Pinocchio

4.4
44 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
If you’re looking for a local favorite restaurant on the Upper East Side stop in to Pinocchio Restaurant between 90th and 91st Street and First Avenue. Pinocchio Restaurant is located just one block away from Marriott Courtyard Hotel.
Serving authentic Italian comfort food, Pinocchio Restaurant is known for its excellent waitstaff, speedy delivery, comfortable atmosphere and occasional live music. Elegant enough for a romantic date, but with food to please the whole family, this spot is a must for anyone who wants a taste of Italian food in the Big Apple.

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and nice ambience. Sadly the day we were dining there were a group of four people that overlooked there were other tables of people. The group of four were so loud and disrespectful to one another, carrying on and making inappropriate comments. It took away from the quiet and potentially intimate ambience the night could have been. Hopefully, this was an isolated incident. What is the world coming to!

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TD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small but intimate. Food was fantastic and service was outstanding.

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MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Quiet. Nice atmosphere. Small neighborhood restaurant. Highly recommend. Veal was excellent

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OT
New York Area
271 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Holiday weekend, quiet night. Good service, VG chicken, tiramisu was avg.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We miss the opera music. Used to go here years ago.

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RL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a good restaurant, and I am only downgrading it a bit in comparison to what it was. The restaurant has a new owner, and they are working to make it a more professional (viable?) business. But in doing this, something is lost both in the ambience and in the food. I don't know if the chef is different, but the food is more straightforward. The ambience is less cozy; at one point pop music was playing. I came with some foodies, and we all agreed that this now fails to distinguish itself from the many Italian restaurants in NYC that serve similar dishes. The old version of the restaurant felt like one was in a small town in Italy: cozy, subdued lighting, and a waiter who would remember your name and was genuinely happy to see you. Pinocchio is not that now (the waiter was fine) and I wish them well but will look elsewhere for a magical experience.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent neighborhood restaurant that serves very good food, has warm and attentive service even on a very busy night, and low or little music. My friend and I were very happy. I went there twice in the last week, once on a very busy night and once during the week. Both times were excellent.

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J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely small restaurant reminiscent of a restaurant in Italy. Service was very personal and well timed. The restaurant has an intimate ambiance that makes it somewhat romantic. Our meal on the price fix menu was perfectly prepared and very good value. The complimentary glass of port at the end of dinner was a lovely touch. I would definitely return to this “find”!!

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good neighborhood place with pleasant atmosphere. We enjoyed our meals, especially the dessert.

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CJ
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. The food was incredibly authentic. Loved it.

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TG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wish they had a better wine selection.
Not much to choose from and no bottles offered at the table.

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with great service

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten her before but spending our anniversary was special. We were treated really well and felt very special. Food was excellent.

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JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, service and value. Will definitely return.

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, felt like giving them a hug when leaving.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service! Delicious food. Good prices. Couldn’t have been happier with our meal. Can’t wait to go back!! :) 👍🏼👍🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🍷🍝🤤

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a neighborhood gem, small unpretentious and delicious. Our waiter was very attentive. I had the house red Italian with my meal and it also was perfect. This is the first review I’ve ever written on opentable, just felt I had to do it. Hard to find a local hole in the wall superstar. This was it.

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ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited during Valentine’s Day, food was amazing drink as well. Very intimate place. Great for any occasion. Will be returning.

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l
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It is a cute little neighborhood local restaurant. The lentil soup was great.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

New ownership's doing everything right. Neighborhood gem. Will return.

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is friendly and professional. Menu is traditional Italian with interesting Specials and a great value Prix Fixe menu M-Th. Pinocchio is my "go to" bistro in the neighborhood.

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiet spot with great attentive service. Food was good

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LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, cute Italian restaurant. Highly recommend for a low key meal with your hubby or when your in laws are in town.

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Pinocchio twice now and it is quickly becoming our 'date night' restaurant. The staff is really nice, the food is wonderful and has that authentic feel. I'd highly recommend this restaurant.

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PD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal ! This was our first time but trust me, we will return. Excellent food, intimate setting and very fair prices.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good classic Italian food. Appreciate option to get sautéed veggies in place of pasta as side dish. Excellent service. Intimate atmosphere. Generous portions. Will return.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Live guitarist was such a nice treat. This restaurant is charming and quaint. Food was average but service and ambiance made up for it

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

My wife and I had not been there for several years, but were glad to see that the quality of the food and the cozy ambiance of the place have kept up, and the prices have not soared. The service continues to be excellent.

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BA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic as always. Will definitely be going back

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CE
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! Food was excellent and so was the service. Great menu.

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed his restaurant greatly! The food and service was excellent and we will be back more than once!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, attentive staff, outstanding food.

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VW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A cozy, family run gem serving comforting, delicious Italian food in a warm setting featuring a mix of Italian music and an attentive waitstaff. Not "fancy", which adds to its charm. Yet there is nothing casual about the kind attention lavished on patrons. Reminds us of cozy family run gems we have visited in Rome.
Mille grazie!

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience-the antipasto was excellent-main course good and service friendly. Minor- the table next to ours 4 guests very noisy-not the fault of restaurant. I plan to go back soon.

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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall a decent spot. Our salad course took about an hour to come out due to confusion between the server and the kitchen, which set the tone for a pretty poor experience. Chicken parm was great and the shrimp & tortellini special of the evening was also good. Server was very nice, but wish she handled the confusion a bit better.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I came here with my parents for dinner on a Sunday night. This is a good neighborhood Italian restaurant for a calm meal with great service. Waitress was extremely friendly. We had the veal parmigiana, shrimp Scampi, and pasta with eggplant. I would definitely come back!

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HG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The transition to the new restaurant team has been flawless. Menu has actually been upgraded nicely. Great neighborhood destination

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Ordinary food. Nothing special. A bit pricey.

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Excellent service. Very good traditional menu.

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S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Pinnochios is/was a neighborhood favorite for years - cozy setting, good food, great service. It recently changed ownership. The food is still very good and the menu has even expanded but the service needs improvement. We waited a long time on a not-very-busy night to get our drink order. Another couple eventually walked out. My guess (and hope) is they’re still working out the kinks. Food was definitely good enough to give it another try.

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