Montebello Ristorante Italiano

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in the heart of Midtown East, Montebello serve a classic Northern Italian cuisine with a special flair for a business lunch or a romantic dinner. Emphasis is placed on simple, fresh ingredients and proven cooking methods. The service is warm and attentive, the decor is artistic and moving and the award winning food is sublime. In addition to our ala carte menu, Montebello offers a prix fixe lunch for $25 per person and $35 for dinner.
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vipmisstheclassics
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Discovered venue during last Restaurant Week and returned about a month later with friends. Although still very good, and for now would still recommend, we were a bit disappointed because at least two of our main dishes were not as hot as they should have been - some potatoes on one were cold and the veal special was barely warm. Restaurant was not busy so it should not have been sitting long after cooking. The tiramisu and the ricotta cheesecake desserts were mediocre (rather dry) although the flan on the previous visit was excellent. In addition. the bartender did not know how to make a Black Russian - he added cream (or milk). We'll give it another shot before we downrate it. Service was excellent and friendly. I rate value as fair to good because prices are rather high especially on the appetizers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet.

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Estelle
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Montebello for Restaurant Week dinner. What a find! Everything about the restaurant was perfect, from being greeted when we came in, to service, to drinks and, of course, to dinner. The decor is lovely. A friend came in from upstate the following week and I went back. I would definitely recommend Montebello for anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience.

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RachelF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere, quiet even though tables full nearby and group in nearby room. Love it!

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KKJo
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very old school setting, as if it hasn't been redecorated since the late 80s. Still the service was outstanding and swift, without feeling rushed. I'll definitely return with a larger group in the near future.

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JaneB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful! My favorite restaurant in New York City. Joe and his staff so warm and welcoming. And the chef is so talented! Thanks Guys!

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vipjames
Seattle
153 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent/friendly.
Food was good.
Venue cozy/warm.
NYC Restaurant Week lunch, very good, not great.
Would return.

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nannabees
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time, the food was great and the service was outstanding. The night began quite but as it filled the noise got a little load but nothing to bad.

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vipMeadpoint
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gave us a small corner table near the front which was conducive to an intimate business conversation with the liability of others listening in.

Food excellent, service very good, prices seem right only for people on expense account which is duly Noted.

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vipmisstheclassics
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First visit for pre-theater meal on restaurant week menu. Thoroughly enjoyed each course. Staff was very friendly, polite and attentive. We were earlier than anticipated (due to less transportation delay) and wanted to "kill time". We were not rushed during the meal and, given that there were still a good number of empty tables as we finished (about 7 PM), we lingered considerably over our coffee and dessert. We were never rushed and we got our bill only after I requested it. Although it was only our first visit - at an early hour - the set up appears to allow for not too much noise during dinner, something we greatly appreciated. There was a table if five seated across the 'walkway" from our somewhat shelter banquet seating and we could hear them speak at times, there was a mercifully pleasant absence of the loud din so common in today's restaurants and my party could still easily speak without shouting and with no difficulty in hearing one another.

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HalO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

An old school Italian restaurant with nice ambience, which was marred by the worst service I have ever experienced in New York. We were seated, and even before the water glasses were put on the table the waiter gives us menus and asks to take our order. We chose this place because it had a prixe fixe menu, which we were not given and I had to ask for. Then he tries to take our order again, and I had to ask him for the wine list. The wine list has no wines by the glass, I assume that is a separate wine list I asked for and he never brought. I finally ordered a nice Barolo. The dinner consisted of large portions of under seasoned food. After finishing it took 25 minutes to get the check. It seemed like everyone around us were locals from the neighborhood and they were all treated very different then us.

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vipAlexandra
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was alright. Nothing to write home about. It started it with our table not being ready when we arrived despite there being plenty of open tables. Then we were rushed to order. Our water glasses were left empty many times, having us no choice but to ask the waiters to refill, the food took forever to come out after the appetizers and we had to ask 3 times for our food. The food was tasty but room temperature when served. It was fine but probably wouldn’t return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Holiday dinner for my assistant and I am a repeat customer - knowing great food and service felt it a perfect place to go

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CHRISTINA
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great, old school Italian. A bit pricy but large servings and reasonable for the area.

