Lincoln Ristorante

4.6
4797 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch

Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Lunch

Wednesday: 11:30am- 2pm

Thursday-Friday: 12 - 2pm

Dinner*

Monday: 5:00 - 9:30pm

Tuesday: 4:30 - 9:30pm

Wednesday: 5:00- 9:30pm

Thursday: 4:30 - 10pm
Friday: 5:00 - 10pm
Saturday: 4:30 – 10:00pm

Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm


*During 4:30 to 7 pm incomplete parties may not be seated.

Reservations for incomplete parties will be held for 15 minutes.
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Phone number
(212) 359-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Shea Gallante
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Amsterdam and Broadway
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Parking details
Northbound and southbound (via 65th Street): Entrance located between Broadway and Amsterdam 200 feet on the right and is open Mon – Sun. All other times use the 62nd Street entrance.
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Public transit
Take 1 to 66th Street (Lincoln Center).
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Our private dining room offers an intimate oasis, in the heart of Lincoln Center, for events accommodating 2 to 16 people.

Our exquisite cuisine will be served by a dedicated team who will take care of your guests' every need. Perfect for business or personal functions, Lincoln's private dining room features:

-55" flat screen plasma TV for presentations, DVD and/or Blu-ray playback
-WiFi access
-Wireless phone conferencing
-iPod hookup for custom audio playlists
-Complete privacy
-Custom menus

To book your next event in our private dining room (2-16), East dining for medium-size gatherings, or the entire restaurant for full-scale celebrations for up to 175, please contact Yale Frederiksen at 212/3596513 or yfrederiksen@patinagroup.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Private Dining

Lincoln Ristorante is the acclaimed Lincoln Center restaurant showcasing contemporary Italian cuisine. Located in a stunning glass pavilion with a signature sloping lawn roof and spectacular views, Lincoln Ristorante is the perfect venue for your next event.

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Mon - Wed 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Thu - Sat 9:00PM - 9:30PM

What 4797 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual

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

Excellent food choices and presentation. Dinner was delicious. Waitstaff was extremely attentive without being overbearing. Great place.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful pre show evening at Lincoln . The ambiance is clean contemporary with private booths and stained wood ceiling giving it a warm feel. From the hand made bread sticks and fresh black grape focaccia , to the superb entrees, to the fabulous dessert, the whole experience was much more than I expected. I would highly recommend this restaurant and to top it off the show was fantastic !!

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JL
Washington DC
249 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Every course was outstanding! The pastas are creative, and so are the desserts. Ambiance is wonderful too--particularly for quiet conversation and if you're celebrating a special event. Lincoln Ristorante is one of my favorite spots in the city for consistently creative and well-executed cuisine! I highly recommend the dessert with macerated strawberries--phenomenal!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Staff was sort of cold and not engaging.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a beautiful experience . Spectacular design and impeccable service.

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F
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been to Lincoln several times and have always thought it was wonderful- but the last two times I have been disappointed. the menu is very esoteric and hard to understand. the prices are high. I had a pasta dish that was dry - not enough sauce. Not up to their usual high standards.

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ER
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience . The food and entire dining experience as set forth above fabulous.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had tickets to a matinee at Lincoln center and planned on a lunch before. This was a perfect location right in the plaza. We sat outside and could see the door and knew when we had to leave. Food was great I had the salmon with warm tomato salad. It was perfectly cooked and the salad was a nice touch. Portions were fine for me. My husband might have need more. I just had an entree however my cousin did the brunch menu and she got an appetizer and a meal her salad was quite large so was her pasta dish.

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Best homemade pasta we have had in NYC. Seriously talented chefs in kitchen.

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J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

a group of 4-went to lunch before a show. We had mentioned we had a time issue. The waitress was more than accommodating. We had delicious rose champagne. The restaurant gave little nibbles to try. How nice AND delicious. All of our lunches were great! Coffee was great too! Wish we had time for dessert. Will definitely come back here. Definitely worth the cost. (which was a little pricey for lunch)

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R
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I walked out before eating as they were so inflexible about letting me order what I wanted to order. This place has slid in quality and service since they changed chefs an I will never return. I used to eat here at least 4 times per year due to its proximity to Lincoln center

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DH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was superb and the pre theater pre fix is an excellent value!

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with a friend before a performance. Service was impeccable. The menu had a nice selection and pricing was moderate to high. The quality of the ingredients was excellent. Overall it was a great dining experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't have time to go through all your selections. Suffice it to say it was a wonderful experience!!!!

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our pleasant and informative servers. The food was different and amazing in presentation and taste. The cocktails were perfect for our afternoon. Thanks.

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M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious from start to finish. From the little extras that delight, to the succulent taste of the food, I was in restaurant heaven . service was efficient and gracious. Every detail of my food was thoughtful. From the exquisite garnished In my soup, to the sauces for my salmon. And the salmon was as fresh as any salmon I ever tasted. What a treat.

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BM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in SF BAY area so our standards are high. We have enjoyed several OK meals on this trip but nothing as good as Lincoln. Since our daughter lives two blocks from Lincoln, we will definitely eat there again.

