Lincoln Ristorante

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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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LF
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Certainly one of the best most elegant restaurants in town. Dinner here is an experience.

$6.5 for a glass of water is unfashionable and presumptuous. Did no like that.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service is always impeccable and amazing staff. The food wasn't as good as I remembered from my previous meals there, especially the pasta and the roasted mushroom dish. It was a little disappointing. Unfortunate since it's one of my favorite places in the city.

MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience from start to finish!

WP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance, service, low noise level are superb. Some of the food was beyond outstanding, like the sea bream but my appetizer, burrata with a special anchovy, was just OK

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, and we enjoyed it tremendously! Service was impeccable. Everything was served freshly made and timely. No pressure was applied to finish or turn the table at any time. Expensive at dinner; lunch is a better value.

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with unhurried and courteous service.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of favorite places when we’re in Manhattan. Lincoln Center is Iconic and the restaurant reflects its beauty and simplicity. Food is consistent and staff always welcoming and accommodating.

AH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Lincoln Ristorante prior to attending the Big Apple Circus for my wife's birthday. The experience exceeded our expectations. They offer a pre fixe menu with some upgrade options. Though, my wife upgraded to have truffles with her pasta dish (claimed they were the best truffles that she ever had), there are many great options, such as fresh crab, lobster and octopus that at many restaurants would be considered an upgrade. My wife also had the lobster salad with golden and red beets, feta cheese served with a delicate vinaigrette which was exquisite when tossed together. I had a crabmeat linguine dish topped with the perfect spicy alla vodka sauce. I also had caramelized divers scallops. Living in Florida, I often shy away from some seafood dishes when travelling. No need to here as all seafood tas,ted as if he been swimming that morning. The kitchen is an open concept kitchen where all is seen and in full view of the customers. Despite this, with your eyes closed you could not tell that you were anywhere near the kitchen. It was intriguing to see how well the staff worked together from both expediting to table delivery. They were like a well-oiled machine. Which was exactly the term I had planned to use in describing the waitstaff. They used a team approach and were very stealth. Often times, new silverware would appear on the table with neither of us noticing. All of the waitstaff's recommendations were spot on and never did we wait for our needs to be met. Thank you the Lincoln Ristorante for a phenomenal experience and dinner. We will return.

DI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had been to Lincoln Ristorante before, and always had great food. This time I was very dissapointed with the choices they offered in their fied prize menu. I opted for the Octopus braised with tomato, and could not find traces of octopus. The food was good, but not worth the price.

OT
Lincolnshire
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dining room--so convenient to the Opera and the Ballet. Comfortable booths. Service not quite perfect but close. Good and interesting food.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Team Lincoln are a cut above
Ambiance, ALL Staff are like a well orchestrated performance
Food selections are inventive and beautifully presented
Many wine selections
Richard Capizzi's desserts are beautiful and delicious
Chef Shea Gallante supports local far.ti table selections

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience. The staff is great and the food is delicious!

HM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table of 10 booked for 8:30 pm. Most of the guest arrived @ 9:15, which is after the kitchen closing. Still, management was kind enough to serve us a great meal. Never pressure about the time and the last ones to leave the place. I can't thank enough to management for being so patience and dedicated so late @ night.

OT
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect service and wonderful food.

AM
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The price tag is high, but the food is exquisite and the service is caring, thoughtful and attentive. We had limited time and the staff made sure that we had no problems.

RR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The meal was so so; Much better options for the price. The service was perfunctory. No one took coats, nor looked to assemble parties previously checked in. Seated in Siberia in empty part of restaurant.

n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality and service was superb! The Arctic Char was best I have ever had. Lincoln Ristorante is a "class act" all around. I highly recommend it, especially when attending a performance at Lincoln Center.

WL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazingly flexible and patient with 3 children.

