Paola's Restaurant

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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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PatrickL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Still one of the best restaurants on the UES. Food is consistently great and the service is always attentive, but not intrusive.

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chips
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit. Consistently good. Love the carciofi, the pasta, branzino - the best in the city!

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vipGigiW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as well as the service. It’s a high energy ambiance that is a bit noisy. Love the restaurants and will be back.

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vipFoodEB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The waiter studiously ignored us. It made the total experience unpleasant.

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vipBarts12017
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Paula’s Restaurant is bustling on a Saturday night with lots of dinner parties. They offer bread which isn’t fresh unfortunately, but their food is. The pasta and bolognese sauce was delicious. They have attentive and fast service, but seemed to rush us in and out to accommodate other guests. I’d recommend it for the food, but the experience was sub par.

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vipBuddy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipmoshiemom
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRosie
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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vegandiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
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

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Bensage
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.

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vipEvelyn
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.

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

Valentines Day

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

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

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ForrestG
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.

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

E sempre bello tornare da voi

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Luv2dine
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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viprcm1
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious service was impeccable.

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

Ok been there before and food much better the first time

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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

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

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bonnie
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

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KarenH
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.

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JosephP
Panama
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Consistently excellent! Skilled staff and delicious food.

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

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

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vipMichaelR
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.

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vipglennd
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

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vipCuba
New York Area
41 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

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vipStevenG
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.

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

Always live our meals and the ambience

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

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

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vipKathyA
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!!

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

Food was wonderful as always.

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vipCarmenuu
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.

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BethW
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.

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vipmarkj
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.

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vipDiner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipLauren
New York Area
66 reviews