Sola Lab

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$30 and under
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Italian
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood place. The server was very kind and attentive. Good food too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was great. Great value !

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Let me start by saying that the food here was phenomenal, and very reasonably priced. We didn't realize it was BYOB, but not a big deal.

The service was rough, though. Although there were two servers for a very small restaurant, they seemed to have trouble covering their tables. We waited about an hour for entrees to come out after ordering, and one was incorrect. Ambience was a bit off, as well - about half of the seating is at a long counter, which seemed about 8 inches too high for the stools you are sitting on. Also, it was about 65 degrees in the restaurant.

Despite all of the above, the food was awesome, particularly the pasta. This place could really be amazing if they can just get their sh*t together. For now, I think it's still worth the trouble. Just bring your own bottle of wine and and thick sweater.

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vipSydney
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very small but intimate and doesn’t feel too crowded. They were able to accommodate a vegan diet which was very appreciated! Definitely recommend the artichoke and chickpea starter and vegetable tempura!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sola lab is such a gem! The food is excellent and the staff are so friendly. This is an absolute must visit!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally our ONLY go to date night location. Food, ambiance and service are always amazing. There is a communal table, so there is the possibility of sitting next to someone who is totally unaware of their volume. Other than that, amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally fantastic. Service was impeccable

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katiem
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best kept secret! Such a hidden gem with amazing service and food. And BYOB is so fun.

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RyanK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience4

We walked in for our 7:15 reservation, and were instructed that they had to move us to counter seating because a big party reserved the main table even though we requested table seating and it was open to reserve. She said that if we eat quickly, it’ll work out though since they shouldn’t be in for another 45 minutes -1 hour. So the immediate vibe was that we had to hurry up with our meal. It was also probably 50F in the restaurant and absolutely freezing. Then they dropped the bomb on us that it was a BYOB establishment which wasn’t clear at all when we made a reservation. Hostess was very awkward. It was my wife and I’s wedding anniversary and we were not comfortable at all so we had to leave. Sucks because I’m sure the food was okay.

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ALauren
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

BYOB! Which was the downside of this place. Also, the menu online is different from the one at the restaurant. It is teeny tiny! If you want quiet and chill go here. If you want a social place, don’t. Overall it was okay!

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Callie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cozy little spot with limited seating, felt like you were in a friends kitchen. BYOB. Service was great and attentive. Malfadini ragu was spectacular.

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vipDishyrishie
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a tiny but bright gem in FiDi. The place wouldn’t hold more than 20 people at a time, but the food is divine. We had the artichoke starter, Cacio e pepe pasta and snow pea salad. Cacio e pepe is a simple pasta of black pepper and pecorino cheese - simple ingredients but a real test of an Italian place. Sola’s was the best I’ve ever had. Creamy, peppery, seasoned just right. The salad was also a stand out. Different and so crisp and green. Perfect offset for the cream of the pasta. Then there was dessert. LEAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. I’m not usually into a lot of sweet desserts. We had the cannoli and the lemon cake. Both I would kill for. Best cannoli ever. Service was authentic and attentive. The waitress was a delight. Oh, and did I mention it’s BYOB?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tiny place with delicious food and pleasant atmosphere. Good area go-to

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brettisthedayman
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely staff but really quiet (Friday lunch) - literally the only two people inside. Opted for the set lunch and it was nice enough, unfortunately it did take a while to get through the courses so I can’t recommend for a work lunch if you need to get back to the office. I’d come back if I had 90 min for a break instead of an hour.

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JonathanW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went to the Beekman Street location. It is great for an intimate date night without huge bit of fanfare. Food was good at a reasonable price. BYOB if you want any alcohol.

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Hemal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh delicious pasta. The venue is small. It’s BYOB, so you actually save money drinking your own wine(s). Definitely recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place was lovely. Our waitress was a sweetheart. There was a huge party of 10 that she had to manage while also serving our party of 3 and another table so the service was slow but it was not for lack of effort. I got the squid ink pasta and it was delicious and spicy. I loved it and would get it again! The restaurant is byob which we did not know but will certainly take advantage of that next time!

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Katherine
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place! We've been twice and both times have been so impressed and happy. It's a tiny little restaurant with a sleek design, the food is delicious and the service is great, friendly and attentive. First time we came was just the two of us so we sat along the wall seating on high stools, it was very intimate and cozy. We were blown away with how great the food was and what how nice and different the experience was compared to many other Italian restaurants in NYC.

The second time we came we brought a group of 13 to sit at the big table. Everyone loved the food, it had such a fun vibe and the staff was so welcoming and happy to have us. Great experience for a bigger group, felt like we were sitting around the dinner table at a very stylish friend's home. One of the best parts - it's BYOB, so for a big group to get to indulge with wine we brought ourselves was icing on the cake (and much more cost effective). Highly recommend this place for date night or fill up the big table and celebrate with friends!