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AC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pre-theater menu had something interesting and delicious for everyone. The amuse bouche of fried mozzarella was wonderful. The foccaccia with honey ricotta was divine and then the two course meal was amazing. Service was perfect and the space is gorgeous. If it wasn't 101 degrees out we would have enjoyed eating outside.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. However, our red wine was served extremely chilled. We mentioned this to the sommelier who basically dismissed us saying all their wine was temperature controlled. We also mentioned this to a manager but no one came back to address the issue. Unfortunately, this is disappointing as we should have left this caliber of restaurant with nothing more more than good vibes and full stomachs!

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EA
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The extra touches - chef nibbles before and post meal - on top of exquisitely prepared food and top-notch service, make this a very special restaurant.

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KN
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

While I have to admit that the food was good, the service was horrific. Our waiter was about to take our order then said he had to leave for a second and will be right back, he disappeared then took other tables' orders, and we had to ask another waiter to get him. My wife ordered wine and we had to ask our waiter twice for it and he kept saying sorry, he forgot, and still no wine. We had to call over another waiter to get it. This repeated itself the next glass she ordered. This kept happening all night, and even at the tables near us people were complaining about the poor service. Then, when we were leaving, we walked down the full flight of stairs to the front doors (where we entered and, in all our prior visits, had existed) only to find them locked and our Uber was waiting there. There was no sign at the top of the stairs saying the doors were locked. We walked back up, no one was around to tell us how to get out, and we finally made our way out and the car had left and I was charged a fee. So, if you like decent food, and don't mind a wait staff that clearly does not know or care what they are doing, except being skilled in avoiding serving you, then this is your place. We have been here a number of times before, but never again. I had recommended it to a friend for next week, but called them and told them to find another restaurant.

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HR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, and delicious food. Portions are generous but not overwhelming. Excellent option for pre theater/opera.

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much MUCH improved food and menu service impeccable

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You don’t find restaurants that are all around great - this is one and we plan to come back regularly. The food, service, ambiance were are exemplary, and they accommodated one person’s many food allergies seamlessly and deliciously.

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KT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh how I love thee...Lincoln Ristorante, you never cease to amaze me. Chef Stephen Conklin, you are an artist and chef extraordinaire. I'm happy to have met you before you blow up to GOAT status. Thank you for putting the LOVE in food. Thank you to the attentive staff. Everyone deserves to be treated with nourishing beautiful food and care.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible. We waited a long time between courses, and the sparkling water we ordered was left to chill in a bucket far from the table, and we had to flag waiters down to go get it to refill our glasses, and finally just got up to retrieve it and pour it ourselves. The temperature in the restaurant was arctic (on a hot summer day), so if you run hot, this may be a good choice for you. Otherwise bring a parka. The food was ok, nothing special.

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Gorgeous place right on the Lincoln Center campus between Vivian Beaumont theater building and Geffen Hall, on the north side of the reflecting pool. Very convenient for pre- concert, opera, theater or ballet.

Food is fabulous -- BUT very limited menu until 7 pm. Many appetizer choices bit fewer entrees. After we experienced the service, we can see why they limit choices -- they can barely handle that .

They use the platoon staff approach -- someone takes your drink order, someone else dinner and a third person delivers. Two different people tried to take drink orders. Three of us each ordered two courses. The deliverer was totally confused about two of our orders so they delivered it in shifts.

BUT the food was great.

And then the wait began. 20 minutes after. We had finished eating, put down forks, pushed back plates, even put napkins notable - - we were invisible. I finally had to go find one of our servers and ask to have table cleared. 10 minutes later, they did it. Then another looking wait for check and we finally asked for that too. No one ever asked us about coffee or tea. The service just fell apart.

I couldn't comfortably recommend this restaurant to a friend lest they have the same problems. The amateurish. service spoils the food and gorgeous setting and facility design.

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WI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and food. All in all, a great experience that we hope to repeat.

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E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch on a quiet summer Friday in the dining room was perfect. The $29 price fixe menu for antipasti and primi (pasta) is the best deal in town. From the delicious focaccia bread that came with ricotta instead of plain olive oil or butter, to the beet salad and insalata caprese (heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella), to the spaghetti with seafood and rigatoni with duck ragu, we were so pleasantly stuffed that there was no room for dessert. The service was friendly and extremely efficient. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants!
P.S. We stopped by the previous week after we attended “My Fair Lady” at the Vivian Beaumont next door, for a glass of wine and a yummy nectarine tart on the outdoor patio. Magical evening with soft summer breeze!

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OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service!!! Elderflower soda was excellent! Menu changes often but their is always great options. Recommend for a foodie.

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A splendid experience all around. Beautiful setting. Wonderful location within Lincoln Center complex. Quiet and elegant without being pretentious. Excellent food and extremely attentive service. Lovely wines both by the glass and by the bottle at reasonable prices. A totally positive evening

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k
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service , very good cocktails, good meal.
My favorite restaurant in Manhattan

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre-theater restaurant in terms of food, ambience, and setting the mood for theater. Would highly recommend it. Most of the food excellent, some just good.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband here for his birthday before seeing a show at Lincoln Center. Food was wonderful and the service was excellent

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SD
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb pre-theater dining experience. Wonderful food. Terrific service. We will return.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, wine, and service. But very expensive.

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and cocktails as always! I wanted to upload a photo of my fantastic Manhattan but it won’t fit!

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CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious...all except the lamp which was a little grissly and chewy.

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable! Ambiance, service and food were all superb.

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