Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

4.7
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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Richmond
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service at Madison is consistently excellent, and as good as any place we've ever dined. always unassuming and unpretentious. no one ever talks about "taking care of you tonight". they simply do it.

LM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Embarrassing in front of my business clients when they insisted that there was no reservation but could accommodate us.. It made me look disorganized and unprofessional. Most upsetting.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. As close to being in Rome as you can get. From the front of the restaurant, which has small tables, a friendly bustle, a coffee bar with the BEST coffee in NYC, plus yummy desserts and gelato, to the white tablecloth seating in the back of the restaurant w helpful, professional service and delicious menu, it doesn’t get better than this.

OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday at my fav spot

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat in the back room. having made a reservation, they kindly let us stay for a pastry and a hot drink. very nice, felt like back in rome. not cheap

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Quite noisy - exorbitant price for very mediocre omelet and frigid pecan pie. A disappointment

SK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best vitello tonnato anywhere. Marvelous wines. Excellent service. A thoroughly wonderful experience.

ND
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Terrific food and vibe,,, service is a bit scattered.

JA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in for an early dinner and were not disappointed!

Their soups are amazing.

Their salads are not far behind. We both ordered pasta---quite good!

It will always remain one of my favorite neighborhood go-to places.

I particularly like their hours: open all day/night:)

CA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with equally great service!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A joyous atmosphere. Perfect for our lunch. As a New Yorke native, I tend to be critical. However, our experience touched all the bases. We loved our experience there.

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their Vitello tonnato

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place

RA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place. They made the best cappuccino I've had in years, and service was impeccable. Recommended.

a
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

expensive for a neighborhood place and tables are crammed too close

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the look of this place, its very good for an early morning business meeting or interview. Coffee is delicious

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and attention to details.

LB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful lunch with my teenage daughters while visiting NYC for the first time.

BB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good. I would definitely return

S
Kiel & SH
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly! Best home made Italian with a upgrade of truffles . Excellent wine selection.

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put it was impeccable. All of the staff is very attentive and accommodating. Beautiful room, but the star is the food. I felt like I was back in Bologna or Florence.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Food and service excellent

l
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The pretentious attitude at Sant Ambroeus was not entirely unexpected however, if the food were better you might be able to tolerate the man sitting at the next table who was literally on a phone call for 15 minutes or the fact that omelets cannot be made with any more than 3 ingredients as “ the eggs don’t cook as well”... umm ok?? This place is definitely not worth the money.

JA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent!

Their salads are so good.

My pasta was also just so...

My friend had the veal Milanese, recommended.

Yes, the noise level rises, but it’s really quite friendly for this neighborhood favorite.

LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, food and atmosphere. Servers were attentive.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice little place

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great! I will be coming back!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite dining experiences in Manhattan

LG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sant Ambroeus is far and away our favorite breakfast spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely time! A+++staff.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good as usual

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The bartender for the life of him couldn’t make a proper Manhattan and the food was not worth the price tag. Best thing I wound up eating was the foccacia bread they brought out and gelato for dessert.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun. True Italian flair and atmosphere. Highly recommend for a terrific weekend breakfast.

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing! I had the Carbonara, and it was hands down the best Carbonara I've ever had. It was extremely rich, however, and I probably should have either shared it, or ordered a salad to temper the fat. There was a lot of wait staff, who seemed to checking our needs were met, but didn't refill my husband's iced tea readily, and we finally had to request a bill. They were very professional and pleasant. Overall, a delightful experience, and a place I would absolutely recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with great food and lively atmosphere. Highly recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

p
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by hotel concierge and our lunch was delicious, service excellent and knowledgeable. A well run and bustling restaurant.

MF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful evening. It is our new favorite place to dine. Attention to detail was noted as well as delectable food.

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