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Gatwick
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for a close friend. Great food and service. They even brought out a birthday dessert:-)

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vipChristofB
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed lunch for two. Smart and modern setup and the food was excellent and worth the money. Good choice for casual lunch weekdays.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I saw great reviews on this place and was hoping they were legitimate and not from the workers or owners like a lot of restaurants. Turns out, the reviews didn’t do it justice. The place is a gem. It’s small, probably only about 20 seats but it’s phenomenal. All the food we had (crostino, scallops, truffle pasta, cannoli) were all on point: delicious and cooked perfectly. The wait staff were so friendly and knowledgeable and made you feel at home. I will be coming back here many times in the future.

for your information, it’s BYOB.

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JulieIrene
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a really great experience at Sola Lab with my coworkers. The ambiance was lovely, and the food was amazing! We each got different pastas and shared the burrata crostinis and meat/cheese plate. Pasta was cooked perfectly--I highly recommend and can't wait to return!

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vipSPGnyc
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

service: waitstaff friendly and accommodating, somewhat understaffed for the groups at the time but guests were patient.

ambience: very tiny room with one communal table and several 'bar' seats that face the wall or two at the window. contemporary decor. somewhat uncomfortable and felt dark / confined.

drink: currently BYOB with no corkage, which is fine.

food: mixed.
- salad was good, but had commercially available (snyders) honey mustard pretzel bits in it as the 'crouton' component. inventive, but a weird shortcut.
- bread: no oil or butter offered.
- pastas: lobster gnocchi good, sauce a bit too creamy / heavy and overpowered delicate lobster, which was meat fragments from leg.
- squid ink vongole pasta was ok, a bit gummy but good flavor with clams and tomato.
- branzino (fish of day) was actually cooked perfectly and crisply. side of fresh veggies.

for a party of three, we spent about 115 with tip. (2 pasta, one salad, 1 main)

we are glad we tried it as a neighborhood spot, and wish them success, but not sure we would go out of our way to return.

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Accountant78
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely returning. It's a very small restaurant with limited table seating. We had a party of 6 and had to share a table with a party of 4, but it was not an issue. The food was phenomenal. The daily specials that day were 3 different risotto dishes. We ordered 2 of the 3 and they did not disappoint. The host/waitress was kind, knowledgeable of the menu, and even gave us some background on the restaurant. She was super nice and engaging. The restaurant is BYOB, so we bought a bottle of wine and she was paid attention to when a refill was needed. Overall, a wonderful experience!

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NormanB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

small setting with a communal table and on point service

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vipYoli
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. Ruth was so nice and make our experience even better. The food Spectacular!

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LunchFinder
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service with good explanations of the various dishes. We'll be back!

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vipZoyaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was probably one of the best dinners of my life! The mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine created by the chef Simone Tiligna was absolutely amazing. But it wasn’t just about the food, everything about this place is unique and one of a kind. It’s about the size of a living room and very cozy. The minute you walk in, you immersed in the friendly family-like atmosphere. The setting and decor make you feel right at home. Ruth, our waitress was smart and funny, not to mention very helpful, informative and provided impeccable service. Thank you, guys, for the wonderful evening! We will be definitely coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Charming micro restaurant
Only community table and shelf:stool seating
Wonderful staff and excellent, modestly priced food
No liquor license/BYO
On a shabby street near Seaport, so mostly tourists wander in
When they get their first good review, it will be jammed
They should improve AC, we were all hot

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Scott
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Service was attentive when available but with 1 person serving everyone, it hurt the overall experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this spot! I feel that the food is better at the soho location but this follows closely which makes it one of my favorite spots in the area. Currently they’re BYOB so very well priced as well. Comfy intimate setting and I love the play list.

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vippicky
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really delicious, and the small space is warm and welcoming. Wait time for main courses was unreasonable - came about 2 hours after we sat at the table.

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KathleenF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing as always!!!

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vipOTDiner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had a great experience at Sola Lab. The food was amazing--we had the crostino to start, the Spaghetti Neri Vongole and Mafalde al Cinghiale Affumicato as entrees, and the tiramisu for dessert--and everything was delicious and unique. Our waiter was very attentive and warm. The interior is very trendy, but we were there on a rainy Friday night when there was only one other party at the restaurant, so it was very quiet. I would have preferred more of a crowd, but I had a great experience overall.

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vipIvana
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We attended a birthday party so we were all seated at the big table in the middle which has room for 10 people. The salads were excellent and the pastas very, very good. We'd been there a few other times before and also tried their chicken and fish dishes but pasta's the way to go in this place. Service is always excellent and we actually like that we can BYOB (there's a liquor store around the corner on Nassau). It's our new favorite spot in the neighborhood!

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vipJeanette
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although they sadly do not even have a beer or wine license they make amazing pasta. Its a rare thing to find an Italian restaurant where you do not walk away thinking "I could make that" - Delicious !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipMarkj
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, a great find. All 9f 7s had different meals and each was as good as the next. Superb service. Its a BYOB but wine store is a block away that has a terrific selection

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vipSFwino
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Wonderful service. Excellent night. We were a party of 14... Basically the whole place, and they took great care of us. Also a great value as it's BYOB. Can't wait to go back.

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vip20X33
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Traditional authentic intimate

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Sola Lab is rated 4.8 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

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