Pentimento Restaurant

4.6
618 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Pentimento, inspired by the spirit of mother-nature, reflects the seasonal progression by creating seasonal menus conceived by owner Dennis Young and Chef Chelsea Taylor. Like the seasons, each menu is merely a layer on the culinary canvas they have been painting on for more than thirty years.
Like all Italian fare, the soul of each dish is derived from the region and embodied by the finest imported and local, natural and organic ingredients and animated with passion in the hands that prepare them. Using minimal and high quality ingredients and showcasing their flavors is one of our philosophies at Pentimento. Our wine program is extensive, yet simple. Every palette is different. Italian food needs to be enjoyed in an atmosphere that beckons family and friends to savor, talk, drink and celebrate. The direction by the general manager Lisa Cusumano results in a very unique guest experience
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pentimento is hit or miss; unfortunately the quality of the food and service, and the variety of the menu is not consistent.

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for a birthday celebration. We were a party of two and they sat us next to a party of 10 older people that were speaking very loudly. They were kind enough to move us at our request. Food is always amazing here and it is a favorite spot. The food was over cooked, missing dipping sauces and not plated with any care. I am assuming it was just an off night this will not stop me from going back.

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s
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good as usual, never disappointed at Pentimento

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic location, great value, wonderful atmosphere. This place is always a favorite with me and my family!

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JP
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service was wonderful, we sat outside. The menu had some nice unusual variety. We will definitely return. Thank you.

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

We have been going to Pentimento for years. We always thought of it as the perfect secret of Stony Brook. The northern Italian cuisine was always delicious and the seasonal changes to the menu were wonderful. Unfortunately things have changed since the addition of the bar area. A cozy, warm dining experience has evolved into a slightly frantic, loud crowd wearing rubber beach flip-flops and sweatshirts. The sophistication has gone. As far as our meal, after sifting through way too many vegan and vegetarian selections, I ordered eggplant rollatini which was hot, yet bitter, and my husband’s steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe was only lukewarm. Where’s the kitchen coordination?

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HB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to Pentimento in years. I am sorry I didn't go sooner! Everything was fabulous. Food and service were exceptional. Even though it is somewhat pricey, the food was well worth the cost. It was beautifully prepared and yielded a most enjoyable dining experience. I will be returning very soon. I thoroughly enjoyed Pentimento.

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Naples
26 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place-rice ball app is so good!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud if seated in section by the bar

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal at Pentimento. Everything is always fresh, seasonal, and impeccably prepared. Very accommodating staff. We go early and bring a 4 year old, they have a nice kids menu.

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B
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful place! Nestled into a corner of the sweet Village of Stony Brook is this gem of a restaurant. We loved the setting, the style, our server/s, and the delicious meal. Highly recommend the Impossible burger--wow--yum! Even the french fries were made the way we requested--crispy and delicious. We will happily return if we are in the area again.

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HB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lots of options

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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

It's hit or miss . this was my second time & I felt the same .

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time, staff was excellent and very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great place!

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BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fairly early dinner., 5pm. We were seated right away, service was very attentive and they are always very friendly. There's always the question out of the dark, "is tap water ok?". If you request sparkling be prepared to pay premium for it. I'll have to remember next time to ask for tap-seltzer, I do like the tiny bubbles.
The spinach salad was really really good! I had the sea bass special, delicious hunk of fish. I'm on a avoid-carbs eating style, so I did not eat any bread or potatoes etc.
My wife had shrimp fettuccine, grown kids both had veggie burgers. Everyone was very happy with their meals.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Have not been there for a while, but we enjoyed it very much.

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LI
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a local restaurant with a varied menu that features many small plates. We were six people for dinner. We started with a variety of small plates to share: octopus, veggie meatballs (can't tell they are not meat), artichoke and burrata. Our mains were mostly seafood, one chicken dish. All delicious! We did not have dessert because we had planned dessert at home.
Our table was in the front room which is always my favorite because it is the quietest.
Service is always attentive and, all around, it was a terrific dining experience.
I highly recommend!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food all the time best restaurant in town !! Would highly recommend visiting this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was delicious. The service was good. He could’ve asked, at some point, if we wanted another drink or anything else though. The only real complaint would be they should’ve left the bread plates and asked if we wanted more bread. One small piece was not very nice.

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TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Our first visit to Pentimento. Ambience was nice. Our server Michele was friendly and helpful. The entrees were delicious. I would definitely recommend Pentimento to friends!

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MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service from Guillermo, overall great experience.

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S
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Not so great. Service superb. I wouldn’t go back again. Too loud and food mediocre

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with drinks at the bar. The bartender was very much into his job and showing us what he knew. I appreciate that. The drinks were made with creativity and care. We ended up having a couple of apps while at the bar, they were great. After an hour or so it was time for our reserved table (right on time ). The wait staff was polite and professional. The food was cooked perfectly. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and I will definitely return with friends.

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S
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with friends. Everyone enjoyed their meals. In particular, the butternut squash cannelloni was unique and very satisfying, and my friend's salmon was exceptional.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff was great. Great ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing bar & wait staff. Enjoyed a night out with a friend. Will definitely go back again soon.

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n
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer our server during happy hour is always excellent.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, prompt service & great atmosphere

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m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal with outstanding service!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Tables are on top of each other. Food is rushed. Had appetizers and main course within 35 minutes of being seated and we took awhile to order our food. Even ordered our meal after we ordered the apps. I didn’t appreciate being rushed through our meal. I saw people get up and leave because they were seated within inches from the table next to them. It’s a shame because I really enjoyed the food. I probably wouldn’t go back.

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JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant; good food and service. Bit noisy but overall a nice experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and ambiance!
It’s one of our favorite places.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On-going customer. Everything great as usual from beginning to end. Service (Taylor, et. al.) timely and knowledgeable. Ambience is fine but sometimes guests seem unaware of surroundings when it comes to speaking, certainly not enough to spoil a great occasion. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Valentines

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JO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but the service was not

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MI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, great food. Love the chocolate martini

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RO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Nothing special. Chicken was very fatty and not appetizing.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere ,service, food and drinks. Love sitting in bar area. There is always a great ipa on tap and the wine is good too!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely on all ends

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