Sistina

4.7
456 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 years. Host/owner/chef Giuseppe Bruno, the Zagat Survey's "Host of the Year", is responsible for every aspect of his restaurant, from greeting his devoted patrons, to preparing special meals and dishes upon request.

DRESS CODE: committed to a certain excellence, our dress code is smart casual. We do not require men to wear a jacket or tie, but we politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS, FLIP FLOPS AND SNEAKERS.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 861-7660
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Bruno
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison and Fifth Ave
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Parking details
The closest parking garage is located on 80th st. between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
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Public transit
the local 6 train stops at 77th street and Lexington Ave
the 4,5 & 6 trains stop at 86th street and Lexington Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 456 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Even though Sistina (before it moved) was a known destination when we lived in NYC, we had never visited. While making a work/birthday getaway trip back to our old home, we met with friends who requested, "let's go somewhere different." Having known this couple for years, I was quite sure they did not mean a new, ultra-trendy spot trying to make a splash. The food was wonderful all around that table, the wine selection lived up to their reputation, and the service was attentive.

Most notably, they were very polite when we arrived a bit late for our reservation even after I had called earlier to request an additional spot at the table. First class.

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat at Sistina and the food and service is Simply amazing

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch spot. Terrific ambiance and friendly service. The penne was a bit too spicy but (my fault!) i didn’t read the description closely. A experience

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Late lunch in a quiet dining room, excellent food and service.

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VD
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went the Sistina with a group of six ranging in age from 20-69 and everyone was happy with all of the dishes they selected. We were all very impressed with the food as well as the service. Well worth it.

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CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful room filled with regulars. Creative menu with lots of specials. Wine list is huge but offer few bottles below $100. Salad served was watery and pasta was sticky. An off night.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sistina was sophisticated yet relaxed. The food was very good. My gnocchi were delicious and generously portioned. The specials sounded very good too. The highlight was my decaf cappuccino- hard to say why but it was a good old fashioned cup of coffee that rounded off the meal to perfection.

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d
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

The waiter was nice and some food good some not edible because too bitter (eggplant Parmesan).

The worst worst experience of our visit there was the Maitre'D who ruined each part of our meal AND DID THE UNTHINKABLY WRONG AND DAMAGING THING TO MY 95 year old father who was there in a wheelchair.

He had seated us in the dark and cold and empty front room with h my dad facing a wall. When I asked if we could move o the pretty back room with a beautiful view of the courtyard he yelled at me that our table was fine, there are no seats in the other room (it was over half empty) and was stubborn and nasty until a waiter offered us a lovely table.

WHEN WE LEFT MY DAD's AIDE CAME BACK TO HELP DAD DOWN THE STEEP BROWNSTONE STEPS BUT THIS MAST MAITRE'D kept pulling the wheelchair from her and insisted doing it. We pleaded with him to let my father's aide of 10 years to do what she knew how to do and he refused. He took him halfway then he lost his stepping and fell, letting go of the wheelchair until my dad fell backwards with his wheelchair on top of him. We KNEW this guy did not know what he was doing and our lunch turned into an ambulance ride to the hospital and CTScans and fear that his head was damaged. He had already suffered 2 falls and were it not for this nasty man's impertinence and stubbornness and lack of respect this never would have happened.

DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE TREATED WITH KINDNESS AND RESPECT

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbly prepared, tasty preparations of classic Italian dishes with a variety of specials to entice any foodie even vegetarians.

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening with great food, great ambiance and service. Will definitely return.

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SS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A NYC gem. Fine dinning at it's best. One of our favorite NYC restaurant. Exceptional Ambiance, service and cuisine

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time at Sistina for mother’s birthday. The food was second to none and the service was amazing. Our server Cihangir was phenomenal and spared no detail in helping us throughout the meal.

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Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very upscale and fancy restaurant one block away from the Met. The food and service were amazing, and definitely not cheap. The desserts were fabulous. I wouldn't recommend the cocktails.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant located in upper east side . Went there with my husband and we really enjoyed our lunch . Best food ever ! Great and attentive service. I would highly recommend this place if you wanna eat real Italian food

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a surprise as we expected it to be good, but instead it was great! The only negative is the noise level. It is hard to have a conversation when the place is full. Otherwise some of the best food I have ever eaten and great wine list and som.

