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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us on Thursday, November 28th to experience Chef Shea Gallante's three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for $89, available from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM. We will also be offering a $55 two-course menu for kids under 12 years of age.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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L
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doesn’t need a review - just walk in. Great place!

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

The food is good and the service is wonderful. This time we had a selection of their ice cream and sorbets for dessert since it was my birthday. The flavors were to die for. Fantastic.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The biggest problem was our server. I was inclined to give the service 5 stars; I was greeted in a superb manner - a terrific set up to an evening. The bar staff was excellent, as were all of the people in between who showed us to our table, etc. Our server had an attitude which was regrettable because it negatively impacted the rest of the experience. Particularly when describing how the menu worked and about wine selection. (I thought I was paying.) ... until the check arrived. Then there was a big smile. I really wish we had a better experience at the table.

The meal itself was delicious. We ordered two pastas and two main dishes. I won’t go into detail, but my penne with ragú was a delight. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the accompaniment offered a perfect balance. The two veal medallions were cooked to perfection. They were incredibly tender and delicately flavored. Dessert was not as strong. Our server neglected to tell us the serving vessel was right out of the oven and very hot.

I strongly recommend this place because I doubt someone like our server would last very long in such a fine establishment.

NY
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant on the UWS, and without question the best near Lincoln Center. Treat yourself!

AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Lincoln is superb. They are so organized accommodating and they remember you from visit to visit. Which table you like and even certain dietary restrictions pertaining to your needs. I highly recommend this restaurant for an evening where you are able to really relax and allow others to take care of you.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Lincoln Ristorante offers poorly prepared, unimaginative food at outrageous prices. Pretentious and obsequious best describe the setting and the service. The place is a tourist trap ripoff.

LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and helpful service. Delicious menu . A perfect pre-opera venue.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

70th birthday dinner. We had the lobster salad, tagliatini, and veal tenderloin. Excellent attentive service. Great recommendation from sommelier.

M
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for after or before Opera, Concert etc.

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I am on crutches and arrived 15 seconds after the wait time expired because the ballet was later than expected. He told me he had given away our table and I should have called. Perhaps, but I’m juggling my handbag, a boot for my fractured foot and crutches. I asked him what time it was when we were speaking and it was 5:46.

I would never go back to the restaurant but in spite of him a very expensive meal was well served and fairly good.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Kathy, I apologize for the experience that you had when you arrived. It is our goal to deliver exceptional service for our guests, so we appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention. We would like the opportunity to speak to you directly. I will message you privately with our contact information, should you be interested in speaking with us. Thank you again for your time.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant in an unique location, the architectural design is strking and the large windows look out on to Lincoln Center. The restaurant is large, spacious, with a glass enclosed kitchen, and quiet enough to have a conversation with your guests. The food is excellent as is the wine list. My only complaint was that only a prix fixe menu was available, which was not clear at the time I made the reservation. According to our waiter, only prix fixe meals are served before and after theater hours. I noticed a number of other patrons seemed surprised by this as well. It is a lovely restaurant; one should just come prepared to spend a considerable amount for the prix fixe and wine/drinks. I would go again.

L
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.

WM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We have had lunch at Lincoln before the Opera many times. Unfortunately, our experience this weekend was not up to the usual high standards of the restaurant. Our server was somewhat indifferent and inattentive, which has never been our experience before. Although other dishes were fine, the crema di mozzarella (bufalina) was, in fact, not crema at all, but something with a texture more like the white of a hard-boiled egg. We hope that this was just an off day for a generally fine restaurant.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service is exceptionally slow but thankfully decent food

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. if you’re looking to have an amazing dinner before attending a performance at the MET Opera, this is your place as if is conveniently located next door. Everything about this experience was 5 star: the service, the space and especially the food. We had the pre fixe 3-course dinner. I’m vegan, and they willingly provided delicious substitutions. I was particularly fond of the wild fall mushroom dish!

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cet établissement est vraiment distinctif. L'accueil est attentionné. Nous avions une table de coin qui nous donnait une vue sur le place du Lincoln Center. Les plats étaient tous excellents sans compter le service impeccable. Chaque convive recevait son plat tel que commandé et les suiteurs remettaient les plats tels que demandé et dans le bon ordre. Je le recommande à tous!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and ambiance- food was very good, though my husband was disappointed in the steak and said he would not order it again. That said, we will definitely be back in the future as the overall experience of dining at Lincoln is outstanding every time.

