Sistina

4.8
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724 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here as a post Valentine’s Day dinner. The UES townhouse venue was beautiful, food was delicious, service was impeccable. I don’t know how this place doesn’t have a Michelin.

S
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful dining experience. Lovely floral arrangements, dining rooms - we sat by the big window overlooking the garden - added to a great evening. The staff was extremely attentive and efficient. The food was wonderful - from preparation to presentation. It is pricey - not an everyday place. But for a special occasion, it can't be beat. Can't wait to go back!

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This restaurant only cares about their regular customers. We were greeted very puzzled when we said we were early for our reservation and would have a drink at the bar which every restaurant always encourages. They told us we had to sit at the very end. As we were closing out our bar bill we had to witness a fight between the barmaid and a waiter. She never said Thank you, I am sorry I tipped her. The food was okay but over priced. I never mind paying for good food and good service but the service was not good. Most of the time they forgot about us because they were all over two or three tables of regulars. We live in the tri state area and frequent NYC restaurants all the time. We were treated like we crashed a private party. We ordered apps, an expensive bottle of wine, entrees and desserts. After we finished our dessert and the table was all cleared, we timed that we sat with just waters in front of for 20 minutes with no one acknowledging us. We finally had to ask for the check. Never again.

L
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner. Food and service were the best!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

extremely professional and friendly staff --from our greeting at the door to staff clearing the table and everyone in between. Food was outstanding. A little noisy but that may have been due to a large party behind us.

JN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! One of the most enjoyable meals I've had. New twists on familiar dishes help (e.g. sea urchin instead of clams) prepared to perfection. Terrific service and a huge wine list helped complete the experience. A fabulous date night or special occasion restaurant (both tables next to us had birthdays), I loved it. I plan to go back soon.

s
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always food excellent, service excellent..dinner at bar so good with B, the bartender and server..make sure to dine here

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Restaurant Forgot the two birthdays we had told them about 😢. Never asked, never brought candles, anything. Was with my Dad ( turning 93) and my husband ( turning 71)

C
Dallas
115 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot near the Met that is a neighborhood restaurant with authentic food and many great choices. Everything was very fresh and the specials were delicious: artichoke soup, veal stew and wild striped bass w spinach and mushrooms. Don’t miss the profiteroles with pistachios and homemade chocolate sauce! Professional and warm service. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

メトロポリタンミュージアムの帰りに寄りました。
とても素敵やお店に、場違いだったなとも思いましたが、店員さんも心得ていて入りやすかったです。
子連れではなかなか入りにくい雰囲気でしたので、この機会に来られて良かったです。

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. More selections than I expected. Amazing flavor,Another good experience from the start to the end We really enjoyed

b
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very elegant dining room. Service superb. Food is good but not superb given the price. However, I would return because it was such an enjoyable experience.

AE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try Sistina and you will feel yourself back to Italy. Very tasty and authentic food, beautiful place, good service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfection Great food, great service
The ossobuco was outstanding. As was the gnocchi . The pasta is made in house and was
Cooked as perfection Can’t wait to go back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was great with wonderful service and great food but very expensive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The dining experience overall was very good. The food was superb, although the waiter attending us was a bit rude when we asked some doubts regarding the menu.

s
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year's Eve is always fun and festive at this lovely upper east side restaurant..food is always amazing..try the risotto with truffles or the osso bucco

AD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There aren't many places you can go to get quality Italian food. This is one of the Best.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sistina is the perfect place for any occasion. The service is impeccable. The food is outstanding… Beyond outstanding. You are made to feel like part of the family when you dine there. Such a beautiful and special place! We cannot wait to go back!

MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always have outstanding food, outstanding service and a great ambiance. Their Christmas decorations were very tasteful. One of the top restaurants in NYC and UES

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and excellent service. The list of specials is endless. It was hard to pick what to have because everything sounded wonderful. A foodie friend recommended the zucchini flower appetizer. It was perfection. Overall, an excellent place for a special dinner worthy of a special celebration.

m
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top dining experience. A not to be missed NYC treat. Giovanni was delightful in serving us. One of the most beautiful dining rooms I’ve enjoyed worldwide and the food is over the top. We will be back!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely an amazing experience. The food was only out done by the service. All around incredible, we will be back! A must!

OT
New York Area
281 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a superb place. Classy. Excellent service. Great food. A delight

GF
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A sophisticated experience from start to finish.

BF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delightful experience.

J
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience, unfortunately we were
pressed for time or we could have stayed a little longer.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bellarina at the bar and the food is always wonderful.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sistina is an oasis in the city. Delightful surroundings, wonderful food and attentive service make this a place for any occasion.

MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing overall dining experience. Incredible wine list!

EM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a good friend to dinner. Excellent experience.

e
New England
146 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance. Food very expensive for good but not spectacular quality. Nice extras like taste of soup and little cookies at the end. Surprisingly bread not warm and butter cold.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, delicious food (and ample portions!) and attentive waitstaff 650 ft from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will return.

P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. Always excellent. While a bit pricey, portions are very generous. Service is professional but friendly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by Cuhangir! Well done

MP
Miami
118 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time experiencing Sistina , extremely impressed
Classic Italian fine dining with a comfortable atmosphere. Food was spectacular and well worth the price
If your looking for a upscale experience with a relaxed environment in a beautiful spacious upper east side townhouse , this is the perfect place
Five stars from start to Finnish

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service (John was great!)

J
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time having dinner here. This is a gem and should be taken quite seriously. The level of cuisine is amongst the city’s best. Ambiance is enchanting.

RC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service at bar was professional and friendly. Food was very good, but could improve price transparency. $25 for a bowl of soup, however good, was excessive and should have been made clear.

BZ
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Would you like to smell the seasonal truffles?" "Oh boy! would I!" (deep breath inside the truffle jar) Then I knew I was in a special restaurant. Everything about this eatery is superb. From the gracious wait staff to the food and wine. Don't miss it.

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