'Cesca

4.2
3249 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 3249 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great food. lovely room, fairly quiet, great service. highly recommended

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

Nice restaurant, but pricey for the portions.

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joined my family at 'Cesca after a show at the Beacon. Food and service were great! Duck cooked perfectly, menu had great selection. Will definitely visit again soon!

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NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific dining experience and food; I plan to return soon.

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DD
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian menu with friendly and professional service and a very reasonable “tasting menu” (more accurately described as prix fixe). One word of warning: If you order red wine by the glass, ask it to be poured from the bottle in the cellar; otherwise, you might be served an over-warmed wine from a non-temperature-controlled bottle at the bar. (The manager made gracious amends.)

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant had a good vibe. The wine, appetizer and salad were terrific, however, I was disappointed with the entree. I ordered halibut and I did not like how it was prepared and it seemed to be undercooked, even though I sent it back and asked that it be cooked more.

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My duck was cold. I think because it was 4 th of July weekend the restaurant was short staffed. There was no one dining and the service and food was very uneven

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

We welcomed July at 'Cesca! A friendly girls night was made memorable by the wonderful service and delicious food! The consensus was, if you want to enjoy your meal, orderaccordingly to your pleasure. If you're a fish person, they have an excellent array of fresh fish - the scallops were divine. If you're a pasta lover - make sure you try their mushroom ravioli. If you're into steak, their strip is unforgettable!! Make sure you save room for dessert! The absolutely best cheesecake we've ever had! Kudos 'Cesca! You got it right!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought the restaurant was beautiful. The food was good and the service was great. I would definitely go back

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JR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & excellent service.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant for dining before a show at the Beacon!

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JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Always a great experience. The food is consistent, good hearty fare. The waitstaff always tries to go above and beyond. The atmosphere is always inviting and warm. Will continue to be a regular patron.

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

Cesca is our go to restaurant on the UWS. Owners Georgia and Stavros always make us feel welcome. Chef Luis is a master and the servers, especially Staka and Ivan, are attentive and delightful. The $49 prix fixe is a great value. Easily one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood and convenient to the Beacon Theatre.

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w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

appetizers were great, could easily have done two instead of ordering a main course. portions are not huge, but definitely ok. conversation was easy--the noise level is definitely ok. service was attentive, and amazing; quick, friendly. we haven't been there in a long time, and it held up.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Food fantastic.

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MT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 34th wedding anniversary

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g
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I mad reservations 4 months in advance to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We were seated right next to another couple while other couples had much more privacy.
The food was outstanding but we were very crowded.
It just left a really overall bad impression.

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RS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had brunch at Cesca recently and it did not go smoothly. After explaining to the management, they reached out immediately in order to rectify our experience. We look forward to going back. The high stars for service refer to the Manager reaching out to make things right. We truly appreciated it.

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PV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday. From the moment we arrived until we said goodbye, we felt like family. The food and service were amazing. The porkchop and burrata delicious. We will definitely be back.

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G
New York Area
311 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seems like every time is visit cesca, they out do themselves.
We arrived a little Arlyne. No problem.
We were seated at a quiet table by the window as I had requested.
We ordered some wine and the server, a lovely young lady, understood that we were early so not in a rush! But also wanted to make sure we arrived at theater on time. She was able to work it out with perfection. We had the Caesar salad made with kale which was different and delicious. I opted for the halibut, soft, juicy and fragrant taste. My friend has the soft shell crab special coated in polenta. A real treat. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of dining with Cesca,it’s a real find. Enjoy!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere!!!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! We ordered the sirloin steak and it was delicious! Service was great. Beautiful Restaurant. Would definitely return

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K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was renovated or redecorated and looks much better, especially the bar area. Food and service were excellent. Tables aren’t on top of each other and you can have a conversation. We were there on a Thursday night.

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U
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Graduation

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Solid food, but the service left a lot to be desired.

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

Great food, service, wine list and cocktails. Very enjoyable experience

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Just short of 5 stars. We will return....food was fab

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to have a nice dinner for our last night in NYC and Cesca did not disappoint. We had purchased a voucher from Travelzoo and was expecting lower quality food, but Cesca delivered some of the best food we had. The salmon was cooked perfectly and my husband had the chicken, which he loved. We had a bottle of chiani included in the voucher, which we enjoyed. Our kids had a nice selection from the kids menu and enjoyed their meals too. Highly recommended.

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C
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Two couples met at Cesca to enjoy an infrequent get-together. The restaurant was welcoming and we were able to have a quiet table in the very back of the restaurant, which was great for our hard-of-hearing husband’s. The service was good although, for whatever reason, there were quite long gaps of time before we were actually waited on and also between courses. Our varied meals- salmon, duck, octopus and salads were very good and the wine list was nice. Fortunately we had a lot to talk about so the waits were tolerable for us and we enjoyed our evening ou.

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WH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do the tasting menu if u can! Amazing food and drinks!

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious
And the staff was very professional

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l
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful restaurant. Ambience, decor was lovely. Service was excellent; food outstanding. What more could one ask for?

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S
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Sad to say it’s past it’s sell by date. Food was mediocre at best and prices are full fare. Service was excellent

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OG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We both had Bolognese which is superb. The wine, Super Tuscan, by the glass was mediocre at best. However the service was amazingly bad. They forgot to dress my wife’s beet salad and when we notified one of the staff they brought Caesar dressing. While still eating our appetizer our waiter asked whether we’d like the chocolate soufflé and we both said yes. Then as soon as the cleared our salads the waiter returned with our deserts having forgotten to bring our main course.

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

Very slow service! In-attentive waiters.

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

Excellent food and service.

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PT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

At the risk of creating competition for my seat at the table, Cesca is amazing. The food is excellent, the service is terrific and they let you sit, even if your whole party is not there. In fact, they'll let you order wine and food too! It's perfect before performances at the Beacon as they're quick and accommodating. We had excellent chicken and fabulous brussel sprouts and lovely wine options. The manager dealt quickly with a small problem and the staff were exceptional. Really. A wonderful meal. We'll be back!

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

Absolutely delicious food. Loved the ambiance. Classy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I love the atmosphere, very good if you want to have a nice chat with friends or someone special. The service was impeccable. Will definitely go here again.

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