P
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We tried to dine before the metropolitan opera performance. Waiting 40 minutes for our first course we took our main course in a to go box. Restaurant does not have the staff or organization for pre theater dining. Only dine at The Lincoln after a performance

JG
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant. Our server was very attentive. The food was excellent and they served in a timely manner so that we would be on time for the show that we had tickets to see. Our only complaint was that they forgot to bring our side order. They were very apologetic and offered us a dessert on the house.

m
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was excellent (and the servings ample) and the service outstanding.

AP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service, as ever.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The saffron pasta was made without saffron. Do I need to say more?

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hello, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your concerns in regards to the Saffron Pasta. We apologize that the meal did not meet your expectations and would like the opportunity to speak with you directly. We will message you privately with our contact information should you choose to reach out. Thank you, again, for your time.

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FY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very overpriced for excellent but overly fussy food that is not at all extraordinary. However, it's convenient for attending shows at Lincoln Center, utterly pleasant, and in the end not really a rip-off.

E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent. Food was excellent and service was extremely present. Worth the price

NL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant great ambiance we would gladly return to dine here

n
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, all people so kind and supporting. Food was delicious and good sized. Just a little detail, my daughters meat was a little flavorless. Besides that, it is a must go restaurant in NYC for special ocasionss. Thanks

J
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have had lunch at Lincoln Ristorante on many occasions. As usual, the decor, atmosphere and service were outstanding. We appreciated the extra care and service for our guest who was a vegan. However, the loss of the prixe fixe lunch was disappointing. The flounder entree was disappointing to all of us. It was a tiny piece of a relatively inexpensive fish and with little on the plate beyond this. However, the wine service was excellent, as well as the beautiful presentation of the triple scoop gelato desert. Frankly, the lunch has become overpriced for what we got.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Jerry, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to give us your feedback. We completely understand the disappointment in the removal of the prix fixe lunch menu. We are continually optimizing our menus to keep them seasonal and offer value to our guests, so we will certainly take your feedback into account. Thank you, again, and please let us know if there is anything else that we can do for you.

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A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific service.

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was good but service was amongst the worst I have ever received. For a fine dining establishment and for the cost, I would expect above average service but they didn’t even get the basics right. Drink orders were not taken until AFTER the main courses were ordered. Waited at least 30 min before they took the order. The menu was never explained. Dishes were all delivered to the wrong people (both courses) and the staff never checked back to see about how everything was until they cleared the plates and brought the check. Any Applebee’s gets that right. In any event, the food was delicious. Wouldn’t come back though.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hi Ddomeyer. Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to tell us about your meal. We always strive to provide positive experiences and cuisine, so we apologize that the service did not meet your expectations. We would like to speak to you about this further in the hopes of rectifying the situation for you. We will message you directly with contact information. Thank you, again, for your time. We hope to hear from you soon.

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MG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dinner before a show. Menu not what we expected. Kids at next table were allowed to run around too much noise. Overall experience was less than expected.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hi Mike, we apologize that the atmosphere did not meet your expectations. It is our goal to consistently deliver positive experiences in regards to service and cuisine, so we hope that you will dine with us again so that we can offer this to you. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything else that we can do for you.

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M
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Impressive attention to detail and service. This beautiful (modern) venue is a blend of good food, very good service, and a fantastic location within Lincoln Center. The staff is friendly and genuine.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Lovely views across the plaza. xxxxxxxxxxx

CC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was very attentive from the hostess to the busser I met on my way to the ladies room.
I had the pre theater menu, nothing to write home about, and at the end of the day turned out to be pricey.
My party and I we liked the concept of open kitchen, and the room set up..
I definitely will patronize the Lincoln restaurant again.

RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. Excellent wine list. Totally recomended.

M
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and lovely location. Menu is limited, food is okay at best, and overpriced for sure.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was bad
Had to ask for a napkin 5 times
Crucial wss served with thawed tasteless fish. Inedible
Greatly overpriced but

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hello, we apologize that the service and cuisine did not meet your expectations and we would like the opportunity to speak to you directly in the hopes of rectifying the situation for you. We will message you directly with contact information and hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at the Lincoln - food, ambiance, and service - all fabulous!!

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch menu is limited but food was delicious. Best tomato soup I have ever had.

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say, but that the food is terrific and the location is great.

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