'Cesca

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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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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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New York Area
182 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late Thursday dinner with one guest arriving just before closing. Pleasant helpful staff. Very good mixed drinks. Outstanding lamb chops with roasted artichokes. Very enjoyable special pasta. Guests liked tiramisu and chocolate mousse. Have also had a good lunch and earlier dinner at ‘Cesca.
Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ve given the dining experience at Cesca a poor rating in every category - only because there was nothing lower on the scale. Cesca should not remain open. Over the years, what used to be an enjoyable and delicious dining experience, has become a very very poor excuse for a restaurant. The food was terrible (every course), the service was abominable/non existent and the place has not been properly cleaned or had a ‘sprucing up’ in years. The terrible food arrived after very long waits and much prodding, the orders were not properly prepared and the maitre d’ was less than apologetic or understanding. Definitely will not recommend and will not patronize in the future.

N
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 2 hours for food. Three of the orders were incorrect including one that designated serious allergies which was done incorrectly twice and could have resulted in serious illness . Two other dishes were undercooked . We will never return

DJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Sadly, this is not the ‘Cesca I once knew. First, they were out of the Sancerre wine. Then, they were out of the Tuna Tartar. We sat at the bar. The bartender seemed frazzled and all over the place. Definitely not worth it.

DF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This place was GOD AWFUL. I am one to do my research before I eat at a new place, and I went with all of the glowing reviews ‘Cesca, ebut I don’t know how in the world it ever received them!! The place was NOISY as all hell, we had a new waiter who couldn’t have been more than 18 and was clearly having trouble navigating our table and the two tables on either side of us. I actually felt bad about this, because he should have never been thrown on a busy Saturday night yet. We watched him mistakenly pour water into one man’s mixed drink at the table to our left, and then send out entrees two minutes after the appetizers for the other couplets our right, much to their dismay. My husband ordered a Grey Goose on the rocks with a few olives....normal, acceptable presentation for that drink is three olives on a toothpick set across the drink; his came with one olive haphazardly thrown in the vodka from the bartender. The tables around us were promptly given bread shortly after sitting down, but we never did. I asked our server for some and he said it was coming, but alas - it never did. Our appetizers were out in less than five minutes; a clear sign they were trying to turn tables quickly. We spent $44 each on our entrees; my husband ordered lamb chops and I ordered the steak with truffle fries. My husband’s lamp chops were cold, and my steak looked like a piece of roadkill with some sort of brown gravy sauce strewn across the top. Groups of people continued to come in in droves as we sat through our meal, and I still cannot figure out why. This restaurant needs a complete revamp of both their menu, and more notably, their management.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was horrendous.

VV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This place used to have excellent food and good service. No more. 15 minute wait for anyone to come by for a drink order, had to ask for water and bread, items on regular menu unavailable with no explanation or served differently than described (a kale Caesar salad was made with spinach). For the very high prices they charge, it’s unacceptable. Will not return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The host was very rude and would not acknowledge I even had a reservation. Used to really enjoy this place. Won’t go back.

TP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was as good as the Instagram pictures that inspired the reservation. Scallops and PorkChop were prepared as if we were the only one there. Started by sharing the tuna and beet salad. The waitress could have helped the experience by pulsing those out instead of together. We would have had more wine! Great tastes and flavors. Tiramisu desert would make the most discernible New Yorker happy. No lemon rind for the espresso was either and after thought or part of the volume going out. Great reshow meal with the right energy you would expect from this neighborhood on the WestSide!

MC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, good food , good service and not rushed. I just found it to be very loud.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Close to the Beacon where we were seeing a show. Food prepared beautifully . Great service

M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was very mediocre. We were 4 people and had 3 main courses. Chicken was dried out and neither pasta had any taste. Place is pretty but if you want decent food, this isnt it.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love ‘Cesca for our local family and friends place to enjoy great food and hospitality on a regular bases. This particular afternoon, the host, waiters (Lefteris and Tiara), bus person, and kitchen chefs were exceptionally accommodating to our needs. The food was amazing!!!

