Lincoln Ristorante

4.3
5636 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
The return of finer dining, Lincoln Ristorante is excited to reopen on October 12th.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Daniela was fantastic. We enjoyed our thanksgiving dinner. Food was awesome!

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swede
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

it was good overall, the food was excellent, service was spotty.

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Pooz
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Lovely staff, great view when the sun sets. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in New York City.

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vipEvansie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a pleasure to enjoy Thanksgiving at comfortable Lincoln Ristorante. Just re-opened, the staff is doing everything they can to welcome patrons back.

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vipFareedZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great setting. Glad that Lincoln is back!

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vipEvansie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s great to welcome back Lincoln Ristorante. Our dinner was delicious, relaxed, and elegant. The pasta and the branzino were super. The olive oil cake for desert was a knockout! Go and enjoy. This place gives our neighborhood a much deserved lift.

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vipGPNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a disappointment! We loved eating at Lincoln in pre-COVID times and were excited to learn that it had re-opened recently. Unfortunately, the entire experience was not what we had come to expect from Lincoln. Service was chaotic and unprofessional and the food was unappealing. I understand that these are challenging times for restaurants but we will not be returning there anytime soon.

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vipTLVIVIAN
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in the center of Lincoln center, great food. Before an opera or a concert or just fine dinning on the upper west.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate you and are eager to serve you and your guests in the future.

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CharlotteD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was slow. Not sure if there were understand or gave too many tables to my waitress. I had to wait a lot for refill of water, getting her attention was tough. The food was good, the location was beautiful. No at hostess station asked if I was vaccinated or asked to see proof of vaccination, that was very disappointing.

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Jackay
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Asked for a window table. But alas no…I was facing another table at a window. My husband was facing the glass walled kitchen. Server very professional and pleasant. Caccio Pepe was a lil tasteless. Eggplant side dish and broccoli rabe side dish very tasty. Veal saltambucco bland and tasteless. Olive oil lemon cake delish as was chocolate cake. Location location location if you are seeing LCT performance. I will try again.

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vipAnthonyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We were there to celebrate a friend's milestone birthday. The service provide by our server made us regret our decision to choose this restaurant. He was rude and seemed distracted the entire time. When our food came out and one of the dishes was too salty to taste, he offered no compassion and simply said "we will take care of it", then walked away not offering any alternatives. After complaining to the Manager, and when he came back to our table as we ordered additional drinks; he rolled his eyes and walked away. The Manage did the right thing by switching out the server with Daniella; who was outstanding. Food and drinks were subpar and disappointing considering the price and prestige of this location.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was slow and the food was just poor

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Roxy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very pretty atmosphere, attentive staff and unbelievably convenient for Lincoln Center ticket holders but the food is just OK, definitely not a flavorful meal to remember.

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neverti
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The restaurant just re-opened and was very busy when we got there.
Right now the menu is limited with few choices for main dishes. While the special of the night, monk fish, was excellent, the standard entree of veal was OK, but bland and unexciting.
The service was slow and left a lot to be desired, we had to request the menus, no drink were offered, and a request was forgotten and only came after asking again.
I know that waiters are in short supply now and new ones are being broken in; so I hope that the restaurant will regain it's former excellence.

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vipuwsres
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Got there 30 minutes before our reservation to get a drink at the bar first and couldn't because the bar was "fully committed", so stood outside for a while until a seat opened up, they said it was because there was one bartender. When we sat for our reservation, we ordered sparkling water but they poured still, then they corrected it and changed to sparkling and then later poured still into the sparkling. Our bottle of wine took 20 minutes to come, our side dishes came out 10 minutes after our entrees, the whole thing took forever and was unimpressive. This is usually a place we've gone for special dinners- I know everyone is experiencing issues with finding staff, but it was a bummer to pay such prices for a not great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Arrived at 6.15 for a 6.15 reservation. Had to wait till 6.35 for the table, and that was only because we insisted. My branzino looked good, but tasted majorly bland. My wife was disappointed with her veal saltimbocca. My dessert was acceptable. The waiter did not bring the bread to the table until we asked for it. Such a shame that a wonderful spot like this one, with a readymade customer base, should be of this poor quality in terms of both food and customer experience.

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Elsinore
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Alas another of my favorite restaurants has gone downhill after the pandemic

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KenW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Last night was an opera night. when we arrived the place was jammed & service suffered util they got the opera crowd out. Our drinks arrived after our appetizer, for example. It’s expensive but the food is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m happy to be able to give a really good review for Lincoln Ristorante. I’ve always enjoyed the food here, and they seem to have any service issues connected with their recent reopening totally resolved. We had to make a curtain at Lincoln Center and were able to have a very leisurely meal and still be early to the play. Lovely experience.

