Montebello Ristorante Italiano

4.3
650 reviews
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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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LW
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was above average. Would definitely return when I am in the area.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Painfully slow service and order was
Mixed up

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant Week choice

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VA
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A group of 6 from my office chose Montebello for our semi-annual Restaurant Week dinner. The numerous options on the menu and prior reviews that the noise level was low were two reasons. We were able to have a leisurely meal and talk without music drowning out the conversion. The seafood salad was adequate, but my chicken Montebello was delicious and the crema dessert was fantastic. Others enjoyed their mussels, calves liver, mushroom pasta, sausages and mousse. Our server had a great sense of humor and was warm and accommodating. I would definitely recommend for a quiet dinner for two or a group dinner like ours was.

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m
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food and service. We enjoyed greatly. I will be back.

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PW
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very enjoyable dining experience. Been going there since 1991 and have never had a off night. I can not say that about any other restaurant.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While eating early before a show, we appreciated the great service and wonderful food. Very authentic flavors and everything felt very fresh.

The restaurant was quiet because of the time, but felt like it would be very reasonable to have a conversatuon during their peak as well.

The decor could be targeted to an older clientelle, or dated, depending on what you are used to, but was very pleasing and clean.

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WP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent from the time we checked our coats to the time we picked up our coats to leave. Food was excellent. My party had four people and everyone said that our evening at Montebello's was one of the nicest evenings in a long time.

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W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was an averages experience here for me. Food are ok, really just ok. Service are okay, not too noisy during lunch hour, so it’s a good thing I guess

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JB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure! Signore Joe and all the staff make you feel like you've come home. Love each and every course!

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Lunch was very disappointing. No real lunch menu, dinner prices, service extremely poor snd only two tables were occupied. At that, they sat us right next to each other when the whole restaurant was empty. The waiters huddled in the back znd we had to flag them down to get their attention.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice food and atmosphere. Family-owned ,had a great experience ,

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were five people and were able to hear each other talk and have a good conversation. Food was generous and attractively served. My veal scallopini was excellent.

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NY
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. There were 6 of us and everyone was happy with what they got. Fresh and familiar Italian food. Prices are too high! Ceasar salad for 2 is $35! (Maybe they use lettuce that's not contaminated!) We still decided to try it and it was delicious! If you are are not deterred by the prices, you will enjoy this restaurant.

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live near Portland, ME, which was been rated the top small city for dining in the U.S. So we know food.

I used to work in New York, and this has been a neighborhood favorite for 30 years. I went there the first time shortly after it opened in 1988 and have been going ever since. The food and service have been outstanding every time. It's a neighborhood spot (albeit a Park Avenue neighborhood). It's northern Italian. Food is freshly prepared, some done at the table. The menu has not changed much over the years. Don't go if you want the latest fashion in cuisine. Do go if you want dependably consistent quality and attention to detail.

Prices are what you would expect for the neighborhood, but it's worth the splurge. We go here every time we go to New York.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

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KK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cannot say enough about the staff and service. What an amazing crew there.

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RA
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food tasty and professionally served. Fish deboned at the table side. Wine and after dinner drinks affordable and plenty!

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EC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Going over 10+ year and it never disappoints. Excellent food and superb service. Wonderful experience.

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BR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am Italian and the consistency of the food is amazing. The tomato sauce is the best. You can have a quiet conversation without background noise and you own the table for the evening. Strongly recommend the eggplant parmigiana and sausage, pepper and onions.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu was very engaging. It contains the number of offerings that are not often seen on other menus. The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive. The owner presides and is very friendly and conversational.

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JD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is always good!!

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I arrived at 7 p.m. and my friend had already called that she'd be late. I was led to a table. The place was empty except for a party in a back room. No one brought water until I asked. No one brought a menu until I asked. No one came over to my table for an hour that my friend coming from another state was stuck in traffic. When she arrived bread, water, and a menu appeared for her. The glass of my drink was sticky; I think a waiter should know that and clean it up or get me another drink before I asked. And minor but lastly, the waiter raced through the specials in a lowaccented monotone so we did not understand one word and then we had to ask how much the specials were. Just not the wonderful evening we'd envisioined. Lighting beautiful but service not. The manager also never once stopped at my table . . sort of talked to me on his way to the party in the back.

