Bar Italia

4.7
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630 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.5
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bar Italia and have been coming here for years. It is a dining experience.

LM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely setting, nice food prepared and presented nicely, friendly professional wait staff.

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very small noisy upper east side Italian. Food is only ok but with a big price tag and service is unfriendly and average. Better to go to a serafina of which there are many and I’m not even a big fan of that eatery. The food and service are similar but the price is far more consistent with what you get.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was, as usual, very impressive & professional. I always feel comfortable coming back here when I'm in the neighborhood knowing I'll have great meal & overall experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. One of my favorite places to have dinner.

RR
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a property that NEVER fails to deliver. The salmon and spinach is recommended, but you will be more than pleased with anything on the menu. Huge selection of gluten free pasts.

HB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Had a reservation at 8PM, checked in and they that my table will be ready in a couple of minutes, as they only had onethree top available. However there was a table open in a prime location in the middle of the restaurant that was empty and ready. A party of three showed up and was immediately escorted to the table. I was left there waiting.When I ask the host what was going on he said that I would be seated as soon as the table was ready as he had told me. When I questioned him again he gave me a nonsensical answer. Still don’t understand what happened at the host and hostess piled one lie on top of the other and offer me free drinks for the mistake. Clearly not a mistake. I have been going to buddy Talya for a while and will never go back. Pathetic

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Our water glasses were filled with sparkling water which we paid for & 2 different servers refilled our glasses with tap water, then brought new glasses & poured more sparkling never offering to bring us another bottle of sparkling water. Although the service was friendly & attentive, overall level of service felt amateur.

SB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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
103 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
12 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
109 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
New York Area
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
103 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
71 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love bar italia, stacey and everyone was excellent