Bar Italia

4.7
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622 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Very refreshing, simple and Casual but yet Elegant offering Traditional Italian Fair. Located in the middle of it all on Madison between 65 and 66 streets.

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Daily 12:00AM - 12:00AM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM

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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food is good but not great. The tables are so close together you feel like your part of the conversation at the next table. The noise level is intense, you have to shout to be heard across your table. It was a very exhausting dining experience. The service was indifferent. The place was packed so that must be what everyone likes.

J
Kansas City
124 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was alright, but our server never apologized for serving me the wrong drink. My chicken was soooo dry, could hardly eat it!

w
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always reliable in terms of service, food and atmosphere. We got a special benefit as it was Veterans' Day and not so crowded and correspondingly noisy.

FM
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very white decor. Seemed bright and airy. Impeccable service. But the portions were small. It is highway robbery to charge $30 for a meatless pasta dish. Maybe that’s the Upper East Side and the cost of real estate? Even so the tagliatelle was perfectly cooked.

RA
New England
47 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant, it’s a notch above the other restaurants in the area.

m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, a bit expensive and the size of the dishes was very small. Good food and experience overall

C
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, we had risotto with white truffle , roasted vegetables, excellent prunotto wine, service is really good, bathrooms are same level, very good price

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome spot and great service

f
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had 7 PM reservation and they kept us waiting 25 minutes before we got the table plus they claimed that this was 7:30 reservation and when I showed they on my phone that it was 7 PM they simply shrugged the shoulders and didn't even apologize.

n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful lunch there with a friend. It is rather expensive, but the food was delicious.

JF
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place, with excellent food and service. Wonderful for a Sunday brunch or the like.

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been dining at Bar Italia for many years. The food and service is excellent, but the pricing is very aggressive. When we were there on Sunday lunch at 1:30pm, the restaurant was not full, which was a surprise as it is always full.
We will continue to dine with you.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Just a bit pricey but it is on Madison Ave. We would definitely visit again.

PN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visit Manhattan at least once a year and make Bar Italia a must for dinner.
The service and food are awesome every time. After a great meal make sure to try the desserts including the homemade gelato!

DD
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I had friends in from out of town who asked for an Italian upper East side restaurant and since I had heard so many good things about Bar Italia I booked it.
The first problem came when we had a choice of a tiny table for 3 and we were 4, or outside, even though we had a reservation and were on time. In the end we chose outside, as it was so loud and the table was so small it would not have worked. It was lovely outside and roomy. The waiter was friendly and attentive. The problem was not with him. The food runners and the very well dressed man with the suit and tie who brought the bread (my husband had to ask several times before he brought it) seemed to not know what they were doing. The food did not come out at the same time. Our main courses came out one at a time and then the man in the suit and tie took our desert order and while my husband and I received ours, the other couple did not. Finally we had to ask again and while it was only sorbetto it took forever to arrive.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the evening was the food. It simply was tasteless, literally no taste. The gnocchi with the arugula was the only dish (Thank God two of us ordered that) that was actually good. Same problem with the desert, except the tartufo and the sorbetto (I mean really sorbet or ice cream you really can't ruin)...the panna cotta simply had no taste.
I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone and sorry to say I will not be back.

F
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was ok, nothing spectacular, was pricey for what we got as far as quality tasting food.

c
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant always great food and wonderful service!

r
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

the tables are spaced too close. it gets your neighbors almost your unwanted friends...

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. All the staff was gracious. Food was excellent.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous, wonderful clean food and exquisite service. Will be going again as often as I can. Thank you everyone.

c
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves Bar Italia! The service is always excellent, even if you don’t like something, they will
always try to please you! One of our favorite places to go in the city!

C
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cool place, food and service is very good. Pasta cacio e pepe was excellent. They gave us a bruschetta as a compliment really good.

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was way too salty, and it took forever to get our meal. Staff was nice but were not very attentive. We had to ask 2 or 3 times for things we needed, like olive oil and vinegar. I’ve been coming here for years and today was a big disappointment.

DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cocktails and lots of menu options for different tastes. Among my favorite NYC restaurants.

MF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent attention level, quality of food and prices.

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to go in New York. It is friendly. The food is good. It is a great location.
They have a really good gluten free menu, if this is a consideration.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner. So great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Phenomenal service. Food was very nice and ambiance was typical of UES Madison. But service was so nice that I’d come back weekly.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Branzino carpaccio to die for!!!

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RS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A gem for food and service.
They chef is accommodating to all requests.

S
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love bar italia, stacey and everyone was excellent

OT
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time , definitely not our last.
From the moment you arrive every body makes you feel that they’re happy to see you . The food is wonderful, and the team is very professional.
The decor is up to date and very relaxing.
A wonderful restaurant.
Must make a reservation.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bar Italia is “our place” in Manhattan. We stay nearby and will often have dinner on our first evening, before theater performances that evening or the next day. Today we had an outstanding burrata special. Maggie had the pesto risotto special and I enjoyed one of the best veal piccata dishes I’ve had. Our regular waiter Antonio recommended a fabulous Amarone. And best of all, we had nearly two hours of unhurried pleasure at our table. It would be easy to imagine we were in a trattoria in Italy.

C
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bar Italia has a very good service and ambiance. Food is very good.

VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tasteless food- do not recommend.

S
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always enjoy going to Bar Italia both because the menu is varied and delicious with many appealing choices but also because the service is always most pleasant and attentive. I was entertaining a guest
at my last visit and delighted with all aspects of our experience.

t
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely hate raving about this delightful charm of a restaurant with delicious food and attentive charming servers. If the secret gets out then, well it will become so popular and for now its loveliness is a delicious secret.

A
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lost all of its value. I was a regular customer for its great value. Food was good (not excellent) but prices were reasonable and the ambiance an location outstanding. It was the young brother of Nello (the chic and very expensive restaurant at one block away). To my surprise Bar Italia decreased the quality of the food and is now so expensive you may better go to Marea (best Italian in NY). The pasta of the day (tagliatelle al fungi) had no flavor (other than olive oil) and the veal chop just fine.

BD
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of our favorite Italian restaraunts! If we are in the city, we will not miss an opportunity to dine at Bat Italia.