The Cookery

4.7
803 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Cookery was founded by Chef David DiBari. Comfortably located in Dobbs Ferry, one of Westchester’s quaintest and most beautiful river towns, The Cookery has embraced the positive energy exchanged from its local patrons and uses it to fuel the quest for great food and ceaseless creativity. The neo-nostalgic Italian menu proves evident of Chef DiBari’s style of cooking, which is to progressively approach simplicity.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLubaP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cookery! We’ve been going for several years and always our go to place. Nothing but perfection.

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AndrewH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 3rd time there and it's still top notch. Now with the outside seating the restaurant is a little bigger. The food is still delicious and the service was very good. This restaurant is very popular so reservations are suggested. The location of the restaurant is a few minutes drive from the river. As long as I'm living in the area I will continue to go there.

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ramona
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Cookery was absolutely delicious. The cocktails were refreshing we had the spicy margarita and a Tito's dirty martini. Our server Rosé was so friendly, and really made our dinner at the Cookery that much more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend for date night and plan on going back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First time I ate meatless here and all was delicious

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vipFoodFairy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Restaurant was very hot and humid but food was excellent

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vipERDobbs
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Cookery is always a winner. Creative food and knowledgeable, friendly service. Duck liver cannoli and scallop crudo appetizers were excellent, and market fish was perfectly prepared. Although it's sometimes a bit too meat heavy for my taste, there are always a few fish dishes and meatless past dishes. I wanted to eat something healthy/lite as starter and the shaved brocolli appetizer was surprisingly good!

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vipSliv33
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors so it was a nice quiet setting on the side street with a very accommodating waiter. Two large pieces of Cristini with ricotta were mouthwatering delicious and big enough for two to share. The chopped salad is light and tangy followed by a very tender pork Osso Bocco on buttery rich polenta was heavenly. My husband enjoyed the Boccocini Cacio Pepe with homemade pasta and perfectly seasoned sauce. A fabulous dinner!

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vipRandiM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing best food

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IaMariC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious, as it always. My 2 friends had never been and were pleasantly satisfied and impressed

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BrittanyG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent. He recommended many different dishes that came out extremely fast and were absolutely delicious. Will definitely be going back!

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vipUnhappyS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

At 8:30 it was packed both inside and outside. Chef Dibari was there quietly insuring perfect service, which is a big plus.
Food as usual, is the reason to go to Cookery. Ambiance is secondary.
We will of course go back. So should you!

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vipSuzde
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Our server (Gus) was amazing. Kept us laughing and was so pleasant. Fabulous experience!

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LisaJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The Cookery used to be my favorite restaurant. I regularly ate there because the food was amazing! Unfortunately, in the past few years, the food has been inconsistent. Some days the food is absolutely delicious and I could eat it probably every day. However, the other times I eat there, the food is extremely salty. I feel as if the chef dumps a bunch of salt in the meal. It's extremely disappointing when I'm expecting the food quality that made The Cookery the top restaurant. Instead, I have food that is extremely salty. One of my friends has completely given up on The Cookery due to the inconsistency. We would rather frequent Harper's, down the street because the food is delicious and it is always consistent. I'm extremely disappointed because I have been regularly eating at The Cookery since it first opened.

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PammelaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and great service- was just very, very noisy. Could barely hear one another across the table.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were seated right away which was great but I immediately noticed the noise level which bordered on uncomfortable. Service was fine but the selection very sparse. The apps were great( mozzarella and a salad) I ordered raviolis snd I think there were 5 for 22.00
This place is pricey and I honestly don’t think I’ll be back. It just wasn’t comfortable for the amount they are charging and the general atmosphere. Wanted to like it but it was just meh
Maybe sitting outside on a beautiful night would be the only way I’d consider this place again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice. Interesting menu

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food & a great waitress!!! We went on a humid night and either the AC wasn’t on or couldn’t keep up with crowd. It was sticky and warm which was unfortunate.

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VicM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration
The acoustic are poor and the noice level is to high!
Found ourselves talking too in other to
Have a conversation!
The food is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going away meal with family and a friend. Great time, great food.

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lovetoeat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love their food and the service is excellent but the noise level is a serious concern for me. Each time I have eaten there, I leave with a sore throat from having to shout over the noise. Maybe they can do something to remediate?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive. Surprised us with a dessert for dinner. As it was my friends birthday.

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PatrickR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic from beginning to end!

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JessR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. The Cookery is definitely one of the top restaurants in Westchester county! Order the meatballs!

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant! Great food and drinks; very efficient, friendly, and accommodating service!

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Sadly, one of my favorite restaurants is not one I plan to revisit. It was immensely hot, humid with music so loud I got a headache.
The menu was greatly diminished and prices inflated.
The server was friendly and kind but overall service was slow.
Too bad!!

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AndresP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever had, definitely a gem

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vipMgo1
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday Prix Fixe Brunch is not to be missed. Grab your crew. Make a reservation and GO!

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BernardC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, great, friendly service. Pub environment and it was busy. Lively vibe. Well worth it

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DanielleB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a new college adventure... the ambience, food, and wait staff (Kate) was outstanding! The wood baked bread with house cultured porcini butter was scrumptious (read decadently delicious) and the mains - 12 oz filet with beef fat smash fries and Cipollini in Agrodolce was amazing. My youngest chose the bucatini cacio e Pepe and Pepe & Pepe and pecorino Romano was delish!!

It was all good, but you couldn’t go wrong with any of the yummy selections.

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JonathanW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food, casual relaxed environment with good music. service friendly and attentive.
I would strongly recommend

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RoxanneT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every month we do a cousins get together and I was able to persuade everybody to come to westchester (from NYC and Stamford) by regaling then with how great The Cookery is! Happy to share that the restaurant delivered on all my promises. The food, cocktails, service and vibe of the restaurant were all on point. Thanks for providing a great venue and meal for a boisterous bunch of picky eaters.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was just such a great experience. Really creative, thoughtful, delicious food being served in a laid back, unpretentious atmosphere. The pig’s head donut is a must-try at least once, and the bone marrow rigatoni is something I would come back for whenever I need a rich, comforting treat. This is the best restaurant I’ve eaten at in a long time, and totally worth the hike from Queens to Dobbs Ferry. The service was also fantastic. You could tell our waiter loved and was knowledgeable about the food and took pride in the place himself. Overall such a wonderful meal.

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DeborahD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Chairs were not sturdy. Had to change two chairs.I drink was 17 dollars. They take 3 percent to pay their cooks. Strawberry tomato salad 14 dollars had no lettuce and cherry tomatoes sliced strawberries. Osso Bucco tasted like port shank. Bread should be free with dinner.been to many high priced restaurants never had a charge to pay the kitchen crew.

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Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great tasting food & good service, small portions. At brunch there was only one “passing bites,” I think there should be at least 2 or 3. Music too loud. Will do take out next time.

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PaulineB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive. Did not skimp on the drinks.

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BarbaraD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, staff are amazing! The meatballs and lemon pasta are addictive and the gold standard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It’s a great restaurant but the noise level, even when not fully booked, was obnoxious to the point of ruining the experience. We will only go back Mon-Thurs

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vipSole11
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place In Dobbs by far!!

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SylviaQ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my daughters birthday and the cookery is her favorite restaurant! As always it didn’t disappoint us at all. The special pasta dish for the night was great and the regular dish were great as usual. Couldn’t be any happier with our food! It feels good to be able to rely on a place for great food!

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The Cookery is rated 4.7 stars by 803 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.