Cafe Fiorello

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6884 reviews
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Italian
A forum for Lincoln Center’s performing arts culture for nearly 30 years, Café Fiorello features a sprawling bar filled with more than 50 kinds of antipasti. Finished in warm wood, brass and mirrors, the main dining room suggests a timeless charm. In addition to the hot and cold antipasto specialties of vegetables and seafood, the menu features updated Italian classics and specialty dishes, as well as a selection of seafood, steak, veal & pasta.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

College graduation

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pepperoni Chicken Parm dinner is amazing. Make a reservation...packed and lively venue. Smiling, kind staff.

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JR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable!

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h
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful to enjoy a lovely lunch outdoors on a fabulous day. The food was excellent as was the service. The outdoor cafe was a special place to have lunch.

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HB
Miami
118 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Excellent service. Perfect location for pre-theater at Lincoln Center.

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JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but not excellent. My Caesar salad was mediocre and small portion for price. Service wasn’t great and they weren’t even busy. I probably wouldn’t go again. We ate here before going to Broadway at Lincoln Theater.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place

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Naples
107 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible terrible terrible.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The service this evening was terrible (on a Sunday evening when the restaurant wasn’t full), not at all up to Fiorello’s usual standard. The food, however, was excellent. I would not hesitate to go back — but I don’t understand the lax and inattentive service!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent lunch!

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C
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a disappointing visit mainly because on a Saturday evening after the theater crowd left, another wave of customers arrived seemingly at once so our waiter became overwhelmed and the service disappeared. Our granddaughter’s pizza arrived after the others were nearly finished, and this was thanks to the manager stepping in. The food was delicious, the ambiance fun, so all’s we’ll that ends well. Fiorello’s remains an interesting Lincoln Center eatery.

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MF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and nothing beats those fried artichokes all in all it was a very pleasant after Ballet

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SM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the hurrays ravioli. Our waiter was very gracious and attentive. Perfect place before a night at Lincoln Center. We will return.

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RR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been coming here for the last 30 years. Food is consistently excellent and it's right across the street from Lincoln Center. Best lasagna and ravioli hands down! The veal is so tender it melts in your mouth. Highly recommend this restaurant

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s
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the places we dine in when we go to Lincoln Center. The calamari and prosciutto and burrata are excellent. Or waiter Troy was professional and friendly. Desserts are killer. Nice selection of wines by the glass

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AU
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a solid experience - great wine, food and excellent service!

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TW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We have been there many times and loved it. This time they put us in a dark corner facing walls and took forever to get service. My food good but my husband’s fish quite fishy’s

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always! It was a nice late dinning outdoor. Never try cocktails before and they where great!

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S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a welcoming vibe! Pepperoni arugula pizza is heaven. Food is always consistent and servers are always kind an attentive. A neighborhood gem.

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d
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and service as usual. The Quinoa salad with artichokes was wonderful. A little hectic!!!

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PC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good good, service, price, and location can't be beat. Right across from Lincoln Center, we're never late for a performance. The food is fresh and well prepared. The service is attentive and helpful, but not intrusive. Go there. You won't be disappointed.

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BF
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going to Café Fiorello for years. Stopped going for a while because of the menu change but have gone back serval times now and food choices have been great again. Love it when they have specials as they are always good. Service has always been excellent and they try very hard to accommodate us with our table choice. Food is always fresh and serviced hot.

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NG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Dining outside at sidewalk tables was not remotely considered due to extremely loud vehicular traffic. Great bar

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

The food is always quite wonderful here (I especially like the Pasta with Pesto), and the service is usually excellent with old world charm. Unfortunately, our server seemed frantic and disorganized, and we waited 15 minutes just for our cocktails. I will return, though, hoping that this was a rare mistep.

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

The waiter was awful. I ordered a bottle of wine and about 15 minutes later someone else came by to say they were out of the bottle I ordered. We asked for the table to be leveled and he said yes. 10 minutes later I had to remind him. Rather than going around the table to pour water, deliver food, etc, the waiter and busboy kept reaching across. Very unprofessional. After all this, the waiter got pushy about dessert and/or an after dinner drink.

Fortunately the food was very good but the service distracted from it.

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H
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not a good night at Cafe Fiorello. We booked a 5:30 reservation for pre-theater at Lincoln Center - thinking it allowed plenty of time for dinner before the 7:30 performance across the street. We barely made the performance on time. The waiter mixed up our first course - simple selections from the antipasto bar. It took forever to get our main course. The Maitre d' offered a "quiet table" when we arrived at the restaurant - we accepted. We were then taken to a table that was in a very poor location at the rear of the restaurant near the kitchen. We refused the table and were seated elsewhere.

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

exceptional antipasti choices. Very good meatballs. Well done spaghetti and sauce.

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S
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The tables are bistro style tiny. I did not care for the fancy soggy bread. The food and presentation were OK but not over the top. Service was business like, efficient and fast, almost eager to turn the table over to the next patron.

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B
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for pre-theatre dining. Delicious drinks, appetizers and a killer tiramisu.

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Whether you are looking for an assortment of filling appetizers, a variety of main dishes, or even Pizza, Cafe Fiorello is the place. Their Italian food is authentic, delicious, and served piping hot the way it should be. Because the restaurant is right across from Lincoln Center, service can be a little slow during a rush right before the curtain goes up. Otherwise, no complaints.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

😊 great!!! One of the best

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FF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

My best friend and I ate brunch here on a very soggy Mother's Day just before a show. We were served by Jim, a most charming fellow, who made the occasion even more enjoyable. The food was excellent - Bellini, artichoke high omelet and salmon and quinoa (accidentally sans salmon!), and a delicious tiramisu.. Will definitely pay another visit.

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MP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bella Benedict is very tasty, and my partner always really enjoys the Spaghetti carbonara. They treated us very special giving us extra yummy sweet bread before our meal and some bubbly wine for both me and my mom. Very generous portions and for New York the whole package is a great deal. Another plus it is close to home. Love this place.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I came here with my husband and children and really had a nice time.

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N
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and close to Lincoln Center. Veal Parmesan covered the plate! Bolognese dish was absolutely wonderful. Tiramisu was heavenly. Staff is attentive. This is my first choice for dining near Lincoln Center

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient to Lincoln Center. Takes reservations. Very good wait staff. Sat outside.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We asked for a quiet table and were given one. This was very important, as we wanted to be able to carry on a conversation without having to shout. The food and service were first class, as always!

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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Cafe Fiorello! Across the street from Lincoln Center. Lively, delicious, classic New York City -wonderful, busy, yummy Italian food. Highly recommend.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Great location across the street from Lincoln Center. Old world ambiance in tight quarters. Packed in like sardines. Tables so close one could literally touch elbows.

Quite noisy. Couldn’t hear conversations lower than a shout.

Food was okay, but nothing amazing. Veal parm was good (sides, including pasta, sold separately). Veal Milanese was dry and close to inedible.

Nothing extraordinary as far as food fare is concerned, and no bargain on the bottom line (though definitely on par with other Manhattan restaurants).

Lots of good eats in NYC. Will not likely return here.

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JS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've lunched and dined here several times. The food is always excellent. This time I discovered a new salad: Artichoke Salad, made with avocado, quinoa, and a citrus dressing. After-dinner coffee was VERY strong, but also very fresh.

What was most outstanding this time was service. We were caught in traffic and appeared 15 minutes late, but the restaurant forgave us even though they were extremely crowded. The waiter was super-efficient, so that even on a rushed schedule we had time for 3 courses before our 7:30 theatre curtain.

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