'Cesca

4.2
3150 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
An original pioneer of the casual upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side since 2003, Cesca is proud to offer you the best culinary experience featuring contemporary farm-to-table Italian-American cuisine that explodes with flavor and freshness. Housemade pastas, poultry, steaks, seafood, wood-burning oven, artisanal cocktails and an Award Winning wine-list, all complementing this upscale cosmopolitan establishment.
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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 3150 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BE
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been to Cesca in several years. It was much quieter- empty tables at prime dinner hour- and the food was disappointing. My expensive tuna, not described as a salad, was cold.

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

Nice meal, good service

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n
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a lovely experience. Salmon was cooked well but nothing special. Service was great. A good upscale local restaurant.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Perhaps I have to try 'Cesca's dinner atmosphere to leave a fully informed review, but this one's just for their brunch. For starters, I think brunch is a relatively new concept at this restaurant. However, they seem to have fairly good options. I chose the mushroom ravioli and my boyfriend got the eggs Benedict. The ravioli was quite good, if not a tad bit tough. His eggs Benedict was fine, but the english muffin was soggy. I think I've seen other people complaining about a similar thing - that it wasn't toasted enough. On the side, we ordered truffle parmesan fries. I have to say that absolutely nothing about those fries resembled either truffle or parmesan. That was quite a letdown. Finally, we had bottomless beverages so I had a mimosa and a bellini. I have to say I've had better... Overall, the atmosphere was quite nice and the service was good, although it took a while to get the check while being one of two tables, but I don't think I'd be coming back here for brunch. The food simply wasn't good enough value for the price.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chefs menu option

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is lovely to be greeted so warmly by the hostess. The food is delicious and the service is superb.
The noise level is a little high but overall great experience.

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BR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time back to Cesca and I enjoyed it even better than the first. Service and seating were wonderful. We sat in the front of the restuarant which I felt was roomier than being in the back where we sat the last time. Both the food and drinks were all very good. I will certainly be back a third time.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was a catastrophe until we gave 'em hell
Noisy in the extreme
Very overpriced some items

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

we love cesca, but this is the second time i ordered Branzino and once again it was slightly dry and had very little flavor. In Greek restaurants it's always moist and delicious, usually from olive oil and lemons. not sure why cesca gets it wrong.

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E
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn't expecting much when I made the reservation, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is an upscale Italian restaurant, yet not pretentious at all. Great food, wonderful ambiance, and not noisy at all!

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent including the manager. The brunch was delicious.

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F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is awesome so as the service but the ambient temperature was so hot that I've almost fainted. The music was to loud for so few tables with customers. If they change these simple issues is excellent otherwise is unbearable to stay inside.

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

Honestly, the entire experience was sub-par. The food was tasteless. If I didn’t know better I’d say the regular chef was not there. I never write reviews but it was a disappointment for such a high end restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The reviews for Cesca and the menu looked lovely. We were looking forward to an exceptional meal. The pears in the Frisée salad were inedible. The pasta which was supposed to be homemade was over cooked and clearly not homemade. The server brought the salt and pepper we requested after we finally finished three quarters of the meal. Our second glass of wine after the entire meal was finished. A diner at an adjoining table sent her steak back three times because it wasn’t cooked well enough. Cannot believe this is an Italian restaurant on the upper west side.

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Earlier in the day I had made a 9:00 reservation for two, to follow a comedy show.
Granted, people with no reservations were pouring into the restaurant after the show, it was a madhouse. None of the 3 hostesses were available for 5-10 minutes at a time. They were showing people to tables, serving drinks, etc.

We were not seated until 9:20, forced between the front door and jar amongst the jostling crowd.

We did not get any food at all for 45, and the food that did come was mediocre and forgettable.

The dessert, which we ate near 11:00 was inedible.
I’ll never go back.

