Sant Ambroeus - West Village

4.8
545 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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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Weekday Breakfast is a fabulous time to be at the West Village location. So quiet and intimate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my boyfriend and my 2nd anniversary, and we couldn’t have asked for more spectacular service, food, or atmosphere!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Terrific spot with great pasta and standout Caesar salad.

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

Food was fantastic! Very fresh and authentic. Excellent service. It’s a great neighbourhood spot and a must visit spot for all of my NYC visits!

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D
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian cuisine, exceptionally well prepared and portioned. Staff was pleasant and quick. I loved the place and the food.

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TD
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good. Nice welcome and warm inviting atmosphere. Great West Village place for lunch or dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just the best!

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BT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and ambiance! Especially for Christmas time

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredible. The hot chocolate was incredible. The pancakes were incredible. 10/10 recommend!

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RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and ambiance. Quiet enough to ha Eva conversation but still festive and authentic Italian food

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CH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great and attentive service with lovely cozy atmosphere. The menu is small but varied with choices for all tastes.

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was sp pretty outside and in. Very quaint and romantic. Food was amazing. You could tell it was a neighborhood gem . So glad we were a part of it. Will def be coming back. Everything was great from the moment we walked in.

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with outstanding friendly service! The wine was superb but expensive. The food was reasonably priced but was a bit disappointing. Overall a nice experience and we will return.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. My new favorite!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was great but service was pretty disappointing, as it was difficult to track down our server. We ordered cocktails at the beginning of our meal and didn't get them until after we had eaten.

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RG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding value for money, decadent food
Great service

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

always so happy with the meal and serviced received @ Sant Ambroeus. so delicious!

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GM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a letdown , everything about this restaurant is perfect. The ambiance is a perfect date night at this gem , and ever so discreet!one of my favs

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

I had a friend visiting from London and we wanted a cute & charming place. This was definitely the place to go - the decor is so beautiful and the meal and service matched! Highly recommend

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A
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I had a dinner reservation for a party of 2.After finishing our dinner and a bottle of wine we decided to order another one.This is when the manager came over and told us that it is only 2 hours per table(which was never mentioned when I made the reservation)and that she had next reservation and we should move to the bar(which was full). And I was actually still working on my meal.Not even asking if we want to take a look at the desert menu.Just a very blunt request to move,not apologizing.After such disrespectful treatment we just left and continued our evening and Leelabar,which had a better wine anyway.Just for the record,one bottle that we order at this venue costed around 100$.So we were left very confused as of why we were treated this way,while still bringing them profit,and not just lingering around sipping one cocktail for hours.And for the record,there were tables with the same people staying way more then two hours,as they were there when we arrived. Would never recommend this place,horrible aftertaste.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was the worst I've ever experienced (one person didn't receive their dish, we never received our drinks until after our meal was served), however they did comp our meal which made up for it but still I wouldn't go back. I appreciate them taking responsibility for all of the mistakes, however I would use caution to ever try to go there again.

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W
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place for dinner. Excellent pasta. Your spaghetti carbonara is wonderful!!

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience from start to finish. Our servers were amazing, made wine and food recommendations that were just perfect. We started with the prosciutto and burrata appetizer which was delicious, moved onto the truffle papardelle, also delicious, but the highlight was the Dover sole. The best fish I have ever had in a restaurant, perfectly cooked and presented. Dessert was a profiterole which was also great. We will be back again for another special occasion!

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LD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant! The food, the ambiance and the staff are incredible.

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B
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with very attentive and friendly service from the host to the servers. It is a beautiful setting as well. Food recommendations were awesome. Wine as well. Would go again. Neighborhood gem for sure

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New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice spot on a rainy day. Was cosy and we had good service. Food was nice and organic but was not warm when delivered (eggs).
Excellent coffee in a small pot was a nice touch.

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MD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A charming delightful Restuarant. Highly recommended. We will be back. Food excellent as was the service and the ambiance. Loved it.

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

Absolutely the best; great food; great team!
Appreciated table 8!

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salads and pasta entrees were exceptional. Pasta was perfectly cooked. This was extremely worth it. Can't wait to be back.

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

Wonderfully romantic, convivial Italian ambiance & food, especially more northern Milanese style.
Our party of 3 enjoyed 2 different pasta & fish entree (branzino), plus superb roasted side of asparagus. Wines by the glass very rich & aromatic. Our guest, a visiting, cuisine-wise Parisian, loved her clam-based pasta. ONLY real drawback--a fairly large dog that middle-aged & somewhat tattooed, motorcycle couple was allowed to bring in to this otherwise elegant venue. At first the dog even sat upright on banquette, but then to our relief was placed under table, silent & unseen. But I swear I smelled dog hair. Insane
accommodation of vey obviously BOGUS "support" pet. Restaurant staff pleaded that they had no legal recourse. Just curious: even at home, do all these staffers with dogs allow them at their own table?

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

Wonderful staff and food!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for a lazy afternoon. The best.

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B
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Small, charming place with a great ambiance. Tight quarters but that is part of the deal.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

honestly, these folks are, simply put, a class act. so much intelligence and reserve in their service, extraordinarily thoughtful demeanor and extremely perceptive. they know how to run a restaurant experience. to give an example - one older gentlemen in our party ordered, simply, a "light beer." typically, you would get an eye roll from the waiter and a listing of all the beers they have. not here - much more european mindset. "light beer" was the instruction, it was up to them to find a suitable match (they nailed it) - if the gentleman wanted to indulge the beer list, he would have asked. anyhow, small detail, but appreciated - they know how to restaurant. another member of the party was watching a desert crepe being made in the middle of the restaurant with rapt attention. the chef saw him watching with fascination and came over later with a free crepe saying "i saw you watching, i made you one." no reason to have done that other than pride. special place. btw, it's also a more formal than some of the photos would have you believe. in sum, there is an *artisanal* sensibility and intelligence in the staff. they are thinking, watching, observing, and doing it right. :)

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EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Best food and service.

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AK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice italian food in a very quiet place (the only quiet place we found in New York) in a very nice neighborhood (something of the "when harry met sally" atmosphere)!!!!! Try the standard menu. It is very good value for money!!!!!

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j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a high end, attention to detail restaurant. All wait staff are in tune to specials of the day and actually have to try them all to be able to explain the taste to the patrons. Quickly becoming a NY mainstay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciosa comida! Muy buen ambiente

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frank Sinatra playing, plush comfortable seating, fine dining service, and well executed, delicious meals. Could not have had a better experience here!

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OT
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant week lunch. Good ingredients and filling! Excellent service.

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