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Philharmonicregular
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good was great as was service…only complaint was a 3 oz glass is wine…could have been a bit more!

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vipMichaelP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Trofie" was the most delicious pasta I have ever enjoyed. Incredible! Also, the squash soup is not to be missed. Truly one of New York's best special occasion restaurants, especially if a Lincoln Center performance is to follow.

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AaronA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were amazing but the limited entree selection I didn’t like. The service was the best and the atmosphere was amazing. Would def recommend for a date night to me friends and coworkers

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RodrigoF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love goign there... and the company was greatg (John Varvatos!!)
Your hostess are more than charming too.

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vipsdipo
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So happy that Lincoln has reopened; it’s always been one of my favorites. The menu is much smaller than it was in the past, though there are still plenty of choices. The staff seems to have completely changed, but the new staff members are very good and seem to be getting used to their roles. I was there two weeks in a row and ordered the exact same things; I would say it was all much better in the first week, so the kitchen seems to still be finding its consistency. I’m hopeful that things continue to move forward there, as it will always be a place I like to visit.

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LindaK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We have eaten here pre-Covid. Current menu limited to only 4 entrees. Music loud, rock and intrusive to easy conversation. Ordered wine from wine list not in stock. Sommelier suggested 'comparable' wine without naming price, which was 20% higher. After initial pour, he never returned to refill our glasses. Birthday dessert was a nice touch. Current version needs improvement...

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vipWilliamP
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pre theatre, exited on time, chicken needed more sauce but the rest was great

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vipMitziK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening visiting our kids who live in NYC. Cozy booth allowed a nice catch-up and the food and service was wonderful with a view of an again vibrant Lincoln Center.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Veal was fantastic. Menu is quite small but with some gems hidden in there. Service was solid but could have been quicker. Cacio e Pepe was embarrassingly bad for a restaurant of this caliber. Completely untraditional and overcooked. Wine list is solid but limoncello at end of meal came out lukewarm which was quite worrying. Not a bad experience at all, but certainly not what I expected from restaurant like this having had beautiful experiences there in the past.

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vipScarsdale1975
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner at "The Lincoln" in 1-1/2 years! Mr. Metcalf's attention to detail makes Lincoln our favorite and most reliable restaurant when only the very best will do. His staff is professional and they anticipated our every request...from seating us at our favorite table, to adding our friend's name to the birthday cake/candle...a very thoughtful touch. Every dish was cooked to perfection, served piping hot, with exquisite presentation. The ambience was warm and relaxing and being able to watch the chefs prepare food in the open-kitchen is always comfortable to see. We look forward to many more dinners at Lincoln and recommend it to our family and friends.

Lincoln Ristorante
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words. We truly are delighted you enjoyed your experience and we look forward hosting you again soon.

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food has gone downhill, wine list minimal now, service not professional

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vipalvinmc67
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was as usual quite good Th addition of Veal Saltimbocca was very nice. Leave room for the chocolate cake zabliogne. I understand since COVID that finding experienced wait staff has been difficult. Similar experience tonight with slow service

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JoanG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointing. Loved this place before pandemic. Menu too limited. Food mediocre at best. Service rushed and unprofessional Music too loud and inappropriate for "style" of restaurant. Location and ambiance great. Too Bad.

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vipAMKo
New York Area
244 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed everything about Lincoln,?and so did our friends, who hadn’t been there before. The menu is small, but each dish is carefully and elegantly prepared. The standout: veal saltimbocca, three thick loin nuggets wrapped with a thin layer of prosciutto. Unforgettable.

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vipRonU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

An ideal place to go before a concert.
The location is superb. Thé menu is good but could be a little broader.
I think the wine list should be restructure somas to be easier to access.

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vip8888888888
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Room and Food excellent, Service was a bit off and the kitchen timing was really off, long wait for salad, long time between courses, and side dishes ordered with meal arrived at the end of the main course.

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vipLarry
New York Area
172 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and attentive service.

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vipDrCrawford
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Menu is so boring and has so few choices. It needs to be more interesting and varied

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AnatoliyR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and friendly environment. Very Good service.

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Swan
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Bottom line the food was great and the service was awful. The waiter actually asked us if we had a show which we did and he even said OK so you’ll need to be out by 645 and we have a 5 PM reservation. At 6:20 for the third time we had to ask where our food was. Just too many things went wrong and it’s really unfortunate because otherwise would be a great place

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Lincoln Ristorante is rated 4.3 stars by 5636 OpenTable diners.

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