Permanently Closed - Per Lei

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$30 and under
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Join us on a sensual journey of culinary delights created by executive chef Patrick Allouache who brings to the table interpretations of his culinary global experience guaranteed to make your mouth water. Visual delights are created by Italian Artist Fabrizio Musa who's colorful women are seductive and inviting and are bathed in a beautiful light created by the dazzling chandelier imported from Austria. The wine list boasts of over 200 award wining wines carefully handpicked. Come enjoy our outdoor seating in the warmer months!
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible. The food was served cold. I would never eat there again. The meal started off poorly when our wine menu was missing a page. Then our entres came out before our appetizers. One of the entres, lobster risotto, came out only empty lobster shell scraps. When we asked, we were told the chef didn’t want to make the dish and sometimes the customer pays the price. They then INSISTED on bringing an alternate dish out after repeated attempts to decline; and then they had the poor taste to charge us for the extra dish! Needless to say, we will not be going back.

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somnop
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating pleasant . Decent service. Enjoyed the pasta sauces. More northern than southern.

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vipNYCDINEDAWN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always !

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vipBianca
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Both indoor and outdoor seating is appealing. Happy, elegant and friendly atmosphere. Very good wine list and real Italian cooking. Many Italian restaurants do not have the names we look for but Per Lei does. One can go for all occasions or no occasion and be happy.

We tried the tagliatelle (homemade) al ragu and the veal chop. Both were very good. The service was excellent and friendly. Gabriella the hostess, and both of our waiters were great. We will be back.

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vipFrequentDiner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our kids just moved into the neighborhood and we stopped in to have dinner. What a great place. Hostess was so pleasant and the service was excellent. The food was outstanding. I had the tagliatelle with veal ragout and will definitely go back for that. My wife had the grilled chicken and which she enjoyed very much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience5

The service was horrible and the food expensive and mediocre. Waited over an hour for food. Liked around and no one had foot on their table. Management never gave an update on why everything was so late and the staff refused to make eye contact. We had to get up in order to get their attention. I’ve been eating here for years. Never has such a horrible experience. I won’t be back.

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vipMaryG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This is our second and last dinner at Per Lei.
The big problem is the food. Tough pasta. Stale white bread. Overcooked fish. Poorly prepared artichokes. There were 6 of us and the lousy food was universal.
The second problem is the service. Despite plenty of staff and a manager hovering in the back, there was minimal attention.
This has not hurt their business. It's been around for years and is popular.
So they don't need to improve.
If you want good food or good service, this is not the place.

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vipvleighs
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff very friendly and attentive! After we were done with dinner and dessert, a friend of ours stopped in to meet us and even though they were trying to close up, they were fine with us ordering and finishing another bottle of wine. I would definitely go back!

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RachelP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Greeted nicely. All service was pleasant and great ambiance.

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vipAliceS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Great location, lovely lighting, airy and pretty; unfortunately, mediocre food.

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vipSusanK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the north se of construction on the street we had a lovely lunch between two old friends

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vipNYCDINEDAWN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a great meal and a great feeling when dining at Per Lei. Gianluca the GM is always friendly, and the food and service are great.

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elliesmom
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was perfectly average, and the decor and ambiance were quite nice, but the service was just abominable. Only 4 out of our party of 6 were served water at the start of the meal, and it took multiple asks to have the other 2 out of the party served. It took forever for our food to come out despite us being the very first guests in the restaurant when it opened. We still had a nice time overall, but given how many other options there are in the area, I don't think we will return.

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vipnewtoNY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The service was Ok-ish, but the dishes were very average quality, no seasonings at all -
not at all what is expected of Italian cuisine.
Their cocktails are quite expensive, but they do not differ much from the most ordinary ones, everything is very mediocre to my taste.
We came following the recommendation of friends and left very disappointed.

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vipAvster
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality and service very good. Restaurant was empty for lunch - we were only ones. There’s no lunch menu so ordering lunch off the dinner menu is very expensive.

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vipyodock
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful attentive caring service for us with our wheelchair bound friend. Just lovely

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vipVeronicaG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Had a reservation for lunch and when we walked in there was no waiter. The barstools were still up on the bar and no customers were there. We were taken care of by Carlo who is not a service person but very nice and personable. Overall the food was great. We had veal meatballs, orchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage and veal ravioli. Not much atmosphere eating in a nearly empty restaurant but nonetheless a good experience.

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vipGEORGEL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

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vipNYCDINEDAWN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Per Lei is a great neighborhood gem. What makes it very special is the people who work there. Carlo the General Manager always knows how to make you feel warm and welcome. Including the waiter, staff are the most professional and really give you excellent service. They always try to make everything right. I would highly recommend this restaurant. One of the best Italian on the Upper East Side for food quality and Service.

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BarbaraF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice food , service and atmosphere . Have had lunch and dinner

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TimothyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner.

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vipBoomerbabe
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bright, inviting and engaging staff. Food was wonderful and the ambiance was as well. Food was prepared exactly as ordered and we were both served well and entertained by our Waiter..
Would definitely choose this wonderful restaurant again for lunch or dinner. .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overpriced and over-cooked

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been to brunch at Per Lei many times and always had a good meal. They have a brunch menu as well as a full menu of Italian food including great salads and pastas.

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vipDavidL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed all of the food. The only major downside was the table size -- dishes are served on large plates, and there's virtually NO space between guests for common dishes to share. We were constantly holding plates in the air, putting them on the floor, or repeatedly requesting waitstaff to remove extra things off our table to unsuccessfully try to make room. Place is great if everyone just has their own personal dish in front of them.

In addition, wine was delicious, but knowing the retail price of many of the bottles, the mark-ups seemed excessive, anywhere from 3-6x what the the price is in store ($10 bottle was selling for $60+).

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vipFrancophile
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly, accommodating, and no pressure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good! Consistent service and food, nice atmosphere.

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vipgloriad
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Pretty, convenient Italian restaurant, very convenient neighborhood spot..

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vipAlisonL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good, the service was very good, as well. Not the best Italian meal I’ve ever had but I would definitely go back. The best thing I ate was the tomato sauce on the eggplant parm. Gnocchi was very good, too.

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CarlosR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Per Lei is always good for us. We've been going for many years. Great Calamari Fritti.

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vipAIZY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming neighborhood restaurant with great food and warm service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!! People should know how extremely friendly is the staff and how good the food is!! Thanks per lei to be in my neighborhood!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for such a wonderful dinner. Service was excellent and our waiter went above and beyond to make our evening great. Food was delicious, per usual

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vipMsMM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Large group. Waiter was very pleasant. Most all 8 eaters enjoyed their meals. We ordered pastas, meal, chicken, fish.

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vipBarbieGirl
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal. One if the specials was lobster with linguini. Excellent food and service.

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vipLalyV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent meal. The waiter went out of his way to provide us with special treatment to make our dining experience even better. I have been there many times over the last 10 years and it never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Though I live 30 blocks away, this is my ‘go to’ place. Service is excellent, food consistently wonderful , fresh and CLEAN, and my waiter, Mauricio , is SO worth the trip, He always recommends the best dishes and is just so friendly , funny and knowledgeable . If you have not tried this place, you must. Also, the setting is romantic and the music sublime, !!!

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vipCelticquill
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food overall but my shrimp and asparagus risotto special was extraordinary and the best I've ever had. Definitely needs to be on regular menu. Service impeccable and friendly. A romantic spot. Staff very attentive. Love the edgy artwork that adorns the walls. We will be back.

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Permanently Closed - Per Lei is rated 4 stars by 647 OpenTable diners.