Il Violino

4.9
1415 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation.
The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu.
In 2009 the owner, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.
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vipRonalorena
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the lovely area totally outside the restaurant. I wanted eggplant parm, saw that it was not on the menu but requested it from waitress. She said of course, no problem. It was delicious. Then we shared a tiny cheesecake it was also delish ! This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant it was so nice to be back again after more than a year !

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vipsusan
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors and were very comfortable in spite of the cool evening. Our server and service both just excellent, as were our dinners. My husband had fish; I had chicken, mine with marsala sauce/mushrooms and tasty, recommended.

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Cate
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very nice waiters! Slightly pricey but it’s New York!

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vipidine
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good Italian food and good service.
Spaghetti and meatballs is delicious.

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vipJackNYNJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable and delicious food. Pleasant atmosphere.

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vipMellocello
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Violino remains he warmest most inviting restaurant in the neighborhood. A pleasure in every way!

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tbbb
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setup. Had the lasagna which I’d highly recommend.

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BobM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal couldn’t have been more perfect! The atmosphere was wonderful.

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DS2013
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful ambiance, highly recommend it!

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vipJohnC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food preparation and presentation were first rate. Due to pandemic outdoor seating noise levels were subject to the avenue’s traffic density. However the food more than distracted us from that. Our entrees were superb and the risottos were perfectly prepared.

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vipVincent
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with Il Violino whenever we go. This past visit was no exception. We were finally able to dine inside and it was like old times. The food and service, as always fantastic1 Glad indoor dining is back!

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vipkwhatevs
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco is the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a winner!!

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vipLoraG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. Server, a woman from Romania, was delightful. Will definitely be back when things return to normal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time. Very good

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vipdinah
New York Area
331 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our pasta entrees and the service was attentive. We'll be back.

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vipMarilynG
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Il Violino was very good, as usual. I've introduced friends to it, and we have returned more than once.

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vipBunbury
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Violino is one of my favorites for delicious food and proximity to Lincoln Center. The atmosphere is pleasant - I like to sit by the window on the porch. I had carpaccio and the tricolore salad which is always super delicious in all its simplicity. For dessert I had some of the best biscotti I've had in a long time and the Moscoto. The perfect finish to a delightful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good homemade pasta. Delicious tiramisou. Very pleasant efficient waitstafff

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MargaretD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor service and an exceptionally long wait for the meal.

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MiddleOrchestra
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Violino is one of the staples of the UWS. The food is consistent and the staff is friendly and accommodating.

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PatriciaM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to have Brunch or lunch before the Ballet, Opera or a Show. The food and service is always excellent. Also fun for people watching.

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vipCathyp
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the lamb shank entree.

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vipsteveng
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious. service was very good as well. we sat on the outside part of the restaurant which basically is a set of tables for two on each side of a wall with a tiny space for walking in between. Restaurant has charm but way too tight.

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MarcieneK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waitress never felt rushed food was delicious and met a lovely couple next to us. Will.definitely come back!

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vipArletteW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love this neighborhood restaurant for us.. we are always greeted with Avery nice welcome - service is attentive and most pleasant - and we always enjoy the food ... so we are often there and never disappointed !

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vipCharlotte
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the fettuccini and shrimp main course. Very convenient for any performance at Lincoln center.

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SandyA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was not very attentive but it was pre theater so maybe a little more hectic than usual.

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vipCharlotte
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exellent service. Very good veal dish. Varied menu and good wine list.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cute place. Clearly a popular neighborhood spot. Packed before Lincoln Center shows. Came for my reservation but table wasn’t ready. After ten minutes we sat at the bar and got great service there. Food was nothing special, and around 33% more than similar dishes at comparable restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with this place, but there’s nothing compelling to draw me back there either.

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vipCarolG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pre fixe brunch. Service is good and they dnt rush you to leave.

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vipJanineRG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious classic Italian food in a cozy little space. Mussels were especially delicious and the pasta was incredibly fresh. Neighborhood gem.

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vipEvelyn
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was poor

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LKLew
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Okay Italian food, fresh and swiftly served, in a spot near Lincoln Center. Don't expect a gourmet experience. (Think: lotsa tomato paste.) However you should easily make your curtain time: they really move the food. It's crowded. Best to reserve in advance.

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vipJoyceM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service and the food are always good here, and the location near Lincoln Center is really convenient if you are attending a performance.

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vipCharlotte
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of good choices, wonderful homemade oasta dishes and very gracious service. Also very convenient for attendance at Lincoln Center

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vipmike
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Guests were seated at table. When I arrived early I was seated at another table. After twenty five minutes server apologized and realized we had been seated at separate tables. Not good customer service

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vipCropover90
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a very good local neighborhood restaurant.... service very good and everyone in our party enjoyed there meals without and complainants..... had a reservation at 5 arrived a couple minutes early and table was waiting.... will be back.

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DrKay
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. A bit pricey, though. Otherwise, wonderful. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reliable and cozy.

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Il Violino is rated 4.9 stars by 1415 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.