About Ristorante Morini

Ristorante Morini celebrates Italian cuisine by offering regional specialties, showcasing Chef Michael White’s modern interpretations of traditional dishes. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a lively first floor dining room, featuring a stunning backlit bar. The bar at Ristorante Morini features seasonally crafted cocktails along with a full menu. Ristorante Morini takes reservations both online and by phone.

1167 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12:00pm - 2:30pm.
Brunch: Sunday, 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm.

* Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving: 1:00pm- 8:30pm
Christmas Eve: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Christmas Day: 12:30pm - 8:00pm
New Year's Eve: 5:30 - 12:00am

Cross Street:
86th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 249-0444

Website:
http://www.ristorantemorini.com/

Parking Details:
1 hour metered parking from 10am - 7pm. Free street parking available after 7pm from Mon - Sat; all day Sunday.

Several parking garages within a couple blocks of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
4,5,6 Train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue

Executive Chef:
Michael White

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Come celebrate Christmas Eve with us. Enjoy our full a la carte menu, along with our Feast of the Seven Fishes special, highlighted by lobster, dover sole, caviar, black cod. White truffles available.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Come celebrate Christmas Day with us. We are offering the options of a $75 three course menu, or $85 four course menu ($40 kids menu available). White truffles available.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Come celebrate New Years Eve with us. We are offering a four course menu for $105, with a complimentary glass of bubbles at midnight ($55 kids menu available). White truffles and caviar available.

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Sun 8:15PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:15PM - 10:30PM

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Ristorante Morini Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Quiet Conversation (27)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Business Meals (18)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (14)
Cozy (13)
Romantic (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Really disappointing. The restaurant was loud, service was slow and inattentive and the food was mediocre at best. The sauce on the halibut was so salty that it was practically inedible; other things lacked flavor. This was a special occasion dinner for my family and I expect better from Michael White. I would absolutely not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Sunday Supper is an extraordinary value with wonderful food on a fixed menu and perfect service.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Superb meal, it was great service and delicious food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Cuisine and service are lovely. Enjoyed a delicious lunch of fresh, tender tagliatelle bolognese, scrumptious dessert and good conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food at this restaurant was excellent! This chef never disappoints! My only complaint....it was my cousins birthday, she said she didn’t want a dessert, didn’t order one, and then the waiter whispered to me that he would bring her something special. My Elderly Aunt whispered, bring me a fork, I’ll have a bite! The waiter brought them EACH THEIR OWN DESSERTS AND THEN CHARGED ME ALMOST $30 for EACH ONE!!! Obviously, it was an uncomfortable situation and I was stuck paying for it. Too bad. It put a bad taste in my mouth after a fabulous meal. The waiter was great until he pulled that!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was exceptional and service was extraordinary. We would highly recommend the restaurant!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

What an authentic Italian Restaurant! The Food and the Service never disappoint, you can visit the place every week and still never get tired of it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner here with two other friends. Our table was lovely and the service is truly impeccable. Our waiter was helpful as was the sommelier, who recommended two exquisite wines for out table. I had the octopus appetizer and my husband had the scallops. Both were beyond delicious, as was the rest of the meal. I enjoyed the Osso Bucco with the gnocchi. Loved it. Loved everything about the meal. Hope to go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

For a 8:15 reservation, we were not seating until 8:45. That said, they did bring a complimentary app and dessert because of the wait. I also think the decor/ambiance was a bit lacking.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

1. They seated us next to an extremely noisy table but then reseated us elsewhere upon request.

2. They’ve spoiled what used to be an extraordinary lemon basil sorbet. Now it’s like a heavy gelato and not as delicious as it was. It wasn’t worth the calories so I didn’t finish it. Disappointed!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We met a friend for dinner. Robert, our wait person, was personable and friendly. I had a delicious cosmopolitan. He helped us select a lovely bottle of red wine. Our friend had lamb shank, while my husband enjoyed the lobster ravioli. The risotto was excellent as well. The restaurant was packed, as other people enjoyed it as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I go to morini a lot. There is always a different person at front desk to welcome guests. Unusual that nobody remembers us since in every other restaurant they know us by name when we arrive. Interesting.... anyway, had to change my Rez from 7 to 7:30 just so we wouldn’t be LATE to our Rez. The girl on the phone said well we will need the table by 8:30. At first I was like, wow, never heard that before to a returning 25% tipping customer but whatever. So I said we will probably be done by then, we were only 2. So we were amazed after only waiting approx 7 mins after we placed our dinner orders that our entrees arrived. It almost felt like it was precooked and u could just heat it up. Weird. Of course the food was delicious as always. Still great food. So we order dessert and coffee and the waiter comes while we just got our coffees and says with check in his hand, “ u have an arrangement with the maitre D about your table?” I was caught off guard at first and asked him to repeat it. He said it again and then it hit me that the waiter was now asking us to move it along and pay and get out. So I must say that at this time it was 825pm. We literally ate in less than one hour. We felt as though we were being thrown out of the restaurant. Being dismissed. I was in shock. My husband works for one of the top well known steakhouses in the city, midtown and he’s never ever allowed to do anything like this. This was completely classless and unacceptable. No thank you. There are plenty delicious restaurants on Madison and upper east side who treat us like royalty and never rush us out. (Oh and there were 3 other tables for 2 that were empty and still dirty dishes on them.) so I am not sure what the rush was but they won’t see us again. For sure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Relaxed ate early so restaurant was not crowded

