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About Valbella Midtown

Indulge in Manhattan's finest Northern Italian cuisine prepared under the careful direction of One of Manhattan's Best Restauranteurs, to which one can perfectly pair our impressive wine collection from around the world.

11 East 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 888-8955

Website:
http://www.valbellamidtown.com/

Executive Chef:
Genc Luca

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

Valbella Midtown offers two private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 30 guests for a seated dinner. Our proficient and attentive staff will make certain your corporate or social gathering will be an evening to remember.

Valbella Midtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Casual (1)
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Fun (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The service was excellent , the gnocchi was incredible and the dessert was just amazing. Amazing experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great ambience and decor. Food was not prepared at the level we were expecting for this nice and expensive of an establishment. (Weak flavors, steak was overcooked, etc.) Piano player was a nice touch. Great vibe - mediocre and overpriced food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Have you ever heard of something (or somewhere) that attempts to be fancy yet lacks sophistication. That would accurately describe our take on it. There was one hostess at the stand that was genuine. The very thin young lady at the coat check counter was weird, as is she was too good to check our coats. Honey relax, we were just at Atelier Joel Robuchon, which is the best of the best with top notch service. This place doesn't come close!
The waiter was nice, but seemed very unrelaxed. Nothing against him. I just wish that he could have executed more of a service element without any worry or inhibitions. We are all people. It's ok. I thicket hat the presentation of some of their dishes were tacky. There was way too much seasoning on the octopus. There was also this red sauce poured on my filet mignon. I feel that it should have been excluded or at least placed on the side. I wasn't in the mood to enjoy a $50+ cut drenched ins cause. It threw it off. I feel that a lot of their dishes are drenched in a way that makes it appear less elegant. The $28 tag on a Manhattan was exorbitant. Certainly wasn't the type of environment that I would expect that. If I were in Midtown and had to do a business lunch, then maybe I would return. Otherwise, I wouldn't consider it for another date night......

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

An absolutely wonderful place. Fun attentive service and excellent food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went there at 7:00 pm on a Saturday evening. We know the Valbella in Meat Packing and had several good meals there in the past and wanted to try the mid-town location.

This was truly a grade "B" experience at a fairly high price point. (We hit nearly $250 for both of us with only one standard bar drink for both of us- no wine ordered.) Opened the menu to have crumbs fall out. Sent back one of the napkins for being dirty. Not a great start.

Starter of tuna tartar truly ordinary, as was my wife's shellfish starter of shrimp/crab/lobster.

Main course was a fish and a steak. Very nice but not extraordinary. Passed on dessert.

Nothing to hate but again, at this price point would have hoped for a bit more polish and attention to details, especially in an upscale mid-town restaurant.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Two different salads both beautifully presented & with complex flavors. Entree was Taglitelli with truffle sauce, our favorite. Nice glass of house Brunello.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food and service was outstanding!!! Alcohol & water ridiculously overpriced!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent across the board!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Amazing service and the food was so scrumptious . Waiters were timely , I never found myself longing for anything . The hostess were very kind and courteous as well . My new favorite resturant .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

My son lived in New York for several years and he and his colleagues compiled a listing of restaurants-this one was on the list. I was able to make quick online reservations. It was so much more than expected. My girl friend and I were together for a celebration and this place really made a great impact to the festivities. The wine list was fabulous, but we had champagne which was elegant. The food was outstanding. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and probably ne of the best I had. The service was also outstanding. I would go again and recommend it to others.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

the food was exceptional. the waiter we had, Jose, was informative and attentive. really enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This restaurant has a great mid-town location. It has a wonderful menu and the food and service were excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food and wine choices

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This was not my first trip to Valbella Midtown but I won't go back. Food definitely not as good as it used to be. Zucchini flower appetizer just tasted like breaded cheese. My fish was ok my daughters chicken was dry. The girls at the coat check and desk are a joke. Not friendly to us at all because we were women. Only catered to the men customers. Our server was ok. Nothing special was more attentive at first. As the night went on it was hard to get him. I gave an excellent tip which he never even came back and thanked me for. Overall it was an underwhelming experience. It's a shame because it used to be a place you could count on for excellence.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wonderful evening at Valbella. Terrific food - the Alfred pasta with truffle is to die for and so is the sea bass. Service was perfect. Highly recommend this place if you're looking for an excellent meal with a sophisticated ambiance.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was outstanding from the smiles of the hostesses, who put away our wet coats and packages, to the waitstaff, who thoroughly explained the menu and were very attentive throughout the meal.

