Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria

4.8
173 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria located in Upper West Side in 994 Columbus Avenue has the goal to serve delicious Italian dishes. Orto e mare, translated to "Garden and Sea" in Italian, has the main purpose to prepare dishes with the highest quality ingredients from the green land and the sea.


Our pizza is baked in wood-fired oven creating a crispier crust and a smoky flavor. Ortomare traditional Italian atmosphere is just fair for any occasion. Our mission is to provide our customers with the authentic Italian taste and Ortomare to become your favorite place to come back.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We sat outside under a tent with a space heater overhead. The next table was not too close so that was good. Although I am fully vaccinated, I still would like to dine outdoors if possible, so I appreciate that they had this set up available. However it was still chilly— would be good to get the heaters a bit nearer. I would go again but dress warmly. - Service was good and friendly.

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vipsharonp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great thin-crust pizzas and pasta. Enjoyed the cocktails and watching the cooking process. They are open to making off-menu changes (we like mushrooms added to our pizza). Quiet enough for a good conversation - have been there several times.

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AnnaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and food is great it’s value for Monet

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frivso
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything put together-- it is a warm feeling when you leave

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Lwayla
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pizzas and appetizers. Wonderful friendly service. And even a special birthday treat as a surprise.

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vipTerryL
Pittsburgh
42 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a hidden gem. We were celebrating a bday and arrived an hour early - no problem as we were seated immediately at an outside spot of our choice. Our server/waiter is a true professional, knowledgeable about the food and wine and spaced out when he came to check on us. He was friendly, attentive and truly a nice person, probably one of the best I’ve had in eating in all kinds of restaurants for over 30 years, high end included.The owner/manager was also very friendly and checked back often as well and runs a great restaurant. At the end my bday was recognized with a candle in the dessert, a happy bday singing and a limoncello for our party on the house.
Not only will I plan to come back when I’m in town, I’ll also recommend it to anyone wanting a first class experience with great food and professional service.
I can’t say enough about the experience and the food. Great job everyone.

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vipsharonp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Excellent food and large portions (shared 3 between 4 hungry adults) and bracing cocktails made for an affordable treat.

JS
vipJenniferS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Our 3rd visit and this is one of our new favorites.

MG
MichelleG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become my favorite restaurant in Manhattan. The staff is friendly and the food is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!! Our favorite place on the UUWS.

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josieb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and attentive service.

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vipTomB
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They have the best brick oven pizza in the neighborhood by far. Nice salads and an interesting artichoke and zucchini appetizer. A good wine list and three grappa choices. But the real highlight is the service - a good sized staff who really hustle. You never sit waiting for something at this place. For now they have nice outdoor options and the indoors is spread out to ease worries about you-know-what. And to top it off, they recognize you as a regular after just a few visits. Ask for the hot pepper infused olive oil for your pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and exceptional food - it felt very authentic Italian! What a gem.

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vipLOVE2DINE
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Homemade pasta, absolutely delicious. Wonderful l service. We will definitely add Ortomare to our favorites list.

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LUCIAP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service...

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frivso
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They were very busy and appeared a little understaffed. Otherwise great

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happy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was excellent, service was terrific... We sat outside so I can't give info on the inside.

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vipAtheaT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was really nice

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amys
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Members of the party were late for the reservation but even though full and busy the restaurant graciously accommodated us. The staff are warm but efficient and the food is definitely well above the typical neighborhood red sauce joint.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful old-school Italian with friendly staff and great ambiance

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vipTanobi1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The pizzas and pancakes were absolutely delectable! What more can a family ask for?!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff...

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vipmarzanne
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent, friendly and professional. Everything we ordered was delicious in this casual neighborhood gem. They were very welcoming. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give them 6 stars if I could. I made reservations here for Mother's Day for a group of 11 which included two toddlers. We're from FL and were having a hard time finding last minute reservations, but this place was a hit!! Our table was ready and waiting. The waiter was so nice and accommodating. The didn't have a kids menu, but were happy to bring us ziti with butter for the little ones. They suggested a wine for my father in law and brought him a sample followed by complimentary bread for the table. The food was great. Some people thought the portions could have been a little larger but for me, I was very satisfied. The two little ones unfortunately had two spills (luckily just water) but the staff was so understanding and quickly mopped it up. The restaurant was cozy but not cramped, like many Manhattan restaurants. Thank you to the staff for making our Mother's Day a very memorable one. We hope to be back for another lovely meal on our next trip to Manhattan.

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NiahM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied never disappointed !
Great service

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GeckoDine
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - homemade pastas and fabulous pizzas - and super friendly service. New family favorite.

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TPCR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy that this place opened back up a few weeks ago. They have a proper pizza oven and the crust is fantastic. Service is great, food came out quickly. Nice wine list. We sat outside so was a bit noisy with street traffic on Columbus but overall a pleasant dinner on a Friday night.

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vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ortomare is a jewel on the Upper West Side. The service was outstanding, a rarity these days: friendly, attentive without being intrusive, helpful. We sat outside on this quiet street and ate the most delicious pizza I've had in a long time in NYC. The crust is thin, but with a lovely, chewy dough exterior and put into a wood-burning oven for exactly 90 seconds, according to our waiter. There are many tempting choices, but I had the special pizza - a white pie with walnut, pear and gorgonzola. I was dreaming about it for days after. Other stand outs: the chicken parmesan, the Ortomare salad (although more than one shrimp, please!), the sausage/mushroom pizza, tartufo pizza. There were 4 of us and everyone wants to go back. A bottle of wine is affordable as well. Our new favorite Italian. We were too full for dessert, but the chef sent out a panna cotta on the house, which came with a deep burnt caramel sauce. Let's just say there was nothing left on the plate! Highly recommended.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
536 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our second time here and the other time was before Covid. We had been wanting to come back but hadn't since we are a bit south of there. We brought friends with us this time and they enjoyed it as did we and we all said we would come back. Many good food choices and interesting wines by the glass at fair prices with good pours. The staff is very welcoming so coupled with all else they have a winning formula. Hope more people try it.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious! Great service. Will definitely go again!

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful find! We were looking for alternatives for a regular Tuesday dinner group. This fit the bill in every way. Everyone enjoyed their meals (the daily special lasagna was a hit) and the very reasonably priced bottle of wine was very good. Looking forward to another visit soon.

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admc
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service with very attentive servers. My husband and daughter loved their pizzas and my chicken parmigiana was excellent. Well separated inside tables made us feel very comfortable.

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GinnineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super delicious food, friendly staff, comfortable space; I have return reservations next
week!!

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LeaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Very authentic Italian food.

GD
GeckoDine
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a friendly and warm atmosphere. Homemade pasta and delicious pasta.
Great service and friendly owner. We will definitely return!

CG
vipCGould
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

CG
vipCGould
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ortomare is always wonderful. The food is amazing and the staff are all so friendly. It feels like you are visiting your Italian family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and excellent service. Will def be visiting again and again.

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Anonymous
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was glad to be back at Ortomare and see them survive during the pandemic. I loved the appetizer crispy fried artichokes and zucchini with taleggio cheese. Homemade fettuccine with traditional bolognese sauce was fantastic too. All the safety measures were in place too. Tables are divided with dividers. Looking forward to visit again soon.

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You can order delivery directly from Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria using the Order Online button. Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 665-2970.

Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria is rated 4.8 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.