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner tonight with friend at really hip Cesca Italian restaurant had a great fun night with staff and my date. We really loved the food I had the lobster ravioli which was delicious and Caesar salad was excellent. And cheesecake for dessert which I love! Thanks Cesca for making my start of 2020 on the right track!! Will be back soon!!! Happy new year!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat in the bar area. Wonderful way to spend the evening.

JK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Extremely disappointing. Had not been there since ownership changed apparently two years It is a totally different
operation. The quality of the food was poor. The prices certainly did not reflect the lacking quality of
food, presentation, service professionalism etc.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The general manager represents true hospitality and was a very Gracious host and professional. Food was outstanding great steak cuts, nice char and scallops are to die for.

NY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is consistently good at this neighborhood retreat. This visit was on New Year's Day evening so the menu was reduced in scope, a good idea since the usually busy bar and dining room was reduced to just a half dozen or so tables making for a very quiet and enjoyable dinner.

TS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

OK, the service was dysfunctional, but it was New Years Eve and we didn't care; we were going to have a good time, no matter what. Anyone who expects flawless service in NYC on New Years Eve is out of their minds. We had a quiet table near the street, so that helped. Food wasn't perfect, but tasty...and, again, who cared?! The lobster bisque was heavenly. We let the staff and manager know how much we understood the chaos they were under, but I gather other patrons weren't so understanding. Good lord, we're all lucky to be alive, and we're getting rid of that garbage Trump and his awful family in 2020. HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good location , Nice Chic dining area. Hostess and wait staff were friendly, informative. Food presentation was lovely to look at. Flavors were on target. Nothing spectacular , overpriced for what’s being offered.

A
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited menu New Years Eve but enough of a selection except there could have been more appetizers and desserts.

CR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food - lousy service. But it was New Year’s Eve. It’s usually better!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive Staff, excellent food. Highly recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sadly they were out of the lobster ravioli and particular Scotch husband requested

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

good restaurant but the reduced nenu on christmas day didn’t have enough choices

JM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Awesome lunch deal. The food was very good but there could have been little improvements - side of lemon with the friti, choice of sauces, the friti wasn’t terribly hot, the salmon came with different side than was on the menu. But I wouldn’t hesitate about going back.

EU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointing meal. Skip it. There are so many other fantastic options...especially for what this cost! Server didn't know the menu. Overcooked bland uninspired food. Hostess couldn't be bothered to take coats. This place peaked years ago and now needs a remake. We won't be back.

SP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. But in my opinion, food has gone a bit down hill. Steak that was ordered medium was very undercooked. Very red in the middle! Fennel salad was overbearing.

h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was so poor that I would never, despite the quality of the food, subject anyone I care about for such treatment. High end pricig requires at the MINIMUM decent service. You won't see me ever again.

h
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Eaten here many times over the years. It has declined measurably.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good and came out quickly. The service always is disappointing and this time was no improvement.

TW
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mushroom ravioli a must.

LP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was not up to the prices. Very bland Bolognese, disappointing. Beet salad was mediocre. Second time there; first time they sold me a lesser vintage wine than I had ordered with no adjustment of the price. It is pretty inside, but quite loud an cramped if you’re at a two top. There are better choices for the price.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with our waiter Manny as well as awesome food. Would highly recommend.

C
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My second visit and a little disappointed. Fish was overcooked and pasta was underwhelming. Service was over attentive as it was a slow night. With pricing at the high end for Italian fare they can and should do better. I will give it one more try as the uws is lacking in quality restaurants

MK
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good food and a nice atmosphere.
Huge portions, fabulous desserts!

CC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Been there many times and food is consistently good

Service this time around was pretty lacking though

Even though we were locals, got the impression we were there for the Beacon crowd and were treated accordingly

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The drinks and appetizers were great. However, My husband’s steak was very bland and boring. My Lobster raviolis- not impressed with the sauce and I’m pretty sure they weren’t cooked all the way. Waitress didn’t even introduce herself. With that being said, I loved the ambiance, but not sure I’ll be returning. We even had to ask if they had a coat check to place our coats and umbrellas somewhere.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The appetizers and pasta was excellent. However, I was not happy with the steak and did not bother to finish it.