Cafe Fiorello

4.7
7615 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Reservations are for inside only. There is a 90 min time limit on indoor tables.
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Our outdoor cafe is open with heat lamps! It is non-reservable, and for walk-ins only. There is a 60 min time limit for outdoor tables.
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We are still open for delivery and pick up!
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7615 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My experience was not as good at it used to be!
We were seated in area that wasn’t even ready for customers yet so the first 5-10 minutes people kept moving tables right next to us. This definitely threw off the vibe. We were there for a special occasion and were given the worst table.

The server didn’t bring me a spoon for pasta and brought a soup spoon for my dessert. No oil/vinegar was offered for the bread.
In order to get a server’s attention we had to wave for like 5 minutes.

Now that I think about this I wish I didn’t tip.
Food was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Fiorello is the Best!! My wife and I come here every chance we get. The food is Amazing and the ambiance is perfect. We love the adult atmosphere and the service.I highly recommend Cafe Fiorello!!

MC
vipMrCPW
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service and authentic Italian food. Recommended the chicken or veal parmigian.

CG
vipCharlestonGirl
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! My go-to for neighborhood dining!

MW
vipMiraW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the upper west side. The food is very good, my favorites are the lasagna and eggplant caponata. For desert, the tiramisu is outstanding. The staff is amazing, they are attentive and always make sure you’re happy. I can go there everyday! They are always welcoming!

MG
vipMarkG441
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not excellent but pretty reliably good. The adjustments required to navigate the COVID restricted dining environment have limited choice. This is especially noticeable in their previously excellent antipasto now restricted to its still tasty but limited core options. The pizza is still very good if you like paper-thin crust. They have done an excellent job of accommodating outdoor dining even through the winter. We found it perfectly pleasant on even a few pretty chilly nights. Become more of a neighborhood place these days versus the pre-Lincoln Center dining venue it used to be -- but that's not a complaint.

PB
vipPaigeB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve always loved Fiorello’s. It was so great to get back. They’ve separated the tables pretty far apart and it felt just fine. Waiter was great, food was incredible! Only disappointment was they didn’t have their staple fried artichoke! But their bringing the full menu gradually.

KH
KeithH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in all of New York City. Staff is always welcoming and professional, food is outstanding and we enjoy the traditional and artistic aesthetic mix of the atmosphere.

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27yearsinlove
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic setting. This was our first indoor dining experience since COVID began, and it was a great way to re-enter that world! The veal milanese (small portion!) came with a salad and was more than enough; it was also cooked just right. Our waiter was friendly and told us stories of when the restaurant was the after-performance scene for Lincoln Center. And the ambiance - with booths and lights - was lovely.

WG
vipWGM5
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Fiorello is one of NYC’s go-to’s for Italian fare. I’ve yet to try something on the menu that wasn’t great: the pizza, lasagna, meatballs, garlic bread are all delicious, as are the desserts. Great service and attentive waiting staff.

CF is a great destination for a post-theater date or just everyday dining.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

We made a reservation for inside, after reading that nyc restaurants are open at 25% capacity.
Upon arrival, none of the 4 of us were comfortable sitting inside...the place was packed!!! It just seems impossible that they are only 25% of capacity.
Outside was pretty and the heaters sufficed.

Food and wine were excellent, just as we remembered.

CA
vipCarolA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Every table was filled. I thought NYC was at 25% occupancy due to COVID. Place was packed - inside. Oddest chicken parm I’ve ever had. Looked like a personal pan pizza. No pasta side (avail for a charge) no bread for the table (again, for a charge). Seriously? I’ve never come across that in an Italian restaurant - anywhere.
Too many good restaurants in NYC to bother with this one again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Cafe Fiorello. From the moment you enter the restaurant you feel at home and welcomed. The food is Amazing!! The staff and service is what you should expect each time you eat out. They are attentive to your every need. You will never be disappointed eating at Cafe Fiorello!

KC
vipKevinC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried calamari was excellent. Our entrees, Dover sole and veal Milanese, were well-prepared promptly brought to table. Our server, Cleber, was attentive and friendly. All in all an excellent meal!

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vipurbanshaker
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely ambiance, wonderful food. Somewhat absentminded service.

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vipShannon
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - I went for brunch and it was outstanding! Get the avocado toast and the shortrib pizza - you will not be disappointed. The wine is top notch. Great servers and service as well. We sat outside and they had adequate heat.

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Cismargo
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating the joint birthdays of my son and grandson. We had a nice round table located inside. The food as always, was fine with generous portions.
I was able to get my favorite desert, chocolate mousse with whipped cream.
It was a nice experience after months of not being able to eat inside a restaurant.
Hopefully this will soon become the norm.

JN
vipJimN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a WONDERFUL waiter. Didn’t get his name. The perfect waiter—attentive when he was needed, but also not intrusive.

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Luvoysters
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I really feel bad to be critical about restaurants at this time but this was very frustrating. We ordered meatballs appetizer and it came in a dish with no bread. I asked for some bread but I was told they do not put bread on the table for everyone, they have only garlic bread and it has to e ordered. It cost 7 dollars. Never heard of an Italian restaurant where they fo not have bread on the table.

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summer77
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

always a lovely experience--for years--food, service, first rate--and generally a 'gala' ambience--

JR
vipJeannaR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite go to spot with friends.
The food is always excellent as is the service!
I wish I could stop only ordering the salmon and the butternut squash lasagne, but I can’t!
I also always steal the Cesar salad off of my Boyfriends Chicken.
I’m pretty picky and everything is delicious!
We also just tried some sort of chocolate cake mousse with whip cream (I can’t remember the exact name) and it was worth every calorie and I will dream about it for the rest of my life!

LB
LarryinBrooklyn
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff and delicious food. Dined on the first day of re-opening and the restaurant hadn’t missed a beat. Looking forward to going back.

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Tricia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were given the option to choose where we want to sit inside. The food was still really good and the holiday wine was excellent. They accommodated my request for a simple birthday surprise for my friend. I would definitely go back to celebrate another event.

LJ
LeonardJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table right next to a heat lamp so outdoor dining was no problem.
Best lasagna that I've ever eaten!

AC
vipArcadioC
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good.
Food portions gotten smaller & not as tasty.
Overly priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food,
Great service!
We come all the way from Florida every December and it’s for sure on of our places to go.

CD
CDangyo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved the service there. All the staff are super friendly and the food is always delicious!! I always take my friends who visit here! Will come back soon!

EG
vipEddyG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I hope that they will be able to maintain their outdoor dining even into the colder weather. Their precautions seem perfectly adequate and the heat lamps adequate.

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vipstategogreen
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seriously best pizza!

SW
vipSusanW
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment! Delicious food! Attentive waiters! A great place to go for any meal! Enjoy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff.
Great service.
Great food.
Highly recommend!

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nycgal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We opted for outdoor dining during the lunch hour. Heat lamps made it pleasant. We had pizza and lasagna. The lasagna portion was enough for two. Staff was attentive. Will be back again. So glad they are able to reopen.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Great food. Sat inside near the window.
Pricey, though worth the price. Thank you.

JR
vipJeannaR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love your restaurant so much!
The food is always amazing as is the service!
Thank you for all of the wonderful meals!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation and my date made one too. So, they sat us using his reservation. His name is Salvatore Somma.

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vipwmhenry
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good and our server was very welcoming and attentive. It's a great location!

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vipKathy2go
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a joyful evening to be out and treasured the get together with friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks, food and service!! Highly recommend this restaurant

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live in building for 50 years. Regular!

FAQs

Cafe Fiorello offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 595-5330.

Cafe Fiorello is rated 4.7 stars by 7615 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.