Bar Italia

4.6
519 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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C
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like this place, they have a little tiny bar, but has very good service. Food is really good. Salmon tartare wonderful, and calcio e pepe,very good too. Wine list is excellent, we like the bread that ic like a cookie.

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FG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Wines and champagnes too expensive.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice- good service. Prices are a bit high

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TB
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived late and wanted something close to our hotel at Park and 61st. It's a short walk to the restaurant; we were seated and served immediately. My bolognese was delicious as we my husband's dishes. My only complaint was the $19 for three small scoops of gelato -- pretty outrageous. Otherwise good experience.

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

Fantastic evening. Food was outstanding and the service was great. It was the final night of our honeymoon and the staff looked after us and made the occasion memorable - highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best New Years Eve dinner ever

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IP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food, although my plate was missing some salt. Great service!

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BD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing jewel on the UES. Don't pass up this little treasure. The food was sublime and the staff made you feel right at home!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. It was also very easy to carry on a conversation and enjoy the whole table of family.

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n
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome from the time we walked in door until we left. Go. Waiters are superb, make great recommendations, and anticipate what you need/want next. Great tequila martinis. Great Arneis. Great calamari, seared tuna, great buratta, great veal ragu. Great everything. Go.

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FA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot. The Chef/Owner is amazing. Not just that he is a great chef who makes fantastic dishes, but also a wonderful human being who treats his guest as if they were eating in his home.
5 Stars Plus!!

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London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were made to feel very welcome. Friendly and attentive staff who were extremely helpful

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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RL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time and has quickly become our favorite go-to restaurant even though it’s a bit out of our immediate neighborhood. The staff is beyond gracious and the food is absolutely spectacular!

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T
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food....nice people!! Best restaurant in area.
Chef is italian and food is authentic....rare in many Italian restaurants.

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JV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably my favorite restaurant in NYC. I try to go whenever I’m in the City. This time I had my kids with me and they were able to find things on the menu they liked- can’t go wrong with Calamari, Pasta Carbonara, or a pizza. My wife and I loved the risotto with shrimp and the pasta special with truffles- that was amazing! This restaurant has never disappointed and can’t wait to return for the great food and service

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s
New York Area
217 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Completely overpriced Madison Ave rest. $36 for spaghetti with butter? Overpriced wines by the glass and bottle. Only good for people who need to be gluten free since they have $32/38 GF pizza and pasta.

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C
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Italia it’s a gem in the neighborhood. Service is really good, all the staff, bartenders, always very good ambiance. Chef Denis, it’s excellent, and you can ask for things that maybe are not in the menu. Try carbonara, calf liver, polenta is very good, swordfish , veal , puntarella

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and tasty food. Nice setting and atmosphere, but way too expensive.

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F
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best of the best
Well worth the visit
One of our NYC favorites

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v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

took awhile for the waiter to come but then, great service.....but the tables for two are MUCH too crowded....but a great neighborhood place....maitre d more interested in his friends at the bar than the other customers. fun ambiance.

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p
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and and a fun and festive atmosphere!

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and attentive service. Food is always amazing! Consistently great spot in the neighborhood for an evening out.

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l
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a chicken special, basically chicken Marsala with a rice side. Soooo delicious!!! I am all in on this restaurant! Delicious!!!!

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JP
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve passed by Bar Italia many times over the past 2 years and said to my wife “ we’ve got to try eating there” and always forgot about it. Last Tuesday night we happened to be in the 3 blocks away and went. We weren’t disappointed food , service and ambience were terrific

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C
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Italia it’s a neighborhood gem. Food, service,bar, wine list, ambiance, all staff are very good. Chef Denis can make you everything you want. We love this place, it’s very Italien. Try carbonara, veal picatta, calf liver, and excellent salads, burrada, general everything is very good.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I wouldn’t have minded that the food was underwhelming but the service was absolutely horrible. My worst experience in New York.

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p
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch here with a friend. Tuna salad (not what you're thinking) was exceptional. Pasta carbonara was very good. Attentive service and nice ambiance. What's not to like??

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up in NYC although have lived in Philadelphia for a number of years. I’d never been to Bar Italia until this past weekend. It was so incredibly delicious, from the focaccia to the wine to the salad to the entree (we had dessert elsewhere). We will absolutely be back - I think it’s our new favorite. My husband and I loved our meals as did our picky 16 and 14 year olds. It was noisy but energetic - we could hear each other perfectly. The ambiance is hip and cool - much cooler that you’d expect on the UES. And the staff was incredibly solicitous without being overbearing and very knowledgeable of the menu. Like I said, we will be back..:I can’t wait!!

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service always very good! the customer service is always outstanding!

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MG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service on Madison and delicious food! We always enjoy going to Bar Italia! Thank you for yet another wonderful evening.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the authentic Italian food ( the Italian chef Denis Franceschini), and the pictures from the old Italian movies on the walls. Especially when they actually play some old classics, like La Dolce Vita, on the back screen. Makes for a perfect date night.

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good

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TD
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Enjoy Bar Italia when we visit NYC. The staff is so personable and attend to your every need. The food is fresh and made to perfection. The cheese selection is delicious. A must for a nice dinner on the Upper East Side when in NYC.

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I curse you! Italian food anywhere else is ruined for me. There is ONLY Bar Italia.

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PV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Place caters to the Madison Ave rich white people. Nothing wrong with that, but it was obvious there was no diversity in the crowd. That's why I won't be going there again. Food is good, service was okay.

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JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, exquisite food and professional service

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DG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post-marathon meal...was great!

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C
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In bar Italia , service is always very good, attentive, nice and friendly. Food is excellent, wine list .we star coming and we did love. Chef Denis is really good and you can try things different , just asking him a day before. We ask for the carbonara with real guanciale, and they have it!!
It’s a very good place.

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