Eric's Italian Bistro

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373 reviews
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Eric's Italian Bistro is Mineola's new gem serving Modern and Classical Italian Cuisine. A family run restaurant which offers personal warm service. The kitchen is orchestrated by Star Chef/Owner George Echeverria whose delectable masterpieces will assure you an unforgettable experience.. An extensive ala carte menu is offered along with Lunch and Dinner Prix Fixe Menus as well. Enjoy Classical dishes such as a Grandma's Lasagna, Eggplant Parmigiana and Penne alla Vodka... or venture with Loin of Venison, French Frog Legs or a Whole Bronzini Puttanesca.
Relax in our beautiful Wine Bar and enjoy a delectable appetizer or a full Main Course.
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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is five star. Service is terrific. Go to place.

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BB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. The dishes were large and parking was easy. Over all nice experience

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here - for Restaurant Week. I will definitely be back!

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific, the staff was very customer friendly and my family enjoyed the entire experience. We are now thinking about hosting our daughter's confirmation there next May. A great dining experience...

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MI
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Although quiet for a Saturday night (a last minute choice that had a table at 7-7:15) the service was rather slow and with only a shared appetizer and 2 mains were not finished until about 8:45.

Bread basket not worthy of a good Italian restaurant; cold rolls, soft (not crusty/crunchy) Italian bread, commercial flats. A very "mini" complimentary antipasto-a couple of slices of meat and hard, cubed cheese.

Chicken marsala, something I have once a year, was disappointing. Cloying sauce, ok chicken, larger than expected chunks of mushroom. Side of pasta with the marsala sauce was average.

Wife asked for eggplant rollatine to be very light on the mozzarella; it wasn't and she scrapped off much of it.
Dessert choices were varied but we opted not to try. Saw many topped with strawberries which neither of us like. Maybe that swayed us.

Basically the quality of a neighborhood restaurant behind a pizzeria.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, thanks for a great meal!!! See you soon.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excllent go-to classic Italian restautant. Great service. The food was outstanding. Flavorful without the food being drenched in sauce or olive oil. generous pour from the bar. My meal was a pasta in which I added Salmon. There was no scrimping. The other meal was the fish special with mussels - and there was no scrimping on the mussels. Tommy our waiter is a seasoned pro.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as was the service. Would definitely make this one of my favorite restaurants

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H
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food at reasonable prices.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried Eric's for LI restaurant week. The food was delicious.

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BB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The service was slow as kitchen - no fault of waiters

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Ambiance was pretty. We went for restaurant week. Appetizers were good. Service was EXTREMELY slow. My husband ordered the steak (up charge from price fixe). It was tough and over cooked. They did offer to bring it back but at that point we had already been on the restaurant an hour. I had the chicken parm and it was average. Then we waited another 30 minutes for our desserts. Very disappointed. Seemed as though they were not equipped to handle the crowd.

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y
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great dining experience. George the owner and chef greeted us, checked up on us at the table and walked us outside thanking us. His entire staff were wonderful. Delicious food and generous portions. I hope they had zabaione as a standard dessert. However, offered to have it with only a day notice!!! We will return very soon.

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so relaxing , its incredible! I felt as though I was in my own dining room at home. Our waiter was very attentive and great at making suggestions off of what we told him we like and cannot eat. Service was outstanding!

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food but very poor acoustics. Noise level makes it very difficult to converse. Poor vegetarian options on the Holiday menu.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere and great food. Overall nice experience

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GS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere. Waiter was not very knowledgeable, perhaps new but pleasant anyway. We went on Christmas Eve with a set menu. I'm looking forward to returning when the full menu is being used. Give it a try.

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B
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, excellent service, enjoyed the time to meet and have dinner with friends.

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DI
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly beautiful experience. Friendly and professional service. Classy dining room.

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PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration with our family! Waiter Tom was terrific and the rest of the staff was warm & friendly as usual. Food was delicious.

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JO
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific Italian cuisine and great service in a beautiful, cozy atmosphere.

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JO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Great food and service.

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BT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have eaten there many times and enjoyed service and food. Friday night we took good friends to dinner for the first time. There was a party going on in the back room so we were stuffed into bar area that was very tight. We ordered dinner and the first of two came out right away then 20 minutes had gone by our third persons meal came out leaving one missing after another 20 min we were told the 4th meal was dropped and they were sorry and started another for our guest that took another 20 min to cook and serve this turned out to be lasagna which was served in a soup bowl very disappointed in this . After all this we still smiled and not complained at all. At times there was not a waiter or bartender in our room due to the party in the next room . We watched customers complain and walk out of the restaurant plus someone from the party was angered for unknown reasons
.We ordered deserts and coffee and were told they were on the house . OK this made us feel better for not complaining for the screw ups . Then we asked for our check only to find out our deserts we not on the house as we were told they would be. Still not complaining we paid the whole bill plus a 20% tip and left shaking our heads and apologizing to our friends for the disappointing service and food . We really would have to think if we would ever go back again and it’s a shame we did like going there in the past. I guess they should close to the public if they book a party honestly they can’t do both

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AT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great! The service started out fantastic and then got pretty bad. They were very busy and everyone there was super nice and the food was incredible.