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r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Delightful Romantic!
A must for any special occasion with an authentic, sophisticated European flair!!

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l
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food and the service. The restaurant is beautiful. I loved the wine also. I can’t wait to go vack

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K
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was awful!!!! We walked in. Some old guy guy told some woman to Tell us they are closed. Then she said that they did not have us on her screen. I replied and show'd her our reservation. As we walked out. I looked and tapped the screen. She lied!!!! We left. I called her to ask her to cancel our reservation and she lied again. I told her she was a liar and finally told the truth. She said she did.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were exceptional! We will keep this restaurant in mind for our next NY trip very friendly authentic italian restaurant

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Miami
30 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. Food is great and was only eclipsed by the amazing wine list and the impeccable service. Best Italian food I have had in a long time. Best wine list in New York (especially for Italian selections).

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a restaurant in the vicinity of The Met for lunch with my college buddy. It had to offer great food, provide a sophisticated yet warm and welcoming atmosphere and be quiet enough to permit us to catch up. Sistina was the right choice. Everything on Sistina's menu was tempting and the extensive list of specials were even more mouthwatering. Each person in our party of four ("foodies" all) raved about the food. The service was EXCELLENT. Our server John was upbeat, professional but friendly, appropriately attentive and truly enhanced our lunch experience. We were seated toward the back of the restaurant where the afternoon sunshine shone through the glass ceiling and brightened our moods as well as the room. Our meal was $260 for the four of us (no wine or alcohol) which I believe is a great value for the quality of the food, the service, the ambiance and the neighborhood. I have every intention of bringing my 86 year old "Italian" mother to Sistina for a meal because she may finally find something to eat that she can't make better herself at home.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the ambiance was perfect. We had 4 dishes total plus a bottle of wine and I was shocked at how reasonably priced everything turned out to be. Will most definitely be back to Sistina The ambience, food, and service are all great. Whenever we come to this restaurant

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Sistina several times and love the atmosphere. This last time even though it was a Monday evening, it was very loud and we felt it lost it's allure. The food was excellent like always. I would say that they offer too many choices, between the number of specials and regular menu.
But would recommend.

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m
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot near The Met. Food is beyond excellent. Service is wonderful. Simply a delightful experience.

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JC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, refined, upscale setting. A true New York dining experience. Staff is top notch. Price is top notch too, but worth it for a special night out.

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VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ridiculously gorgeous ambiance and service...beautiful specials tied to the season...

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OT
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Sistina. By far one of the best restaurants in the city and since it moved to East 81st a while back, a lovely setting as well. In addition to great specials the basic menu is great. Giuseppe and his staff are always welcoming and helpful.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic, we were so impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of the entire staff that we interacted with. Thank you Sistina for making my day so special.

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MR
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This new location serves this wonderful restaurant beautifully. The food, service, ambiance are just fabulous.

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t
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crazy expensive wine list with an absurd markup on wines makes for an expensive meal. Not to mention my entree was $65, but it was great.

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EN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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MT
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service but be careful with the specials - ask the price or you'll be paying $120 for a portion of fettuccini with truffles!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

We miss the old Sistina but only because of the noise! It is very loud and harder to have a conversation... We love the food and the staff.

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DN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious here and the waiter who gave us the specials had an astonishing memory! It is definitely not cheap, but well worth it

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KS
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought two friends to Sistina to celebrate the birthday of one of them. We had a spectacular time. Everything about the evening, from the warm welcome to the excellent Manhattans and martinis, through the wonderful chocolate soufflé, was superb. I had the mixed grill, which was memorable. My guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the cooking, the superb Valpolicella, the wonderful service.

Sistina is a great place for a special occasion and it is wonderful anytime you want a great meal.

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ES
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall Good food. Way over priced. Many better places for food that are more reasonably priced.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic place. Nice view of garden court yards and trees. The bar is dark and comfy. Nice place for casual dinner

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BB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a bit pricey but one of the best restaurants we have ever visited.

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S
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place the best place to have homemade pastas the service was great big wine list I definitely recommend definitely coming back

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