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Sistina

4.8
4.8
1103 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 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: For all reservations we require credit card information. If you wish to cancel your reservation, please contact us, sistina@sistinany.com or at (212) 861.7660, 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.

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.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Giuseppe Bruno

  • Private party facilities

    GARDEN ROOM Sistina’s winter-garden is the perfect place for small events of up to 40 guests. With big glass windows, skylights and impeccable works of art, you will feel surrounded by luxury and brilliance as you dine. MAIN ROOM Sistina’s Cozy main dining room, comes complete with master fireplace, grand crown molding and various works of art. This room seats a maximum of 60 guests. FULL BUYOUT For large scale events and celebrations, we would recommend a full buyout. With complete and private access to both the Main dining room and the rear garden room, we can entertain a maximum of 100 guests within the space. Dine and celebrate in style and privacy in one of the most beautiful town houses in New York City.

  • 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 & 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, Wine

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and the staff was very attentive. 10/10 would recommend, I will be going back.
  2. r

    realtyrob

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE WENT 3 MORE TIMES. EACH TIME WAS AWESOME. I BRING A PEN SO I CAN WRITE DOWN ALL OF THE SPECIALS. DESSERTS WERE TO DIE FOR. LOVED THE PASTA AND THE SOFT SHELL CRAB. BE SURE TO GET THE PASTA TRAPANSE, ONE OF THE BEST PASTA DISHES IN THE CITY. CHECK OUT ALL OUR PHOTOS FOR THE GOOD STUFF. WOW!! One of our fav Italian on UES. This is Italian perfection. She is Italian and is hard to please but she loves this place every time. When you get to desserts you MUST have the chocolate soufflé and the Italian crème they make in a huge copper pot (Not on the menu and I forget what it is called but it is yummy). The Lobster pasta has so much lobster in it I could barely finish it and it is done perfectly with tomato sauce. She had the risotto which is heavy and large should could easily be a shared dish. I LOVE soup so I had 3 different kinds. All were awesome including a chilled watermelon and a hot peach soup. Spectacular. The tartrate app is amazing as well. The room in the back with the glass ceiling is nice if you can get it. Check out the photos, they tell the whole story. Top notch all the way. Check out all of our reviews. If we do not like it we do no review it so all of the ones you see are places that are fantastic. Follow us if you like. We had over 7 million views in 2021, over 13 million views in the first 6 months of 2022 and we thank you for that. We don't get paid, we just love to eat. Be sure to click on "RobH" at the top of our Google Maps review to see all of them and to follow us if you like good food and FUN.
  3. NS

    NicoleS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a beautiful hidden gem on the the upper east side. The food was phenomenal and wine list was the most extensive I’ve ever seen. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion!
  4. J

    Jstuart

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food in a beautiful space. Extensive menu and professional service. Will definitely return.
  5. B

    Bostonsuz

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gorgeous gem! Quite side street and a perfect spot for apres Met!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent service
  7. AS

    ArleneS

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful!
  8. CH

    CatHat

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! We like to take out-of-town guests show them one of NYC's finest.
  9. P

    Phoodie

    Denver

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Are at Sistina because my wife and I had our wedding party here 15 years ago when it was Bruno Jamais. When we saw it was still here, with a new name, management and menu, we thought it would be fun to celebrate our anniversary here. It was absolutely lovely - great decor and ambiance, excellent service, and most importantly, delicious food! The place is pricey, so you don’t go here for a value or bargain experience. They are geared to deliver a first-class elegant dining experience, and they totally do deliver. Will be back, I am sure!
  10. O

    Oysterponder

    New York Area

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner we have had in Manhattan in ten years. Everything was perfect. Sistina goes the extra mile. Can’t wait to return.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food ever!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect setting for a late summertime luncheon. Every dish was imaginatively prepared and delicious.
  13. D

    David

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    WE HAD AN EXCELLENT DINNER LAST NIGHT, AS USUAL. LOVELY AMBIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF. ONE OF THE TOP ITALIAN RESTUARANTS IN NYC.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ll be back
  15. RR