JD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seriously I love love love Lincoln Ristorante. It’s one of our favorite places to go and one of the big highlights is that the mint julep’s are always spot on when Mario makes them. So tonight Mario wasn’t there and my daughter got some variation that had nothing to do with a true julep it was in a little cocktail cup it look like something Audrey Hepburn would be sipping out of, with a piece of mint floating in it, totally not what Mint julep should be. So she said it should be with crushed ice and the waiter took away and brought back the exact same beverage in a glass with ice and a little piece of mint floating. I know I sound like I’m carrying on but a mint julep is supposed to be muddled with crushed ice and simple syrup and bourbon. This is not what she received so she gave up and switched to something that she didn’t even want which set the tone. We asked to not be rushed and was told something about slowing down the service. OK so we were still rushed through the first and second courses, then had dessert and then sat there for close to 25 minutes empty water glasses nobody asking us if we wanted anything, we probably would’ve had a dessert wine or something but after sitting there for so long we were just wanting to leave. Seriously disappointed, oh and we were never told the specials after the waiter said he was going to come back and tell them to us , it just wasn’t up to par. I give praise where praise is due when I’ve done it in the past but this was not the Lincoln that we know. I think I gave him more stars than I should of but it was really disappointing. Part of the problem is we had at least four people taking care of the table and had to ask for things multiple times, oh and my daughter had asked for cheese on the side for her salad and never got the cheese, we asked for some additional breadsticks three times and they never came it just was a bad job tonight OK we will be back but this was not good.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hi Judi, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to tell us about your experience. We appreciate your loyalty to our restaurant and your honest feedback. We take our quality of service seriously and your feedback helps us maintain the standards that we aim to uphold. We are glad to hear that you will be back again and can assure you that your concerns will be addressed. Thank you, again, for your time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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FD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite!

BS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance were all great. Very pricey, but they made up for that somewhat by bringing extra complimentary appetizers and dessert, which were delightful.

GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room, terrific food and attentive service. Looking forward to returning.

LO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was a bit rushed. Servers coming to take our dishes before we were finished Beef tenderloin was almost cold when it was served. I think best not to go here on a holiday.

p
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Food delicious, service excellent, quiet!!
Our Thanksgiving Meal was perfect.

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The streak of high quality experiences I've been enjoying at Lincoln was marred this time by a serving blunder. We had requested that both of our secondi left-overs (about one-third of each) be packed to go. A server later also volunteered to pack the focaccia we had not consumed. When we arrived home, we realized only the focaccia had been packed. Obviously, we cared much less for that. My wife was quite disappointed. She also remarked they did not acknowledge the dinner was for a birthday, as we had indicated when we made the reservation.

o
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A marvelous weekend luncheon experience in an ideal location. Excellent service geared to complete our meal in time to make our curtain time with no pressure . A must do again experience.

S
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Each course was delicious and the portions were large. Service was very attentive. When we made the reservation, we had advised the restaurant that we were celebrating our anniversary, it was not acknowledged at all during the evening. It would have been nice if we got at least a happy anniversary wish. We have celebrated other special occasions here and it’s sometimes overlooked by the restaurant. Still it’s one of our favorite restaurants.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious. Service somewhat condescending for no apparent reason

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We arrived at 1 on a Sunday afternoon and told the waiter that we had a 3 o’clock opera and needed to leave the restaurant by 2:45. The appetizers came quickly, but the main course was still not served at 2:15 despite reminding our waiter several times about our schedule. When the food was served, I was too aware of the time to enjoy it. This is unacceptable service for a restaurant on the Lincoln Center campus.

FR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff executed perfectly in every way—engaging when encouraged and invisible when appropriate. Food is fabulously Italian and match with a well chosen wine list. This was our second experience, and so far, incredible and consistent!

MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was amazing!
Food was delicious and we were treated like royalty. The staff was stellar and so attentive.
It was quiet for easy conversation and beautiful view onto Lincoln Center courtyard. I highly recommend this restaurant unconditionally.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful time every time we went there,

L
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to celebrate time with family. Amazing and inventive food and wonderful service. We all had a wonderful time from grandparent to grandchildren. We sat at a round table and it was quiet enough so that we could all share in conversation. It's pricey (but worth it!) for a memorable evening.

n
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, attentive engaging wait staff, quiet for talking, convenient to opera - perfect for what I wanted

f
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Most of the food was good but one dish was not (scallops) and another was just ok (short ribs). Service was attentive but very cold almost unfriendly. At these prices and given my experience not sure I will return.

M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the changes in the menu for the season. Super service, food and drink. Always a wonderful dining experience. Best restaurant in the neighborhood by far (and I am a tough critic).

J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended, this was my first time visit and I am a bit embarrassed to say I got a little lost finding the place. Now that I know piece a' cake.
Just an awesome experience.
I will be back soon....
James Moraes....

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go before Opera or any other event.
Beautiful place with very special dishes complemented with outstanding service.
Veal was delicious and Scallops beautifully cooked , perfect paring with fine Italian wine.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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