'Cesca

4.2
3113 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 3113 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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a
New England
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All I can say is that Cesca has the best duck in the business - LITERALLY THE BEST DUCK!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The worst Over 90 mins for food Food inedible Will never go back

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NC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, not spectacular, pasta varied. The amatriciana lacked salt and flavor, and more importantly, guanciale. The mushroom ravioli was delicious, if a bit heavy. The lobster risotto was superb. The bruschetta was supposedly come with marinated white anchovies, which work well with ricotta. They must have run out, because instead they used salted/tinned anchovies- not at all the same thing, and does not work. Really they should alert people if they don’t have an item. Ambiance is nice, and although our waiter was lovely, he literally disappeared midway through the meal and was never seen again. The waits were far too long, and one appetizer arrived 15 minutes after the first three were delivered to our table of four. One pasta delivered was wrong one, but they replaced quickly. Desserts were excellent. All in all, good, but very expensive for overall quality.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Recommend noise treatment in the bar area if you’re going to seat people there
Was great to go back after 17 years

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just plain good

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SC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was rushed. It was obvious there was no personal touch to service. A robot might have been more human. Food very good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Botched food. No bueno. Cesca :(

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

Excellent service and our meals were delicious! The manager ran the restaurant like clockwork. Most people had theater tickets and had short amount of time to have their meal. Highly recommended!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter was inattentive and rude. Food mediocre at best

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food and especially while sitting on the bar waiting for the dishes we were spoilt by the bartender with free beers. So cool. I guess we’ll be there more soon

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we were so pleasantly surprised with the food and ambiance. beautiful restaurant and nice servers!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Linguine pasta w clams. Had no clams in the shell. Cocktail was not good. Overpriced

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j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot on the upper west. It's a just a tad expensive but I've never had a bad meal there and the service is always polite and attentive. I wish it were 10% cheaper.

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S
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the Sunday lobster dinner special which is a three course meal. The lobster bisque, the steamed lobster and tiramisu were so good, really delicious. We were celebrating a birthday and the dessert had a large sparkler in it which was a spectacular sight. It was a delightful evening. Our waiter was very good and attentive and ensured our wine glasses were filled. Thank you Cesca for lovely time.

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S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service in an attractive room with great atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Appetizers: Octopus, arugula salad, cauliflower was excellent. Entre: Scallops, Halibut, Bolognese was good. Bucatini was a bit bland.

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l
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place before or after a show at the Beacon or Lincoln Center. Pretty space, great cocktails and wine list and food and service are always very good. They have a new prixe fixe dinner that is an amazing deal because its the regular portion sizes. Always one of our go to places in the area.

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Y
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, a lovely dinner with great service. I truly enjoy dining here.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, feels cozy and the service is excellent. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.


The food is good although, my friend complained that her drink could be stronger:) The noise level is pretty high but not to the point where you can't carry a conversation.

All together, pretty positive experience.

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KB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were excellent. 1 block from the Beacon makes it my new go to before a show. There are pubs to choose from but I enjoyed this much more!

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doesn't skip a beat. My wife and I have been coming here on and off for years. Haven't been for a while and was disappinted not to see the Veal Chop on the menu but the Pork chop more than made up for it. The tasting menu was a great value. Just a really, really good place.

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GS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A really pleasant experience. We had dinner there before and so we were happy repeaters

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I must say, the service and experience was incredible. Very friendly and attentive staff.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have eaten at 'Cesca four times in the last two months. I just enjoy the dinners there. The food is perfect and the service is excellent.It does make for a delightful evening. Rosanne Stein

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very very expensive for what it is.

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CT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I had heard Cesca wasn’t too good anymore but wanted to try it. It seems like portions got smaller and prices went up. The vibe is pretty generic and wine pour is stingy for price. Too bad, upper west side desperately needs some solid, cool restaurants.

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DJ
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were four people and each one of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Standouts were the crispy cauliflower and each of the fish dishes, the seared tuna and steamed bronzino. We will be back!

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and value. Ate off of the Chef's Table menu and the portions were much greater than a normal tasting.

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LM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice place and so convenient when going to the Beacon. Food was very good but service just okay. On the website there is a pre theatre menu listed that says it is available from 4:30-6:30 with details of food but no prices. When I got there at 6 and asked for that menu the waiter asked if I had a voucher. I had no idea what he was talking about. He brought me the menu after I asked for it which again had no prices on it. I asked how much this menu was and was told it is only for take out orders. I dont think he had a clue what was going on and I found this very misleading of the restaurant to list it as an offering.

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PM
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have been to Cesca in the past and was not pleased at this visit. The greeting upon entry was wonderful and had expectations that the evening would be the same. Unfortunately this was not so. The place seemed to be overwhelmed by the large group about to attend a concernt nearby. Our waitress seemed totally uninterested and unattententive. Items that were requested for dinner were not on the plate. For example - the fish to be cooked through. The portions were quite small, especially for the prices. Will think twice about returning.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was slow ordered 2 drinks only 1 was served was told the bar was backed up
How can you deliver half the order canceled the second drink

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FV
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very nice space and pleasant servers. But waited 50 minutes at about 1:15 for an omelette and fried eggs that were not very good. Unlikely to go back

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AR
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our meal took a long time to reach our table.We did not complain or ask why.Out of nowhere the owner comes to our table and buys us a $70.00 bottle of wine because of the delay.The restaurant was full and a 150 people must have been there yet he was aware what was going on at every table.The food is very good and the owner is hands on.Cesca will become our neighborhood Italian restaurant because they treat you like family.

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L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant place to go on upper west side. Lots of people, but not too crowded. Great atmoshpere.
Food was good, not the best, but very good. Nice adult evening.

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Branzino I've ever had. Service was attentive to how we wanted to take our time -- greatly appreciated!

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PJ
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lovely staff. The tasting menu was the best value and very good choices with exception of the Bolognese which gave my husband stomach troubles all evening generally happens when dried garlic and onion are used in dishes but can’t believe a place like this wouldn’t use the fresh ingredients so not sure of the source. Perfect location if you’re going to the beacon theater around the corner, Would go back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. Just delightful.

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