Sistina

4.8
571 reviews
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Italian
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 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.

DRESS CODE: committed to a certain excellence, our dress code is smart casual. We do not require men to wear a jacket or tie, but we politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS, FLIP FLOPS AND SNEAKERS.
CANCELATION: For parties of 5 and over we require credit card information to make the reservation. If you wish you cancel your reservation, please send a cancelation email to sistina@sistinany.com a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant in a timely fashion will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.


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VD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time visiting Sistina and it was a different experience from our 1st visit but every bit as good. We'll be back again.

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ED
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful restaurant, innovative menu, attentive service.

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New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful find near the Metropolitan Museum of Art...Sistina has two rooms - a lovely, light-filled garden room and a darker, more intimate front room. I suspect it does not matter where you are seated, since the food and service are exceptional and can be enjoyed from all locations.
The mussels appetizer was large enough for sharing - a the sauce the perfect accompaniment to the various breads. The pastas were well-prepared and the dessert (a pistachio profiterole) is worth a trip.
This was my first visit to the restaurant, and I look forward to returning.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SUPERB ON EVERY LEVEL - food, service, ambiance. Sistina is a true first class dining experience without being pretentious. I honestly believe that this is how service and restaurants should be . Absolutely the best in NYC

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An unqualified success! We loved everything about our evening at Sistina and look forward to returning soon.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest experience ever. “spacing”. And food was amazing! Definitely highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most beautiful evening. It was our anniversary and we could not have picked a more perfect place. Everything was good the food delicious I had white asparagus with mushrooms and Parmesan cheese for main course we share prime age rib-eye steak for two phenomenal . Service and wine was perfect.Thank you! We definitely coming back

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Only negative would be the very aggressive mark ups on the wine. I am used to 2x retail but some Napa wines looked closer to 4x or more.

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CL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fine.
Nice place with great location.
Service can be approved a little bit.

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PM
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcome was warm, our server knowledgeable and lovely. In passing we mentioned it was our anniversary and a lovely plate with happy anniversary written was how our ordered dessert was presented.
The food was plentiful, served exactly as requested and someone was always on top of filling our water or asking if we needed anything, without being annoying. We will go back for a special occasion.

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

Excellent good and service but very overpriced .

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s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable lunch with old friends. Couldn't have been a better experience.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Sistina for dinner.The staff was very attentive .The food was amazing and the atmosphere couldn’t be better .We had baked oysters for appetizers my friend ordered pasta with morels mushrooms I had Wild King Salmon great food
Definitely will back soon

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l
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service fantastic. A bit loud

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta dishes were phenomenal. Get truffles shaved over pasta great wine and great service

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DA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out with dear friends for dinner. Sistina is beautiful. The service attentive, and the food delicious.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, especially those white asparagus with morels mushrooms and black truffles . Fun energetic ambiance and a great service . Of course a great wine list. Good for a celebration highly recommended

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina has great food and service. Outstanding, we will definitely coming back.

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WH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Know it well, always a superb experience, whether for a special occasion or a Sunday night last-minute dinner

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VS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!
The food and service was incredible! So glad we came!

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S
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place in the neighborhood!!
Love all the pretty flowers they have in the spring and summer!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is truly a fantastic restaurant. My first time there but for sure won't be the last. The food at Sistina is just amazing! Each dish is made of fresh and marvelous ingredients - with perfect seasoning and presentation. The service was just perfect, great timing on service , attentive but invisible , always gracious. The wine list is carefully curated and their desserts were delicious. Loved it!

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sistina remains one of my favorite special occasion restaurant. It provides outstandingly delicious and beautifully presented food and attentive but not obtrusive service in a lovely brownstone setting. My one quibble is the $18 price for a side order of Brussels sprouts.

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

Wonderful food, amazing service , great place to
have lunch. Highly reccomend this place .

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

Amazing experience at Sistina! Really good food ambiance and great service . Highly recommend this place

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

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Expensive but excellent all around. Lovely for special occasions.

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b
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered "medium' veal chop and received "well done" but did not complain, except now you are asking
generally wonderful svce and ambience and pricey

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and the ambiance was lovely! Our servers were so kind and made sure our experience was perfect!!

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S
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Sistina since it opened on the UES and have never been disappointed.
The owner Giuseppe might not be the friendliest person in the restaurant business how ever he over sees every little detail to make sure your dining experience is excellent.

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SY
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

BEWARE! This restaurant is not welcoming to WOMEN ONLY patrons! Arrived there with my mother and adult daughter to celebrate my mother's completion of cancer treatment. We were the first patrons to arrive at the restaurant and were seated at the rear of the restaurant next to the kitchen and waiter’s staging table. When asked if we could be seated elsewhere, we were told that EVERY table had already been requested! When they presented the feature wine of the day, I asked what kind of wine it was and was actually told it was, "Italian".  We initially tried to leave a review and the restaurant attempted to prevent us from doing so by deleting our reservation. We requested open table to reinstate (thank you!) My media savvy daughter opted to find another restaurant nearby and we found a much much better place to enjoy before our broadway show. This place is too stuffy and unwelcoming to half of the population. Do not return without your male escort!!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am very passionate about Italian food and everything was delicious. Slightly pricey but worth it very satisfied we recommend this place for special occasions

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food service and wine were all excellent.we love this place and try to go when we're in town. We brought friends who had not been before and they loved it too. Also, there's a great wine list! And a lot of good specials definitely we will back soon sistina is now our favorite spot

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ID
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food, Great Service- could not be better....

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Lovely setting. Mediocre service...too much "attentiveness" like they needed to turn over the table quickly. It was not crowded on this night so this approach was definitely not warranted. No need also to recite 20 items that are "specials" before one has a chance to see the menu. This is not an upscale approach for an elegant restaurant.... this is managements fault, not the particular waiter.Food was good but prices were outrageous especially for wines. Most marked up over400%.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is a upper east side gem .the atmosphere is great and the service is the perfect balance of attentive without being intrusive. The menu is great with lots of specials options to satisfy anyone. Small details like the friendly welcome, delicious olives and perfect bread to start make you feel like you’re on home.The rest of our evening was great with excellent food and wine and even better conversation with the friendly staff . We highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.Food was delish, we had fresh pasta with truffle pasta big enough to share also they have a tons of specials all sounds really good definitely we will try next time.the place had atmosphere.Worth the price-tag. Restrooms clean also. Great
spot in the best area

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Sistina every year for two years now and it never disappoints! The quality and variety of food is incredible,we loved the deserts as well,and the vibe is fantastic - so fun and positive! Also, the wait staff is always very on top of things, accommodating and friendly. Definitely highly recommended

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The appetizers were incredible. My scallops were overcooked and the presentation was not great. No fresh cheese was offered for our pasta. Our cheese pasta and broccoli was not very cheesy at all. Overall, the main entrees were overpriced and not that interesting or tasty. The dessert was delicious.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant's decor is lovely....... very conducive to conversation. Food is excellent even though I would suggest it is overpriced. Service is almost too attentive. There is a tendency to rush one through their dinner. Wine is very overpriced.

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