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Sistina, New York, NY

Sistina

4.8
4.8
1523 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
WE DON’T RESERVE SPECIFIC TABLES
WHICHEVER TABLE WE HAVE UPON YOUR ARRIVAL IS WHERE YOU WILL BE SEATED
WE DON’T HAVE HIGHCHAIRS OR BOOSTER SEATS & WE DON’T ALLOW STROLLERS INDOORS
WE DON’T PERMIT OUTSIDE ITEMS (liquor,flowers & cake)
PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE: LET US KNOW 1 DAY IN ADVANCE IF YOU DECREASE YOUR PARTY SIZE TO AVOID THE $150 PER PERSON CHARGE
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for over 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: If you wish to cancel your reservation please let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.
DRESS CODE: We politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS & FLIP FLOPS.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Giuseppe Bruno
  • Private party facilities
    Sistina's Winter Garden is perfect for intimate gatherings, hosting up to 40 guests with a luxurious atmosphere, large windows, skylights, and exquisite art. Opt for a complete buyout for up to 80 guests, including the main dining room, garden room, and bar for an elevated dining experience.
  • 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 &amp; 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, Vegan, Wine
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What 1,523 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,523 Reviews
  1. Audrey

    New York City

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting for a delightful special occasion. The setting is enchanting and the service excellent and personalized. Of course one pays for such a beautiful spot in NYC. Worth it for the significant celebrations. Even beautiful in the warmer weather when eating outside facing the Met feels like Paris. For us a most wonderful neighborhood eatery.

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  2. laMer

    New York City

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sistina is perfect for even the smallest special occasion. One always feels pampered... and the food is delicious and elegant.

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  3. Girlfriends

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Felt a bit rushed. Surprised we could not order only an appetizer before deciding on next course; had to order “the whole package”, we were told. A long list of specials was described orally to us, by a waiter with an accent, and could not be presented in writing. This made it challenging and frustrating in deciding what we might want to order. Some great decor but very noisy when busy. We would not return nor recommend, even though food was nice.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it!

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  5. debrab

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our absolute favorite restaurant anywhere. It’s our “go to” place for special occasions and romantic dinners. We can’t say enough about the staff, the food and the ambience. Everything is ALWAYS perfect. We’re always looking forward to our next dinner at Sistina. We live an hour away and it’s never too far to go. We love the greeting we get when we arrive, “welcome back,” and the rest of our visit is just as special. There’s no place better!

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  6. AllanM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Sistina…food is great, dining room is beautiful and the service is excellent.

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  7. FlowerM

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect birthday celebration! Thank you Giuseppe for recommendations! Best dinner and service! Food excellent! Highly recommend!

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  8. LarryVIP

    New York City

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An old school Italian with white table cloths and service from Italian men in blue monogrammed double breasted blazers . Very upper East side atmosphere convenient to the Metropolitan Museum for lunch or early dinner. Nice pastas and good salads. It was quiet at lunch but probably hums in the evening. In its own way, a neighborhood spot.

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  9. NYdiner

    New York City

    80 reviews

    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service and a beautiful but also welcoming ambiance!

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  10. JanetG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding. They also served one of the most impressive bread baskets I’ve ever had. Truly an exceptional restaurant!

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  11. DiannaP

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful dining experience here with very attentive and friendly staff. Everything is always delicious and beautiful.

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  12. Mike

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly beautiful. Delicious food! Garden room is tranquil. Decor is so creative.

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  13. RobertaL

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff friendly and efficient. Food beyond comparison

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Only small complaint is noise level.

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  15. acprod

    New York City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time dining at Sistina. The restaurant is beautiful. The food was divine and the waitstaff first rate. Additionally, the chef comes to your table with a selection of 8 different breads that are made fresh in their kitchen each day. The menu is mostly Italian. You are served gorgeous prosciutto and chunks of Parmasean with your drink. I had the grilled octopus and cannolini beans to start. It was tender and delicious. My main was the branzino baked in a sel de mer shell. It was divine. I had a chocolate soufflé for desert with an espresso. Really enjoyed my meal, as did my friends who joined me.