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NY
New York Area
244 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meals were of uniformly good quality and attractively presented. Service was helpful but unobtrusive. This is a good venue for a business lunch.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Portions were very small, especially appetizer salad and eggplant parm. Service was a little slow for a non crowded 1230 lunch. Not worth the price. Just ok

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KG
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very intimate quiet venue, ideal for a business dinner. The food is delicious, the tables well spaced and the service is excellent. Only comment is needs a bigger wine selection.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Overpriced midtown tourist trap with extremely slow service. One course and a bottle of wine took 2 hours....

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AL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked the diverse Restaurant Week; that was the primary reason I selected this place. Ample portions with a delicious bread basket. The service was attentive and engaging, without being intrusive. The Cream Caramel dessert was to die for. We enjoyed our meal so much that we would gladly return without the RW pricing.

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s
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attractive solid restaurant with God food, good service,ample portions and a great overall experience.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice and quiet, great service

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We arrived 15 minutes early. We were seated immediately. We went for the restaurant week lunch. Tables are very well spaced and it is very quiet. Food was good not great. Lovely service. A great place if you want to sit and talk. I would definitely go back.

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B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Montebello has a lot of charm. The food was good, but not over the top with flavor. The salmon didn’t have the taste it should since the vegetables were overpowering. There were also a lot of vegetables with the veal dish. $20 for a glass of house wine is a bit over the top.

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

A friend and I had lunch during Restaurant Week. The menu looked interesting and had more variety than other r.w. Restaurants. But the food was disappointing. I returned my calves liver because it was mushy and had a mediocre chicken dish instead. There are much better restaurants in this vicinity

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PA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with friends for Restaurant Week. The food was great and the service was attentive.

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dined with a friend for Restaurant Week lunch. Everything was absolutely first-rate. I had gazpacho and something called Crespelle, which I would have taken for stuffed manicotti (spinach and riccota) with as good a marinara sauce topping as you will ever taste! Loved the calm vibe...kind of old time. My friend had squid salad and salmon and loved it.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Salmon was of a generous size and made with a delicious sauce.
Chicken parmasaen was very good. Chocolate mousse cake
was yummy. Very pleasant atmosphere and roomy seating.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My family flew in from Seattle and Restaurant Week was going on. I picked this restaurant because of the menu. I made a reservation and requested 2 high chairs. I was really excited to try this restaurant because of the good reviews I read online. The veal here was outstanding, best I ever had. My family and I was enjoying our dinner and having a wonderful time. Everything turned sour when I had asked the waiter to take a picture of our family. One of the customers came up to the waiter and yelled “HURRY UP AND TAKE THEIR PICTURE SO THAT THEY CAN GET OUT ALREADY!!!” I’ve never experienced something like this before. This is an Italian restaurant and my family is Chinese. I don’t know if race had anything to do with it, but I felt so uncomfortable and offended, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want it to ruin my night with my family. As I was walking out, the same man got up from his chair, pointed and yelled at my baby and said “YOU NEED TO SHUT THAT BABY UP!!” First of all, my baby was not crying at all. If he was, I would’ve taken him outside. My 16 month old was babbling, giggling, and would get excited from time to time. When I chose this restaurant, it said it was kid friendly and they even provided high chairs. I know that there are some restaurants in the city that don’t allow kids—this was not one of them. It’s such a shame because the restaurant has good food and our waiter was super nice, but it’s not good for more than 6+ people or families who have kids. Although I would love to go back, I don’t think I would want myself or my baby to experience that again.

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m
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant experience with a friend. I read the great reviews and decided to go there. Bloody Mary was excellent. Wine just perfect. Delicious food. Attentive and efficient service. What else can you ask for?

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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good place for a quiet dinner with extended family

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C
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful in all areas--a fantastic dining experience!

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