Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

4.7
484 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Shortly after the original Sant Ambroeus opened its doors in Milan in 1936, a devoted following emerged. This celebrated pasticceria and confetteria became the meeting place for the local intelligentsia, whether beginning their day with Sant Ambroeus’s legendary cappuccino and cornetto, savoring panini at lunch, or spending their evening enjoying refined cuisine in the restaurant’s elegant dining room.
We translated these old-world sensibilities of Sant Ambroeus to modern times, and imported our rich culinary traditions to New York. Each of our restaurants remains authentic to our Milanese origins, and we continue to serve our culturally inspired delectables in a casual yet elegant environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 570-2211
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Danieli
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Private party facilities
Sant Ambroeus, located in the heart of the Upper East Side with its authentic and high quality Milanese menu, is the perfect setting for your next breakfast, lunch or dinner to celebrate birthday, rehearsal or graduation parties.
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Private party contact
Chiara Sassoli: (212) 207-6680 ext. 112
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Catering
Sant Ambroeus offers a full scale catering service. If you are interested in knowing more please contact chiara.sassoli@santambroeus.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
77th Street
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Public transit
Line 6 at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue
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Special events & promotions
For private events please contact chiara.sassoli@santambroeus.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 484 People Are Saying
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HB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been visiting the place for many years. It's wonderful!!!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very East side vibe - only was too noisy. Pasta dishes and ice cream were good. Had the Brussel sprouts to start and they were so hard, a knife could not cut through them. Dishes are way over priced.

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

If you want to eat italian food, it is good. I do not like the attigude at Cipriani, so this is a good substitude. I recommend tagliatelle bolognese.

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SN
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and good service. Tried a linguine alle vongole, one of the best I have ever had. Suggest to book beforehand, otherwise need to queue for some time.

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CA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Food, Ambiance and Service!!!

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not my best breakfast there. My guests didn’t like their meals. Server started off great but seemed to disappear. Charged for croissants that didn’t taste good. Not good value for the extreme expense.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excelente para desayunar

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and wonderful environment

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D
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It’s a good back up - the service and food didn’t match the more formal setting. The food was good. Not great (for NYC). Service was acceptable. Not outstanding. We had a mimosa and first attempt the champagne was flat. They corrected. Croissants are made with brioche and, in my opinion, too sweet. Portion size was good. Lettuce didn’t appear fresh. Toast was already cold on arrival and butter served cold. And while all tasted fine it just wasn’t stellar. I had hoped for more.

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice, genuinely fine-dining Italian restaurant. You definitely get what you pay for ambiance, service, and quality of food.

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CN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Time was between lunch and dinner. My friend wanted just coffee, but reading the employees' body language, I decided to order food. I enjoyed asparagus dish and cheese cake, but mozzarella cheese and prosciutto dish was disappointing. Next time I will order food that is cooked in their kitchen.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The waitress asked me if I wanted a drink so I asked if they could do a Boulevardier. It’s ok not knowing what cocktail that is, but after she went to ask the bartender if that was possible and came back and said they couldn’t do it without explaining why and suggesting to get a spritz instead. It was a good spritz (a little too sweet for my taste), but the bar definitely had whiskey and Campari, plus I already had that cocktail before at their location in Soho. I found the behavior sloppy and the waitress attitude and answer very condiscentent.
They could definitely work on their savior fair and friendliness.
On a bright note, risotto ai frutti di mare and pasta alle vongole were quite good.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Linguine con vongole excellent as usual. Linguine primavera too heavy. No need for shrimps.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! Good food, good place but the service was beyond expectations! Definitely we will recommend the place

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R
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A touch of elegant Milan in NYC. Pricey but worth a splurge.

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GB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A very nice place for REAL Italian food, although I had very high expectations over the FOCACCINE and was a little bit disappointed by the fact that they are actually made with a savory pastry dough. My quest for focaccia in the us is not over, yet. The place is extremely delightful though, I will definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Having been to this restaurant many times before, I found the lack of charm at the door alarming.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I have been to this location twice. The first time was on a Sunday for brunch. We did not have a reservation, but did not have to wait long and were seated in the tiny area in the front of the restaurant. The brunch menu was great and the service was excellent. This time, it was for lunch on a Thursday and we did have a reservation. We were seated in the back this time. Surprisingly, it was quite busy for a Thursday at lunch time. The back room was very loud and it was hard to have a conversation. The food was excellent, but the service was a little lacking this time. I will say, however, that this location is far better than the location in Soho, which I have been to once before. Overall, a great experience with good food and fantastic desserts.

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OT
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime. I enjoyed the lasagne verde and my guest had the ravioli special. Superb suggestion of a wine pairing. I love this restaurant.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites. Great everything. Elegant. International. Chic.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Brought out the wrong dish and then offered me a different dish instead while they made my original dish - then charged me for both.

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RY
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ST A is always - simply delicious and amazing service.

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BV
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every aspect. You get what you pay for superb service, food, ambiance. Not a bargain. However, I am always delighted whenever I go to SA.

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r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My step-mother and I came in for lunch. There's a very pleasant ambiance here, and (at least at lunchtime) the noise level is acceptable. The menu is beautifully created: the choices are very interesting and it's pretty hard to make a decision. Service is polite yet professional, and the manager and waitstaff are well-informed about the details of each dish. My step-mother ordered Vitello Tonnato, a dish that's difficult to find outside of Italy (at least done the right way), and it arrived beautifully presented and was simply delicious. My taste of it reminded me of the one time I had it in Lucca. I ordered an interesting salad of shaved artichokes, Parmesan, and several more ingredients I like. This is where my "beef" comes in: our waitperson asked if I would like a little chicken or salmon in it, and I thought that sounded good, so I agreed to some chicken. What he didn't tell me was that it would cost me an additional $15 for 6 or 8 thinly sliced pieces of grilled chicken. I will also say that while the food is delicious, it is quite pricey. I had an Aperol Spritz, my salad (with the ritzy chicken) and a cup of coffee. With tax and tip: $88. That's A LOT for lunch.

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

Amazing food and service, you get what you pay for.

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AG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal!

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Occasion was an after Met Sunday lunch with a favorite niece. Once you get past the all too serious Maitre d’ the experience is fun and relaxing due to a nice mix of casual and formal. The wait staff are all knowledgeable, gracious and correct. A kale and burrata salad was perfection. Risotto and spaghetti al olio were fine. The desserts are not to be missed as well as the bread assortment.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My favorites are the pastas and veal Milanese.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, feels like Italy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly neighbor restaurant , excelente service .

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. They always take good care of me and my little plus one :-).
Love this place , love the food, love the service

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I love Sant Ambroeus always very good, nice service and amazing food

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This is the first time ever service was off. Food was great.

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c
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Too expensive for the type of food they serve.
Just one course is around 70$ and ir was pasta bolognese

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C
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Always dine at this restaurant when in NYC. Generally a good meal, and a upscale price. Can be crowded at times, and the reception is not always the best at the front door. But has a lot of regulars and if in the area I would recomend. This time was not one of the best visits, probably due to the time...

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TK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much Fun all around

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and specially their Avocado toast with their organic poached eggs on the top.
The best avocado toast i ever had. Also, the quality is very consistent, the service is impeccable. The only down side is the prices that are not very friendly:-(.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente atención y menú

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AL
Los Angeles
127 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As previously over the years, we enjoyed our meal and licked the plate. It's a busy upper East Side restaurant with very delicious food, close quarters, noise and bustle, but worth the good meal we had!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding

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