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  16. LisaR

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Never once a bad meal. Highly recommend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch - started with the amazing artichoke Soup and the delicious famous putana spritz Cocktail - then an amazing pasta with truffles side order of white Asparagus with morels mushrooms and Parmesan foam and dessert of fraises des bois wild strawberries with zabaglioni Doesn't get any better than this !! Decadent and so tasty. Great quality ingredients. Top notch staff

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  18. Hita

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for my daughter’s birthday and really enjoyed our meal to the fullest. The food the service ambiance everything was outstanding.

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  19. roger

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    good food but room is too loud which reduces enjoyment.melvin bedrick

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  20. Martin

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited Sistina for the first time on a recent trip to NY. It’s a beautiful restaurant with excellent service and outstanding food. From the fabulous bread with handmade truffle butter, to the prosciutto and cheese, appetizers and full range of entrees and wine selections, the meal was amazing. Looking forward to visiting again!

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  21. thomasb

    New York City

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Old world elegance and perfection in this authentic Italian

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  22. AllisonL

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has become of my favorite restaurants in NYC. You feel like you are in Italy. The food, service, wine, decor and vibe is authentic Italian. Lots of specials and everything is delicious!

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  23. JoelS

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Great room, very comfortable.

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  24. ArmandoJ

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Not long ago, just last November, I wrote a raving review of Sistina. I only mentioned one negative point: the booking experience is somewhat unfriendly. One has to give a credit card, you get an email asking if you are indeed coming, then a phone call asking again. A bit too much. A bit pretentious. All of which would be soon forgotten if all the rest was up to expectations. But if you arrive and a couple in front of you gets seated inmediately and did not have a reservation and then the place remains half full during all your lunch time, then it starts really becoming pretentious. And if there is one thing that is totally incompatible with pretentiousness it’s bad service. Well, that’s what we got, waiting for the first course about 30 minutes and then when complaining to the head waiter for the second time his answer was something like “I told you the pasta takes 12 minutes”; “yes, but you told me that more than 15 minutes ago and we had already waited 15 minutes!”; “well, it takes time”. No excuses, I’ll check what’s going on, I am sorry… I must say I was very annoyed. I will think twice before going back to Sistina. There’s no lack of good restaurants in NY.

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  25. Delisioso

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only thing that I can said is the service and the food here are perfect, it is a good place for a romantic dinner this is the fourth time in this restaurant and they never disappoint me.

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  26. Laurapooh

    New York City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was lovely and took care to provide a pasta that was gluten free to accommodate my allergy. The food and drink were delicious and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend!

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  27. Larry

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience all around, great food and portions with amazing service and team. An excellent wine chart of various origins. I highly recommend!

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  28. JackR

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic high quality Italian gem. Excellent food served by an attentive and courteous staff in a beautiful room.

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  29. Marty

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere, excellent food, superb staff.

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  30. robertb

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh amazing food experience. Old world charm and a devotion to service,preparation and presentation.

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  31. DrCW07

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exhilarating in every way - food of the highest quality, service way beyond all other luxury restaurants and accommodations to fit with our needs!!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A totally beautiful experience: ambiance, decor, service, food. I enjoyed my birthday lunch so much.

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  33. jefftennis

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sistina is consistently excellent from the ambience, the food and the attentive staff led by Giovanni

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  34. StockA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner was excellent and the service even better

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  35. AngieG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience at Sistina. Quiet and pleasant ambiance. Very attentive and prompt service. Delicious food. Highly recommend

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, wine, and setting were outstanding but it was the service that really made the evening special. Thank you!

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  37. Margot

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb! I will definitely dine here again.

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  38. Lucca

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    beautiful setting wonderful food, attentive service and all around great place specially for a special occasion , or not !!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent top top top service This is an exceptional restaurant

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  40. KyleJ

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having the chef stop by the table w homemade truffle butter was special. Nestor is the som but served our table as well. Extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Great conversation all evening. Can’t wait to go back.

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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 1523 OpenTable diners.

Sistina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business 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, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 861-7660
  • Private party facilities
    Sistina's Winter Garden is perfect for intimate gatherings, hosting up to 40 guests with a luxurious atmosphere, large windows, skylights, and exquisite art. Opt for a complete buyout for up to 80 guests, including the main dining room, garden room, and bar for an elevated dining experience.
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