Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
5113 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Decent food but very overpriced. Really you are paying for the convenience of being close to the theater before or after your show. No other reason to eat there.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the amazing cuisine here !! Can’t wait to return!!

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GS
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

24th anniversary before the show

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S
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with the service and the close attention of our server, Zaikhan (sp). In fact, the team mentality was reminiscent of fine European dining.
Our meals were delivered by two or three servers. Our dietary needs were addressed. Most of all, we had the feeling that we were in an intimate, warm, friendly restaurant.
Before we left, I repeated our pleasure to Ronnie who introduced himself as a manager. He was very pleased that Lincoln had such a positive impact on us. We’ve been to Lincoln before and will surely return again.

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Las Vegas
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Is it worth going to yes
With recent chef changes perhaps quite a few over not that much time; it was worth another look
Food this time was quite good with only an extra vegetable course overcooked and drowned by sauce
The dilemma always for me at this restaurant
Is the challenge of being an upscale eating establishment vs being an authentic high end italian restaurant.
More often over the years it has been the former,thus often the experience ends up being sterile.
Repeat go enjoy and enjoy a very good meal in the Lincoln Center Plaza

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service, beautiful restaurant, convenient to Theater.
The food was outstanding and served perfectly.
Five stars....

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C
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful brunch here before a performance and it could not have been better! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. In general, a nice classy place.

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WG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I love Lincoln, and have been many times. But our dinner was surprisingly disappointing. The eggplant was way overdone, too much cheese and sauce. The lobster pasta was tasteless. The only bright spot was the special dessert made for Valentine’s Day. I never write reviews, but for Lincoln to have such sub par food, I felt compelled to write this. Not sure what happened, but when the ambiance and service is wonderful, and the food meh or simply not goo I thought I should say something.

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your service and food never disappoint. Easy to recommend your restaurant. Thank you for great food and service. A true gem for the West side.

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

A fantastic meal all round.

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EM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lincoln was as usual great! I've been there several time over the part months, and it doesn't disappoint.

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AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu was a bit pricey but the food was exquisite, the service was fabulous and the ambience was great, though a bit noisy. Lovely and romantic Valentine’s Day dinner!

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MR
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience ,I would recommend the restaurant to all my friends, thank you very much

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

The excellent service is due, in great part , to the ministrations of Olivier, who ensures the guests are taken care of flawlessly. He conducts, directs, and gets us to the opera with plenty of time to spare. The menu is creative, the food perfectly prepared. It is not easy to find a restaurant of this calibre in the Lincoln Center area. We are happy to say that we have become"regulars."

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GS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
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 on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are phenomenal!!

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l
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch before show. Food was excellent

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OT
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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OT
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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