King Umberto Restaurant

4.8
710 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
King Umberto had brought the delicious taste of Italy to the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Meacham Avenue since 1976. We offer a welcoming elegant decor with superior service, perfect for any large group or parties of two. In addition to having a warm atmosphere we carry an extensive wine list, that consists of over 350 wines, with years vertical, and is recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with an award of excellence in 2010. When it comes to our large selection of generous mouth watering appetizers and main courses we know how to please. Famous for the original Fried Capellini® and daily specials prepared by executive chefs Pietro Fuschetto and Giovanni Lombardi. Our menu is classic Italian cuisine with a worldly influence and will surely leave you satisfied, but you can't seem to leave without indulging in our homemade desserts.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(516) 352-3232
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pietro Fuschetto
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Private party facilities
We offer a private dining room for parties up to 70 people. Parties may be held, Monday thru Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday.
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Private party contact
Ciro or Franco: (516) 352-3232
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Catering
Can't come to us? We offer off-site catering for parties of 25-150 people. We will come to your venue, set up, serve and clean up. We offer half trays and full trays of your favorite dishes. Ask one of our managers today, how we can cater your party.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Municipal lot across the street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 710 People Are Saying
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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and food. Portions were very large. Will definitely return next time I’m in the area.

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AO
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been our favorite Italian restaurant for 14 years and counting.

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l
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent

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LD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exquisite and the food was absolutely delicious from appetizers to dessert!

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K
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service. Thank you Joseph!

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JZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

One of only a few Long Island restaurants that encourages you to have a relaxing drink before ordering. Service is old school professional, red wine is decanted, chef will make items not on menu, items shared are split in kitchen. Don’t miss the linguini with olive oil and fried garlic and the pounded fried veal chop (enough for two or three people!). Lasagna and potato croquets also outstanding.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined with ten friends. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. Everyone was very satisfied with their selections which included: Stuffed Veal Chops, Veal Cutlet Parmigiana, Eggplant Rollatini, Pasta, Grilled Shrimp, and Grilled Octopus. The wines and cocktails were great, too.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Impeccable service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and the price was reasonable. The only issue i had was the lighting—way too dim, had to put my glasses on couldn’t see anything and had to use my phone light to see the menu.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic favorite; good value, always good, tradition after a day at Belmont, nice, fast staff. EXCELLENT bread baskets and plenty of it! That alone keeps us coming back. Good, fast bartender-- Even if waiting for a table, he makes it painless. Good private areas for dinner parties too.

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LH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

the king is always an enjoyable dining experience, the service , outstanding, the food, outstanding

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w
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to KU, as we refer to it since 1980!
It is always a pleasure.
Great, consistent food.
Courteous, reliable service.

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NK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

been here a lot! but there is this one waiter that is very pushy...to the point where you're uncomfortable. He's a very nice old school Italian guy; but he is very opinionated with how specific food should be eaten and if you don't order it that way it becomes a big show......

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and value... one of the best Italian restaurants around

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food here but the wait was over 30 min. & we did have a reservation. I know there were groups that were slow to move after their meal but I’d recommend telling the party that shows up on time for their reservations that they’ll be a 30 wait! I’d always come back because the food & service is outstanding but standing around with my kids in the tight hallway ruined it for me personally!

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I’d hope for and more. Service was truly spectacular and food was sensational to match. Can’t wait to return to this gem after a day at the races at majestic Belmont Park.

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g
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great reminder estaurant with really tasty food in largo portions.
It is the best restaurant estaursnt in South western Nassau County.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and outstanding service
Kudos!!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been coming here my entire life. Never disappoints

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Great food. Great service. Everyone is very pleasant. Will be back again very soon

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LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and as always loved the fried capellini and bronzino!

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RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We always have an outstanding dining experience at King Umberto’s!

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Looked for an Italian restaurant close to Belmont to celebrate my husbands birthday with our family which included 5 children under age 6. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was excellent! As was the service. We’ll be back.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, everything at King Umberto’s was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

King Umberto’s is the “Go To” Italian restaurant. The food is ALWAYS good, we’ve been going there for over 25 years and never disappointed. The staff is cordial and the service is excellent. Their menu carries many Italian favorites as well as many creative specials. They can accommodate almost any size group for your celebration.

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CF
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is perfection. The food and service is on point. One of my favorite places to dine.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and top notch service. King Umbertos will never disappoint.

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. very pleasant waiters and good wine.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very delicious meal at King Umberto. The stuffed artichoke was the best I ever had. Great seafood with pasta dish. Creamy potato croquettes. Wonderful meal. Great service. Pizza looks great too. Highly recommend.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Josephs' service makes you feel like family. The timing and the quality of the food is only topped by the quality and value of the wine list. This is our go to place when we want to have a special evening. If you haven't been here you are missing out on one of Long Island's best.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Especially like Joe. Good food value. Nice neighborhood place.

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LI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and the portions were very generous.

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TM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening at King Umberto! Especially loved the crab cake appetizer....along with my favorite regular dinner entrees. Everyone had a great time! The service is always excellent and attentive! Thanks Santos for making us feel right at home!

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E
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took father and stepmother out for Friday night dinner. Made reservation thru open Table. We were seated right away, water brought right away and the glasses were always filled right away. Waiter was knowledgeable and remembered when ordering main course that my dad couldn’t have red sauce. Food was beyond delicious and good size portions. Can’t wait to go back

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TM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love this restaurant! Our favorite Italian restaurant on L.I.!

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O
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday where everyone always feels welcome. I've been coming to this restaurant for over 40 years. The service and food are second to none. My favorites include the shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. They are huge and presented nicely. My friend always orders the pasta e fagioli. For the entrée my favorite is the veal francese unless I order a special which is always superb. Recommended desserts include carrot cake, milky way, tartufo and either gelato or ripieno.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are top notch. The one thing that bothered me is that, due to some confusion in our party, we overpaid the tip (twice due to poor communications within our party). The host knew what happened but should have clarified with us that two tips were left. The problem has since been rectified and I am impressed with the integrity of this management team. Will return again and again.

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DP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time!! The food, service and staff are outstanding. Would highly recommend!!

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!

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LH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dining at King Umbertos is always a delightful experience. The staff is warm and welcoming and accommodating.

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