Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
5098 reviews
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Italian
At Lincoln Ristorante, we offer our interpretation of modern Italian cuisine in New York at Lincoln Center. Our philosophy is simple: to source the best local ingredients and prepare them with authentic Italian methods and spirit. Our location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool and the Henry Moore sculpture is exquisite, with panoramic views of the campus.

The cuisine at Lincoln Ristorante blends precise technique with the ingredients and comforting feel of an Italian kitchen. We rely on local farmers and purveyors along with weekly visits to our neighborhood Tucker Square Green Market, while importing the essential items (Parmigiano Reggiano, San Marzano tomatoes) from Italy that are irreplaceable.
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Mon - Wed 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Thu - Sat 9:00PM - 9:30PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable. The service outstanding. And the overall experience was non-comparable.

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London
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic meal all round.

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CA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at the Lincoln Ristorante was OUTSTANDING!! I cant stop talking about the exceptional service from the moment I walked through the door, to my final bite of dessert. In LOVE!

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Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cuisine, service and ambiance. Server understood we wanted to take our time over dinner and paced service and presentation for a gracious evening

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LB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Lincoln Ristorante. Everyone was very professional, very friendly and they had the service was superb. I highly recommend it!

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JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a lovely interior and a very inviting exterior, which draws potential patrons in. As a supporter of Lincoln Center programs I've always wanted to try Lincoln Ristorante. And finally we did.

Impressive beginnings, with staff hovering and making us comfortable. I loved the chairs and how they swiveled, quite unusual type of seating in an eatery.

The first course arrived, a Pekeeytoe crab salad, beautifully presented. If only the taste matched the presentation; the overriding taste was spicy celery with nary a hint, not even a hint, of crab. So disappointed, I don't know why I didn't send it back.

The second course, a spaghetti with seafood , was quite good.

The price fixed brunch menu was pretentious, striving to be something I don't think the restaurant quite lives up to. Don't think I would return.

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m
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a lovely restaurant. The food is wonderful and the room is pretty and very comfortable. You can see the kitchen which is beautiful. This time, though, I have to single out the service as exceptional. We were with an elderly friend and they took such kind care to describe the dishes, prepare them to accomodate her wishes and just generally were exceptionally attentive and gracious.

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w
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OK, it's extravagant - but what could be better? The food is divine, you can look out at Lincoln Center, and the Henry Moore sculpture, the staff are so professional and wonderful, helpful, not fawning, extra bonus points for the first woman African-American sommelier that I've ever had in a DC/NY high end restaurant. This place is amazing.

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are phenomenal!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great would definitely return and highly recommend

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D
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the servers really took into account that we were seeing a show at 8pm. Great place to eat if you are seeing something at Lincoln Center!

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

It’s my second visit for the restaurant week. You can tell how much I love their food just by revisiting in such a short time. Everything, I mean, Everything is perfect about this place. The bread, side dish, the appetizer, the main and the dessert...everything is amazingly tasty. And the service is great too! The server served us last time actually recognized me! I ordered the lemon cake dessert and she send me the trio of gelato on the house for thanking me coming back to dine with them! I just can’t say how much I love this place.

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CG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good value for NYC's Restaurant Week ... but missed the dessert course and the usual chocolate or cookie treat at the end of the meal.

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Houston
62 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The space is stunning. The service is lovely, but not exactly on top of things. The food was mediocre, especially for the price.

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MP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There was some flaws in the final touch of the dishes we ordered: the pasta was way too salty while the fish had no salt; the salad had too much vinegar; the steak was rare instead of medium.

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C
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for restaurant week & the choices were good. Everything we all ordered was delicious. Highly recommend it.

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SK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience in all ways. Great service, great food ...and the ability to have a business conversation ....!

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

A very disappointing evening. We were celebrating a relative's birthday and arrived after the evening rush. While the waiter was extremely poised and polite we had to wait too long for everything. It took too long for drinks, ordering and receiving our food and having our dishes removed. My brother's pasta was overdone and my fish was cold and undercooked. We wanted dessert but it took so long to get dessert menu that we gave up and went home. This is my second unsuccessful dinner at the Lincoln. I will not be eating here again.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a very nice restaurant in a perfect location at Lincoln Center. The Sicilian food is really excellent-we enjoyed the short rib, the octopus and cheesecake.

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

We came here for Restaurant Week lunch, and had a very good experience. It was quiet, elegant, great view of the Lincoln Center plaza. The Bloody Mary was excellent. The services was quick and unobtrusive. If you need to be done eating before a performance, you can count on this place to get it done.

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S
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lincoln is one of our favorite restaurants. It is a dining experience with different flavors complimenting their dishes. We had the sea bream and lamb shank which were delicious. We highly recommend the Lincoln.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and even more excellent cuisine. We had 3 course price fixed menu before the ballet. I added pictures of my appetizer and dessert. Perfect menu selections provided and each course was just the right amount of food. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Would love to go again before our next show.

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HF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious

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NF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately food was not very good. The bread was delicious but risotto was almost inedible. Not sure I would go back.

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BC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are never disappointed with this restaurant. The service, including hosts is top notch. Topped by the food that is always fantastic and consistently a delight. We go pre-theatre as often as we can.

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about the Lincoln., ambiance, food and and service. A favorite spot.

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L
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for "restaurant week". Excellent choices with attractive presentation. Service friendly and attentive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant lunch.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, refined dining in a great location, looking out at the Lincoln Center Plaza. Elegant, but pricey, menu.

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m
New York Area
205 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an exceptionally successful restaurant week lunch. Lincoln Ristorante has a much better menu than most restaurants that are part of restaurant week. A 5-minute egg with a potato croquette, soppressata, and a light tomato-based mix of vegetables was very good, creative, and perfectly cooked. A bean soup with pasta was similarly fine. The beef "osso buco" was not remotely an osso buco, hence the quotes. It seemed to be beef shin that had been removed from the bone and then compressed into a round about 3/4 of an inch high. It was extremely flavorful and the accompanying light sauce was very good. The hake was perfectly prepared. A caramelized onion focaccia and an introductory rice croquette were nice additions by the restaurant. Only the dessert was a disappointment. Service was discreet and attentive. Really first-rate.

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VS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. 4 course prix fixe is a great value.

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c
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Aesthetically gorgeous ambiance and food. Generous portions. Delicious in every way!

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m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although this restaurant is too expensive for me for dinner, the Restaurant Week lunch was excellent. The place is beautiful , quiet with well spaced tables. Just a wonderful experience.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is interesting but not gimmicky. Service friendly but not intrusive. Excellent wine pairings.

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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best food, best staff, best ambience, and best location in town. Consistent and dependable with welcoming smiles every time.

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Houston
33 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back, need to say more?

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RK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining there each time attending performances at Lincoln Center. It's been consistently excellent from day 1.

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LA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a consistent first class dining experience, that provides a marvelous meal in elegant surroundings. It is my favorite restaurant for special occasions and when I patronize Lincoln Center.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, and the pastas are homemade.

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g
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, pricy, but worth it. The service was also top notch as you were not rushed and were able to enjoy every course.
I would recommend the Lincoln to anyone as an after theater dinner stop.

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