LAVO Italian Restaurant - New York

4.5
3108 Reviews
$30 and under
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Famously known for signature menu items including the 1 lb. Meatball topped with Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, homemade pasta, and desserts; LAVO Italian Restaurant is the destination dining experience for those looking to enjoy a quality meal in a lively and sophisticated setting. Post-dinner, the party continues downstairs at LAVO Nightclub, the subterranean playground where top DJs play the latest hits.
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  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of your visit. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. Additionally, all guests must be fully vaccinated to dine indoors per New York State Law. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3108 people are saying
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Vanessa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful staff. Very accommodating. Food very tasty.

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KAMDEL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating 55 with a deliciously, fabulously wonderful dinner. There are not enough adjectives to describe this amazing experience.

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BrittanyL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love lava great vibe great service great food

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vipSFrey
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a good time at LAVO! Food and cocktails were good! Loud fun atmosphere. Girls Night out!

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deanh
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nye trip w family

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Pegz
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience, waiters were amazing!

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KellyP
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LAVO was a great venue to host a Christmas Eve Sweet 16 dinner for our Spanish foreign exchange student. The food was delectable, the service was friendly and efficient, the ambiance was perfect for an NYC evening dinner, and the DJ knew all of my favorite songs. We were lucky to stumble upon this spot last minute on Christmas Eve. Thank you, LAVO, for a memorable experience.

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Birthdayboy
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We arrived at 7 and left at 9:30. If that isn’t enough they forgot one of my guests entrees which was never delivered so it was cancelled after everyone else was done eating. They tried to make up for this error with free desserts. Would not go back even if it were free. Think real hard before booking a reservation at this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the holiday season

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vipDanielR
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience with family visiting. The service is impeccable!

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MarvinWax
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As great as we remembered!!! We'll be back as soon as possible. The waiter staff is wonderful. Feel like we know them for years. Thanks for everything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My entire experience at lavo was awful. This restaurant used to be great the ambiance the service the food. But last night it was all horrendous. The manager and the staff took 45 minutes to seat me for my table and were extremely rude the entire time. They sat people that walked in after me while I waited for a pretty crappy table. I used to go to lavo relatively often but I can honestly say I will never spend another dollar in that place. The food was not good. Ever since covid new management has taken over and they do not know what they are doing. Don’t waste your money go somewhere else.

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cindy
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Our server was not very attentive, we would’ve stayed for dessert but there were so many people crowded into tables it was getting claustrophobic

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MrsP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Our server was so attentive and had a great personality. We had a nice corner booth, fantastic food and drinks and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chic but at the same time warm and cozy restaurant. The food was Amazing( penne with seafood!!) and the DJ make it a very special dinner! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The server forgot about us. Didn’t offer additional drinks or check to see if our food was good.

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MichaelM
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding dining experience a must in New York!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

It was a bad exp, service is bad , the waitress was mean and a lot of servers came to the table, had to wait almost 2 hours for my pasta, I don’t recommend this place . The busboy took my plate away while I was eating . Food was okay tho. About the night club it’s bad, the speakers weren’t working well I guess, Dj was extremely bad , he played really bad music , he absolutely doesn’t have any clue about mixing. I would not come back here.

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vipLarryS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Seems like they packed in more tables than in other visits. Fun place. Wish there was more space between tables. Waitress was super sweet. Other staff equally as nice and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The table was in a middle of a road for the waiters so my husband had to always moved but the service and the food were very much good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It got really
Really loud with a DJ at 830 on Thursday
Too loud

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited an hour past our reservation to be seated, but all staff was great and still made the experience great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it will go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Waited an hour past our reservation time to be seated and were told by the manager that we’d “be taken care of at the table” but nothing ended up being comped. The front of house staff clearly had given our table to another party, because when we went up to check how much more wait time there’d be after 30 minutes of waiting, our reservation wasn’t even in their system anymore. Mistakes happen, but what was frustrating was that nobody at the restaurant actually cared. This is supposed to be part of a “hospitality group” but it’s very clearly just a cash grab trying to seat as many checks as possible at the expense of customer experience. If you can’t even accommodate your guests with reservations, you shouldn’t be taking walk-ins.

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FinanceNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I would have given all stars for overall rating but the service was terrible. We were only a party of 3 but was seated around parties of 10 and the staff gave all the attention to them. Our waiters forgot to place our dessert orders as well as our drinks. The food on the other hand made up for the bad service.

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judiths
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was terrible. The Caesar salad was drowning in dressing , soggy and inedible. The rest of the food was mediocre

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. Leo was awesome! AND they checked vaccine cards and IDs at the door. I felt safe which allowed me to really enjoy my dinner.

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AmyM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was super sweet and informative. The restaurant was really pretty, the food was amazing. We would for sure go back to LAVO!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Very nasty customer service had me wait two hours on my birthday

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John
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was good, but the service was terrible. My party was late by 10 minutes for our reservation. The host did not care was wanted to place us on an isolated table near the bar area that was extremely crowded and noisy. She said that it was our only option unless we came back after 3 hours. She was really rude and did not care about the customer. We then talked to another individual who worked there and she was able to get us a table inside. So basically the first person lied to us and pretty much wanted to give us a hard time for no reason. Once we finally got a table, we had to wait about an hour and a half to two hours for our food. It took extremely long and the waiters would not even come refill water. Would advise going there if you have a good amount of time to waste. Definitely eat a little before going, you will be waiting a long time before your food is served.

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EAGLES
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hip restaurant but noisy. Would recommend however.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere with amazing energy!!

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vipSusanB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service in the bar area was terrible. I had to ask the host twice to send a waiter over. We were not visited by a server to take our order for at least 15 minutes. Once the order was placed, it took another 15 minutes to receive the bottle of champagne we had ordered. We were never offered water either. This was at 5 pm on Friday, so it was not crowded. I will not return.

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vipNotBornLastNight
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mundane Caesar salad & an almost tasteless penne ala vodka.
Manager comped the penne but overall it was a bad
experience.
Kitchen had NO clue.

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little less crowded than I expected but I'll blame that on a post covid world ... was there on a Tuesday evening however precovid days Lavo was packed shoulder to shoulder 5 days a week. Isabell waited on our table... very nice, very informative, very professional, very engaging, and easy on the eyes. Lavo is very lucky to have such a hard working professional on their wait staff. Would definitely go back. Food was fantastic. All the apps and main courses were all 5 star!!

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DiletteV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, staff and service were outstanding. My only complaint, is that if you dine there, especially considering the prices, you should automatically be allowed general admission to the club if you so desire.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Mala calidad de la comida. Muy caro y el personal prepotente.

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vipVasaviY
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was okay. The service not great.

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ACooper
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was great and the wines we had were amazing. Between the four of us, we split 2 dishes and 1 dessert and that was the perfect amount of food. We, unfortunately, got stuck with a server who had too many biases and didn't treat all of his customers equally, and that completely detracted from the amazing food. The music was pretty decent, but the service was extremely disappointing and disrespectful.

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LAVO Italian Restaurant - New York does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

LAVO Italian Restaurant - New York is rated 4.5 stars by 3108 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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