Paola's Restaurant

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
"Everybody in New York seems to be looking for the perfect neighborhood restaurant. I think I found it."
- Ruth Reichl, The New York Times

For almost 30 years, Executive Chef Paola Bottero has offered an authentic Italian dining experience and a warm welcome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Stuzzichini “lite bites” at the gracious bar or al fresco at the outdoor tables. Joined by her son Stefano, together they are committed to the freshest ingredients and the truest interpretations of La Cucina Italiana. Benvenuti!

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4.6based on recent ratings
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B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always delicious—if only it didn’t get so noisy—the restaurant—not the food!

B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are unbeatable. I have always been pleased after dining there many times.

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is one of my favorite restaurants. i can not wait for them to open up in long island this weekend.

R
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paola’s offers superb Italian cuisine and impeccable service. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and the room is spacious and filled with light.
Bravo!
We look forward to returning to Paola’s soon.

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The place is loud,the food is unexceptional,the bathroom is almost 3rd world. There is no cell reception in the dining room so you have to stand by the front door to f you need to receive a call. It was so loud I couldn’t hear my dinner partner and the wait staff seemed surly

B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent upscale Italian. A bit pricey for lunch very tasty pasta with duck ragout.

E
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s no wonder that Paola’s is always full. This establishment runs like a fine tuned machine. Service is above board.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

L
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh and delicious and the waiter are very friendly

FG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff handled the hyperactivity of Valentine’s Day dinner time with skill and courtesy. Our waiter Adrian was helpful and courteous, but was careful to remain in the background to allow us to enjoy our fabulous food. Will certainly return.

GG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

E sempre bello tornare da voi

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L
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

r
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious service was impeccable.

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ok been there before and food much better the first time

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m from Miami, and come to nyc often. Paola is the restaurant I always choose for lunch. The fried baby artichokes (a la Judea) are the main reason. I always feel like I’m in Rome at Piperno!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will return often. No question! It was wonderful in every way.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff appropriate at tentative. Wine by the glass selection excellent. Was not rushed with meal. Third time here

KH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Perfectly fine if not outstanding pasta dishes (nothing wrong with them; but not special); great service; nice location and ambiance.

JP
Panama
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday dinner and could not have been happier with my 3 courses!

LR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent! Skilled staff and delicious food.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paola’s is a great restaurant! The good and ambience is great

MR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always Paola’s was outstanding in terms of food, table service, etc. I’ve downgraded my rating for the following reason: I have lunch there 3-6 times a year, always request a window table and always get it. This time - despite two window tables being empty - we were told that larger parties had reserved both of them. By the time we finished eating one table still was empty and the other held a party of two. It’s a small point but it’s annoying.

g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Had a great lunch there and will definitely return

C
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve eaten here before I was very disappointed with the waiter way felt really ignored us, the quality of the food was average, the busboy was the best all evening, it was is not a really good experience and dinner enjoy my dinner

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had brunch at the bar. Love this place except for one thing. It’s hard to eat at the bar because the barstools are too low. Other than that, great food and atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always live our meals and the ambience

D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, attentive service, great drinks prepared by bartender Beata. A terrific experience.

KA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment regarding our reservation for 4 at 7:30pm yesterday January 26th. My family and I arrived on time for our 7:30pm reservation. We were told that our table would be ready in 5 minutes. After waiting in the cramped area near the door that kept opening and we kept getting bumped into by waitstaff, we asked how our table was doing. We were then told that the people paid their check but were still drinking their coffee. After waiting for 25 minutes we left.

I had just begun coming back to Paola's after having had rude service several years earlier. Unfortunately I will not be back again and will let my friends know that if they want a disappointing experience then make a reservation at Paola's.

There didn't seem to be anyone in charge. Awful Awful. Thankfully Vicolina is opening soon!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was wonderful as always.

C
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paola’s it’s classic Roman Italian restaurant, food it’s really good. They have carbonara, matriciana, best Cacio e pepe in town. And it’s the only place I can have tipical puntarella salad, it’s delicious. Ambiance is great, service excellent. A good selection of wine by the glass. We go and keep going never disappointed, even that we don’t live in the neighborhood, worth to go there.

BW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a reliable choice. The food is great, healthy and. Creative. You can hear, and the service is attentive.

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is superb. One of the best restaurants not only on the UES but in all of NYC.

D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This neighborhood restaurant has very good food, attentive staff and a good vibe. The bartender, Beata, also makes a fabulous Vesper Martini using both Monkey in Paradise gin and Tanqueray vodka. It's reasonably priced and a great value. Most importantly, with very good food, it's a great place to dine.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite. Armando and Kosette the best. Great food, relax ambiance in the neighbour.

L
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are always good

b
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants that I have had the pleasure to enjoy

RG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A bit noisy due to density but that is quite tolerable with the excellent and friendly service. The food is excellent. HOWEVER, the pricing of the wine list borders somewhere between insulting and demeaning. 'Tis offensively greedy. Looking at popularity, I understand about 'what the traffic will bear' and 'tis a business. But not for me.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante di qualità con prodotti genuini cucinati da mani sapienti. Ottima esperienza!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated New Year’s with friends. The wait staff was extremely attentive and welcoming. The atmosphere is traditional Italian. The doors was excellent. Is especially enjoyed the veal scallopini. It was very tender bit just a bit crisp around the edges. Seasoned well.desserts were delicious. A bit pricey but in keeping with the environment. I would eat there again for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years was a pure delight food was amazing

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