The Leopard at des Artistes

4.6
1622 reviews
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Located in the New York landmarked Hotel Des Artistes, and surrounded by the astonishing 1920s murals by Howard Chandler Christy, THE LEOPARD at des Artistes finds its roots in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course Sicily, reaching a balance between dishes based on rural elements, such as pasta, vegetables, cheese, and seafood ingredients from the Costiera.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great!! And food as well!

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R
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, nice ambiance (though bar is in a truly weird place), good place pre-Lincoln Center, or for a good conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food only so so. The squid rings in the fish stew were rubbery. The flourless chocolate cake was inedible, the ice cream had gone to Icey

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r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was really good! I loved the french toast, but the service was TERRIBLE, literally, there were three tables in total and they took forever to serve us, and bring us food...

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B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for brunch. Live music gently playing, delicious food and attentive service.

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CA
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A superb meal in an iconic place. A great birthday treat.

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NL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully attentive service and generous brunch servings. And the jazz combo was the perfect accompaniment.

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d
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

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n
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Will never match the original Cafe des Artiste. WAY OVER PRICED!!!!!!!!

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I've been there several times and like many places, they have their good days, their brilliant days, and their "so-so" days. The wine list is extensive (very pricey) and my main course was a leg of rabbit on a bed of mushrooms. The rabbit, sadly, was overcooked and a bit dry. The mushrooms were a nice variety (alas, no morels, but you can't have everything).
Must say the place was particularly loud, which is unusual because I've found it to usually be a nice quiet place for dinner. In addition, the service staff are among the best in NYC. One need not try to catch a server's eye, they pay close attention without hovering, and you need merely look up and they (including the Maître d'hôtel) are immediately there. They are also very accommodating about ordering off the menu or making substitutions.
You can figure dinner for two with a moderate wine will cost a few hundred, and as such, I do wish it were a bit quieter, but that's just me looking for something to complain about. It is one of my regular nice places and shall remain so.

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LB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! It never varies...always wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super!! We celebrated Father’s Day and it was very pleasant! Service outstanding!

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S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty place and great location near Lincoln Center. Overpriced, but good food. I was not happy when my daughter ordered Sherbet for $16. Also, the coffee was terrible; the worst coffee I have ever had in my life. It must have been the dregs of the pot. But for$169 for lunch, I think they could have brewed a new pot.

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AJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My visits to les artistes were always perfect, and i didnt hesitate to take my mother out to the place for dinner when she arrived from Korea. However, seems like there was some private event going on, and the place was LOUD. I was worried every second that she may not be enjoying her time, and my mom even asked me if the place was this loud in my previous visits. Unfortunate we didnt enjoy our time.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal

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CI
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food and tableside made zabaglione! What a gem!!!!!!!!!

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GG
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the service is quite special. The staff is always warm and welcoming and the service is attentive but never intrusive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and fantastic service.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff was as nice and personable as can be. All around pleasure to dine at the Leopard

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SW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a very attractive restaurant in a very nice section of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was close to the Lincoln Center where we were going after dinner. The charcuterie board we ordered for an appetizer had great selections. My wife ordered a dinner special which was shrimp, asparagus in risotto. It was good but not what she expected from a high end restaurant. Our waiter and the service were top notch and the restaurant was very nice inside. Maybe we just made poor choices from the menu.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful spot. Great service. The food was just OK. We enjoyed our meal but would not go back.

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent wine list. Perfect

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TF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely evening at Leopard

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a fabulous evening: great food and marvelous service.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Accommodating our reservation of 4 to 5 people. Service was great, food was great but the waiter forgot a couple of things. In the end we had a great time.

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l
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at this locals' gem. Outstanding service, attentiveness, and superior Italian cuisine.

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AP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. Friendly service and excellent food. Prix Fixe seasonal menu was superb this time.

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LU
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente todo ! Servicio outstanding

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DW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Perfect location for a special dinner. Highly recommended.

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c
Atlanta
70 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had the best waiter ever. Although we enjoyed ourselves and the wine recommendations were wonderful, the food was very disappointing. The salad was very salty and both our fish dishes were dry. Very disappointing!

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

Maitre D noticed that my husband was wearing a cochlear hearing aid and immediately escorted us to a quiet table in the back so he would not have a problem with the noise and would be able to hear easily we appreciated that wonderful gesture we love this restaurant

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

I love the atmosphere of pure elegance and gracious dining. Very good choices on the menu and a wonderful wine list, as well. Gracious service.

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D
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food excellent, but a little pricey Service great

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D
London
24 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post opera wonderful Italian food good range of wines by the glass and they stay open late. Extraordinary murals have to be seen even if they are in wonderfully bad taste

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and peaceful, a rare quality these days. The food is well prepared, arrives hot. Service is impressive and constant. The people at the table next to me were uncertain about what to choose, spent a lot of time questioning the waiter, wound up sending back their crab cakes. They were politely listened to and offered another dish. I thought they were unreasonable, but the Leopard staff remained helpful and agreeable with these difficult customers. They certainly annoyed me and disturbed the peace of this otherwise quiet place.

My steak was great, the vegetables fine. I took my cheesecake to go because I was too full. It was delivered in a proper container with very nice utensils.

This restaurant respects its customers and good food. I will return.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really liked our brunch at the Leopard. Good food, good service and beautiful decor. And the noise level allowed for conversation - wonderful.

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l
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to brunch here.... the truffle omelet is divine. Outstanding service and gracious ambiance.

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e
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been here since it's been "The Leopard". Was pleased to see that the interior was the same only brighter. Learned that the place is Landmarked and that restorers came in to clean the paintings. Food and service was excellent. Nice guitar player there, too. It was Sunday brunch!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat before a Lincoln center event. Ribeye for two is divine

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KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late and called ahead. By the time we arrived, we were an hour late. We had an opera to go to and they made certain we had our table and our food in time. They were even apologetic for making us wait even though we were the guilty ones. Superb service and we made it to our show on time. This was our second time dining here and it will not be our last.

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