Sistina

4.8
872 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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.

To keep guests safe we have installed an air purification system for indoors.

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.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 872 people are saying
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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Ilene
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sistina is a very special fine dining Italian restaurant and never disappoints!
We were two couples- celebrating our child's 40th birthday with her beau.
They are more adventurous in their celebration selections- octopus and white/green asparagus appetizers, for example. My husband chose avocado soup with crab meat and I had an herb encrusted artichoke dish. Main courses: halibut, crab legs (large!), tomahawk-sized veal chop, and superb gnocchi! Dessert: cappuccino, mousse au chocolat for two, passion fruit, and blood orange sorbet with the birthday girl selecting pannacotta. Glorious!

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vipMax1
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very pleasant restaurant with well-executed dishes.

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Marcs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! Blown away by the food, service, and incredible wine list! Can't wait to return!

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vipRobertoB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

None of the staff were wearing a mask.
Even though their web site requires guest to come in with mask and temperature will be taken upon arrival, there was a total lack of respect to these Covid measures.
We wrote to the restaurant regarding these bad practices and their answered aggressively and disrespectful

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WillemV
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is very colorful and the staff is warm and inviting. They have 4 (!) kinds of butter, their oysters were pretty good, and their 3 pastas we tried were excellent. Decor is one of the most beautiful settings, especially the bar, and I would pick this mostly for a romantic occasion.

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PhilipD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I’ve been here before and had sublime food, but this visit was very disappointing. My oysters weren’t cold, and my entree came with over cooked vegetables, soft and mushy. I had ordered the very same dish before and it was perfection, so I know the cook knows how to make this dish properly. Our entrees were delivered before we had finished our appetizers and the whole evening seemed rushed, with uninformed staff that all seemed as if they had been out too late the night before. We don’t have a lot of wonderful restaurants on the UES, so I hope my next visit will improve drastically or I’ll have to find another haunt. Which would be too bad.

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vipMopTopKilla08
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food on the upper east side.. Caravaggio (same owner) is just as good..

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vipSatch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Superior service. Expansive wine list. Highly recommended.

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vipNatalieM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna steak special was amazing, as were the lamb chops. We also liked the primi scallops, artichoke and octopus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very arrogant service

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vipNaturalFood14
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors as it was a lovely night. The service was gracious and impeccable and if you have ever eaten here, you know that the food is delectable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We have always spent our special occasions at Sistina which has been our very favorite restaurant. This being our 50th anniversary, we looked forward to returning after COVID. I did mention that when I made the reservation and it was recognized by the hostess but after that no one mentioned it at all. We were ignored by mostly everyone; the service the worst I’ve ever had there and the food not exceptional as before. Not until we finished the meal and asked for the check did they appear with a dessert with a happy anniversary written on the plate. Unfortunately, it was the same dessert we had already eaten. No one seem to notice that small fact. The entire evening was a tremendous disappointment which was too bad considering that 50th anniversaries don’t come along that often.







Please do not use my email address on this review.

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IdelleH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey, but worth it.
Creative, imaginative food; luxury atmosphere; first class service.

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vipluvgoodfood
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. Out of some items because of Mother’s Day. But my favorite place

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vipSharonK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I really like Sistina. Yes, it is very expensive, but in past visits for special occasions it was worthy of the expense. This past visit, when the restaurant became quite busy, half way into my and my guest's meal, the service was not attentive and the servers were running to take care of the diners. When we arrived we were greeted and wished a Happy Birthday (noted on our reservation) and thanked for dining at Sistina, we had a lovely table, the food was delicious...but we had been forgotten by the end of the meal, leaving disappointed instead of the usual high note.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect

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LauraP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Spectacular Food.
One of my favorite restaurants

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vipSheilaF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If we only lived down the street rather than in another state . . . Giuseppe never disappoints and always inspires our kitchen at home. Perfect meals. Thank you Sistina and thank you to our chef crush, Giuseppe.

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vipJaneAusten
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten at Sistina many times over the past several years; however, last night's meal deserves special compliments to the chef, as well as their whole staff.

Our food was outstanding as was the ambience.

Thank you for being here!!!!!

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ElizabethP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food is always good as is the service. always a pleasure to be there.

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vipKdining
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great food though quite pricey. It was unfortunate that we were given only one and a half hours to dine though we had to pay a big price. At least Two hours would have been better and fair so that we could relax and enjoy the great food and drinks.

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vipjanep
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I met a friend for lunch--what a treat after all this time--and Sistina was a perfect spot. Lovely ambiance, attentive wait staff and excellent food. Highly recommend it

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viplesa
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely room in back atrium. Perfect place for lunch before or after a visit to the Met

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vipNYCMom
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolutely perfect meal! Service was outstanding and food delicious and beautifully served. Perfect for a special occasion!

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vipLonsue
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a fabulous 3 hour lunch, celebrating my sister’s birthday. The special drinks were great. The food was delicious and plentiful.
One unusual thing was that they ran out of bread. The waiter apologized and gave us one free drink to make up
for not having bread.
The service was not great, but I think there may have been some staff that were absent. Our waiter did say that the bartender wasn’t there, but the drinks were great. We were not in a hurry and enjoyed the lovely outdoor setup and being in each other’s company.

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kathleenM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The iceberg lettuce wedge with bacon which was recommended by the server was good but not very interesting. The Dover sole was excellent as were the desserts. We ate outside and found ourselves looking for the server to order desserts and coffee. In fairness it was a busy Saturday evening and the wait time once we ordered was relatively short.

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vipRebecca
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant uptown. They do a very nice job with their outdoor seating. The street scape is lovely. Indoors is beautiful. In or out door it is lovely dining experience and so near The Met.

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laMer
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a cold the halibut was flaky and perfect; the linguini with fresh razor and little neck clams briny and delicious. The service was super efficient, friendly but not intrusive - these are real professionals!

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Nancy
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course was superb. Service and setting were excellent.

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vipCarmenuu
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place. Everything it’s good. Try white asparagus with fried egg, and cheese, must try oysters, caviar and uni it’s amazing. Crudo really good. Service impeccable. The place is beautiful. Congratulations

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vipGarywasthere
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were expensive but so worth it. The service and decor were terrific as well. As the saying goes “ you get what you pay for” we will be back. !!

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is excellent. The wine list is extensive.

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abigailc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. We sat outside but soon will come dine in.

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vipBarbara
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a prefect lunch ~ service, food and wine were all terrific.

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vipAndy79
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way except we are inside and felt the tables were not spaced far enough apart in keeping with Covid protocol.

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viprwally
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In late pandemic, this is a full service, full menu, luxury restaurant. Eating inside in a beautiful setting, vaccinated, was a welcome return to some normalcy.

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Gusty
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sistina is our favorite restaurant in NYC. We happened upon it after a Met visit years ago and were charmed by the ambiance, decor and hospitality of the staff.
They serve refined Italian food that my family enjoys but their traditional Italian food ( Buccatini Amatriciana the other day) is fabulous.

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vipCarmenuu
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. Ambiance, place it’s beautiful, and have outdoor too. But indoor have two different seating, one is very elegant, and espectacular decoración, and the other is like being in a garden with cristal roof. Service impeccable, Nestor our waiter was ver good. Wine list excellent. But food, is outstanding. We had oysters with uni and caviar, so delicious, artichokes steamed really good, seared foie gras very good, perfect size and perfect cook, white asparagus with cheese sauce and chanterelles, this was amazing. The variety in the menu it’s great, also the recommendations.
We should go back again! Congratulations.

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DavidG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both indoor and outdoor are available at this expensive but wonderful restaurant.

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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 872 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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