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Il Violino

4.5
4.5
1614 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation.
The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu.
In 2009 the owner, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    LUNCH: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm DINNER: Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 873-2500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    Carmen Ortiz: (212) 873-2500

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    West 68th Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,614 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. L

    Luca

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always stop at Il violino’s when we are visiting our daughter. AND I always get the bucatini it is simply the best. Add to that the friendly wait staff. We always enjoy going there
  2. s

    speech

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was fabulous especially our waitress Georgina, the manager and busboy. We loved our meal which was seafood risotto and lasagna. Wonderful bread. Can't wait to go back.
  3. A

    Agnes

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasant surprise from an old UWS resident. This unpretentious restaurant gives good value without the hype so common in the area's eating establishments. Service is prompt and gracious and the ambience was most enjoyable.
  4. B

    Bigdaddy

    Denver

    159 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice place. Very tasty food. The spaghetti primavera is great as is the John Dory lunch special.
  5. R

    Rosie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Thisplace has been around for years so that is a plus. My friends said their food was very tasty. All of our food looked simple maybe I was expecting a bit more flair. A bit pricey for me but suitable/average for the Lincoln Ctr area. Service from our waitress and bussers were excellent. All provided great customer engagement. I would go back.
  6. SR

    StephenR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My companion and I recently dined at Il Violino, sitting outside on a pleasant summer evening. The ambience was casual and relaxed. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent.
  7. SF

    SteveF

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good food, deft service, good with curtain times.
  8. V

    Vincent

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great neighborhood spot with always dependable Italian dishes. Their daily specials are great like the one we had salmon provencal.
  9. C

    Cece

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Although we live in the neighborhood, we ate at Il Violino last night for the first time in many years. We enjoyed it. The specials were popular, but we had regular menu items - fried calamari, tricolore salad, grilled salmon, eggplant parmigiana plus cheesecake for dessert. Prosecco & cappuccino were also enjoyable. Pre covid, we dined out at least several times per week. Many of our favorite restaurants like La Mirabelle on west 86th, have since closed. We are very slowly just now starting to eat out. I saw good reviews for Il Violino & we decided to go for an early dinner. It did soon get busy because it was Saturday evening. We will go midweek next time.
  10. PP

    PeterP

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Violino continues to be an excellent choice with a warm, welcoming staff. The John Dory special with shrimp, mussels & calamari was outstanding last night.
  11. M

    Mellocello

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I go to Violino very often. The service is friendly and inviting and the food is always delicious!
  12. D

    Disappointment

    Miami

    69 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food good? Waiter impatient.
  13. D

    Desigirl

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Great food, service and ambiance!
  14. e

    ecvnyc

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and friendly staff.
  15. p

    peterb

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're dining outside due to Covid. Il Violino's outdoor setup and service is superlative.
  16. KP

    KarineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and great service. A must if you are in NYC.
  17. J

    Jamie

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great independent neighborhood Italian restaurant that will surprise you with the quality of the food and depth of the menu. The Burrata cheese was outstanding as was the veal.
  18. SR

    SusanR

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, attentive service. Lovely decor with arts memorabilia.
  19. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    150 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first meal at Il Violino. We went before seeing a show at the Kaufman Center around the corner and got this recommendation from a friend who lives in the area. The initial greeting was friendly and welcoming. The menu was easy to read and full of a variety of Italian items that would make a person not sure of what they wanted to be happily confused--fish, meats and vegetarian with gluten-free options as well. We had carpaccio, branzino, chicken parmigiana and spaghetti pomodoro, vanilla gelato, chocolate gelato and adffogato, two bar drinks and a glass of wine. The food was delicious and served hot and within a very acceptable time span from the time of ordering. We chose to eat outside on the Amsterdam Avenue side of the restaurant. It was a perfect temperature and ventilation was perfect that evening. The wait staff was attentive and the kitchen staff was really good, considering there was nothing left on the plates to scrape off. The only item on the menu that concerned me was the price of drinks. My Cosmo was $18.00, a price I am sure fits in with neighborhood norms. All in all, we had a wonderful meal. Enjoy! Mangiamo!
  20. LB

    LarissaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and service very friendly. The outdoor seating was wonderful
  21. MF

    MariaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great experience. Good food, good Service and will definitely come back.
  22. H

    Happybobm

    Naples

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our daughter and grandson were visiting and we decided to take them out to a special dinner. The food, service and ambiance are always great.
  23. LA

    LandAStars

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was a lovely dining experience. The Manager, David- was excellent and provided superior customer service. The ambiance is beautiful and relaxing. Our Burrata salad and Spinaci salad were both very good. I had the salmon which was delicious with perfectly cooked veggies. My husband’s snapper was good. We will definitely return and try more menu selections.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time! Really great food and wine. The live music was very enjoyable and not overpowering.
  25. A

    Amyr

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Decent food if a bit over. You pay for the convenience to Lincoln Center. Lovely service.
  26. MK

    MKSt

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good place to go before performances
  27. j

    jcjc

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    the service is SO nice and thoughtful. the food was quite well prepared. give this neighborhood spot a try!
  28. B

    Bigdaddy

    Denver

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    nice for lunch or dinner. Prix fix menu for lunch is good--I always have the pasta primavera--very tasty linguini with vegetables. The John Dory fish is good too. Well run place.
  29. L

    Luvoysters

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, enjoyed dinner before opera. Georgiana is wonderful!
  30. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg it was delicious! I had four cheese risotto and my friend had gnocchi with bolognese sauce. We shared a spinach Salad with goat cheese and walnuts! Too full for dessert! We will be going Back to this great restaurant for sure!
  31. AS

    AlexanderS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Eggplant was spot on!!!!! Overall it was a nice charming place Intimate
  32. RA

    RoyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    good food and italian atmosphere, we would rather be sitted outside in the adjacent part and not in the gloomy inside
  33. SF

    SteveF

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always excellent food, with welcoming service that always gets us out in time of the curtain.
  34. j

    jeff

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent "old school," and accommodating local, and non-presumptuous. Happy to visit each time were in NYC. They're also very nice about their corkage policy.
  35. PF

    PeterF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently great Italian fare. My wife and I go there often and I also meet customers and work associates there for great business lunches/ dinners.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    190 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Unfortunately, food was not tasty. It was frozen/microwaved. This tends to make any protein dish tasteless. Salads may be the better choice.
  37. s

    sunshine

    New York Area

    556 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    556 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food is always reliable. This time the Caesar salad was particularly good complete with capers, a first. And the eggplant parm is terrific but why do they fool around with its pricing? Everything we ordered was as shown online except for this and do not understand why as it was $4 more than listed. Something seems wrong.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always reliable- we dine there weekly
  39. RS

    RayS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived late for our reservation and had a play to attend. The entire staff was welcoming and completely helpful. They made sure that our meals came quickly and the service was exceptional. By the way, the food is top notch. It was my Wife's Birthday and they started the night off in exactly the right way.
  40. LS

    LisaS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Mother’s Day lunch outside. Delicious food and great service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Il Violino is rated 4.5 stars by 1614 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Il Violino

180 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West 68th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    LUNCH: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm DINNER: Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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