Sistina

4.7
503 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.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every respect.

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

Great restaurant for lunch everything was delicious we love everything service and food where The food was exceptional and the ambiance was perfect. We had 4 dishes and I was shocked at how reasonably priced everything turned out to be. Will most definitely be back highly recommend

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

Nice place for a birthday celebration

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

John from Istanbul did a great job taking care of us. Was our first visit but we’ve told several friends how much we enjoyed it. Great location.

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G
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is the perfect upper east side Italian for superb food, attentive service in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The wine list is outstanding with excellent choices available by the glass.There are numerous specials in addition to the extensive menu including wonderful pastas and salads. Try the swordfish Milanese -my personal favorite.

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n
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific menu containing both traditional, authentic dishes and new, inventive ones. excellent wine list, including very good selection of half bottles. outstanding cooking and service, everything superb!

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and the presentation for desert was a work of art.

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JA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I have been here many times since their move. The food was always tops, until.....

The quality of their food has really gone downhill and their prices have skyrocketed.

I was there with 2 friends. We all had salads. Not good:( Not sure how they can mess up a salad, but they succeeded:(

I ordered the scallops which (all ten of the small ones) arrived with no vegetables, or anything else.

Their deserts were just OK.

All told, sorry to say, will not be returning.

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GF
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and bar is great. Highly recommended for dinner.

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VW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hosted friend from Piedmont, Italy and had a superb meal. He said “This is very like a restaurant in Italy. The food is excellent and the Parmesan is better than you would find most places in Northern Italy!” His first visit to NYC — you guys brought your “A” game!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a relax place with extraordinary staff and great food. In love with all

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AO
Frankfurt Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals we as a family have had in NYC! We were there for the New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu and drove from Toronto to be in NYC and have a great meal at Sistina.... it was just utterly fantastic!! Thank you Mr. Bruno, Nestor and Renzo. You and your staff have outdone yourself with the delicious menu options and the award winning wine list!! We loved the four course meal, in particular the spaghetti with caviar; he decor; the DJ; and the overall atmosphere you put forth. The room and clientele were all happy and dressed beautifully which added to the positive atmosphere of what a New Year’s Eve should be. Bravo....Here’s to Next Year!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is really a treat. Service is a 10 out of 10. The food is delicious. They serve a Branzino in salt risotto with truffles and the best home made pastas in all NYC we love to come to this beautiful restaurant at least two times a month we love this place,one of the best restaurants in the world definitely highly recommend

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NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best of the best. and not just in NYC, the world.

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OT
New York Area
357 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service - exceptional. Charming but noisy dining room. Wine list outrageously expensive with virtually no options for less than $100/bottle. Sadly, cost will make this a special occasion spot only.

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e
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Sistina is not a good value. Two glasses of wine cost $58. A simple pasta entree with truffles $120. Cold bread with 2 tabs of butter. Dinner for two $375. Very disappointing experience. Stay away!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my girlfriend for our two year anniversary. Everything from service to food was fancy and excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for special and expensive ($175 for 3 course meal for two) night out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time the experience is amazing. Wonderful food impeccable service great wine list. Beautiful decor
A perfect evening

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WH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite NY restaurant and has been for several years. Terrific Italian food. Wonderful service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way possible

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

We always like Sistina because they have good food !

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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was simply stunning and delicious! A treat all the way! How the waiter remembered to perfection every special ( and there were many!!) we had no idea. This was our annual Christmas time dinner and I am so happy that I found this amazing place. Will return again and again and again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was lovely, if a bit loud. We had a wonderful server and a great dinner. I reserved stating that rather than offering dessert, a chocolate dessert, other than the soufflé be brought to the table🍈... no singing. Just one candle and a spoken Happy Birthday. Did not happen as requested. Awkward. This was my daughter’s 30th birthday. B

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MN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and polished service in a beautiful light filled restaurant

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JS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. The scallops and pasta with fresh truffles was probably the best we have ever had! Great service, beautiful location, delicious food....a memorable experience!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in NYC that consistently bring exceptional and delicious food . On our most recent visit the sommelier Specifically matched wines for what each of us ordered . I’ve had earlier occasions we love this restaurant the wine list is incredible the food delicious and the service is impeccable definitely we coming back

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been fortunate to dine at some of the nicest restaurants around the world and Sistina is in the top three. Hard to describe how spectacular the whole experience is.This is our special place to go to. I absolutely love the food and drinks. Everything is amazing. Highly recommend the bar seating too. Its alot of fun

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AT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is the perfect place ! We really love it and it’s our favorite restaurant in nyc ! The staff does an amazing job and they never disappoint us all the servers, bartenders and front desk ladies all of them they treat us very nicely every time we get there . The food is excellent you should try their truffle pasta ...super delicious! Their wine list is huuuuge they really have different choices of wine imported from all over the world . I highly recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food in a lovely setting served by delightful wait staff,everything was delicious from the appetizers to the wonderful desserts I love the pasta with white truffles.I can’t wait to go back Sistine one of the best restaurants in NYC

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

Atmosphere, service, and food was outstanding. Overall a fantastic experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a remarkable experience. We dine often in our line of work but Sistina was easily to finest meal we've had all year. I can't speak highly enough of the food, service ,and overall hospitality. We'll be talking about this evening for a long time to come. Thank you!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid. Just a delicious evening in a lovely and gorgeous atmosphere.

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ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a very elegant setting. Very pleasant staff who do a nice job taking care of you.

Very pleasant place for dinner during the week or for lunch on weekends.

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GF
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest bartender!!

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MR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant.
Atmosphere fantastic. Best food in New York, and best owner.
You will not be disappointed.

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NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food, the ambiance and charm of the restaurant was all perfect. The food was a standout. The service was among the worst I’ve had in a long time. And for a $400 lunch, it was appalling. Menu’s given, 5 minutes later we were asked to place our order, we wanted drinks, had to ask for the wine list. Again asked to place order, again said we wanted to wait to order drinks. Left for at least 15 minutes and had to flag a waiter to place drink order, one of our party ordered a non alcoholic beverage. Brought immediately. Another 15 minutes again had to flag down waiter for our bottle- finally brought. Lunch order placed. Had to ask repeatedly for refills from our bottle. Waiters were unpleasant, surly, annoyed and inattentive. The restaurant was not full and there was a lot of staff. They were just indifferent. I tipped as if we had good service but they certainly did not earn it.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing and so was the food! We had the pasta dishes and it was some of the best pasta I’ve had! I would go back in Sistina one and millions times we had fresh homemade pasta with trouffels ii was delicious, the service was impeccable friendly and very attended . You should make reservations before going because this place is always very busy I recommend this place one of the best Italian places in the world

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Special treat was the fettuccini with white truffle! Very generous portion of white truffle. Husband has veal scallopini and I had the John Dory. Everything was delicious. Wine list was incredible. We will definitely return next year!

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T
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food quality and service
The branzino was exquisito

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me to Sistina for my birthday. It was our first time dining at Sistina but will not be our last. It was wonderful. Beautiful ambience, attentive service and delicious food.

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