Erminia Ristorante

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Italian
Erminia, opened in 1982, is New York City’s most romantic restaurant. Obtaining some of the Zagat Survey’s most highly rated scores for food, service and décor each year, the Roman influenced Italian food is second to none on the Upper East Side. Forbes Magazine twice selected Erminia as its number one Top Pick for food. Most diners agree that the original concoctions prepared here will win the hearts of all those who come to experience the fare. The Swiss Alps cabin-like atmosphere accents the rustic feel at Erminia.
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RT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful little jewel of a restaurant, pleasant service, truly excellent food, intimate setting - - wine list was extensive with offerings at various prices. I could understand why it has been named to the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants by Open Table

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming wood paneled restaurant with sophisticated continental food. The restaurant has been in this location for many years and still delivers. 5 star in all respects

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Quite. Intimate. Romantic. Delicious!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very lovely night enjoying a yummy meal. Personable staff at a unique spot. Great for a date night!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another successful soirée.

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FM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic..Service was excellent! What a great lil restaurant. The atmosphere is very nice. Will be back!!

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RR
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience at Erminia!!

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C
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! This is a very small, intimate restaurant with lovely ambiance, food and service. The tables are close together but it doesn't matter because it adds to the charm. Make sure you made reservations prior to going.

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CD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to find any faults in this charming restaurant. Attentive professional service, real candles, lovely flowers, excellent preparation of food well priced for its quality. This was my first visit but I will return with friends who like to dine and converse without thumping music and loud noise interference. I would guess fewer than 12 tables so reservations are advised.

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BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great - except for the dessert

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JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious but as many other reviews stated we did feel rushed through our meal.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food and best service I have ever experienced. Cozy romantic spot great for any occasion!

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JB
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An authentic Italian restaurant with about ten tables. Very close and intimate. Not a lot of room to maneuver. Pleasant staff and great food.

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MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What else is there to say that hasn’t already been sad. Incredible food and atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience- extremely romantic

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fab!! I will go again and recommend to all!!

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EP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erminia never disappoints. Every time I visit NY I make a point to come to Erminia. The ragu pasta is to die for. The ambiance and service provide for a great night out.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service from a terrific and pleasant staff. The ambiance is amazing and perfect for a date night!!

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O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The pasta was outstanding...one of the best I can recall. A beautiful romantic, candle light atmosphere. Suggest you come early...it's quieter...:-) It's on my favorite list. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming waitstaff! Delicious food!

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. We come here whenever we are dining in NYC together and my and my partner love it so much. We will be back again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Bruno is the best

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A
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was perfect for our special occasion, being both transportive in time, and deeply rooted in NYC's cultural melange. The waitstaff was impeccably attentive, the food, delicately choreographed, and the atmosphere serene. I look forward to making Erminia a yearly (if not more frequent) tradition.

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OT
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, cozy and romantic. Food was awesome. Truly a perfect venue for a lovely Sunday eve with another couple. Highly recommended!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very romantic. Perfect service.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Lived in this neighborhood my entire life and NEVER went to Erminia. Finally decided to go there for my B'day.

REALLY great atmosphere, BUT the food was poor and expensive. Even the table behind us were complaining.

maybe it was an off night.

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RE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for birthday dinner great time

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PR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening. Loved the corner table. We'll be back.

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v
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Romantic dinner

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M
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely and romantic place, a gem in NYC. Feels like you travelled to a tavern in a small village in Italy for the evening. I love that they only have water and wine. And real candles. Also homemade pasta. Very authentic and good service.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner made us feel really special

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JW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten a few times at Erminia, and each has been a most enjoyable experience -- because of both the meal and the ambience. So quiet we could hear each other talk. In part this is because it is in a relatively small space, but also the decor has a softness to it. It is also not as expensive as its nearby Italians on the Upper East Side.

The standard menu choices are excellent, but pay attention to the evening's specials. End with the chocolate dessert!

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Just about everything is outstanding about this tiny old-world-feeling place - food, decor, service. The only drawback is that weekend evenings can feel a bit jammed-in, and are not recommended for claustrophobes.

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f
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Love this restaurant!

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N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

a truly quiet restaurant in NYC! We took our father and talked and talked for 3 hours over dinner. Very nice wait staff who are knowledgeable, and present without hovering. Very fine gnocchi and octopus. Their fennel salad is light and fresh as well.

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PF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a dear friend to Erminia for her retirement. She LOVED Erminia and is now planning on taking her husband.

Food was fantabulous, intimate atmosphere but the tables are not on top of each other. Service was divine.

Just such a wonderful evening. Highly recommend

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J
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Charming restaurant with tasty Italian country cuisine, good for a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

TERRIBLE. RUDE. ONE OF THE WORST DINING EXPERIENCES IN A LONG TIME!
The host/waiter was incredibly rude. I was celebrating a special birthday. We were harassed to order and told we MUST order NOW and that we had to release the table by a certain time altho no one told us that.!! They certainly could have conveyed this to me in gracious and tactful and kind manner.

This waiter/host was rude and when I asked him to allow some time to look at the menu and determine what we want - he argued with me that I had to order and started pointing out when guests arrived. I didn’t come to Erminia to argue or make my guests feel awkward.

My reservation was for 5:30. My niece arrived early. That sat her at their discretion. My other niece arrived at 5:35-5:40. They ordered drinks. I followed 10 minutes after that and the waiter came to the table every 1-2 minutes asking us to order. He did this at least 8-10 times over about 10 minutes. I asked him politely to please allow us time to look at the menu. He did not. The menu was OK but not stellar and nothing was jumping out at me. It was lent and the fish selections for a Friday were minimal.

I felt harassed and he made my nieces feel awkward while they waited for me. They felt he was creepy and disrespectful and told them at 5:40 that they had to leave the table soon.

This man and restaurant did not make us feel welcome and his attitude and behavior was unprofessional and not gentlemanly.

this restaurant has an elevated opinion of themselves that is not in line with the reality of who they are!!

The ambience is nice but better on line than in person. The food was OK. It was NOT A WOW for the taste buds. And the service and rudeness was probably the worst I’ve experienced. Once it got busy, it felt exceptionally crowded and got very noisy.

Keep looking. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area to choose from. You can do a lot better than Erninia for the money you will spend!

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NY
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in every way!

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