    RonR

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite NYC restaurant
  16. B

    Bonrepas

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ambiance was nice. Comfortable seating. Pretty surroundings Service was impeccable. Food was good but not imaginative. Boring presentations. Not worth the price. Too costly
  17. j

    joyfulfoodie

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very beautiful restaurant with excellent service and the best location if you're going to the Metropolitan Museum! The food was very good too.
  18. C

    Cdndance

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive — wonderful Italian food. Perfect for a special occasion.
  19. K

    Katherinekc

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a return visit for us, and it's excellent every time. The food is consistently good, the service attentive, and the garden room is the best.
  20. b

    brianm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and service where amazing. beautiful sun room. will definitely go back.
  21. P

    Pleasedpatron

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside. The food was delicious (terrific watermelon soup!) and the service was attentive.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re in Manhattan on Central Park east eat here. The food is amazing service impeccable and beautiful decor. One of the best meals I ever had
  23. p

    peonygirl

    Caribbean

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch in beautiful surroundings. Lots of options on the menu all wonderfully prepared and arranged.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time had by all
  25. MA

    MicheleA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance and attentive service. Delicious food too. Wonderful for a special occasion.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff works hard for it's patrons to choose their food and wine to their liking.
  27. d

    ddcha

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here for the first time to celebrate our 23rd Anniversary. Wanted to try it after salivating over its menu. Beautiful room, wonderful and attentive service, and the food was nothing short of amazing. My wife and I are pretty spoiled, being in the NYC dining scene for 25 years. It's pretty rare to find new places that make us simply smile from start to finish. We started with the dozen oysters, then the clams and mussels, and of course the crab/uni pasta and the lobster spaghetti. We had no room for dessert, but they brought something special out for our anniversary. We will be back for sure and won't be waiting for our next anniversary.
  28. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect lunch spot on the UES. Food was delicious and convenient to take a lunch meeting at.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Screaming baby during expensive meal
  30. m

    meatmaven

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, knowledgeable waiter and sophisticated ambience.
  31. AA

    AliciaA

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Sistina! The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming setting outdoors and food ever disappoints! Chicken Paillard & Pasta vongole! Sweet!!
  33. RC

    RebeccaC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Expensive but would go again because food and service was very good. Very convenient for visit to The Met Museum of Art.
  34. S

    Suze

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I thought $75.00 for the soft shell crabs was excessive. They were quite good but somehow even for an upscale restaurant I believe $50-$60 range would have been more appropriate.
  35. PA

    PAMELAD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a short walk from the Met. Beautiful dining areas. Bright and cheerful garden view. Elegant bar area. The food, the food - so wonderful.
  36. B

    Bobby

    Miami

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Pastas showed imagination and were excellent. Gazpacho was also terrific but$32 is a bit ridiculous for some puréed tomatoes and veggies. Coconut cake was outstanding.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  38. RD

    RobertD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice. We had a very enjoyable experience.
  39. JL

    JimL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The atmosphere outdoors on the sidewalk is beautiful, the service professional and attentive; the ideal upper east side luncheon experience. But for such prices and exclusive ambience - no shorts allowed in the dining room, even at lunch. Alright, understood; it turned out the sidewalk seating was better anyway for a summer day - they need to do better. The food was mediocre at best. Bland; even the salads. I’d give it another chance some day; unless the Met provides some nicer dining options, but would hope it’s better by then.
  40. SS

    SandraS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience with great food and excellent service! A perfect night in every way!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.8 stars by 1103 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart 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, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 861-7660

  • Private party facilities

    GARDEN ROOM Sistina’s winter-garden is the perfect place for small events of up to 40 guests. With big glass windows, skylights and impeccable works of art, you will feel surrounded by luxury and brilliance as you dine. MAIN ROOM Sistina’s Cozy main dining room, comes complete with master fireplace, grand crown molding and various works of art. This room seats a maximum of 60 guests. FULL BUYOUT For large scale events and celebrations, we would recommend a full buyout. With complete and private access to both the Main dining room and the rear garden room, we can entertain a maximum of 100 guests within the space. Dine and celebrate in style and privacy in one of the most beautiful town houses in New York City.

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