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

upper east side eatery catering to mostly local crowd, many of whom are over 75. dress is casual and generally not elegant ambience is therefore a bit geriatric and not as romantic as it could be probably the only downer
tasting menu is sumptuous tuesday was dover sole which was as good as I've had anywhere in NYC Pastas are predictably excellent. grilled octopus was wonderful. completed with chianti classico riserva very fairly priced and the evening was a success unlike many other establishments, here you won't have to fill up on bread
for the $$ it's a wonderful choice

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

It’s as good as it gets on UES- love sitting downstairs- lively but not noisy- excellent food & service- the 8:30 pasta deal is a great bargain- if you can eat that late

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent cuisine, excellent and very warm service and a great neighborhood environment. A number of dishes have changed formulation and are even better than their previous manifestations. True comfort food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The short haired hostess was most dismissive, unfriendly, unhelpful, unaccommodating and rude. Will not be returning anytime soon. Very disappointing as we go there often.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Primera ven en el restaurante, muy buena experiencia

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Ristorante Morini was delicious. We were travelling in New York on vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday and actually enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal here. They never rushed any of us and the food was amazing. I had the turkey, while others enjoyed the beef and the salmon. The entire prix fix menu was excellent. Usually on a holiday you never know what to expect, but we were not disappointed, only pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the food was. And the atmosphere is beautiful as well. The servers were very kind an cordial. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent, as always! Every choice was outstanding. Highly recommend!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful bartender, Maria. She's a delightful hostess. Great to sit at bar with half price specials after 8:30.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The restaurant is in a very nice location on Madison Avenue and 85th. The ambiance is on the contemporary side, with light colored furniture. Food is very well prepared with good presentation, sort of Italian/American. Service is a excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A reliable and very professional meal. The service was exceptional and the wine steward was very helpful . The only disappointment was the very small cheese plate portion relative to the price. I look forward to me next visit to this neighborhood standby.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent food and gracious service in a very busy restaurant. We asked for a quiet table and got one.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food and service, different from other restaurants with Italian food

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ristorante Morini is an exceptional Upper East Side destination Italian restaurant. The quality is consistent with what one expects from the AltaMarea Group headed by Michael White.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Had not visited the restaurant in 3 years.
I remembered it as being very good...I remember pricey as well, but the food was excellent.

3 years later I'm sorry to report that it was all just ordinary...and still expensive.

Not going back...sorry if truth hurts

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent ambiance, food and service, though a bit pricey. Only negative is host behind reception stand. He is stiff, unwelcoming and takes himself too seriously. Disregard him and enjoy the rest of the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Went to Morini to celebrate a birthday. Everything about the meal and experience was terrific; I was thrilled. This is not an inexpensive place but the 4 course price fixe menu is, relatively, a good value considering the a la carte menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Morini provides exemplary service and food that is always outstanding. Thanks for being just around the corner and keep up the excellent work.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We always get the prix fixe option, because it encourages us to try new things. This time we tried the lobster--fantastic! Such a delicious presentation. The service, as always, was fabulous. Our only complaint is the HVAC system, which runs very much hot or cold. Try not to sit under a vent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything here is amazing. Fantastic food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Always a winner! Elegant and delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Dish not as described on menu - cream, heavy butter, and buttered breadcrumbs in sauce.
Attention for drink orders, but ignore need for water refills. Way over priced for unhealthy, inexpensive ingredients. No service unless customer seeks out staff self. Comfortable chairs
and table, moderate noise so possible to speak with friends on a Sunday night when 50% full.
Waiter chose bottle of 'house white wine' was $56.00

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food. Great quality. The service is very professional too

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This place is like the molten core of the Upper East Side. It's very classy and comfortable, with an elevator to the second floor. The service is very attentive and responsive. The chairs are well padded. The soup was a highlight. I wish I could have tried more dishes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Went to the restaurant and they tried to give us the smallest table in the restaurant. We asked for a different table they made us wait at least 20 min more. Finally we sat down upstairs at a very nice table the restaurant was busy. Atmosphere was very pleasant. We ordered our meal and it took forever to get our dinner. We keeper asking the waiter where our dinner was and for some reason he reverted us back to the hostess. The food was ok but not worth the very very long wait. It took the enjoyment out of the evening. For anyone going I hope you have a lot of time and patience!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very lovely experience. A very upscale Italian restaurant with a quality take on its dishes that were fairly unique more because of the sauces and flavors as opposed to what they actually were. Veal Milanese had arugula, shaved parmigiana & peaches with a delicious but light brown sauce. Thinly sliced raw tuna appetizer had unusual sauces as well. Ambiance was sophisticated & less noisy than you often experience these days. Price fixed dinner is recommended as an option that is worthwhile because there are no limitations , only a couple of upcharges (lobster entree) and the prices are fairly high in any case, so you get a bit more for the money & an opportunity to try every category on the menu.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ok, so our first visit to Ristorante Morini was marred only by a server who apparently was having an off day. We received a personal message from the manager, who apologized for the shortcomings, and requested that we return. We did and whatever went amiss on the first visit was more than compensated on our next. The service was impeccable and we were comp'd with several dishes. The food was exceptional as all in our party of four were delighted with our selections. I can heartily recommend Ristorante Morini to anyone seeking excellent cuisine, a fine wine list, and most attentive service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. Great service

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