Lavo - NYC

4.5
2483 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Last reservations are at 12:45am.



Lavo is open for lunch Monday - Friday and Sunday brunch from 11:30am - 5:00pm.



We accept reservations up to one month in advance.
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What 2483 People Are Saying
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Mexico City
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Have you heard about Lavo before? Right, that’s because it has nothing to remember it for. Don’t waits your time.

Beware of the guy sitting people. Arrogant as hell. Don’t bother going.

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HJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tried the Lavo-lini - the house cocktail. Delicious! The food was fabulous. I started with the shrimp cocktail. They were huge! My entree was the Chicken Dominick. The flavors were phenomenal. Our server, John was very helpful and made some great suggestions. We finished our meal with the Zepolle - a deep fried Oreo. I cannot describe it. It. must be experienced. We will definitely return to Lavo!

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JG
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Service was wonderful. One of the best waitresses I ever experienced. The food was outstanding. It is a bit pricey but the juice is worth the squeeze. It is very loud so be prepared. Overall a great dining experience.

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O
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

A bit loud and sceney for my liking. The music was too loud and the crowd was rowdy. Not my style but good for a celebration and if you are into the club scene.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Waitress was a complete “b” not going out paying those prices to be treated that way - this is our third time and it is amazing how a bad server can ruin an evening with an attitude

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner!

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NT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was okay.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never been more disappointed in a dining experience. Have been to the restaurant over 1/2 dozen times. From the initial hostess to liar manager to chef/waiter scam. I don’t know what happened to this place but would never go back and waist time and money.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table of 8, 3 moms, 5 kids. Food was great, service was awesome and the DJ killed it! Made it perfect for a “girls night” with 5 young girls.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from Montreal visiting New York City. Loved everything about Lavo - the food, the service, the background music and the best table in the house!

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

Such a great new year’s eve dinner here! The food was phenomenal!

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food with amazing priced specials, good service, gorgeous inside establishment. Would definitely go again, had some of the best steak. Fries were great. Mussels were great. Even free garlic bread was great

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Tables are much toooo close .....I may not return due to that factor.....
Food was greet. Service was great.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I got very sick

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice food, but place too noise

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c
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great but I’ve never been rushed through a meal so fast in my life. Our sever was efficient and pleasant but not friendly or welcoming and made it clear he was keen to get us out of there. Our waters were removed before we’d finished as we were still trying to digest the food! Drinks, starters and main course in no more than an hour. I’d personally not recommend as the rush didn’t make it feel like an experience but more a place to eat fast and get out.

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TY
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Fun atmosphere, very loud!

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Houston
54 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Must have the meatball appetizer, portions are large.

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New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed in the overall experience. Hostess was not the friendliest, wait staff was stressed and disorganized. Waited over a half an hour to get bread and water. Wait staff changed mid dining experience. Drinks not refilled, had to ask another waiter to bring us fresh pepper. Ordered 3 salads one with the main course and they served 1/2 salad to the wrong person and then made the 3rd person who ordered the salad wait until dinner was served. Lots of waitstaff running around and men and women in black suits and dresses walking around with ear pieces doing nothing...bathroom attendant talking in her phone...won’t be back anytime soon. Food was good however the execution of our experience was really poor.

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OF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

You can't get much better than LAVO for a good Italian dish.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apps came out after the meal but we were

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great only problem was that it took long to get seated.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I normally eat at LAVO in Singapore.
I ordered in NYC a charcoaled octopus, and I thought that it wasn’t prepared well and the size of octopus was strange. Small and not tasty looking. After having chewed through the starter I ordered what was special on the menu. It was some pasta in a macaroni cheese. I tried a bit but couldn’t eat it.

Overall I left the place hungry.

Besides food not being good, the chairs were not stable. It felt like they were half broken. So I had to make sure I didn’t move too much.

I wouldn’t come back to LAVO NYC. Thank you very much

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B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 ofnus enjoyed a birthday celebration and would go again. The birthday girl loves Italian food and had previously celebrated birthdays at Lavo. We ordered pizza which was on a thin and crispy crust and was delicious, wagyu meatballs and spaghetti, the seafood pasta was excellent, jumbo asparagus was out of this world, chicken parmegiana was delicious and generous. The chocolate peanut butter cake was huge like an old fashioned diner cake, awesome cheesecake and “fried” Oreos were phenomenal. Can’t wait to return

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very upbeat atmosphere; food always excellent and creative; staff always welcoming

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AC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My wife and I dined at Lavo for Christmas dinner. The food was okay but the service ruined the experience. We felt neglected and very rushed by our server, who not once asked how our meal was and smacked his gum incessantly. He was quick on the trigger to ask if we wanted more wine but then neglected to pick up the four dirty appetizer plates which remained on the table for 20+ minutes. We’ve never left anything less than a 20% tip but felt inclined to do so based on the poor service. Overall, I’d have to say this spot is quite overrated.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic! Would recommend to others.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The decor was lovely, so if you want good ambiance while you eat, this place is perfect. Because we had a reservation, we got seated right away. Since it was Christmas night, there were a lot of people out celebrating, so they forgot the give the garlic bread and antipasto salad which I didn't realize it was supposed to come out until I saw it on the check. The pasta was good, but it wasn't particularly special. I was sad that they sold out of the 20 layer cake, which is why we chose the restaurant; however the cheesecake was delicious. We would definitely go back, but probably order something else.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Meatball is a must. Dink’s are great too

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R
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lavo was a treat. We started with a half order peens vodka which was ample in size and delicious.
I had the pounded veal chop Milanese which was large and tender. My wife loved her fish.
Great place

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

An Italian inspired menu that did not disappoint. Garlic bread and antipasto were brought to the table to snack on as we perused the menu. Ordered Fried Calamari as an app, easily enough for 3-4 people...As for main menu, Chicken “Dominick”???..get it...enough said. Rigatoni Melanzana, a large, delicious portion of pasta goodness...and lastly, the old reliable, Spaghetti and Meatballs...Side orders of both asparagus and brussel sprouts were equally delicious...Went with the 20 layer cake for dessert. An incredible chocolate / Peanut butter mascopone masterpiece that you can’t keep your fork away from. Wait staff was great from start to finish. Quiet ambiance, with an unobtrusive table layout, that made it easy to move around. Would highly recommend for a great night of dining. Perfect for Couples, a group of friends, or a family dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat promptly.
Side by side 2 tops which is always annoying.
Good service. Good food.

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MG
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Was a very busy night. We had reservations and they treated like crap at check in. Very stuck up host and hostesses. We waited for over 90 minutes until we finally got a table. We had to stand as it was so busy and nowhere to wait and we had a pregnant person with us. They offered us nothing while waiting.

We finally sat. Waiter service was good and food was great.

But the wait and attitude was tough to deal with. They treated everyone who was waiting rudely.

I understand it’s a hot restaurant and very busy. But I doubt I will done here again after being treated like that in the beginning.

If I didn’t wait that long everything else was great. Great waiter and great food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was attentive, food took a while to get to our table.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Delicious food, good sound and ambience. Place to be!

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NY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food amazing, restaurant super loud.

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

Everyone was so wonderful, and the food was amazing.

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p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fab b day celebration!

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was awful
Freezing cold
Did not honor reservation

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