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Sistina, New York, NY

Sistina

4.7
4.7
1495 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE: LET US KNOW 1 DAY IN ADVANCE IF YOU DECREASE YOUR PARTY SIZE TO AVOID THE $150 PER PERSON CHARGE
WE DON’T RESERVE SPECIFIC TABLES
WHICHEVER TABLE WE HAVE UPON YOUR ARRIVAL IS WHERE YOU WILL BE SEATED
WE DON’T HAVE HIGHCHAIRS & WE DON’T ALLOW STROLLERS
WE DON’T PERMIT OUTSIDE ITEMS (liquor,flowers & cake)
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for over 40 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.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you wish to cancel your reservation please let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.
DRESS CODE: We politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS & FLIP FLOPS.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 861-7660
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Giuseppe Bruno
  • Private party facilities
    Sistina's Winter Garden is perfect for intimate gatherings, hosting up to 40 guests with a luxurious atmosphere, large windows, skylights, and exquisite art. Opt for a complete buyout for up to 80 guests, including the main dining room, garden room, and bar for an elevated dining experience.
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    Madison and Fifth Ave
  • Parking details
    The closest parking garage is located on 80th st. between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
  • Public transit
    the local 6 train stops at 77th street and Lexington Ave<br />the 4,5 &amp; 6 trains stop at 86th street and Lexington Ave
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 1,495 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,495 Reviews
  1. robertb

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh amazing food experience. Old world charm and a devotion to service,preparation and presentation.

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  2. DrCW07

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exhilarating in every way - food of the highest quality, service way beyond all other luxury restaurants and accommodations to fit with our needs!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A totally beautiful experience: ambiance, decor, service, food. I enjoyed my birthday lunch so much.

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  4. jefftennis

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sistina is consistently excellent from the ambience, the food and the attentive staff led by Giovanni

    1 person found this helpful

  5. AngieG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience at Sistina. Quiet and pleasant ambiance. Very attentive and prompt service. Delicious food. Highly recommend

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  6. StockA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner was excellent and the service even better

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, wine, and setting were outstanding but it was the service that really made the evening special. Thank you!

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  8. Margot

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb! I will definitely dine here again.

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  9. Lucca

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    beautiful setting wonderful food, attentive service and all around great place specially for a special occasion , or not !!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent top top top service This is an exceptional restaurant

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  11. KyleJ

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having the chef stop by the table w homemade truffle butter was special. Nestor is the som but served our table as well. Extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Great conversation all evening. Can’t wait to go back.

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  12. Patrick

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    How can a chef make Paglia e Fieno so flavourless? Chicken & morells and Branzino were good.

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  13. Lulu117

    New York City

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect. Wonderful service, beautiful surroundings and delicious food.

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  14. XavierM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want class, service, and excellent food in the upper east side, this is your place.

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  15. TexMexGal

    Nashville

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is consistently wonderful in all aspects and has become one of our NYC favorites.

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  16. HunterD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sistina was an absolutely perfect place to have an anniversary dinner! The atmosphere was incredible and the wait staff were very attentive. The chef personally comes around to interact with the guests. Will be back!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant , every time I came to the city it is a must go

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  18. GeraldineF

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent and the ambience was lovely

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  19. franciscoT

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful time, from the greeting at the door to the service at the table. The specials are a work of art and the cocktails always spectacular.

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  20. LydiaD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love sitting at the bar The welcome is lovely All and all a great experience

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  21. abcd

    New York City

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful room. Delicious food. Fantastic service.

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  22. JosephA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks to Giuseppe and his entire team for a fabulous experience. The food, the personalities, the wines ... Highly recommend not just for the meal but for the experience.

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  23. TracyW

    New York City

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely exceptional. Exquisite attention to detail on every level: exceptional service, an impeccable space, and most the elevated cuisine. This is a truly civilized dining experience -- not trendy or hip, but a true thoroughbred classic. Dress for dinner and delight in a sublime dining experience. Bravo!

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  24. franciscoT

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exquisite. Wonderful food and cocktails. Cheers

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  25. CharlesS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the fish of the day and my guest had pasta. As usual, both were outstanding.

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  26. XavierM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, drinks spectacualar, and service was impecable.

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  27. MichaelS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was impeccable. Nestor and Franco delivered top-notch service that solidified an elevated experience.

