Montebello Ristorante Italiano
potato dumplings served in meat ragout
arborio rice with baby shrimps and jumbo asparagus tips
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.
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.
Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere, quiet even though tables full nearby and group in nearby room. Love it!
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.
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!
Service was excellent/friendly.
Food was good.
NYC Restaurant Week lunch, very good, not great.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday dinner for my assistant and I am a repeat customer - knowing great food and service felt it a perfect place to go
Great, old school Italian. A bit pricy but large servings and reasonable for the area.
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.
The service was very slow and the food
The scallopini was excellent and the mussels was delicious. I had Merlot wine and it was exquisite. 5 stars!!
Excellent shrimp paremrsan , great wine selection too.
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!
Pasta special was awesome. Service very efficient without being overbearing. Flawless.
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.
We enjoy the food and the service is excellent. We dine here every time we're in NYC and stay on the East side.
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.
A charming owner-host and a knowledgeable and friendly staff joined nightly by regulars and visitors who form a comfortable community in pleasant surroundings.
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.
Delicious selection! Great during restaurant week for business lunch.
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.
It was our first time at Montebello. We were there for a RW lunch.
Food was delicious and service attentive. Will go back again.
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.
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.
Their price fixe menu never changes. Time to update it!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Great service, ambiance, food, and location! A treat!!
Excellent Restaurant which never fails to please. Great Italian midtown establishment.
Exceptional team. I’ve been coming here 2-3x a year for over 20 years. Consistently outstanding. You know what you’re getting
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!
Montebello Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.5 stars by 695 OpenTable diners.
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