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BE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Was extremely crowded and disorganized at the front desk. About two dozen people standing around waiting to be taken to their tables.
Once seated, it seemed that the had too few waiters for the crowd and the few waiters there were hustling but it was overwhelming and the couldn’t handle it.
The place is NOISY and Conversation was tough.
Food was good, but not great. I would deal with the noise and tough service if it was better. There are just too many better alternatives to Cesca in NYC.

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SI
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My husband and I dined here Friday night before a show at the Beacon. It was his Birthday. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The bar was very busy and we sat in the very pretty rear dining room. Service was excellent throughout the whole meal. Our appetizers were outstanding - we ordered mussels and an artichoke dish both were deliciously prepared and extremely tasty!
We both opted for different fish dishes because we weren’t starving even though a lot of the other options on the menu looked delicious. I ordered the tuna and my husband ordered the scallops. The fish was extremely fresh and prepared perfectly, however the only reason I did not give four or five stars for food is that in both cases the dishes lacked a little punch of flavor. They were both quite bland and needed a little something more whether it was a different sauce or more sauce, but both of us felt they fell a little short of flavor. We politely provided feedback to our waiter we did not send either dish back because they weren’t bad in anyway but just wanted to offer a bit of feedback to the chef. Overall it was a lovely dining experience! I would go back if I’m in that area and try some of the other dishes. Thank you to Luis for taking such good care of us!

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LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Party of 4 in a very tight spot/table. Service was very slow. Portion of fish entree was appetizer size . Left hungry for the price of the bill

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CT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, attractive restaurant and bar area. Near to the Beacon Theater--perfect for pre or post show dinner.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the right place for a pre theater dinner.

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BE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and ambience

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IS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Fish undercooked (table next to us too), waiter forgot to put in appetizer order, waiter running and rushing, brought next tables refired fish to us. General sense of disorder, lack of commitment to service or management attention.

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TL
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cesca is my go-to restaurant when attending a show at the Beacon Theater. The ambience, service and food are outstanding. We were 2 couples, all ordered something different and were completely satisfied. Service was excellent and was aware that we had a show to catch.

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s
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful prix fixe 3 course meal .
Well worth the $49.00 per person.

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UW
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great food. Went in on Monday night when they are offering the specials that comes with one complementary glass of wine!

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RZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was excellent. From the attentive bartender to the wait staff to the hostess. All were polite and very professional.

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great steak, good service, interesting menu. We will return.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding classy restaurant. Lovely space, tables not too close together. Food impeccable. Just a bit pricey.

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent
Drinks at the bar
4 courses at the table
Never rushes
Real good
Great osso buco

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Tried to charge $10 for $8 beer...

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NJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends. The food is excellent. The decor and lighting is well done. The staff is professional.

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A
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great attendance to our request for a quiet table. Much appreciated. Good food, good service and fair pricing for NYC. We will of course continue to return with friends many times in the future.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food really was NOT good, which is actually hard to find in NYC nowadays. Bread basket has stale bread. Artichoke appetizer was tasteless (unless you count tasting salt as an experience), salmon entree was mushy and bordered on half frozen, and had a thick layer of mayo under, the cannoli desert couldn’t even qualify as a real cannoli- stale shell filled with warm cream resembling nothing of mascarpone. I’ve being to “Cesca” 3 yrs ago and food was superb, what had happened??!!

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CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent. Vm enjoyed the food particularly the artichoke starter and also the special sea bass was good too, nicely deboned by the waiter.

I would have preferred to sit in the front section as the back is a little lacking in atmosphere but maybe I will ask next time I am back - which I will be.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails
FAST SERVICE
AMAZING FOOD
AMAZING DECORATION
I LOVE CESCA!!!!!

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Fresh food. Excellent ambiance. Can't go wrong.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time in this restaurant, but certainly won’t be the last .
Loved the ambiance, the staff friendliness, and loved seasonal, ingredient driven menu. Scallops were out of this world good!

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DC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience...Food was excellent, service very friendly and attentive...Panayotis the manager was very accommodating and pleasant...We will definitely be coming back

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional, Service was impeccable!
Great spot for some real hearty Italian food!

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