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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M
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

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

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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

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

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

JC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for any affair at Lincoln Center. Service and attention to detail was perfect. Food was creative and gourmet level. Menu and wine list was great.

H
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very good. Some of it was outstanding, like the lobster salad. But the Service was not what it should have been for this restaurant, where we eat frequently. Our waiter was very pleasant but soon disappeared. My drink was prepared incorrectly. We had to constantly ask for things. And it was difficult getting waiter’s attention when we needed something ( and there was lots of staff around that night). The included lemon sorbet for dessert was delicious but should have been served with a plate underneath the dish — no place to put the spoon. I have never seen an ice cream dish served without a plate underneath! We finished our dessert but had to wait quite a while for our coffee., which we ordered with our dessert. Some of our table was going to the theater.

JM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent location and ambience. Food is heavy, but inventive.

LA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly well run restaurant with an excellent team of servers. Elegant setting but not pretentious. Food creative and delicious.

m
Tampa
66 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

it was a pleasure to have a fine-dining meal prior to the Wednesday matinee. The location at Lincoln Center is perfect. The beginning was fine, with food that's fresh and has taste and a staff that was attentive. However, the 45-minute wait for the entree, and its not having distinctive tastes detracted. I thank the staff for noticing.

l
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

near our hotel and children and a delicious meal in lovely setting

PS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate out on the patio on a warm summer night. This was the best and most creative meal I’ve eaten in NYC

s
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food at this place is inconsistent, while some dishes are great, others are barely average. The service used to be excellent, bit it is not anymore. Again there is too much inconsistency.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi Swede, We apologize that you did not have a positive experience while dining with us. We strive to deliver consistently high quality service and cuisine and would like to speak with you further about your meal to learn more and, hopefully, remedy this situation for you. We will message you privately with contact information, should you be interested in speaking with us. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

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G
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There are some superb dishes at this restaurant--antipasti and pastas that are imaginative and flavorful. But it is also VERY expensive, and a number of things don't quite add up to the bill that one receives. On this occasion--not my first--I had a main course of chicken that was absolutely steam-table quality. And on all occasions the space itself is uninviting--too large, too empty, too amorphously shaped. None of this would be a problem, frankly, if the cost was about 25% less than it is. Sidenote: a brilliant sommelière with fabulous wine suggestions; and the prices on the wine list, considering the budget-busting quality of the place in general, were not unreasonable.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi Ghiottone, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave your feedback. We apologize that you did not feel the value of your meal was consistent; we would like to hear more about your experience in the hopes of rectifying this for you. We will reach out directly with contact information in case you are interested in speaking with us directly. Thank you, again.

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R
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner.

R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on a beautiful night with a view of a pool with a lovely sculpture. The food was excellent. We had tuna tartar, cavatelli with duck, scallops, and sea bream.
Highly recommended!!

TS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a bit expensive, but worth.

Did not show the al carte menu!

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be aware when ordering on the prix fixe that there will be an amuse bouche for every course including dessert.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely place. Nice to sit outdoors and listen to the outdoor opera. A bit pricey for an everyday place for locals.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Overall experience so so
Service great
Value poor
Food not great pasta store brought quality

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was much more impressive in the past. Although service was great, the food was not nearly as good as it had been in the past.
There is no lunch prefixes now and and I’m not sure I would go back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lincoln is a consistent hit. The food is delicious and the service is always top notch. For a city restaurant, it is quiet and spacious. We love having space to enjoy our meal. The open kitchen is wonderful to see also. We will continue to return.

s
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our experiences at the Lincoln. The food is fresh and delicious, market driven, the menu is focused and well executed, appealingly plated, and the service is always wonderful. If we didn’t live on the upper east side we would almost certainly dine here more often, because we really love it. When you couple the excellent food, wine and service with the beautiful view, you really can’t beat it. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sommelier was particularly known and helpful. The wait staff was very professional and accommodating.

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was not as pleased this time when I dined at Lincoln Ristorante as I was last time. The servers were very attentive but the waiter who took our order might have been a bit more accommodating. The food was good but not great.
The location, with a view of the Lincoln Center campus, is very nice and it is convenient if you have tickets for a performance in the area.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi Sarabee, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We apologize that you feel the value of the meal did not match the price. We'd like to hear more about your dining experience and will reach out directly with our contact information. Thank you again, we hope to speak with you soon.

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T
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Great ambiance. Mediocre pasta. Spotty service. High prices.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outdoors opposite the Henry Moire sculpture in a rare peaceful setting for NYC. The food was delicious, the service impeccable. It was an extraordinarily special night

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my Lincoln dining experience. The food was very good. There was a nice selection for restaurant week. I had a delicious salad and a very good salmon entree. Everything was cooked to perfection. The dessert was terrific. The maitre de was charming and made sure we were well taken care of. He was attentive but not over bearing. I would come back to Lincoln again. I really enjoyed the lunch!

JD
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Five stars for ambiance and quietude. Tables are far apart and one can converse. Attentive service. My main gripe is portion size: my salmon was minuscule. Did they downsize for RW? Doubtful as my companions’ main courses were normal size. Food was fine but not outstanding.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, service was over the top, best food experience...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visiting here, but everything was better than my expectation. I would definitely revisit in the future.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very efficient in getting out dinner to us and out in time for a performance. We only had 1 1/2 hours, still got a sweet treat at the end.

W
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Lincoln and we brought friends! Dinner was delicious and we went with Oliver's recommendations of the lobster salad, baked chicken, scallops, and sirloin of beef. Outstanding. But unfortunately we couldn't linger as we had performance tickets at Koch Hall. However know that the experience left all of us with the "taste to visit again". Because of Lincoln and my experiences with The Grand Tier, I have a certain expectation of quality of cuisine and service by The Patina Group, that is unsurpassed by any other restaurant in NYC. Special thanks to our wait staff: Oliver, William, Kayla and hostess Hailey who greeted me by name when I arrived. I appreciate their occupational expertise; moreso the genuine personal attention and care that we received. Thank you so much.

SC
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant week lunch. Good choices, well thought out wine pairing, fine service. A winner?

BB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week menu was a nice option. Service is impeccable.

a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pasta slightly overcooked and oversalted, but a lovely place with very good food and attentive service

T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had NYC restaurant week lunch. The food was great as always. They had this wine pairing for the lunch: one 4 oz glass of white and one 4 oz of red. I liked the both. It was a beautiful sunny day. I enjoyed the lunch there in a sunny spacious room.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing - we only had about an hour for dinner before our ballet performance. The staff made sure we got everything for plenty of time to enjoy and were very courteous. The food was amazing. Thank you!

D
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful, modern, bright and cheerful. Wonderful dining, lovely surroundings, attentive and friendly staff.

L
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Restaurant Week Lunch was fair and used to be excellent. Tiny tomato salad. No gift from the chef before or at the end of the meal, as in the past. Delicious chicken, salmon, focaccia, and cappuccino. Gracious service. Two courses, $26 this year is not the value it used to be. This is true generally in all participating restaurants this year, and is not so special.

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