Osteria Laguna

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Find the refined and easy elegance of Venice in the middle of East Midtown in Manhattan.

Osteria Laguna named for the beautiful waterways of the famed Italian city offers a spacious and stylish contrast to the busy workday bustle of 42nd Street. Located steps away from the New York Helmsley, United Nations and the Chrysler Building, this charming northern Italian space is easily accessible to business and tourist crowds alike. Floor to ceiling front doors, antique country tables and a classic 30 foot mahogany bar lend a sense of relaxed refinement to this airy and spacious getaway.

Osteria Laguna’s menu offers contemporary sensibility and flair to the classic tastes of Northern Italy with an emphasis on fresh wholesome foods. From classic to cutting edge, there’s something for every appetite. Perfectly balanced pasta dishes, mouthwatering risotti, or the amazing array of piping hot dishes coming out of the charming brick oven at the center of the restaurant.
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vipAmyS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service. Our waiter was great. Delicious food and creative specials. Loved the polenta balls!

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vipMarkus
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been there twice, and both times, was impressed by how the chef prepares the fish on' the menu. Service was excellent. I recommended this place to a friend who later told me she loved it.

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DavisP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service. Would come again.

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JamesM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent, will be returning soon.

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JohnP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent patrons here for years. Our server was spectacular. Kind and attentive but not overbearing. A real professional. Good is always excellent. Thank you for operating under these bizarre circumstances. We love this place.

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vipHdm46
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always enjoy an evening at the osteria!

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vipFoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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vipInsuranceGal
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great lunch spot for business meetings or with friends

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MerrillC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to share this new-to-us place with friends
visiting from England. A warm, attentive, well-informed waiter.
A wonderful menu of old favorites and unusual specials, and
best of all, not at all noisy! A relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

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vipSuperRed
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

You can’t go wrong with the pasta. I’ve been there a few times and always get pasta :)

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marionh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Much too noisy. Did not like the menu. It was not what I expected. I took a client to lunch
and I could barely have a conversation.

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vipLocalNJDiner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy to find a good restaurant in this area - close to Grand Central Station and Grand Hyatt. Not too loud compared to most NYC restaurants. We were seated promptly and hostess/server were very friendly.
Entree (ravioli filled with short ribs in a brown butter sauce) was excellent. Appetizer was average. Did not have dessert, but enjoyed the complimentary mini meringues that were served when the bill arrived. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The food was very good but we felt extremely rushed for a Saturday date night. They would not let us order our appetizers prior to putting our entree order and made us order them at the same time. We were probably out within 45 minutes of sitting down.

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vipOsteria
Las Vegas
90 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Branzino and it was superb. My wife had the gnocchi and it was the best she had ever had. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Her suggestions were spot on! We will be back!!!

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StephanieS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service at Osteria Laguna are terrific. We shared pizza, plus had pastas and salads, and loved every dish. Prices are a little high but I guess that's a function of its midtown location.

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JohnnyC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience - good food. It was the perfect place for a quick dinner on a very cold night

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vipBearlyChatty
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Osteria Laguna was a great find. Wonderful Italian food. Better than some that we recently had Italy! My spouse had the grilled seafood platter with a great salad that was full of beautifully placed seafood. It was so good that we returned for lunch a few days later where he promptly ordered the same dish. I had a tagliatelle dish one visit and an amazing ravioli dish the other. Both were nicely garnished, beautifully plated and great tasting. Olives and delicious bread made a nice start to both meals. Good wine and beer choices too.

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vipKatyD
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was staying across the street at the Westin and picked the restaurant due to convenience. We were very pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, the wine list by the glass was superb, and the service was excellent. We would definitely go back on our next visit to New York.

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vipsandeb
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was very good. Service was on the slow side, had to tell the waitress we had a train to catch or else we would have been there for hours

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LynnH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was fair, server had other tables up front so spent time there, never refilled water, husbands meal was good. My salmon dry after asked if I wanted medium but was well done. Wouldn’t go again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
285 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza!

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vipDecoratingDiva2
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food, good service, lovely gluten free options.

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Lolo
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious food and good service at a place conveniently located near Grand Central.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service wasn't great and way too loud for a client dinner.

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BKfoodnwine
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Early reservation so not too crowded but already very noisy. Server was attentive and we were asked about our order almost immediately, perhaps too soon. Soup came out and mine was lukewarm and not very good - pasta e fagioli - too much tomato and not enough pasta or beans and pretty insipid. My entree was shortrib ravioli and they were also not as flavorful as I would have expected and felt very heavy and oily. The other person dining with me liked her dishes - a soup and the grilled octopus salad. Noise level increased as dinner progressed though we were done in less than 1 hour. Main issue for me is that there are many other better places in the area for my liking that I don't think I'll be back here.

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Troika
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and well developed dishes! I have come several times and never been disappointed. My guests enjoyed it immensely

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NicholasK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service were incredible. 10/10 would recommend.

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Edgar03
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Nice ambient

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. After reading online reviews, we decided to host a family dinner there. We were very happy with the food and service, and is conveniently located near Grand Central Station. We will come back and recommend it to friends.

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vipMimi
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All around good.

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vipdanny
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Went there for business meeting. Very loud. Difficult to hear each other.

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Lisa1972
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was nice inside and nicely decorated with ample seating. The server was very knowledgeable about the food and menu and was very nice to us. In addition, I am vegan so I needed the food to be cooked without any dairy products and the waiter knew that the risotto was cooked with butter (not on menu) and pointed that out to me and was able to quickly and easily suggest a vegan alternative. I went to this restaurant for a business lunch and was easily able to hear and talk to the guests at the table which was also a plus.

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RichJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Whoever owns this place now ruined it. I will not return. Stick to catering children's birthday parties.

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vipcaroleL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant
Easy walk from grand central station
Lovely atmosphere, excellent quality food & beautiful presentation & ambiance
Servers were professional & kind
Enjoyed my evening
Will return !

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MikeB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was ok and delivered quickly. No follow up from server to see how we were doing or if we wanted a second glass of wine. Individual pizza was good with a great crust. Value good for NYC. Would return.

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Emmy1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I was not happy with our waiter. He did not seem experienced and gave much more attention to other tables. I was constantly looking for him to order something. Very disappointing as I was with friends I did not see for awhile and had to keep looking for the waiter. Maybe he had too much to handle.

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NYDiner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is outstanding, but the high noise level, crowded entry and relatively high prices make us return less frequently. Great food but not a relaxing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food and waitstaff was amazing. Purple haired hostess was rude and texting while greeting my party. Unprofessional!

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Sced
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my go to location for dinner and lunch meetings. The staff is friendly and very accommodatingIn the food is fantastic.

I'm impressed by the waitstaff as they always remain courteous even after the bills paid and we are wrapping up our discussion.

On an additional note, they are very helpful to my partner who has MS and needs a place to "park" his scooter. Really, just cant go wrong!

FAQs

Osteria Laguna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 557-0001.

Osteria Laguna is rated 4.5 stars by 1517 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.