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vipScottFLL
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great find away from the touristy areas. Homemade pasta was superb. Appetizers were good, although the tomatoes were a bit soft. The wait staff was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was very slow and the food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallopini was excellent and the mussels was delicious. I had Merlot wine and it was exquisite. 5 stars!!

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vipDRNO
Grand Rapids
94 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent shrimp paremrsan , great wine selection too.

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vipJudy1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another of our favorites! Like walking back in time to an age when one felt like an old friend, even during a first visit.

Always superb service, we often entertain friends from out of town here, certain of their always high standards and a dining room that encourages conversation (when one doesn’t have a full mouth of the most delicious meal!)

Must also mention they have some wonderful wines, which they directly import to be sure their high standards are met.

Do leave room for the best Tiramisu outside of Italy!

Grazie! Grazie!

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BayRidg
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta special was awesome. Service very efficient without being overbearing. Flawless.

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vipJackD904
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant!!

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JaneB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in New York City! Been eating here for at least 15 years. Always a delicious, delightful pleasure. Joe Bozic is the most gracious host providing a warm and attentive staff in elegant surroundings.
Love it!

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Barb
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food and the service is excellent. We dine here every time we're in NYC and stay on the East side.

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Jeff
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly. The food was great. Talk about feeling like you are at home with your family, that's what it is like here. At the end of the meal we offered an after dinner drink (On the house) and it was very good. Then, before we left they brought us some home made biscoti that was just as good as everything else we were had to eat.

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vipJosephF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming owner-host and a knowledgeable and friendly staff joined nightly by regulars and visitors who form a comfortable community in pleasant surroundings.

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vipPatP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a subdued, friendly atmosphere. The service was impeccable. Prices were a little high. But we were there for a special occasion and knew what to expect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious selection! Great during restaurant week for business lunch.

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CatharineF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Wanted a restaurant where we can have a conversation. I picked this restaurant based on the reviews.
It was quiet and it absolutely met my criteria being able to have a conversation.
Food was good, nothing special unfortunately. In my opinion the food did not meet the reviews I read.

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vipjalma
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Montebello. We were there for a RW lunch.
Food was delicious and service attentive. Will go back again.

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vipSgaswi
Miami
83 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a bit conflicted about visiting the restaurant. Reviews were generally good, but certainly a few detractors. Wine list was adequate. Mussel appetizer was disappointing. Veal chop was altered from the menu at my request. My wife had branzino which was very tasty but the deboning left in a number of pieces rather than a fillet. Desert was good and service was really very nice. Good, but there are as good or better options for Italian food.

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ChrisF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I with our three children had an amazing dinner, split a bottle of wine. Each kid had a different dessert that was amazing! Can’t say enough.

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vipJackD904
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Their price fixe menu never changes. Time to update it!!

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vipmarissymar
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this restaurant. Service is really exceptional . Food is great, very nice pasta dishes and intimate ambiance. A good choice all the time!

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vipKathyO
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant! The chopped salad with vegetables is to die for! And I had the Parmesan encrusted chicken with spinach! Service is outstanding! Greeting at the door like going to a family member’s home!

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vipJosephF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel perfectly at home here. Everyone knows me by name. And I know them by name. The owner and the staff resent a precisely choreographed operation. Clientele are uniformly friendly.

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AndreaS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner. My son said his linguine with clams was the best he'd ever tasted. My gnocchi with meat rage was wonderful. Carpaccio appetizer was excellent, however the portion could have been more generous. Overall, a lovely dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance, food, and location! A treat!!

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vipPhiW
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Restaurant which never fails to please. Great Italian midtown establishment.

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KevinB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional team. I’ve been coming here 2-3x a year for over 20 years. Consistently outstanding. You know what you’re getting

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vipCamafa
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this gem is perfect--we always feel as though we are family, & we know that every dining experience will be--& is--wonderful. From the very first visit, we have always found this treasure to be fabulous, with delicious meals, warm & attentive service from everyone, & a truly relaxing & beautiful ambiance. Whether it is a special event or a night out, this lovely Italian prize never fails to put a huge grin on our faces--thank you!

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