Cafe Fiorello

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7059 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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FR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times, usually pretty or post opera. Had dinner early Saturday evening after a day in the city. Nice pleasant outdoor seating. Restaurant seems less crowded during the summer months. Service was attentive as always. While the food is not re writing the book on Italian cuisine, serving standard dishes and an extensive antipasto bar, it is always well prepared and delicious. Highly recommend the artichokes a la guide if you haven't tried them.

f
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place -Eurpean flair - nice touches like home made cookies and chocolate....gratis!!

LOVE the Italian Wedding Soup and the Meatball pizza.

Been going there for years and it just keeps getting better

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husbands birthday

JR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

This restaurant , while a landmark establishment , feels tired . Service was minimal and non engaging. The place needs to be re ignited

n
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is always good. Wonderful antipasto bar. Lovely service. Outdoor seating available in summer.I really appreciate the petite Dover sole,making my favorite dish affordable for once. They always get you out in time for a Lincoln Center performance.

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

Excellent food.... great location.

L
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We’ve enjoyed this restaurant in the past but were

JD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always excellent Italian fare. Unusually quiet for lunch as more people sitting outdoor areas. Cobb Salad with chicken was excellent!

KK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal in a great spot. It was my first time in this restaurant and everything was perfect. Super friendly staff. I’ll definitely return.

MN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really disappointed that they charge for drink refills. The food was ok, but not any better than I've had anywhere else. I would not go back or recommend it to anyone.

RG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I usually order an antipasto assortment but this time I got an "Italian Cobb Salad," which was wonderful!

NY
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good service and ambience. Nice before Lincoln Center. The antipasto table is really special!

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always pleases

L
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! Nice wine selections Limoncello after meal was a nice touch. Our table was tiny...wish we had asked for a booth

LF
New York Area
247 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fresh, creative, well prepared, delicious. Great fish, pasta, vegetables, salads, desserts. A happening place. Good bar. Across the street from Lincoln Center. Can't go wrong.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent but it took almost an hour get to the table which was a disappointment.

EH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cafe Fiorello's is a very good reliable restaurant excellently located across from Lincoln Center. Always a wonderful place to eat. Would like them to give points on OpenTable.

OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good ambiance inside, since most patrons wanted to be outside. Very good service. Most dishes were overpriced for how good they were. Several were very disappointing.

TQ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful dining experience! Courteous warm welcome from the hostess to the wait staff. Food as always delicious and just the right serving size. There are lots of vegetarian options, but for me the seafood risotto is the best I have had! While a little louder in the bar area, the back tables are quiet with an elegant yet homey ambiance. With its prompt , yet unhurried service and proximity to Lincoln Center, Cafe Fiorello is the perfect place to attend before a ballet or concert. Everyone I have brought here returns again. Looking forward to returning to try the brunch menu with my husband soon:)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

Lunch took a half hour to be served. restaurant was almost empty

C
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Food came out cold. Disappointed in the portion size for price. Have eaten there before many times before but this time was a disappointment. Service was excellent and atmosphere was great as usual

LC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pepperoni pizza was delicious- thin crust with pepperoni slices baked to give a slight crunch. The avocado crab salad was pricy for the serving size. Chicken burger was very good and their sautéed spinach is as good as Bar Pitti’s!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Fiorello is a lovely restaurant near Lincoln Center with delicious food. My petite dover sole, as well as my husband's seafood risotto was very fresh and prepared perfectly. In addition, for dessert we had cheesecake with fresh strawberries that was served with warm chocolate sauce on the side and it was an excellent choice. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant. We will definitely return for another meal.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, good food and lovely service. A bit noisy, but it’s rare to find a popular place that isn’t, especially pre- theater. Have eaten there many times, will again.

HS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat in the from near the window which I like. The service was good..food excellent..skipped the wine because it was pricey. $15..WE shared a delicious ceasar salad and both had tasty pasta. Great location for Lincoln Center.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great though the table was a bit too small.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My son and I enjoyed our early dinner at Fiorello’s. The food was great. Our waiter could have been more attentive. He left us for long blocks of time when we needed him or wanted to ask him a question. I love being so close to Lincoln Center.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

One of my fav restaurants and go often. Made a res and requested outside. When we got there noting available except next to the place where dirty dishes go. I was a little disappointed because we are regulars. Then an unfortunate thing happened w the food and I lost my appetite. They apologized but not visit from the manager or anyone in charge.
I don’t like to give bad reviews but they need to get back on their game. This is a high end restaurant and they need to be in touch w their customers.

F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess found us a quiet table where we could converse even when the restaurant became crowded. The food was creatively prepared and delicious.

VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service aside, each and every dish was done with absolute love. Even the most simple pasta is exceptionally delicious. Although not as overrated as the rest of the Italian restaurants in NYC, Cafe Fiorello is quite a neighborhood gem. My absolute weekly staple.

HL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The online menu showed both a brunch and a lunch menu. However, when we got there only the brunch menu was available, which did not have what we wanted. The only cooked items were breakfast foods and pastas. Everything else was cold (salads, antipasti). As we were finishing our meal, we heard what sounded like a waiter listing specials to the people at the next table. I didn't think food was worth the price. Nothing remarkable. Wines were $12 - $18 a glass, beers were around $9.

b
Miami
129 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Just ok nothing special. Would not recommend sorry

SP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fiorello’s is our go to place, we enjoy sitting outside
during the summer months, food is always good and
Mateo is very helpful!!

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Popular Lincoln Square venue fairly noisy at peak service. Prices are a bit high, but food is quite good.

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

waiter was polite but it took some time before he gave us any attention. we waited for some time before we got water and bread and we had to ask for it. we ordered a seafood platter for two but it would be barely enough for one and way too pricey for the amount of food it had. we were really disappointed even though the quality of food was good, but i would not recommend it.

OT
Yorkshire
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really delicious, portion sizes were good, and our server was very nice and friendly. We had a great time. Definitely a place to come back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Fiorello’s. Great food and service. We had a booth so it made our experience pleasurable. Thanks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always fun to sit at the bar. Food is very good and the people are friendly.

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Fiorello's. Staff are very personable and attentive and food is great!

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although the restaurant was nearly empty the booth we received was in the rear on the way to the toilet. I noticed another senior couple received similar placement. The restaurant was not full when left. We have been patrons for many years and guess what, we got old.

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