Il Gattopardo

4.6
1173 reviews
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Dear Friends

After 12 years at Il Gattopardo’s original location, is with joy that we welcome you to The Rockefeller Townhouses, our new home at 13-15 West 54th Street. In the new house, Il Gattopardo gains an intimate bar space and a marvelous private event room with capacity up to 120 seats. The main dining room has been designed to translate our vision of comfort, modernity, but above all, simplicity, and to keep alive Il Gattopardo’s understated elegance.

IL GATTOPARDO family is committed to producing top quality Southern Italian gastronomy, to the use of authentic ingredients, and to keeping the tradition of Italian culture and hospitality vibrant and passionate.

Be well, keep in touch, and buon appetito!

Gianfranco & Paula
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

impeccable service, quiet yet cozy with outstanding, homemade pasta. Very authentic.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Very good food great service terrible interior design. The dining room is in a townhouse but looks like it was decorated by someone whose day job is decorating office space. Remodeling the the room would go a long way toward improving the overall experience

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a
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food, We had special requests for our daughter and they did it without a problem

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PJ
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, etc. was fabulous!!! Can't wait to come back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisita la comida.

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DP
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner! Attentive yet not intrusive service! Excellent meal!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Comida muy exquisita

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Maybe it was an off-night for the Chef, but the food was sub-par. I ordered the veal and it was tough and lacked flavor. My friend ordered a combination seafood dish and it was overcooked. This was a birthday celebration Service was OK, nothing extraordinary. I don't mind paying for a good meal --- this one stung a bit.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food. Always a pleasure. Wish we could come more frequently. Really high quality fish. Happy to be back!

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KS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, despite the strictures of the traditional Italian menu. Calm and elegant ambiance. Warm and welcoming service from a knowledgeable and sensitive waiter. Will come again!

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UW
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always with elegance. From selection of wines to cheese to waiter's knowledge and services.

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BS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting New York for Christmas and decided to have Christmas dinner here. A great selection! The food and service were excellent.

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AM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Very unhappy. Food poor. Service ok.
Overall disappointing.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service not correct...

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T
Montreal
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Neopolitan cuisine that never fails to please. Reservations are a must

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Brunch/Unique and Delicious. Outstanding service. Very special Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible and we loved everything we had!

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N
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive great food with delicious fresh fish

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always exceptional as is the service! It was incredibly busy due to the holiday and therefore somewhat noisy. It is one of my favorite go to restaurants, the food never disappoints!

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L
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed this restaurant so much that I have visited twice in the last month. The food is outstanding. I had the thin-sliced sea bass served on greens. It was light and fresh! Service is attentive. It tends to be more quiet which is great for a night chatting with friends or business associates.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great time! What more can I say!

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JM
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and great service. A definite gem sitting in Midtown.

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c
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Thought we would give this restaurant one last try (used to come here a lot but our last dining experience here was horrible). The restaurant has increased their prices, and with the quality of the food that they are serving at these prices, it really isn't worth it. We won't be back. Except for their lasagna, the food is pretty mediocre (my cod fish was actually bad: under cooked potatoes, chewy fish and way too salty). With all of the Italian restaurants in NYC, there are far better choices.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a disagreeable waiter and a foolish looking man in an oversized scarf walking about the restaurant surveying the tables. We sat as all of the tables around us were turned with new customers. Then, they all got served ahead of us. The disagreeable waiter stammered about our dinner ticket being misplaced. Dinner itself was so-so. I’ve had better salads, pastas and desserts. The place is do ‘80s it’s embarrassing, down to mirrors on the walls. The place is yesterday’s news and even when we were served I longed for a better meal.

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RE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I really want to be able to write a better review. I had hoped that in a former Rockefeller townhouse the ambiance would have been better but this is a nicely finished modern basement. The staff was absolutely fantastic. No complaints whatsoever there. The cocktails were great. It was the food that was lacking. The tomato and cucumber salad was almost tasteless. Perhaps that is the season but we were hoping it would have been better. The farro lasagne was dry. Farro might be good for gnocchi but not for lasagne. The branzino was fantastic. I can recommend it. But the meatloaf was also dry and not particularly flavorful. Perhaps worst of all everything was mostly tepid but definitely not hot. I can recommend the zabaglione. That too was good and full of berries and the coffee was good as well. Lastly the price was not as much as could have been expected so that was some compensation for a rather lackluster meal. We had hoped for so much more.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I visited Il Gattopardo with my fiance for her birthday and we had a very pleasant experience. The staff is incredible with their attentiveness. The moment a plate was finished it was whisked away without delay but done so inconspicuously so as not to interrupt the experience. The food was delivered very promptly and the pasta was still steaming and al dente. The food itself was a little underwhelming to be honest. We started with the Parmigianna Zucchini which was delicious and our favorite dish of the evening. We then moved on to the pasta and chose the Spaghetti with Grey Mullet Botarga and the Mezze Maniche Pasta. Both dishes were slightly bland although the pasta was perfectly al dente which cannot be understated in its importance. The cocktails were very good as well but nothing earth-shattering. Overall a very good restaurant but I would've thought an authentic Italian restaurant would have pasta dishes with a little more flavor and panache.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent experience and food!

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d
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food nice atmosphere
Service was prompt and what you would expect for price
Quality of food exceptional

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DM
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location and great ambience

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H
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

How is it possible that one smallish restaurant can pack people into a place as if they were sheep????
Human beings are humans, not animals!
The noise level made me sick; the fish I ordered was smelly and old.

Never in my life will I visit this forsaken place again!
✡️🦅✡️

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

We often chose I Gattopardo for dinner when we visit NYC. The food is unbelievable. The staff is super
friendly and the experience is delightful. We had a cod dish that was on the menu that night and my husband and I both agreed it was the best fish dish we have ever had.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always eat here on our visit to New York food is outstanding and service very personable

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant- always pleased w our meal and service.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Very kind and efficient Brazilian waitress.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went here while visiting and we wish we would’ve spent our last meal in NYC elsewhere. Arrived early and was told to take a seat at the bar. While waiting we saw that The manager was flustered and arguing with guests over coat checks and reservations. The manager handed people the wrong coats and sometimes someone else’s coat. Red flag one.

Once seated, a waiter came and provided us drinks and menu. Went through the specials very quickly and didn’t allow us to ask questions and if we did he was clearly frustrated at repeating himself. Red flag two.

Other reviews say the food is bland, but Our food was over spiced. Our fish was soaked in vinegar and our pasta was just okay. I had to send back one of the specials because it was so salty that I couldn’t taste anything. Nothing special about the food or drinks.

All in all, this is not a place I would recommend. We spent a good amount of money and if we could do it over again I would have spent elsewhere. We ate $2 pizza that was better than this place.

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CJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate, as always.

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k
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a enjoyable evening. Good food and good wine

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lasagna was served cold. sent back. reheated, crispy burned on top. very disappointed

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KH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly an outstanding experience! The meal, ambiance & service were beyond impeccable! The meal was absolutely delicious. We were going to the Christmas Show at Radio City so within walking distance and not your typical "kid friendly" restaurant and though our 12 yr old daughter was the only “young” person in the restaurant they treated us with such kindness and she loved being treated like such a young lady. They catered to her and to us and we felt like we were the only ones in the dining room. It was truly a spectacular evening. Miguel our head waiter was out of this world! Watching the teams of staff serve was a true delight and it is an art form at Il Gattopardo. Il Gattopardo is a true NYC classic! Cannot wait to go back. Thank you for making our quintessential New York Christmas weekend complete.

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AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and special experience. Wine and food exceptional.

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