be over. Hooray!

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BebeH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Winter salad and the pacheri pasta dishes were fabulous. Had the calves liver which was a bit overcooked and really nothing special. Great place to relax before a show.

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PeterH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and ambience at Orso is very good. Service this time was friendly but uneven. My biggest criticism with Orso is their wine prices which are absurd.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

When we first arrived there were a few customers and we were escorted to the back room for a table of two in front of the kitchen. After a few minutes we were seated next to four people eating. I had the Branzino which was dry and my husband had the short ribs which looked like chunks of stew meat. We have eaten with prior and looked the pizza which wasn’t being served due to an appliance problem. When we finished our dinner I spoke to our waitress about how much we enjoyed the pizza and was disappointed. She then told us you had no gas for the past six months. To my shock I asked how are you preparing the food and her reply was the chef was being very creative with a hot plate. At this point I knew why my food was dried out We should been told this prior to sitting down and spending $150.00 on dinner

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vipFoodie
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very limited menu. No chicken or pizza. I wish they had noted that on open table. Food okay. It was freezing in back dining room had to have heater turned on. Hope to return when all items are back. They did have 3 pasta dishes though

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Twoputts
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Should have advised that due to a utility issue there was a limited menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family friendly restaurant with very nice food and service.

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Coco
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the win, pasta and dessert♥️
The grilled pears were our favorite

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BarbaraB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently delicious.

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Larrz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited menu right now, but the dishes were well prepared and interesting.

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vipdspf
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

As always, the food is mediocre and overpriced here but the location is convenient to the theatres.
Upon entering, the rude person we encountered led us to a table almost within a serving space. We were told that there were no other tables for three. As we stood there reviewing our options and about to walk out, another gentleman popped up and very politely led us to another table. Our reservation was made many weeks in advance. We had a charming waiter who helped take the edge off our negative experience.

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vipUWSiders
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant environment, quick but indifferent service, pasta dishes ungenerous and good but nowhere near excellent.

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vipPescatarian
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good informal food. Very convenient to theatres on 44th,45th,and 46th streets.

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vipjoyful
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Though we've had dinner at many of the restaurants on restaurant row, this was our first time here. We were pleasantly surprised. Service was professional and friendly. Our only complaint was the very limited menu. Just four entrees. I had the bronzino. Delicious. My husband had the lamb chops. Both were well portioned and well seasoned. We started with the pear appetizer and the pea soup. Both were good. We ended with the tartufo. All in all very satisfied. Oh and they weren't able to make an apple martini. No apple mixer. Disappointed.

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vipNancyB
Washington DC
196 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is perfectly balanced and each selection is well prepared and delicious. From the minute I walked in the door I felt like an old friend returning. Everyone was friendly, accommodating, and determined to make my dining experience enjoyable. The prosciutto with grilled pear was over-the-top!!

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LeslieL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice place after show! Quiet enough to talk and food was very good and servers delightful. They let us sit and talk for hours!

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BobnJanis
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First, glad that I had a reservation or it would have been tough to get in for lunch and make our theater curtain time, be forewarned. The food was very good the waiter attentive but the background noise make it hard to order and be understood (normal table conversation was ok). Better then the average before show lunch. Would return. We had the Calves liver plate and fish plate and would recommend either.

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant food! We had the antipasti and the pasta and what can I say? It is like traveling to Italy and eating perfectly al dente rigatoni

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DonK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come annually for an after theater meal with friends. We like the coziness of the space and the friendliness of the staff. And, course, the food is generally very good and well priced.

The one disappointment on this visit: my wife’s pasta was too al dente and there was too little meat sauce. A staple like that should be great every time. My linguine with clams, on the other hand, was excellent.

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