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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HM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
167 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect service and wonderful food.

AM
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazingly flexible and patient with 3 children.

JD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 4 days ago

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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite!

BS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
191 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!

K
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything in the meal was exquisite. Foccacia with whipped ricotta, arancini(gratis). Appetizers: Sardinian stuffed pasta & veal ricotta meatballs were divine. The chicken breast & sirloin steak were excellent too.

EL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

THE SERVICE AND FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. WE ENJOY COMING TO LINCOLN.

JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Charming and attentive service. Tables well spaced

NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Lincoln Ristorante is a good place to bring friends from out of town. Our Italian guests enjoyed it immensely. There was a slight mix-up on one of the food orders, and the servers were unsure who ordered which plate--which explains why the service was very good & not outstanding. Still, the attitude of the waiter and servers was excellent. The head waiter was very helpful in choosing foods to suit allergies.
I had to ask the matre dis to turn down the music; she did & all was well. Otherwise, it would have been too loud.

DD
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect for pre- or post-Lincoln Center events. Good wine list. Crab meat pasta spicier than expected.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great food experience and service is impeccable.

A
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Lincoln has plummeted in quality. Once our favorite, if expensive, restaurant, Lincoln now seems to be in a death spiral: first cutting back its hours (closing at 9 PM at a location in the midst of multiple Lincoln Center theaters with evening performances), then converting to a pricey prix fixe menu with an overpriced wine list, and finally basically chasing away customers with some mediocre to bad food and poor service. Pastas in general continue to be good; the duck bolognese sauce was delicious. But the speekytoe crab pasta was way too spicy - more TexMex than Italian - and inedible. On a very limited menu at 7:30 PM, the restaurant was already out of scallops. The dourade smelled unpleasantly fishy, not fresh. Service was uneven at best. After announcing that he would introduce the menu to us, the waiter just dropped the menus on the table and was distracted away to another table. An order of their celebrated melanzane appetizer (at additional cost) arrived after the main (secondi) course was already on the table. (There also was a huge gap in time between when the first course was cleared, and that main course arrived.) I had reminded the restaurant 3 times that it was my wife's birthday: first, when making the OpenTable reservation, 2nd by calling the restaurant and speaking to the receptionist an hour before we arrived, and 3rd by telling the waiter while we were ordering. Yet, the dessert arrived without a candle or birthday wish/acknowledgement. There were, in fact, multiple waiters. One suggested she would wrap up our uneaten food to take home, but after we agreed, the food just disappeared until we asked about it while exiting the restaurant. And the bill -- oh, what a bill -- outrageous for this mediocre (at best) experience.

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service and peaceful atmosphere

MC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The open kitchen visible to the diners made for an entertaining experience and we watched the food being prepared. Pricey, but well worth it.

CK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a delicious and delightful dinner before the ballet

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