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  28. bindiboo

    Denver

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried Sistina on a Friday for lunch! The food was outstanding, convenient to the city museums, and the staff was gracious and attentive. We started with the eggplant, it is a large portion so we split it. I make eggplant several ways and am a bit of a fuss pot. This was delicious, not breaded, thinly sliced, beautiful presentation. They had lots of specials. We chose the semolina lumache with clams and chicory! Absolutely scrumptious! We shall return!

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  29. Missy

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent but the soup that was a special and the cost was not shared by the waiter and was very out of balance. A cup cost 35.00. If they are going to charge this amt the customer should know beforehand.

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  30. BruceJ

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My only complaint was that when I booked online the only times available were 9:15 or 9:30. In fact the restaurant was empty when we arrived (four other people who left shortly after our arrival) so we were sitting in a "dead" room. It would have been much nicer if they had let us know that the entire evening was available for reservations. Our waiter was wonderful and took great care explaining the specials, and the food was delicious. The room was enchanting but instead of hearing the clatter and chatter of other diners all we could hear was the basketball game on the tv in the bar. I'm sure we'll be back at a more appropriate time.

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  31. Solera

    New York City

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We liked the ambience, service and food at Sistina very much. Our only concern was the cost. This is especially true for the drinks: a minimum of $25 for a glass of wine is, frankly, unreasonable, especially when you consider the fact that you are expected to tip on drinks, which require no preparation or real service and are pure profit for the restaurant. The food was well prepared, well presented and tasty. The cost would be the only reason we might not return to the restaurant.

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  32. Cris

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous atmosphere, excellent service and food. Definitely want to go back.

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  33. Bramante68

    Exclusive

    23 reviews

    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sistina is truly a beautiful, magical space. I have eaten here many times, and for many years when they were in their prior location. Every time I have come to the “new” 81st street location I am disappointed by the food. They should go back to the food they made years ago: simple pastas, salads, fish, and meats, and not try to turn dishes into snazzy new things, which don’t translate into delicious meals. We don’t need a laundry list of specials, just really simple, good food in a gorgeous location, for icing on the cake, so to speak.
    SistinaResponded on December 31, 2023
    We wanna thank you for loving this magical place but however we don’t agree what you think about our food we think that you are stoked in the past however maybe you should review mulberry street restaurant or maybe find a job .

    1 person found this helpful

  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good eats, chill vibes, and the staff is super friendly. It's my go-to for a satisfying and relaxed meal. Can't wait to savor more bites there!

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  35. MAURICEC

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience with authentic, excellently prepared Italian cuisine. Nightly specials including white truffles now in season (sliced from a gigantic white truffle). Excellent wine list with hard to find Italian wines and vintages.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favorite authentic Italian spot. Absolutely divine.

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  37. Sally

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite whenever we visit New York City! Looking forward to our next visit!

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  38. 2Charlestonfoodies

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gracious greeting. Beautiful dining room. In addition to a sizeable menu, there were a number of specials. The wait staff was prompt, knowledgeable and discreet. There were several tables with diners. The noise level was perfect for the three of us to converse and hear each other. The dishes were delicious and perfectly timed. A delightful dining experience.

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  39. Grouchy

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m no expert on Italian food, and I always order the same dish - Spagghetti alle vongola, (linguine with clams). So that’s what my wife both had. I think they tried to go fancy on this dish, but it didn’t work for us. The wait was long the linguine was overcooked, the clams were tiny and, worst of all, there was no clam sauce -none! Maybe, the rest of the menu is outstanding, but I would definitely stay away from this dish.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. Leigh

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fabulous meal and extremely professional and attentive service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sistina using the Order Online button. Sistina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 861-7660.

Sistina is rated 4.7 stars by 1495 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sistina

24 E 81st Street, New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Madison and Fifth Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    The closest parking garage is located on 80th st. between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
  • Public transit
    the local 6 train stops at 77th street and Lexington Avethe 4,5 & 6 trains stop at 86th street and Lexington Ave
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Giuseppe Bruno
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 861-7660
  • Private party facilities
    Sistina's Winter Garden is perfect for intimate gatherings, hosting up to 40 guests with a luxurious atmosphere, large windows, skylights, and exquisite art. Opt for a complete buyout for up to 80 guests, including the main dining room, garden room, and bar for an elevated dining experience.
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