LAVO Italian Restaurant - New York

4.6
3090 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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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

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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:45PM
Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:45PM

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KevinM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

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

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ACooper
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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SadieM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We arrived early but the hostess was very accommodating and had our table ready. It is was a much nicer restaurant than I was expecting, so I was very nervous since I had three girls under 10 with me. Waiter was amazing and very nice. This restaurant does not have “kids”/“smaller” plate sizes, but again, the waiter was so amazing and assisted with splitting an adult serving into two children’s sizes. The food was above my expectations. The kids ate all of their spaghetti and meatballs (unheard of), my Chicken Marsala was tender and flavorful, and the salmon with zucchini noodles was very fresh and cooked well.

Overall I cannot wait to return-without kids- to enjoy more of their cocktail menu and delicious food!

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PrafullaS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place, good food.

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vipStebetty12
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family Thanksgiving dinner was great. Food wonderful as always and service was great!

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LelandB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family, 4 adults and 2 kids, ate at LAVO on Thanksgiving. The restaurant was warm and welcoming, elegant enough to impress but friendly enough to feel relaxed right away. The service was outstanding and the food delicious. Our whole table gobbled down the aranchini appetizer—highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , and great time. The baked clams are a must!!!!

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vipReemaM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. They made really great drinks and the vibe was energetic.

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Opentablegirl
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food came out quickly but the waiter was extremely rude

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food, server/ staff, value, only a little bit too loud.

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vipShonta19125
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Lavo!! It’s such a great place! I’ve had my birthday party here and my friends did too. We can’t get enough of the love, passion, amazing food, great service —the servers and assistant staff make it work. It’s a lovely place ans great location.

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MikeDee
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Apps were good, baked clams and octopus. Pasta mains were bland and soggy. Pretty poor for “Italian” type place. Portions overly huge too, felt like Olive Garden

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HazelF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Oh my goodness! The Meatball is to die for!!! That’s a must have! Good food, great service and the ambiance…loved it!

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Kim1234
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best Italian food I have ever had at a restaurant. I am Italian and know good food so this place definatley gets 5 stars all over . Will definatley be coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I went Saturday night to the restaurant, food was delicious however the service was fair but the food took such a long time, the atmosphere was so noisy and you can’t even talk with your friend normally, restaurant was crowded with tables and not comfortable to reach your table.

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vipKenny
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a fun time ! A great dj, good food, good for groups

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CarineV
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with delicious food! Went there for my birthday and I'm so glad I did. Great ambiance & service! (Sean is an awesome waiter!) I recommend the branzino (fish) also if you have a large party the cake platter was amazing. Platter included tiramisu, cheesecake, fried Oreos, slice of Lavo signature chocolate layer cake and ice cream. I will definitely be back!

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vipSaverin
New York Area
231 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

A most handsome, retro, spacious look. We went for the prix fixe lunch which offers fine value and a varied selection of worthy choices. Though the place was near empty, the large staff was chiefly occupied chatting with each other. The customers seemed invisible and of little concern. When finally grabbed all were very pleasant and seemingly willing. The problem seems to me to rest entirely with management who has totally failed to provide adequate training. That said, the food was quite good. Very fine bread, tasty mussels, an excellent minestrone and delicious chicken. Alas, the rib eye was woefully overcooked. Half way through, the waiter appeared and graciously offered to replace it. Accompanying french fries were very good. Cheesecake satisfactory. With service tweaked this could be a worthy addition to the too few lunch choices in Manhattan today.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

they have 11:45
reservations when we arrive they said the kitchen is closed . why is there even a reservation available if it’s closed ?

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EmiliyaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truffle Ricotta Cavatelli was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun and good food!! Food took a while to come out but waiter brought us so much bread and even a free pizza to make up for it. Music was loud but was a good vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

When first entering it was a bit chaotic, but it seemed to be the place to be! Once seated it had a great classy feel, lots of energy but great ambiance to enjoy a girls night out❣️Afterwards the nightclub was an easy transition, we’ll be back !!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Waited an hour to bring us cocktails once we got sat down. They gave us free champagne and free dessert, but I’d rather just pay for my drinks and get reasonable service. Otherwise good was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. Staff is friendly and inviting,made sure our needs are met.
The food was delightful. The meatball appetizer was mouth watering. The bread was warm and delicious.
Every meal and side on the table was incredible.
If you haven't been here, you are missing out on one of the best meals NYC had to offer.
Yummo!!!

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StellaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had an amazing time! The service impeccable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughters birthday. Overall service was excellent, good was great. Will definitely go back, definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great food, great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was so accommodating, I received complimentary drinks and all around star treatment. Would highly recommend.

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David
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my sister's 25th Birthday here and we enjoyed it very much especially her. The music and ambiance was great, the food was really delicious and the service (our server) was really good.

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MannyM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It took a while to get my food! The restaurant was busy! I had two wait to hours for my food! We were hungry we just asked the server for some bread while we were waiting for the food! There was security waiting at the door to check the vaccine card to go inside for the customers to go inside but I had an outdoor seating and it was pretty nice and cold! My friend ask security if we can have some heat and he bought it to us!

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vipMIchael
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Ordered the minestrone - at an Italian restaurant - and it was on the menu. The sever acted like I asked for Borscht! She said she would have to check if they even served it - even after I showed her their menu.

The soup and gelato were served without spoons - is that the fault of the runner or the server?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is very good but service was slow and place was loud.

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vipalina
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food. Jonathan is the best there is.

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Jennb
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Fun crowd and people watching and the food was fine. Our service on the other hand was atrocious....everything took forever to arrive and our server was RUDE. If you are looking to spend 3 hours with large gaps in between your courses this is the place. Sadly, we will never be going back to LAVO.

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MirjanaK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, great food! Will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on a date with my boyfriend on Friday night. This is my second time dining at this place. The food is delicious and big portions. Unfortunately Friday night was overcrowded. The noise level was high. I couldn’t have a decent conversation with my boyfriend. Dessert was good as well. I will deff come back but in another day of the week.

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StephG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated a friends birthday last night and dinner overall was pretty good. I’m not big of an Italian food lover but I do have my cravings and last night lavo did not disappoint. Ok so drinks I ordered 2 back to back Vecchia Fiamma which is Woodford Reserve Bourbon with Amaro dell’Etna, Vanilla. BOMB! The vanilla was the cherry on top adding a smooth not too sweet taste without losing the strong texture. I also started with the tuna tartare which was OK. Wish they added a hint of spice to it and more toast on the side but it was so fresh avocado and tuna duo can’t go wrong with that. I also order a dozen oysters, ehh not the best I’ve had, pretty small with lemon on side and lavo’s cocktail sauce which was not that bad. Entree - I ordered Rigatoni Melanzana-Ciliegini Tomatoes, Calabrian Chili, Roasted Eggplant, Bufala Mozzarella. Chewy and firm pasta with bites of roasted eggplant, not that bad I thought eggplant would be more significant in size but paired with the bufala mozzarella..pretty good. Lastly we ordered piece of chocolate cake and fried Oreos to sing HBD to her omg those fried Oreos though and cake ..BOMB.
Can I just say whoever DJ was spinning or set that playlist ..I need that DJ at my wedding😂 great 90’s music, pop and Spanish music 👀 fine transitioning I must say 💪🏽
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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 4.6 stars by 3090 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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