Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

4.7
549 reviews
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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.
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Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

As longtime and repeat guests from Chicago, we were extraordinarily disappointed to be seated close by another table when the restaurant was empty on Easter Sunday evening. The hostess and manager, when told at the end of the meal, were less than accommodating. Basically, the hostess lied and stayed the table we desired next to us was to be seated in :15, when inquired at seating. This was not the case as no guest/s joined for well over an hour, and no return to the table by hostess and manager ever occurred. The Dole Sole was rubbery and not cooked well.

When we indicated our disappointment at departure, both manager and hostess were less than helpful. We will not return and most definitely not recommend to anyone else, as we have told countless friends and colleagues to enjoy the hospitality and food when in New York. No more!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable restaurant just a bit exaggerated in prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Silver Anniversary

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EB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know Sant Ambroeus for years in Milan and in New York. The service and the food were always outstanding. The only minus was that the Barolo Borgognoli (by the glas) was a little bit herb, not as soomth as I thought it would be.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Sant Ambroeus is so civilized. The food is divine. The service is attentive and polite. The clientele comes from the neighborhood, one of Manhattan's most sophisticated. This isn't for tourists who are looking for an affordable bite to eat after visiting an area museum. But if you're looking to see how the well-heeled dine in the area, this is the place.

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PN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are big fans of Sant Ambroeus. Never disappoints, always excellent!!

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G
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sant Ambroeus is always a very big pleasure to return to a restaurant that knows how to treat customers each and every time, and serve consistently very good food. We always welcome an opportunity to go and be a part of their “family”!

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G
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot in madison for a quick fancy bite.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Plain and simple, Sant Ambroeus serves solid Italian cuisine.

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JA
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I come to NYC I make it a point to visit Sant Ambroeus! One of my all time favorite restaurants!

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Chicago
256 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is quite overpriced for what it is, and service isn't anything exceptional either. Portions are generous though.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best truffle pasta ever, great Italian wine selection

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CM
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming and welcoming place. The staff are courteous and friendly at all times, the food is exquisite and authentic, the ambiance is sophisticated but not stuffy. All in all a great experience!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal ... great, attentive service.
There was a large party near us so it was a bit loud.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and everyone was attentive.

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MA
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice breakfast presentation. Dining room noise level is a bit excessive. Voices carry & can be distracting

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New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a latish lunch on President's Day. Had to wait a few minutes past reservation time as doing a brisk business, looked like "regulars " lingering.
Once seated, after gazing at pastry/bakery counter, service was pleasant and efficient. Had my usual Vitello tonnato, delicious, accompanied by a couple of glasses of prosecco. Great bread.
Had been at West village location a couple of weeks before, a bit surprised prices are roughly $5 more on many dishes here but it is Madison Ave!

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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambience & good service - a bit pricey

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Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. As usual.
It is something we always look forward to when coming to the city. The service is warm and friendly and the food is consistently excellent.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Been there several times. Always enJoyed. This time, however, you outdid yourself. The Risotto du Mare was outstanding.

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KT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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DA
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It’s expensive for not a lot of food but it’s about the environment really.

Host was obnoxious. Was visibly disturbed about us adding one more to our reservation EVEN though I called to confirm and add, he said I did not..

Food was good, entrees were just okay. And $29 salad is ridiculous, they are all over $20.. absurd!
For the money.. not impressed. Entrees were just okay. We had salmon and a couple of pasta dishes.. not much taste.

Service was not great. Mostly ignored us but we got our meal on time..

Overall.. the Madison Ave location is obnoxious and so is its staff. And for those prices I expect good service.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always satisfied with the high level of service and great quality of food here.
We went here with a party of six, which included two kids and everyone enjoyed.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordinarily we have recommended, but had a bad meal not worthy.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Today - different from other days host was nasty! Always had a great time!

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service!!!!

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JA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They're always busy, so the noise level is deafening.

The food quality is slipping a bit as their prices are going up.

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m
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Madison Ave location is stellar. Service is kind and on their A game. Food is delicious and take out patisserie is wonderful. It's an NYC 10!! I hope they keep up the great work. Madison Ave location better than other... :) Cheers

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W
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was not attuned to us. Kept on interrupting in the middle of conversations and clearing table at inopportune moments.
Checked our coats at the vestiaire, and they smelled of kitchen when we retrieved them.
Had nostalgic souvenirs of Sant Ambroeus from the time I was living in NY a few years ago. Has changed and not for the better

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance always lovely, service great, food wonderfull

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K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is something special. The rare find of true excellence, across the board.

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

My daughter said it's the BEST Dover Sole in NYC ! She's 11!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

First, my Engish is not fluent. When receiving my order, the male manager looked he didn't want to wait even though I was seeing the menu. I asked "what kind of pasta is good today?" and he just said "Pasta? awesome" So I felt bad, I wanted to change it to soup, THEN HE MADE A FACE. And I wanted to order a steak, and he SIGHED, saying sth like "OK, Chicken? veal? beef?" I was almost scared and answered veal. This is the most HUMILIATING part, he scoffed and asked me "THIS IS 79$. Is it ok?" I really wanted to walk out, but I didn't have time for making a reservation in another restaurant.
Not mentioning a waiter who poured still water into glass (sparkling)without asking (and they even made a mistake charging the bottle of sparkling water which they described to me as free, of course they should it was their mistake!), I felt it was definitely a discrimination. I am an Asian woman in 30s. I can't speak English very fluently. And I was alone there. Duing all time, I just wanted to leave the restaurant as soon as possible. It was my birthday, and wanted to make a good memory on the last day of my trip. But it was the worst choice. I paid more than 120$ including 20% tip, cuz didn't wanted to be same person as them.
Taste? Veal steak was served well-done, because they didn't ask me how I like the steak done. Smell was disgusting. Food was basically BORING, including plating skills.
Ambience? Crowded like a supermarket in sale time. Value?
No need to say. What kind of restaurant is like this?
I want to recommend this restaurant to my worst enemy at work, whom I deadly want to waste their
money and time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New years and my wife’s birthday

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CN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Haven’t been to Sant Ambroeus in probably 20 years (way before kids), so we remembered it as amazing. Celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday here on a recent trip to NYC...this time with our 3 kids (16, 14 and 11) in tow. Not much on the menu my kids would eat but they all found a basic pasta that would do (for $30+ each). So all in all, food was good, atmosphere was nice (not touristy) and service was excellent. My only complaint was that it was super pricey for what it was. I wouldn’t take my kids back, but I’d def go back with just my husband.

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SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was not the best. The spaghetti with meat sauce tasted as though the meat was not washed or seasoned. I’ve honestly had better sauce at cheaper UES places such as UVA. The service was AWFUL. At a restaurant of this price point, I shouldn’t have to ask for bread and water. Overall the staff was inattentive, never checked in on us. Save your money and skip this place. The Olive Garden is probably a better Italian restaurant...hope that gives you an idea of how terrible Saint Ambroeus is

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MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just fantastic as always. Lovely especially during the holidays.

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IM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Accueil à revoir

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SM
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime perfection-such a treat!

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