Cafe Fiorello

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6948 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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LF
New York Area
246 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We almost always come here before or after attending a performance at Lincoln Center. Great food, fun place.

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Q
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have gone here for years, off and on. The food was always good, but this time it was not - at least for me. My order was messed up by the kitchen, and I understand things happen. Then the correct order comes, and looks nothing like the dish I had ordered, nothing like this classic, Chicken Piccata looks in any of a zillion Italian restaurants, from high to low. The server graciously took that away. Then the Fettucine Bolognese was served and is was desultory, at best.

Cafe Fiorello was once great, but it seems there are hiccups in their kitchen...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Después de los que tomé en al Vaticano, los mejores spagetti carbonara que he probado

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-theater appropriate. Food was fresh and delicious and service was very good.

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New York institution for a reason - amazing food and the most attentive, smart and kind staff. The only pre-theatre dinner spot for me!

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BG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Haven’t been for a while. . . very glad to reconnect. Always
good dining.

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AL
Pittsburgh
160 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Caesar salad best I ever had—- pizza was perfecto

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l
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always include Cafe' Fiorello in our spring ballet trips. The service is very good. Two in our party have ambulatory issues. They help us and are very considerate. I love the seafood. The pasta Bolognese is a favorite as is the organic chicken. The lasagna is made horizonally and not vertically which does not appeal to me, but others seem to like it. We like going to Fiorello.

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

Second visit in 2 weeks! Just love Fiorello! Good food, good, friendly service. It's always bustling but you never feel rushed or overlooked.

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

Good food and service!
Nice environment for eat and have a conversation.
It’s a really good restaurant

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P
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre ballet lunch was excellent. Had a Bellini and the vegetarian lunch—asparagus, eggplant rollatini and shrimp & beans. There were many more vegetarian choices

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TC
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service and food. Perfect spot for dinner before theater or concerts at Lincoln Center. If not attending theater, make your reservation for after 7:30. Dover Sole was done perfectly as was the Salmon. No complaints.

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very stingy portions of wine for $$$. Thimble-sized. Bring a flask:)

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j
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were superb--perfectly prepared and served with theutmost of care and friendliness. Could not be better!

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L
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Café Fiorello can always be counted on for a great New York vibe and excellent Italian fare near
Lincoln Center. We always enjoy the extensive antipasti bar, selecting zucchini parm, shrimp with Spanish
beans, roasted cauliflower, from among the many delicious offerings. Our friends enjoyed the terrific
pizza with razor thin crust as well as the chicken milanese. All in all, an excellent meal, but the wine took
forever to arrive. Once it did, however, the Maitre d', Sayied, gave an apology and sent us two desserts on the house at the end of our meal: the tiramisu and the New York cheesecake with strawberries. Now this is a class act, taking care of its dedicated customers like this. Many thanks.

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i
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful. Since we were going to the ballet timing was important. Our waiter was spot on and got us put without rushing us or our food. He was always right there to pour the white wine. The truffle pizza was exquisite. We chose not to order dessert, just coffee and he brought us a plate of the complimentary chocolates which we loved.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Service prompt and professional. Love the pizza here

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GM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food. Ideal for lunch and dinner. I only wished it was closer to where I live

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RH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place !
Amazing Burnello went so well with the Paperdelle
Location is perfect -across the street from the Lincoln center
Would like to go back soon and often

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the food was good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is absolutely delicious. Server was extremely knowledgeable about all of the restaurants offerings.
Only negative, it's very loud and conversation is difficult.
Recommend to all.

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F
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atention and the food excelent and the location is very advisable!!

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, spot on !

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NN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Cafe Fiorello was wonderful. We had the grilled seafood platter for two and a great Sancere wine that was superb with our meal. The service was professional and attentive. They knew that we had requested a specific booth in the back and they were able to save it for us - - even though we were a little late for our reservation. Kudos for everything.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Plesant staf, good ambiance and of course good food.
One thing I hate is the begging of gratitute. Almost every restaurant is asking for it and gives you even advice about the heigt of it. Stop with that.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been a long time frequent patron and never had a bad meal or less than great service. Fiorello’s is the perfect follow up to a great performance at Lincoln Center. Always at the top of my list of recommendations to family and friends!
I don’t even live in Manhattan, so “frequent” for me is likely far short of their sense of frequent regulars, but they always acknowledge me and roll out a friendly welcome!

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful to sit outside before the ballet

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ZO
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Thought the octopus antipasto was all potato, not enough octopus for the high price. Our excellent waiter Zoltan, immediately changed it and did much more.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had dinner here on Mother’s Day and everything was excellent, so we decided to go back. It was as if we had gone to a different restaurant. The service was the worst part and made the whole experience so bad that I will surely rethink returning and warn everyone I know. The waiter, Fabrice, had a condescending attitude from the moment we sat down. He reluctantly answered questions, as if we should have known the answers already. One of us went to order something off the menu, only to be told that they had increased the price of it by more than double (I was always told that you honor an advertised price - if the price changed, they needed to change it on the menus). It took them 1 hour, and me calling the manager over, between when we finished our appetizer and we got our entrees. After dinner we sat waiting for anyone to come over to our table to ask if we were finished, wanted dessert, wanted a check, wanted anything...for more than half an hour. Again it took me calling over a manager. This time it was a different manager and he just said “sure, I can get you a check”. He was not apologetic at all for our experience. I wanted to tell him to keep the check and just get up and leave, I was so furious (not that I would ever do that). But you would have thought he would have shown some compassion and tried to turn it into a better experience. There are so many great restaurants in New York, this is definitely not one of them!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

service was a little slow. food came out all at once so we sent the main course back (high omelets) so that we could have our appetisers (soup) first. then there was a bit of a stretch before we could get the main course again, and by that time it was a tad overdone.

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful. He was extremely attentive and made our dining experience very pleasant .

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were exellent, only complaint is the in the small room to the left tables are too small and on top of one another couldn't used a little more elbow room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great bartenders
Helpful and attentive wait staff

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PS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality Italian cuisine. Great place to go before or after a performance at Lincoln Center. Our server was conscience of our time restraint and served us quickly. Would definitely go again!

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D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

i usually have the antipasto for lunch. I
wasn’t crazy about mushrooms this time. love the eggplant cauliflower broccolini tho

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L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was not up to standard. Had to get up several times and get wait staff. Used to frequent this restaurant and it was not up to its own standard

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Cold bread, and olive oil is provided only on request and taken away without checking. The server couldn't give one recommendation. And the food was below average.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The antipasto bar is fabulous! And the pizza...the thinnest, crispest crust.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was efficient and pleasant. Food was delicious as always. Bucket of mousse, a celebratory ending!

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