The lighting was a little to harsh and bright for my taste but my daughter said it was “clean and modern” so you decide.

The food was so delicious I took smaller bites to make the meal last longer. I got the beef filet with Gorgonzola. This had a delicious sauce with layers of eggplant, fruit, and pepper. It was such an explosion of flavor and textures. Bravo to the chef on this one.

My daughter had the penne with vodka and she said it was good also.

The meal was pricey so if you are on a budget you may have to reserved this place for special occasions but it is especially good.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Valbella is exquisite! Scrumptious cuisine, fantastic ambiance, and excellent service...we recommend Valbella to everyone. Stephen and I can't wait to visit New York City again and to visit Valbella.

Happy Holidays to all of you...with warmest regards,

Mary Jane and Steve

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful experience. One of the best meals in my 65 years!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I took my daughter her roommates and friends to dinner and we really enjoyed the experience. The wine list is extensive but way overpriced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food & service. Waiter helped choose dinner. Order 1 course at a time and take time to enjoy!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have visited Valbella multiple times over the years because the food is excellent, fresh, and creative. The staff is welcoming, educated, professional and service driven.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food is superb, the portions were generous, the service knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

atmosphere is average for this overpriced restaurant, bar is too small, disappointed in the service. The one in the meatpacking district is much better - if I decided to even try them again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The burrata cheese stuffed veal chop was EVERYTHING & some!!! Love Valbella

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent Food, wonderful service . A memorable evening for sure. Hope to come back when they are not having a private party in the main dining room to get the true ambience of this place since it was our first time. We had a wonderful meal, our service was terrific and they took very good care of us as we were celebrating a birthday> would highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The Waiter was uninterested in our business. Had to call him back twice just to understand the special. He was more interested in the tables around us. The support staff was good. Called this to the attention of the manager and his response was it must be the waiters off day. He never checked on us. Disappointing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious food and stunning room.
Our server was willing and able to do anything to accommodate, professional and courteous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Quiet restaurant to relax after spending a day in very hectic Manhatan. I was disappointed that the waiter did not offer wine by the glass option, so don't hesitate to ask because bottles of wine are very expensive

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Beautiful restaurant tucked away just off 5th Ave. Food and service was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

First timer. The food and service was great. The sommelier Jordan was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was very good attractive setting convenient midtown location

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner date at Valbella following a show on Broadway. At 8:30 in the evening, the restaurant was relatively quiet, and the staff was extremely attentive. The Italian menu was creative and classic at the same time. We enjoyed the sommelier's recommendation for a wine that would work well with both of our entree's, and were happy to spend the money to have a really, really, good dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food is beautifully prepared and not fussy. The menu has plenty of healthy options and the gracious hospitality completely won me over.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Unfortunately, Valbella Midtown has not been able to sustain their good reputation and quality food. I have dined there for lunch and dinner a few times over the last couple of years and it has always been a go to, for midtown Italian. Unfortunately, this time my experience was less than acceptable. I would be hard pressed to say that anything that we ordered, in our party of 6, was even moderately good. We had clients in town from L.A. and thought it would be the perfect restaurant to meet at. We ordered the Baked clams, Octopus, Pear salad, Tuna Tartare, Gnocci, Veal Piccata and Burrata, amongst a few other entrees. These entrees, in particular were awful. The baked clams were gritty and cold, the Gnocci was bland and cold & had VERY little sauce, the Veal was bland, tough & inedible, the Burrata (which used to be delicious) was tasteless. I don't want to tear apart every meal but the bottom line is it is overpriced for the quality and the food was not only cold and it was just not good. In addition, we ordered an expensive bottle of wine and the cork was compromised and the wine left you with an awful after taste. I'm sorry to say but we will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent service, and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend Valbella!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Everyone is so warm and welcoming. The food and drinks are excellent. You will definitely not leave there hungry. Well worth the money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 26, 2017

food and service excellent. portions generous. We split salad and pasta and it was pleanty

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Stuffed veal chop a favorite on mine --- this one is in the top 3 ever. Chilean sea bass like butter on your tongue. Do not miss the Napolean for dessert - spectacular and I am sure the chocolate lava is equally as good. $$$ necessitate a special occasion or an expense account. Enjoy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Amazing food and service!
The waiter (Jose) was great!
Food was amazing!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was perfect, and we had a great time with my sister and the children's.
People very friendly. I will come back.
Money vs quality = Super

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