Osteria Laguna

4.4
1327 reviews
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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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LB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Branzino dish was fabulous as was the salmon. Delicious Brussels sprouts. Love the atmosphere, quiet and unassuming. Will go back. Pizzas looked great but that’s next time.

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a nice dinner here. The restaurant is quiet and comfortable. Good food and a very reasonable wine list. Service was good although our waitress could have put a smile on her pretty face. I would come back here and would recommend to others.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very very noisy and we had to speak really loudly. I think this is due to the acoustics in the restaurant (high ceilings, wood floors). Food was very good! Asked the hostess where the restroom was and she had no idea.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner - great service, food was was incredible. Look forward to returning.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You may not think some of the best Italian food in the city can be found way over on 42nd near 2nd, but think again! You'll not only find great food, (pizza and many other dishes are roasted in their brick oven) but friendly, attentive, service (Jamie is an excellent server), and wonderful "Tuscan" farmhouse ambience. Plus, a nice outdoor seating space. A must-try!

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant in a convenient location. Consistently good food in a lively setting.

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GS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Osteria Laguna is located on 42nd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, so is a convenient location near Grand Central Station. The restaurant has an energetic vibe and gets busy early (I had a 6PM reservation). Upon arriving you are seated promptly, which I appreciate. The overall experience (food, service, etc.) is good but could be better. I got the sense everyone is going through the motions and no one is particularly excited to work there.

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NY
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I've often walked past this bustling restaurant in my visits to NY and finally opted to make a reservation to dine. Despite several tables being open I was seated at the back of the restaurant and was not attended to promptly throughout my visit. When I sought recommendations, not many were forthcoming, however the waiter was quick to point out that some customers that evening had not enjoyed the duck (as it was too salty). I was in the mood for duck so I did order that. It was too salty, but that wasn't the only thing that was lacking. The duck was sliced very thick and it was very tough and dense. The flavor was average at best. The waiter recommended med-well which I was surprised about. The smokey eggplant caponata was very good despite the duck being a let down. If dining here, I'd suggest going for more traditional Italian dishes. I saw several other diners enjoy the pasta dishes. I also saw a diner enjoy a pizza which was not on the menu I was provided. My recommendations -- the waiters need to share customer feedback to the chef real-time and make appropriate adjustments. They should also share their (or customer favorite) dishes when asked.

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes. Service and delivery of perfectly cooked entrees for prime time business lunch meeting was amazing. This is definitely a "go to" in heart of east mid-town.

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I've eaten at Osteria Laguna many times. This time, the food was okay, could have had more pep and seasoning. I do love the olives they serve. Definitely a good value for this area of town.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent homemade pasta’s. Found this place just by luck as it is close to NYU physician offices. Lively after work bar scene. Good vibes. Awesome raviolis and super chocolate lava cake. Might recommend that some of the bread be cut closer to serving time.

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RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place for formal lunch during work hours. Menu includes several good options.

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t
Atlanta
130 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fast service (almost too fast). Good for in and out meal.

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TL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Central location near subways and Grand Central Station. Service was attentive.

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JM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend and I enjoyed our meal; it was well prepared. Service was very good. There is a great menu selection; something for everyone.

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AL
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meals and excellent service.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the food was outstanding. Great italian cooking fixed just right
i will be back

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I have never written a review but unfortunately I have to this time. First of all we were excited to eat at this establishment we came over from Scotland for 5 days and this place was our first meal. Now it cost 130 dollers for what I can only call the worst meal we have ever sat down too. The risotto was stodgy the calamari was the worst I have ever eaten. The only good thing was the wine. Now the waitresses just didn’t give a toss and were not that helpful. I feel sorry for posting this but it was an awful experience. Anyway New York was excellent other than this

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok, nothing spectacular . Service was standard. Everyone looked grumpy. When I was in service I made sure I warmly greeted my guests and smiled during service. I really don’t mind grumpy service if the food is fantastic. This place did not impress. I will not return.

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MS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I was alone dining by myself and they could not seem to get me out of there quick enough.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, although a tad pricey. The restroom needed a bit more care and attention. Everything else was wonderful for a nice dinner.

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

Food was outstanding. Came here 2 nights in a row. Each night was great.

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

very good pizza

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

Perfect for what we were looking for before a show. Great food and service all around. Will be returning soon.

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

Food and wine was excellent, had the salmon ravioli and they were delicious and the portion was well-sized (usually a gamble with ravioli).

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very flavorful. Quaint ambience.

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HP
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food at Osteria was absolutely delicious! The atmosphere is very vibrant--can also be loud for some. The service was excellent! I will definitely be returning when I am in that area.

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LB
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is consistently terrific!

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SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great and a good value. Service seemed a little off, especially when we first got there but I know it's tough since we were not all there at once.

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food Good service, Noise level is too high for comfort.

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f
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service and food was excellent, really nice place, will definitely go again.

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CB
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service, good wine list despite its size.

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OJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was authentic and AMAZING and so was our server. The cocktails and red wine was also really good. We plan to visit every time we are in town.

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D
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing find tucked away in shopping center- consistently excellent and feels very special

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good restaurant with pretty good standard Italian dishes and some quite interesting daily specials

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Diverse menu at reasonable prices. Service was great - gave us time to talk and enjoy our meal. Back room seating area can be noisy when full - the bar area seating was actually quieter by 8:30pm.

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BK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very comfortable cozy neighborhood type place. We love the sausage and broccoli rabe risotto. The zucchini parmigiana is great too. We start with the calamari salad with beets. It is listed as an entree but we like to share it as an appetizer. Very enjoyable and a place to return to often!!!

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