Sistina

4.8
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712 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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AE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
70 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
278 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
112 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.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent staff and amazing food. Also loved that it was one block from the Met.

e
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a top drawer East side restaurant steps away from the Met Museum. Pricey but worth every penny. Reservations a must. Explore the daily offerings and expect culinary delights.

u
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal with classic Italian dishes and specialties including truffles that were to die for.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just finished another amazing meal at Sistina. The mushroom soup was quite literally one of the best things we have ever tasted. The restaurant is beautiful and a fantastic oasis of calm on the Upper East Side. Fall salads were incredibly fresh, interesting and delicious. The eggplant parmesan was unbelievable. And the service was professional, friendly and perfect (thank you Cihangir). Sistina is one of the very best restaurants in NY. Every single time.

s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was "meh" (I had vitello tomato which I generally love and my friend had pasta with ragu sauce. The decaf expresso I had at the end was frankly terrible. Atmosphere was ok and service ditto. The best part was how quiet it was. Not much traffic at lunchtime, I guess. Wouldn't go back or recommend it.

OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Staff seemed a but cranky but it was a holiday. Loved the old school charm of the restaurant. (Brilliant little old couples as well). The food was spot on. Scrambled eggs with excellent white truffle, pastas done just right. Best tiramisu i’ve had in a while.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Don’t go if under age 60

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and environment.

CW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have rarely had such a relaxing and enjoyable meal. We felt welcomed and never rushed. Delightful salad with pears, parmigiana, and arrugula, perfect spaghetti cacio e pepe. I had a little trouble with my veal chop (it seemed to have an extra small bone where it wouldn't usually, plus some bits of cartilage, which made it hard to cut neatly), but my friend loved the veal scaloppine. The deserts were divine. I had chocolate souffle, which I haven't had in a long time, and it was SO marvelous. My friend had the profiteroles, which she said were equally wonderful. Really, everything was pretty perfect except the veal chop which was fine.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. They have a new fall specials with great wines and cocktails “
I had a glass of Brunello with a white truffles fettuccine and a blackberry bourbon cocktail so smooth:)
Stuff was very friendly and welcoming we are definitely coming back

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant:)the food is so fresh . They always have interesting specials and if you are gluten free they offer many options . The wine selection is great. The stuff very attentive
Great place definitely highly recommend

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff! Excelent!!

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