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JO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service

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MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do enjoy our dining experience here. F good is well prepared. Service.is attentive Cozy atmosphere

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b
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great food and service.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, portions. Tommy, our waiter was very friendly, attentive, accommodating. Will definitely return.

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L
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waitstaff, good food, bread basket and bruschetta plate were exceptional. A tad overpriced, but we felt very respected and welcomed.

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MI
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are steady customers to this small local restaurant which has great service and fine food. We continually see repeat customers who are there when we come in. Dinner at the bar is our favorite meal. Everyone who eats at the bar is friendly and willing to engage in conversation, making this a great local restaurant. YOU CAN ACTUALLY HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE PEOPLE AT THE TABLE. THE ACOUSTICS ARE GOOD ( VERY IMPORTANT TO ME!).

Our friends from out-of-town always have a great experience there and pick Eric'sfor dinner when they visit.

I usually order tilapia with shrimp or a chicken picata or francese. The tomato and mozzarella appetizer is always perfect. My vegetarian dining partner ( wife) is always catered to and the chef will make her any pasta dish she wishes without meat/fish.

The food is consistently good and I always substitute the vegetable( picky eater) with no hassle.

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JO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We love Eric’s.

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y
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent family-run place with great food at reasonable prices. Friendly and accommodating service.

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d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable Service.
Beautiful and clean curve appeal with flowers, trees and high tops. The food was simply delicious. However, the service was the highlight of the evening. Friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We will be back very soon. Recommended are the meatballs and their porterhouse special... perfect!!! at much less than the typical Long Island steakhouse restaurants. Excellent prepared martinis! We have been here before and it was a nice experience, but let me tell you, this place gets better every time. Highly recommended.

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DI
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BAKED CLAMS AND VEAL MARSALA. THE WIFE LOVED HER LASAGNA AS WELL. LOVELY DECOR. WILL RETURN.

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d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE. SERVICE WAS TRULY WONDERFUL, KNOWLEDGEABLE WITH A GREAT PERSONALITY. THEIR MARINARA SAUCE IS SPOT ON AND THEIR CHICKEN SCARPARIELLO WAS THE BEST ON LONG ISLAND. BTW...VERY CLEAN AND BEUTIFUL BATHROOMS...THAT SAYS MUCH ABOUT THEIR OVERALL OPERATION
WE WILL BE BACK VERY SOON.

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The best feature is it's ambiance. It has good spacing between tables and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. It was not a busy Saturday evening so the room was surprisingly quiet. There was no loud music to interfere with group conversation. Closeby on- street parking was ample.

On the other hand, service was slow. Apparently there was a shortage of wait staff. We had to have other staff track down our waiter 3 times: to take our order, deliver our entree and to get the check. People enjoyed their pasta and their chicken entrees and the first course salads. However, the crusted salmon was very disappointing for 2 of us. It was dry and it didn't come with any vegetable. Instead it was a lettuce salad, similar to what we had before the entree. There were very few little potatoes tossed in the lettuce.

The food is moderately priced but the mixed drinks were more expensive than usual.

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JK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Prices were not clearly communicated. Two of the four guests ordered the gnocchi with vodka sauce instead of bolognese sauce and peas. They charged the same price for the bolognese ($21.95) and then added an additional $3 to each for the vodka sauce. After another guest finished his sofa, the waiter asked if he wanted more, which sounded like it was free refills, but he was charged for a second drink. Next to the children’s menu it said soda free refills but I guess that was only for kids.

The food itself was fair. Gnocchi was very mushy and chicken and veal parm were chewy.

The service itself was good.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my mother here for mothers day. The ambience was very nice. They played a myriad of Italian music, billy joel, and some classics. The restaurant is quant and cozy with big portions. Will recommend to friends.

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MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was well prepared and well seasoned. We enjoyed the caesar salads and the ice cream dessert. Everone enjoyed their entree. The veal saltimbocca was very tender and tasty.
Our only complaint was the service was slow and seemed chaotic. We had to wait a long time for the check. The check, at first, was not our check. They finally brought the correct check and added our discount.

All in all , we would try the restaurant again. Hopefully, the service will be much better the next time.

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