Cafe Fiorello

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The restaurant menu claimed to have gluten free items and when we ordered a meatball soup and the waiter confirmed that this was a gluten free meal, after a 45 minute wait the soup arrived with a piece of bread in it as well as farro.
They could not confirm whether the food could have been cross contaminated and therefore my friend left the restaurant hungry, unable to touch any of the food they claimed to be gluten free.
Disappointing experience.
The manager compensated our meal.

NF
London
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food was not prepared as ordered. Pasta with VERY little butter was drowning in it. No grilled chicken. Ran out of vegetables. Campari and soda came with no soda. Place is backed so service is poor. It is a mad house on Saturday dinner.

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great menu selection, and convenient to Lincoln Center, but the kitchen can't keep up when it's busy as it is on the weekends when there are matinees at the theatres. If you plan to make a 2:00 O'clock curtain, make sure you have a reservation and give yourself plenty of time if you want more than a cold appetizer off the antipasto bar.

A
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service and food!

AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Fiorello's bustling café! It reminds me of the best brasseries in Paris: warm; inviting; cosy red banquettes with brass trim and art on the walls; good, dependable, heart-warming food; delicious platters of appetizers to share; Italian specialties done in a classic manner; yummy foccaccia bread and olive oil brought to the table; thoughtful, attentive waiters who speed up service, if you want to leave for a concert on time; the place is always packed to the brim for good reason; well-known Lincoln Center celebrities in the crowd with brass plaques on their favorite seats; and delicious free chocolate treat as you leave!

AM
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's so great to have a restaurant so reliably excellent. I highly recommend the lasagne, Bolognese, lamb ragú, and the Branzino. The food and wine are always wonderful. Keep it up guys!

S
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is our favorite restaurant in the Lincoln Square district. we love the food. The portions are very large and sometimes 2 people can. share a dish. The waiters are always wonderful.

e
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In this crazy world and in this crazy city, there are a few places you can count in to offer good food at fair prices in an uplifting room with good service. Thank you Shelly Fireman, and each and all who work at Fiorello’s!

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the better restaurants in the Lincoln Center area.

LF
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Too much noise and tables too close. Chief appeal is proximity to Lincoln Center especially on a cold winter night.

j
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the antipasto bar!

h
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food us usually good. Some dishes better than others. Tables for two are in a very crowded area even though service is very good. Consider casual dining even though the prices are higher than that. If you can get a booth you would a better experience.

S
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little overpriced but always pleased. Vegetable appetizer/entree was ordered by all 4.

J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

We have been here several times, in fact we had two events in this place. The food is great, the service is top notched and the drink is just perfect. However, the tables are too closed to each other’s which is really annoying and wonder if they meet fire code!!!

It is very lively place and packed on Sunday’s.

D
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch before a show. Wonderful menu choices. Really good food. You could either breakfast or lunch. Professional service.

D
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been going to Fiorello's for more than 35 years. There is a reason it's had such longevity. We've never been disappointed there. The food is always excellent, the service is friendly and attentive, it's so convenient to the venues at Lincoln Center. Here's to another 35 years!

j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, especially the roasted veggies. Most convenient restaurant before a Lincoln Center performance!

CP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A great bustling place perfect for after the opera.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants for several years right across Broadway to Lincoln Center.

L
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to enjoy a delicious Italian meal . Typical NYC prices but the portions are generous and food delicious . Very convenient if you are going to a performance at the Lincoln Center .

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Over priced for what you get, but you’re paying for the location...

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We were there for brunch before the Opera.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Prompt but not pushy. Loud but not overly so.

E
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway excellent and consistent. Great value.

ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. The turn off was that while we were eating the busboy started sweeping the floor next to us.

The ‘reserves for’ plaques were nostalgic and fun to look at but they weren’t clean.

Overall very good experience

JC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Fiorello is a classic New York pre-theater bistro. The food meets a high standard; the service is on point; and the energy of the city vibrates the room.

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service--consistently. Waiter accommodated special dietary needs--much appreciated.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic friendly service and amazing large portions of food!

JJ
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Waitstaff inattentive. I waited 15-20 min for my check!

JF
Salt Lake City
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun environment!

f
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I don't know how they do it. No matter what time of day, the caliber of service and food is always excellent. Friendly and accommodating service, no push to turn the table. A menu that works for everyone, vegan, gluten-free etc etc. And the Tiramisu!!!!

p
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have eaten at Fiorello's many times, but this was our first lunch there. We began with a major problem: I had booked for friends from UK, but was unavoidably delayed and had to delay the reservation by 30 minutes. As I was unable to reach my friends (their cell phone did not work in USA), I left a message for them at the restaurant letting them know I would be late and had changed the reservation time. Shortly after the new reservation time, I called the restaurant to let them know I was on the way and to check that my friends had received my message. I was told my friends had not been seated. When I arrived, I was again told they had not arrived; when I asked about my message, he had it & read it to me, but then I spotted my friends, who it turned out, had arrived at the original booking time, not been given my message, had been seated for an hour and in fact had finished eating their main meal! We joined them and after some delay, the waiter arrived to take our order.
As always, the food was excellent; we ordered the Prix Fixe menu, which seemed to be good value; Caesar salad, meat balls, beet carpaccio and wedding soup were all excellent. We followed with one spaghetti carbonara, rather rich and heavy, & 3 red snapper, full-flavoured and very tasty. However, my soup arrived in a bowl, rather than a cup, which I didn't notice as I was busy apologising to my friends. When reviewing the bill later, I realised the waiter had probably made a mistake and passed on our order as from the main menu rather that the Prix Fixe. (when I ordered, I asked for "the wedding soup from the Prix Fixe menu"). As my friends paid, I felt very bad that they had ended up paying more than they expected to.
I realise that the staff were probably frazzled that day as there was a major flood in the area, but the fact that my message was not passed on, that I was misinformed that my friends had not arrived, and that there was a mistake re the order spoiled our celebration.

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cafe Fiorello is one of my favorite restaurants in the Lincoln center area.
Hope to go there again soon.

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This was my 6th visit in last 12 months. We made reservations on Open Table for 6 pm on a Saturday night. The table we were seated at would have made Oompah Loompahs claustrophobic. The waiter was neglectful from the beginning. The food, as always was amazing. It arrived quickly and was hot and delicious. Being seated by the waiters service area added to the closeness, but not their attention. I had dirty silverware dropped on me, the wrong check, (already paid for) and then the requested after dinner coffee forgotten. Overall, an OK experience, not what one expects from Cafe Fiorello. For $170 for 2, one would expects the amazing food, but the service needs attention.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

AM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food...It was jam packed with people the evening we were there.

LN
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must try the Vanilla Méringue Cup!! Best dessert. Good food, good value great location for Lincoln Center.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience2

A reliable restaurant especially for antipasti,
The pizza is not as good as remembered!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for an evening at Lincoln Center
Food and service are great and the location is perfect

FB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, very accommodating, excellent food cooked with care, fresh quality ingredients and nicely presented. They even came around to the tables with warm chocolate cookies.